What to buy at French pharmacies

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French pharmacies are very different from American ones. While you can still get your cold medicine there you can also buy high end French brands that put our American products to shame.

The French take skin care seriously and their method is all about prevention and healthy skin. Pharmacy brands feature incredible ingredients that make their products both effective and soothing. There are a couple of brands that are found in every Pharmacie and these make up a large bulk of the average French person's routine. These ingredients have been around for centuries and because of how ingrained these brands are in France mothers have been passing down their beauty routines for decades.

Facial Mists

Avène and Vichy Thermal Water

There are different brands that make facial mists made of ancient thermal spring water. The French have been using this water to heal skin concerns for hundreds of years. Spring water is full of natural benefits that smooth and even out the skin's complexion. French facial mists are popular to add some moisture to dry skin and to set makeup for the day.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

This brand is built around France's love of wine and their large production of grapes. This product is popular because of its botanical benefits that moisturize while refreshing the skin. Fresh skin, tightened pores, even skin tone, there's nothing this product can't do. Caudalie doesn't test on animals so you can feel a little bit better about this product and its place in many French women's homes.

Moisturizers

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

When you open up the majority of professional makeup artists' bags you will see this product. A staple in the beauty industry this is truly life changing. Incredibly rich and creamy it can act as a primer, daytime, or nighttime moisturizer. This is a cult favorite around the world and because so little goes such a long way it is definitely worth a try.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

Dry oil is incredibly popular in France for use on the body as well as hair. This is deeply moisturizing and so little product is needed that a bottle can last forever. Not only is there the traditional golden bottle that gives you soft healthy skin but there is also another bottle that has flecks of gold to help your skin glow naturally. This gold looks gorgeous on tanned skin without an overpowering amount of glitter.

Cleansers

Bioderma Sensibio H2O/ Bioderma Sébium H2O

These two cleansers are the preferred cleansers for the French. Even if they don't use them specifically to wash their face the Bioderma Sensibio is the most popular makeup remover. These are the guys who made micellar water before it was an international phenomena and they not only did it first, they did it best. If you have sensitive skin this is a great two step cleanser and toner and their acne line is great for getting troubled skin under control. If you are travelling by plane this is an ideal way to keep your skin happy on the road (or sky).

Avibon

This is a beloved French anti-aging product that is full of benefits like Vitamin A to help prevent wrinkles. Besides helping fight fine lines this product helps get rid of blemishes, dry skin, and pigmentation spots. It's incredibly hard to get outside of France so if you find yourself in a pharmacy this is the time to grab some.

Sunscreen

La Roche-Posay makes the best sunscreen in France. If you are just looking for some sunscreen for a beach trip and aren't looking to spend that much money then don't shop for it at the 'pharmacie' but a grocery store. This sunscreen is incredibly powerful and well made but the price tag matches. Their products are dedicated to protection and not only are they amazing UV protectants but they feel amazing on the skin.

Lip Balm


Nuxe Reve de Miel takes vaseline to the next level. This product will last you forever because it is so intensely moisturizing you won't need more than a drop. Packed with plant extracts, healthy botanicals, and honey this lip balm will completely reinvent your dry lips.


If you find yourself in France or even at the airport on a layover make sure you fill up your bag with the best the beauty world has to offer. You'll look and feel amazing and might even get a taste of that effortless French beauty.

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I Can't Sleep.

I truly cannot remember the last time I had a good night's rest. Even before the stay-at-home orders, I was just a little ball of nerves.

But lately, it's been awful. I toss and turn, it's always too hot or even too cold, sometimes I make myself tea and read for a bit, but when I'm still up at 1 a.m., I reach for my phone and then I'm up until 3. My sister and I have a weekly call, and our small talk about our exhaustion turned into an hour long conversation about sleep.

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My sister asked why I hadn't gone for the old staple, melatonin and I reminded her about the time we traveled abroad, and it gave me the weirdest nightmares (the horrible kind where you wake up in your dream and you're still in a dream). Chamomile tea didn't work, nothing worked.

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What Exactly Was In It?

Cocoa contains caffeine, so I didn't know how this would help me sleep. After talking with my sister, I went online and saw that the calming, sleep-supporting ingredients cancel out any of the very little caffeine content.

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Do I Try It?

A bag of 30 pieces was only $40, and they had a money-back guarantee.

They're keto-friendly and only 30 calories a piece, so not too decadent before bedtime.

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Tavour

Tavour

Simplistic and elegant, Tavour allows users to easily fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping. The app offers more than 650 different breweries both local and national and is perfect for those who like to experiment. It's easy to use, and their menu rotates regularly so you and your beer never grow stale.

TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

Beer Menus

BeerMenus

For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.