By Sophia Hussain
Salut les filles!
We all know that French women have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, and much of that is down to their unique sense of style, gorgeous accents…and their beauty secrets.
Many observant tourists have cottoned on to this, and now when they visit Paris, they flock to the shelves of the city’s wonderfully rich pharmacies to uncover hidden beauty gems.
Although the best organic and natural beauty brands in France are indeed found in those pharmacies, many are infiltrating mainstream beauty shops abroad, and debuting in niche chic boutiques, but you can buy many online now, too.
Here, I’ve curated my top 10 niche eco-beauty picks. None of these brands is never tested on animals, of course, and they are all certified organic, and have won an award of some kind. So now, let me give you the lowdown, from Absolution to Zao, on the organic French beauty brands I love the most!
9 Organic French Beauty Brands We Love
This “creative apothecary” brand allows skincare enthusiasts to select a bespoke regimen. Their “made to measure” concept offers various crèmes and serums you mix up yourself, based on your individual skincare needs.
Each product contains a blend of organic ingredients that are as unique as you are – there’s something for every woman, no matter what her skin care issues may be.
I also love that Absolution’s minimalist-style white bottles are housed in artistically designed black and white recyclable boxes, created with eco-friendly vegetable ink too. And being a socially conscious brand, 2% from every product purchased is donated to CARE France, a non-profit dedicated to fighting worldwide poverty.
When you think of France, you probably think of sipping a glass of fine wine on an outdoor bistro patio, right? Parisian brand Caudalie is big into grapes – but instead of making wine with them, they extract organic grape water, and grape-seed oil to make their excellent facial care products.
But that’s not all – they use all kinds of other plant oils and other natural ingredients, like plant extracts, avocado, flaxseed and much more goodness to ensure your skin is kept protected and hydrated by the power of nature.
3. Buly 1803
This may be the oldest and most beautiful of all the organic French beauty brands, and it just got a major revival. Inspired by the Ancient Greek medicinal and cosmetic uses of plants, this all-natural line offers super luxurious products ranging from antique Scottish lichen body oil and clove and ginger toothpaste to Damask rose body milk and more.
All Buly 1803’s products are housed in absolutely stunning glass, metal and paper packaging that boasts the original designs of the brand, which dates all the way back to – you guessed it – 1803.
Organic fruits are not only touted as being healthier to eat, but they are also nature’s beauty treatment for healthy glowing skin!
A sister line created by the popular French skincare brand NUXE, Bio-Beaute is one of the French organic skincare beauty brands I love the most. Their entire collection is infused with active fruit extracts and juicy organic oils derived from the pulp and pits of each fruit. These ingredients naturally enrich the skin with nourishing antioxidants, and they smell wonderful, too!
This is a popular spa brand that has its own plant based beauty institutes worldwide, using their unique collection of botanical skincare and cosmetics. PHYT’S concept of “beauty is synonymous with pleasure” is reflected in their holistic approach to balancing beauty with health.
Although not all their products are organic, the brand always advocates biodiversity by only using sustainable botanical ingredients where the ecosystem will never be compromised.
This eco-chic beauty brand offers a sleek collection of pretty cosmetics. Each one is assigned an inspirational slogan, in place of the product and hue name – for example, they have an eyeshadow called “We Breathe”.
This is a 100% vegan-friendly brand that only uses natural mineral pigments derived from vegetables and minerals to create its professional quality foundations, blushers, mascaras, eye liners, and eye shadows. Studio 78 is a high-quality natural and ecological make-up range that protects both your skin and the environment, too, since it never uses microbeads, plastic glitter or any artificial ingredients.
7. Patyka Paris
A Parisian beauty house with Hungarian roots, Patyka means “apothecary” in Hungarian. It boasts two innovative product lines: “Absolis,” the holistic sophisticated range of daily beauty care products dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing (including indulgent body washes), and “Biokaliftin,” the exclusive range with an ultra high concentration of active organic substances and botanical extracts to help women age gracefully.
These naturally-scented, beautifully packaged products range from shower gels and shampoos to skin serums and SPF creams.
Based in the Ardèche region of France, Melvita’s first product was an iconic hexagonal soap made with honey from their beehives. But honey isn’t the only bit of natural goodness found in their expansive skincare collection – the label grows many of their own organic ingredients. In fact, the Melvita Foundation was established for their commitment to protect nature, bees, and their ecosystem through the promotion of organic and ethical farming initiatives.
9. ZAO Makeup
A love for our planet inspired this sustainable brand, as seen in their name: it is derived from a combination of “Zen” and “Tao” – Asian philosophies that deeply respect nature. Zao is a fully sustainable cosmetic brand due to their natural ingredients and refillable packaging: once your product is empty, you can replace it with a new hue if you desire.
The package that houses each cosmetic is made from eco-friendly sustainable bamboo, and was inspired by a bamboo pen and pencil set gifted by the founder’s friend. This youthful brand offers trendy makeup hues created from organic ingredients to appeal to women of every skin tone.
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