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Bio Chic: Our Favorite Organic Beauty Boutiques in Paris

by Paige Bradley Frost

Our Favorite Organic Bio Boutiques in Paris, like Senteurs de Fée in the Marais, with its purple shop front.

Senteurs de Fée

It’s no secret that French girls love their products. Here in Paris, you can find a cream, serum or supplement for just about anything that ails – from cellulite to les cernes to an old fashioned case of the blues.

Our Favorite Organic Bio Boutiques in Paris, like Mademoiselle Bio, a chain of organic beauty product shops in Paris.

Mademoiselle Bio

Traditionally, most of these (often fabulous) remedies have been found at the parfumerie or pharmacie. (Remember Tory’s post on French pharmacy favorites?) But a fresh breed of organic, natural and holistic goodies is making its mark on the Parisian beauty scene and finding a niche at the intersection of bio and la beauté.

Our Favorite Organic Bio Boutiques in Paris like Senteurs de Fée does rose-scented bath salts (left) and moisturizing organic hair oil (right).

Senteurs de Fée

As for me, I’ve long been a skeptic when it comes to natural beauty goods, wary of pasty products and cardboard packaging filled with good intentions but questionable effectiveness. But the more I read about carcinogenic cosmetics bearing unpronounceable ingredients, I’ve started to wonder: Could these Parisian bio boutiques change the mind (and even the skin) of a conventional beauty brand devotee? I decided to investigate.

Our Favorite Organic Bio Boutiques in Paris like Florame for its organic beauty products like toner (left) and its rustic decor like the wooden shop front (right).

Florame

Here’s a roundup of favorites that sell gorgeous, natural remedies, scents and treatments perfect for any aspiring Parisian bobo beauty.

One of the best boutiques for French organic beauty products in Paris is Florame with its wooden interiors.

Florame
The best place to buy organic beauty products in Paris is Mademoiselle Bio.

Didier Gauducheau

Mademoiselle Bio

Mademoiselle Bio
The largest retailer I visited, Mademoiselle Bio is a small French chain – the organic answer to beauty emporiums like Sephora and Marionnaud (minus the olfactory assault.) In a clean, crisp setting that feels more pharmacy than perfumerie, the shop carries beloved, mostly European brands like Melita, Weleda, Phyt’s and of course, Dr. Hausckhka. There are also a number of niche lines as well as cult organic perfumers Les Fleurs de Bach and Honoré des Pres.

To buy French organic beauty products in Paris, we recommend going to Mademoiselle Bio for the Melvita range (left) but they also stock lots of different brands (right).

Didier Gauducheau

Mademoiselle Bio

Unable to resist the promise of a sparkling complexion (hope springs eternal!), the knowledgeable saleswoman convinced me to try an apple-based cleanser à l’huile. Oil cleanser for my skin? Surely she was joking. But after a few days of use, my interest is piqued. I wouldn’t say radiant but perhaps I’m showing a bit of improved clarity and evened tone? There might be something to this bio-beauty thing after all…

The different French organic beauty products on the shelves at Mademoiselle Bio in Paris.

Mademoiselle Bio

(8 boutiques in Paris)
28 Rue des Archives, Paris 75003
Tel: 01 42 78 30 86
Metro: Hotel de Ville

A shop assistant at organic beauty product Mademoiselle Bio (left). The gray exterior of Mademoiselle Bio organic beauty store in Paris (right).

Mademoiselle Bio

Florame
I visited the Florame boutique on the rue Dupuytren in the 6th determined not to buy but simply to savor the experience of the high-quality essential oils for which the brand is known.

The best place to buy organic beauty products in Paris is Florame, which also does organic perfumes like these bottles.

Florame

Deeply devoted to sustainability and fair trade, Florame prides itself on its dedication to the farmers (in France, Madagascar and beyond) who produce the plants from which they draw their oils and to the integrity of their brand that bears the Cosmebio, AB and Ecocert imprimaturs. Highlights include their 100% pure essential oil home scent diffusers, aromatherapy oils and organic skincare for men, including cedar and argan oils. A Christmas gift for the eco-conscious hubby? I’ll be back…

The place to go to buy organic beauty products in Paris, including organic makeup (left) and essential oils (right) is Florame.

Florame

8 Rue Dupuytren, Paris 75006
Tel: 01 44 07 34 53
Metro: Odeon

Buy your organic beauty products in Paris at Florame, which does gorgeous-smelling body moisturizers too (right).

Florame

Senteurs de Fée
This gem of a boutique on the rue Sevigne in the Marais bears witness to the passion and knowledge of its Parisian owner, Katia Bielli, a self-proclaimed artist and florist. Visiting her gorgeous boutique is to enter her world devoted to natural, organic goodness as embodied in beautiful massage oils, skin and hair care products and a seductive world of scent.

Inside our favorite organic beauty store in Paris with displays of baskets and shelves full of oils and creams.

Senteurs de Fée

It was impossible to resist the lovely packaging and pure promise of her l’Huile Vraie body oil (light, non-greasy, gorgeous) combining rose, neroli, jasmine, ylang ylang…you get the idea. Softer skin that leaves a trace of delicate scent, this one had me convinced. I was also tempted by her “regenerating” cleanser, Nectar de Rose. (I made a mental note to return when I exhaust my tube of apple/oil cleanser).

A shop assistant at Senteurs de Fée, one of our favorite organic beauty stores in Paris (left). Bottles of organic bath salts on a shelf (center). Organic perfume (right).

Senteurs de Fée

For those seeking a complete bio experience, Mademoiselle Bio also offers a range of on-site treatments like massages, facials (you choose from their product line), manicures and organic waxing. In the end, when it comes to natural skin and body care, my investigation has made me a convert. After all, shouldn’t we care as much about what we put on our bodies as what we put in them?

Rampal Latour do great artisanal soaps that smell gorgeous, like this square bar of soap.

Mademoiselle Bio

10 Rue de Sévigné, 75004 Paris
Tel: 01 44 54 97 27
Metro: St Paul

Florame is a great place to buy French organic beauty products in Paris.

Florame

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Written by Paige Bradley Frost for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Didier Gauducheau. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Paige Bradley Frost

Paige Bradley Frost, a Los Angeles native, moved back to Paris with her young family in 2011 after first living and getting married there in 2000. A lover of French style and cuisine, she spends her days scouting and writing about the city's gems when not chasing after her two young children. Her articles about parenting, culture and lifestyle have appeared on NYTimes.com, the Huffington Post and various other publications. She blogs about her Paris experiences at http://parisdejavu.blogspot.com. View Paige Bradley Frost's Website

8 comments on “Bio Chic: Our Favorite Organic Beauty Boutiques in Paris

Thanks for sharing

I love this article on natural/bio skincare shops! Thanks for sharing. While visiting Paris in the Fall of 2013, I ran out of some supplies so I was delighted to find Bio Generation while walking along Rue du Cherche Midi! They didn’t carry the line I am using so I tried Marilou Bio. It’s a good line I thought. Tata Harper(Vermont) is my absolute favorite and use it along with other local California-based products like Andalou Narurals.

is senteurs de fee still in business?
i love her shop.
i bought parfum from katia in may 2013.
i have been emailing the shop and have had no response. my sister went last week to her shop and said it was shuttered.
do you have any info?
i would love to purchase her musc blanc parfum.
thank you for any information you can give me.

I’d love to take in the skin care shops during my May, 2014 visit but do have some contact skin allergies. How are these issues addressed by the various shops.

I’m so glad to have found your lovely blog! Such lovely pics 🙂 Pure high quality organic beauty is like gold for the skin (and the environment) and I feel blessed to have it as my passion in life. Hoping to work in Paris soon with organic treatments, maybe here: http://www.lamaisondrhauschka.fr/.

Merry Christmas and many greetings from Sweden!

This is just amazing . When i go to Paris one day , I will definitely visit these places . Thanks to you ! 🙂

This looks so amazing! Heaven for natural beauty lover like me!

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