12 Popular French Beauty Products You Can Find at Canadian Drug Stores
French pharmacies are known for being filled with beauty gems that are super effective, ideal for sensitive skin, and boast drug store prices. Here are the most popular ones (they're loved by models, makeup artists actresses, the lot) that are available at drug stores right here in Canada.
Avène Thermal Spring Water
This naturally-sourced water spray hydrates and soothes skin, calming redness and irritation. Work in a dry office? Frequent flier? Experience skin sensitivities? Keep this spray on-hand (it also comes in a handy travel size) for instant relief.
Avène Thermal Spring Water, $22, shoppersdrugmart.ca
(Here are a few other French beauty products we love, found at department stores and major beauty retailers.
Bioderma Atoderm Cream
Ultra-nourishing and hydrating, this body cream is ideal for anyone with dry skin (or anyone trying to recover from a frosty Canadian winter). It checks all the boxes: Not too watery, not too thick, boasts a faint feminine fragrance.
Bioderma Atoderm Cream (2 Pack), $30, shoppersdrugmart.ca
Topping every French girl’s list of beauty essentials is this micellar water by Bioderma. It removes makeup effortlessly and cleanses skin without stripping it or causing irritations.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, $20, shoppersdrugmart.ca
(Check out our lazy girl’s guide to removing makeup.)
Called “Homeoplasmine” in France, this all-purpose ointment deserves a spot in everyone’s medicine cabinet (or if you’re like me, handbag). It’s a balm that can heal any irritation (it’s sold in France as a nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers), but it makes a wonderfully hydrating, plumping lip balm. (Have super dry lips? See a lips exfoliator we love.)
Boiron Cicadermine, $10, well.ca
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
This face cream has acquired quite the cult following. Celebrity and backstage makeup artists love it for its hydrating, skin-priming abilities, while the lazy set love that it can act as a makeup remover, face cleanser, and face moisturizer. Need another reason to give it a try? Beyoncé uses it.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $39, shoppersdrugmart.ca
(Have blemishes? See the best moisturizers for acne-prone skin.)
Filorga Time-Filler Night
Go into any French pharmacy, and you’ll likely see someone loading up their basket with Filorga products. One of their top sellers is this anti-aging night cream, which boasts hyaluronic acid and exfoliants to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth the skin’s surface, and offer deep hydration.
Filorga Time-Filler Night, $98, shoppersdrugmart.ca
(Check out dermatologists’ anti-aging tips.)
Klorane Golden Highlights Shampoo and Conditioner with Camomile Extract
Klorane is known for their super gentle natural hair products, and this shampoo-conditioner duo is no different. These products not only nourish and silken strands, but also enhance blonde highlights for a sunkissed look.
(See what the wrong shampoo could be doing to your scalp.)
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Everyone from ultimate French girl Jeanne Damas to Paris-frequenter Gwyneth Paltrow raves about this dry shampoo. Formulated with oat milk, it’s gentle on hair while it absorbs oil and gives locks that tousled, French-girl texture. (Before you try it, read about how to use dry shampoo the right way.)
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Ultra gentle, $13, shoppersdrugmart.ca
La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Eyes
La Roche Posay is a popular French skin care brand beloved by dermatologists everywhere for its formulas that are great for sensitive skin—like the delicate skin around the eyes. This eye cream moisturizes the skin while targeting blue and brown dark circles (yes, there are two kinds of dark circles).
La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Eyes, $49, shoppersdrugmart.ca
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
This moisturizing oil offers a satiny, hydrated finish to dry skin and hair. I spray it on my legs in the summer before leaving my home to give them a gleam.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, $49, shoppersdrugmart.ca
(Learn about the oils your skin needs.)
Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Honey Lip Balm
Using the nourishing benefits of honey, this lip balm repairs lips keeping them supple, even in Canada’s coldest months of the year. Apply it at night, and you’ll wake up with a full, hydrated pout.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Honey Lip Balm Ultra-Nourishing and Reparing, $17, shoppersdrugmart.ca
Next, check out our roundup of new and noteworthy beauty products.