|Dear City Pharma: Please open in New York|
When I went to Paris in 2004, I emailed Ladurée asking if they could open a store in New York. They responded, saying they had no plans to open here. Well, guess what. It's 2013 and there's a Ladurée in New York now. I'm not saying it's because of me, but I did make a request. After having gone to Paris's CityPharma
for the first time last month, I think I should email them, too!
I discovered CityPharma, the discounted pharmacy, online before my recent trip to Paris. I knew of some things I wanted to buy from French pharmacies, which are famous for having amazing skincare and haircare products and remedies, but I wanted to see what other people had on their must-buy lists. During my search, I learned that CityPharma had all the goodies as most other pharmacies, but at a 20%+ discount compared to other pharmacies in Paris, which meant 50%+ discount off American prices for the same products.
|I pay USD $14.50 for a 10 oz. bottle of this stuff in New York. At CityPharma, you get almost 34 ounces for USD $11.26|
I collected a list of French pharmacy products that included Gwyneth Paltrow's list of French pharmacy finds
, makeup artist Lisa Eldridge's list
, and many others. I had used and loved many of the items they mentioned before (such as Anthelios sunscreen, Bioderma's Crealine makeup remover and Embryolisse cream), but there were other items I wouldn't have been tempted to try at American prices, but very willing to try at CityPharma prices. For instance, I love a great lip balm, but I don't want to pay $20 for it. That's about what Nuxe's Rêve de Miel costs in the U.S.
Meanwhile, it costs 6.90 euros ($9.10 USD) at City Pharma. During my trip, I noticed that the same lip balm costed around 11 euros at other pharmacies in Paris.
The deals at CityPharma were great. And I feel like there are so many other blog posts about the best things to buy at French pharmacies, that I don't need to add my list (although some of my loot is pictured). But, here's my big tip, which I didn't see online anywhere!