Dans la Pharmacie…

This video is long overdue – I started preparing for it over a year ago! Originally, it was supposed to be all about what to buy if you’re in France and pass by the pharmacie, but now you can pretty much get most of the brands in the UK. Which in a small way is a bit of a shame, because it means that going into the French pharmacy won’t be quite so magical – I used to spend hours in there poking about and annoying the shop assistants, but I’d always come back to the UK stocked up with beautiful things that other people couldn’t get!

I realised after I had edited the video that I had missed out quite a few key pharmacy brands – NUXE and Thalgo to name just two – so I suppose there’ll be a sequel to this one. I shall add it to my ever-growing list…

Stockists for each brand mentioned are linked in below – all have free UK delivery, most have free worldwide delivery too!

Embryolisse Stockist: http://tinyurl.com/44l7wla

Filorga Stockist UK: http://tidd.ly/6d0502ec

Bioderma – Zuneta deliver worldwide but are waiting on stock: http://tinyurl.com/4yuhsa9 or try Guru Makeup Emporium (http://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/Bioderma-Crealine-H2O)

Avene Worldwide Stockist, click here: http://tidd.ly/e4b1ea03

Institut Esthederm Worldwide Stockists, click here: http://tidd.ly/c7b2e62a and here: http://tinyurl.com/43qmhn4

Caudalie Worldwide Stockists: http://tidd.ly/28fb3758 or here: http://tidd.ly/57d1abff or here: http://tidd.ly/cc963ca7

La Roche Posay Worldwide Stockist: http://tidd.ly/8ce60876

 Lierac Stockist with free worldwide delivery: http://tidd.ly/4c616a8


  1. I was about to purchase an Avene gentle milk cleanser via Boots, since I used to trust their products a lot, and they make sure they advertise themselves really well. And then I read the ingredients: Spring Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Propylene Glycol, PEG-6 Stearate, PEG-32 Stearate, Butylparaben, Carbomer, Collagen, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol Stearate Se, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA. Mineral oil? REALLY?? I might as well buy the Superdrug Essential cleansing lotion! I’m sure there are better products out there, but I do love their thermal water spray! It’s their best !

  2. Hi Ruth,

    I just have a query about the effaclar range by La Roche Posay… I have started to use the cleanser, the duo and ai spot treatment as my skin is prone to acne breakouts and scars. I have been using it for a week and my skin seems very red and I feel totally low about it, I cant even leave the house! I am unsure whether to continue with this range as it has helped reduce my big cystic spots but the redness is awful! Thanks for your help x

    • @Jess I haven’t tried this one for any kind of lengthy period as I don’t suffer from acne, but it sounds like the same redness you can get with many products that exfoliate in this way. Perhaps try using once every two days and seeing if the redness reduces? Few people with similar prob: http://www.acne.org/effaclar-k-by-la-roche-posay-reviews/425/page1.html

      • Thanks so much! I am using the clarisonic mia once a day in the evening also/ exfoliating 3 times a week. Would you suggest that I stop this until redness disappears? Sorry for so many questions, thanks for the help! xxx

        • @Jess ARGH! Yes, stop the Mia altogether whilst your skin gets used to the exfoliation. You’re sandblasting the sh*t out of it! xxx

          • Oh god! And manual exfoliation (I’m using a LRP exfoliator too)! xxx

          • @Jess yes, you’re over-exfoliating! Just ease off and start again, you don’t need any other exfoliation as well as the Efflacar I wouldn’t have thought. Let me know how it goes! xx

  3. Hi Ruth, I really want to try the Caudalie Body Concentrates, all the stockists show that these are 70 ml only (some say 75ml), I do however feel as if the 2 bottles that you showed where somewhat bigger. 20 odd pounds for 70 ml is a bit much… do you know if these come in different sizes? Thanks a lot! Much love!

    • @Rebekka no, they are that size – they are long and thin! I find that many serums/oils are priced highly, I suppose it’s because they are more concentrated, or claim to be! x

  4. Ooh good post… been meaning to try a micellaire cleanser, but can’t quite tear myself away from cream cleansers (Avene) which do require rinsing – so maybe Bioderma is the answer. A missing pharmacie staple for me is Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse which I use practically every day before bed and LOVE. And sweet almond oil (can’t remember the brand, but there are many) for dry feet, elbows and knees.

  5. Hi Ruth, i agree the parapharmacies are excellent for stocking up on those brands you never find here. I will happily while away the morning poking around the shelves. I have just got my sis in france to send me two tubes of Avibon Vitamin A cream, apparently it’s great for fine lines with a very high dose of Vit A and also only about 7 euros. Gwyneth Paltrow did a little thing of pharmacy brands on her GOOP website and raved about this one so I am going to try it out.

  6. That’s right! I actually spend much more money with skincare than with makeup. I like to look good but as natural as possible: a blush, some gloss and that’s it. Fortunately I don’t need eye makeup but I always struggle to give up foundation, I don’t want to look good only when I walk on the street but also at home so my husband recognizes me everyday morning :P
    The most expensive make up won’t look as good in bad skin, and that starts with food too. I notice my skin gets much better when I eat more carrots and raw tomatoes (although I don’t like tomatoes).

  7. What’s the name of the unclogging Roche Posay product? Duo or K?

  8. Ruth – really nice list! Now I am all the more confused about what to get ;-)

    • @GK well, the Bioderma should be top of the list as it’s a pain in the neck to get elsewhere – then just have a poke about and see what takes your fancy! I LOVE Filorga too! x

  9. Rats, if only you’d done this before my trip to France ;). The Filorga sounds really interesting and I’m tempted to ask Mother if she can find some bits before her return journey.

    I remember that hungover video very well. Twas a classic!
    Jane x

  10. thank you so much for making this video! I’ve always found french pharmacy brands so confusing! I really want to fly to paris now so I can get my hands on some of this stuff and go to sephora! I really don’t get why we dont have a sephora in London! :(

    • @BAB (do you mind if I shorten it to that?!) I don’t know why there’s no Sephora in London either! Well, I do…but…bring it back!

  11. Not boring at all! I find your videos so useful. I’ve ordered the Institut Esthederm Shine Control Fluid and have high hopes for it :-)


  12. If anyone has easy access to central London there’s a lovely chemist on Baker Street – I think it’s called NVS Pharmacy, about 5 mins walk up from M&S but on opposite side – that sells a huge range of French brands including Caudalie, Lierac, La Roche Posay, Nuxe etc.

    • @Anna oh yes, I had forgotten that place – it’s excellent! I once bought a load of stocking fillers in there, little interesting brands! x

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