French actress Brigitte Bardot in a still from the movie Le Mepris from 1963. Image by: Getty
Paris Fashion Week is about to begin, renewing our interest in the elusive French-girl aesthetic. Here, eight new beauty products from French brands that you can get without leaving the country.
L’Occitane Verbena Refreshing Exfoliating Sugars
Fall weather (i.e. colder weather) is always a good time to bring a body scrub back into your shower routine. This one has verbena, a fresh, lemon-y scented herb, that grows wild in Provence.
L’Occitane Verbena Refreshing Exfoliating Sugars ($40), at loccitane.com.
Biologique Recherche Réparation U.V.
It's appropriate that this soothing post-sun treatment comes from the same company that makes Lotion P50—the exfoliating toner with a cult following—because sun protection and exfoliation go hand-in-hand. (Exfoliants make your skin more susceptible to sun damage—but you should wearing sunscreen regardless of whether you've been using one or not.)
Biologique Recherche Réparation U.V. ($134), at phsantebeaute.com.
Le Petit Marseillais Extra Gentle Shower Crème Lavender Honey
This body wash from top-selling brand Le Petit Marseillais (learn how to pronounce the name here) is ubiquitous in France, but just made it's way to Canadian shelves earlier this year. It's available in a handful of scents inspired by the south of France, but our favourite is this fresh lavender.
Le Petit Marseillais Extra Gentle Shower Crème Lavender Honey ($8), at walmart.ca.
Biotherm Aquasource Plump and Glow
This minty lip gloss gently plumps while leaving behind a rosy glow.
Biotherm Aquasource Plump and Glow ($23), at biotherm.ca.
Sisley-Paris White Ginger Contouring Oil for Legs
Perception is that French girls aren't as inclined to workout, so perhaps they are using this luxe toning oil from family-owned brand Sisley instead?
Sisley-Paris White Ginger Contouring Oil for Legs ($240), at holtrenfrew.com.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
French Girl Cuticle Oil
This company is not, in fact, French. It's American! But we love the name, and the combo of super hydrating argan, evening primrose, sea buckthorn and tamanu oils.
French Girl Cuticle Oil ($26), at frenchgirlorganics.com.