One needs ample self restraint to not go crazy inside one of these Apothecaries if you know what I mean; walls lined up to the ceiling with bottles of Bioderma in every color, more French and German skincare bottles than your eyes can take in at a time and more options in every kind of skincare than your mind can process (not to mention the little time you get inside the place) phew! poor me.
Here’s my latest loot, one where I went all out and picked up all of the familiar things along with some new interesting stuff which I was curious about. The damage was done over three weeks in Europe (Read more about it here and here). I made sure I paid my respects to every German Apotheken I spotted and more often than not, walked out with a little bag tucked under my left arm.
Starting with the staples. Avene’s humongous bottle of Thermal Spring Water was the first thing I picked up because, size! Its tall and handsome and is nowhere close to running out. I use this as my toner, my spritz, my cooler, my face drink you get the gist. Next, I needed a back up of Nuxe’s Reve de Miel lip balm because I was in short supply, you know.. just two more at home! Disaster averted.
Other than Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, I haven’t been very interested in what lies on their skincare shelf, but I am a cleanser hoarder, and anything in oil form has me wanting it! I picked a shiny new bottle of Caudalie’s (new-ish) Makeup Cleansing Oil and while I was at it, I thought I might as well try their other cleansers. So in went their Cleansing Milk and Instant Foaming Cleanser both in travel size.
So far? Thumbs up to the milk, thumbs down to the oil (mine smells funky!) and the Foaming Cleanser is yet to be broken in.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I cannot shut up about La Roche Posay. I love the brand and I think their moisturisers are life savers, literally! Obviously when I spotted their range of products for dehydrated skin I couldn’t say no, in fact I jumped at it!
I got a tube (the blue thing down there) of their Hydraphase Moisturiser in the light version and a couple of tubes of their Hydraphase Intense Masque. There is a back story to the masque which I have spoken about here, and basically this one saved my face from turning into papyrus when nothing else worked!
My guess is most of these clinical French pharmacy brands have two things in common, Thermal Spring Water and a Cicaplast/Cicalfate range. The Cicaplast range from LRP holds some industrial strength reparative products and I picked up a tiny tube of their Barrier repairing balm. What I thought was a lip balm is apparently not just that. It can be used anywhere on the skin, but of course it functions like a lip balm for me on the go.
I am a Bioderma loyalist and have no reason to stray, but who can say no to minis? The recently popularized Garnier Micellar Water in the travel size was the perfect excuse to cull my curiosity. I haven’t used it yet, I just don’t trust it’ll be that good. I have read some terrible stories.
Finally, an Essie nail polish. Proudly presenting Maximillian Strasse Her, which I saw on Maddie once and made a mental note to buy when I found one. Also on the said mental note, Essie’s nail polish remover. No reason. Just the white bottle.
I am a recent Dr. Bronner’s convert. After washing my makeup brushes, followed by my body and then my hair (!!) with it I have fallen for the whole organic magical line. I know its available very easily online but once I sniffed the lavender version I couldn’t walk away without it! I have a thing for old fashioned solid soaps and the soap version of my much loved Peppermint liquid Soap was a perfect addition to the stash.
After all my French skincare cravings were satiated, finally got myself a true German thing! The Kaufmann’s Kinder Creme with the cutest tin and the loveliest smell. This is a lovely balm, thick in texture, slightly waxy but strangely enough plumps my lips and makes them look fuller and pinker and very pouty! Its not creamy contrary to the name but because of its density it stays put and doesn’t disappear minutes after applying.
I still love my Reve de Miel. Nothing beats that one!
And thats a wrap!
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these.