The French Beauty Solution

The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested…The French Beauty Solution by Mathilde Thomas
Source: Publisher via LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Publisher: Gotham Books
Publication Date: July 14th, 2015

Owner of Claudalie beauty products and spas, author Mathilde Thomas reveals the secret and not-so-secret beauty habits of French women. I found much of her information to be useful, although almost all of it has been revealed in not one, not two, but all three of the Mireille Guiliano French Women Don’t Get Fat/Facelifts books. What I like about the French Beauty Solution is that Thomas neatly and concisely sums everything up without being pretentious or acting like the methods practiced in the US are abhorrent. She really cares about her industry and the quality of the products that she produces. The tone is very friendly and encouraging. She goes out of her way to highlight the various aspects of American life that Frenchwomen are actually jealous of. I’m not quite sure how sincere these sentiments are, but after reading so many America-bashing books, it was a nice change to pace to read something complimentary about us. At some points, the book felt like a commercial for Thomas’ company Claudalie, but it didn’t take away from the message of the book. And really, how could she discuss beauty and beauty products without discussing her company?

The French beauty solution is broken down into 5 parts:

  • Part One: Beauty the French way (what to eat, French make-up traditions)
  • Parts 2 & 3 Skincare (sunblock and water)
  • Part 4: Hair & Makeup (conditioner over shampoo, don’t wash hair daily to keep the natural oils from drying out, use hardly any makeup)
  •  Grape Cleanse (cleanses aren’t my thing, so I skipped this chapter).

As an owner of the Claudalie beauty products and day spas, Thomas is well versed in the science behind beauty products and does a good job of listing the must-have and don’t-need beauty products. She also includes a LOT of DIY beauty creams, masks, etc that have very simple ingredients found in the pantry. I’m eager to try a few of those once I find the free time. I found this book to be a really great resource for someone who is as cosmetically-lazy as me. I guess I already practice the French way regarding make-up since I usually don’t wear anything other than sunblock and some blush. I also like red wine. Wine is another element that she absolutely insists must be in one’s daily routine. I can’t argue there. I just wish I had a better nose for distinguishing mediocre wines from stellar wines. She also highly encourages purchasing quality products, like organic food for the DIY skincare products. It may be more expensive, but she does bring up the good point of not putting something full of pesticides directly onto your skin. She actively encourages making your own products and buying what makes you happy. I read this book in one go, but I think its really meant to be a book to be referred back to for information as the need arises.

© 2015 by Nari of The Novel World. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @TheNovelWorld This was originally posted on The Novel World on 7/6/2015

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6 responses to “The French Beauty Solution

  1. Any beauty specialist who advises red wine is an excellent one in my book.
    🙂

    Here’s my Paris in July post.

  2. This sounds a fascinating read. I’m using a Caudalie lip balm bought on my last trip to Paris- it sits in my bag and waits for me, and reminds me of Paris every time I use it- actually I bought lots of different French lip balms they’re great souvenirs. I too like the suggestion of red wine, hey I improved my skin tonight. Actually I’m more on skin care than make up, I’ll have to find this book when it’s released.

    • What a neat souvenir idea! I’m obsessively holding only a mostly empty container of sunblock from my honeymoon in France 4 years ago. I like of idea of lip balms much better though.

  3. I just received this book and am so looking forward to reading it. One line that caught my eye as I was skimming through it upon its arrival yesterday was how American women so often admire French women’s beauty, and justly so, while the French women admire American hair and teeth. I guess we all have something that’s special, n’est ce pas? 🙂

    • C’est vrai! The grass is always greener somewhere. Although, I do remember my hair being horrible fuzzy and unkempt because of all the humidity in France. Plus, I don’t use hair products, so it was a bother to deal with overseas.

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