So Greece Has Low-Key Amazing Drugstore Beauty Products

Updated 11/23/19

Suffice to say that we've discussed French drugstore beauty ad nauseam, but it looks as though Monoprix might have a new rival. After hearing whispers that Greece secretly has quite the array of killer beauty products, we naturally had to investigate. We had no idea that we'd ultimately find our entire summer skincare (and hair!) wardrobe in the process.

Not only do Greek products often revolve around that sunny Mediterranean climate, but some of the most popular brands are often largely natural to boot. Think a lot of olive oil, avocado, and herbs like rosemary and sage. The result is very clean formulas that are ultra nourishing to sun-kissed skin and hair. Consider one of the country's most popular sunscreens, for example, which happens to a cult favorite across Europe.

For that product and more, keep scrolling. Here's a spoiler alert: You'll want one of everything.

Apivita Propoline Shampoo
Apivita Propoline Balancing Shampoo $23
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This all-in-one shampoo tackles a very summer-specific conundrum: Our ends tend to get dried and bleached out by the sun, but our roots are more prone to grease and sweat. Made with 85% natural ingredients (including propolis, nettle, and sage, which help balance the scalp's sebum production), this formula was designed to restore balance to finicky strands.

Frezyderm Velvet Sun Screen
Frezyderm Sun Screen Velvet $27
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There's no surprise here: Greece does sun protection very well. This particular formula is a cult favorite in Europe, thanks to its SPF 50 protection, slightly tinted finish (to help blur imperfections), and velvety, second-skin texture.

pomegranate moisturizer
Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel $34
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Chances are you've already tried a Korres product or two—the brand's simple yet effective formulas are wildly popular here in the States, after all, and naturally, they do just as well in their native Europe. We're in love with this cream-gel, which is just as balancing as the name suggests.

Papoutsanis Greek Soap
Papoutsanis Papoutsanis Pure Greek Olive Oil Soap 6 Pack $13
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Should your travels take you to Greece (we're not jealous or anything), definitely stop by the market to pick up some olive oil–based soap—it's a local staple. The rest of us will have to settle for ordering it on Amazon.

Olivolio Mastic Oil
Olivolio Mastic Oil Conditioner $8
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Mastic oil is sourced from a tree by the same name and is known for its immense antibacterial and reparative benefits—making it an incredibly popular beauty ingredient, especially in Greece, where it's considered a native staple. Case in point: This organic conditioner was formulated with mastic, olive, and argan oils, as well as a variety of herbs to effectively restore and nourish even the most sun-beaten strands.

hyaluronic booster anti-aging for face, eyes, and lips
BIOselect Hyaluronic Booster Anti-Aging $31
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BioSelect's products are nourishing and all formulated with ingredients found on the island of Crete, where the company was founded. We happen to love this natural hyaluronic booster, which can be used on your face and lips or around your eyes; anywhere you might be dealing with dryness.

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