Our Favorite French Pharmacy Products

A pharmacy in France is no CVS — it is more like the skincare counter at your favorite high-end department store, without the judgy sales people and panic-inducing prices. These products are highly sought-after, beauty-insider worshipped, and as easy to get your hands on as a stroll to the drugstore at the end of the block. Trust me, you’re going to want to bring an extra suitcase to buy these products in bulk.

But if you’re not going to France anytime soon, thank your lucky stars for the internet. The favorite products of Parisian It-Girls and cult products of the most stylish country in the world can be yours at the click of “add to cart.

Klorane Shampoo & Conditioner

This stuff is good, and I mean really good. It comes in a wide range of (nature-like) ingredients to work for different hair types and goals, like flax fiber for volume and mango butter for hydration (and you can count on each one to really work).

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum

It should really be described as a treatment more than a serum. This fan-favorite is responsible for moisturizing the driest of skin. Once you add it into your daily beauty routine, you’re not going to be able to stop.

Avène Hydrance Optimale SPF 20

This is probably the most perfect moisturizer — it has SPF for sun protection, but at the same time a mattifying effect on skin (so no more of that sunscreen grease on your face). Not to mention it’s intensely hydrating and even soothes irritated skin.

La Roche-Posay Ultra Eau Micellaire

The Micellar Water that started it all. By now, you probably know enough about Micellar Water and its amazing effects on your skin. But don’t take it from me — the flawless faces of the French are convincing enough. And this one from La Roche-Posay is a French-favorite.

Efferalgan Paracetamol Vitamin C

Otherwise known as the Hangover Cure of the chic and fabulous, it’s also buzzed about for its amazing ability to help cure period pain and headaches. Dissolve these tablets in water for France’s favorite cure-all.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

Dry shampoo is the product we owe our best hair days and longest-lasting blowouts to, but it can be insanely drying. Oat milk soothes the scalp so there’s no irritation and dandruff, and it gets the job done without drying out your hair. C’est parfait!

Marvis Mint Whitening Toothpaste

Not only is this toothpaste extremely refreshing, but it’s also the only toothpaste I know that is so chic and picture-perfect that you can’t help but post it on your Instagram.

NUXE Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

This multi-purpose dry oil from NUXE feels just as good as it looks. It made my skin soft, smooth, and shimmery, and it never made me break out, even when using it on my face. Though it did leave my very thin hair a little oily, I’d imagine it works great for that perfectly thick Parisian hair.

Avene Thermal Spring Water

This mist (even the word just sounds luxurious) is totally natural, extremely hydrating, and easy to travel with, making it the perfect perfect product to pack in your carryon on your flight to Paris.

Le Petit Marseillais Orange Blossom Body Wash

This stuff just smells like Paris in the spring. The scent is not too overpowering, and the formula won't dry out your skin. PLUS its an extra gentle pH neutral formula. Those Parisians think of everything!

Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cream

If you have sensitive skin or are prone to skin issues like eczema, look no further than this calming cream that is suitable for even the most sensitive skin issues as a calming moisturizer.

 

What are your favorite French pharmacy products? Would you try any of these?

  • I gotta ask…what is the obsession with everything French around here? This is some serious white girl “bourgeois” bunk, and I feel does a disservice to a lot of your viewers that may be a bit more culturally diverse.

    • Lauren

      I can’t speak to the other articles, but I think French personal care products are interesting due to the different products and formulations available there. French products differ due to consumer preferences, scientific research, and government regulations. For example, Americans prefer products that lather, so many products use sulfates such as SLS. This is less common in European products, and may be more suitable for those with sensitive skin. In addition, European sunscreens use more advanced UVA blockers than US versions. So French products may be interesting to many.

    • Emily Wright

      French culture is distinct, specific, and of interest to everyone who reads and enjoys the posts! Nationally, they hold one of the main fashion capitals of the world, is a leader of beauty and skincare. I LOVE the french posts, keep em coming!!

    • To imply that everything emanating from France is inherently “white girl ‘bourgeois’ bunk” seems a little unfair to me. France is an interesting and diverse country with a very rich history, and the French happen to make some excellent products.

      • Hanny

        I back this comment being born and raised from there. France is very diverse, also those products are honestly not that expensive. I had my friend buy some stuff and it was way cheaper than purchasing back in the U.S.

    • BA

      I have 36 contact allergies and most products are not safe for me. But I have great success with french products. They have more regulations and target to sensitive skin. I love Avene products and will never go back.

  • Fortune Dushey

    Just purchased the Marvis toothpaste!
    That you for the recommendations!

  • Toleriane Teint Fond de teint mousse matifiante is my go-to BB cream!

  • I recently moved to Paris and French skincare is my obsession! I live the Nuxe rêve de miel lip balm and pretty much anything from La Roche Posay. Their tinted BB cream is my summer go-to!