Beauty Travel

Beauty Hack: The French Parapharmacie

French pharmacies are truly a thing of BEAUTY, especially if you know what you’re looking for.

I don’t usually buy French beauty products at Finnish pharmacies because of the prices (which I’ll discuss in more detail below). Last week I went to Paris, however, did some price comparisons and some of the differences are astounding.

If you have products you swear by (think La Roche-Posay, Avene, Vichy, Lierac, Nuxe) you may be able to finance a trip to France by stocking up on them there.

Pharmacies seem to be on every corner in Paris, but the best ones to look for are called parapharmacies. Parapharmacies are shops that sell everything you’d find in a regular French pharmacy (and more) without the medicine counter. The prices are usually much lower and you’ll often find promotions on certain brands and loads of 2 for 1 deals.

I went to a few different parapharmacies in Paris, and while some are better than others, they all had tons to choose from and at great prices.

Here’s what I picked up and how much I paid:

La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Moisturizer

This was one of the products I actually planned on buying before going to Paris. It’s light and great to use after using drying skincare products (like clarifying masks). I paid €8.99 in France compared to €17.50 in Finland.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I hadn’t heard of this product before the sales woman tried it on me, and I have to say it’s now one of my favorite facial sprays. I’m not surprised it’s one of their best-sellers. I paid €31.80 in France compared to €64.00 in Finland.

Caudalie Body Lotion

The best thing about this lotion is that it’s soothing, which was much appreciated after long days of walking Paris in the exceptionally-warm-for-October weather. I paid €17.00 (for a two-pack) in France compared to €36.20 in Finland.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner

This I just bought because I was starting to get chapped lips and needed a lip balm. I paid €4.50 in France compared to €12.50 in Finland.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse® Dry Oil

I’ve been wanting to try this for ages, so I had to pick one up. The scent isn’t my favorite but I’ve been getting into body and facial oils so it’s a nice addition to my collection. I paid €10.99 in France compared to €22.50 in Finland.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Lip Balm

This lip balm has won tons of beauty awards and always gets the best reviews. It’s great for cold-weather climates (like Finland!) so I snagged one for myself. I paid €6.99 in France compared to €16.50 in Finland.

Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Booster

I have to admit that Vichy’s beautiful packaging makes it almost impossible to not to stop and check out. This product launched this year and with only 11 ingredients and its gel-like texture, it’s a great basic Hyaluranic Acid product for everyday use. I paid €18.99 in France compared to €24.00 in Finland.

On those products alone, I saved almost €100 (not accounting for 2 for 1 deals) by buying these products in France, and I’m not even a regular user of these brands. So, if you are, you could definitely save enough to pay for a flight to Paris. And as we’ve all heard, Paris is always a good idea.

-Penny

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