love my organic skin products

For years I’ve been buying organic cosmetics. I prefer them to the chemical-laden big name products. To be defined organic, a cosmetic must contain a minimum of 95% organic ingredients and there must be no compounds of petroleum origin, paraffin, formaldehyde and dyes of synthetic origin.

Centifolia® is a French brand of certified organic cosmetics created in 1983. That moisturizing cream on the far left? Terrific. Since Covid, most of us wash our hands more frequently than we used to. I use this cream afterwards on my hands. The anti-age firming serum on the far right is lovely with an almost-not-there scent.

Toothpaste. Swiss-German Weleda is the world’s leading manufacturer of holistic, natural, organic cosmetics. The French brand in the middle, Coslys, is made from vegetal coal originating from pine trees and enriched with lemon and peppermint essential oils. It’s black. During a sleepover last year, my then 9 year old godson used it before going to bed. He came running out of the bathroom, alarmed, his mouth black with toothpaste lather.

Here’s a discounted item I received in a nice cosmetic bag at the large discount drugstore at La Défense (near the RER and metro stations in the shopping concourse.) The brand name, Apivita, is Greek. I liked the bag so much, I bought a second one as a gift.


Institut Esthederm is not organic, but it’s the best. French founder, Jean-Noël Thorel, has patented skin-friendly formulas that “respect the skin’s integrity and provide it with constant protection against ageing while improving resistance to environmental stressors.” Looking for an exemplary sunscreen? Buy these products.

Reasonably-priced, thermal springs organic product, Jonzac, is named after a town in the Charente-Maritime department of southwestern France.

And last but not least, made from 100 percent argan oil in a women’s cooperative in Morocco, this was a gift from my (Moroccan) concièrge. Naturally rich in vitamin E and fatty acids (omega 6 and 9), argan oil is used on the hair and skin for its nourishing and antioxidant properties.

two French skincare products

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Sometimes I like a product so much that I want to tell people about it.  No, I don’t do PR for anyone, my blog is 100% independent.  Both Melvita and Esthederm are French products, so it seems appropriate here.  Last year I posted a report on another remarkable beauty product: Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat which I’ve reposted below.

Melvita was founded in 1983 by beekeeper-biologist Bernard Chevilliat on a farm in the Ardèche region of France.  Today the company is France’s largest certified organic beauty brand and has a range of over 400 products.  In 2008 the company was bought by French cosmetics brand, L’Occitane.

I love their cleansing milk for its creamy light texture and gentle fragrance. There’s a Melvita spa-boutique located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris (96 rue de Rennes) which offers facials and massages using, naturally, only Melvita products.

I’m always looking for a soothing hydrating mask because in the winter, when my skin feels parched, I’m too lazy to buy a humidifier. Last week I bought this Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic mask which, when applied, has the most beautiful fresh fragrance and texture. You’re instructed to leave it on for only 15 to 20 minutes but, rule-breaker that I am, I leave it on all day at the weekend.  It can also be used as a night cream.

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As for the Nutri System moisturizing cream, it is nutrient-rich but unfortunately doesn’t have the same fragrance as the mask.  In fact it has no fragrance.  It’s described as a High Definition Nutritional Cocktail: 8 vitamins, 5 minerals and trace elements, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

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I’ve been using the Esthederm line for years; they’ve recently changed their packaging and introduced a whole bunch of new products.  Note: their suncare products are exceptional.  Someone (a top model) refers to them as the Rolls Royce of suncare – advanced, hi-tech formulas that minimise the harmful effects of UV radiation whilst grabbing hold of the positive effects.  And it’s true.  They’re expensive but worth it.  In June I’m going to a sun-soaked destination and will be stocking up. (the sun-soaked destination is Puglia, Italy.  Return to Home page, click on Destinations up top and see my blog posts on this lovely destination located in the heel of Italy.)

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photos taken by Juliet of her own products on her kitchen table

Here’s the link to the post on Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat foundation (there’s a video at the end of a make-up artist showing us how to apply it) –