5 beauty products I got at the french pharmacy


Each time I visit Paris, I make it my mission to find the biggest French pharmacy I can. I spend time wandering the aisles and give the helpful saleswoman a sheepish non, merci when I can still only guess that she’s asking me if I need assistance. My goal is always to pick up products that I can’t get in New York but sometimes I can’t help it and something just looks more appealing on the shelf of the French pharmacy. Here, the five products I bought on my most recent trip.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches With Soothing Cornflower – Ok, readily available in the US so we’re not off to the best start. Eye masks are a fairly new obsession of mine so I’m in the gotta-try-them-all phase. I keep a pair in the refrigerator to use on mornings when my eyes feel tired, whether it’s from lack of sleep or too much screen time. The shape is a tad larger than most which I like because all the more room for the soothing effect.

Nuxe Bio Beaute Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask – This amazing mask is only available in France so I’ve learned to stock up and/or have my boyfriend bring me a tub when he visits. Unlike any detox mask I’ve ever tried, it is very citrusy and has a gel texture that turns oily when massaged in and milky when rinsed off.

Nuxe Clarifying Cream Mask – I like to use a clarifying mask every other week or so and this one is much more gentle than my typical charcoal or mud mask. I recently ordered this face mask applicator that will make masks in tubs easier to apply, remove and keep clean.

Caudalie Anti-Aging Face Suncare SPF 30 – I’m saving this to test out once my current SPF is done. I love so many beauty products from Caudalie – face masks, serums, lip balms – so I have high hopes.

Tata Harper Very Bronzing – After thoroughly combing the ingredients list to be sure there was no coconut oil (coconut oil = instant spots on my skin), I was searching for this cream bronzer for weeks and couldn’t find it in stock anywhere. So I thought it was my lucky day when I spotted it at the incredibly chic Oh My Cream beauty shop in the 7th. I’ve used it nearly every day since. Applied with my fingers (my brush of choice the past year or so) on top of BB cream, it’s now my go-to summer makeup.