France Hauls Travel

My Summer Haul from Europe

July 16, 2015

As promised I have a post today on the items I bought while traveling in Europe. Out of the ten cities we visited across France, Italy, Greece and Turkey, I did most of my shopping in Paris. At the top of my list was the Diptyque store on 34 Boulevard St. Germain. The store is so beautiful inside – I wish I could transport the entire store to my home. At the store I picked up two items including the Feuille de Lavande Room Spray and the Mousses Candle. I’ve burned through one Moss candle before as it’s available at the boutiques in the US but it suffered really bad tunneling because I didn’t burn it properly the first time (my candle care tips here). For the room sprays there were a number of unique scents. Cypress was really interesting and Mimosa was so pretty. I wish I had bought a few more – we only have three in the US (Figuier, Baies and 34).

First up for splurges are two picks from Fauré Le Page. I’ve been researching this brand via the Fauré Le Page Purse Forum. There are a number of helpful pictures, descriptions and other bits of information on everything Fauré Le Page. The pretty patterns of their bags caught my eye. It has a similar vibe to Goyard which I adore. In Paris I visited two locations: there is a stand alone boutique on Rue Cambon and also a store at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. I went in for just the Pochette 20 (currently 190 euros). They were very limited on stock for most of the colors, I was hoping for the blue and grey, but were out. The green one is pretty though so I left with one. A shoulder tote called Daily Battle caught my eye (small size I bought was 650 euros). There were two grey versions, one with a light beige-grey trim and one with the navy. It’s very sturdy and made of a thick canvas. The material is slightly textured and looks like it will hold up really well.

Below I’ve posted a comparison of the Daily Battle to a Goyard St. Louis Tote. In Paris the Daily Battle for the small size was priced at 650 euros which converts to a little over $700 making it much more affordable than the Goyard St. Louis totes (last I checked they were priced at $1,200-$1,600ish depending on color). The style is similar – open inside without any pockets and lined with canvas. The finish and textures are different though. The Goyard is thinner in material but still very sturdy. It also comes with a detatchable pouch. Fauré Le Page is thicker with an adjustable strap. There is a ring inside to attach items to but it does not come with a separate pouch inside. Measurements of the ones I have to compare:

Fauré Le Page Daily Battle (small)
17.5 inches wide
11.25 inches tall
base is about 6.25 inches x 12.25 inches
Goyard St. Louis PM
18 inches wide
11 inches tall
base is about 5.25 inches x 13 inches

For the Pochettes the smallest Fauré le Page makes is the Pochette 20 which measures about 6 inches tall by 8 inches wide. Goyard makes a smaller size (shown in black below). The comparable one in Goyard is the same width at 8 inches wide but is slightly shorter at 5.5 inches tall. I don’t remember what the prices were for Goyard, I bought mine a long time ago – I want to say the small one was around $300ish and the medium was at least double. The Fauré Le Page Pouch comes with a detachable wristlet strap and was priced at 190 euros.

At Hermes I picked up two Micro Rivale leather bracelets with the rose gold hardware. I have small wrists and it’s hard to find the leather bracelets in the XS size. Rose Gold is relatively new so I splurged on the ivory and teal leather. A sneaky photo from inside the store.

In Rome, I bought some small L’Occitane Bonne Mere cubes. I thought they were mini soaps but they’re actually bath cubes (oops). I still really like them and wish they were available in the US but the shower gels are just as good and I’ve repurchased the Rosemary and Oilive Oil ones several times over. At the French Pharmacies I was like a deer in headlights. I didn’t pick up a lot because we were traveling with carry on only. I picked up a small Bioderma Cleansing Water, Avene Cleanance Micellar Water for oily skin and a small Nuxe Hand Cream + Lip Balm duo. In the US you can find the travel size Bioderma Sensibio (same as the French Crealine) from Beautylish. The Nuxe Hand Cream + Lip Balm Duo is available online at Nuxe. I haven’t been able to find the Avene Cleanance Micellar Water in the US.

In Athens we picked up a Korres Sunscreen set with SPF 50. The Body Spray is very gentle but lasts a long time on the skin. The Face Cream Sunscreen is amazing as well. I haven’t been able to find the SPF versions in the US.

From Printemps, I picked up their exclusive Primavera Diptyque Candle (launched to celebrate their 150th anniversary) which smells like really sweet roses. I haven’t burned it yet but I’m in love with the white and pink packaging. From Chanel I picked up a few things exclusive to Europe. The Vitalumiere Loose Powder comes with a brush. I picked up three shades, 20, 30 and 40 (right now I’m a match to 40). It’s quite messy but gives enough coverage that you can use it alone instead of foundation or powder foundation. Also new in Paris is the Sublimage SPF 50 which is wonderful. It’s thicker than the UV Essential and acts more like a cream. It has the Sublimage skincare ingredients in it so it’s not just a sunscreen. I wish I had stocked up on a few more tubes while I was in Paris (it was 98 euros). For fragrances almost all the scents had multiple versions and sizes. They have the small concentrated parfum bottles – I was torn between three of them, they were on the pricey side because they are concentrates. I picked up Allure. From L’Artisan I bought a few items as gifts including a fragrance sampler set and the La Chasse Aux Papillons Rollerball (which you can find now at Sephora).

Sephora France was probably one of my favorite places to shop. I left with a few things, I’m surprised it was this limited. I picked up a Dior Nail Polish in Sundown and Addict Fluid Stick in Beige Passion (both of which don’t appear to be available in the US). I also picked up the Addict Fluid Stick in Ciel Rose which is a US color you can find at Sephora. In Paris they had these tiny empty clear containers in the travel section. I picked up several which I think will come in handy for future trips. Also at the check out line were these cute Craig and Karl hand creams. There were two other scents in Peony and Lagoon. I wish I had picked up a few as they had fun designs and prints on the cases. Two other items I picked up: the By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Lipstick in #3 Nude Pulp (you can find it in the US at Beautylish) and a Chanel Sublime Waterproof Mascara (not available in the US).

Last but not least, I brought home some chocolates, tea and jellies from Angelina and Laduree. A lot of the chocolates are already gone. I’m surprised there is still anything left after a couple of weeks but I’ve been rationing the hazelnut spreads. I may or may not have been hiding them from my husband.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Europe haul! Next time I go, I will plan the shopping better and make sure I bring a proper suitcase so I can bring home more of the chocolates, teas and one of each of the Diptyque Room Sprays.

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  • Rachel Polansky July 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Lots of great picks, thanks for sharing!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Thanks Rachel!

  • ame July 17, 2015 at 12:51 am

    I don't know how you showed such restraint! I would have had to ship a box of things home every day!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:32 am

      Thanks Ame – I thought it was a substantial haul but good to know someone else thought it was somewhat restrained 🙂

  • Eileen July 17, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Such fun to see what items you picked up! As much as I love, love, love makeup, Injsually don't buy much when traveling. I usually pick up perfumes, scented items for the home, sweet treats, and specialty items. For example, in Iceland I purchased a pancake pan. We don't have anything like it in the U.S. but all it took was one taste of lacy, vanilla infused Icelandic pancakes filled with strawberry jam and think whipped cream to convince me I had to have that pan! 🙂 And, of course, I had to buy a beautiful coffee set while in Turkey. I usually ship things home rather than carrying them around with me. The exception to my buying indifference to cosmetics is when I'm in Asia. I spend a fortune on Asian cosmetics and skin care when I travel there. Part of it is because I invariably have a wish list from friends who want me to pick up this and that, but I must admit, I pick up loads of goodies for myself. As for your drop dead gorgeous Hermès bracelets–rose gold? I die! And I'm sure your choice of white and teal was perfect to where while in Greece and Turkey. You have such superb taste, Sabrina. Once again, thank you for sharing your vacation with all of us. You're such a sweetheart! <3

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:34 am

      Hi Eileen – is the pancake pan an ebelskiver? I LOVE those!! I bought one from Williams Sonoma many years ago but think the one from Iceland sounds amazing! There were a number of beautiful coffee and tea sets we saw in Turkey – wish we had had more time to browse but there's always next time.

      Smart move to ship things home! We will definitely do that next time 🙂

      I can only imagine how awesome the skincare is in Asia.

      Thanks for your kind words as always 🙂

  • nueyork July 17, 2015 at 3:33 am

    I adore everything you picked up! I especially love those leather bracelets, though, they are so cute. x

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:35 am

      Thank you! I have a Hermes bracelet addiction. It's getting a bit out of hand!

  • Sunnykm July 17, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Amazing choices! Truly a guide for shopping Paris

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:35 am

      Thank you Sunnykm 🙂

  • Cristina P July 17, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I was in that Diptyque shop during my June weekend in Paris, so wonderful!!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:35 am


  • adia July 17, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I love this shopping guide. I got a watch in Hermes in Paris years ago that is amongst my favorite purchases. Last time I visited, I didn't even stop into Sephora and this post really makes me regret that decision! Fantastic post and photos!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:35 am

      Your Hermes watch sounds so so amazing!

  • Tequila Mockingbird July 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I'm so relieved the Fauré le Page purses are under $1000 each, cuz I'm itching for an early graduation present! Their geometric designs seem more creative and up my alley than most patterned luxury purses in the US.

    BTW, are you familiar with cosmetic brand also called Laudree? They have a blush that consists of a bowl of colored "flower petals" that one swirls a brush over to pick up some cheek color.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:38 am

      So glad the Fauré le Page posts helped! You might also want to look into Moynat. There's a store in Paris, I don't know much about the line or price points, but it has a similar style tote with a printed canvas.

      Someone mentioned Laduree cosmetics before – is that the same one? Either way, I didn't check either out in Paris – but flower petal swirls sound amazing!

  • Anonymous July 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing your shopping. Your choices are always an inspiration. I am currently on vacation in Europe and also plan on buying the Chanel powder foundation and have bought a Korres tinted lip balm and lots of Dr. Hauschka. I ordered a F le P and wish I had also ordered a wristlet. It looks lovely.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:38 am

      Thanks Tanja! So excited about your Fauré le Page picks!! What colors did you end up picking out?

  • Vanina July 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I,live in Paris and your shopping is amazing !! You bought the best item from this city !! I love your haul ! and thank you so much for the comparaison Goyard/ le page, it will help me to choose a bag.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:39 am

      Glad to help 🙂

  • Unknown July 18, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Love everything….than you for sharing. Did you look at the Hermes scarves..just wondered how much they go for in Paris..they are $395 here..I have a friend going to Paris and she asked if I wanted anything..I don't want to ask her for anything bulky and was thinking a scarf wouldn't take up much space.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:40 am

      Hi – I didn't check out the women's scarves. I did check out the mens section – but didn't catch the prices. You might want to check The Purse Forum Hermes thread to see if there is a scarf section – they are really helpful!

  • SuzanneGabrielle July 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Beautiful selection of goods. Your trip sounds fabulous. Wishing you many more.

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:40 am

      Thank you!!!

  • Diana Kang July 20, 2015 at 12:28 am

    How did you get all those liquids home with you if you had carry on only? I am visiting 4 cities in Europe and would like to fly in between and want to buy lots of (liquid) beauty products as well!

    • Sabrina July 20, 2015 at 12:31 am

      We checked a bag on the last flight home to the US. Our first and last stop in Europe was Paris and I waited until the end of the trip to purchase most of the liquids. Another option we considered was to to ship items home.

  • María Blardone July 26, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I've always wanted to try those perfumes!! Such a shame I can't find them in Bs As.
    Lots of love, xx

  • bagluvah February 15, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    How do you like your FLP battle tote? I'm planning to buy it when I go to Paris in May

  • Priscilla Ho March 30, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Around how much do you think the medium pochettes are? I am thinking of buying one on eBay but the price is like $600, is that more or less than retail ?

  • Christen September 19, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Are you still happy with your Bag? Do you like your battle bag and pochette better then Goyard? I was about to purchase a GT Goyard St. Louis bag until I read a few posts about how thin the material is and how the bottom corners give out quickly wearing down saw your post and really like the navy for the bag! Do you like the navy since you were there I. Person. Also thinking of the navy or grey for the pouch bag. Any recommendations? Still happy? Love this blog!

  • Christen September 19, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Do you like the Goyard or FLP print since you own both? Do you feel one is prettier in person? Thanks so much!