You must have read about models, celebrities, beauty bloggers and magazines raving about French beauty and French beauty stores. We planned to find out what the fuss was about. And by the end of the day we were convinced that French beauty stores and particularly Monge is a heaven for all skincare and beauty lovers.
The Monge beauty store is one of the best French beauty stores in Paris, offering a large variety of products ranging from health and fitness to beauty and skincare. And following are some of the products we think you need in your shopping bags.
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SHOPPING LIST 1. LEBON TOOTHPASTE (75ml)
Luxurious toothpaste for your teeth. There are many artificial materials in normal toothpastes, but Lebon makes their toothpaste with organic ingredients, not using fluorine, paraben, and artificial colorings, which are harmful for teeth. There are newly launched whitening line; ylangylang-yuzu-mint, classic mint, and mango mint.
SHOPPING LIST 2. ADERMA PHYS-AC FOAMING GEL (200ml, 400ml)
Aderma harvests oats directly from Toulouse, and makes their products with extracts from oats. Aderma has their own oats field and laboratory to make the best of it.
This foaming gel is perfect for oily skin or troubled skin. It can be used not only on face, but also on the body.
SHOPPING LIST 3. ADERMA EPITHELIANE A.H DUO - ULTRA REPAIRING CREAM (40ml, 100ml)
This cream is perfect to remove the scars on face and repair the skin. As explained above, Aderma’s cosmetics are hypo-allergenic so that you can use them for all the family including babies.
SHOPPING LIST 4. DARPHIN AROMATIC CLEANSING BALM (40ml)
This is one of the bestsellers at Parapharmacie Monge. 85% of ingredients are natural, including ylang ylang, rosewood essential oils, and salvia which perfectly cleanse the makeup and remove impurities.
Put a suitable amount of cleansing balm on a hand and gently massage the face with it. After the massage, rinse with warm water, and it will turn to milky texture, without making it oily.
SHOPPING LIST 5. ALGOLOGIE HYDRA ECUME (120ml)
Algologie is a organic cosmetics brand with the patent, for using extracts of marine plants from Bretagne region.
Just with one pump, it delivers abundant bubble of oxygen to cleanse your face without irritation. With bubble of oxygen, it hydrates deep in the skin, while removing impurities.
BULLES MARINES (40ml)
It is such a magical mask for elastic skin by delivering bubble of oxygen. You can use once or twice a week.
SHOPPING LIST 6. ALGOLOGIE ELIXIR DES VAGUES (30ml)
This hydra-replenishing booster is famous for its instant effect. It strengthens the fundamental power of cells so that your skin can be hydrated even in dry weather. It is absorbed quickly and helps to maintain and obtain moisture for silky skin.
SHOPPING LIST 7. LEANOR BIO SHEET MASK
Leonor Bio is a French organic brand in the heart of the Pyrénées which uses Donkey Milk. Raised in the pure respect of organic farming, and fed with organic cereals, herb, and hay, this donkey milk is rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and an essential fatty acid-Omega 6, which improves the suppleness and the hydration of the skin. Minerals from the donkey milk also deeply clean the skin by removing dead cells.
RAVISSANTE, For all the skin type. With hyaluronic acid and donkey milk, it hydrates the skin making it elastic and less wrinkled. It improves the skin tone as well.
RAYONNANTE, For oily skin and combination skin type. With donkey milk and tea tree essential oil, it removes bacterias which raise acnes, while purifying deep in the skin.
EBLOUISSANTE, Anti-aging sheet mask for all the skin type. With nutrients from donkey milk and hydroxyproline, it instantly removes wrinkles and makes your skin elastic.
SHOPPING LIST 8. NATURY BIO MICELLAR WATER (530ml)
Natury Bio is a organic brand. This cleansing water completely removes the eye and skin makeup. It is perfect for sensitive and dry skin. This can be used for men when they remove sunscreen.
SHOPPING LIST 9. CAUDALIE EAU DE BEAUTE(BEAUTY ELIXIR) (30ml, 100ml)
Started by a French couple in Bordeaux. The couple owned grape farm and found the ingredients to improve skin from the grapes. After 7 years study, they launched Caudalie with the patented ingredient.
Beauty Elixir is a multi essential mist inspired by l’elixir d’amore used by 16th century queen of Hungary. It delivers cooling effect and can be used as a makeup fixer. It gives natural glows on skin and improves complexion.
SHOPPING LIST 10. CONDENSE SMOOTHING EYE SERUM (15ml)
This natural condensed eye serum gives elasticity and whitening effect while smoothing the wrinkles around eyes. Made of natural ingredients, it can be used for sensitive skin without irritation. It is absorbed very lightly and quickly.
SHOPPING LIST 11. CONDENSE ACTIVE MOISTURIZING SERUM (30ml)
It instantly and softly hydrates your skin. Aloe vera helps to maintain moisture while protecting the skin from impurities and air pollutants. 97% of ingredients are natural and it doesn’t irritate your skin.
SHOPPING LIST 12. BIOTHERM AQUASOURCE GEL (50ml)
Founded in 1952, Biotherm produce skin care products based on minerals and extracts of planktons contained in spa water. sea creatures have the energy to reproduce even in nonviable environments without air or light. Inspired by that, they started to use planktons to deliver minerals and vitamins.
Using pure thermal waters from Pyrénées and planktons, it improves absorptivity and smooth the skin without stickiness.
SHOPPING LIST 13. SISLEY GLOBAL PERFECT PORE MINIMIZER (30ml)
Founded in 1976 in France, Sisley produces cosmetics based on vegetable essential oils and is selling their products in 90 countries. Recognizing different functions of each part from plants, they compound them to make the best of it.
Regardless of age, it helps to minimize pores while improving complexion. Every morning and night, you can pump it once and apply gently on the skin.
SHOPPING LIST 14. LAB SERIES TINTED MOISTURIZER (50ml)
Known as the original skin care brand specially for men, they are going global with high tech formulas.
Special formula with special texture evenly balance the skin tone without stickiness.
SHOPPING LIST 15. SKINCEUTICALS SHEER MINERAL UV DENFENSE SPF 50 (50ml)
This brand was born with several years of study of skin cancer. Skinceuticals prevents your skin from damages.
It glances back UV rays through mineral filter and it is hypo-allergenic so it can be used for sensitive skin. You can shake it before use so that particles of mineral filter can be well mixed.
SHOPPING LIST 16. LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS LOTION (250 ml)
Made of thermal waters, it can be used for sensitive skin without irritation. This sunscreen is for kids, but all the family can use it. Even on sensitive skin of kids, it is absorbed smoothly with moisture.
SHOPPING LIST 17. URIAGE MOISTURIZING LIPSTICK (4g)
One of the best selling products at Monge! This lipstick gives nutrients on lips while protecting lips from dryness.
SHOPPING LIST 18. MUSTELA NOURISHING STICK WITH COLD CREAM (10.1ml)
A French skincare brand famous for studying baby skin over 60 years. By using environment-friendly ingredients not causing allergies, it can be used widely even for babies and adults. They exclude all the harmful ingredients like paraben, phthalate, and phenoxyethanol.
This nourishing stick is in small size and can be used for all the family. Containing ceramics and cold cream, it provide nourishment while maintaining skin protection. Extracts of avocados, sunflower oils, beeswax, shea butter lessen irritation. You can apply on the spot like lips or cheeks whenever they get dry.
SHOPPING LIST 19. INSTITUT KARITE LIGHT HAND CREAM (30ml, 75ml)
With a fresh scent and easily absorbing texture, it is perfect for summer time. It is also perfect as a gift as the packaging is very nice and also it moisturizes your hands without stickiness.
SHOPPING LIST 20. ARGAN SYNACTIFS : CIRC ACTIFS (30 capsules)
This nutritional supplement is perfect for ones who always stands up at work, who has trophedema, or who has a problem of blood circulation. Made of natural ingredients like extracts of red grapes, it makes your blood circulation smooth, and alleviates trophedema. You can take 1-2 pills a day.
SHOPPING LIST 21. ARGAN SYNACTIFS : FLEX ACTIFS (60 capsules)
It helps to recover joints. Made of natural ingredients like glucosamine, it works naturally without chemicals. You can take 2-4 pills a day.
SHOPPING LIST 22. NHCO : ARTIXINE (56 capsules)
Artixine helps to relieve the pains and inconvenience of joints. It is perfect as a gift for someone who has problem with their joints. It contains different enzymes for strengthen effectiveness.
On the first week, you can take two pills each before breakfast and dinner. From the second week, you can take two pills before breakfast.
SHOPPING LIST 23. NHCO : ORTHOSAMINE MULTI VITAMIN (42 capsules)
It is a multi-vitamin containing 9 essential amino acids, 11 natural vitamins, 6 natural mineral, and 4 plant extracts. It obviously improves your immune system with its enzyme. You can take it for 6 weeks, one pill per day(between breakfast and lunch, or between lunch and dinner).
SHOPPING LIST 24. NHCO : EFFLUVIUM (168 capsules)
Unique formula from 20 active ingredients stimulates capillary so that hair can grow strongly from the roots. It also makes your hair shiny and elastic with abundant amino acids. For the first 14 days, you can take two pills each on every morning and night, and from 14th day for 56 days, you can take two pills at night.
SHOPPING LIST 25. FURTERER FORTICEA (250ml)
Vegetable caffeines extracted from guarana and oranges, lavenders, rosemary essential oils give nutrients on hair while menthol refreshes and strengthens hair root. It creates synergistic effect when used with EFFLUVIUM.
SHOPPING LIST 26. PILEJE CHRONOBIANE - MELATONIN SPRAY (20ml_ 150 times)
It is a natural melatonin spray with hawthorn extracts which instantly resolve insomnia. It helps you to be less jet-legged after or during the trip. You can spray once or twice in the mouth 20-30 minutes before sleeping.
PILEJE CHRONOBIANE - MELATONIN LP 1,9 MG VITAMIN (60 capsules)
The natural melatonin has been enhanced than LP. Also magnesium, vitamin D3, vitamin E, it naturally solves insomnia and lessens fatigue feeling. You can take one pill 30 minutes before sleeping.
SHOPPING LIST 27. PILEJE MICROBIANE Q10 (30 capsules)
Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E help to create cell membrane while relieving stress and giving antioxidant effect. Ubiquinone, from Coenzyme Q10 amazingly works to give antioxidant effect and create energy, while decomposing toxin materials.
SHOPPING LIST 28. NATURES PLUS : ULTRA LUTEINE (60 capsules)
It protects and improves your eyes, tired from electromagnetic waves. 20mg of Luteine is contained, and it can be perfect for yourself or as a gift.
SHOPPING LIST 29. NATURES PLUS : OMEGA 3 (60 tablets)
This omega 3 provides you with EPA and DHA which are essential to function brain and heart. Omega 3 from salmon and tuna helps blood vessels and eye sight, while concentrate and selenium protect cells from stress and thyroid, and improve immune system.
SHOPPING LIST 30. DUOLAC : TRAVEL 2 IN 1 (30 tablets)
Travel 2 in 1 relieves your sensitive intestine during travel, and gives lactobacillus. When you have any problem with local food, it will totally help you to feel better. With patented dual coating technology, it guarantees survival rate of lactobacillus. 2-4 days before your trip, take 1-2 pills per day and melt it in your mouth like candy. It can be used for above 3 years old.
DUOLAC : DAILY VITALITY (30 tablets)
Daily vitality vitamin, containing vitamin C, to improve immune system and fatigue feeling. With patent technology of Duolac, it guarantees survival rate of lactobacillus. You can take one pill a day.
SHOPPING LIST 31. PRANAROM : GEL POUSSES DENTAIRES (15ml)
Founded in 1991, they started this brand by selling 100% natural essential oil with the best quality. The founder was originally pharmacist, and wrote a book about aroma therapy. Pranarom has a meaning of that health and purity of herbs brought by essential oils.
This gel is made for gums of babies to lessen their pain when they get new tooth. It can be used for above 5 months baby, and maximum 4 times a day, you can apply it on gums smoothly massaging.
SHOPPING LIST 32. LOTION ONGLES JAUNIS (10ml)
It is natural essential oil for athlete’s foot which is easy to get during humid summer time. You can use it twice a day, for 4-6 weeks. It can be applied not only on toenails, but also in between toenails and toes.
SHOPPING LIST 33. PURESSENTIEL : PURIFYING AIR SPRAY (200ml)
Best selling product from Puressentiel. Mixed with 41 essential oils, it refreshes air and delivers antivirus effect. This is perfect especially for family with kids or when someone caught a cold. It protects our body from virus, bacteria, bedbugs, and mites.
SHOPPING LIST 34. PURESSENTIEL : ARTICULATIONS & MUSCLES (75ml)
This is a massage roller perfect to ease your pain after walking a lot during travelling. You can gently massage with this on muscle and joints.
SHOPPING LIST 35. MERCK : APAISYL REPULSIF MOUSTIQUES (90ml X 2)
This lotion helps to keep you away from mosquitoes, which can be used for kids and adults. Once you apply, it lasts its effect for 8-12 hours. Babies over 12 months, and pregnant women can also use it.
SHOPPING LIST 36. FIRST-AID MEDICINE FOR TRAVEL
Pain killers can be specified as ibuprofen and paracetamol, and depending on person, there is specific pain killer which works better for them.
ADVIL (14 tablets)
Advil is a type of ibuprofen. When you take ibuprofen, you must take it after the meal.
DOLIPRANE (16 tablets)
Doliprane is a type of paracetamol, which you can take regardless of meals. This is widely used in France.
VOGALIB (8 tablets)
This helps to lessen travel sickness or nausea. You can take 1-4 pills per day, for maximum 2 days. You should not chew it, but should just keep it under your tongue then it will smoothly and quickly melts in your mouth. The taste is not strong at all.
CITRATE DE BETAINE UPSA 2G (20 tablets)
When you ate too much, or have any digestion problems, you can easily put it in a cup of water and drink it. There are two tastes, lemon and mint. It tastes like sparkling water, helping digestion.
SHOPPING LIST 37. FIRST-AID MEDICINE FOR TRAVEL
HYDROCOLLOID BANDAGE (8 pieces)
This is the bandage you can use for unexpected scars or cut. If you want the normal bandage, you can look for ‘Pensement’ in French.
BLISTER BANDAGE (5 pieces)
As many of pavements in France are still with stones, it is really easy to get blisters after working for long time. Or you may also get blisters when you wear new shoes. You can paste this bandage on the part with blister to heal or to prevent blisters. There is also a stick type which can prevent blisters.
BIAFINE EMULSION (186g)
It is easy to get burned skin with pain after walking around under the blazing sun. This is an ointment to cure the skin and also relieves the pain. At Monge - Notre dame, you can find it easily on shelves, but at Monge - Eiffel, you have to ask pharmacists at the counter inside.