French pharmacy shopping guide

The best products to buy in Parisian Pharmacies


While traveling to Paris, visiting a local Pharmacy is both a cultural and a shopping experience. In France, they are usually divided into two parts, the “Pharmacie” for medicine and the “Parapharmacie” for Skincare, beauty and food supplements. In good parapharmacy, advisors will be there to help you find the best product adapted to your skin. As French Pharmacy products are famous worldwide, it would be a shame to visit France without bringing some home! Allow us to introduce you to a selection of trendy beauty products commonly found in Parisian pharmacies. These products are renowned for their quality and effectiveness, and we'll guide you through the perfect regimen to achieve that quintessential French allure. Additionally, we'll delve into dietary supplements that can support your overall health and enhance your beauty from within. Let's embark on this journey to discover the coveted secrets of French beauty.

In this article, we introduce several products that you should get in French Pharmacy. We divided them in four categories (click on it to directly reach one of them):

Ultimate travel Essentials

Facial Skincare and Cosmetics

Body and Hair care products

Dietary supplements

To finish with, we provide at the end of the article a short lexicon with helpful words to get what you need.

If you’re planning to shop in Paris, we advise you to use our special 10% off coupon at Parapharmacy Monge (click here to download it). You can also get there a 15% Tax refund while spending more than 100 euros).



Ultimate Travel Essentials

Travel essential products are your passport to maintaining your beauty routine and health on the go. These treasures ensure you never compromise on your skincare and self-care rituals, no matter where your adventures take you. While travel, you have special need and while travelling to Paris, these products could be quite usefull.


Uriage Hyseac pate SOS

This unique SOS paste is a potent blend of innovation and efficacy, expertly formulated to address blemishes and imperfections. With its non-drying texture and powerful ingredients like Uriage Thermal Water, it works to soothe, purify, and accelerate the healing process of localized skin concerns. Easy to apply and discreet, Uriage Hyseac Pâte SOS is your secret weapon for achieving a clear and balanced complexion, allowing you to face each day with renewed confidence and clarity.


Puressentiel Roller Articulation

Relief the stress in Pairs

This compact roller, enriched with natural ingredients, offers targeted relief for joint discomfort. Its convenient size makes it a must-have in your travel kit, ensuring you stay active and comfortable while exploring new destinations. Whether you're embarking on an adventure-packed trip or simply want to alleviate joint tension during long journeys, Puressentiel Roller Articulation is your go-to companion for maintaining mobility and enjoying every moment of your travel experience.


Topicrem Trio Stick

Lipsticks in Paris

This trio of lipsticks intensely repairs lips against dryness and chapping. Its natural active ingredients: Shea butter, Carnabau wax and Candelilla wax, moisturize, nourish and protect lips.


Nuxe huile prodigieuse

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Experience the enchantment of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, a multi-purpose dry oil that encapsulates the essence of French beauty. This iconic elixir, housed in a 50ml bottle, is a true masterpiece, blending a rich combination of precious plant oils and Vitamin E. Its lightweight and non-greasy texture delicately envelops your skin, hair, and even nails, imparting a nourishing and satin-like finish. With the power to hydrate, soften, and enhance radiance, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is your ultimate ally in embracing a natural glow, ensuring you radiate beauty and elegance effortlessly.


Pileje Chronobiane LP1.9

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One of the essential elements of the sleep mechanism is melatonin, a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland when it's dark. Melatonin synthesis begins in the absence of light, peaking between 2 and 4 a.m., then decreases during the second half of the night in preparation for wakefulness. In some individuals, this message no longer functions correctly, leading to difficulty in falling asleep or a shift in sleep times. Chronobiane LP 1.9 mg contains sustained-release melatonin to help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. Perfect during jetlag!



Facial Skincare and Cosmetics

Enter the realm of Facial Skincare and Cosmetics, where the essence of French beauty thrives. Uncover a curated selection of products designed to enrich your daily routine, Immerse yourself in the artistry of French skincare, where each product is a testament to innovation and time-honored tradition, all in service of enhancing your natural beauty.


Morning Routine


Uriage Hyseac Gel Nettoyant 500ml

Must buy cosmetics in Paris

Kickstart your day with a fresh complexion using this gentle gel cleanser, perfect for daily use. Specifically formulated for combination to oily skin, this gel eliminates impurities and excess sebum.



Vichy Mineral 89

Cosmetics with best price in Paris 

Infuse your skin with mineral-rich hydration and fortification to shield against daily stressors. Hyaluronic acid booster is formulated with Pure Hyaluronic Acid and 15 Mineral-Rich Vichy Volcanic Water to strengthen & repair your skin barrier.



Orlane B21

Must buy skincare Paris

Experience luxury with this serum that rejuvenates and restores skin's radiance. Super-powered cellular anti-aging. Its new formula, enriched with natural ingredients, makes it the most effective anti-aging skin care product.


Algologie Élixir De L'Archipel

Algologie serum

Where skincare meets the treasures of the ocean. This exquisite elixir is a testament to French skincare expertise, harnessing the power of marine botanicals and cutting-edge science. Enriched with natural ingredients like sea fennel, brown algae, and marine sugars, it offers a holistic approach to rejuvenating your skin. With its lightweight and hydrating formula, Algologie l'Élixir de l'Archipel targets multiple skin concerns, from hydration to firmness, leaving your complexion radiant and refreshed. Immerse yourself in the beauty of marine-infused skincare and embrace the revitalizing effects of this exceptional elixir.


Bioderma Hydrabio Serum

Dermatology products in Paris

In the realm of skincare, achieving radiant and healthy-looking skin often begins with optimal hydration. Bioderma, a renowned name in the world of dermatology, introduces a game-changer that's designed to replenish and revitalize your skin's moisture levels. A hydrating elixir that transcends mere skincare, offering a journey towards radiant and deeply nourished skin.


Nym Serum Absolu

Hydrating products Paris

100% natural, this highly concentrated treatment combines the benefits of Neem with a rare plant species in cosmetics, the poets’ narcissus and organic Argan Oil, to neutralise free radicals and fight against the signs of skin ageing, to restore elasticity and suppleness to the skin.The fresh, moisturizing absolute serum penetrates immediately and provides immediate comfort. It nourishes the skin in depth. Day after day, wrinkles are smoothed, the skin is firmer, the complexion is luminous, unified and radiant.


Topicrem Mela Serum Visage

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It is an anti-spot treatment for sensitive skin. This facial treatment emerges as a beacon of hope. Enriched with a thoughtful blend of ingredients carefully chosen to address pigmentation concerns, this serum promises to illuminate your complexion and restore your skin's natural brilliance. Harnessing the power of key components such as niacinamide, vitamin C... etc, Topicrem Mela Serum Visage offers a journey towards a luminous and confident you.  

A-Derma Biology - Energy C Sérum éclat 


A-Derma Biology's Energy C Serum, with a 99% natural formula, meets the needs of individuals with dull skin, signs of fatigue, or exposure to external factors like pollution. This serum acts as a fatigue-fighting and antioxidant therapy, smoothing and detoxifying the skin while providing a brightening effect.


《Day Creams》

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Crème

This cream is a powerhouse of anti-aging benefits, enriched with vine-derived resveratrol and micro hyaluronic acids. It visibly firms and tightens the skin, diminishing wrinkles and enhancing elasticity. This luxurious formula hydrates deeply, leaving your skin with a renewed radiance. Experience the age-defying effects of Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Crème as it unveils a smoother, plumper, and more youthful complexion.


Lierac Crème Hydragenist

Infuse your skin with the breath of oxygen and hydration. Formulated with 98% ingredients of natural origin, Radiance Rehydrating Cream melts delicately into the skin, providing intense hydration and an immediate sensation of comfort. Its fine, creamy, comforting texture envelops the skin in a veil of softness.


Orlane B21 Crème

Top list skincare Paris

Reveal your skin's true potential with this exquisite cream. This complete cream treats all the signs of aging present on the skin, creating a global correction of firmness, wrinkles and lack of density. Day after day, new youth blossoms from within, creating a radiant, fresh and revitalized face.


It restores skin radiance, reduces signs of fatigue, and stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis, making it an intriguing anti-aging ingredient. Combined with Rhealba oat extract, aloe vera, and glycerin, this facial serum ensures optimal hydration. Its refreshing gel texture quickly absorbs without stickiness, leaving skin instantly hydrated, smooth, and radiant, while strengthening the skin barrier against daily aggressors.


Evening Routine


Condensé Concentré Éclaircissant Teint Parfait

serum condense

The Perfect Complexion Brightening Concentrate, in the form of 3 x 15ml bottles, is a non-photosensitizing serum that slips on under the cream. Its 100% natural active ingredients are highly dosed for an effective treatment.


Algologie Elixir des Vagues 

Hydration Paris

A real hydration booster, this elixir reinforces the benefits of your usual moisturizer. Its refreshing formula, rich in hyaluronic acid with high moisturizing power, helps skin regain its suppleness and comfort. Visibly plumped, skin is instantly and durably smoothed.


Caudalie Sérum Resveratrol-Lift

caudalie serum

Firmness serum, 3D reshaper and redefines the oval of the face. It associates vine resveratrol together with a complex of micro hyaluronic acids, which increase the natural production of hyaluronic acid by skin cells.


La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5

La Roche Posay Paris

Replenish your skin's hydration reservoir with hyaluronic acid. Moisturizing, plumping anti-wrinkle serum, combining two types of pure hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and madecassoside. Wrinkles, loss of volume and elasticity, dull, tired skin.


Avène Cleanance Serum

Avène products in Paris

Avène Cleanance Serum helps to reduce blemishes, refine skin texture and reduce the appearance of pores, thanks to a unique combination of key ingredients: Glycolic/Lactic Acids: refine the skin texture.



《Night Creams》

Sisley Supremÿa La Nuit Le Grand Soin Anti-Âge

Supremÿa La Nuit, a specialist in chronobiology, operates in darkness, precisely when the essential skin regeneration takes place. The regeneration mechanisms that work optimally in young skin weaken with age, leading to the appearance of visible signs of aging (wrinkles, loss of firmness, radiance, etc.). The Supreme Anti-Aging Treatment harnesses the skin's regenerative power to recover from damage sustained during the day, prepare to combat disruptions the following day, and thereby delay the arrival of the marks of time.


Le Domaine Crème Fluide

Le Domaine cream

Indulge in luxurious hydration and nourishment. Co-created with two professors of genetics and wine science, Le Domaine is a premium, non-genre cosmetics brand that aims to give everyone the opportunity to age well. The proof is in the form of Crème Fluide. Formulated with 96.68% ingredients of natural origin, such as grape water and a concentration of GSM10 and ProGR3, two exclusive active compounds that slow down the signs of skin aging, but also enriched with niacinamide and ayurvedic plant extracts, this extremely fluid texture instantly moisturizes and soothes the skin. It also offers a gentle fragrance of iris, orange blossom and white musk. The result? An even complexion, fresher and more radiant than ever.


Nym Crème Absolue

Must have skincare

Let your skin revel in the regenerative power of the night. Combining the benefits of Neem with a blend of rare plant extracts, this cream penetrates immediately and provides instant comfort. For comfortable skin, fading wrinkles, a radiant complexion and a visible, above all natural, lifting effect.


Sisley Sisleÿa L'intégral Anti-Âge 

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A significant part of aging is associated with one's personal lifestyle. Daily stress, life challenges, and various abuses disrupt the biological life cycle of cells. This behavioral dimension, the third dimension of aging, affects the face even more than genetic or environmental aging. Sisleÿa L'Intégral Anti-Âge combats the visible signs of all three types of aging to provide a truly comprehensive anti-aging solution. Its active ingredients stimulate, regenerate, restructure, and support cellular vitality, delivering remarkable results in reducing wrinkles, improving firmness, radiance, density, and hydration to preserve skin beauty.


《Eye Contour》 

Condensé Soin Lissant Contour des Yeux

best eye contour serum

A luxurious eye care essential that brings a new dimension to your skincare routine. This smoothing eye treatment is meticulously crafted to target the delicate skin around your eyes, addressing fine lines, puffiness, and signs of fatigue. Enriched with potent botanical extracts and antioxidants, it nourishes and revitalizes, leaving your eye area looking refreshed and rejuvenated. With its velvety texture and indulgent formula, Condensé Soin Lissant Contour des Yeux offers a moment of luxury as it works to enhance your natural beauty, ensuring your eyes radiate with youthful vitality.


Nuxe Super Serum [10] Yeux

Nuxe eye serum

A luxurious and advanced solution for youthful and radiant eyes. This exceptional eye serum is fortified with a potent blend of natural ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts, expertly crafted to combat the signs of aging. With a lightweight, fast-absorbing texture, it targets multiple eye concerns, such as dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines, effectively revitalizing the delicate eye area. This serum is your secret to achieving a well-rested and vibrant look, ensuring your eyes captivate with timeless beauty.



Body and Hair Care Products

In the French pharmacies, you can find care products for all your body from head to toe: body lotions, toothpastes, hair products… The difference with other shops will be that these products are selected by the pharmacists for their healthcare characteristics and their quality. Here are some of the best products you can find in this category:


Botot Dentifrice Rouge

Must buy Toothpaste

Botot toothpaste, enriched with natural essences of cinnamon, clove and mint, protects against tartar and plaque, while perfectly cleansing the oral cavity. Its formula, enriched with natural essences, has recognized antibacterial and refreshing properties.


Botot Bain de Bouche

Souvenir in Paris

This is a concentrated, refreshing and purifying mouthwash. Its natural essences purify and refresh breath. Maintain your oral hygiene with Eau de Bouche de Botot and keep your breath fresh.


Roger et Gallet Fleur de Figuier Parfum

perfume roger et Gallet

This fresh elixir opens with citrus notes of mandarin orange and grapefruit essence, enhanced with cumin. At the heart of the fragrance, juicy fig bud extract and fig blossom have an exclusive place. The warm base is provided by woody notes of cedar, sensual musk and fig nectar.


René Furterer Forticea

Best shampoo in France

This invigorating hair care gem is designed to fortify and energize your scalp, promoting stronger and healthier hair growth. Enriched with natural ingredients like essential oils and plant peptides, it stimulates microcirculation, revitalizing hair follicles for increased density and resilience. By providing essential nutrients to the scalp, Furterer Forticea ensures optimal hair vitality, transforming your locks from the root to the tip. Embrace a mane that exudes strength and radiance with the nourishing benefits of Furterer Forticea.



Dietary supplements

In France for most of the medicines, you need a doctor’s prescription. However, as a tourist, you can shop French dietary supplements. Along with a healthy way of life and alimentation, supplements can help to cure specific problems in a natural way, without taking drugs. However, it’s always better to have advice from a professional (Doctor or Pharmacist) to find the supplements that are the most suitable for you.


Vit'all+ Omega 3

Must buy supplements in Paris

Packed with essential fatty acids, these supplements are a cornerstone of holistic health. Omega 3 not only supports cardiovascular health but also nourishes your skin, promoting a radiant complexion from within. By fostering a healthy inflammatory response, Omega 3 helps alleviate joint discomfort, ensuring you move through life with ease. Elevate your overall wellness with Vit'all+ Omega 3 and embrace a lifestyle that radiates vitality and balance. It is deodorized to avoid fishy taste.


Aragan Cap Actifs Absolu

supplements for hair and nails

Embrace the power of Aragan Cap Actifs Absolu for comprehensive hair fortification. Enriched with a potent blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, this supplement delivers essential nutrients to your hair follicles, promoting strength and vitality. Aragan Cap Actifs Absolu addresses hair thinning, brittleness, and lack of luster, revitalizing your locks from the inside out. Experience the transformative benefits as your hair regains its natural shine, resilience, and volume, showcasing the beauty of healthy and nourished strands.


Pileje Lactibiane Référence 30 Gélules

Best supplements Paris

This probiotic supplement is your key to a balanced and harmonious digestive system. By replenishing your gut with beneficial bacteria, Lactibiane Ref promotes a healthy microbial environment, supporting digestion and overall well-being. Its carefully selected strains target gut discomfort, bloating, and irregularities, helping you maintain a comfortable and balanced digestive rhythm. With Pileje Lactibiane Référence 30 Gélules, you're empowering your body's natural processes for optimal comfort and vitality.


NHCO Orthosamine

Must buy supplements

Achieving a well-rounded diet that provides our body with all the essential nutrients can be a challenging endeavor. Often, feelings of tiredness or physical weakness stem from nutrient deficiencies. Enter NHCO, a distinguished French brand specializing in amino acids. Their Orthosamine supplements seamlessly blend vital vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, offering a comprehensive solution for the optimal functioning of the human body.


Aragan FLEXActif

Supplement for the joint

Experience the transformative benefits of Aragan FLEXActif. This supplement is meticulously designed to enhance joint comfort and flexibility, enabling you to embrace life's activities with ease. Crafted with a blend of natural ingredients, FLEXActif supports joint health and mobility, ensuring you move through your day with renewed vitality. Whether you're an active individual or seeking relief from daily discomfort, Aragan FLEXActif stands as your solution for improved well-being and unrestricted movement.


NHCO Artixine 168

Healthcare products must have

It helps relieve physiological wear and tear on joints, such as stiffness and loss of joint suppleness. A dietary supplement based on micronutrition research: Innovation Aminoscience contains highly absorbable minerals: Zinc, Copper, Manganese. Contains collagen-building amino acids.


Biocyte Collagene Max Cacao

Best collagen drink

Biocyte brings innovation and creates Collagen Max Anti-Aging, a highly concentrated formula with collagen and hyaluronic acid. Result: the skin is smooth and replumped, signs of aging are reduced. It is also enriched with vitamin C, which contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin and with vitamin E, which contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.


Biocyte Collagene x 30 Sticks

Collagen smooth the skin

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and responsible for giving the skin its density and resilience. As we get older, collagen production naturally diminishes. Biocyte Collagen Express is formulated with a high concentration of collagen to help smooth the skin. These food supplement "sticks" have a delicious peach flavor.




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French beauty is a timeless allure that stems from an appreciation for quality, a commitment to self-care, and a touch of Parisian chic. These products, thoughtfully categorized and arranged in a structured routine, mirror the elegance and simplicity of French women. Incorporate these cosmetic gems and dietary supplements into your regimen, and embrace the secret of French radiance—one that emanates from within and graces the world with its understated charm.

We hope that this guide was useful and helped you discover some of the products that can be found in French Pharmacies. To help you, we quickly summed up some useful words if you visit a French Pharmacy, either for minor health issue or to shop skincare products. These words can help you understand the package of products, or you can just show them to an advisor if you want to find a specific product. Please remember to consult with a healthcare professional before adding new supplements to your routine, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions

If you are planning to shop in Paris, we advise you to use our special 10% off coupon at Parapharmacy Monge (click here to download it). You can also get a 15% tax refund for the purchase of more than 100 euros.

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