When this product was recommended to by a skin care expert and blogger (www.beautymouth.blogspot.com) I was determined to get my hands on some. It is currently not available in the UK, so I sent Mr BBB (who works in Paris) on the case to track down the Biologique Recherche salon in a courtyard off the Champs Elysee. Apart from almost fainting when he discovered Lotion P50V costs EU64 for a bottle, it was a pretty seamless operation. Biologique Recherche is a family run operation with a traditionally thorough and serious attitude to skincare. I chose P50 as it is the hero product, but opted for the lighter version P50V. Even though my choice is P50-lite, it still feels what I can only describe as ‘hardcore’ skin care. It is a water consistency, containing lactic acid, sulfur, horseradish extract, malic acid, plankton extract, lemon, onion and yeast extracts and boric and salicylic acid. Whew. On the bottle it advises P50V for skin that is uneven or devitalized. When you apply the liquid – dabbing at the skin with a soaked cotton pad – it almost instantly starts to prickle. The prickling lasts for at least half an hour or so and I’m not at all sure I like it. It really isn’t comfortable. That said, it truly does exfoliate and soften up the skin incredibly well and I felt helped other products that went on afterwards to absorb better. With the feeling of prickling, I expected my skin to react badly – in fact, it has done anything but. My complexion loves it. I’d like to try more from the (very expensive) range.
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I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually bought a beauty product in the past 5 years (since I’m lucky enough to get sent so many) – but I did buy this. I expected it to be harsh and drying but it isn’t at all, and I think the acids are actually helping to even out my skin tone. Definitely the best toner I’ve ever used.
Have you tried Formula 2006 from Dr. Frances Prenna Jones? I have a bottle from a magazine story on cult products that I did a while ago. It seems to be a similar sort of product… haven’t gotten around to using it yet.
Do you know if the Biologique Recherche range is still not available in the UK?
This is quite expensive. I will have to do a little more research about the product before actually spending anything for it.
P50!My favourite product in the world! I’ve been using it for about a year now and I can honestly say that last time my skin looked this good was when I was a child! I order mine from email@example.com. It an authorized Biologique Recherche dealer from the US that delivers to the UK. I know the owner used to work in London some years ago before moving to the states.Tracey
Great news! EF MediSpa has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Biologique Recherche in UK. You can find them at Biologique Recherche
Ordered my beloved P50 from ef medispa. It is NOT anything like the previous ones I got elsewhere. Come to find out that there’s a new EU regulation that prohibits the sale of the P50 1970 Original anywhere in Europe because of the tiny amount of phenol in it which is needed to activate the ingredients. The one without the phenol doesn’t work like the original one. I’m disappointed 🙁