Wednesday, 2 April 2014

City Pharma... A Beauty Junkie’s Mecca

Bonjour! My list places to visit in Paris went like this 1) Eiffel Tower, 2) The Lourve, 3) Any and every pharmacy I can find! It may sounds odd, but Parisian pharmacies are the holy grail for affordable beauty... and they’re practically on every corner. Top of the pharmacy hit list is City pharma – the biggest and cheapest pharmacy in Pareeee. Be warned it’s not for the faint hearted. Ensure you’re fed, watered and without men folk (they couldn’t handle it, mine lasted 30 seconds).  Packed to the rafters with tourists and locals alike, the aisles are narrow and the shelves are stacked... but trust me, the pushing and shoving is so worth it. Browsing inside the beauty emporium isn’t easy, but it is do-able. I did a little research in advance but I didn’t go armed with a list of products... I decided to let my gut (and the crowds) guide me. This is what I got...

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micelle Solution 14.24 euros/1000ml
This purchase was never in doubt. Arguably the Rolls Royce of micellar cleansers, it’s a favourite of makeup artists the world over. The good news is you can buy this in the UK now, but it’s so much cheaper in France. Two large 500ml bottles in City Pharma cost little more than one 250ml bottle in the UK. UK Price £9.99/250ml Escentual here

Klorane Oatmilk Gentle Dry Shampoo Spray7.50 euros/150ml

A celebrity favourite – the bouffant don himself, Karl Lagerfeld even uses it! Klorane’s was one of the original dry shampoos, and many think it’s still the best. Formulated with protective oatmilk extract, corn and rice starch it’s the kindest dry shampoo out there. Dirt, oil and odour are eliminated, and the hair regains volume and freshness in minutes. UK Price £7.50 Escentual here
NUXE Reve de Miel Baume6.90 euros/15ml
This one was a bit of an impulse purchase. I recognised the packaging and vaguely remember some blogger buzz around this last year. I’m soooooo glad I did! It’s a super rich and luscious lip balm. It stays on the lips for ages and has a natural matte finish, which makes a nice change from the glossy, shiny kind... plus it smells like lemon curd. UK Price £10 SpakeNK here

Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Water Spray1.99 euro/50ml
I wasn’t in the market for another facial mist but everyone in there seemed to be picking one up, so in true sheep style... I followed. There were some supersize bottles that offered massive savings but I played it safe with this handbag friendly size. I’ll give it a go and get back to you. UK price from £3.15 Boots here
Vichy Normaderm Purifying Gel Cleanser – 8.50 euro/400ml
I was chuffed to say the least when I spotted this BIG green beauty. I’ve been paying a tenner for the 200ml bottle from Boots for a couple years now, so getting lots more for less... score! This gentle foaming cleanser is great for removing makeup and keeping spots at bay. Plus the 500ml pump bottle will last for ages! Read more here. UK price £10.50 Boots here
Caudalie Hand Cream – 1.99 euro/30ml

I picked this up this little hand cream as a little gift for my mum, shhhh don’t tell her it was only 2 euros. I should have bought some more. UK price £6 Look fantastic here 

Total spend 41 euros – approx. 33 English pounds!

City Pharma 26 Rue du Four, 75006 Paris (St-Germain Quarter)


  1. I LOVE this post so much! Paris is gorgeous but I could never persuade my husband to go into the pharmacies - so your menfolk comment made me laugh! I need to go back with my girls! Great post x

    1. It was so funny there were loads of boyfriends/dads/husbands stranded outside looking lost :) x

  2. Great haul! I love the Avene Thermal Spring Water spray, it's lovely to use before serums and moisturisers. I also love bioderma and the Nuxe lipbalm, it's a little thick but I'll work with it. Such amazing bargains! I need to go to Paris just for this now.

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic


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