The best beauty spots in Paris – Spas, perfumeries and more
Paris is for lovers… lovers of beauty, of course. The city is full of world-class spas, unique perfume boutiques and stellar facial specialists, not to mention those famous pharmacies. Start with a must stop at the metropolis’ mecca for discount beauty, City Pharma in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, to stock up on low-cost essentials in Biafine and Bioderma, then keep going, because there are lots to explore. Whether you’re looking for a memorable massage or a must-have perfume, no visit to the City of Light is complete without a little indulgence. Let yourself be guided to the places where life is particularly beautiful.
Henry Jacques flagship store
From the perfumer’s garden outside to the Haute Parfumerie VIP room downstairs, the majestic new HQ of family-run French perfume house Henry Jacques elevates signature fragrance shopping to an art. Modern high-tech frills (scan a scent and get an instant note chart on your phone) meet old-world elegance and understatedness in this jewel-like space, where you can easily devote an enjoyable afternoon to smell the exquisite fragrances, many of which—like our pick, Rose Snow—contain untold amounts of pure, precious natural essences.
2 Avenue Montaigne, 75008; perfumeshenryjacques.com
She’s the talk of the town (in fact, every town) for a reason: Sophie Carbonari’s facials are simply transcendent. Its dexterity, its softness and its way of draining the lymph will leave you sculpted, radiant and totally serene. Book it in Paris or London via its website. sophiecarbonari.com
Dior Spa Cheval Blanc
Slip on a fluffy white robe and succumb to sybaritic pleasures in Dior’s supremely elegant Cheval Blanc Spa, which features six unique private suites designed by Peter Marino (even the treatment names – Sensory Choreography, Singular Interlude, Sublime Revelation) – will have you dreaming . Then grab an exclusive Private Collection candle to relive the magic at home, then zip around the corner to the incomparable Samaritaine department store, home to Europe’s largest beauty shopping space.
8 Quai du Louvre, 75001; whitehorse.com
Universal Pharmacy Buly
It’s easy to be mesmerized by the vintage apothecary-inspired treasures in any Buly boutique. With the arrival of the Rive Droite Spa & Treatment Room, you now have an excuse to stay for hours. Book the energy massage enigmatically named Mr. Ao for a full body makeover designed by Buly’s master masseur, or a facial massage involving choreographed skin brushing, vitalizing gemstones and nourishing plant oils.
45 Rue de Saintonge, 75003; buly1803.com
Christophe Robin Lounge
Ever since acclaimed colorist Christophe Robin left his former digs at Le Meurice to set up his own eponymous salon a few years ago, it’s become a must-visit on the beauty circuit. The phenomenal and lustrous hair color one can acquire at the hands of its skilled artists is definitely a draw (and worth walking around Paris with dark roots until an appointment can be fixed), but so is the showcase boutique, which hosts pop-ups in the charming space around Robin’s eminently Instagrammable oversized flip-top sink.
16 Rue Bachaumont, 75002; christophe-robin.salon
Le Bristol Spa
Everything about Le Bristol is first class, from the sumptuous rooms to the iconic garden restaurant, and the spa is no exception. Treat yourself to a Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie facial, submit to a detox session in the Russian Baniya or embark on a beautification journey of the 5 senses with one of Tata Harper’s signature sensory resets, designed to deeply cleanse and condition. skin using Harper’s first-ever exclusive skin care machine, the Dermal Reset equipped with LEDs and radio frequencies. Then, fix up in the Bristol’s famous boat-shaped rooftop pool, designed by yacht architect Aristotle Onassis, and enjoy glimpses of the Eiffel Tower as you swim.
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 1st floor, 75008; oetkercollection.com
A version of this story appears in the September 2022 issue of City & Country. SUBSCRIBE NOW
April Long writes about beauty, wellness, and luxury skincare for City & Country.