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Bio Chic: Our Favorite Organic Beauty Boutiques in Paris

Posted: 19 Dec 2013 07:19 AM PST

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It’s no secret that French girls love their products. Here in Paris, you can find a cream, serum or supplement for just about anything that ails – from cellulite to les cernes to an old fashioned case of the blues.

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Traditionally, most of these (often fabulous) remedies have been found at the parfumerie or pharmacie. (Remember Tory’s post on French pharmacy favorites?) But a fresh breed of organic, natural and holistic goodies is making its mark on the Parisian beauty scene and finding a niche at the intersection of bio and la beauté.

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As for me, I’ve long been a skeptic when it comes to natural beauty goods, wary of pasty products and cardboard packaging filled with good intentions but questionable effectiveness. But the more I read about carcinogenic cosmetics bearing unpronounceable ingredients, I’ve started to wonder: Could these Parisian bio boutiques change the mind (and even the skin) of a conventional beauty brand devotee? I decided to investigate.

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Here’s a roundup of favorites that sell gorgeous, natural remedies, scents and treatments perfect for any aspiring Parisian bobo beauty.

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The largest retailer I visited, Mademoiselle Bio is a small French chain – the organic answer to beauty emporiums like Sephora and Marionnaud (minus the olfactory assault.) In a clean, crisp setting that feels more pharmacy than perfumerie, the shop carries beloved, mostly European brands like Melita, Weleda, Phyt’s and of course, Dr. Hausckhka. There are also a number of niche lines as well as cult organic perfumers Les Fleurs de Bach and Honoré des Pres.

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Unable to resist the promise of a sparkling complexion (hope springs eternal!), the knowledgeable saleswoman convinced me to try an apple-based cleanser à l’huile. Oil cleanser for my skin? Surely she was joking. But after a few days of use, my interest is piqued. I wouldn’t say radiant but perhaps I’m showing a bit of improved clarity and evened tone? There might be something to this bio-beauty thing after all…

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Mademoiselle Bio

(8 boutiques in Paris)
28 Rue des Archives, Paris 75003
Tel: 01 42 78 30 86
Metro: Hotel de Ville

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Mademoiselle Bio

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I visited the Florame boutique on the rue Dupuytren in the 6th determined not to buy but simply to savor the experience of the high-quality essential oils for which the brand is known.

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Deeply devoted to sustainability and fair trade, Florame prides itself on its dedication to the farmers (in France, Madagascar and beyond) who produce the plants from which they draw their oils and to the integrity of their brand that bears the Cosmebio, AB and Ecocert imprimaturs. Highlights include their 100% pure essential oil home scent diffusers, aromatherapy oils and organic skincare for men, including cedar and argan oils. A Christmas gift for the eco-conscious hubby? I’ll be back…

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8 Rue Dupuytren, Paris 75006
Tel: 01 44 07 34 53
Metro: Odeon

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This gem of a boutique on the rue Sevigne in the Marais bears witness to the passion and knowledge of its Parisian owner, Katia Bielli, a self-proclaimed artist and florist. Visiting her gorgeous boutique is to enter her world devoted to natural, organic goodness as embodied in beautiful massage oils, skin and hair care products and a seductive world of scent.

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It was impossible to resist the lovely packaging and pure promise of her l’Huile Vraie body oil (light, non-greasy, gorgeous) combining rose, neroli, jasmine, ylang ylang…you get the idea. Softer skin that leaves a trace of delicate scent, this one had me convinced. I was also tempted by her “regenerating” cleanser, Nectar de Rose. (I made a mental note to return when I exhaust my tube of apple/oil cleanser).

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For those seeking a complete bio experience, Mademoiselle Bio also offers a range of on-site treatments like massages, facials (you choose from their product line), manicures and organic waxing. In the end, when it comes to natural skin and body care, my investigation has made me a convert. After all, shouldn’t we care as much about what we put on our bodies as what we put in them?

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Mademoiselle Bio

10 Rue de Sévigné, 75004 Paris
Tel: 01 44 54 97 27
Metro: St Paul

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Written by Paige Bradley Frost for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Didier Gauducheau. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.


transportable house.

This beats mobile homes hands down…why aren’t there more of these in the US???

This is a beautify, clean concept. What do you think of it?


O projeto de hoje esbanja charme, apesar de sua pequena área e simplicidade estética! Veganista é a primeira sorveteria austríaca a vender somente sorvete vegano em Viena.  E esse conceito de produto é aplicado no projeto, através de elementos decorativos e cores simples! Nós achamos que a composição arquitetônica resultante deste conceito é muito interessante… um espaço aconchegante e que passa o frescor do produto. Nosso destaque especial para o piso em ladrilho hidráulico verde: lindíssimo e para a comunicação gráfica forte!

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The project today exudes charm, despite its small area and aesthetic simplicity! Veganista is the first ice cream shop in Vienna to sell only vegan ice cream. And this product concept is applied in the design through decorative elements and simple colors! We find that architectural composition resulting from this concept is very interesting… a cozy space that passes product freshness. Our highlight to…

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From Luckyscent, one of my FAVORITE sites for all things fragrance…

The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent
by Denyse Beaulieu

The Scoop
What if the most beautiful night in your life inspired a perfume?

When Denyse Beaulieu was growing up near Montreal, perfume was forbidden in her house, spurring a childhood curiosity that became an intellectual and sensual passion. It is this passion she pursued all the way to Paris, where she now lives, and which led her to become a respected fragrance writer. But little did she know that it would also lead her to achieve a perfume lover’s wildest dream: When Denyse tells famous perfumer Betrand Duchaufour at L’Artisan Parfumeur of a sensual night spent in Seville under a blossoming orange tree, wrapped in the arms of a beautiful man, the story stirs his imagination and together they create a scent that captures the essence of that night. As their unique creative collaboration unfolds, the perfume-in-progress conjures intimate memories, leading Beaulieu to make sense of her life through scents. Throughout the book, she weaves the evocative history of perfumery into her personal journey, in an intensely passionate voice: the masters and the masterpieces, the myths and the myth-busting, down to the molecular mysteries that weld our flesh to flowers.

The Perfume Lover is a candid personal account of the process of composing a fragrance (Seville a l’Aube), filled with sensual scent descriptions, sexy tidbits, and historical vignettes.

It reminded me of several other compelling books about fragrance I have read…

A Scented Palace: the secret history of Marie Antoinette’s perfumer by J. Feydeau (2006).  An interesting account of one family business who provided Marie Antoinette’s ‘toilette’ directly…

Perfume: the story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind (2001).  A deeply disturbing story about one man’s obsession to find the perfect scent.  I couldn’t put it down…gripping, horrific and poetic all at the same time.

Do you have books about scent you enjoyed?  If so, please share them!

I normally don’t read DailyCandy much any more, but this interview with Linda Rodin, the creator of Rodin oils, is priceless.  I want to be just like her when I am ‘of a certain age’…

I was inspired, no, challenged is the better word, by the blog to ‘dream up’ how to spend 4000 GBP, or $6039.20 on clothing and apparel related items (including makeup, fragrance and accessories).  Now, being a former Fashion Director, you would think that I would be able to ‘spend’ that at the drop of a hat.  Joanna did a quick job of it, by the way.

I, however, several hours later, am still sitting here and have only managed to ‘spend’ approximately $3500.  I think I know why.  If I had that kind of money to spend, I wouldn’t be spending it on apparel.  I would take half and stash it in the stock market(maybe on the next generation of farting apps?), and the other half I would use to go to NYC next spring to watch my daughter sing at Carnegie Hall (for the second time!) with Eric Whitacre.  You can always have more ‘stuff’, but memories last a lifetime, and besides, NY is expensive and who wants to visit the city and feel poor?

Here’s what I did manage to ‘spend’….

2 pairs of AG jeans (best on the planet)-Angel 11 year and Stilt in white

Irving and Fine Kutch coat (the most expensive item at $650)


French Sole ballet flats in snakeskin print

DVF wrap dress (a classic!)

Trina Turk Jocelyn skirt (on sale for $159.60)

Liberty for JCrew floral scarf

Thomas Mason for JCrew white shirt

Zara Print Dress (a bargain at $89.90)



Zara Iridescent Sandals (a $49.00, crazy cheap to style ratio)


Mystique for Club Monaco toe ring sandals in celadon

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Prada Infusion D’Iris, my favorite perfume, the biggest bottle they have ($138)

Ok, so I broke down at the end and splurged a bit…

Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in camel (again, a classic, albeit an expensive one, at $595)

Reiss Pina handbag in cornflower blue (for the boho in me…)

And just for fun, Superga tennis shoes, for that cool Italian vibe (available at ClubMonaco in navy or white at JCrew) $80



What would you buy with $6000 if you were spending it on apparel??  It’s easier said than done…

What’s up with all the excitement about facial oils lately?  They’ve been around for a VERY long time, but recent magazines and blogs have been touting their properties of late.  I think it has to do with the celebrity cult favorite Olio lusso…


It started with the body oil, moved to face oil, and finally hair oil.  I have tested all of them, and they are fantastic, albeit pricey…


When I say pricey, I mean over $100 for a lovely one ounce jar, as in $150 to be exact. Now, I know most people out there do not have a money tree in their back yard (maybe the owner of Olio lusso does now!) and yes, it won Allure’s coveted ‘Best of’ award, but there are others on the market that are just as good, if not better, and way less expensive.

I will start with my all-time favorite and the one I have used for years…Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil, at $50 for one ounce, is a third less expensive, and a relative bargain.  First of all, it smells heavenly, which is reason enough to buy it.  You pat it on at night after your normal regimen, and it keeps skin moisturized and dewy through the next day.


Another oil I heard about recently, and at a mass market price point is Boots brand (at Target and Walgreens) which, at $8.99 is at least worth a try if the other two seem too pricey.

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And if you’re more the DIY type, you can make your own version of the aforementioned Olio lusso…here are suggested ingredients:

Grapeseed Oil (naturally absorbent and allergy-resistant)
Argan Oil (anti-aging, highly moisturizing, reduces inflammation)
Rosehip Seed Oil (contains 6 different Omega-3 fatty acids, improves clarity + tone)
Jojoba Oil (very absorbent in skin, meaning non-greasy; good acne treatment)
Tamanu Oil (aids topical healing)
Vitamin E Oil
Jasmine Essential Oil for fragrance (optional)
Neroli Essential Oil for fragrance (optional)