French Beauty: The Top 10 Products that Parisian Women Cannot Live Without

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Parisian women have a reputation for looking effortlessly chic with their tousled bed hair and naturally glowing skin; a question asked time and time again is how they’ve managed to perfect this look? It has much to do with a few staple products which they rely on day and night and the way in which they apply them. They favour the belief that “less is more” often using little product but making it go a long way. The products which they do use are so good that they have earned cult status by women all over the world. So here are the beauty products which Parisian women cannot live without…


Bioderma Créaline H20

The make-up remover that make-up artists cannot live without. Highly effective yet gentle on the skin, this is the product that French women swear by.

Caudalie Beauty Elexir

Caudalie Beauty Elexir

This beauty mist smells like heaven in a glass pot, infused with essential oils such as rose, orange blossom, mint and rosemary and other nutrients that nourish the skin. The mini version is ideal for travelling, as it instantly uplifts your spirits and freshens up your face on a long-haul flight.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

This multi-purpose oil is the product that does-it-all; it can be used to soften skin, alleviate stretch marks and nourish hair. It really has become a staple in every French woman’s beauty cabinet. The golden shimmer one is great for the summer months as it makes your legs look incredible especially if they’re already a little sun-kissed.


Klorane dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is the one product that no traveler should forget to pack. A lot of dry shampoos tend to strip the natural oils out of the hair but Klorane is made with oat milk which is rich in vitamins and gently absorbs the oil whilst protecting the hair.


Avène Thermal Spring Water

It seems like a bit of a luxury to have a can of thermal spring water in your bag to spray on your face but it really does work. It calms irritated skin and freshens up your make-up. Spritz onto your face in a fine mist for the ideal pick-me-up after a long flight or a late night.


La Roche Posay Sun Cream

La Roche Posay offer an extensive array of sun care treatments tailored to your skin type and which part of the body it should be applied to. Protecting your skin from the sun is extremely important and a priority for Parisian women who tend to prefer to be well protected rather than well tanned.


Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Caudalie is a brand which prides itself on its ethics using only natural ingredients and never testing on animals. A favourite product of mine is the Vinoperfect Serum which smells like plants and instantly feels as though it is feeding your skin with minerals and nutrients. This serum is ideal for evening out skin tone and correcting any scars and blemishes which may have arisen over the years.

Nuxe Reve de Miel

Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm

This is the best lip balm my lips have ever seen. It makes them so soft and really feels as though it is pumping nourishment into them. It’s a matt lip balm which is one of the reasons French women love it so much as it doesn’t give a glossy or sparkly finish but looks completely natural and effortless.

Diptyque by a minute away from snowing

Photo by Michelle Lau of A Minute Away From Snowing

Diptyque candle

Not technically a beauty product but certainly a staple in every Parisian’s household. The scent of these candles will instantly uplift your mood. Light one of these whilst you’re pampering yourself with the above products for the ultimate French beauty experience.


Chanel Nail Varnish

French women are renowned for having immaculate nails and whats even more impressive is that their toe nails always seem to match perfectly. Chanel is the go-to brand with their array of classic shades as well as their seasonal colours which are often favoured in the summer months.

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    Clipping Path Service
    November 27, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Wow ! so nice and great article posting about the top 10 products that Parisian Women it’s also helpful information all of us so thanks a lot for sharing this with us.

    Enamul Hoq
    November 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

    It’s really nice and informative post . i have learn some thing common but i didn’t know that before.. keep it up !!!

    October 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    i used a couple of nuxe and la roche posay products and they’re great.. but they’re definitely not cheap either! well, la roche posay is cheap in Europe.. not so outside of it! :<

    Kerjan | Backpack Babe
    October 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Ooooh la la, the Parisians really do have the best kept beauty secrets 🙂 When I studied abroad there, I was amazed by how beautiful everyone was! It must be that “joie de vivre” x

    pippi hepburn
    September 26, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I have heard about Caudalie products for years. I am going to try both of your suggestions. I am an American and lived in Paris for 3 years for school several years ago. That is where I learned that facials are essential. I found the women health focused, lovely and smart.

    September 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I just used my first Chanel polish and am impressed how well it lasted. 5 days without chipping!

    September 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    What do you use Homeoplasmine for?

    September 25, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Nice article, but I beg to differ. French women have nasty nails, and don’t get me going on how dirty they are – their reputation for being dirty prompted the French government to start a campaign to the contrary. In France you will not find a nail salon on every corner like you do in the US.

    Lisa Aherne
    September 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Are these products available in Australia? They sound wonderful and I would like to try some.

    September 25, 2015 at 6:20 am

    homeoplasmine didn’t make it to this list! but i definitely love both facial sprays that did.

    September 25, 2015 at 4:23 am

    I actually use all these products too! I’m not French but I lived there a few years and fell in love with their skincare. No visit is complete without a trip to a Parapharmacie for my favorite products.

    julie foster
    September 25, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Lovely article, thank you! I have spent a lot of time in Paris and love shopping in the Pharmcie in the local area of St Germain Des Pret where we used to hang out. I love the Avene Thermal Water Spray, I wrote about all things Water & Thermal on my blog just a few weeks ago so I am happy to see it as one of your choices too! Julie

    September 25, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Love Nuxe! Can’t wait to try Caudalie! Thank you for the heads up! 🙂

    September 25, 2015 at 1:39 am

    The lip balm is next on my list! I love matte lip balms!

    September 25, 2015 at 1:20 am

    I meant that I agree with Lesley about the quality of Chanel polishes.

    September 25, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I have to agree. I absolutely adore their colours but the application can be a nightmare. I bought a very beautiful one called Emprise recently and every time I have tried to put it on my nails I have felt like smashing the bottle against the wall…. and Chanel varnishes cost almost £20. Formula is very streaky and I do not understand how houses like Barry M can perform with same sort of colours at a fraction of the price.

    September 24, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Sorry, must say I disagree entirely. As an ex dermatological nurse and laser specialist, when I visited Paris I couldn’t believe the shocking state of Parisian women’s skin. They mostly smoke, which does no one’s skin any favours and they sit outside cafe’s with their faces raised to the sun – hence the rhomboidal wrinkling. Parisian women as a whole have quite unkempt skin in my opinion.

      September 27, 2015 at 5:01 am

      I couldn’t agree more. I wish the world would stop idolizing the “French chic”. As someone who travels to France very often I can tell you that yes there are some pretty and well put together ladies in Paris, but no more so than the beautiful girls we have in LA or NY here in the US. Most French women shower just once a week, smoke like chimneys and drink everyday! And yes they do get fat. Have a look at the statistics. Let’s be real and get of the bandwagon of idolizing the “ideal French beauty”. It doesn’t exist!

    September 24, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I really want to try the lip balm and the serums!

    September 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Loves these tips, but as a former cosmetics buyer for major US department store, I do NOT like Chanel polishes – they chip VERY easily. However, I DO love Chanel foundations – they make my skin look almost perfect, and last a long time – sooo worth every penny! Anyway, this post has convinced me I need to take better care of myself!

    mitsubishi klima
    September 23, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Such an awesome giveaway! Excited and fingers crossed!

    September 23, 2015 at 4:09 am

    I am not a Parisian but I really like the Thermal Water by Avene. It’s great – especially for hot days 🙂

    September 23, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Is it scary that I use allmost every product you just quote ?

    Haha good article !

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    September 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Ahah! Didn’t realize it was so ‘Frenchie’ but indeed, I can’t live without my Huile Prodigieuse de Nuxe and my Caudalie skin care. 🙂

    September 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I swear by Bidoerma Micellar water! Would love to try out ALL of these products as you have given great descriptions for them, such a great post. Especially the Caudilé beauty elixar and Nuxe Lip balm x

    Les astuces de Margaux
    September 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    As a “Parisienne” I confirm your article! I do use most of those products on a daily basis (as my mother told me to do, skincare is a mother-daughter thing here I guess)! I used to apply Créaline by Bioderma but now I use Caudalie’s micellar water (because it is a little bit more gentle on the skin and very nicely formulated) as for Chanel polishes, I used to swear by them, but now I prefer Dior’s for it’s gel formula that last longer. Thank you for your article, it was very nice to read.

      gemma r.
      September 26, 2015 at 2:43 am

      Maybe you should try a shower once a day. Recentl,y I was in Paris and was shocked at how bad the women smell. I know you cover it well with perfume, but really you should use soap and water more often. Merci

        Les astuces de Margaux
        September 26, 2015 at 4:08 am

        Why so much hatred? I shower daily, thank you for your concern though, I laughed quite a bit! 😉

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    September 22, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Haha good post! These products are indeed all from good brands in terms of quality 🙂 and I agree on the Nuxe Lip balm. The best ever!
    French power 😉