I first became acquainted with this French cult classic when I still lived in Russia. NUXE products are generally sold there at pharmacies, where brand displays are carefully arranged on the shelves behind the sliding glass screens, and that was pretty much the only place you could get them at. If a product was out of stock, the store usually didn’t know when it will be restocked, and I ended up buying something else instead, because I’m super impatient and hate to wait. Now, that was ages ago before the era of beauty malls and online shopping, so I’m sure refilling your stash of French pharmacy goodies is a lot easier now no matter where you are these days. But I digress…
The first and only NUXE product I used religiously since high school was their iconic dry oil Huile Prodigieuse [$45, available here]. I loved the way it made my skin look and feel, and that it didn’t leave greasy residue like its budget alternative – Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil. I left a fresh bottle of it at home when I left to live in the US, and never thought about repurchasing because I was so excited to try products from brands that were not available to me in Russia. Now, several years later, I revisited the brand and not only finally bought a bottle of Huile Prodigieuse [loving that festive LE packaging!], but also found two other favorites to add to my NUXE collection.
I’ve seen NUXE Rêve de Miel [$19, available here] lip balm around, but never felt like the $19 price tag was justified until I actually tried it. Back in high school I was loyal to inexpensive Nivea lip balms, and after moving to the US I got hooked on Burt’s Bees balms which are a tad more, but still affordable. It wasn’t until very recently that I started to invest in splurge-worthy skincare, but now I fully appreciate the extra love that goes into premium products. From lovely packaging, to delightful citrus scent, everything about Rêve de Miel is the epitome of effortless French chic! This lip balm is definitely one of the best I’ve tried so far, and it doesn’t disappear from the lips after an hour. As long as you don’t lick or rub them together too much, it should last a good 6 hours or more.
And another product I’ve been enjoying lately is this travel-sized tube of NUXE Gelée Exfoliante Douce [$26, available here]. You guys know I love rose scented products and fragrances, and this scrub smells like a freshly cut bouquet of white roses to me. Bittersweet with subtle berry notes, this heavenly gel gently and delicately removes impurities, making my face feel fresh but not overcleansed. The exfoliating particles are made with lychee seeds and nutshell powder, while rosemary water works as an anti-microbial astringent to purify the skin and normalize oil production.
Have you tried NUXE or any other French pharmacy brands? Do you splurge on skincare, and if you do, when did you start? Let me know in the comments below!
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