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Don't forget to buy Phytodefrisant Relaxing Balm in Italy

Don't forget to buy Phytodefrisant Relaxing Balm in Italy

Feb 24th, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Don't forget to buy Phytodefrisant Relaxing Balm in Italy

If you use a flat-iron you probably already know about/use this great straightening balm -- Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm (Allure & InStyle Best Product Winner).

It's routinely $26 and up at upscale department stores like Neiman Marcus so imagine my joy when I was in a Farmacia in Milan and found it for 9 Euro. The relaxing serum was 19 E which is similar to U.S. prices, 24 USD. I'd never used the balm before because it was prohibitively expensive so I only bought 1 tube to see if I liked it. It's a great product and I really regret that I forgot to return to a Farmacia to stock up.
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Feb 24th, 2006, 09:00 AM
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I use this product and will remember to look for it in Italy. I bet it may be similarly priced in Greece? That's my next destination, I'll look for it there.
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Feb 24th, 2006, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for the tip! I have bought several tubes of this stuff, at full price, so I'll have to stock up in Italy in about three weeks.

Mille grazie,
Tracy
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Feb 24th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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If any of you know of similar tips about styling/beauty products that are luxuries in the US but inexpensive abroad, please post.
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Feb 24th, 2006, 09:16 AM
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I started another thread on Greek products:

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...2&tid=34760032

People seem to also stock up on Santa Maria Novella products in Italy, and Clarins at European airports.
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Feb 24th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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I got several Santa Maria Novella products in Florence. They didn't appear to be much cheaper than here, but they definitely had a lot more products to offer than I've ever seen here in the US, in store or online. The products are great though, and worth the money if you have it.

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Feb 24th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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The tip about La Roche Anthelios 60 sunscreen is a very good one -- this is the one that blocks both types of damaging rays and is not accessible in the u.s. at all. I was going to order it on-line last year -- think it was around $30-40. I think it was half that in Italian farmacias.

Clarins is cheaper in airports but only by about 20%, is that right?
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Feb 24th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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I bought that same sunscreen myself in Rome when I forgot mine at home. Great Stuff!! Not greasy and you can wear foundation over it on your face without streaking. I seem to remember I paid the equivalent of about 12 bucks for it.

Body Shop stores in Europe have products that the US stores don't have too. Like my favorite Cucumber Facial Cleansing Milk (at least as of a couple of yrs ago).
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Feb 24th, 2006, 04:09 PM
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Kerastase hair products are very affordable in France. They sell them at every corner hair salon, where it is quite exlusive here in the US. I paid 12 euro for a bottle of something I paid $25 for in the US. Stock up! Its great stuff!
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