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Paris Pharmacy Buys

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paris pharmacy buys

If you ever find yourself in a situation where the pharmacie closest to your apartment is closed for the evening (or closed because it's Sunday) they will often post on their front door the address of the designated Pharmacie de Garde, or the pharmacy in the surrounding area that's open for extended hours. The pharmacies in each neighborhood all take turns each week or month to stay open during nights and Sundays.

This pharmacy, conveniently located near the Hotel de Ville and the BHV department store, will let you do all your necessary French beauty product shopping before, during or after your stroll through the Marais.

I ended up buying most of my products at the Pharmacie de la place de la République. It was never overly crowded, was open 24/7, and the staff spoke excellent English and were extremely helpful. I had a lot of questions about some of my buys and relied on their expertise and knowledge of the different lines of products.

For that, and many other items I could normally find in an American grocery, it required a trip to the pharmacy! Very quickly realized how cool the pharmacies were in France. I highly recommend that on your next trip to France you check one out.

There is practically one every block in Paris. Some are quite old with beautiful facades, some more modern, and others just simply utilitarian, serving the purpose it was created for. No matter which pharmacy you visit in Paris (or France) I wanted to share some of the items you might think about picking up and a few items I would discourage you from buying.

But I think every trip to Paris should include a pit stop at a local pharmacy to stock up on a wide variety of skincare must-haves. For this post, my gal-pal in Paris, Mitalee, did some intensive research that involved many beauty discussions with Parisians and expats alike over lots of glasses of wine. And she has rounded 9 of the best French skincare products that you can easily get at the pharmacy around the corner or even order online from the comfort of your home.

Sunscreen is probably the most important and the most underrated skincare must-have on this list. Wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to protect your skin from harmful rays and ensuring its healthy appearance all year round. La Roche-Posay is an award-winning French pharmacy brand that was established in 1975 and consistently works with dermatologists to create effective formulations with active ingredients.

Micellar water is a staple product in a makeup toolkit. It is a quintessential pharmacy product found all over France, and you can rarely go wrong with it. It draws out impurities and leaves the skin refreshed and clean. The soft formula in Bioderma Sensibio H20 works wonders on all skin types and is an excellent makeup remover for heavy and long-wear makeup. It also works well on waterproof makeup without irritation or deep rubbing.

French pharmacies come equipped with moisturizers for all skin types. Embryolisse is one of the most iconic and popular moisturizers on the pharmacy shelves. Created by a Parisian dermatologist in the 1950s, this moisturizer has been used by makeup artists all over the world for its hydration without any irritation.

If you want to embrace your inner French girl, then trying some of these wonderful French skincare products that you can get at any French pharmacy is a good start. The French trust their local pharmacist as if they were an old family friend and French skincare brands have a tradition of medicinal products utilizing ingredients found in nature. I encourage you to step inside a pharmacy the next time you visit Paris!

The French have a decidedly studied approach to skincare and beauty, and a trip to the Paris pharmacy offers a wealth of affordable, good value, time-tested lotions and potions like multi-purpose Homeoplasmine ointment, non-irritating make-up remover Bioderma Sensibio H2O, moisturizing Embryolisse face cream, life-changing Khlorane dry shampoo and other celebrated French beauty and skincare products.

Many cult French pharmacy brands are now available online in the U.S., usually at a considerable mark-up (a tube of Homeoplasmine, for example, will run you a couple of euros at the Paris pharmacy; buying it on Amazon can cost upwards of $30).

Those who love unscented body lotions and creams will find many great choices at the pharmacy. For flaky skin, Biotherm Anti-Drying Body Milk and La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP Lipid Replenishing Body Balm are perfect, and Avène likewise has several excellent options.

Every time I visit the pharmacy I walk away with another package of Roger & Gallet soaps. Who can resist the beautiful packaging and impressive collection of scents: rose, linden flower, honey and almond, orange blossom, and verbena? The bars are triple milled and hold their shape well. The scent is rich enough to perfume not only your skin, but also your bathroom. I use sandalwood soap to scent my sweater and linen drawers.

This area of the Latin Quarter has plenty to recommend itself: the low-key, relaxed atmosphere, serene Jardin des Plantes, Rue Mouffetard Market sprawling on the oldest street in Paris, and much more. Great selection and friendly, helpful staff are the reasons to check out this wonderful pharmacy.

Victoria: Ah, yes, the samples are the best part. I bought a small tube of hand cream, and I received 5 samples of other products. Of course, it depends on a pharmacy and its pharmacist. Some are more generous than others.

Victoria: When my mom travels to Ukraine, she also find interesting pharmacy products. One of our favorites is a rose-apple body butter made by a Crimean company. It smells exactly like fresh tea roses. February 28, 2013 at 11:08am Reply

The pharmacy concept is similar in Estonia, although the choice is not as plentiful. Still, several of the French brands are available, as are Eucerin (absolutely excellent value for money), Weleda, Dr Hauschka and others. February 28, 2013 at 10:58am Reply

Sabrina: I am plannig to visit paris on September . I really found your post very informative. I wanted to ask for your advise :1) I have a combination skin, t zone oily and I easily hv break outs if I use oil based products on the face. Water based products work like a charm for me be it face wash or sunscreen. Can you recommend a brand2) also I live in a humid city Mumbai, I hv hair tht lacks lustre and gets oily soon and is rough what hair product brand would you recommend August 1, 2013 at 6:51am Reply

Before Sarah Jessica Parker and Anne Hathaway became devotees, I was a twenty-three-year-old baby journalist on a business trip to Paris where I bought out an entire shelf of one French pharmacy in the 16th arrondissement (true story).

Wow!!!! I am drooling. I so want to visit Paris just for a haul ? If I go to Paris, I am sure to take tips from you. Seems like this store is a wholesale one. True that excess crowd ruins the shopping experience. I love to roam around and check out products, buying or not. Btw, loccitane is also a pharmacy brand?

Parisian pharmacies are quite different from the pharmacies in the United States. Parisian pharmacies sell medicine and self care products. While in the United States, the pharmacies kind of look like little grocery stores. You can buy medicine, but you also can buy some cokes, snacks and a magazine as well. In the United States, there are pharmacy chains, such as CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens and Walmart. Parisian pharmacies are privately owned. In Paris, there are no pharmacy chains.

This article brings together 30 must-have french pharmacy skin care products that you can find in any French pharmacy, which is highly recommended by French people. Each product plays a specific role to help you to solve a specific skin problem, such as anti-wrinkle, moisturizing, anti-acne, firming, whitening, anti-freckle, oil-control, etc.

By reading this article, you can choose the appropriate french skincare product according to your skin type, skin problems and your own demands. These products belong to popular pharmacy brands like Caudalie, La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Nuxem etc.

This french pharmacy skin care product is suitable for moisturizing and hydrating the oily skin. Its light-texture will hydrate your skin instantly without any oily sensation, it helps to moisturize the skin and reduce the fine lines. After using this cream, your skin will be more moisturized, softer and glossy.

Care for the sensitive skin has always been a big headache. Then we really recommend you to try the pharmacy products of these 3 popular brands: La Roche-Posay, Caudalie, and SVR. Particularly, the anti-allergic cream of SVR is the saviour for sensitive skin. Some pharmacy products that we suggested are legally prescribed by the French dermatologist as an official medical treatment solution.

Many tourists ask for travel kits in KAMS. There are 2 main reasons why travel kit is so hit: it provides the possibility to try varied products with an affordable price; products from the same series optimize the benefits. Following are the best-sellers of travel kit of french pharmacy skin care products in KAMS.

I believe most tourists are trouble about buying what products as presents for friends or family when they travel abroad. Therefore, I will recommend to some delicate but practical and affordable french pharmacy skin care products.

There are no photos of Citypharma in this story because the ratio of stern, lab-coated sales ladies to customers in that store is nearly 1-1 and they do not allow photographs. Which leads us to rule #1 of navigating a French pharmacy: 041b061a72


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