VIVES LES PHARMACIES FRANÇAISES
So my recent trip to Strasbourg obviously meant I made a long overdue visit to a French pharmacy. While there is so much good stuff you can buy, I always find myself rather overwhelmed by the sheer mass of products on offer. As my Caudalie moisturisers are still going strong and most items for sale can actually be tracked down on the internet or in non-French pharmacies, I decided to stick to what I needed.
If you're looking for a good lowdown of what to buy, make sure to head over to Primer & Lacquer, where Ari has pinned down the best French pharmacy products to invest in! But let's get started with my purchases...
I'm a big fan of Bioderma H2O. I know that you can find some great copies of this micellar water in any drugstore nowadays, but I keep coming back to this one. Not only does it come in a huge bottle which lasts me about six months or so, it's also scentless and doesn't irritate my skin. I only use it to remove my makeup in the evenings - it's not a cleanser!
Caudalie's Eau de Beauté is somewhat a cult product. I bought my first bottle about two years ago and wasn't sure what to do with it. After a rather hot and stuffy summer in the office however, this refreshing grape water has become my go-to toner for a quick refreshing spray. I bought a small and a big version - one is going to be kept in my handbag, the other one is going to be used as a moisture boost before applying my moisturiser each day.
The Caudalie Thé des Vignes shower gel* hasn't come into action yet, so I cannot guarantee its worth yet. However Caudalie products never disappoint, so I'm sure this will be just another item to add to the 'to buy in France' list.
Last but not least comes the Klorane dry shampoo with nettle. Since living in Berlin I have had trouble to come to terms with the bad water quality; my hair seems to never feel clean and as I have a very sensitive scalp I have to be extra careful and gentle (no harsh shampoos allowed). The Klorane dry shampoo had been on my mind for quite some time, so I thought it was about time I made the plunge and test the waters - and so far so good! Beware, less is more, unless you are going for the granny look! And the best thing? It's scentless! It comes for the fraction of any Bumble & Bumble or Sachajuan offerings, but still more luxurious than Batiste could ever be (does anyone else HATE that smell as much as I do?!), making it a worthwhile purchase on my behalf.
What do you buy at French pharmacies?