There’s so much to love about French stuff — from cuisine to art to style to sports (“Allez les bleus!”) to literature to beauty — that it’s not hard to see why Americans are so taken with French culture. In light of this, and in honor of Made in France Week, we’ve assembled some of the most uniquely French items you can find on Amazon (usually the best place to find crossover items imported from Europe), from items that were actually designed on French soil to “French” things that you’ll want for no reason at all.
Le Cluny French Linens Red Cotton Napkin
The French are known for their high-quality linens, like D. Porthault’s luxury options that interior designers love. To dip your toe in, you could start with some affordable cherry napkins like these.
And you can’t cross a street in Paris without seeing a baguette slung under an arm or secured in a bike basket. The fresh, crusty real deal can’t be bought on Amazon, but here’s a fake one just for kicks.
La Maison du Savon Pamplemousse Organic Soap From Marseilles (Three-Pack)
Because “pamplemousse” (a.k.a. grapefruit) just rolls off the tongue, and also because these handmade, hand-carved soaps from Marseilles are very French — they also come in Mimosa, Demon, and Patchouli options.
And a lemon-scented cleansing soap from Pierre d’Argent that’s ecofriendly (of course) and sort of a jack-of-all-trades for scrubbing all surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom. It’s safe to use on metals, too, so you could have at your Staub or Mauviel sets.
We’re big Mustela fans at the Strat for all things baby products. This French baby perfume is a standout, though, that we’ve written about before because it smells good enough to spray on just about everything.
Micellar water (a genius, gentle makeup remover and cleanser) is a French beauty secret that we’ve heartily taken up here in the States. Bioderma’s the French pharmacy wonder that’s considered the first and best — and we’ve covered it many times here at the Strat.
A fruity, floral candle (that Jennifer Connelly loves) from the historic French candle brand Cire Trudon. They’ve been around since the 1600s, and are also known for their intricate candle busts of Napoleon and Marie Antoinette.
There are thousands of types of tarot cards out there, but purists believe that the Tarot of Marseilles ones are the end-all, be-all. Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is somewhat of a tarot nut, so here’s a Tarot of Marseilles deck he designed himself.
As this survey of French chefs just goes to show, the French love a good confiture (or preserves), which is why we suggest this jam pan from French heritage brand Mauviel for creating your own — its pricey copper pot and pan sets are wedding-registry favorites.
Axor Starck 2 Handshower Designed by Philippe Starck
$193(was $262, now 26% off)
If you’re frugal like the French are when it comes to conserving water, you could invest in a hand-shower — like this one, designed by legendary French designer Philippe Starck — to switch on and off while you lather up.