Sothys Paris

Sothys Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Shockingly, this line has no strengths, but it does deserve mention for good self-tanning products and their Double Lightening Serum.

Weaknesses: Expensive; a preposterous number of ordinary moisturizer and serum formulas sold with grandiose claims; overuse of fragrance; several moisturizers contain.

We have to admit we weren't looking forward to reviewing this line. We've been aware of Sothys for some time, and over the years many women have asked us what we thought of it. We don't ever mind being asked what we think of a product line, but in this case it was the way we were asked that we found depressing. Somehow this spa-oriented line has developed an almost reverent reputation for being a superior skin-care line.

A question would go like this, "What do you think of Sothys?" We would reply, "Not much, the formulas are either out of date or contain problematic ingredients and the price tag is silly for what you get." Inevitably, the response would be, "Really? I thought it was one of the best lines around … it's French, you know?" Sigh. Yes, we do know. But …

Despite a long French-heritage, dating back to 1946, this spa-oriented brand with a vast array of products doesn't deserve a reputation for being anything other than an overpriced spa  brand to avoid.

Most of Sothys skin-care formularies are so far behind the times that using them is akin to using a typewriter instead of a computer—the formulations are as ordinary and mundane as it gets. Almost all their moisturizers lack any reasonable amount of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients. Also consider that there are no effective products for those struggling with blemishes or blackheads, despite their claims. It is astounding that in a line with dozens of facial moisturizers (most with repetitive formulas), not a single one includes a sunscreen. How can this brand be so incredibly blind to the number one cause of wrinkles and skin aging? If they aren't aware of the critical importance of sun protection, then how much do you want to trust them in any other aspect of helping your skin?

Sothys makes much ado about the training it provides to aestheticians. Not having attended any of their classes, we can't speak specifically to the content of what they teach, but if their products are even vaguely representative of what they inculcate, woe to those aestheticians who rely on Sothys as their source of skin-care education.

When all is said and done, and you've gotten past the smoke and mirrors, nothing else matters if you don't have well-formulated products, sunscreens, exfoliants, acne products, options for rosacea and sensitive skin, and/or reasonable pricing. And that's where Sothys falls flat on its scrubbed, steamed, masked, and spa "purified" face.

For more information about Sothys Paris, call (305) 594-4222 or visit

Note: Several names on Sothys Web site and other sites retailing this brand list one name on the product page and another on the product itself. In our reviews we list the name on the product itself.

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Good Soins Soleil Cellu-guard Face and Body Self-Tanning Cream Sothys Paris Self-Tanners  $38.00 5.07 fl. oz.
Good HOMME Revitalising Hair and Body Care Sothys Paris
Face/Body Cleansers  $28.00 6.76 fl. oz.
Good Soins Soleil Cellu-guard High Protection UVA/UVB SPF 30 Sun-Sensitive Areas Care Sothys Paris SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $42.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Good HOMME Detoxifying Active Cleanser Sothys Paris
Face/Body Cleansers  $29.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Good Soins Soleil Cellu-guard Sunny Glow Lotion Sothys Paris Self-Tanners  $42.00 5.07 fl. oz.
Good Eau Thermale Spa Exfoliating Facial Scrub Sothys Paris Scrubs  $28.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Lift Defense 2 Serum Sothys Paris Serums  $70.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good Immuniscience Cream Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $41.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Purifying Foaming Gel Sothys Paris Cleansers/Soaps  $33.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Average Softening Beauty Milk Sothys Paris Cleansers/Soaps  $30.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Average Desquacrem Sothys Paris Cleansers/Soaps  $34.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Average [W.] Double Lightening Serum Sothys Paris Lighteners Without Hydroquinone  $93.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Pore Refiner System Smoothing Refiner Solution Sothys Paris Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $63.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Creme Reparatrice Active Cream Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $41.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Oxyliance Perfect Radiance Serum Sothys Paris Serums  $70.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Gommage Helianthus and Walnut Shells Exfoliant Sothys Paris Scrubs  $34.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Average [C] Renewal System Continuous Renewal Care Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $93.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Softening Lotion Sothys Paris Toners  $30.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Average Secrets de Sothys Eye Contour Serum Sothys Paris Eye Moisturizers  $66.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Secrets de Sothys Smoothing Body Balm Sothys Paris Anti-Cellulite/Firming Products  $60.00 5.07 fl. oz.
Average [W.] Hydrating Daily Fluid Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $56.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Eau Thermale Spa Smoothing Instant Radiance Care Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $34.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Face Care with Helianthus and Rosemary Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $55.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Average HOMME Matifying T-Zone Fluid Sothys Paris
Face/Eye Moisturizer  $34.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Clarte & Confort Light Cream Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
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