Reviewed: The French Pharmacy Body Wash I’m Obsessed With

Lisa Patulny

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a tonne of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a supermarket lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favourites in this column. Enjoy!

Like most Francophiles, I hold a special place in my heart for French pharmacy beauty buys. There’s just something about cracking open a fresh bottle of Bioderma’s cult Sensibio H20 Solution Micellaire Solution ($30) or misting on Avene’s Thermal Spring Water ($10) that makes me feel closer to capturing that Parisian je ne sais quoi than even a sharply cut Saint Laurent blazer could.

Whether I’m in need of sunscreen or a spot treatment, I find myself looking to these budget-friendly ranges time and again for options that are both efficacious and chic. And I’m rarely disappointed. Which is why, when a sugary honey-scented body cleanser first came across my desk, I momentarily second-guessed my love for all things French.

The issue? I generally shy away from beauty products meant to smell like food. True-to-reality scents that capture the complexity of say, a freshly baked lemon meringue pie, can be hard to find. So often, what should be a delicious fragrance can end up tooth-achingly sweet and distractingly intense, and can ruin my enjoyment of an otherwise-amazing product. Plus, I prefer my sweets served on a plate.

That’s not to say a product doesn’t come along, every now and then, that blows my prejudice out of the water… enter my long-time amour, Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Rich Cleansing Gel ($30). A honey-scented body wash that has changed my skin so much for the better, I can’t stop buying it. And as a beauty editor who is lucky enough to receive new products for trial on the regular, that’s saying something.

First off, it smells incredible. Somewhere between a honey drizzle cake and posy of spring blooms, the scent is sweet and subtly floral, but not overwhelmingly sugary. Even better, the aroma lingers on skin for hours after you’ve towelled off. Fun fact: I can tell if my fiancé has “borrowed” a pump of my beloved (and very carefully dispensed) body wash from our morning goodbye peck.

Next, it leaves limbs soft. My skin can go through painful dry spells, so I generally pass on super-sudsy washes in favour of utilitarian products that hydrate and soothe (but don’t look particularly good doing it). In short, for a body cleanser to really impress me, it’s got to be hydrating enough to do away with the need for post-shower body lotion. It’s for this reason I normally skip gel formulas since they tend to be too light to feel nourishing. Happily, this beauty is soap-free, and made with humectants honey and glycerin (which draw moisture into your skin), so it does just that.

It also comes packaged in a jumbo bottle that lasts for months (that is, unless you also have a partner who likes to trial your beauty products), and the packaging is simple in a pleasing kind of way. In fact, the only negative feedback I can offer is that since this delicious French body wash is now readily available in Australia, there’s sadly no need for me to hop a jet to Paris to buy some.

Want more French beauty? Click here for more stellar French pharmacy buys. Do you have a favourite body wash, or would you give this one a try? Tell us below!

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