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!