16 Best French Beauty Products

March 8, 2022

Best French Beauty Products

It used to be back in the day that one of the best parts about trips to Paris was also trips to French pharmacies. You could stock up on French Girl cult favorite products – often at a much more reasonable price. Nowadays you can find a lot of the best French beauty products stateside.

I love buying French made beauty products because regulations are much more strict in the EU than they are for personal care products in the United States. A lot of French beauty brands are also rather focused on simple yet effective formulations without a lot of fuss or marketing behind them.

Going to CityPharma in Paris is truly a favorite past time as it is a mecca for discounted French beauty products. Don’t miss it on your next trip to Paris and be sure to look out for the majority of the brands mentioned in this post! They also offer a variety of products that are exclusive to France and you won’t find in the U.S. so definitely worth exploring each and every aisle at this Saint Germain spot.

If you’re like me and love French beauty products, today’s post is all about my favorite ones you can easily purchase in the U.S. so you can satisfy your inner Francophile and transport yourself virtually to France through your beauty routine.

16 Best French Beauty Products

1. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

My favorite dry shampoo for nearly five years. This does such a good job of soaking up oil, giving hair texture and volume at the root. It’s not overly fragrant or powder-y, either.

2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50

France does pretty good mineral sunscreens and this one by La Roche-Posay is a favorite one of mine. It has titanium dioxide and zinc so it offers great protection and I love that it absorbs quickly and isn’t overly greasy. 

3. Bioderma – Sensibio – H2O Micellar Water

Sensibio H2O is the best selling cleansing and makeup removing micellar water that first made micellar waters popular as makeup removers. It removes impurities and makeup super gently. It’s in so many bathrooms around France and I prefer it to the U.S. brands that sell something similar.

4. Caudalie Detox Mask

This mask has gone viral many a time on social media for good reason. It clears out pores in ten minutes and doesn’t skin feeling overly dry or stripped. Great if you experience congested pores or breakout prone skin. Here’s the best way to use it.

Caudalie Beauty is a favorite French brand of mine and while I included a few of their products in today’s post, there are plenty more to love – especially depending on your skin type. Read my whole Caudalie Skincare Review.

5. Caudalie Vinopure Toner

My go-ton toner to rid my face of breakouts. I use it as part of this combo.

6. Avene Thermal Spring Water

This spray soothes and softens skin and is amazing for those with sensitive skin. It’ll provide antioxidant protection and overall I just find it so comforting to apply.

I always have the minis on hand in my purse in the summer as it is a life saver when waiting for the subway on a hot day!

7. Cauadlie Beauty Elixir

Beloved by makeup artists for being so multi-purpose, you’ll find women using the Caudalie Beauty Elixir all over France. As a setting spray, as a way to refresh makeup, as a therapeutic ritual –  you name it. I prefer to buy it in the travel size so I can have one on me when I am on the go.

8. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

This nourishing face cream protects against free radicals and will leave your skin feeling calm, soft, smooth & comfortable. French makeup artists swear by this cream and always have it on their kits. Its also loved by many a celebrity and I love that it works so seamlessly under makeup.

I buy it in the mini size as it is great for travel since it is part moisturizer, part makeup primer.

9. Sisley Paris Under Eye Concealer

This concealer is expensive but it works so well to mask dark circles and signs of fatigue. I find it minimizes fine lines and any puffiness, too so it has great skincare benefits as well. 

10. Caudalie Vinotherapist Hand Cream

I really like this nourishing hand cream that repairs any dryness without a greasy finish. It is enriched with an avocado oil and olive oil lipidic duo designed to relieve skin discomfort and prevent dehydration.

11. Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum

A magic little serum I apply every morning after cleansing. It brightens skin, is more potent than Vitamin C and majorly helps diminish dark spots and acne scars with regular use I have found.

12. Bioderma Lip Balm

Nothing fancy about this little lip balm. It’s soft and creamy and majorly helps hydrate and sooth chapped lips.

13. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Balm B5

Skin in need of major TLC? Reach for this balm. It’s like a fancy aquaphor for your face but more wearable. It’ll repair your skin barrier and help it recover from any irritation.

14. Caudalie SOS Cream

One of my holy grail skincare products. This silky rich cream is the ultimate dry skin savior. It calms redness, nourishes skin and helps to smooth and repair skin and any fine lines.

15. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

The OG oil I ever bought & loved. You can use this all over your body, on your hair, on your cuticles – really anywhere you’d like some healthy looking shine. I love that there’s no shimmer to this oil and how quickly it absorbs. French women love to add a few drops to their body lotion as well.

16. Christophe Robin Purifying Sea Salt Scalp Scrub

My scalp cleanser of choice – I use this as my shampoo. It feels like a spa treatment to use and detoxifies your scalp from any product build up or irritation. I’ve gone through more tubs of this stuff than I can count over the last ten years! It’s an Allure Best of Beauty award winner and I am always stockpiling the minis for travel as I can’t be without this stuff!

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Do you have any favorite French beauty products? I would love to hear about them in the Comments! I am always looking for new ones to try.

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