At the risk of inflating already inflated egos, I have to say… the French are incredibly skilled at making certain things.
They are skilled at making fine wines, breads, cheeses, designer apparel… and some of the best cosmetic products in the world.
Tapping away at my keyboard, I wistfully sigh over the fact that I no longer have such easy access to my favorite french skincare products.
As a way to reminisce, I am now going to take this time to show you what I brought with me when I left Paris two months ago.
The Last Souvenirs From Paris…
While they are made by different brands, all of these products share one similar characteristic.
From the lavender palette of the packaging to the mild scent and cool soothing sensation of the creams, they have been designed to be gentle and soothing on the skin.
I wasn’t kidding when I said that french women are obsessed with pampering their skin ever so gently.
Starting from left to right, the products in the photo are…
1) Lift’Argan Light Moisturizer.
This is a good all-around daily moisturizer.
The cream is light, absorbs easily, and leaves the skin moisturized and comfortable throughout the day.
My favorite thing about this cream is the light scent, which is nutty with floral accents.
As the name of the brand suggests, Lift’Argan creams are made with the restorative properties of Argan oil.
2) Cattier Gentle Cleansing Milk.
A cleansing milk that respect’s the skin’s natural balance.
It is made from cornflower water and sunflower oil. It is super gentle and suitable for all skin types. I do not hesitate to use this on my eyes and my lips.
This is a runner up to my number one favorite cleanser of all time, Alorée’s Sweet Purifer Cleansing Milk.
The Cattier cleanser is most effective if used in conjunction with a micellar water.
3) Cattier Perle d’Eau Cleansing Micellar Solution.
I’ve already talked about The Magic Of Micellar Water.
The Cattier Micellar has neither alcohol nor perfume. Instead, it is formulated with the soothing properties of floral rose water and orange flower water.
It cleanses and purifies while refreshing the skin at the same time.
And the best part: it’s incredibly good at removing stubborn makeup. You are more likely to find this one at a botanist’s shop than a pharmacy.
4) Jonzac Intense Moisturizing Cream.
A rich cream that is suitable for dry to very dry skin.Formulated to minimize the risk of any allergic reaction.
I purchased this one for my mother, whose mature skin needs lots of care and nourishment.
Jonzac products are made from the thermal waters of Jonzac, located in the south-west region of France.
Thermal waters are used for their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
5) Jonzac High Tolerance Rich Cream.
Another good all-around daily moisturizer.
This one is suited for normal to dry skin. Its especially ideal for those who have reactive and allergy-prone dry skin.
Apart from how gentle and soothing Jonzac products are, I also really like how affordable they are.
A Few Close-Up Shots…
[A pump for your convenience, though it makes it difficult to squeeze out the last remaining drops.]
[How cool that the bottom moves up as you use up the product, so you are sure to use up every last bit of the cream!]
[My darlings. These two are quite a dreamy pair.]
All these products are natural and organic. But most importantly, they are gentle and they respect the skin’s natural balance.
They are luxurious not because they break your bank, but because they are deliciously soothing and sensuous.
So. If you ever find yourself in Paris, and you are looking for these specific products, you should be able to find them at My Top 3 Beauty Addresses In Paris.
The reality however is that not all of us can afford to fly to Paris anytime we want to stock up on such fantastic french beauty products.
This is why I keep dreaming about my Ziba shop!
I want it to be a shop filled with the best of the best natural and organic skincare products from all around the world!
And I want to make sure they are as affordable for as many people as possible.
Wouldn’t that be so lovely?