french skincare brand
15 February 2018

Today, we will introduce 12 French skincare brands worth buying in detail, including their brand introductions, features, and best-sellers.


French skincare products probably can be divided into five major types:

1- The thermal spring water category: This type of skincare products benefit from its anti-allergy and mineral treatment properties. (Uriage, Vichy, Avène, etc)

2- The Phytoextraction category: it uses pure and natural plant extracts to make pharmacy products. (Melvita, Darphin)

3- The plant essential oils category: it used to apply in SPA. (Clarin’s)

4- The medical cosmetology and skin research category: these brands usually have patented techniques. (Filorga and SVR)

5- Cosmetical and commercial skincare brands: their products are luxury and high-quality.(Dior, Chanel)

Now, let me introduce some famous French skincare brands.uriage


A brand that makes use of thermal spring water that contains rich mineral salt and silicon.

Brand introduction and brand feature of URIAGE:

URIAGE is a thermal spa town nestled under the Alpes. With more than 200-year history of being a thermal spa centre, the town has received international celebrities like Ms COCO CHANEL. The thermal spring water is well-known for its pH balance, improving and healing the wound and skin rash. Officially, URIAGE’s products have three main functions:

Moisturizing: URIAGE’s thermal spring water is rich in mineral salt, which is very similar to the moisture secreted by the skin itself, so it performs well in protecting the skin. In addition, some of our shopping guides in Paris Louvre duty-free shop prefer the spray product of URIAGE better than Avene’s.

Soothing: Since URIAGE’s products are rich in minerals such as magnesium and calcium; it is helpful to diminish inflammatory and fight against allergy, therefore, it is a good choice to use URIAGE’s products during sensitive seasons.

Protecting: the silicon-containing spring water can effectively form a natural skin protection membrane to help you resist external skin damage.


URIAGE’s Best-Sellers

Moisturizing lipstick

URIAGE Moisturizing Lipstick

Rich in vitamin C and E, Shea fruit oil, borage oil, and antiallergic ingredients, this lip balm is a must-have essential lip product for people to use during dry seasons or living in dry areas.




In summer, a lot of girls use this spray to replenish the facial skin in time. Sunscreen may be diluted with sweat and this spray can solve this problem because of the following two functions: moisturizing and protecting with sunblock.
Ingredients: spring water complex, vitamin C & E, UVA and UVB filters, hypoallergenic, SPF30 UVA / UVB protection against external pollution components.




Containing 15 thermal minerals, Vichy’s products perform well in moisturizing, protecting and soothing the skin.

Brand history and brand feature of VICHY:

Named after the famous thermal spa town, VICHY is offering skincare products that made from spring water which can cure skin irritation, diseases, and other problems.

According to Vichy’s official statement, their spring water has 15 different minerals that can balance the skin’s pH, with additional moisturizing, protecting and soothing the sensitive skin.


Vichy’s Best-Sellers

AQUALIA thermal Night spa

AQUALIA Thermal Night Spa

The result from the two-month trial of the customers are basically the same as that of our staff’s recommendation.
On the first try, this night mask is quickly absorbed into the skin, the next day the skin is soft and supple. After long-term use, the skin is smoothier and moister than before. The rashes around the neck are basically gone. Although this product is not so helpful to clean the blackhead, it’s a night mask that enhances your complexion and decreases the damage to your skin if you often stay up late.

la roche posay

La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay is an unique brand. It uses the spring water containing an anti-aging ingredient, selenium.

Brand history and brand feature of La Roche-Posay

The spring water they use has low levels of minerals, bicarbonates, calcium, and silicates, so it can ease the irritation of the damaged skin.

It contains the richest selenium comparing to other spring water, also it has proven that it can help to prevent free radical from damaging the skin. With significant anti-free radicals and anti-ageing effect, it’s suitable for young people.


Best-Sellers of La Roche-Posay



Compared with other sprays, La Roche-Posay’s spray provides the anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing effect.


Redermic R

Redermic R

If you want to reduce wrinkles, choosing the product that only contains selenium is not enough. Redermic R is an anti-wrinkle series of La Roche-Posay. It contains retinol, vitamin A linoleic acid, adenosine and other anti-wrinkle ingredients. Redermic R eye cream is very easy to absorb, the gel-texture is very fresh and will not cause fat granules. It is a good product to dilute the fine lines and have a very good effect on replenishment.


Effaclar K+

Effaclar K+

La Roche-Posay is good at diminishing acne, removing scars, and solving skin problems. According to the brand’s official statement, La Roche-Posay has 25 years of experience in solving oily skin problems. If you have trouble with acne and oily skin, Effaclar series is recommended for you!



A skincare brand that famous for its excellent product safety and medicinal properties.

BIODERMA brand introduction and feature:

BIODERMA is a combination of BIOLOGIE and DERMATOLOGIE. This brand of medical skin care is pioneered by the French National Academy of Sciences and its academic researchers.Their laboratory is in Lyon, mainly providing medical beauty and skincare products. Because its founder maintains a long-term contact with international top doctors and researchers, the company makes a great effort on the composition of products during research and development. Due to its excellent skin safety and medicinal properties, BIODERMA’s products are often used by dermatologists as prescription and medical skincare products.

Best-seller: Créaline H2O.

Best-Sellers of Bioderma

Créaline H2O – Solution micellaire sans parfum

Créaline H2O

We could say that this product is the most famous makeup remover in the world. Soak the remover with cotton and then place it on the face, and after 10 seconds you can finish the makeup removal with just several soft touches. You can even go to sleep directly after using this makeup remover, and if it is difficult to uninstall waterproof liner makeup, just use it twice!



Then we are going to talk about the French skincare brands which mainly contain natural plant extracts.

caudalie logo


A famous anti-ageing skincare brand that uses strong antioxidant extracts Phenol and Polyphenol C15.

Caudalie brand introduction and features

Founded in Bordeaux, a famous Wine producing region, Caudalie is famous for anti-ageing. Phenol or Polyphenol C15 is recognized as the strongest antioxidant extracts. It is the secret weapon to the success of Caudalie.

Grapes are a fruit that contains rich antioxidant ingredients, among which polyphenol is the most effective one. Hence, I strongly recommend people at the age of 25-30 to use its product,s considering antioxidation is one of the most effective ways to prevent fine lines.

Best-seller: anti-wrinkle defense serum, radiance serum.

Best-Sellers of Caudalie

Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

We can see from this screenshot, more than 300 French buyers consistently gave 4-star review to this product. This Anti Wrinkle serum is one of the best products for 25-30 years-old people and is very helpful to the elimination of the early appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The tube is very convenient to use. It can absorb the serum in about 10 seconds. The texture is really good, moist and cool. About 10 seconds, the serum can be completely absorbed by the face. Without any sensitizing ingredients, this serum is very suitable for all kinds of skins.


Radiance Serum: The Anti-Dark Spot Solution

Radiance Serum

This serum is very effective in removing speckles. Even for People over 40 years old have an obvious effect after using this product for a while. We can see from the screenshot that more than 1700 users comment 4 stars and above. The serum is applicable to a variety of markings, such as age spots, freckles and so on. If you do not have any speckle or marking and you are between 20-40 years old, this serum is also essential to whitening and brightening. Your skin can be bright obviously after using this serum for a few weeks.


nuxe logo


A brand featured on the multi-function of one product.

NUXE brand history and features

The name, NUXE, is the combination of Nature and Luxe, standing for its philosophy of being pure, natural and luxury. This brand is created by Aliza Jabès, a graduate of Science Pro with a diploma in MBA. In 1989, Aliza Jabès bought a laboratory that involved in plant extracts and aromatherapy skincare in Paris.

After two years, she won the praise of the skincare market by offering the almighty essential oil, Huile Prodigieuse. The most prominent feature of this brand is the multi-function of one product, which is also the concept of this brand.

After that, she successfully launched two other well-known products, the Rêve de Miel Lipstick and Crème fraîche de Beauté Moisturising Cream.

Best-seller: Huile prodigieuse, Crème Fraiche De Beauté

Best-Sellers of Nuxe

Huile prodigieuse

Huile Prodigieuse

This product is very suitable for people with dry skin. This essential oil has three functions: moisturizing, anti-wrinkle and repairing damaged skin. Additionally, it is also a body lotion or hair care product. It is an ideal product for travelling due to its multifunction. This product has a particularly good performance in repairing dry and damaged skin. It can be absorbed quickly.


Crème Fraiche De Beauté

Crème Fraiche De Beauté

Crème Fraiche De Beauté contains 8 types of plant proteins, including acacia, fan beans, coconut, soybeans, and oats, etc. However, some clients said that this cream was only suitable for dry skin. In fact, this cream has two editions. We have both in our store. The first one is Rich Cream with thick creamy texture, which is designed for dry to very dry and sensitive skin. The other one has a soothing creamy texture that is suitable for oily skin and normal skin. And we also suggest that you’d better use this cream during night.




A brand that offers natural and organic skincare products.

Melvita’s Brand introduction and products’ features

In 1983, Melvita was founded by a biologist and apiculture expert. This brand advocates natural and organic beauty. Its products are mainly made from plant essential oil, flower essential extracts, and honey. Melvita has been popular in France recently, and they have many branch stores.


Best-Sellers of Melvita

EAU EXTRAORDINAIRE-Rose lotIon•sérum repulpante


This product is very worth buying. With soy hyaluronic acid, organic glycerin and lemon extract, it can effectively lock water. As for the natural smell of roses, it will bring you a nice mood all day long. This rose water is used in the morning and evening after cleaning the face. It can also be used with make-up cotton to clean the face. Based on the official statement, the water is a toner with the essence that has an anti-ageing effect.




Darphin offers skincare products based on excellent essential oil.

Darphin’s Brand introduction and features

Darphin is named after its founder, Pierre Darphin, an essential oil massager in Paris. Now Darphin belongs to the group Estée Lauder. This brand extracts the most powerful ingredients in the essence of organic herbs. It is very effective for solving various skin problems and providing skin maintenance. The main feature of this brand is resisting wrinkles and balancing the sensitive skin.

Unlike other brands, Darphin’s essential oil can be applied directly to the face. Therefore, the essential oils are certainly the products that cannot be missed.

Best-seller: Flower Nectar Essential Oil Elixir, Niaouli Aromatic Care,Intral Rougueur series.

Darphin’s Best-Sellers

Flower Nectar Essential Oil Elixir

Flower Nectar Essential Oil Elixir

This is an anti-wrinkle and moisturizing product. The essential oil is extracted from more than 8 kinds of flowers. This essential oil can be used at night. By keep using it, both the fine lines and the wrinkles can be diminished. The gloss of the skin will be greatly enhanced. This essential oil is suitable for most kinds of the skins.

Niaouli Aromatic Care

Niaouli Aromatic Care

This essential oil is recommended for oily skin. It can effectively balance the secretion of grease and moisturize the skin at the same time. Rosemary essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil can effectively help to heal the acne caused by bacteria. Lemon tartar and Nicola oil play a role in regulating sebum level and minimizing pores. Using essential oil to treat oily skin sounds a little bit strange, but it really works and is worthy to use.

Intral Rougueur series

Intral Rougueur Series

It is a star series for the treatment of facial rash, including a highly recommended essence called INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum. The anti-rash essence can eliminate allergic rash in a short-term while decreasing the skin burning sensation.
If you keep using it, you can discover that the rash significantly subsides. Furthermore the skin becomes smoother and the skin tone become even.

Using advice: apply three drops on the clean face and neck. Gently massage the skin from the centre of the face to outwards in small circular motion. Then you can also use the cream from the same series after smearing.

Extract effective ingredients list: Darphin’s patented ingredient, complex and mild skin formula * extract, grape, glycosaminoglycan, glycerin, * cool chamomile, hawthorn and peony, D- pan alcohol, polysaccharide extract.


clarins logo


Top luxury skincare brand that offers safe and effective products.

Clarins’ Brand introduction and features

Clarins was founded by a masseuse, Jacques Courtin. In 1954, Jacques invented some magical essential oils for skincare. Then he put the oil in a Paris massage shop to sell.

Because of the long-term accumulation of reputation, the massage shop got a group of loyal fans, including some of France’s elites. Jacque added “Clarins” to his name and turned the brand name into “Jacques Courtin Clarins” in 1978.

In 1980, CLARINS has become one of the top luxury brands of skin care in France. The brand began to enter the American market in 1981. Jacques died in 2007, and now the family industry was taken over by his children, Christian and Oliver.

Best-seller: Clarins Double Serum, Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum.

Best-Sellers of Clarins

Clarins Double Serum

Clarins Double Serum

This serum contains more than 20 kinds of pure natural plant active ingredients. It can activate thousands of new cells for users. The most effective Chinese herbal medicine, Atractylodes, can effectively active your cells to metabolize. The 2 kinds of essences are fused at the moment of squeezing. It is very refreshing and moistening when smearing.

Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum 50ml

clarins v shape serum

Another star product of CLARINS is the Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum. It can reshape the facial contour and instantly enhance your skin. It solves the problem of facial contour such as bubble face, double chin, etc. The effect of firming and compacting is obvious.
Efficacy: Tighten and modify your face contour, face oedema and tired contour. It also helps to remould facial lines, build V shape face, replenishment and smoothing skin.

I feel good after using it! The texture is not greasy and it has a very fresh fragrance. I also felt my face became tighter the next time. If you only use anti-wrinkles products but ignore the lifting skincare products, it’s not so effective to eliminate the fine lines that caused by making an expression. So I would like to recommend this product. It could be helpful to eliminate facial expression wrinkles!




Expert that provides a magical anti-ageing effect by using its patented treatment NTCF.

Filorga’s Brand story and its’ peculiarity

Filorga is famous for medical beauty technology. Its biggest selling point is the injection of hyaluronic acid.

Filorga’s NTCF is a treatment for the skin. Filorga found a substance for recovering the cell viability in the laboratory. It combined this new breakthrough with the hyaluronic acid and other active ingredients. Then NTCF became their patented technique.

Filorga’s NTCF can promote skin cell regeneration and accelerate cell metabolism. Therefore, Filorga’s products can boost skin intensity and increase anti-ageing efficiency. Medical cosmetology is more effective and efficient. However Filorga reached a very close effect on the medical beauty without the intervention of medical cosmetology technique. So Filorga always sells out.

Best-seller: OPTIM-EYES 360° eye contour treatment, TIME-FILLER ® absolute wrinkles correction cream, MESO-MASK® anti-wrinkles lightening mask.

Filorga’s Best-Sellers

Optim-Eye 360° Eye Contour Treatment


I finished a whole bottle. When using it you will find that it is scentless, which is quite different from other brands. However it is very moisturizing, it can effectively eliminate dropsy and the fine lines. NCTF is the patent of Filorga. It contains rich hyaluronic acid, which can enhance the moisturizing effect, make skin smoother and brighter. With 55 active ingredients of the compound active essence, currently, NCTF is one of the leading anti-aging technologies in the world.

Time-Filler® Absolute Wrinkles Correction Cream

Time-Filler® Absolute Wrinkles Correction Cream

The TIME-FILLER series is very suitable for reducing wrinkles and tightening at 27-50 years of age. I have used a whole box and my face became more elastic. The wrinkle is not obvious. The fine lines are also smoothed. After all, NCTF is powerful! Wrinkle resistance and firmness sometimes require two various products and this cream is multi-functioned. Highly recommended!

Meso-Mask® Anti-Wrinkles Lightening Mask

filorga Meso-Mask

This is a must-have french skincare product. With NCTF, this mask can effectively resist ageing, increase skin density, and smooth skin. You will find your skin become brighter after using. This cream can be used as a night mask. Put it on your face about 15 minutes, then use the cleaning cotton to wipe it off. It’s common to have a facial tingling feeling. The effect is universally recognized. This heated mask often out of stock in Duty-free shops and pharmacies. If you come to France, you definitely can’t miss it.




SVR provides safe and effective skincare products with highest concentration of effective components.

SVR’s Brand introduction and characteristics

SVR is the combination of the family names of Ms Simone and her husband Robert Veret. The couple works in a French pharmacy laboratory. Together with FILORGA, SVR belongs to France HLD pharmacy investment group.

SVR was founded in 1961, and in dozens of years, the couple is keen to develop skincare products in the laboratory. Later, their son and grandson took over the family business. SVR was quickly developed into a business group of 380 people.

The SVR’s philosophy is to increase the effective components to the highest concentration, without hurting the skin because of the side effects. This is why SVR’s can provide efficient skincare functions and the wide adaptability to all kinds of skin.

Best-seller: Densitium concentré.

Best-Sellers of SVR

Densitium concentré

SVR Densitium Concentré

This facial essence is known for its high concentration of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can largely lock water. It exists naturally in all parts of the human body, and it is an effective ingredient to improve skin metabolism and prevent wrinkles. The hyaluronic acid contained in this product has been treated. The molecular density is very high and is easily absorbed. The anti-wrinkle products of SVR are used by the Dermatology doctors as prescription drugs. It is very rare in France.
Product efficiency: after application, the facial skin becomes more delicate and moist, the fine lines are reduced, and the skin lustre is obviously improved.


rene Furterer

René Furterer

Hair care expert that provides hair loss treatment and other hair problems solutions.

René Furterer Brand introduction

Many French people had their hair permed like Marilyn Monroe in those early years. The fashion of perm also existed in Provence, while the care of damaged hair was still a vacancy.

Then René Furterer was born. With the research and development of “Complexe 5” hair care ingredients, its products could make the hair gloss greatly improved.

Its hair loss treatment and solutions to all kinds of hair problems have been recognized by the world since 1957. You can buy the hair care products of René Furterer in almost all the French pharmacies.

Best-seller: FORTICEA shampoo, NATURIA dry shampoo.

Best-Sellers of René Furterer

FORTICEA shampoo

René Furterer FORTICEA shampoo

Nowadays, many women or men struggle with the hair loss. This shampoo is rich in Brazilian ginseng essence, which can provide nutrients for hair follicles. At the same time, the plant essential oil can consolidate the hair root to stimulate the hair follicle and produce new hair. The micromagnetic beads rich in essential oil. It can release the essential oil slowly when shampooing and promote the effect of massage.

NATURIA dry shampoo

NATURIA Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo is a star product. It is a useful product when there is too much grease in your hair, or it’s inconvenient to wash your hair in time during a business trip. Spray this dry shampoo from 10-centimetres away to your hair and wipe the hair with a dry towel. Then you can achieve the cleansing effect by using a traditional shampoo. The hair is very dry after the use, without any greasy feeling. This product can effectively absorb the external pollutants of sebum and dust. The main ingredient is Basil essential oil, which is helpful to the deep cleaning. It also contains spearmint leaf essential oil and so on.
This product is also often sold out in duty-free shops and pharmacies in France.




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