The MidLife Adventuress

Seeking Breathless Wonder in the World

~Lotions And Potions~

October 31st, 2013

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion…

but cosmetics are easier to buy”

            Yves Saint Laurent             

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The French woman has that certain mystique about her, that je ne sais quoi…what’s their secret?

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Perhaps…City Pharma?

This is the place to go for all your lotions & potions in Paris. It certainly doesn’t look like much from the outside but inside it’s two floors of a beauty junkies paradise.  It’s best to get there early in the day as it will get very crowded. It is also a good idea to do your research to make sure you’re getting what you want at a good price.  From experience I can tell you it can get really overwhelming with the crowds and tons of products all in a different language but if you bring a list & give it to one of the many saleswomen on the floor & smile they are really helpful-(if you don’t bring a list bring your best patient shopper attitude).

The first floor is beauty & hair products, the second floor you will find RX, homeopathic & herbal potions.

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City Pharma carries French & European labels at a discount of 30%-40%. I’m no beauty expert for sure, but judging from the crowds of women carrying baskets filled with products there must be some truth to this myth?

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 Okay, I’ll say it again-I am no beauty expert-but I do love my lotions & potions & am a sucker for the latest, greatest hair detangler/taming trick, so a stop at City Pharma is on my list of must go places when in Paris.

Some popular products:

Eau Thermale Avène -an anti-aging & sunscreen line with the healing & soothing benefits of thermal spring waters for sensitive skin. I especially like their Eye cream & Restorative hand crème.

La Roche-Posay-Sunscreen with IP (index of protection) -On my list to buy is Anthelios 50 daily-Anti aging primer with sunscreen & Anthelios XL SPF 60 sunscreen.

Nuxe-Natural ingredient products-I have read mixed reviews but I might need to pick up their Reve de Miel (honey) Lip Balm

Darphin-their Milk Cleanser & Toner come highly recommended

Biotherm-Skin care line from L’Oréal, with thermal water & plankton ingredients, not to be confused with

 Bioderma-skin care line

Avibon-Vitamin A-the French retinol- thick, goopy crème-be warned, a little goes a long way-use only at night

Vichey-Skin care, anti-aging & sunscreen

Roc-Skin care that contains retinol

Yves Rocher-Hair products

Phyto-Hair products

Rene Furterer-Hair products- the Triphasic regenerating treatment for thinning hair gets good reviews (definitely not an issue for me!)

Klorane- Hair products including a daily use chamomile shampoo & detangling conditioner. Also on my list to try is their Soothing & relaxing patches for tired eyes with cornflower.

Voltaren Gel-Ibropropin crème for aches & pains-I always bring home a few tubes of this.

Marvis Toothpaste-minty toothpaste in pretty packaging from Italy

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City Pharma

26 rue du Four

Saint Germain

M-F 8:30-8 & Sat 9-9

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