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15 Affordable French Skincare Brands & Their Top-Selling Products

15 Affordable French Skincare Brands & Their Top-Selling Products

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Here are 15 affordable French skincare brands you definitely need to know about! French skincare brands are renowned for their no-nonsense approach to beauty, their simplicity, and effectiveness. Indeed, French skincare formulas use fewer but better ingredients which means that they are better absorbed into your skin.

And that is probably why some of these products have continuously been backstage favorites at the likes of fashion week, with both makeup artists and hair stylists swearing by them! So whether you’re just beginning your journey into the realm of French skincare or you’re just looking for something new to add to your skincare routine, below is my round-up of the best French skincare brands on the market.

For more skincare brands, check out the 25 cult-favorite French pharmacy brands you need to know about.

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1. Nuxe

Nuxe is a French skincare brand founded by Aliza Jabès and a pioneer in natural-origin cosmetology. Each skin care product is formulated and manufactured in France to meet pharmaceutical quality requirements and combines the marvels of nature with the prowess of science while awakening the senses.

In 1991, Aliza Jabès created the legendary Huile Prodigieuse®, which has become an iconic beauty product and the leading oil available in pharmacies.

Nuxe’s cult-favorite products:

2. Caudalie

Caudalie was born in the vineyards of Bordeaux in 1995, where founders Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas discovered and patented grape seeds, the most powerful antioxidants in nature. Pioneer of clean and natural skincare, the brand develops highly effective formulas backed by innovative patents, always formulated with over 95% natural ingredients, free of harmful and skin-irritating ingredients.

Caudalie’s cult-favorite products:

3. L’Occitane

L’Occitane was created in 1976 by Olivier Baussan in Provence in the south of France. Utilizing essential oils and natural ingredients indigenous to the area, like lavender, lemon verbena, and olive oil, L’Occitane creates unique products with the fresh bounties of each season’s harvest and the soothing, moisturizing properties of rich shea butter.

L’Occitane’s cult-favorite products:

4. Avène

Avène is probably one of the most popular French pharmacy skincare brands! Originating from the South of France, Avène is a skincare line designed to care for sensitive skin by unlocking the power of thermal spring water —a pure rain mixed with sea spray rich in mineral salts from the Cévennes Mountains in Avène.

Focused on transformative soothing and efficacy healing, all Avène’s products are backed by science, and they’re clinically proven to target several skin concerns, including acne, aging, dehydration, itchiness, redness, and eczema.

Avène’s cult-favorite products:

5. La Roche-Posay

Created by a pharmacist in 1975, this cult French pharmacy skincare brand is recommended by dermatologists worldwide! La Roche-Posay offers a unique range of daily skincare formulated with its exclusive Selenium-rich water, also used at its Thermal Center due to its antioxidant and soothing properties.

La Roche-Posay’s cult-favorite products:

6. Aime

After French influencer and entrepreneur Mathilde Lacombe (@mathildelacombe) had been suffering from rosacea for years and had placed a lot of hope in creams for relief, a visit to a nutritionist became a life changer. Her skin appeared problem-free thanks to a change in diet and specific supplements.

With François Morrier, with whom she has worked successfully in the beauty industry for seven years, she launched the Parisian skincare brand in 2018. Aime combines cosmetic products and food supplements based on probiotics to target several skin concerns, such as acne, rosacea, and dehydration.

Aime’s cult-favorite products:

  • French Glow (for sensitive skin, dry skin, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis)
  • Pure Glow (diminish imperfections and purify the skin)
  • Hair & Scalp Boost (strengthens the scalp – stimulates hair growth)

7. Oh My Cream Skincare

Oh My Cream is the best beauty store in Paris, focusing on clean and natural beauty products. The label offers a curated selection of affordable beauty products based on products’ ingredients and efficiency. They also have their own brand: Oh My Cream Skincare, a range of expertly-formulated skincare basics to help you build a regime for beautiful and healthy skin. All of their products are made in France.

Oh My Cream Skincare’s cult-favorite products:

8. Bioderma

I’m sure you probably have heard of Bioderma, especially through their cult-favorite makeup remover: Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water. The brand’s expert knowledge of the skin’s natural mechanisms has led to the creation of some of the most sought-after skincare items on the market.

No matter if you have oily, dry, or sensitive skin, Bioderma’s eclectic range of products is formulated specifically to care for each skin type so that your skin’s unique needs are taken care of.

Bioderma’s cult-favorite products:

9. Vichy

Vichy was founded in 1931 by Dr. Haller, the first medical practitioner to lay the foundations of French dermo-cosmetics. Since then, Vichy has been a brand grounded in science, recommended by dermatologists, with dermatological expertise that has been committed to one mission: the quest for skin health.

Vichy’s cult-favorite products:

10. Embryolisse

Embryolisse has developed real expertise in dermo-cosmetic care. This French pharmacy skincare brand has the unique particularity of being approved by dermatologists, as well as chemists and make-up professionals.

Featuring botanical extracts of shea butter, plant oils, and vitamins, each formula is designed to strengthen and support the skin’s natural reparative and protective functions.

Embryolisse’s cult-favorite products:

11. Typology

Typology is an affordable clean, and vegan French skincare brand with a focus on simplified formulas and transparency. Often referred to as the French The Ordinary, Typology’s formulas are simple, considered, and effective. All formulations are 100% French (their partner laboratories are in Bergerac, Aix en Provence, and Compiègne).

Typology’s cult-favorite products:

12. Gallinée

Gallinée was created in 2014 by Marie, a French Doctor in Pharmacy with 15 years of experience and who has worked for innovative skincare brands. After discovering how a prebiotic and probiotic diet could improve her symptoms of gluten intolerance, Marie had a Eureka moment: What if we applied the same science to skin? She wrote a thesis on the benefits of harnessing good bacteria, and then she created Gallinée.

Gallinée’s cult-favorite products:

13. SVR

SVR is a French skincare brand created in 1962 by a couple of visionary pharmacists, Simone and Robert Véret. They both believed that it was possible to formulate skincare products with extremely high concentrations of active ingredients without affecting skin tolerance. As a result, they launched a world-recognized skincare brand with unrivaled effectiveness and tolerance.

SVR’s cult-favorite products:

14. Erborian

Erborian is a Korean-French skincare brand founded in 2007 that combines innovative K-Beauty with French luxury to create skincare products filled with natural ingredients. Fan-favorite Erborian products include the BB Crème, CC Crème, and Centella Cleansing Balm & Cleansing Gel which are designed to help you get that perfect “no-makeup” makeup look.

15. Doré

Inspired by the simplicity and efficacy of French pharmacy skincare products, Doré is a beauty brand founded by the French writer and style icon Garance Doré and her business partner of the last six years, Emily Yeston. Doré is a line of simple, clean, and effective products (without harsh, sensitizing ingredients) all made in France, allowing for a gentle repair and hydration of the skin.

Doré’s cult-favorite products:

View Comments (4)
    • Bonjour Julie, thank you very much for your comment! All the products listed in this article are cult-favorites, the best product depends on what you’re looking for 🙂 But if I had to choose only 5 products it will be Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse®, Avène Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentré, Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water, Caudalie Beauty Elixir Face Mist.

  • Hi Leonce, thank you for your amazing blog! Could you also make a post about a Parisian/French morning routine? This would be great!

    • Bonjour Leila, thank you very much for your comment and your kind words <3 Yes, of course! I've added this blog post idea to my to-do list and I will try to write an article about it 🙂

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