"Natural” cosmetic products which take care of us!
The country of fashion and perfumes, France can also be proud of its cosmetics tradition and know-how. For decades, the number of creators of creams, lotions and balms made from natural products has increased. Some of them have become specialized and are leaning towards new innovations which have made their trademark. Sold in beauty salons or in specialist shops, these “French-style” cosmetics are available in new varieties… with spices, sea salt, flowers: everyone will find a product that suits them!Where can they be purchased?In general these products can be purchased in beauty salons or in specialist shops. But French chemist’s shops advise customers and also offer some of these products in their toiletries section. Perfumery chains such as Sephora, Marionnaud, Nocibé or Douglas boast a wide range of body care products that are more economically priced. In the same way, department stores such as Galerie Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marché have areas that are devoted to cosmetics grouping together all of the major brands. It should be noted that recently the Monoprix supermarket chain has developed a “beauty” section in its shops. It is easy to pick up a bargain!
Care product pioneers… Académie: more than 80 years of research (Ile de France, Paris).Since 1926, this family-run company has been creating skin and body care products. Essential oils, moisturizing, barrier, anti-stress or anti-ageing creams, sun screens, self-tanning creams, etc. are the main products in which "l’Académie Scientifique de Beauté" [“the Scientific Academy of Beauty”] has become a specialist.Payot: since1927! (Ile de France, Paris). In the 1920s, Nadia Payot launched her first cosmetic products in Paris before opening several shops and experiencing success in the 1940s with “la Pâte Grise” (grey paste), a treatment for spots. Payot’s know-how has been present ever since and this top-of-the-range company and its spa have continued to develop quality products for the face and body. The “Mineral”, “Design”, “Restoring” or” Matifying” ranges are available as serums, creams, emulsions, sticks, lotions, facial and body scrubs, oils, mousses, make-up removers, fluids, anti-wrinkle treatments, jellies etc.Simone Mahler or the advice of a professional (Aquitaine, Gironde, Bordeaux)Simone Mahler created her brand in the 1940s. Since then, the terms “dermo-cosmetics” and “derma-treatments” have been used within the company, to establish skin diagnoses resulting in quality, innovative products with original ingredients. It is not uncommon for extracts of kiwi, rose, papaya, jojoba, burdock, citrus fruit, Shorea butter etc. to be used, to purify, moisturize, soothe, relax or tone your skin. Wonderful blends made by Simone Mahler!Ella Baché: a visionary woman (Ile de France, Paris). The pharmacist Ella Baché began her career in the 1930s with her renowned Tomato Cream. This was followed by new moisturizing products, the creation of a spa, and international recognition that still exists today. The essence of the company’s founder has been preserved while providing scope for innovation. Today the product range has been extended with make-up removers, anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing treatments, herbal detoxifiers, cooling creams or body products with spices, herbs and floral ingredients.Biologique Recherche: 30 years of experience (Ile de France, Paris). For more than 30 years, the laboratories of “Biologique Recherche” have been creating innovative body care, face care, and hair care products. The milks, lotions, masks, creams, oils or shampoos are made from plant, bio-marine or organic extracts, without the addition of any artificial fragrances. Gernétic: science dedicated to well-being (Midi-Pyrénées, Gers, Béraut). For three decades, science has been used by “Gernétic”. Its laboratories regularly launch new products including: items for every skin type, a Men's range, sun gels, and time-defying, conditioning and youth creams, made from natural products.
Yves Rocher: plant-based care products (Brittany, Morbihan, La Gacilly).Yves Rocher, the well-known name and Breton manufacturer of mass-market cosmetics, has been developing care products for more than 50 years that are sold in traditional stores as well as in the brand’s own shops. In addition to the anti-ageing, face or body care range, new organic products, which are 100% natural and made from herbs and flowers, have been created
Cosmetics "like no others" Fleur’s: well-being products made from…flowers! (Brittany, Ille-et-Vilaine, Saint-Malo) This wide range of care products has been created using a specific technique: “fleurisation”, which consists in extracting the cosmetic properties from a flower and then mixing them into a product. From this mixture, creams, lotions or balms can be made for purifying, moisturizing, soothing, relaxing treatments, etc.Bernard Cassière: between fruits and spices (Ile de France, Paris). This new brand belonging to the Sothy’s Group has distinguished itself by developing a range of products based on fruits and spices. Following creams made from hemp and then cocoa, apricots, bilberries, aniseed, nutmeg, pepper, honey, bamboo or wasabi have been used as ingredients of these make-up removers, cleansing and anti-ageing products for the face and body. Graine de Pastel: in the Cocagne region (Midi-Pyrénées, Haute Garonne, L’Union). In the heart of the Occitan region, where woad was historically grown in France, the fields of this medicinal plant, which has been used since ancient times, have reappeared. Its unique natural blue colour comes from its dried leaves. As for its pigments, which are extracted from the plant, they are one of the ingredients used in this range of care products. They are the first of their kind to use the properties of woad oil, which is rich in essential fatty acids. The range is made up of milks, creams, soaps, oils, etc.Avène: thermal spring water skin care products (Languedoc-Roussillon, Hérault, Avène).The brand, which belongs to the Pierre Fabre Group, uses the biological, non-irritating and soothing properties of Avène thermal spring water for its products. Sold in the toiletries section, they are intended for those with sensitive skins, children and those requiring anti-ageing, burn, or scar care products. The range of products is made up of sprays, gels, creams and compresses, and is also recognized for having natural properties.
Ecologically certified cosmetics Anakaé: she-ass milk to improve your skin (Rhône-Alpes, Ardèche, Saint-Lager Bressac). Previously used by the Queens of Egypt, she-ass milk has moisturizing properties and has proved to be a completely natural product for protecting sensitive skins. Rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements, when it is combined with vegetable oils, (argan, jojoba, borage, etc.) it reinforces its anti-ageing benefits for the skin of the face and the body. The products have been ecologically and organically certified by Ecocert (an organic certification organisation).Melvita: organic beauty products (Rhône-Alpes, Ardèche, Lagorce). Since 1983, Melvita has carried out research and created organic products made from at least 95% of natural ingredients (water, salts, plants, fruits, spices, etc.). These oils, waters, creams, soaps, gels or balms have cleansing, moisturizing, toning and anti-ageing benefits … and can be used as a mask, in the bath, at night or for children.The products have been ecologically and organically certified by EcoCERT (an organic certification organisation).Couleur Caramel: organically refillable products (Rhône-Alpes, Drôme, Bourg de Péage). At Couleur Caramel, care products, beauty and well-being are in harmony with sustainable development. Beyond the quality products that are created using ingredients resulting from organic agriculture and fair trade, the brand is working on a concept of refillable packaging, recyclable and biodegradable displays where human beings, ecology and ethical production methods are to the fore. The products are distributed in beauty salons and organic shops. There are also two beauty salons dedicated to the brand located in the centre of Paris.The products have been ecologically and organically certified by EcoCERT (an organic certification organisation). Sanoflore and aromatic plants and flowers (Rhône-Alpes, Drôme, Gigors-et-Lozeron). verything began in 1972 near the Vercors Regional Nature Reserve, an area which boasts an abundance of wild plants and flowers, where the first organic cultures were grown. Once they have been transformed, the plants are used to make essential oils and floral waters as well as care creams for the body and face, for cleansing purposes or babies. Made from ingredients of plant origin, resulting from organic agriculture, these products respect the environment and do not contain any artificial colours or fragrances. he products have been ecologically and organically certified by EcoCERT (an organic certification organisation).Huiles & Baumes: care products from the mountains (Rhône-Alpes, Haute Savoie, Doussard). The lotions created by “Huiles & Baumes” have purifying, protecting, nourishing and relaxing properties. This company specializes in vegetable oils and was set up in the Alps in 1989. It offers a range of products using natural ingredients that are certified 100 % organic. The product range is made up of soaps, oils, cleansing milks, toning lotions, smoothing serums, day creams, face and body scrubs and lip balms.The products have been ecologically and organically certified by EcoCERT (an organic certification organisation).
La Roche-Posay: spring water which will do you good (Poitou-Charentes, Vienne, La Roche-Posay). Recommended by dermatological specialists, these cosmetics can be bought principally in shops that sell toiletries. Their distinctive characteristic lies in the fact that they are made from spring water and they are intended for all skin types and for all ages. As the brand is concerned about the environment, it is demonstrating its desire to be ecological, both in terms of the products’ contents and their packaging, by meeting strict undertakings and criteria in this area.Top-of-the-range cosmetics Nuxe: natural luxury (Ile de France, Paris). Nuxe has been working on the association of “natural ingredients with luxury products” for several decades. This has resulted in an expertise and an unequalled range of natural and organic products which have made the brand’s reputation: “Prodigious Oil”, “Honey Dream” or “Crème Fraîche Moisturizing Cream”. Since then, top-of-the-range spas have been created throughout Paris.Caudalie: beauty from the vine (Aquitaine, Gironde, Bordeaux-Martillac). The secret of Caudalie products lies in the power and the substance of the grape seeds, which have anti-oxidizing properties. Since 1995 this unique feature has been used in the product range in anti-ageing, exfoliating and nourishing creams, cleansing mousses, make-removers or in grape water. These innovative products can be found in Caudalie’s different spas which carry out vinotherapy, using hot spring water and grape extracts.Anne Sémonin: “tailor-made” well-being (Ile de France, Paris). For about twenty years Anne Sémonin has been developing top-of-the-range face, body, bath and hair products in the form of plant creams, toning gels, milks for smoother skin or a scrub made from black sand. A pioneer of the association of trace elements with essential oils, Anne Sémonin also offers types of creams that are more personalized and adapted to your skin. These products, combined with tailor-made treatments can be found in thirty or so spas in France.
Marine cosmetics Alvimarine: care products with marine extracts (Auvergne, Puy-de-Dôme, Aulnat). Alvimarine will allow you to take care of yourself with creams made of seaweed, iodine or sea salt. The range includes cleansing, moisturizing, purifying, soothing and revitalizing care products. A spa using these products is bringing a little sea air and well-being to the heart of the Massif Central.Thalgo: the sea as a source of beauty (Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Var, Roquebrune sur Argens). Thalgo uses scientific marine research and the know-how of the sea’s natural ingredients in order to extract their riches and properties. The brand’s products mainly focus on seaweed and sea salts. It has created a wide range of products that will refresh, rebalance or restructure your skin. These original and outstanding products energize the body just like the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean Sea.