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Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

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Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

Aloha from Kaua'i!

I am going to Paris for 2 weeks on March 1st - I'm not planning on doing any "big" purchases - well, other than a scarf and a hat for the cold - probably nothing that I could wear here in Hawai'i and not feel out of place in.

But - I love cosmetics (and hair care products) - so I'm very interested to try some cosmetic brands that are unique to France - or at least that I could not buy here in the USA.

I know there are Sephora stores in Paris - my question is - I can go here in Hawai'i to a Sephora store ---- so would going to the one in Paris be worthwhile - in other words, would they have diffrerent products that I could not find here?

What brands of cosmetics, hair products - have you found in Paris that you cannot get here?

While I live in T-shirts and shorts - I still love my make-up!!

Thank you for any answers!!

Malama Pono (take care),

Janet

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1. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

Skip Sephora - for the most part, they have the same stuff no matter where the store is. There are a few differences, but not very many.

Go, instead, to a cosmetic store like Nocibo, Yves Rocher, or similar (help...I can't remember all the names!) -- or even a pharmacie for things like Caudalie, or Laroche-Posay.

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2. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

You can get almost the complete Caudalie range at the Sephora stores in the US, so, you might want to check out their website and make a list of those products that Sephora doesn't carry in their US stores.

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3. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

Sephora at least is French owned (Louis Vuitton). The main competitor Marionnaud is now Chinese owned. Nocibé copies Sephora as much as possible.

Probably the best thing to do is to go to the Galeries Lafayette and/or Printemps and check out the ground floor which is nothing but beauty products. Once you have seen what is available, you can price them at other locations.

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4. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

Check out Fragonard. They are one of the 3 large French perfume and cosmetic manufacturers (others being Marionnaud and Galimard) and have 4 shops in Paris.

fragonard.com/parfums_grasse/GB/fragonard/pa…

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5. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

Hi, I agree with other posters, why go to Sephora when it's exactly the same the world over? I go to Fragonard on Boul St Germain - lovely shop, lovely products and I've never seen them outside France. Wander around the Marais and the Ile St Louis and you will find small specialist shops selling local products.

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6. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

I think Monoprix and pharmacies are the better resources for make-up, skin and hair care products.

There's a terrific selection of cosmetics (along with skin/hair care products) at the pharmacy across from the eastern exit of Galeries Lafayette, 54 Rue de la Chaussée-d'Antin. The pharmacy at 26 rue du Four has an amazing array of skin care products. They have testers available for nearly every product and the sales staff is very helpful. And, the ingredients are listed on the packages in English as well as French.

There are very few lines/products that aren't available in the States or online, so it really is a good idea to check brands and prices before leaving home, especially with the exchange rate.

Even so, among my favorite cosmetics in Paris are T. LeClerc and Guerlain. There are many more products available in Paris than at home, and it's great fun to use items at home that remind you of being in Paris and "collecting" them.

Of course, be sure allow time to shop the duty-free stores at CDG. I picked up a gorgeous refillable Guerlain compact (for their exceptional meteorites powder) about ten years ago, for a very good price (much less than the department stores in Paris or any resources at home) that I absolutely treasure and always have with me.

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7. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

Aloha! I totally agree about Fragonard - it's my absolute favourite! I have not seen them outside of France and their perfumes are absolutely divine!! I bought a Fragonard perfume for a friend who's completely obsessed with perfumes (she has over 100 perfumes at last count) and she absolutely loves loves loves it! So when I'm in Paris in May, I know I have to at least buy 10 bottles for souvenirs.

Just google Fragonard and you'll find them all over Paris (there's a store in the Louvre underground shopping complex and there's also a Fragonard museum nearby).

Enjoy Paris!

Cheers, Coco

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8. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

A lovely shop that comes to mind is Maître Parfumeur et Gantier (Glove and Perfume Master). Shops are located at 84 bis rue de Grenelle 7th arr. and 5, rue des Capucines, 1st arr.

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9. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

Aloha from Kaua'i!

I definitely am planning on visiting Fragonard - I had them on my list almost immediately upon planning the trip! Do they have cosmetics as well as fragrances though?

However, cosmetics - I didn't know if there were certain "brands" that you could only find in Europe - I know I've purchased Caudalie before at the Sephora here in Hawai'i - so I'll be happy to skip Sephora and head right to either Monoprix or one of the Pharmacies to see their selection of cosmetics - oh, and good reminder about the Duty Free at CDG as well!

Any hair care brands you would recommend?

Malama Pono ( take care),

Janet

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10. Re: Cosmetic brands unique to France - buy at Sephora??

For hair care, Kerastase. But, it's cheaper online than in Paris.