There’s something ultra-luxurious about products that hail from far-away countries, especially when that country is France. Everything from France’s large bodies of blue-green water to its gorgeous countryside exudes a level of natural elegance that is reflected in the bottles and tubes found in French pharmacies. For beauty enthusiasts, entering a French pharmacy is like being a kid in a candy store—so much so that beauty editors and models bring empty suitcases with them to Paris so that they can hoard their favorite French formulas. Here, we rounded up five French pharmacy cult classics that you can get your hands on without a flight to Paris.
All great makeup artists have at least one Bioderma product in their kit. This French brand prides itself on developing highly effective, yet gentle products for even the most sensitive skin types. Personally, we can’t live without this no-rinse, micellar water-based makeup remover. We love how the lightweight liquid melts every last bit of dirt and makeup off your face without stripping your skin of necessary hydration. In fact, Sensibio H2O is the first and only micellar water designed to mimic your phospholipid structure for protection against dirt, oil, and bacteria. It’s also enriched with soothing cucumber extract to calm dry, irritated, and sensitive skin.This pink-capped bottle is iconic—and it’s not hard to see why.
Located in the Cévennes Mountains of Avène, France, there exists a healing thermal spring known for relieving a wide range of skin conditions. Eau Thermale Avene infuses each of its products with this miracle water, as well as bottles it up directly from the source to create Thermal Spring Water Spray. This healing spray delivers a restorative, skin-softening mist, which is clinically proven to calm itchiness, redness, irritation, and inflammation. Most popularly used to treat atopic dermatitis, it’s gentle enough to soothe a variety of skin concerns, including sunburn, razor burn, and rashes. We also think this spray is perfect for refreshing your makeup, cooling hot skin after your workout, and calming sensitive skin when traveling.
We love how Embryolisse products use minimal ingredients to develop some of the purest, sensitive-skin loving formulations on the market. This 24-hour miracle hand and body cream is our holy grail moisturizing lotion for dry, hypersensitive skin. Infused with aloe vera, the velvet-textured formula calms irritated skin, making it the perfect after-sun, after-shave lotion. Lait-Crème Fluide provides fast-absorbing moisture for quick and easy application without a greasy residue. We also love using this lotion as a primer to smooth dry spots for effortless foundation application.
The story of Klorane began in the Southwest of France over half a century ago, when French pharmacist Pierre Fabre combined his passion for health and botany to create his beauty empire. Today, Klorane Dry Shampoo is our go-to style extender. Enriched with soothing oat milk as well as corn and rice starch, this dry shampoo calms irritated scalps while absorbing dirt, odor, and oil. We love how it cleans your strands in minutes for long-lasting freshness and volume without the usual gritty residue. Once you experience its miraculous hair-transforming effects, you’ll never use another dry shampoo again.
Originating in Bordeaux, Caudalie converts the antioxidant power of grapes into wine-based skin therapy. In the 1930s, Mathilde and her husband Bertrand developed this luxurious line, which features anti-aging ingredients derived from the grapevine. Cheers to that! We’re obsessed with Caudalie Beauty Elixir, a multi-use toning mist that tightens pores and infuses skin with a burst of radiance. Enriched with moisturizing grape extracts, toning rose oil, and energizing rosemary, it reduces dullness to prepare skin for the next steps in your beauty routine. Spray it on clean skin to promote an ultra-glowing complexion and enhance the effects of your daily skincare. Spritz on before powder application to act as a hydrating setting spray and use throughout the day to energize skin.