Pharmaceutic industry has invested a lot in cosmetics. Beside French pharmacies which sell mostly medics, in Paris and major French cities “para-pharmacies” sell these cosmetics : less expensive than perfumers’ and more fashionable than hypermarkets products, they are also supposed to be more efficient.
At first, classical pharmacies proposed cosmetics under pharmaceutic labels, and as it showed to be an interesting market, para pharmacy was born.
The first one to sell all pharmaceutic labs cosmetics at lower price opened in Saint-Germain des Prés. It still has still the largest choice and the best bargain.
Avene, Decleor, La Roche Posay, Nuxe, Roc … you’ll find anything you’re looking for (unless they ran out of stocks) if you manage to get your way through, because the place is usually crowded. Try not to go on Saturdays and to close to winter, spring or summer vacations .
26 rue du Four 75006 Paris, tel 33(0)1 46 33 20 81 Métro Mabillon or Saint-Germain des Prés.