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CityPharma Paris: French Pharmacy Haul

When I was in Paris 2 years ago, I wrote a post about my CityPharma haul and it quickly became one of my most read articles. Recently, I found myself perusing the crowded aisles of my favorite French Pharmacy once again (and doing a little more $ damage than I intended) so wanted to share some of my finds. I repurchased a few products but I also decided to try some new stuff as well:


CityPharma Haul: Avene
Antirougeurs Calm Soothing Repair Mask

CityPharma Price $10.95 | Price in US $34 

I’ve never seen a mask like this but it was calling my name. Sometimes my face randomly gets hot and my cheeks turn red. This mask is said to immediately relieve the warmth, redness and irritation in sensitive skin.

It’s also supposed to be good for those who have just undergone laser treatments or other irritating facial procedures.

Trixera Nutrition Nutri-Fluid Cleanser

CityPharma Price $7.99 |  Price in US $29 

Is anyone else annoyed by how expensive face wash is? Even a basic Neutrogena cleanser costs $7 for a small bottle. I bought Avene’s Trixera Nutrition Nutri-Fluid Cleanser because the bottle is huge and it was only $8.

The cleanser is created for dry skin and it contains Avene’s famous magical Thermal Spring Water.

YstheAL Anti-Wrinkle Emulsion

CityPharma Price $18.49 |  Price in US $42

Avene’s YstheAL Emulsion is a light, fast absorbing moisturizer. I wanted the night creme but I since I can’t read French I guessed, and I guessed wrong. It contains Retinaldehyde, an anti-aging ingredient which to boosts cellular activity, G.G.O, an anti-aging lipopeptide that protects skin elastin, Pre-Tocopheryl, a cell antioxidant and of course, Avene’s Thermal Spring Water, for soothing and anti-irritation.

YstheAL Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate

CityPharma Price $25.89 |  Not Available in the US 

A highly concentrated version of the YstheAL Anti-Wrinkle cream made into a serum. It’s said to match the wrinkle efficacy comparable to 3 peeling sessions.

Cleanance Gel Travel Sized

CityPharma Price $3.99 |  Price in US $8.99 (Ebay)

A basic, travel sized face wash. The Cleanance Gel has a neutral PH of 7.2. It’s super gentle and contains anti-inflammatory properties.

La Roche Posay

CityPharma Haul: La Roche Posay

Hydraphase Intense Eyes

CityPharma Price $9.95 |  Price in US $33.99

I needed a new eye cream and this was only $10. It contains hyaluronic acid which absorbs 1,000 it’s weight in water and aids in a plumped up, hydrated appearance. The caffeine also reduces the appearance of under-eye bags.

Redermic R Retinol Wrinkle Creme

CityPharma Price $21.99 (on sale) | Price in US $56.99 

I purchased this last time I was at CityPharma. It contains the highest concentration of pure retinol but with no irritation.

Redermic C Moisturizer

CityPharma Price $18.99 (on sale) | Price in US $54.99 

A daytime moisturizer containing fragmented hyaluronic acid which plumps and hydrates the skin. Antioxidant Vitamin C helps visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Mannose hydrates to visibly smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and Neurosensine helps reduce the signs of skin sensitivity.

Pigmentclar Serum for Dark Spots

CityPharma Price  $25.75 | Price in US $52.99

I got this for my boyfriend. I’ve been trying to get him to up his skincare game recently. The Pigmentclar Serum contains Phe-Resorcinol and Ferulic Acid which reduce the appearance of dark spots. Lipo-Hydroxy Acid (LHA) provides micro-exfoliation to smooth the skin’s surface and brighten the complexion.

He’s only been using this for a week (in combination with the Avene YstheAL Anti-Wrinkle Lotion) and I can already see pretty major results. I wish I would’ve bought one for myself.

City Pharma Haul: La Roche PosayAthelios 50+ XL

CityPharma Price $12.90 |  Price in US $24.99

La Roche Posay makes my second favorite face sunscreen. Since I’m almost out of my favorite (Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen), I grabbed an XL version of Anthelios 50+ (for $55 less than the Tatcha).

Cicaplast Baume B5

City Pharma Price $8.99 |  Price in US $14.99 

I bought this last time I was in Paris and I fell in love with it. My cheeks gets irritated every once in a while and turn bright red; this calms down it down so much. I also use it as a night moisturizer sometimes when I’m feeling really dry.

The Cicaplast Baume is super thick but not greasy and you can use it on all areas of your body where you have dry, irritated skin.

Cicaplast Baume B5 Travel Sized

CityPharma Price $3.99 |  Not Available in US 

I got a travel sized version to keep in my kit. If someone has an allergic reaction to something, I’d apply this to calm it down.


Last time I was at CityPharma, I picked up Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir but it was all I could get a hold of from this brand. The Caudalie aisle is usually the most packed in the store so it makes it impossible to browse. This time, I went in knowing exactly what I wanted.

Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

City Pharma Price $18.49|  Price in US $39 

A gel-cream moisturizer suited for all skintypes. I was in desperate need for a new daytime moisturizer so we’ll see how this does. I’ll update after I use it.

Moisturizing Mask

City Pharma Price $18.30|  Price in US $39 

The moisturizing mask is said to “restore moisture levels to relieve tightness, reduce redness, and increase softness for a hydrated, dewy glow.”

Vinosource Radiance Serum

City Pharma Price $37.90|  Price in US $79  

This was the most expensive product I bought at CityPharma but I’ve heard such rave reviews about this serum, I decided to take the plunge. I also saved 1/2 the money! It’s said to improve the appearance of dark spots, even your skintone, and boost radiance.


Bioderma CityPharma Bioderma Crealine

City Pharma Price 2 for $15.49 |  Price in US 1 for $20

Truth be told, I don’t actually need 2 more bottles of this right now but it’s kind of impossible to pass up this deal (review here).

Bioderma Crealine Travel Size

City Pharma Price $2.49 | Price in US $6.90 

These travel sized Biodermas are almost impossible to find in the US.

Related Post: How To Refill your Travel Sized Bioderma 

Rene Furterer Rene Furterer Paris

Rene Furterer Vegetal Hairspray

City Pharma Price 2 for $14.89 |  Price in US $29 for 1 

The Rene Furterer hairspray came highly recommended from a hairstylist friend.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this two pack for less than $15, 4x cheaper than if you were to buy two bottles in the States!

Rene Furterer Vegetal Hairspray Travel Sized

City Pharma Price $5.99 |  Price in US $16


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Marvis Toothpaste

City Pharma Price $4.99 |  Price in US $10.50

A classic.

Klorane Dry Shampoo

City Pharma Price  2 for $12.99 |  Price in US 1 for $20

This is another repurchase. I liked this dry shampoo a lot, it doesn’t weigh down my hair and it does a really great job at soaking up the oil so I can go a few extra days without washing.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

City Pharma Price $11.99 |  Price in US $28

Obviously. A staple in my kit (review here).

Lip Balms

Nuxe Lipbalm | Homeostick Lipbalm
Nuxe Rev Miel Lip Balm Stick

City Pharma Price $5.49 for 2 |  Price in US $9 for 1 

I purchased the pot version of Nuxe’s famous lip balm last time, so this time I picked up the stick. After only a few uses, I can tell I like the pot way more.

Homeostick Baume

City Pharma Price $3.90 for 2 |  Price in US $16.38 for 2

I’m obsessed with Homeoplasmine, I keep a tube in my kit and in my set bag so that I’m never without it. Unfortunately the tube is hard to carry around for personal use so I picked up a stick version for my purse. Like the Nuxe lipbalm, the stick doesn’t really compare.


I purchased 2 tubes of Biafine last time I was in Paris and I almost finished both of them. Biafine is an all purpose, plant-based cream used to stimulate cell regrowth. It’s widely used to repair skin after sunburns but it can also be used on minor wounds, skin inflammations, or dry skin. Biafine is also popular as a post-procedure cream for those undergoing cosmetic facial treatments or plastic surgery.

Biafine XL

CityPharma Price $3.99 |  Not available in US 

Biafine Regular

CityPharma Price $3.49|  Not available in US  


My Total Savings: $443

Read more about my travel tips and adventures on my travel blog: HelloJetlag 

Shop This Post (Unfortunately without the savings. You have to go to Paris for that).

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  • Reply Angel March 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Lindsey, I tried some from Avene and they were great. And Bioderma is the best. Were you somewhere else in France besides Paris? Angel

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey March 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Love Avene! I visited Epernay for a day but spent most of the week in Paris 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth March 23, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I love the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. I feel like my skin is smoother and do not get irritated when I’m under the sun too much.

  • Reply Tay March 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Hey Lindsey!
    Love you post – I’m going to Paris in a month and can’t wait to shop this pharmacy. Do they only have 1 branch?
    Do you know if they sell Burt’s Bees anywhere in Paris?

    Thank you xx

  • Reply Nicole M. October 10, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I just got back from Paris yesterday. I used your post as a guide on what to do, and you were spot on with the tips. I had my list, and I was good to go! There were so many people in there looking stuff up on their phones and asking for help from the associates, who looked like they were not really interested in helping anybody.

    I was able to go two days in a row. The crowds weren’t really as bad as I thought, but having the list and seeing what you purchased was super helpful. Thanks for the great post 🙂

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey October 28, 2017 at 3:55 am

      Hi Nicole! Sorry it took me so long to respond to this.

      I’m so happy the post was helpful! I’m kind jealous you got to go 🙂 I could spend hours there.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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