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The parcel arrived as a surprise, with rays of sunshine. In it, an origami box that reminded me of the sweet Pâtisserie Ciel, each fold sparkling with the golden Caudalie grapes, across between botanical and digital print. At its heart, their new creation, completing the Divine collection. Gel that makes your legs look like a goddess’, oil that sublimes the skin, scrub that makes you feel like silk… now can be combined with the Parfum Divin. Wooden crown, bottle wavering between transparent and metallic dégradé.
An invite to abandonment, whispers Mathilde Thomas, making emotions pulse. Composed by the perfumer Jacques Cavallier (L’Eau d’Issey, Jean-Paul Gaultier Classique, Calvin Klein Eternity…), it proves enchanting, seducing, sophisticated. Moroccan and Bulgarian roses, grapefruit, pink peppercorn, cedar, musk and no less than 3 types of vanilla… Let your hair down, close your eyes and dream… or make others dream of you!
In each box is a code which gives you a 1 in 25 chance, until July 25 2014, to win one of the exquisite 18 carat necklaces monogrammed by Ginette NY.
There is so much mention, in the beauty world, of free radicals. We nod, yes, sure, the free radicals. Wait a second. What is this exactly? Well, we are made of atoms. The free radicals are, let’s say, unstable ones, missing an electron and trying to get one. In most cases, oxygen atoms.
UV, pollution, stress… ages the skin. By oxidising atoms, turning them into free radicals. If the body has a natural defence system, sadly, it is less efficient with time. The skins dries up, wrinkles appear.
One solution, to support the epidermis, is to boost it with anti-oxidants. Simple.
Caudalie succeeded to stabilise polyphenols in grapes, the brand signature. Why the cheerfulness? Because these are 100% anti-oxidant and 10,000 times more efficient than Vitamin E (which protects the collagen level and from sun disasters). The result? A brand new range, Polyphenol [C15], to correct those little wrinkles that annoy us so much. Polyphenol and Vitamin C, double power!
To promote it, Caudalie has produced a trial version, the Polyphenol C15 box. Inside, the 3 key products. The Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum (10ml), enriched with hyaluronic acid and olive squalane, a super efficient shot to plump up. Kind of a super-hero. The Protect Fluid (15ml) is your smoothing shield for the day, with extra filters against UVA and UVB rays. The Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream (5ml) is enriched with Matrixyl 3000 along with fern, horse chestnut, liquorice and witch hazel extracts to tighten and moisturise more fragile contours.
There are some extra goodies too, a stress ball, limited edition ribbon bracelet, a super-healthy recipe… Let’s erase some of those wrinkles, shall we?
Have you noticed how tricky it is to find a good lip conditioner? Too creamy or even oily, too rich or not enough. When transparent they often make your lips paler. When glossy, it’s a little bit too much. Fruity, they make you lick again and again for the sugariness until it’s all gone. I have tried brand after brand, never totally convinced.
Caudalie seems to have found the perfect balance. A very light softness, a texture you will forget about but that really does the job, repairs beautifully, nourishes deeply, even if they’re at their driest. It discreetly makes your lips look slightly plumper too, innocently. The fragrance is very natural, an addictive hint of vanilla and I’d love to find a perfume that would hit that note as perfectly. The bonus point? 99.5% naturally-derived ingredients. On a very cold day, try it on your cheekbones too…
Now that we have tried to make everyone smile at Christmas, how about a little treat, a reward for all that hard work? Caudalie designed these adorable handcreams for winter that are sure to give you your smile back. Faithful to their love for the benefits of all vineyard products, they found inspiration in the local château grape varieties, of the complexity of fragrances they reflect in a wine.
Go on. Fall for the charm of Miel de vigne, honeyed, woody, spicy just like a Cabernet. Or for the Feuille de cassis, a frozen summer moment, peppery and fruity leaf of blackcurrant, reminiscent of Merlot. Last but not least is the Sauvignon, recreated in Pamplemousse rose, juicy and zesty pink grapefruit.
In addition to these dancing perfumes, we loved the luxurious smooth texture, enriched with grape oil, avocado and shea butters. Perfect size too, ideal for handbags, silvery and elegant, super resistant.
We all have a friend who should get a superwoman medal. One of those admirable people who juggle with daily challenges with an amazing panache. Maybe a mum, a career girl who remembers to have a heart of gold, a discreet soul that is always there when we need to talk or someone who, whatever the day is like, will find the right words for everyone. Or maybe someone even more exceptional that will combine all these options. We never say thank you enough to those pearls and Christmas is coming. Why not just tell them, in a symbolic way, that in our eyes, they simply are divine? Caudalie has put together the perfect gift set of their signature beauty products to exemplify that sublime natural beauty: Divine scrub (ah, this unforgettable aroma!), Divine oil (such a luxurious bottle – to be used on hair or skin to make both super silky) and the Divine legs gel (for this “just back from holiday” touch). For once, let’s be the one adding a little sunshine in their life.
Beauty Elixir. Dancing, singing words that bring a happy smile.
The Caudalie was inspired by a favourite youth elixir of Queen Isabelle of Hungary – a little royal luxury to be added to your life…
In this bottle, they have married grape, orange blossom, rose, mint balm, rosemary. It has a cristal quality, a sharp, perfect aroma, reminding me of leaves of peppery mint bruised as you walk through a garden. Such a scent! No wonder the founder, Mathilde Thomas, worked in Grasse – the region where perfumes are born.
Like a summer mist, a vitamin caress for the skin, it makes it radiant, smoothed, moisturised. Use it as a toner – it is ideal just before make-up to fix it better or just in your handbag for a refreshing pause in the day, a way to escape everything for a few seconds.
And to highlight the fantastic dynamism of this iconic Caudalie product, the bottle has just been reinvented by American designer L’Wren Scott. Already working with ideas from Klimt’s mosaics, she used these to give it an extraordinary corset, voluptuous curves, glamorous and elegant, interwoven vine shoots… A beauty elixir in a work of art!
I’m looking for the summer, have you seen it? You know, one that would last more than a couple of days? In between, I almost feel punished. I forget so fast what the warmth on my shoulders can feel like. On a greyish day, well, a diaphane colour of skin fits, I guess. I could even call it elegant… Yet, on Sunday - pure euphoria. It wa almost hot. Hoorray! Summer dress, sunshades, bike, ride along the canla, picnic, let’s make the most of this! Oh, wait a minute. Diaphane? Not really. Aspiring would suit better. Maybe I’ll wear jeans after all.
Now for impatient girls like me, Caudalie has created the ideal solution, especially if you do not trust the streaky, orangy threat of fake tans, nor their strong perfume. Divine legs - isn’t that the most wonderful promise? In a few words: as if you were putting sunkissed tights.
This tinted gel is like no other I have tried. I was surprised by the bronze colour, given how pale I am. Amazingly - I have tried on a selection of friends - it does adapt easily to every kind of skin. Still, I tried only a centimetre of skin, just in case. Seduced by the aroma of vanilla, musk and rose, I dares to do a whole leg. It looked so… natural. But then, looking at the naked skin nearby, you simply go wow. There is no clear limit which you would have with a fake tan, it blends in beautifully. It just looks as if you had come back from a few days at the beach - the perfect tinti, not overdoing it.
Its strongest point? Think of it as a primer. It hydrates and tints, yes, but it also sublimes the legs, smoothing the little imperfections. The endive root extract is the magic ingredient for this natural effect. But even better, it included extract of carob fruit that helps the skin melamin production, therefore prolonging the tan. The formula is 92.8% natural and offers an impeccable finish in less than 2 minutes: silky, no greasiness, you can put your clothese on straight away. It is THE perfect product to pretend you live in a 30-degrees-every-day country!
Divine, the exact word. Voluptuous. Liquid sexiness. Such a silkiness, leaving the skin velvety, a splendid smoothness. A refined fragrance full of sun, honey, spiced wood but elegantly and discreetly. It feels like a caress, wrapping you entirely, giving you that sublime Hollywood radiant glow. With its wooden top, the bottle even look like a jewel. Try it on your hair for perfect looking curls and on your hands, just before adding a luxurious nail varnish…
Caudalie – Divine Oil
With an exceptional combination of unique oils: hibiscus, sesame, argan and grape of course, the signature of the brand, so rich in anti-oxydant polyphenols.
Caudalie. The name just brings to my mind memories of walking through vineyards, the sun warming the grapes, adding a golden touch to the shoulders. Their products have a very unique freshness, an exceptional fragrance to them. Yet they feel so natural and bring maximum hydration. I love many brands but there is simply no equivalent to this one. I always have a mini survival kit in my handbag – the SOS thirst-quenching serum and the beauty elixir. In case of crisis, stop, open, massage, spray, breathe in. It workds real magic, helps you find an inner zen within seconds, better than vitamin c. In my home region, Bordeaux, is one of their spas – a real haven of tranquillity. I love it best in winter – such a wonderful transition from the cold temperatures into the most fantastic cocoon. Caudalie has recently opened their pop-up spa in Harrods, right on the 5th floor, in the beauty-dedicated Urban Retreat.
I was delighted to find their whole range there – beautifully presented in wooden wine cases, framed with vine leaves. I never stop to be amazed by how wide the collection is – adapting to each need, to each skin. I just could not help trying a few. But let me tell you about the treatment. You can choose from 4 facials (Vinoperfect Radiance, Vinexpert firming, Pulpe Vitaminée anti-ox, Express D-vine), a body massage (Crushed Cabernet), a dicovery combo (D-vine facial + crushed cabernet massage).
I went for the Express D-vine. This starts with gentle yet deep cleansing in several stages – foam, peeling, spray, freshness of the creams followed by warm fabric to wash them away. As if, each carress was taking away an invisible film of pollution, stress, tiredness. As if, suddenly, it could breathe again. Follows a massage – face, nexk, shoulders – and at that point, you disconnect completely. An amusing technique is used – a grape cut in half then applied in tiny circular movements: this may bring a smile but it is heavenly indeed. Like a soft little cushion, very soothing. Arms and hands also are massaged with the latest Caudalie creation – the divine oil - which brings a splendid suppleness to the skin. An enzymatic peel mask is also applied, with a brush: evry detail has been designed to awaken your senses.
The result? Amazing. I felt lighter, as if the weight of the day had simply been taken away. The pores were visibly tightened, I looked as if I had finally got 12 hours of sleep in a row. I looked and felt so much younger. The treament only lasted 30mn – so easy to fit in a busy agenda – but the diffence is worth every penny. Last but not least, a touch of Teint Divin, a tinted moisturizer for a sun-kissed effect. No need for make-up at all! Many friends asked me whether I had just come back from a holiday – the best staycation ever!
Caudalie pop-up spa, Harrod’s
Express D-vine treament – £50
Until July 23 2012
Revisiting Kensington Palace recently, I fell under its charm all over again. Forget dusty old houses, no matter how royal. Here, historical anecnotes appear in old-style newspapers, irresistible. Drawers can be opened, books opened, secret messages found. Room after room art installation bring you to a dream world, waking up the whispers of the house, making emotions so much more vibrant. Magical indeed. Now, what about you? What have you planned for the week-end?
That’s art, baby:
* Can art. Yes. Using can-struction.
* Rediscover Munch’s paintings at the Tate.
Yummy time ahead:
* What a delicious idea: a cooking workshop dedicated to the afternoon tea.
* On Saturday, the Fifteen celebrates its tenth birthday with a fabulous street party.
Out of the ordinary:
* It’s party time on Charing Cross road this Saturday.
* Caudalie brings Bordeaux to London with a divine pop-up spa in Harrods.
* On Saturday, go vintage crazy with this kilo-sale.
* Play ping-pong in the streets of London. A fantastic (and free) idea.
* Feel like dancing with Havana rumba.
* On Sunday, celebrate Canada day on Trafalgar Square.