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.
29 Best French Beauty Products
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.
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.
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.
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.
My go-ton toner to rid my face of breakouts. I use it as part of this combo.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing fancy about this little lip balm. It’s soft and creamy and majorly helps hydrate and sooth chapped lips.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Cult status for years and years for good reason. I love this concealer that brightens while it conceals. I couldn’t believe what a natural, glowy finish it gave.
Have color treated blonde hair? This conditioner is great for softening and strengthening. My blonde highlights love it.
My go-to styling products for years. It makes hair more easily manageable and majorly helps with blowouts.
This is a great detoxifying shampoo that you can use daily. Massage it into your hair and scalp and it’ll go to work to balance excess oils thanks to the Thermal Mud in the formula. It also supports scalp barrier function which I’ve found has been really helpful whenever my scalp is feeling extra sensitive or agitated.
This lightweight conditioner instantly detangles while giving you sleeker, smoother hair. It works really well hand in hand with the Purifying Shampoo or the Scalp Scrub. If you have a sensitive scalp or dry ends – this is a great conditioner for you.
I first tried this at a friend’s house and I fell in love with it. You massage it in from root to tip and hair feels super revitalized afterwards. I particularly like to use this mask when my hair is feeling overly dry or damaged and I like that you only have to leave it on for two minutes before you get results.
This peel is designed to give you a “new skin effect” thanks to its exfoliating fruit acid extracted from caviar lemon. Skin will be super soft following use as this formula features nourishing macadamia and argan oils, shea butter and beeswax. Put it on and let it sit over night to wake up with baby soft skin.
Glycolic acid in this body wash helps to gently exfoliate the skin to make it smoother and softer. Great if you experience KP, breakouts or rough skin. It is oil free and fragrance free as well which I love.
Creamy and with a nice and glowing finish, this concealer aims to help with puffiness and fine lines.
This luxurious, fragrance-free, firming and visibly brightening eye cream is powered by pearl brightening components, Viniferine and a formula that was designed to target the 8 signs of aging for younger-looking skin. I love the metal tip applicator for help de-puffing.
La Bouche Rouge is a French brand that creates luxurious, vegan cosmetics with the environment in mind. Housed in recyclable stainless steel bullets, the signature lipsticks are free from harmful microplastics, parabens and silicones. The selection ranges from bold red to soft mauve, so there’s a shade for everyone. The lipstick refills can be housed in the brand’s gorgeous leather cases.
This mask is so good for an instant glow. Use it before you have a special event or before applying makeup for an added glow factor. Formulated with volcanic rocks and alpha hydroxy fruit acids, it brightens the skin and reveals a more refined texture by very gently peeling off dead skin cells. And you can’t beat the $20 price tag!
Soothe and de-puff or just add some much needed moisture to the skin in extra dry areas with this handy stick that’s perfectly portable.
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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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