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A Letter to the Editor of GOOP

Many of the absolute best beauty products I’ve found come from regular French pharmacies. I always stock up on these items when I’m in France or ask friends to bring some back when they’re passing through. Below is a list of all of my favorites.



Dear Gwyneth Paltrow,

I’m always excited to see a new issue of GOOP in my in-box, and this week’s missive was exactly what I have grown to expect from you. Because you have given me so many awesome tips, I wanted to tell you about something you might now know about.

We have this thing now called “The Internet”(I’m kind of surprised that you don’t know about it, since you have a website and an e-mail newsletter and such, but maybe your assistants haven’t explained how all that stuff works?) One of the reasons why The Internet is great is because you can use it to buy things, such as 6 of the 9 items that you seem to think are only available in France. Instead of asking your friends to find room in their luggage for things like Avène Eau Thermale Water Spray and Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, you could just order them from Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, SkinStore.com… Well, a lot of places, actually.


Jessica Jernigan

P.S.  It’s true that Avibon is not distributed outside of France, but we have something here in the United States that seems to be virtually identical. It’s Retin-A. Maybe Dr. Fredric Brandt, or Dr. Jessica Wu, or some other celebrity dermatologist could write you a prescription.

January 27, 2011 | Permalink