Biologique Recherche Launched a New P50

And it still smells like paint fumes.


Today is probably the most important day of 2016’s cult luxury beauty calendar, if such a thing existed outside my personal box of fantasies. Brace yourself: Revered French skincare brand Biologique Recherche just introduced new products, including ~body~ treatments and — if you’re an asthmatic beauty geek this is the part where I would recommend grabbing your inhaler — a NEW version of the Lotion P50.

I spoke with Dr. Philippe Allouche, the owner of Biologique Recherche, at a PR event this morning to get all the details. Allouche has a thick French accent and says stuff like, “Respect your sebum secretion!” which I feel is important for you to know so as to properly envision his demeanor.

When I asked him to tell me all about the new P50, he explained, “It’s focused on pigmentation. After three months of treatment it can decrease pigmented spots by about 22%, which is a lot. You can have similar results with laser, but laser is extremely aggressive, and Biologique Recherche offers an alternative.”

Dubbed the Lotion P50 PGM 400, the new “lotion” is boosted with brightening and antioxidant active ingredients like wasabi extract (!!!), which helps protect skin against damage and evens the complexion.

I asked Allouche if the new P50 was only for people who have visible pigmented spots. He told me that “everybody has pigmentation. Because of the ozone and the problem of the skin becoming more and more weak.” He recommends rotating the new P50 with one of the older versions of the P50 every six months. “Always, for any skincare product, I suggest to change the skincare regimen every six months,” he said. “Not to sell product but because your cells, when they are stimulated in the same way, after a certain period of time, they don’t respond to the stimulation.”

Like your muscles during a workout?” I asked.

“Exactly,” he said.

When I inquired what Biologique regimen someone like me should implement (a.k.a. mid-twenties, not a lot of wrinkles, combination skin), he said, “I think for your age because you don’t have wrinkles and you’re young, I don’t recommend the P50 1970 formula. I recommend the new P50 PGM 400 version, which is milder. And you don’t really need to exfoliate. Your skin is thin. You need lipids. You need more moisture. Definitely more moisture.”

Roger that, Allouche. I can’t wait to try it.

If you’re reading this and wondering why a weird lady on the internet (hi!) is freaking out about a French skincare label that requires your tongue to do a somersault just to pronounce it (and a new product that sounds less like an exfoliating toner and more like a classified science experiment), let me give you the quick and dirty cult indoctrination. Biologique Recherche is an OG French skincare line beloved for its extraordinarily effective, no-fuss products — first and foremost being the Lotion P50, a toner designed to strengthen the epidermal shield, exfoliate, regulate excessive sebum, hydrate skin and balance pH.

I know the term “cult favorite” is thrown around even more generously in the beauty world than “It bag” is in the fashion industry, but I can’t think of a product more deserving of that moniker than the Lotion P50. It smells terrible — like paint fumes, it burns upon application and you have to jump through a few hoops to buy it in the United States…BUT…it has an insanely devoted following, including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Is there anything more cultish than that?

As a personal user of the P50 for the past two years or so, I can say that it has absolutely changed my skin for the better. To be honest, I’ve actually started to enjoy the P50’s paint fume vibe. It’s like doing a burpee during an exercise class. It might burn a little, but the results are worth it. I took home a sample of the new Lotion P50 PGM 400, and I’m counting down the minutes until tonight when I can treat my lipid-hungry pores to a brand new fitness regime–one burpee and two cotton swabs at a time.

Hooked on expensive skincare? You’re not alone. But if you’re on the lazier side, we’ve got tips for that, too.

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  • Mary

    How do I get it tho

  • Norelis

    Where can you buy the P50?

    • Harling Ross

      You can get it here, but you have to make an account to purchase (it’s a pain but seems to be the case for every website that sells Biologique in the U.S.)

      • Norelis

        Thank you very much 😊

  • This sounds amazing! I really have to go and try their original formula first though, definitely getting it before Christmas for that extra holiday glow.


  • Alessandra

    Are you sponsored by BR? I noticed the brand featured in an article posted yesterday as well.

    • Harling Ross

      Good question! Neither post was sponsored by BR–just a coincidence that they were published so close together. Total transparency whenever we do a paid collaboration is something we’re super proud of at Man Repeller, and we will ALWAYS, always let you know when something is sponsored. Sponsored posts are designated with a “Collaborations” heading at the top of the story, above the title, italicized copy at the beginning of the story stating that it is part of a collaboration, naming the brand partner, and linking to this page, inclusion in the “Collaborations” category within the site, available in the “Features” dropdown from the menu, and the word “Collaboration” next to the author’s name in the homepage and category feeds. Hope this helps clarify!! <3

      • Alessandra

        Thanks, Harling! <3

  • Madeleine

    How much does it cost? not tryna log in to see the price only to be sad… would rather receive the news here

    • Olivia AP

      $27 for 1.7 oz
      $62 for 5 oz
      $95 for 8.5 oz


      • Madeleine

        Thank you so much! Are those from rescue spa?

        • Olivia AP


          • DM

            Thank you! Does Rescue Spa give direction as to which P50 formula works best for your skin type? Website wants lots of info about skin and I don’t like questions.

  • Serena

    But I just bought Solution 10! 😉 (which I love btw)

    Ok I’m sold on the idea of checking this out, but not really sure which one I should try. Perhaps a guide on which product to buy by skin type? (I’m happy to join all future editorial meetings).

    Also, they seem to be upping their PR game – I saw a couple of Dubai bloggers post about the placenta serum (and also happen to mention that it smells awful but is a godsend- go figure!) I suspect they’ll get better worldwide distribution soon…

    • ThisPersonSleeps

      I want to try their serums soooo bad but they’re crazy expensive!

  • tmm16

    Wait omg. I thought I was the only one. I also like the P50’s stank. It used to make my old roommate gag and I came to terms with it because it makes my skin so clear.

    Excited to try out the PGM 400!

    EDIT: I’m so grateful it’s easy for me to purchase my BP. I buy it at the Rescue Spa and I didn’t realize it was so hard to find it in the U.S.

    • Harling Ross

      I do too! I just meant a struggle in the sense that you have to make an account, etc. and they’re not readily available in typical beauty brick-and-mortar stores! but maybe i’m just lazy…

      • tmm16

        That is a pain! Fortunately for me, I live in Philadelphia, so I just go straight to the store to buy it 🙂

  • JorJo Graterol

    <3 it definitely stinks! but its a nice product! 🙂


  • Secret lover of the smell here…

  • Cass

    If you’re an NYC local, head to Daphne in NoLita for all BR products and treatments.

  • Valerie Duruaku

    This brand is really the truth I have being using it and it is the only thing that has stabilized my skin, I am an avid skin junkie and the p50 lotion + cleanser are the main products to get your hands on. Splurging on the serum is also worth it. I am hooked. Check out my blog, I will be reviewing on alot on this line. #shamelessmarketing