Introducing French Farmacie
The Gallic-Inspired, Minimalist Skincare Brand That Delivers Maximum Results
The secret to the French je ne sais quoi? Pared-down minimalism and classic simplicity.
In a world of exhaustive ten-step skincare routines, it can be refreshing to come across a minimalist brand with just two products in its lineup. Meet French Farmacie, the super pared-down, conscious, clean skincare line on a mission to prove that less can be more.
Founded in 2020 by Tricia Marlowe, the brand pays homage to the French and their effortless beauty routines. “It's the secret to the French je ne sais quoi–a philosophy that favors pared-down minimalism and classic simplicity,” she says.
It was Marlowe's experience with infertility and her complex relationship with her skin that first sparked her passion for natural and effective skincare. “Years of struggling with infertility and an up-and-down relationship with my skin had me questioning everything I was putting in and on my body, which led to researching ingredients and eliminating things that didn't serve me–including a complicated skincare routine," she explains. Seeking to cut down on multiple steps and unnecessary ingredients, she reached out to Harvard chemist Gabrielle Nekrasas, and set about co-creating a line of consciously crafted skincare products that combined results-driven ingredients with a genuine dedication to having a softer impact on the environment.
"Our name is a nod to France’s highly curated pharmacies, their commitment to high-quality products."
Inspired by the iconic Parisian pharmacies and a commitment to eco-conscious practices, French Farmacie offers sensible, uncomplicated skincare in the form of just two hero products: a serum and an exfoliant. “Our name is a nod to France’s highly curated pharmacies, their commitment to high-quality products, and a personal, community-driven approach, while our two products serve two very different functions yet are still effective and versatile for people with varying skincare needs.”
First up is the Élixir Exfoliant, a gentle yet effective exfoliating treatment that removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and brightens the complexion. A blend of Papaya, an effective, non-abrasive exfoliating ingredient to remove impurities and slough away dead skin cells; Caviar Lime, a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy Acid; and Rice Bran, an upcycled ingredient derived from the outer layer of rice with over 100 antioxidant compounds, high levels of omega fatty acids, and vitamins B and E, this product is designed to be used several times a week as a treatment and leaves the skin smoother, brighter, and more refreshed. Marlowe also likes to use it as an exfoliating lip treatment for “très smooth lips."
The Sérum Radiant, a face oil meets serum, is formulated with ingredients including Rosehip, Seabuckthorn, and Baobab Oils to deliver a potent dose of antioxidants and vitamins to boost radiance and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all while delivering hydration and nourishment to the skin. The serum can be used daily as part of your morning and evening routine and Marlowe also recommends adding a few drops to your tinted moisturizer or foundation for a natural glow.
French Farmacie’s products make the challenges of sustainability feel as effortless as French beauty
All of French Farmacie’s primary packaging is made out of recycled glass, which aids in the reduction of CO2 emissions and reduces product waste, while their secondary packaging is made from 100% recycled FSC-certified material and is produced in a carbon-neutral facility. "We lean into conscious, thoughtful beauty and consider human and environmental health in everything we do,” says Marlowe. “We carefully consider our products' entire environmental life cycle, from sourcing ingredients and packaging to production techniques and distribution methods. We also partner with suppliers and farmers to ensure safe and fair working conditions along their supply chains." The brand is also a member of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of gross yearly sales to marginalized communities impacted by climate change.
The result? Products that make the challenges of sustainability feel as effortless as French beauty.