French pharmacy beauty products are incredibly trendy, and by now, you’ve undoubtedly seen beauty articles touting the benefits of top French beauty brands. From Klorane dry shampoo to Nuxe to Bioderma, French pharmacies are a treasure trove of interesting products just waiting to be discovered. Many of the French pharmacy products you’ve heard of are popular for a reason — they’re great.
But what about less popular French pharmacy products? Maybe ones that you’d even consider weird?
Here are the weirdest French pharmacy products I’ve come across. But hey, they’re all in the name of beauty and health.
7 Weird French pharmacy products worth a look
Lots of things seem weird and different if you’ve never experienced them before. Then with time, new ways of seeing things grow on you and what once seemed strange becomes the norm. And then there are truly weird things, like some of these weird French pharmacy products. Of course, weird is a subjective term and I use it with love. 😉
Try ’em at at your own risk….
OK, the name is what’s weird about this one. Or maybe if you’re not into homeopathic remedies, the whole concept may seem a little wonky. Say it with me: Osss-Cee-Lo-Cocks-In-Um. It can be taken as a flu preventative or when you already feel the flu coming on. Just open a tube and let the little sugar pellets inside dissolve under your tongue. Does Oscillococcinum work? Who knows, but I gladly fork over my money for this popular cult-like French product if there’s any hope it might help me to avoid the flu. Homeopathy is picking up steam in the USA and many Boiron products are available at places like Trader Joe’s (as if you need another reason to love them).
Donkey milk is all the rage these days. From moisturizing soaps to shampoos to makeup remover and more, cows just aren’t cool anymore. It’s all about the donkey. And let’s not forget about donkey milk sleeping masks.
I don’t know about you but shark liver oil doesn’t rank high on my French pharmacy shopping list. It certainly is interesting, though.
While not very popular in the USA, pre-vacation capsules like the ones pictured above are commonplace in France. These capsules by Oenobiol help get your skin ready for the sun and ensure that a nice, luminous tan is in your future. There’s a whole market of tanning vitamin products with different formulations all aimed at helping you to look your best while in the sun.
Looking for a fancy toothpaste? This anise-flavored toothpaste is for you then. Forget regular old mint, this more exotic flavor made for sensitive gums might just be what you’ve been waiting for. Try it and let me know if it’s worth the money. Licorice toothpaste doesn’t tempt me. At all.
OK, this one is more cute than weird because this vegan shampoo product is shaped like a canelé, a popular French pastry from Bordeaux. Every time you “wash” your hair, think of biting into something sweet. If dry shampoo is mainstream now, maybe this sort of thing will be one day too. It’s handmade and apparently lasts as long as two bottles of shampoo. Apply to wet hair, massage, rinse and voilà!
Yes, friends, I’m going to leave you with snake oil. Literal snake oil. Mixed with vegetable and essential oils, this snake oil is used on your hair and has fortifying, regenerative properties. It’s also suitable for all hair types. Ever used snake oil on your hair? Me neither.
Would you try any of these weird French pharmacy products? What are your favorite French pharmacy products?
P.S. In case you get sick in France, make sure you know these common American OTC medications and their French equivalents.