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4 Jun 2014

Caudalie: A safe pair of hands

I somehow feel reluctant to talk about skincare. It's never easy to "sell" in a blogpost because that old adage of "what works for one person, does not work for another" rings spectacularly true. I also lack skincare knowledge - some blogger's have sponge brains to absorb all the data on those ingredient's and can whip out the science with ease when talking about products. My brain is more of a non-porous rock. And honestly, I really don't care why something works. All I ask is that said products work well, do not smell and are not too expensive.

I currently cling on to coconut oil, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, La Mer lip balm and Sarah Chapman Eye Recovery Cream as the routine stalwarts but everything else is up for grabs. I love trying serums, face creams and rich body moisturisers and at the moment those roles are being filled by Caudalie.

I like this brand. I feel like it's a safe pair of hands. Claims are not outlandish and prices are not outrageous - the products smell great and perform well. There's also a nice ethos with a mix of both science and nature - you get products that are inspired by the land but stabilised by a lab.

I will admit that I didn't always feel this way. My first exposure to the brand was via the Beauty Elixir. Oh yes, THAT cult spray product that every one loved. YouTube was a particular hot bed of raves for this back in the day and purchase of said product promised a glow like no other if purchased. When I finally bought it I felt seriously misled because that "glow" was non-existent. It just smelled and felt really good when sprayed, especially in hot weather....which may explain why I now have a little hoarders collection of the stuff... *guilty face*

Now though, my mind is open. There are a couple of "star" products in this batch that I would urge all my friends to buy and try. I say this as I have recently tried some VERY expensive rival serums and I can honestly say when it comes to repurchase it's Caudalie all the way!

1) VINEXPERT Firming Serum - I checked Sephora.com before writing this post because I was a bit worried that I would be the only person out there dropping the superlatives for this product. But no, I am not alone. Check it out for yourself and will see lots of "amazing" reviews. This paraben/nasty-free serum is used twice a day, absorbs quickly, reduces redness and transforms texture. Some people think it removes fine lines but as someone approaching her mid-thirties I think only botox can do that! Texture is my big issue though and this has been absolutely fantastic for me in that respect. I was obviously given this but there is no question - 100% repurchase.

2) VINOPERFECT Radiance Serum - I will admit that this has only been used for the last 3 weeks...so a full review cannot be served up at this point but I am very excited at the thought of boosting radiance and getting rid of some pigmentation. This is another quickly absorbed product that you dispense via the pipette. Like the Vinexpert, I feel like this improves texture and tone and thankfully, does not cause any breakouts or irritation.

3) PREMIER CRU The Cream - this is something magical. When I first tried this out I thought it was just a bog standard face cream in a fancy bottle. True, the texture and smell is just "average" but I feel like a teeny tiny amount of this does everything you need - this does actually make you glow and seems to hydrate my skin all day. This is the cream that does it all - it's a little overachiever - but it's also one of the most expensive. Trust me to fall for it!

4) Divine Oil - it looks like I have consumed the puniest quantity from the bottle but trust me, I have sprayed this heavily. I love it on legs and arms for the evening and my bathroom floor has received a residual coating as a result because this stuff goes EVERYWHERE! It's worth it though. It smells great and leaves your skin glistening without grease. It's a toss up between this and NUXE - to me they are so similar.

So that's the little rundown and after the last couple of months I feel like more Caudalie experimentation needs to be had. A few of you on Instagram said a big thumbs down to the eye cream - and I love my Sarah Chapman one so I can deal with that - but do let me know if there is anything else you think I should try!

PS. If you are in Dubai, Caudalie can be bought in Bin Sina Pharmacy! Happy shopping!


  1. I have the beauty elixir and actually didn't find it anything special, although the Caudalie facial tanner is amazing!

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  2. Interesting...I will have to retry this brand. I tried a few things a while ago that I didn't care for too much

  3. The Grape Water is far, far better than the Beauty Elixir! I also love their SOS Thirst Quenching Serum x

  4. I like a couple of Caudalie products but for me, Nuxe wins, in terms of better/more interesting formulations, and in terms of my skin liking it. Premier Cru actually gave me the worse eczema ever and due to the heavy fragrance in all Caudalie products, I don't think they're ok for sensitive skin. However the shower items are lovely, the face self-tanner as well, and I love the hand cream. They also have a new face oil I did try and like. It's just that I don't get along with the creams and serums apparently.

  5. I feel exactly the same as you when it comes to beauty products. As long as they do what they say and they do it well, I'm sold :)


  6. I've used Caudalie products here and there over the years, and I've loved most of what I've tried! I'm a huge fan of their cleansing water, since my skin is very sensitive to most toners. It's also great for removing eye makeup without burning my eyes!

    I found the elixir a "meh" product, since I'm not sure it DOES much for me. I have a travel-sized Divine Oil I haven't tried out yet, but now you have me curious to give it a shot!

  7. Another fan of their cleansing water here. I use it as an eye makeup remover. IMO, Bioderma's one for sensitive skin has nothing on this.

  8. Thank you for the detailed review. I have always appreciated your recommendations! I must say that I've tried this line before and like you was not impressed. I have combination skin and the creme I tested left me disappointed. I have been into oils lately, so I will definitely give the Divine Oil a try.

  9. I've never tried this brand Laura but am tempted by the firming serum after reading your review.
    Hugs xoxo

  10. Oh yes I love Caudalie.. and the beauty elixir does give a glow specially when sparyed on top of makeup!

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  11. Wow you have quite the collection! I really must try this brand as I keep seeing it popping up everywhere!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  12. Hey sweets,
    You have a great blog, would you like to follow each other
    Keep in touch

  13. I am french and Caudalie is really famous in Framce! they also own a wonderful spa near Bordeaux...hehhe
    I loved the Grape water for the face, the elixir sounds really nice too :-)x

  14. I have not tried any Claudaile products yet although gazed over them many times on the Sephora website. I will keep the Vinexpert in the back of my mind when my current serum is finished.

  15. I love Claudaile, just brought their hand lotion it's amazing.

    Jo xoxo champschocchoos.blogspot.com

  16. Hi Laura, I can't wait to try the Caudalie serums. Have you tried Forest Essentials skin care products. They are lovely if you are into ayurvedic skin care. I tried their cleanser and eyecream. Enjoyed their products and concept. Packaging is a plus :) Not sure if you get them in Dubai though..

  17. Premier Cru Eye Cream is a permanent staple in my beauty routine. I have tried countless others and I always come back to this 'ole faithful. I'm convinced it has minimized the fine lines around my eyes (or at least blurred them) and has a lovely "wake me up" radiance. I can't recommend it more.

  18. I have the beauty elixir as I was sent it to review by their PR company (like so many others!) but tried not to read any reviews for it before trying it - I really don't see the point of it as I haven't seen any benefits however now the weather in the UK is getting a little better it is coming in very useful as a cooling facial spritz so can only imagine how handy it is for you in Dubai! Vinoperfect looks like it might be next on the list for me to try although avoiding the Premier Cru now you've mentioned that it's pricey but no doubt will cave in the end as it sounds perfect for my failing summer skin (much dryness which until last year only occurred during winter, now it's summer also!) Xx

  19. I agree the beauty elixir was too hyped up - but I adore Caudalie's Grape Water spray as a hydrating toner! I also love their vinoexpert serum and am such a big Caudalie fan in general!