While you may not have heard of Collosol, the multipurpose beauty product is a staple in French households. And now, it’s finally hitting UK shelves…
French pharmacies are somewhat of a mecca for beauty buffs. The shelves are stacked with an array of skincare products you’ve likely never heard of, and a quick visit during weekend getaways have often left it slightly harder to haul our luggage into Eurostar’s overhead storage.
Thankfully, some French favourites, such as La Roche Posay, Vichy and Bioderma, have trickled their way into British beauty stores over the years. And excitedly, cult brand Collosol is the latest to make its way across the Channel – and right into our bathroom cabinets.
Used by French women for over 60 years, Collosol Eau De Lait, £9.50 for 100ml, is a milk/water hybrid. But don’t let its watery formula fool you; it’s a skincare triple threat. It acts as a face and body cleanser to shift dirt and grime, a make-up remover and a bath soak that leaves skin feeling soft.
Collosol was originally created in Paris in the 1950s by a pharmacist. He noticed that well-known actresses often visited his pharmacy located near the Champs-Elysees Theater in search of a product that would gently cleanse their skin after performances.
Over 60 years later, the no-rinse product is a beauty essential in numerous French households and has even remained popular with some of today’s celebrities, including Clémence Poésy, Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood.
Even fashion icon and creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfield, revealed that he bathes in a full bottle of Collosol every day. Sounds extra, but milk has been used in skincare for thousands of years, dating right back to Cleopatra, so he may be on to something.
If you want to try bathing like a Queen (or Karl), Collosol launches on thefrenchpharmacy.co and in John Bell & Croyden stores on 6 February.
Main image: Collosol