Once a year I travel to France for an extended period of time. I’ve taken it upon myself to find the best beautifying products the country over that I can stuff into my carry-on and return home with, announcing with each bottle and tube “the Holy Grail of French beauty products”. Ironically, you hardly have to look further than the loved-by-all-including-me Monoprix. This is essentially the spot for all your needs from world-renowned 5 euro wine, to luxe yogurt, and of course beauty buys. It truly gives Disneyland a run for its money as the happiest place on earth. While we don’t have the luck of being graced with such an establishment in the USA, the internet is a magnificent place where in just a few clicks or our given links you can order the below imports. French Girl approved.
This will quickly become one of those products you simply can’t live without — trust me, it happened to me firsthand. Never a fan of those highly chemical, alcohol filled makeup removers, Bioderma’s H20 Micellar Water was exactly what I was searching very far and wide for. Who knew it was sitting on the shelves of the Monoprix this whole time. It breaks down even the toughest makeup, and wipes it off without extra tugging at those lashes! No need to wash it off after, you can just leave those delicious ingredients to soak in!
Another life changer: Nuxe is a brand well loved, and passed down form grandmother, to mother, to chic French girl you follow on Instagram. I don’t think I’ve ever met a Francophile that doesn’t use Huile Prodigieuse. To tame frizzy hair and give it extra shine, or to hydrate skin — you’ll be savoring it like it’s a bottle of pure gold.
Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste, 3.8 ouncesA brilliant smile is another charm this country wields so well. Marvis is not only the chicest tube of toothpaste you could possibly grace your bathroom with, it also delivers what it promises.
Once finding myself in a small French town, sans shampoo and with a well-traveled matted do — I took refuge in the Pharmacy trying to find something to help me out. I just randomly grabbed a bottle of Klorane and am so glad I did! Doing further research this is well-loved by all Francophones, and Europeans alike! It’s hydrating, smells divine, and does the job when your Provincial French shower head doesn’t!
Beret’s off to another cult favorite. This rich, moisturizing cream can be found in just about any Monoprix or Pharmacy, but don’t confuse it’s commonality for being low-grade. Avène’s secret ingredient is Thermal Spring Water which keeps Frenchie’s looking sprite and youthful even in the hottest summer months.
Another Avène treat is this lip cream that keeps mouths ready for French kissing at all times! It also contains that Thermal Spring Water that works wonders on dry derm. Save yourself from buying more products than needed and double this one up as an eye cream before bed!
Not able to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes French deodorant so much better than North American, Sanoflore seems to be the local choice. It doesn’t have any of those yucky ingredients like aluminum, and smells divine!
Oh, you thought we were done with Nuxe? We’re never done. This lip cream can be a little pricey to get state-side but it is so incredibly worth the silky soft lips. Using this nightly helps eliminate the wrinkles that can appear around your lips if you partake in any of those Parisienne activities such as smoking cigarettes, or an influx of kissing!
If you were to peek into any woman’s shower in France you would more than likely see a bar of this resting on her shelf. It’s non-drying, soft on the skin, and has a smell that’s nostalgic of those beauty addicts that came before!
Often topping the lists of best SPF, this face sunscreen is perfect for long days à la plage. Since daily sunscreen application is highly suggested, you’ll never find yourself without this one again!
Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream 75 ml
This luxurious cream may appear unassuming, however it brings so many purposes to your skincare routine. Use as a long lasting moisturizer, as a gentle makeup remover, or a protective hand cream for the girl on the go! This one is another classic that generations swear by!