Sunday 4 April 2021

Skincare Review | French Pharmacy Favourites #2

french pharmacy favourites

It’s been quite a while since my last French Pharmacy post and it’s actually one of my most popular so here is a well overdue second instalment! It’s also 1/3 off French Pharmacy at Escentual right now so the perfect time to stock up though these products are always on offer at the likes of Boots, Look Fantastic and Feel Unique too!


Bioderma Atoderm Ultra Nourishing Shower Oil

I have been obsessed with this stuff over winter! It’s a cleanser for your body but also doubles as one for your face too so a dual product! It feels luxurious, not greasy at all, and creates a mild lather. It is formulated with vegetal biolipids that create a defensive barrier over your skin and after my shower my skin feels soft and nourished. I have a tendency to get dry patches on my legs and this coupled with my moisturiser have been keeping those at bay! It’s very lightly fragranced but no scent lingers and it also works well to help remove tan. My skin always feels soft, supple and fully hydrated after use and this bottle has lasted an age with daily use as a little goes a long way! I have talked about it loads on the blog but you can read more about it here in my Accutane diary post!


Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution*

While micellar water is not my usual go to cleanser, I have completely fallen for this cult classic’s hype! The Sensibio range is targeted at sensitive to redness prone skin and is alcohol and fragrance free. I use it to get the bulk of my makeup off before following with my usual cleansers. The micelle solution itself is great, the formula is gentle, non-astringent and feels just like water, I was shocked at how much makeup it removed! It leaves no residue or film behind either which I appreciate! The only place it struggles a little I would say is with my two coats of waterproof mascara, and I find I have to go back in with either a balm or my trusty Nivea double effect waterproof eye makeup remover to get the last, hard to remove, clumps off! Full review here!


Vichy Mineral 89

This has been my serum of choice over the last few months while on Accutane and it is the perfect, simple hydrating serum! I was previously a fan of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum which featured in my last French Pharmacy Favourites post but with alcohol denat quite high up on the list in that one I made the switch to this and haven’t looked back! It’s a really cooling gel serum that hydrates my skin and makes it plump! It sinks in quickly, lasts all day long for me and sits well under makeup too! Can’t recommend this enough if you have dry or dehydrated skin! Featured in my accutane diary and best beauty discoveries post!


La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra 8

I am a big fan of face mists and I picked this up the same time as the Vichy serum and Bioderma shower oil right at the start of my accutane treatment! It is a lovely, soothing and hydrating spray with a fine mist. I like to use it as a skincare step right before applying hyaluronic acid but it works well throughout the day on top of makeup as a hydrating fix or pick me up! It is alcohol and fragrance free and has been formulated specifically for sensitive skin! 


best french pharmacy products

Phyto Joba Moisturising Mask

Finally, a deep conditioning hair treatment containing jojoba oil! This leaves my hair soft and manageable as well as hydrated, shiny and healthy looking! It's concentrated so a little goes a long way and it smells like coconuts. I leave it on for as long as possible and my hair seems to drink it up! If your ends are as parched as mine are you need to try this, they will thank you for it! It featured in a favourites post and my best beauty discoveries of last year too!


If you want to read my last French Pharmacy Favourites post featuring these products is it linked here! Like I said, the only product I wouldn’t necessarily recommend is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum –  I think their Mineral 89 booster is a cut above! 


French Pharmacy Favourites Escentual


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here.


Danielle xx


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  1. I love Bioderma! I used to lice in France and I always made sure I was stocked up with their products!
    Chloe X

    1. So impressed with their products! The shower oil is one of my fave discoveries of last year! xx

  2. So many amazing products! My boyfriend's parents are from France, and used to see a lot of these in their cupboards! I really want to try the Vichy Mineral 89!

    Katie |

    1. I can't recommend it enough if you have dry or dehydrated skin! xx

  3. Ah I love Bioderma! Such a great brand. x

    Zoey |

  4. These are all such interesting products, Danielle! I even spot a few favorites. I do enjoy French Pharmacy a lot, so these kinds of posts are so helpful in navigating you towards something you can try next xx


    1. Thank you Naya! I totally agree, the French pharmacy has so many gems! xx

  5. You have amazing collection of products. I use Vichy mineral 89 for years and for me it is the best booster on the market.

    New Post -

    1. It is such a good product to have in your collection I think! Perfect for when skin is feeling a little dehydrated! xx

  6. Great post! Love French pharmacy products! I've never tried Khlorane yet though!

    Life is a Shoe

  7. The La Roche Posay spray sounds really interesting! My friend recommended their sunscreen to me and I really like it but I haven't tried anything else from the brand.

    Hope that you are having a good week! It's been a very rainy one so far here!

    Away From The Blue

    1. Oh I haven't tried their sunscreen before but I am in need of a new one so I will check it out! Rainy here too! xx

  8. I absolutely love that Bioderma shower oil! x


    1. I am obsessed Siobhan! Best buy last year haha xx

  9. Wowie zowie you have so many great products here, I wouldn't know where to start!

    Ah love this look! You look great :)

    Allie of

  10. I adore Bioderma, the products are amazing!

    Danielle |


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