Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Biologique Recherche

Those two words fill my heart with joy.  Not only did I do some of my advanced facial training here (brilliant memories of hazy Paris days and nights!) but this renowned Parisian establishment is also home to my favourite beauty product of all time. P50.


Never before has a product been so unknown by so many and so beloved by those that have had the privilege/honour/joy of using it. I was introduced to P50 by Sylvie and Olivia Chantecaille - and when these two ladies recommend something - you pay attention.

Situated in a lovely courtyard off the Champs Elysee - no. 32 - Biologique Recherche is the home of the renowned Alloche family.



 Yvan and Josette Alloche founded BR 30 years ago when its main purpose was to devise formulations for companies tired of the same old products.  If you have ever had a Carita Lifting facial - the machine they use was originally developed by  the late Monsieur Alloche -a biologist passionate about providing skin care that gave immediate and lasting results.
His wife, Madame Alloche (recently deceased Jan 2014) - was a physiotherapist and professor of osteopathy obsessed with improving the skin through external manipulation (clearly a woman after my own heart - and a fearsome woman to train under!).  Their son, Philippe, runs the U.S. leg of the business and is a doctor providing the knowledge for a range of products that are truly medicinal.

P50 is the backbone of the BR range and comes in 3 strengths.  All BR skin care treatments start with P50 - although newbies should start with the P50V or P50W - the original may be too much to begin with.

P50 contains (amongst others) Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Usnic Acid, Witch Hazel extract, Myrrh extract, Myrtle extract , Onion extract, Sage extract, Ascorbic Acid,  Sulphur,  and Phenol. Personally, I think it's a mixture of the acids - not the usual mixture - and the phenol. 
It's really all about the Phenol for me. Slightly acidic, Phenol is a disinfectant, bacteria killer and get this - the best part - a slight anaestethic. It does temporarily, slightly numb after application and the smell is so distinctive that I switched the usual family Germolene for the one that contains Phenol just so I could smell it. 
 
Sad I know.

Applied morning and evening the P50 (not the Germolene!) gently exfoliates, regulates excessive sebum secretion, moisturises and helps maintain the epidermis' acid PH.
That all sounds lovely I know - but what it actually does is make your skin look BRAND NEW, feel like SILK and make everything you put on top of it work ten times better.
It was number 1 in Allure magazine's Top 50 Products of All Time a few years ago - and yet still is a bit of an industry secret.

For more info on P50 and distributors in your country look here: www.biologiquerecherche.com




38 comments:

  1. Oh dear. Major lemming here. Damn you!

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  2. Ooh and guess where Mr BBB is off to tomorrow? Paris!! He will be shopping.

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  3. And as an afterthought - use a serum on top of it for best results!

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    1. I have dry skin and I really want to try this what serum would u recommend thank

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  4. My sister has this. It smells like feet.

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  5. LOL. It does indeed have a 'distinctive' smell. :)

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  6. Oh a product I never heard of, I’d like to try P50 NOW! What a shame that it’s this is not readily available in the UK!

    Does it work in the same way as Formula 2006?

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  7. I tried ordering once from an online site but was warned about the customs fees here in the UK :( Recently I found out that I can get it from a spa in the states that is an authorized Biologique Recherche dealer that ships to the UK (no custom charges). I have to say that it's the best product I have ever used. My skin has changed so much, it's clear, never have any blackheads and just looks healthy. I am so grateful you told us about it!!!
    p.s
    I've been oredering through toska@toska-spa.com (great customer service)

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  8. Thanks to the above poster, i have just ordered me some of this through Toska-spa.com. What a great contact! I am wondering though...I am also a fan of Liquid Gold so would I use the BR 50 before applying the Liquid Gold or instead of?

    Yours confused...
    Kate

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  9. Use the Liquid Gold on its own in the evenings when you use it - 2/3 times a week.
    P50 use at the toner stage daily.

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  10. P50 is the best product I ever bought. Thank you beautymouth for telling us about it.

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  11. I thought I'd share this with the fellow p50 lovers out there. Toskaspa.com has a free shipping offer right now, however you have to email her (toska@toskaspa.com) your request otherwise you'll get charged the $19.99 shipping fee if you order online.
    My other BR find is Creme Dermopurifiante after reading this:
    http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=42539/creme-dermopurifiante/Biologique-Recherche/Moisturizers
    Does anyone have any suggestions as far as BR serums go? I'd like to slowly add one product at a time because since using the p50 my skin has changed so much for the better I belive BR products are worth it. Kate

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  12. I ordered my last p50v from medspa in London. It is not the same as my previous ones I used to get from Paris. I called them and they couldn't tell me why it was different. The familar tingle and smell are not there! It simply doesn't do anything for my skin. I called BR in Paris to ask and was told that due to a new EU regulation the P50 1970 Original will not be sold in Paris or anywhere in Europe anymore!!! The tiny amount of phenol in it is needed to activate the ingredients but the one I got here doesn't have that ingredient listed, that's why it's not as good. I'm very disappointed :( Ordered several bottles from Toska in the states, just in case. She has the 1970 orginal one available. Hope she doesn't stop shipping to the UK anytime soon.

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  13. Just to let you know its now available in Libertys London.

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  14. Is it the original formula ?containin the phenol that's available in libertys ?

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  15. Hi, would the original P50 be too harsh to use with differin?

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  16. Please help, have been looking everywhere for spas or online shops that ship the lotion p50 to Italy, with no success :(
    Can someone ship it to me or tell me how to get it?
    Help me please!

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  17. Please help, have been looking everywhere for spas or online shops that ship the lotion p50 to Italy, with no success :(
    Can someone ship it to me or tell me how to get it?
    Help me please!

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  18. Can't find any online shop or spa that will ship the Lotion p50 to Italy.
    Any clue how can I get one?
    Can someone ship to me?
    Please help me!
    Thank you very much

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  19. Elp : In Milan,you will find Biologique Recherche in the spas : Studio Estetico and My Spa. They also ship from Paris via there website.

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  20. they sell this product in the uk in liberty the outlet on regent street, london

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  21. Oh dear I just purchased the P50 and you said newbies should stick to the P50V/W... Will my skin suffer??

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  22. Oh no I just purchased the P50 and I'm a newbie! Will my skin suffer since I didn't purchase the P50V/W? I hope not :( xo

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  23. Hi Caroline! I would like to know if you know the Murad products, and how you feel about them? They're quite expensive. I'm from Chile, South America, and I get them for less in the U.S.
    They're my highest investment!
    Thanks!

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  24. Hi Caroline! I've been using the Murad products. Do you know them? How do you feel about them? They're quite expensive, similar in price to the ones you suggest. Maybe I should be changing?
    Thanks!

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  25. We are a UK Clinic offering Biologique Recherche treatments and products. Biologique Recherche

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  26. I owned a spa in Seattle for about 15 year and carried Biologique Recherche for 12 of those years (one of the first to bring it to the United States). All I can say is it is the most amazing product line in the world. Not only the P-50 but Vivant mask, MC 110, and most of the serums. I could never bring in enough of the P-50. No matter how much I had it was gone in a week. The most
    efffective product I have ever come across. I was in the skin care field for over 28 years and trained in the UK and Paris but now live in The Netherlands and thinking about opening a business here just to get the line here. It is that good.

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  27. I don't see the point in recommending something no-one is going to be able to obtain. A Biologique Recherché spa opened near me in Australia recently and I went along with high hopes to start this amazing journey, only to find that the P50 available was the non phenol formula and always would be as the only place that remains is in the U.S. and Russia, and I don't believe that will last. I was bitterly disappointed as I can see that it will soon disappear so what is the point of starting. The spa assured me their (French) version was just as effective but I only see references to the opposite online. So Caroline, I ask you, why recommend something that basically doesn't exist.

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    1. With the greatest respect, I use the non-phenol formula - it's great - and as an aside, I would hardly call being only available in Russia and the USA 'hardly existing'. They're rather large countries (understatement) - and a lot of readers of this site live in them.
      Buy the one available to you. It will be better than any others.

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    2. Sorry, im a bit confused... Didnt you say in the review 'It's really all about the Phenol for me'?

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    3. Exactly. FOR ME. P50 is an amazing product. If I had access to the original 1970 formula I would buy it. I still use the other formulas in its absence.

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  28. I really wanted to thank you for introducing me to this line of skin care. I agree with the spa person in Holland. What an amazingly effective product line.
    I couldn't believe my good fortune that I live a 2 minute walk from only 1 of 2 salons in Dublin stocking it! I am wondering how much money I've spent in the last 26 years buying skin care products that have been essentially hardly effective at all. uurgh!

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  29. To the last poster where in dublin did you get this??

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  30. Sorry I only just saw this: Vedas Salon in Dun Laoghaire!!! They are an authorized salon and I benefited a lot from the consultation- they do a mini facial to try the products on your skin for you. Then I also got given a pile of samples which lasted a month so you really can road test before buying.

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  31. I am a bit confused-I've used Glow Tonic by Pixi...so I am not a total newbie. Still, since I've never tried P 50, is it still advisable for me to start with P50 V or P 50 W? Thanks!

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  32. It depends of your skin,normally p50w is specific for sensitive skin and first using,and p50v for mature skin but not sensitive

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  33. Hello,

    After reading your post and some other reviews of the P50, I'd like to give it a try. I don't understand though where I could buy it from - I live in Europe (Brussels). You mention that Biologique Recherche's policy is not to sell their products online. Does one have to contact them via their website for an order? There is a spa in Brussels where you could get a facial with Biologique Recherche products, but the prices are prohibitive (ranging from $160 to $300). So how could I, as an individual, order a product without having to also get the facial? Many thanks in advance!

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