Bastille Day is Saturday, July 14, and to celebrate France’s national day, we’re dedicating the week to the very best French things. You may be familiar with stories we’ve done on French pharmacy products and cookbooks, but we’re going even deeper this week, from the best books on Paris and French baking to the greatest French pantry essentials and lesser-known French beauty products. Welcome to Made in France Week.
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.
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.
The famous Breton stripes in bag form.
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.
A stuffy French poodle to affix to a jean jacket or bag.
You really can’t make a traditional cassoulet without authentic sausage from Toulouse — flavored with onions and wine, and seasoned with spices, salt, and pepper.
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.
Violinists, cellists, and the like know these French Bernardel rosins for being some of the best for priming their bows (users credit it for their crisp, smooth sound).
Traditionally a sport for old men in the south of France, pétanque is always good family fun (good aim and hand-eye coordination are essentially all you need).
Relieve your tension with a foamy (not flaky) croissant squishy.
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.
The Eiffel Tower in Lego miniature — if only it lit up as well.
To create an authentic Moroccan food experience at home, this terracotta tagine dish (from French ceramics brand Emile Henry) is a must for serving your spiced lamb stew.
If you love wine, you’ll want to have one of these handy clefs du vin for aging cheapo wines on the spot (every second that you leave this Peugeot wine key in the glass adds a year to its “age”).
What, like it’s hard? This paint-by-numbers Monet water-lilies print will let you try your hand at Impressionist strokes.
Addicting strawberry candies beloved by “les petits gosses” (little kids) in France.
A fake picnic spread of French favorites, all the way down to the fake Brie and nearly empty wine bottle.