Saturday, July 5, 2014

Best French Drugstore Beauty Brands

I leave on a one-way ticket to Paris in two-and-a-half months (September 22!), but it seems like it's forever away.

Believe it or not, I've only very recently gotten into beauty and skincare. I was in France exactly a year ago, yet I didn't even set foot into a French pharmacy, where all of the great skincare and haircare products are sold. (FYI--French pharmacies are nothing like here. They sell some skincare, haircare, and OTC products and they fill prescriptions. Nothing like CVS or Walgreen's.)

You can buy all of these brands in the U.S. (just click on the photo!), but they're significantly cheaper in France, which is why I'm waiting. I'll give a couple of examples for each brand. So here are the brands about which I'm most excited!



I've heard nothing but good things about La Roche-Posay's sun care products, and cannot wait to try them while in France. All of my French friends tell me that French sunscreen brands are the best, so I guess this must be the crème de la crème! To give you a price comparison, the Anthelios Face Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid (SPF 45) costs $28/50 mL here but only 10,99 € ($14.93) abroad. That's almost half the U.S. price!


René Furterer has a mélange of hair and skin products, though this brand mostly focuses on hair. The KARITÉ Intense Nourishing Oil costs $37/100 mL in the U.S., but in France it's only 21,33 € ($28.98). Still, that's 22% savings.


I am obsessed with Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract. I sampled it in one of my Birchboxes and it's the only dry shampoo I've ever used that didn't leave white powder in my hair--and that actually made my hair look clean. As much as I love it, I don't want to pay $20/95 mL. In France, however, it only costs about 8 € ($10.87) for a 150 mL bottle, meaning 95 mL would cost only $6.88 (5.06 €). If those aren't great savings (66%!!!!), I don't know what are.

Finally, what is known to be the holy grail of French skincare: Caudalie. While I have not yet had the opportunity to try Caudalie myself, I have all of the below products picked out. Yes, all of them. Caudalie uses grape-seed oil and other vineyard extractions to make anti-aging serums, body butter, morning eye cream, facial mists, and everything else under the sun, and I want it all. Here's why I'm not getting it until France, though. Let's use the Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum as an example. This is a product I really really want, but it costs $62/30 mL--not in my budget. But in France, it costs 33,40 €/30 mL, or $45.38. While it still isn't cheap, it's still 27% savings.


I could go on and on about Caudalie, but I'll stop myself here. If you don't want to spend a fortune but try out their products, get the Caudalie Favorites Kit from Sephora for only $32. It has $57 worth of products, and you can try out five of Caudalie's best products. Remember, with every Sephora purchase you make, you get three free samples! (Or, if you're racking up Birchbox points, get it from the Birchbox shop!)

Which of these products would you want to try?

28 comments:

  1. That's so interesting that it's so much cheaper in France! I'm a huge fan of Clarins, but it's so expensive over here that I am waiting for my September holiday to the US to get it there! But I only live a couple of hours from the French border, maybe I need to head over there instead... good to know! Especially the Roche-Posay products, I've also only heard good things about their sunscreen!

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  2. Absolutely! I have no idea how much these products cost in other European countries, so for all I know, they have the same French prices.

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  3. I am so hitting up French drugstores next time I travel to Europe!

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  4. I've been to France three times and spent a total of 3.5 months there, yet never have set foot in a pharmacy. That's changing!

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  5. I love the Klorane's dry shampoo, too! I have super dark brown hair and I don't have any problems with it leaving my hair white either. :)


    And I loooove Caudalie! My favorite products are the Beauty Elixir and the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.


    Have a great time in France!

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  6. I keep hearing great things about Caudalie - Definitely on my wish list to try!

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  7. I have always wanted to go to France! The price difference on the skincare is amazing!

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  8. I obviously need to branch out because I haven't heard of these brands. Thanks so much for all the info! And hellloooo Paris? Sounds like a fun adventure!

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  9. Ooh thanks for the feedback! I'll get both!

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  10. Same. Don't be surprised if I come back with the entire Caudalie collection hahaha.

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  11. Come visit me!!!!! Free lodging! :)

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  12. Ahhh I can't wait! I'm actually living an hour outside of Paris, but still. :)

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  13. love this post! definitely will stop at a drugstore if i go to France.
    xo
    Orly
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  14. I love La Roche-Posay's mascara which, unfortunately, is not sold in the US. Most mascaras I've tried irritate my eyes or cause my eyelashes to break, but not so with La Roche-Posay! Just threw away the last tube I had actually. I stocked up before I left Switzerland. Trying to make the switch to a US brand now ): I really miss European pharmacies.

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  15. Hi Chloe,
    are these hypoallergenic? I'd really like to try any of these! It's just that I'm allergic to most cosmetics/beauty products. Thanks so much for sharing! <3 <3

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  16. Just did some research, here you go!


    La Roche-Posay is completely hypoallergenic. I'm not sure about René Furterer, but if you go to their website, each product has a list of ingredients. According to this page on their website, only Klorane's eye products are hypoallergenic, but again, you can take a look at the ingredients list (and it looks like most, if not all, products are paraben-free and sulfate-free). Caudalie is paraben-free and most (if not all) of their products are sulfate-free, and the ingredients look pretty safe. This site will tell you more!


    Hope you found this useful!

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  17. Oh wow, I'll have to try that! Is it expensive?

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  18. Really liked this post! Thank you for sharing.

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  19. I'm so glad! You're very welcome. :)

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  20. Hi Chloe!

    I'll definitely try La Roche-Posay! Caudalie sounds tempting but I'll just wait for your review before trying it.<3 <3 Thanks so much! Appreciate it!

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  21. No problem! Let me know which product(s) you try and how you like it! :D

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  22. i love france and buying beauty products there! random story: when i was there for a summer i bought some lotion and then when i got home and finished it, i kept refilling the french bottle because it was pretty :)

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  23. They do have great packaging! :)

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  24. Lovely! I need to try some of those!

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  25. My sister spent 6 months abroad in France! I wonder if she ever tried any of these.

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  26. How lucky! Which city, do you know?

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  27. caudalie elixor spray is amazing! the scent is perfect as well

    Do you have a review of Vain Pursuits? I'd love to read what you have to say... my girlfriends are all talking about it.

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I'd love to hear what you have to say!

 
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