Published on March 2, 2018

Ah, the joie de vivre of the French—how they cook their eggs, wash their hair, dye their first gray hairs, spray perfume, and shop flea markets—they’ve really figured it all out. They also always know how to pick an effective skincare product. And even more impressively, they know how to wade their way through the drugstore, finding the crème de la crème in each aisle.

But you don’t have to be in Montmartre to grab these drugstore goodies—thanks to the French beauty invasion that’s happened in the last few years, all of these brands are probably at your local drugstore. When you see any of the below, trust that they have not only been vetted by your favorite Frenchies, they’re now practically canonized they’re so famous and in a class all their own.

Biafine

Try Out: Biafine Cream, $35

The iconic tube is still the same formula and packaging since 1971, when French chemist M. Wenmaekers created an emergency cream to treat his daughter’s ironing burns. Today it’s still used to relieve burns, but also a blessing on calming and regenerating sunburnt skin. The magical mix of water, avocado oil, and paraffin can also be a godsend for soothing general sensitive skin woes.  

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Enough is never enough. #wemistyou

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Avène

Try Out: Thermal Spring Water, $9

One of these thermal spring water sprays are sold every two seconds—it’s that perfect. A must for all skin types, but especially sensitive skin, as it soothes, calms, and heals. And the light, aerated mist is alone just incredibly refreshing. But the water itself is what’s so magical, it contains naturally occurring minerals to purify, heal and hydrate for a brightened look. I’ve know some experts to spray it on after washing their face to balance skin, or use it to set makeup, or after being out in the sun, or on the plane—literally anytime of day for anything.

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Awhile ago I wrote about my favorite hair products which targets fine hair prone to hairloss (hello new mommies out there I know you dread those "rontok" periods) or hair prone to limpness… I promised to do a "solo" review on this white can above 👆🏼👆🏼 yep dry shampoo ! train your hair to last longer im between washes with a blast of this & your scalp will thank you.. Like i said in my previous review, "less wash = less hair going down the drain".. swipe over to the left to see how to apply it properly because the 1 thing I hear asian complain regarding dry shampoo is : "it makes my hair look white" "it makes it even more limp"… Here's the rule of thumb(s) for dry shampoo : 1) spray AT LEAST from an elbows length. You'd want the product to disperse not focus on a spot (this is why your hair looks white !) 2) lift hair up as you target different areas (the lifting movement gives volume) 3) WAIT ! before brushing or tousling with your fingers after you spray… Brush your teeth while you wait (that's about 2-3 mins i guess?) … If you touch directly, you'll weight your hair down again & you just wasted the product Lastly …ever heard of prevention ? Dont wait until your hair is soaked in oil to use it.. Start using it once the oils already starts to creep.. Do all things above, i assure you'll be blessed with good 3rd 4th day hair… the 2nd photo on this set is my 4th day hair… texturing done by @andreaszhusalon . #klorane #kloranedryshampoo #howtousedryshampoo #hairtipsandtricks

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Klorane

Try Out: Dry Shampoo, $10

The most-awarded dry shampoo ever is also available at your local drugstore. The reason for its popularity is its ultra gentle mix, thanks to the secret ingredient: the French flowering plant, nettle. It’s pretty much the secret to that volumized, disheveled hair we all want, and all French girls have. And it leaves no residue in the hair, which is precisely why a bottle is bought every 10 seconds throughout the world.

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Homeoplasmine

Try Out: Homeoplasmine Cream, $15

Pretty much every French girl, makeup artist, and Francophile has this cream in their routine. For good reason, the multi-purpose ointment soothes, hydrates, and protects. It plumps dull skin, transforms flaky lips, and can even be worn overnight to heal irritated spots. It’s basically the French version of Vaseline.

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★ Cult Classic ★ @embryolisseusa • Lait-Crème Concentré is BACK IN STOCK! Check out this review by @lacoolhunter & thanks for the photo boo! ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "So I know this is a cult classic but I was pretty skeptical when I bought it. I have oily skin and I’m usually terrified of anything too rich and moisturizing. I put some of this on, wait for it to absorb and then pile on my makeup and let me me tell you gurl…. it just looks so nice and flawless because we all need moisture and hydration! It doesn’t make me any oilier than I already am so it’s a winner for me, thank God I bought a two pack deal." @lacoolhunter⠀ ⠀ Available at themakeupclub.com. #themakeupclubfl #themakeupclub #makeup #promakeup #promua #promakeupartist #promualife #promakeupstore #florida #makeupmusthave #promakeupkit #embryolisse #laitconcentre

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Embryolisse

Try Out: Lait-Crème Concentrè, $16

A cocktail of natural ingredients, including shea butter, aloe vera, and beeswax, make this fine, milky textured cream a staple backstage for every makeup artist. Created by a Parisian dermatologist, it’s suitable even for the most sensitive skin. It can be used on dry spots, all-over for dehydrated skin, and even as a makeup remover. (When in doubt, just slather it all over.)

Bioderma

Try Out: Sensibio H2O, $6.90

The cultiest of culty products here, this micellar water is beloved all over France (and beyond) for its gentle, highly effective ability to remove all makeup and dirt on skin. Also, some Frenchies like to swipe it on the skin in the morning in lieu of washing their face, or you can use it to balance pH on the skin like a toner would. Its beauty lies in the chemical structure—glycerol ester assures its able to work with every skin type, and able to chemically balance skin’s pH without having to use water.

Nuxe

Try Out: Huile Prodigieuse, $27.50

This is a magical oil that softens everything it comes in contact with, including hair, skin, and even feet. The mix of seven plant oils, like sweet almond oil, camellia oil, and macadamia oil, make it incredibly hydrating. But it also leaves behind this incredible glowing sheen that just makes you *glow* from head to toe.

La Roche-Posay

Try Out: Cicaplast Baume, $15

Pretty much everything from this now easy-to-access in the US brand is pretty fantastic, and available at a super price, too. The sunscreen is incredible, face lotions soothing, and the body creams (like the Cicaplast Baume) are so hydrating and nourishing. And yet again, all are incredibly cheap for the quality you’re getting. The Cicaplast balm absorbs quickly, but soothes all dryness, redness, and irritation immediately—so much so that it’s even suitable for babies.

Keep the French vibes going:


The French Girl’s Guide to Cooking Eggs
Every French Girl (and Meghan Markle) Swears By This Hair Oil

How the French Do Summer Cocktails

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