Darphin is one of those legendary French beauty brands that is coveted by visitors to Paris, who stock up on cult products like the Intral line and Stimulskin Plus. The brand got its start back in 1958, when Parisian kinesiotherapist Pierre Darphin founded his beauty institute believing that specific skin-sculpting massage techniques are the secret to flawless skin. The high-performance products that he developed incorporate botanicals and potent, natural ingredients like the “Sea Emerald.” At the Institute on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, beauty specialists provide an in-depth diagnosis of your skin, and you leave your facial with a “prescription” of the best products for your skin type.
Now for a limited time, you can discover the secrets of Darphin at an exclusive pop-up shop at Parapharmacie Monge, located at 78 rue Monge in the 5th arrondissement. (This is just steps from the popular market street, rue Mouffetard.) It will be running for three weeks, until October 16th. Get a 30-minute treatment for free (on October 7, 9, or 16th) by sending a message to Parapharmacie Monge on Facebook or Instagram. Hurry– this will fill up fast! For the three-week period, the pop-up offers the chance to get a personalized skin diagnostic with an aesthetician, hand massage, and a special gift (one Stimulskin Plus splash lotion, valued at 80 euros, for every 175 euro purchase).
Pssst. Parapharmacie Monge is a great place to stock up on all your favorite products, because of the low prices, helpful, multilingual staff, and exclusive 15 percent detax, whereas most of stores in Paris only offer 12 percent VAT back to international customers.
Lead photo credit : Darphin pop-up shop at Parapharmacie Monge