Jul 182013

Many of my choices are available in the U.S. or through shipping for delivery in the U.S. I must admit, it was fun to make my choices in real life. Are there any more things that I should consider over the next few days? Please put suggestions in the comments, please.

  • La Roche-Posay Redermic C Eye Vitamin C Moisturizing Cream (27 euros)
  • La Roche-Posay Serozinc Cleansing and Soothing Solution (6.6 euros)
  • Institut Esteherm No Sun sunblock
  • Nuxe Reve de Meil lip balm (11 euros for 2)
  • Avene Cleanance K
  • La Roche-Posay Redermic R (over the counter retinol)
  • Avene Cold Cream
  • French Pharmacy Finds (Summer 2013)

I haven’t tried all of these yet, so I have not comments (as yet) as to their usefulness.

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  27 Responses to “My Choices from the French Pharmacies”

  1. Try something, just about everything, from Caudalie!

  2. I love French pharmacies (and French pharmacists are THE best). A few years ago, one of the drugstores here in Canada wisely began selling more from these lines here. But, still, there is nothing like finding it and getting it there. And I think that I will try that Avène Cold Cream Hand Cream. I looked it up and sounds like what I need at the moment. So thanks for this post!

  3. I haven’t tried any of your picks but they look so interesting. Since I am traveling to France very often, I would love to know your test results. I have some testers from La Roche-Posay Redermic line, a product which is supposed to be spot wrinkle treatment (not all face but rather specific areas). I had some issues with it, after application the spot was scratching so I couldn’t use it during the recommended time.

  4. Oh man, what I wouldnt do to get my hands on the Nuxe Essentials Travel Kit, and the Reve de Meil lip balm!

  5. You must try Bioderma Crealine makeup remover. It is in a large plastic bottle and is a clear liquid. I bought some at CityPharma in Paris just a couple of months ago and I hope I never have to do without it, it is absolutely the BEST at makeup removal, doesn’t leave the skin oily or dry feeling, just refreshed. I also bought the LaRoche-Posay Rendermic cream and I love it too. Wish I was there now!

    • Thank you Sandy! 🙂 Would be fun to skin care shop together!

    • Bioderma Crealine is the only makeup remover I have bought over and over, although a large bottle will last almost a year. I get mine through Amazon.

      • Bioderma has a few stockists in London- I hoard bottles when visiting.

        My favourite French pharmacy product is the Avene Cold Cream stick lip balm-amazingly rich and lasts for ages. La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is also great for any rashes or dry patches. Both Avene and LRP both do great sun protection and moisturising body washes too.

        • YES! Totally agree on the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast. I got it when I was in France on my honeymoon and got a sunburn, but I’ve also used it as a makeup primer and as a moisturizer, especially in the winter. It’s so luxurious and rich but never feels heavy!

      • I’ve been using Bioderma for about a year now! Love it – and believe it or not, I’ve gotten it on EBay! I don’t use it to remove eye makeup – especially long-wearing liner. I use an oily remover specifically made for eyes – the Bioderma didn’t work all that well, and stings a bit. But it’s wonderful for the rest!

  6. Hello! My suggestions are : Lierac huile sensorielle aux 3 fleures blanche (it’s an oil and when used on damp skin it transforms in milk…luxurious), in the same line there are several other products and I’ve got them all; I’m loving a lot also the body scrub (again a scrub in a gel/oil texture to use on dry skin for a first gentle massage and then with water to transform in milk). Nuxe Reve de Miel balm. Caudalie hand and feet balms. I may write a neverending list as I’ve tried almost everything pharmacy offers that is adapted to my skin and my needs over the last 40 years (my mum used them on my as I was a baby!). Hope you’ll enjoy your last few days…

    • I’ve been curious about Lierac, thank you Corinne. I’ve stared at the Lierac peel in the shops too. I’ll take a look for the oil.

  7. Hmm, I’ve heard the Reve de Miel in the tube isn’t as good as the one in the jar. I’ve been very curious about their skin oils though.

    I definitely recommend Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute moisturizer and (get the Light version if your skin is normal to oily). It’s great!

    • I love the Nuxe oil–I did a review of it on the blog last year. I still have plenty left (plus the Caudalie Divine as well). Thank you for the other recs! 🙂

  8. Homeoplasmine, Avavon, Collosol Lait, Payot Elixir, Roge Cavaille soap, Uriage Thermal Water, T. LeClerc powders, Caron powder, Lierac Sensorielle products (scrub, oil, body lotion, shower gel)

  9. All of the companies you choose are readily available in Canadian stores. Avene is my preferred line for my sensitive/rosacea complexion. Avene choices: Soothing Moisture Mask, Hydrance Optimale Riche, Gentle Milk Cleanser.

    My sister-in-law uses La Roche Posay: Toleraine-demo Cleanser, Toleraine Ultra, Toleraine Riche cream, lipikar soap bar, Xerand hand cream (great products for any skin type).

    While most of the above are for sensitive skin, they are suitable for anyone and the soothing moisture mask is especially nice on stressed-out skin.

    Have fun shopping.

  10. If anyone here has access to Canadian friends or relatives, all of the products shown are available at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada. (Shopper’s is concentrated in Ontario, mostly.) All are fabulous products, likely sold at a lower rate than the euro. The Bioderma cleansing water mentioned in another reader’s comment is also sold at Shopper’s. The thermal waters offered by both La Roche-Posay and Avene are just wonderful.

  11. I would definitely get Bioderma H2O water!

  12. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentree and Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse. And anything Caudalie.

  13. I would say anything from Embryolisse (especially the lait crème concentré and the hydrating face mask), Cicalfate cream (from Avène; it helps the scares to go away ), le masque hydratant (Avène), the cabernet body scrub from Caudalie, homeoplasmine.. Enjoy !

  14. Try the suncare range from La Roche Posay, it’s the best! It’s called Anthelios. Also there’s a really good face mask from the brand Cattier, it’s a cleansing mask called Masque Argile, and the good thing about it, it costs about 4 euros… It’s recommanded from Caroline Hirons (beautymouth.com)!

  15. Hi, all La Roche- Posay range, Nuxe and try Darphin. It´s awesome!

  16. The little Nuxe kit, I’d go for it but do not get the stick lip balm. It’s just horrible and so different than the jar. That’s the one you want, it’s been my HG for at least 2 years. The Avène Cold cream hand cream is lovely and great to use in the evening. It’s a little greasy for daytime. A great daytime hand cream is Caudalie’s, it too is HG for me. My daughter uses CleananceK and it’s fantastic for her. She has normalish skin and is 14. She rarely gets imperfections and I’m sure this has helped a lot due to it’s combo of AHA & BHA. 🙂

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