The Best Things to Buy at Citypharma in Paris

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If you are a skin care aficionado, then you surely have heard of Citypharma in Paris. Citypharma, located located at 26 Rue du Four, is s renowned for its wide selection of skincare and beauty products at discounted prices compared to other retailers. Many who visit Paris make it a point to stop here and stock up on beauty products. Here are some of the best things to buy at Citypharma in Paris.

Tips for visiting Citypharma in Paris

  • Come early! There will already be a line before they open that is only going to get worse as the day goes on. If you have popular items on your list, they are more likely to sell out too so coming early gives you the best chance of getting everything on your list. We came around 4pm and while it wasn’t too crowded, some things we wanted were out of stock.
  • If you plan to claim the VAT refund, bring your passport. It was really easy to claim the refund at the train station on the way back to London. I only had a photo of my passport on my phone and that was enough for them to give me the form.
  • Take screen shots of items you want so that you can just show the staff and they can guide you to where the item is.
  • A lot of the items are behind the counter so be sure to ask. Just because you don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s out of stock.
Our haul

Things to buy when shopping at Citypharma in Paris


This is a vitamin A cream that has retinol and works great on fine lines and wrinkles. This is one of the most popular items at Citypharma and you can find it behind the register when you check out.

Ialuset Hyaluronic Acid Cream

Ialuset Hyaluronic Acid Cream is a French pharmacy product that contains hyaluronic acid to reduce skin wrinkles and lines. You can find these for a fraction of the price that US stores sell them for here so be sure to stock up if it’s a product you use!

Nuxe Dry Body Oil

One of the best things to buy at Citypharma is this very popular body oil. This is a best seller in France and retails for close to $50 in the US (less than $20 here). Use it anywhere you need moisture or add a few drops to your daily lotion. This was one of our best purchases at Citypharma!


You can find this stuff upstairs (behind the counter). This multipurpose ointment is a staple in many French households for its soothing and healing properties. It’s commonly used for dry lips, minor burns, and irritation. This is amazing for lips and our purpose for buying it. If you have chapped lips, get a few tubes of this! It’s the best stuff ever.

Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray

This mist will soften your skin and is one of the most popular items at Citypharma. If you’re looking for a product to hydrate your skin, grab a few of these!

La Roche Posay sunscreen

You’ve probably heard of La Roche Posay. It’s one of the most popular sunscreen brands in France. This lightweight formula offers great coverage without leaving your face white. These are much cheaper here than in the US so stock up!

Mag 2 Sticks

Loaded with magnesium and all the B vitamins, these are great to boost your energy. The price here is really great, the cheapest we have ever seen so we always stock up.

Caudalie Scented Water

We love this stuff! It’s lightly scented water, basically very subtle perfume. There are many scents to choose from. They are paraben free, color free and all natural, perfect for those who want just a little bit of scent. If you want to smell these before buying, look to your left. They are on the little table for you to try.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

This multi use spray is very popular in France. Use it to refresh your skin after a long flight, or to add some moisture to your skin when needed. Some even use it as a makeup setting spray. Grab the travel size for your travel bag too!

Bioderma Micellar Water

This is one of the best makeup removers on the market! This tends to sell out quickly so be sure to grab it as soon as you see it.

Bioderma Atoderm Lip Balm

This is our favorite lip balm on the market. It will soothe and moisturize even the driest of lips. We always stock up on these!

Embryolisse lait-crème concentré

This is one of my favorite moisturizers! It works really well, even under makeup. Many people call this a miracle creme, it will leave your skin feeling moisturized without a heavy creme.

Biocyte Eye Patch

These eye patches are some of the best on the market. If you have puffy under eyes or dark circles, grab some of these and they will be gone in no time.

Have you ever been to Citypharma? It’s one of our favorite cosmetic stores in Paris and we always stock up on favorite items at discounted prices.

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