La French Touch

La French Touch


Parisian women have a reputation for looking effortlessly chic with their tousled bed hair and naturally glowing skin; a question asked time and time again is how they’ve managed to perfect this look? It has much to do with a few staple products which they rely on day and night and the way in which they apply them. They favour the belief that “less is more” often using little product but making it go a long way. The products which they do use are so good that they have earned cult status by women all over the world. So here are the beauty iconic products which Parisian women (and all women all over the world I guess) cannot live without…

1. Eau de Parfum, N°5 – Chanel

Since Marilyn Monroe confessed that a drop of this perfume was her only nightwear, the N ° 5 has symbolized sensuality à la francaise. Allure magazine even placed it in pole position in its top 50 beauty products to buy before dying!

2. Shea Butter Hand Cream – L’Occitane

French manicures wrap the hands of their famous customers with this cream the day before the red carpets. With 20% karrity, soft skin effect guaranteed.

3. Huile Prodigieuse, Multi Purpose Dry Oil – Nuxe

In 1991, Aliza Jabès, an MBA in New York and founder of Nuxe, invented this dry oil, pregnant with her first child. Today, all Parisian beauty salons offer this must-have, alls seduced by its high hydrating power, naturalness, versatility and irresistible fragance.

4. Hydrabio H2O, Makeup Remove Micelle Solution – Bioderma

This micellar water eliminates make-up and impurities in one pass, respecting the most sensitive epidermis. Seduced, the mannequins have made it cross the Atlantic and, since then, one bottle is sold every six seconds in the world.

5. Lait-Crème Concentré – Embryolisse

A mixture of active ingredients of plant origin, hyaluronic acid and collagen, this high-tolerance concentrated milk cream serves as a make-up base, a moisturizer, a make-up remover or a post-sun repeller.  Its formula remains extremely simple and effective with nourishing ingredients that restores the skin’s natural glow and gives a boost to tired dehydrated skin. Karlie Kloss cracks for this beauty “Swiss knife” that makes the skin pumply as wished.

6. Beauty Elixir – Caudalie

Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this powerful plant based facial mist smoothes away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance. A Caudalie cult product favoured by make-up artists, beauty junkies and celebrities, the elixir also works wonderfully to help set make-up. American designers like Jason Wu, l’Wren Scott have already paid tribute in limited editions.

7. Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Klorane

This pioneer of dry shampoos, which allows to keep hair clean in two minutes, quickly became indispensable. Cult product of Gwyneth Paltrow, it is also found in Drew Barrymore’s kit. No wonder it’s sold one every ten seconds in the world.



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