French Pharmacie best buys

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JennySense Sun 07-Jul-13 12:43:32

Well, I'm off to France shortly do I've been looking up all the brand recommendations for French skincare, toiletries etc on the web.

I've done a brief trawl of brands and checked out whether they can be bought here [from Amazon or online stores] and if so whether they are cheaper in France.

Please bear in mind that this is only a rough guide and I haven't done a thorough search of each product. This is just enough to say whether I should buy because it's not available or buy to make savings.

Also, France have Sephora smile

AvèneEau Thermale Water Spray cheaper in France
Avene Cold Creamhand cream
Avene Antirougeurs Redness Relief and
Avène Masque Apaisant Hydratant- all comparable really
Biafine balm couldn't find in UK
Bien-êtreL’Eau Parfumée des Familles - couldn't find in UK
Bioderma - Nourrissante Atoderm Crèmemoisturiser - cheaper in France
Biodermahydrabio - exfoliating cream - cheaper in France
Bioderma - crealine h2o Micelle solutionCleanser - cheaper in France
Bioderma - Hydrabio Legere - light moisturiser - cheaper in France
Bioderma - Hydrabio Riche - heavier moisturiser - cheaper in France
Biotherm - Anti-Drying Body Milk - couldn't find in UK
Bourjois - shower gels - couldn't find in UK
Cattier - Masque à l'Argile Rose - couldn't find in UK
Caudalie - Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid - couldn't find in UK
Caudalie - Divine Oil - Cheaper in France
Caudalie - Beauty Elixir - couldn't find in UK
Caudalie - Vinotherapie - Cheaper in France
Caudalie - Crème Gourmande Mains et Ongles - couldn't find in UK
Caudalie - VinosourceMoisturising Sorbet - cheaper in France
Caudalie - Premières Vendages - couldn't find in UK
Caudalie - Vinosource Serum - couldn't find in UK
Compagnie de Provence - Savon Extra - cheaper in France
Compagnie de Provence - Liquid soap - Comparable
Dermophil - lip balm - couldn't find in UK
Dermophil - hand cream couldn't find in UK
Eau Jeune Scenteurs Fraiches - Eau de Toilette - couldn't find in UK
Elmex - toothpaste - couldn't find in UK
Embryolisse - Lait Creme Concentre - couldn't find in UK
Embryolisse - Crème Solaire - couldn't find in UK
Erborian - BB Crème Au Ginseng - Comparable
Garancia Diabolique Tomate - couldn't find in UK
Gifrer Liniment Oléo-Calcaire - Baby cream - cheaper in France
Homeoplasmine - moisturising balm - couldn't find in UK
Klorane - Monoi beauty oil for body and hair - couldn't find in UK
Klorane - Dry shampooNettle/oatmeal - comparable
Le Petit Marseilles - shower gels - couldn't find in UK
Les Fermes de Marie Pure Altitude - couldn't find in UK
Lierac Diopticalm - eye cream - couldn't find in UK
Nuxeproducts - slightly cheaper
P'tit Olivier - bath/shower gel - couldn't find in UK
Payot Élixir"Huile aux extraits de myrrh et d ' Amyris couldn't find in UK
"Beauty Oil for Body and Hair - Not located yet for comparison
Roger & Gallet - Eau Fraîche Parfumée - comparable
Roger & Gallet - soapstravel box - slightly cheaper
Roger & Gallet - Fleur d’Osmanthus Beauty Oil - couldn't find in UK
Uriage AquaPrecis - couldn't find in UK
Tahiti - shower gels - couldn't find in UK

Hope this helps someone!

santamarianovella Fri 28-Jun-13 10:56:49

im a big fan of nuxe,love their anti fatigue serum and moisturizing mask.
bioderma water cleanser is great and cheap in france,and the hydrabio exfoliating cream is not too harsh and leaves the skin feeling very soft.

klorane baby products are excellent,their nappy rash creme is amazing,and their eau de bebe smells divine.

ProjectGainsborough Fri 28-Jun-13 10:21:08

Marking place as off to France in a month.

pinkhousesarebest Thu 27-Jun-13 22:19:30

Embryolisse for removing makeup. Fab stuff if you have dry skin.

Biafine for sunburn.

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 20:01:17

Oh and M&S Beauty sells Nuxe and some of the others online and in selected stores.

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 19:59:59

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse has the most amazing scent and comes in 'Ore' too; a lovely subtle glowing gold plus an actual Nuxe prodigieuse parfum scented with Tiare;

Nuxe Baume Des Reves-Reve Du Miel lipbalm

Le Petit Marseillaise shower gels (cheap as chips and gorgeous scents);

Bourjois shower gels;

Eau Jeune Scenteurs Fraiches- glass bottles of heavenly citrus scented EDT dirt cheap too but great quality;

Klorane Chamomile shampoo which is lovely on blonde hair nad Klorane Monoi beauty oil for body and hair

Vichy foaming cleansers;

Cetaphil cleansers and make up remover- so gentle models use them to remove makeup after shows from angry, stressed skin.

Also look out for bottles of Hawaiian and Tahitian monoi and coconut body oils. They smell incredible.

Claxonia Wed 26-Jun-13 19:42:43

Avene Cicalfate drying lotion is is brilliant for getting rid of spots overnight. I also like the Bio derma face wipes and for some reason I find Dafalgan paracetamol much more effective than other brands (especially for hangovers)

Jupiter118 Wed 26-Jun-13 19:19:34

Caudalie (sp) stuff is nice peach shower gel lush!

EarthtoMajorTom Wed 26-Jun-13 09:34:33

Yes EliotNess that's why she keeps one of the creams in the pantry... FGS why can't she go and pretend to be British somewhere else???

Tigermax Tue 25-Jun-13 21:26:30

Ooh lovely! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer! Great link and a nice mix of different products from you all. Will leave kids with hubby tomorrow and have a good, long rummage with Mumsnet app open!

Vibbe Tue 25-Jun-13 19:46:46

I love Klorane dry shampoo. Both the nettle and oatmeal versions are good.
Dermophil lip balm.
Dermophil hand cream.
Uriage AquaPrecis day cream.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast (both products in that range) and the Effaclar range.
Avene Akerat S for keratosis pilaris.
Avene Cold Cream hand cream is also very good, almost as good as the Dermophil hand cream.
Nuxe Reve de miel lip balm (the one in the glass jar).
Garancia Diabolique Tomate day cream.

EliotNess Tue 25-Jun-13 19:35:10

that link is feckking gwynnie isnt i

Mummynotmum Tue 25-Jun-13 19:34:48

Bioderma crealine h2o Micelle solution. Make up remover and cleanser... So brilliantly effective and so gentle... I love it.

AuntieStella Tue 25-Jun-13 19:25:37

And one of this year's sunburn threads had a recommendation for a French gel called Osmo Soft.

AuntieStella Tue 25-Jun-13 19:14:28

Lovely link, mummyonthewedge.

I'd add Nuxe creme prodigieuse.

And the P'tit Olivier bath/shower gel in rose as it really is a good and lasting scent.

mummyonthewedge Tue 25-Jun-13 19:08:36

I used this article as the basis of my shopping list once. The makeup remover is particularly good.

www.goop.com/journal/get/114/the-french-pharmacy

Tigermax Tue 25-Jun-13 18:54:08

I put some Roche-Posey sun screen today in my basket and then felt completely daunted and left with nothing else... What do you recommend?

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