A FRENCHY GUIDE TO FRENCH PHARMACY

I sometimes struggle to comprehend all the hype around French Pharmacies, but if they are what Boots is to the UK, and what Sephora is to the USA, then I have to say I understand it a little bit more. Something I definitely don’t understand, however, is why the same skincare always pop up on lists, not so much on blogs, but on magazines, especially considering how wide and diverse the offer actually is. So naturally, driving away from the cult items whilst making the shopping experience less overwhelming than it is for strangers is my goal today.

STARTING SMALL

I think the first reflex for strangers is to find the biggest French Pharmacy possible, these are usually my favourites, but only because I grew up visiting them, if I didn’t, I will be completely lost because too spoilt for choice. There is nothing wrong with visiting small ones to begin with, where the choice is divided between old school yet trusty brands such as Avène, Bioderma, La Roche-Posay, Biafine and even sometimes Nuxe. And because their first job is to sell medicine, their skincare is usually more affordable -Paris, however, is another story-.

SKIN NEEDS OVER CULT STATUS

My love for French Pharmacy skincare comes from the variety of it all, but also the fact that, within this huge amount of products, nothing is truly bad. In that sense, a product doesn’t have to be famous and highly written about to be good and efficient. Forget about fancy, lengthy claims, French Pharmacy skincare is more about answering a specific skin issue or a specific skin need with a realistic outcome in mind. Most of the time, moreover, the brands have a specific range devoted to that issue, a full skincare routine can therefore be purchased without really leaving one specific counter. The one counter, one brand setting, in general, is all about trusting what naturally caught the eye within the brand’s colour theme or overall aesthetic, something I personally highly believe in.

SKINCARE … & CO

Whilst I do think that leaving a French Pharmacy without skincare is, well, pretty much impossible, I wouldn’t advise to overlook the fragrance, makeup and hair care offer either. Sisley makeup and fragrance ranges are pretty much as impressive as their skincare one whilst the little Mavala nail polishes -often located next to the tills- are amongst my favourites, especially when it comes to finding unique, yet very wearable colours. Roger & Gallet makes simple, one scent fragrances go hand in hand with sophistication. Finally, brands such as Phyto and Klorane respect the hair whilst beautifying it!

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  • I’ve never heard of French Pharmacy but it sounds really cool, especially some of the skincare products! Lovely post!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • I love those little Mavala nail polishes! Roger & Gallet is another favourite too. Great post! xx

  • Sarah Denzer

    Great Post<3

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  • I grew up around French pharmacies as well, but I agree, whenever I enter i just want to buy one from everything. Bad for my wallet. Klorane and Phyto are amazing for hair care!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Yes, I was standing in the middle of a big French Pharmacy the other day and I realize how wide the offer was, it is basically an industry within the beauty industry. I love Klorane and Phyto!

  • La Roche Posay and Avene are some of the best sellers where I work, it’s harder to sell Bioderma though. I adore La Roche Posay and my skin loves everything that I have tried so far.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • clare⭐

    Fresh skincare brands are amazing!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I love all of these skincare brands! Especially Bioderma, I use their Micellar Water every day to remove my makeup 🙂

    http://www.anacelinelabod.com

  • I haven’t tried much from Sisley at all but I love LRP products, they are wonderful. Thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Interesting post dear, the products sounds amazing!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: THE RITUAL OF AYURVEDA

  • Yiotou_La

    Avene has a great sunscreen range, I always trust this brand and I also swear by the Avene thermal water spray, I emptied lots of bottles of this one! Love it! x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • They do! Yes, I believe it was my first thermal water spray, I love it as well!

  • I agree with you. French Pharmacy has it nailed in the skincare element and specific skincare concerns with a varying and very reliable range x

    franklyflawless.com

  • Deborah

    Interesting post! I grew up around French pharmacies and do miss them now that I live in the US.

    http://www.chiclyyours.com

    • Thank you! I live between France and Scotland, and I miss them when I’m in Scotland as well 🙂

  • I really like Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre because it works on so many different skin types. I use it as my standard moisturiser in my makeup artist kit!

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl