16 Cult French Pharmacy Products You Can Order on Amazon


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Years ago when I lived in Paris, I would regularly stop into the pharmacies strung along the street corners of each arrondissement. Yes, I loved searching for vintage clothing in the many incredible stores I stumbled upon, but I think I spent just as much time exploring the French drugstores. I’ve always been someone who is constantly experimenting with beauty products and skincare treatments, so finding aisles and aisles of French beauty products I had never encountered before was nothing short of exhilarating.

I watched to see which items stylish Parisians were adding to their carts and soon learned exactly which French pharmacy products were must-haves. Over the time I lived there, I brought bags of products from popular brands like Bioderma, Nuxe, and Avène back to my apartment in the Marais and turned my bathroom into testing grounds for all of my latest discoveries. When I left Paris, I made sure to bring as many of my prized French beauty products as I could back to the States. And every trip since, I make sure to leave room in my suitcase for my most-loved items.

Now, though, you don’t have to travel to Paris to get many of the best French pharmacy products since you can order them straight from Amazon. Ahead, I’m breaking down the ones I personally love that are worth adding to your cart.

A waterless makeup remover

A super-moisturizer

A beautifully-packed hand soap

A body wash for sensitive skin

A lightweight sunscreen

A face, body, and hair oil with an iridescent finish

A dry shampoo to refresh and add texture

A hydrating lip balm

A beauty tonic for a refreshing glow

A soothing water spray

An over-the-counter vitamin A

A repairing shampoo

An orange-scented body wash

A skin-irritant remedy

A soapless cleanser

A repairing balm for dryness and redness

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.