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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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Florame

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Mademoiselle Bio

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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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Florame

Florame
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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Florame

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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Florame

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.

 

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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’…

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…

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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…

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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.

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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 http://www.brokegirlsguide.com 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)

Any list of beauty products that starts with a classic like Chanel #5 gets my attention, and this one doesn’t disappoint…

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The only item I would add to this list would be Maybelline’s famous pink/green mascara, although lately there are other contenders like their colossal volume mascara (which I prefer, in the eye-catching yellow tube).

Personally, I love Clinique’s Black Honey lip gloss and Nars multiples, and seriously use them every day.

Do you have any beauty must-haves that you use daily that they left off the list?

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So I just read about the coolest new retail concept in Paris, Merci(thank you Hip Paris Blog!).  It was started a few years ago by the owners of the highly successful high end childrenswear line, Bonpoint.  The cool thing about Merci is that they give back quite a lot of the proceeds as a way of saying ‘thank you’ (get it?) for their success.  They chose an area in Madagascar, and are helping to educate and feed needy children there…

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The store itself houses all kinds of cool items from apparel, to housewares, to yes, used books…my kind of place.  On top of that, they have 3 separate cafes within the store to fortify shoppers and offer an oasis of relaxation.

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Womenswear and menswear…

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They offer an interesting beauty department with carefully curated lines like Aesop (Australia)…

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And France’s own Annick Goutal…

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Their home department is lovely too….

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But the best part is, they have online ordering, so although you can’t experience it fully unless you happen to be in Paris, you can still shop for some of their merchandise from the comfort of your own home, wherever that happens to be!

http://www.merci-merci.com/en/the-store/store-restaurants.html

Excellent instructional video for cleansing the face…I need to learn how to ‘swim’!

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One of my favourite blogs intothegloss has put up this great little cleansing video featuring french skin expert & facialist in new york Isabelle Bellis. It features great tips like massaging your face endless and treating your skin just like silk. If only we all had her gorgeous cheekbones..!

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What a lovely indulgence!

Ever since I discovered how to make body sugar scrub, I’ve been fairly obsessed. No more splurging on fancy scrubs when I can make them myself. And I’ll tell you, I’ve made some fabulously fancy scrubs. I mean, my body DESERVES them!

Not only that, it’s super economical and I love me some savings. Sometimes, you gotta respect yo’ money.

Here is my latest sugar scrub concoction, Cherry Blossom Sugar Scrub. SERIOUSLY.

cherry blossom sugar scrubJust absolutely fantastic.

cherry blossom sugar scrub4cherry blossom sugar scrub6I think baby oil makes the most sense for this scrub. It’s fresh smelling, soft, and very inexpensive. Plus, if you’re a mommy (ME!), you’ll always have baby oil already at hand.Other oil options are coconut, olive, almond, avocado, and Vitamin e.

cherry blossom sugar scrub3I used regular granulated sugar. If you have extremely sensitive skin, substitute with brown sugar as the texture is softer.

cherry blossom sugar scrub5I added the leaves to give it some color. You can…

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