Canada Border Agency officers always seem surprised when I say I don’t have any alcohol to declare, and they hardly believe me when I claim my backpack isn’t full of French food—yet it’s true. I don’t drink and I really wouldn’t know how to pick a nice bottle of wine for my friends (sorry, friends!) plus carrying glass bottles through airport security is a pain. And I don’t like to bring food back—I enjoy it while in France but my routine and taste buds change once in Canada.
But I still bring back a few things every time I visit my home country, especially cosmetics.
This time, I splurge on Nuxe products. This is a brand I love and while I can find it in Canada, their line of products is more expensive on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. I bought the Crème fraîche de beauté (ahem, three tubes of it), a cleanser and eye cream. And I got a bunch of samples to go with it, merci beaucoup.
I also bought two basics for my pharmacy: Biafine (a “gentle” medication to treat burns, wounds and irritations—works great on a sunburn for instance) and Arnica cream gel made from Arnica montana whole plant and roots to treat bruises and little booboos.
Adding to the basket a dermatological face soap and a cream for diaper rash a friend of my mum swears by. I’ll try it!
I also bought soap bars, savon de Marseille—olive oil-based soap have been crafted since the Middle Ages in the South of France (seriously, I sound like I’m pitching the product for a US commercial!). They are cheap and smell great, plus they don’t leave my skin dry. I used to love liquid soap but I gave it up a few years ago because I found my skin didn’t like it so much.
What else? A few magnets I picked up at the “Deux euro” store—I have a lot of pictures on the fridge and I am always looking for fun magnets.
For our kitchen, I bought two tiny spice jars with their wooden spoon (I use herbes de provence and oregano a lot) and a nice little metal tray with vintage LU cookies and chocolate ads, if I ever feel nostalgic.
Do you know any of these products? Anything specific you like to bring back from “home” when you travel?