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22 French Pharmacy Products That People Actually Swear By

And you can order them all online (no passport needed).

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1. Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, to get your face and body clean without using soap.


Promising Review: "I've been using this product for more than a year and the results are great! Excellent choice to control skin oiliness." —Daniel S. Cavallo

Get it on Amazon for $20.

2. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, to help nourish your face, body, and hair.


Promising Review: "First I hold a hot, wet towel on my clean face for 10 seconds, then I squirt some NUXE Dry Oil in my hands and massage it onto my face. I've seen incredible results after a week! (P.S. I'm in my 70's....)" —Stamford Realtor

Get it on Amazon starting at $35.

3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra-Light Facial Sunscreen, for superb sun protection -- even if you have sensitive skin.


Promising Review: "I have very sensitive and acne-prone skin, and I highly recommend this product. Very smooth consistency, skin absorbs it super fast, and it doesn't get oily." —Ana Paula Boer da Silva

Get it on Amazon for $34.

4. Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream, to restore fragile skin and nourish a hydrated complexion.


Promising Review: "Incredible moisturizing properties. The best I have ever used. The product is from Europe and has thermal Avene water as a base. The cream creates an incredible barrier against the elements." —customer review

Get it from Dermstore for $28.

6. Klorane Dry Shampoo, to clean your hair without the use of water.


Promising Review: "I'm currently on my third or fourth bottle of this dry shampoo, and that's over the course of nearly two years; it lasts a very long time. I use it two or three times a week to revive my hairstyle or avoid having to wet my hair. It works all day to combat grease and truly makes my hair look clean." —GorgonGirl

Get it on Amazon for $20.

7. La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur, to help cover blemishes and even out your skin.


Promising Review: "Halle-effing-lujah. This is all I need to wear. It gets rid of my pores like some kind of magic skin carpet. The name is like six words too long but I forgive it. Thank you, fluffy biscuit-colored paste." —Jezebel

Get it on Amazon for $30.

8. Fluocaril Complete Protection Toothpaste, to get minty fresh breathe for all your French kisses.


Promising Review: "Very good toothpaste! First used it while visiting Paris. The taste is very good and your mouth feels really fresh." —Paul A Barnes

Get it on Amazon for $13 or on eBay for $13.

9. Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream, to get baby soft skin regardless of your age.


Promising Review: "As a French citizen, now living in North America, I have been using Embryolisse Crème and Lait Hydratant for at least 45 years. My mother, a pharmacist in a French ski resort, used it before me and sold it in her pharmacy until she retired and passed away at 102 years old. She kept her baby skin until the end. I did not know that you could find Embryolisse in North America. For 25 years I've been filling my suitcases with Embryolisse each time I go back to France and I never missed an opportunity to ask our friends to bring back some when they were flying back from Europe." —Patrick Wahle

Get it on Amazon starting at $19.

10. Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, for water that's been clinically shown to soothe, soften, and calm skin.


Promising Review: "I look and feel RIDICULOUS spritzing my face all day. I mean, in the middle of talking, I will take a break just to spritz my face with expensive water in an aerosol can. But it's so refreshing and cooling and obviously, quite addictive. This also nicely sets your makeup with a light spritz in the morning if you don't want to look all powdery. The spray of clean, purified moisture is always pleasant and the spray is extremely fine — just enough to get a dewy. Hold on... SPRITZ! Look and feel your face. Ridiculous!" —Grace

Get it on Amazon for $19.

11. Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, to train your skin to moisturize itself.


Promising Review: "This cream is used by my dermatologist and that is how I discovered it. I love this cream and will use it for a moisturizer as well as a body lotion." —Bumps

Get it on Amazon for $25.

12. Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion, to give baby and mom the softest skin possible.


Promising Review: "I discovered this lotion when my daughter-in-law used it on my grandson. It has a wonderful European fragrance that reminds me a little of the classic German fragrance 4711. I keep it on my desk at work to get a little whiff of my grandson — a real pick-me-up on those grueling long days." —Lucy

Get it on Amazon for $16.

13. Roge Cavailles Extra-Mild Superfatted Soap, to get a gentle clean from a very rich soap.


Promising Review: "It's hard to get this French soap in the US. I used to bring bars of it with me when returning from France. It's richer than most soaps, which won't be to everyone's taste. But I'm delighted to have a local source." —forum

Get it on Amazon for $20 or on eBay for $15.

14. Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Spa Water, to get face water straight from a French volcano.


Promising Review: "To be honest, I don't know if this product works or not. But, the fresh sensation that it makes my face feel every time I use it... I simply love!!!! Especially during summer time, I am addicted to thermal water." —Ligia

Get it on Amazon starting at $10.

15. NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, to restore suppleness to that French kiss you've been practicing.


Promising Review: "So glad I bought this! It's extremely moisturizing. All my flakes are gone and I can wear my matte lipsticks without a problem. I only apply this at night because you can't apply lipstick on top. I do however apply it on top of a matte lipstick or lip pencil sometimes. You NEED this if you suffer from dry lips like me!" —patchouliii

Get it on Amazon for $15.

17. Caudalie Beauty Elixir, to help tighten your pores and give your skin with an instant glow.


Promising Review: "They say the women in France are hooked on this stuff! I see why. I spray it on and it instantly hydrates and awakens my skin. I look great all day. I am in my 50's with mature, dry skin that is dull. Excuse me, used to be dull! Love, love, love this stuff!!" —Scott

Get it on Amazon or Sephora starting at $18

19. Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 Cleansing Micellar Water, to get a face wash, toner, and makeup remover in one gentle formula.


Promising Review: "This is amazing stuff. I discovered this when I had neck surgery and needed a way to wash my face without bending over a sink. It does a wonderful job of removing all my makeup and leaves a nice fresh feel without making a mess. I used it several times a day while in the hospital to freshen up. I gifted some to a friend after she had surgery and she fell in love. There is now a drugstore knock off on the market, save your money and buy the Vichy." —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon starting at $15.

20. Le Petit Marseillais Lait Body Wash, to gently nourish and hydrate your skin in the shower.


Promising Review: “This is amazing body wash! I love the scent that lingers long after the bath. I always stock up when visiting France.” —Montessahall

Get it on Amazon for $8.

21. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, to renew and protect overworked skin.


Promising Review: "This stuff really works! I get acne often and this makes it heal and disappear much faster than usual. I already see myself as a lifelong devotee to this!" —yb

Get it on Amazon for $37 or at Sephora for $52.

22. Cicabiafine Intense Repair Hands Cream, to give you that super soft touch.


Promising Review: "I first picked this up at a pharmacy in Paris. I immediately loved the smell (not overpowering but really nice). I can't stand products that have too much perfume or long-lingering scents. It's such a nice consistency, soaks in quickly, not greasy feeling, and really keeps hands soft and nice looking all day. I've even got my mother-in-law hooked on this now too!" —Marie

Get it on Amazon for $16.

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