July 15, 2012

french pharmacy shopping

For those of you that don't already know I have spent the last few days in Paris celebrating my birthday, you can see my posts on my personal blog here. I did some research before I went away (via Lisa Eldridge and other blogs) on what would be the best skincare items to pick up and which pharmacy to go to. Having all of this in mind and even being so planned as to have pictures of what I wanted to pick up all ready on my iPhone I ventured into City Pharma which is literally a skincare paradise. The store has shelves stacked to the brim with multi-packs of products and nearly everything is on offer, I noticed that everything was roughly 25% cheaper than most other french pharmacies also. For this reason it became quite apparent that the pharmacy was almost a mini tourist attraction with barely any space to move for women all after a bargain. I can't say that this put me off as it was all part of the experience however it is definitely essential that you know what you want to purchase before you enter the shop otherwise you may get lost in a daze with the sea of products surrounding you. There are plenty of assistants on hand though in case you need any expert advice.

If you are ever in Paris then I can't recommend taking a trip to City Pharma enough, if you are a first timer at french skincare or know exactly what you are after the fact everything is such good value is reason enough to go along.

 City Pharma, Saint Germain des PrĂ©s, Paris 75006

I even managed to snap some sneaky photos of inside the Pharmacy..

 The products that I picked up..

Nuxe Travel Kit - €6.90/£5.43
Vichy Normaderm 400ml - €8.50/£6.69
Vichy Dermablend Stick - €18.90/£14.87
Avene Eau Thermale 300ml - €4.95/£3.89
Avene Eau Thermale 50ml - €1.99/£1.57
 Nuxe Lip Balm - €6.90/£5.43

Pack of two 500ml bottles - 15.90/£12.51
Mini bottles - 1.99/£1.57

Caudalie Beauty Exlir - €25.90/£20.37
Klorane Oat Milk Shampoo - €5.95/£4.68
Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo - €5.95/£4.68
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate - €17.89/£14.07 for pack of two  

I will be reviewing everything shortly and also have a post coming up with some products that I bought from Sephora in Paris so look out for that.. You can also check out my photos from my trip on my personal blog here.

I'm also going to be holding an exciting giveaway in a week or so with lots of french skincare goodies for one of you to win! 



  1. I want to go to Paris just so I can buy all of these products at these prices! Bioderma is SO much cheaper! And those mini bottles are so handy xx

  2. I'd go insane on the Bioderma purchases if I ever go! That's so cheap for two compared to what we have to pay over here. Wish they'd bring it to the UK. xxx

  3. I popped in to a French Pharmacy whilst I was in Calvi to have a look at the Bioderma but it was still quite expensive so I left it :( Should definitely have checked out a few more pharmacies to compare prices!

    Frances xx


  4. I can't wait to read your reviews of the products! I sooo want to go there now, I have a list as long as my arm of French skincare I want to try, and it's pretty expensive to get hold of in this country! The stuff you got is quite cheap in comparison to the prices you'd pay for it in England! Good shop!
    Eleanor x

  5. You got some wonderful Goodies doll. I love Bioderma & Caudalie:)


  6. would love to go there! wanting to try so many of those products!


  7. I need to get myself to France! You have picked a really great selection there and shouldn't be running out of bioderma for a long while!

    Great post.


  8. Cool picks, LOVE Bioderma. Glad you were able to stock up!

  9. Love Embryolisse! What a bargain it is there!

  10. I am swooning over your French purchases. How exciting & what a haul. I cant believe how much cheaper these things are. I must visit Paris this year to pick up some skincare & fit in a spot of sight seeing too.