The Best French Drugstore Beauty Brands

Sometimes the best medicine is a bubble bath :)
  1. Le Petit Marseillais
    Ubiquitous, cheap, yet wonderful soaps, shampoos and lotions. I fill a third of my suitcase back home with these.
  2. Caudalie
    We have Caudalie now in the US, but French drugstores carry an expanded inventory. Founded by wine makers, Caudalie products often include grape-seed extract. If you're ever looking for a place to stay in Bordeaux (I love List Appers travel lists), the chateau and spa where it all started is crazy good.
  3. Homeoplasmine
    Excellent balm for itchy and irritated skin. I see Homeoplasmine get a shoutout by Vogue editors sometimes. It's like a creamier version of the Australian Lucas Paw Paw ointment. (If that doesn't mean anything to you, don't worry about it :)
  4. Bioderma
    My favorite makeup remover. Very gentle and clean.
  5. Savon (Extra Pur) de Marseilles
    Great soap, and extra points for looking pretty in a guest bathroom.
  6. Magazine fee samples
    A lot of European women's mags come shrink wrapped with a "gift" attached. Fun way to try a new lip gloss etc.
  7. Naturally carbonated mineral water.
    Drinking water is the best skin regimen! And the French take water very seriously. Badoit and Chateldon are two of my favorites. The bubbles are lighter because they don't add CO2 on top of the naturally present carbonation (the way Perrier and San Pellegrino do). Confession: I'll eat an NYC dirty water hot dog, but I'm weirdly high-maintenance about sparkling water.