Following an amazing lunch of sea bass and wine at the very chic La Taverna restaurant (22 Rue du Champ de Mars), we did our first French pharmacy trip at Pharmacie Monge (74, rue Monge 75005 PARIS.) I was full of energy since we were able to take advantage of some very efficient car service provided by Paris VIP (not to mention not worrying about traveling with heavy bags of product on the Metro after shopping).Armed with a gift of 100 euros, we set out to get some of our favorite French based skin care products and discover new lotions and potions.
This pharmacy was crawling with people and just the day before experienced about 3,000 shoppers. Pharmacie Monge stretches almost one New York City block. It was extremely well lit and there was plenty of people on staff to handle any questions and give product recommendations.
They stocked classics such as Caudalie, Clarins, Darphin and Phyto. Most of which even once converted from euros to U.S. dollars were significantly less expensive. So here are my tips on how, even when the shop is at full capacity with other tourists, you can navigate and get what you need.
For starters, weeks before my trip I started a Paris Pharmacy shopping Pinterest board. I’d highly recommend doing a screenshot of your board on your mobile device, as you should assume wi-fi for patrons will not be provided. The Pinterest board is clutch as pictures will help you more quickly identify what the packaging looks like. Several times I was able to show sales associates pictures and they were able to quickly help me locate the product and/or determine if they carried it all.
Pharmacie Monge products were merchandised by category (toothpaste, ointments, makeup removers,etc) and then by brand within the categories for the most part. Haircare was in one section so that you could shop by brand. They had a full assortment of Klorane, and based on the texture of my hair, I was recommended a shampoo that I am very eager to try. See the instagram video below.
Pharmacy shopping yesterday day. My French friend told me to take out what I had in my cart and suggested a better product for my hair. They are hesitant when we pull out cameras because they don't record everything like crazy Americans. I wouldn't be taking so many pictures if this trip wasn't beauty focused. Trust moi! #parisbeauty14 #frenchbeauty #paris #pressplay #essentials #bonafidebeautygal #bonjour #visitfrance
For someone who perhaps lived in the neighborhood and coming to restock their essentials, these were conveniently located on one side of the pharmacy. Personal care items for women, over the counter medications and such were situated opposite of where visitors were crowding.
Here is a look at what I got via instagram. I restocked on Bioderma, Homeoplasmine and Biafine and the tried and true Phyto supplements. I wanted to try things from NUXE and Avène so I picked those up as well. Expect individual reviews on many of these products over the coming weeks.
Without question, there are many pharmacies throughout Paris.I found this one ,while very busy, easy to navigate. There were plenty of sales associates available and willing to help, several were multi-lingual making it easy to communicate. At one point, one of them noticed products in my basket that based the appearance of my skin (very oily) there were better formulations better suited. I was thankful for her helping hand. I mean, I can’t exactly return products that don’t work for me once I am back in the states.
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