I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. Escentual.com have long been my online destination for French pharma-brands, the beauty retailer offers shoppers worldwide a range of continental treats that can be difficult to source on the high street.

I’m happy to share the news that from today until the end of March, the online store are once again running their popular French Pharmacy promotion. “What’s this?” I hear you ask… it’s simple, let me break it down for you…

For the next 31-days customers can enjoy a full 1/3 off the price of Vichy, La Roche Posay and Nuxe; 25% off Avene, A-Derma, Klorane, Rene Furterer, and Pierre Fabre Dexeryl; and 10% off Caudalie.

As if that isn’t exciting enough… in celebration of this, I’ve teamed up with the guys at Escentual to offer five lucky Lipglossiping.com readers the chance to win a set of my personal top French Pharmacy picks.

French Pharmacy Skincare

These are the products that I return to time and time again… and from my extensive list of favourites, I’ve narrowed it down to a selection that should suit most skintypes:

A-Derma Epitheliale A.H Repairing Cream is a skin miracle for those of us with combination/make your mind up skin-types. It delivers comfort to my most irritated patches without saturating my t-zone.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI is a product that I’ve written about many times before. Got a spot? Zap it with this and watch the “anger” disappear overnight.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP delivers rich moisture to dry skin. Use allover the body to calm and nourish irritated skin.

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray remains one of my Summer staples. Cooling, refreshing, and the perfect skin pick-me-up.

Klorane Soothing Makeup Remover Gel can be used with or without water. The cooling gel formula is enriched with soothing cornflower water that never leaves my skin feeling tight yet makes light work of stubborn mascaras

Want to win the above products?

Leave a comment telling me whether you’ve tried anything from a French pharmacy brand and if so, what’s been your favourite?


1. Start date for this competition is 1st March 2013 at 00.01 GMT
2. Closing date for this competition is 8th March 2013 at 23.59 GMT
3. There are five prizes to be won, a set of five French pharmacy products as listed above. No cash alternative.
4. Lipglossiping.com is the sole promoter of this competition.
5. Only one entry per IP address will be accepted.
6. Personal details will only be used in the context of this competition to inform the winner(s) of their prize status.
7. Five winners will be selected at random from all entries received.
8. Winners will be notified within 7 working days and will be expected to reply to an email sent to the address used to enter your comment within 5 working days or risk forfeiting the prize.

108 Responses to “Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my Escentual.com top picks!”

  1. Jo says:

    My favourite product from a French pharmacy brand is La Roche Posay Effaclar K. It leaves my troublesome t-zone looking a lot more refined, which is no easy task.

  2. Lauren says:

    I love la Roche-posey at the moment the effaclar ai is amazing!

  3. Nicola says:

    Got to be Embryolisse…with a side helping of Nuxe Reve de miel lipbalm. Ooh, and Bioderma sebum control moisturiser is an AWESOME primer. OK, I’m done. :)

  4. Esther says:

    My favourite would be the Nuxe eye cream – Nuxe Contour des Yeux Prodigieux, really depuffs my eyes and hydrates them! Leaves me looking fresh with bright eyes in the morning.

  5. Mel says:

    I love that avene thermal water spritz, it’s so refreshing without being drying at all!

  6. Hattie says:

    Have loved Klorane products since first discovering their camomile make up remover as an au pair many many moons ago!

  7. Mai says:

    My absolute favourite is one that’s actually on your list, namely LRP Lipikar Baume AP. I have two children with atopic skin, in addition to battling with dry skin this time of the year myself, and Lipikar Baume has been a lifesaver, which we buy by the bucketload in this household.

  8. Something seems to be in the air – I’ve been twittering away about the joys of Parisian pharmacies and Monoprix’s skincare and toiletries all week.

    Nuxe and La Roche P are my favourites. These are the best for warding away the Dandy’s dry areas that appear when lashed by icy winds and baked alive by ramped up central heating.

    Too bad I stocked up at the weekend – but too good for everyone else!!

    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  9. Alex says:

    Oh, i love french farmacy, although i’ve got to know it just recently. I love the Avene water and Avene Cleanance series, i love Toleriane and Effaclar lines from LRP. But my recent “win-win-win” product is Exfoliac Acnomega200. My skin’s been getting worse and worse in terms of acne and this one is my savior (i hope they never discontinue it).

  10. Wordbird says:

    I am a huge fan of La Roche Posay’s Effaklar K – it’s a cross between a moisturiser and an exfoliator and does wonders to my spotty, yucky middleaged skin overnight. Also the AI is fab overnight on angry red spots! Klorane cornflower eye make up remover is fantastic stuff and I’ve been using it since I was in my 20s. Phyto haircare is fabulous as well – their volumising shampoo actually volumises! And Bioderma Sensibio is an absolutely cracking micellar water – I prefer it to anything else I’ve used – doesn’t make my eyes sting at all.

    Hard to pick a favourite from all those – I’d be torn between the Effaklar K and the Bioderma.

  11. Laura says:

    I love all la Roche posay sun care, and their effaclar duo totally cleared my skin up.

  12. kirsty says:

    I’ve yet to try any French Pharmacy brands but I’ve been wanting to try a micellar water for a while, maybe now is the time to pick one up!

  13. Andreea says:

    Lipikar Baume AP is my go-to product for my very dry itchy skin. Actually i don’t think there is a single skin care product from La Roche Posay Effaclar that I don’t like. I tried them all and for my skin (dry/combination) they are perfect.

  14. Marian says:

    I have used quite a bit of la roche posay, was very lucky to trial their nutritic intense riche, which was so nourishing for my dry skin, just may take advantage of the third off at escentual. Also love their Cicaplast baume. Of the above the only one i have used is the LAP Effaclar AI,which i find very effective and not at all drying. Have also tried various potions from nuxe. Would absolutely love to win the prize as my skin is so irritated at the moment, especialy the Klorane make up remover and the A-Derma.

  15. Angela says:

    Caudalie Beauty Elixer – it was lovely to use on a long haul flight recently and I also use it at my desk at work in my dehydratingi office.

  16. Danni says:

    I’ve loved the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, been dying to try out La Roche-Posay products thou, especially the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.


  17. Naz says:

    I absolutely love Avene’s water sprays. They are so refereshing, and non drying!!! Can be used what ever the weather. X

  18. mayuri karela says:

    I have a combo- sensitive skin and no high street product has ever suited me. I discovered the french pharmacy brands 4 years ago and my skin is in heaven. i pretty much love the vichy normaderm and la roche posay effaclar range and the matte moisturising creams from both are repeat buys. Would love to try the new products from this competition!

  19. DRTVrMoi says:

    Avene has a lip balm that is perfection. It’s difficult to find here in the states but so worth the search

  20. Alexia says:

    I’m a French girl living in London, and it’s not always to find french brand (not too expensive) products… thanks for the tip! My best french product at the moment is the shampoo for blonde.

  21. Kelli says:

    Avene’s Clearance K and La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo are two must haves for my acne prone skin.

  22. zoe says:

    I love french pharmacy brands. My favourites have been the nuxe reve de miel lipbalm and vichy body milk.

  23. Dana W says:

    I just Googled a bit trying to see if this brand was French, but European will have to do because the closest I’ve come is Vichy Laboratoires’ sun screen fluid. It’s perfect for protecting the skin and somewhat mattifying my oily skin :). I’d love to try La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI but I’ve heard that the version sold in US drugstores isn’t quite the same…

  24. Tanya says:

    French pharmacy brands are the BEST! My favorite brand is Uriage. The Uriage cold cream is awesome for my dry skin and works! I also love A-Derma and Ducray dry skin line. I plan to go to France soon so I can stock up everything from their pharmacies!

  25. Gemma McDonald says:

    I am really keen to try La Roche Posay! My fave is the Avene soapless cleanser

  26. I love Bioderma & also Nuxe’s lipbalm in the pot – I can’t pick a favorite between them!

  27. leetal says:

    i love la roche posay efaclar duo

  28. Victoria N says:

    My favourite product is the Klorane dry shampoo – it is a lifesaver on days when I’ve slept in and don’t have time to wash my hair, plus it doesn’t leave as much white residue as Batsiste.

  29. Tina says:

    I was in Paris last year on a whirlwind visit and only got to buy a couple of the big bottles of Bioderma Crealine H2O, despite my long list of pharmacy picks. Of course, I scoured the internet til I found a retailer for Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, and promptly ordered a tube. I was suffering from strange skin at the time – dry patches, even on my undereyes, and some really oily ones. Pretty sure that the Embryolisse helped to return it to its normal, slightly-oily (but still a vast improvement form before) state. I’m on my second tube now!

    The Bioderma’s also great, though. A few drops on a cotton pad, press it against my eye, gently swipe – and all my eye makeup’s gone. So it’s a close second to the Embryolisse moisturizer 😀

  30. NeenaJ says:

    My favorite French pharmacy product is La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5. I discovered it while visiting a friend in Germany (I live in the US) and before my trip was over, I bought 4 tubes of it to last me through winter & spring!

  31. chlowitty says:

    it has to be bioderma or la roche posay! so lovely

  32. Anna says:

    i have been loving la roche posays effaclar duo and ai, they have seriously helped with my blemishes!

  33. Janie says:

    Why oh why do they not stock Embryolisse?

  34. Terri says:

    My favourite french pharmacy brand has to be La Roche Posay, their Hydraphase moisturisers are amazing for dehydrated skin! My current favourite french pharmacy products at the moment have to be Vichy’s Idealia moisturiser and Idealia Pro Dark Spot Corrector, they’re amazing for sensitive skin as they’re both Paraben free and Hypoallergenic. I would highly suggest all of Vichy’s and La Roche Posay’s products but in particular Vichy’s new Idealia range.

  35. Tahira says:

    My favourite is nuxe reve de miel lip balm… i was be taking advantage of this offer to stock pile! Great giveaway too! X

  36. Hazel says:

    I’m using the foam la Roche Posay oil balancing face wash and it’s the best I have used so far.

  37. FragrantWitch says:

    If your pharmacy picks give me your skin I will be thrilled!
    My faves are La Roche Posay suncare, Bioderma Crealine, Nuxe Huile Prodigiuse (or however you spell it) but would love to try more.
    Thanks for the chance! x

  38. Meghan says:

    So many things from la roche posay! Maybe effeclar duo right now, though I also like effeclar k and the effeclar cleansing gel. Definitely planning to try more.

  39. Carlene says:

    The only products I’ve tried are Avene Gel Cleanser,which left my skin feeling really
    clean and not tight. I’d love the chance to try some products that will make my skin look more healthy x

  40. Hannah says:

    I haven’t tried any but would love to, they sound amazing! X

  41. Lindsay says:

    I’ve yet to try any French pharmacy brands, but have been reading lots about them lately and would love to try some of them for myself :)

  42. Megan Johnson-Gibby says:

    I haven’t tried anything from a French pharmacy brand but I’m always looking for new and better ways to care for my skin.

  43. theluckyblackbird says:

    Just started using effaclar K this week and long time user of Bioderm micellular water. Love them both.

  44. Phoebe says:

    I tried both Phyto & La Roche Posay products when in Paris and got obsessed with the LRP skincare! The Effaclar Duo & Effaclar K are amazing!

  45. Ria says:

    I love LRP Effaclar products for my temperamental skin. x

  46. Assiya says:

    My fav French pharmacy item has got to be the cliched caudalie beauty elixir. It really helped calm my skin down durring the hot summer and any time eles I breakout with spots.

  47. Vedra says:

    My current fav is Avene Triacneal, it really works well for blemished, uneven skin. I’d love to try these products – thank you for hosting this great giveaway!

  48. Ellie says:

    So predictable, but I love the bioderma cleanser. Plus the huge 500ml bottles last forever! x

  49. Sarri says:

    Oops just placed quite a substantial order :)
    For a bit of a treat the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm works, smells yum, and does last ages, but I wouldn’t want to be without a-Derma’s oat milk cleansing bar – absolutely the best on dry, irritable skin – it’s soap free and it’s so gentle.

  50. Elisa says:

    Hi, i tried LRP Redermic eye cream…loved it!!!…but the best product i bought is the Bioderma H20 micellar water..amazing!!!

  51. Annamaria says:

    I’ve tried Avene and Klorane products, and have been eyeing La Roche-Posay for a little while! My favourite french pharmacy brand product is Avene Micellar Lotion. It makes removing make up and cleansing so easy – hardly takes any effort to remove it – and leaves my skin really soft.

  52. Leah says:

    I’ve not tried anything by a French pharmacy brand, but I want to try Bioderma to see if it’s deserving of the hype. I’d also like to try something by La Roche-Posay as it’s often mentioned in the beauty world and my curiosity is piqued. x x

  53. Adele says:

    Since changing how I moisturise, my hormonal, oily skin has really calmed down. All thanks to La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and learning about it from beauty blogs!

  54. Ladaea says:

    I have not tried everything I’d like to, but so far Nuxe’s Rêve de Miel–Honey Lip Balm is my favorite French product. Would like to win this little set to try to some other things!

  55. Tiffany says:

    My husband actually came home from the store with a La Roche Posay after-sun cream (he’d burned himself while collecting samples via SCUBA). It’s the best after-sun care I’ve ever used, and I sneak some of it now and then for regular moisturizing. I’m curious about the rest of the range… Thanks for hosting this contest!

  56. My favourite product (from la roche-posay) so far has been the Effaclar Duo. Has worked wonders for my acne prone skin and have noticed such a difference :) Such a generous giveaway x

  57. Christy O says:

    I JUST bought a bottle of Klorane eyemakeup remover. It was the most expensive one I’ve ever purchased AND it was on sale. I haven’t used it yet as I want it to last forever. The few times I’ve ever been in a pharmacy that sells French brands I always stare longingly at them, but they are out of my budget comfort zone.

  58. Jamie says:

    I’ve tried La Roche Posay when my dermatologist recommended it for my dry flaky skin as a result of the harsh topical creams I used for my acne. I’ve always wanted to try Vichy and Avene, but it’s hard to find where I live.

  59. Hilde Krause says:

    Avene Cicalfate Repair Creme worked miracles on a horrible rash around my mouth (painful and really ugly). I use it now whenever I have irritated skin (which is often :-( )

  60. SarahC. says:

    I love everything from Caudalie and LRP Lipikar Baume AP saves my poor shins from being savaged by me scratching them in my sleep. It’s the only thing that doesn’t make them sting when they’re super dry.

  61. Sam says:

    I have become a big fan of Nuxe recently and have just purchased the Reve de Miel lip balm. Also so far I have enjoyed everything that I have tried from La Roche Posay.
    Next on my list is Caudalie!

  62. Jade says:

    I’ve not tried as much as I’d like to, but I have loved Vichy’s dermablend corrective foundation if that counts. I had quite a few marks from serious eczema that made me think everyone was always staring at me. It covered them well until time faded them away. :)

  63. Sophia Shamim says:

    My favorite french pharmacy product is the Bioderma micelle solution-its my makeup remover/cleanser/night treatment all in one bottle :-)

  64. Jennifer G says:

    IS this open to people in the US? I’ve tried nuxe rev de miel, and I likt it a lot. They also sell caudalie here and I love their SOS serum!

  65. Janet T says:

    I haven’t tried anything acutally, but the Eau Thermale spray looks so useful!

  66. Kelly says:

    La Roche Posay effaclar duo and everything vichy have literally saved my skin! I will never use any other brands ever again! For the last year I have been trying different brands to try and cure my adult acne, then two months ago I came across these brands and my skin have never looked or felt better! They are amazing!

  67. Susana B. says:

    I’ve tried the Eau Thermale from Avéne. I use it a lot, especially on hot summer days, as a setting spray and also after removing my makeup.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. Mo says:

    Hi Charlotte. The only one I’ve tried so far is Bioderma miscellar solution, which I bought online from a French pharmacy site, after reading about it on a couple of beauty blogs. I have very dry skin, prone to acne/rosacea, and find this the most sensitive stuff for cleansing every morning and evening. It never irritates my eyes when removing make up, and one second holding it on my eyes and then swiping across removes everything, it’s brilliant. With my skin, I am always looking to try some of these brands you’ve blogged about as they seem perfect for problematic skin, so I would love to win a set and try them out.

    I hope that you keep up the blogging – I love your honest and refreshing take on beauty – but not at your own expense. You have to do what’s right for you, even though all your readers will miss you if you decide to take a break. x

  69. Carla says:

    Definitely, La Roche-Posay. The Effaclar line is simply amazing :)

  70. Kirsten Murphy says:

    The only one I’ve tried is the Klorane makeup remover, I was a bit dubious about using a gel, but I love it

    Kirsten x

  71. Ida says:

    I bought the A-Derma Epitheliale A.H Repairing Cream last time Escentual did this promotion and I love how fast it sinks in.

  72. natasha says:

    bioderma is the best makeup remover i’ve ever tried, i always pick up some when i’m abroad – i’m so excited that boots will soon be stocking it!

  73. leigh says:

    I love micellar water, use RoC just now but will be trying out Bioderma when it wings its’ way to Blighty. I rate A-Derma face and body wash, keep it in the shower and use it in the morning. My first cleanser and moisturiser were Vichy which i got way back in 1986! Also love La Roche Posay and Avene thermal water.

  74. Seonaid says:

    I tried Bioderma and Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse after a very short trip to Paris last year – I loved the Bioderma, and the Nuxe is brilliant. Would love to try this stuff as well!
    S xx

  75. Valia says:

    It would definately be Bioderma Crealine H2O and I love L’ Eau Thermale d’ Avene

  76. Georgia says:

    My favourite has to be the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, completely saved my skin!

  77. Liana says:

    I’ve tried the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for acne treatment, which I thought was amazing at first but really didn’t do anything overall. I’ve also purchased the Bioderma Crealine H2O which I loved for taking off my makeup except it doesn’t work that well on waterproof mascara. I’ve run out of it though and I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing

  78. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I’ve never tried anything from a French pharmacy brand before.

  79. Jessie says:

    I like La Roche Posay products, especially the Hydraphase with SPF!

  80. Justine says:

    I love the Klorane make-up remover but I’m also really fond of everything from La Roche Posay the Kerium shampoo for an irritated scalp is great really effective.

  81. Naomi says:

    I’m a cliche – I really do love the Bioderma micellar water – takes my makeup with zero effort involved!

  82. Jools King says:

    Never tried anything from a french pharmacy. Being housebound means I don’t get to go to fancy shops and see what is out there and get samples etc. I am the only one lol :0) xxxJoolsxxx

  83. Natalie says:

    My favourite French pharmacy product is La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras – Ultra Rich Body Wash. I’ve got really dry skins and this gorgeous creamy body wash is fantastic for me. It smells great too.

  84. Kate says:

    I love French pharmacy brands. Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm is my current favourite and I love the Effaclar and Hydraphase ranges from La Roche Posay.

  85. Angela says:

    Loving La Roche Posay, especially the targeted breakout corrector!

  86. Kit says:

    I’m a massive fan of Caudalie products, did not expect to like the beauty elixer as I had heard it smelt funny, however it’s actually nice (does smell a bit odd) but is pretty calming and soothing on the skin, definitely one of my must have beauty products.

  87. Red says:

    Apart from the famous Bioderma miscellaneous water, have bee using Vichy’s miscellaneous water for years with similar results and great for my sensitive skin. The plus is that Vichy is available in large Boots and plenty of pharmacies, no needed to go back to Spain to get it!

  88. Leah says:

    The Avene Clenance range works wonders for me!

  89. claire says:

    I love the suncreams from french pharmacy brands, pretty much all the ones I’ve tried have been great!

  90. Lisa says:

    I haven’t tried anything from a French pharmacy brand yet, but am looking forward to ordering something to try from both La Roche-Posay and Avene as I’ve heard such good things!

  91. Penny says:

    I love La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. It keeps my skin clear and I prices its texture.

  92. Madeleine says:

    I have never tried a French pharmacy brand but now I’m intrigued!

  93. Fanny says:

    Love, love, love most stuff rom French pharmacies! I wish someone had told me earlier that ultrasensitive, acne-prone skin needs gentle care instead of the massive attacks I’ve subjected it to for years. French products are perfect for that. I’ve used countless micellar lotions, thermal sprays and oils, mainly by La Roche-Posay, Avene and Caudalie. Lately, I’ve been really into the Rosaliac line by LRP and the Lipikar shower oil. The right combination works wonder.

  94. Kristen says:

    I’ve used the La-Roche Posay Anthelios daily moisturizer for years! I also love their sunscreen. And the only eye cream I’ve found that doesn’t irritate my eyes is the Avene soothing eye contour cream.

  95. Jen says:

    I’m pretty new to French pharmacy products but I’ve been using the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for a few months now and love it – have purchased more form the range and they haven’t disappointed!

  96. Katrine says:

    I have so many favorites, but my two main ones are the Avène sunscreen for dry skin – the first I found which doesn’t break me out -, and Caudalies lip balm. It is the best lip balm to ever exist. Probably. My lips usually get so dehydrated that no moisturizing anything can penetrate the skin, and if I succeed in some way, I have to reapply every 5 minutes. The Caudalie one works even when my lips are mummified, and when they have reached the stage where they actually look like lips again, I can get away with only reapplying twice a day. Most of your favorites are on my list too, though :)

  97. Rene says:

    I’ve tried a lot of them including Vichy, Avene, La Roche-Posay, Klorance. But my fave has to be Bioderma micellar solution (the one with red or blue cap)

  98. Carla says:

    I’ve only tried Bioderma Créaline, but I eye the French brands every time I wander through the skincare section :)

  99. Fee says:

    I haven’t tried any, actually, but the five products listed here sound fantastic. Especially the first one.

  100. Tolmu Rull says:

    Unfortunately, I haven’t tried anything yet :( But I would like to try some Bioderma micellar water everybody is talking about!

  101. Sophie says:

    I’ve tried a few Avene products and recently something from La Roche Posay. I do like the Avene serum, it’s so simple and great doe sensitive skin :)

  102. Elizabeth says:

    Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse! Hydrates my distinctly reptilian skin and provides a bit of shine for my flaxen (as in texture of hay) locks.

  103. Mackenzie says:

    My favourite is La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI, which I find both works quickly and non-drying. I do love Avene and Caudalie products as well, but they haven’t been “miracle workers” like Effaclar AI.

  104. Tamara says:

    So far, I have only tried Bioderma Sensibio H2O (Crealine) and I LOVE IT.

  105. Tass says:

    Forgot to enter earlier this week! I love Bioderma’s micellar water and Avene’s gentle gel cleanser. Oo and Nuxe’s reve de miel lip balm as a lip treatment! :) xx

  106. Stacey-Louise says:

    I am adoring the La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution. Took off my long wearing lip combination the other week without fuss! Brilliant stuff.

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There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my Escentual.com top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. Escentual.com have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

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