Caudalie: Complete Brand Review

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This post initially started with the #CultBeautyValentine challenge, which made me realise that Caudalie has slowly become one of my favourite French brands. I have been using their products regularly for the last few years and I truly love the textures, scents and pack designs of most of the items I have tried so far, but most importantly their natural ethos. All the formulas are based on vine and grape extracts, including antioxidant polyphenols and resveratrol, hydrating grape water or anti-dark spot grapevine sap, which makes them brilliant for all you wine lovers out there! Apart from a great environmental ethos, Caudalie does not test on animals and offers only products free from parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, paraffin, sodium laureth sulfate, phthalates or animal-derived raw material.

Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (£23 / 40ml)

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Ingredients: aqua (water), Vitis vinifera (grape) fruit water*, dicaprylyl ether*, glycerin*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract*, hexyldecanol*, hexyldecyl laurate*, behenyl alcohol*, glyceryl stearate*, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, erythritol, parfum (fragrance), lecithin*, palmitoyl grape seed extract*, mannitol*, tocopherol*, caprylyl glycol, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, Vitis vinifera (grape) juice*, Glycine soja (soybean) sterols*, butylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract*, sodium citrate, sodium carboxymethyl beta-glucan, sodium phytate*, potassium sorbate, biosaccharide gum-1, sodium hyaluronate, homarine HCL, glyceryl caprylate*, alcohol*, acetyl tetrapeptide-15 *plant origin 

This is my absolute favourite of all the Caudalie products I’ve used so far and it is the one moisturiser I always go back to. It truly deserves its “sensitive skin saviour” nickname because it managed to calm down my skin every time I struggled with redness, irritations and hypersensitivity. As my skin tends to get oily and easily congested, it really enjoys this gel-cream’s quick absorption and lightness! The mix of organic grape water, polyphenols and chamomile is very soothing and hydrating. Excellent daytime moisturiser (looks great under foundation).

Vinosource Moisturising Mattifying Fluid (£23 / 40ml)

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Ingredients: aqua (water), Vitis vinifera (grape) fruit water*, butylene glycol*, tapioca starch polymethylsilsesquioxane*, cyclopentasiloxane, squalane*, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol*, parfum (fragrance), alcohol*, benzyl alcohol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, potassium cetyl phosphate, isostearyl isostearate*, stearic acid*, cetyl stearate*, caprylyl glycol, Palmitoyl grape seed extract*, polymethyl methacrylate, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, Enantia chlorantha bark extract*, Vitis vinifera (grape) juice*, tocopherol*, pentylene glycol, Linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed extract*, sodium hydroxide, sodium phytate*, citric acid, dehydroacetic acid, polysorbate 60*, sodium carboxymethyl beta-glucan, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, Orthosiphon stamineus leaf extract*, maltodextrin*, silica, xanthan gum, oleanolic acid* * plant origin

This is one of the first Caudalie products that I bought, thinking that it would be perfect for my oily skin. And it worked really well indeed, until I discovered the Moisturising Sorbet which made me realise I needed an even more hydrating day cream. It absorbs into skin very quickly, although I didn’t find the mattifying effect very noticeable, so I would still advise using a powder on top of this. It has the same winning combination of grape water and polyphenols, with the addition of flaxseed powder. It works very well under make-up, which is why I loved it for daytime use.

Resveratrol [Lift] Night Infusion Cream (£42 / 50ml)

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Ingredients: aqua (water), glycerin*, butylene glycol, isononyl isononanoate, caprylic/capric triglyceride*, cetearyl alcohol*, hydrogenated vegetable oil*, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil*, PEG-20 stearate, squalane*, Citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower water*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract*, carbomer, palmitoyl grapevine shoot extract*, parfum (fragrance), caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, polyglyceryl-10 pentaoleate*, palmitoyl grape seed extract*, xanthan gum, tocopheryl acetate*, sodium hydroxide, Verbena officinalis extract*, Tilia cordata extract*, ceramide 3, sodium hyaluronate, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium carboxymethyl beta-glucan, tocopherol*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, linalool, limonene, coumarin, butylphenyl methylpropional *plant origin

Another one of my favourite creams, this time a night moisturiser that smells and feels absolutely divine. It leaves skin hydrated without feeling oily and I could definitely notice a brightening effect, while most of my dehydration lines were nicely plumped overnight. Formulated with grapeseed oil, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and resveratrol, this cream is an efficient and affordable night moisturiser for young skins (I would recommend something more potent for a better anti-ageing effect), which worked brilliantly for me.

Resveratrol [Lift] Face Lifting Moisturizer SPF 20 (£30 / 40ml)

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Ingredients: aqua (water), octocrylene, heptyl undecylenate*, dimethicone, ethylhexyl salicylate (octisalate), ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate), dicaprylyl carbonate*, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone), methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, butylene glycol, squalane*, glyceryl stearate citrate*, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), glycerin*, potassium cetyl phosphate, polyglyceryl-3 stearate*, silica, CI 77019 (mica), hydrogenated lecithin*, tocopheryl acetate*, benzyl alcohol, palmitoyl grapevine shoot extract*, caprylyl glycol, parfum (fragrance), xanthan gum, sodium polyacrylate, sorbitan laurate*, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, hydroxyethylcellulose*, dehydroacetic acid, acetyl dipeptide-1 cetyl ester, hyaluronic acid, sodium phytate*, citric acid*, tin oxide, tocopherol*, linalool, limonene, coumarin, butylphenyl methylpropional, *plant origin

Although part of the same range as the above night cream, this day moisturiser has left my skin just a little bit unsatisfied. The hyaluronic acid in the formula does not feel hydrating enough, yet this fluid leaves behind an oily feel that makes it difficult to wear in the summer. I wouldn’t even mind it that much and I would have been happy to leave it for autumn and winter wear only, but since it still leaves my skin dry and patchy under the foundation, I am probably not going to repurchase this fluid.

Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream (£26 / 15ml)

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Ingredients: aqua (water), glycerin*, butylene glycol, isononyl isononanoate, caprylic/capric triglyceride*, cetearyl alcohol*, hydrogenated vegetable oil*, PEG-20 stearate, cetyl alcohol*, tocopheryl acetate*, Palmitoyl grape seed extract*, carbomer, Cyathea cumingii leaf extract*, caprylyl glycol, tocopherol*, escin*, ammonium glycyrrhizate*, potassium sorbate, Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract*, Calendula officinalis flower extract*, xanthan gum, sodium hydroxide, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, sodium phytate*, polysorbate 20, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, glyceryl caprylate*, cinnamic acid*, levulinic acid*, sodium levulinate*, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, *plant origin

When Caudalie launched the Polyphenol [C15] range, combining antioxidant polyphenols with vitamin C, I was really excited to test the benefits of this regimen! The skin around my eyes tends to get quite dry, with dehydration lines that get accentuated during the day under make-up, so I needed a very hydrating and protective cream to counteract these issues. I had really high hopes from this cream, as it combines Matrixyl 3000, fern, horse chestnut, liquorice and witch hazel extracts aimed at reducing wrinkles, but unfortunately it was not moisturising enough for my needs. I did use it till the end, but I was more looking forward to finishing it rather than enjoying any benefits… I wouldn’t consider it an inefficient product altogether, but it definitely didn’t suit my dry eye skin, which is why I decided to replace it with a richer texture.

Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid SPF 20 (£29 / 40ml)

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Ingredients: aqua/water, octocrylene, ethylhexyl salicylate (octisalate), heptyl undecylenate*, dimethicone, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate), glycerin*, isoamyl laurate*, dicaprylyl carbonate*, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone), glyceryl stearate citrate*, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, squalane*, polyglyceryl-3 stearate*, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, hydrogenated lecithin*, palmitoyl grape seed extract*, parfum (fragrance), benzyl alcohol, caesalpinia spinosa gum*, tocopherol*, caprylyl glycol, hyaluronic acid, dehydroacetic acid, sodium hydroxide, sodium phytate*, limonene, linalool, geraniol *plant origin

My favourite thing about the Polyphenol [C15] eye cream above is that it came with a free 10ml of this Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid, which proved to be an unexpected yet very pleasant surprise! A bit lighter than the Moisturising Sorbet, but with the added benefit of SPF protection, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamin C, this has become my go-to travel day cream. I always keep it in my gym bag and I love how quickly absorbed and non-oily it is. It works very well with lightweight serums and followed by foundation, and I really like its fresh, natural scent.

Instant Foaming Cleanser (£15 / 150ml)

140c-mousse-nettoyante-product_1_1.jpgIngredients: aqua/water, glycerin*, sodium cocoyl glutamate*, cocamidopropyl betainamide mea chloride*, caprylyl/capryl glucoside*, caprylyl glycol, parfum (fragrance), sodium chloride, coco-betaine*, potassium sorbate, citric acid*, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate*, sodium cocoyl isethionate*, sodium phytate*, butylene glycol, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract*, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract*, vitis vinifera (grape) fruit extract*, butylphenyl methylpropional, linalool, citronellol. *plant origin

Before I stopped using foaming cleansers, this one used to be the step in my double cleansing routine after the oil/balm stage. I liked the airiness of it and the squeaky-clean feel, but I found that it tends to leave my skin a bit too dry so I replaced this with a cream cleanser. The good thing about Caudalie is that it doesn’t use the very harsh sodium laureth sulfate, so this foam is a good option for those who prefer this type of cleansers. I personally have switched to the Gentle Cleansing Milk, which is far more suitable for my retinol-sensitised skin.

Gentle Cleansing Milk (£15 / 150ml)

144c-lait-demaquillant-product_1.jpgIngredients: aqua/water, cetearyl isononanoate*, butylene glycol, glycerin*, cetyl alcohol*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, sodium cocoyl glutamate*, decyl glucoside*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract*, maltodextrin*, carbomer, potassium cetyl phosphate, caprylyl glycol, hydrolyzed vegetable protein*, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, potassium sorbate, sodium hydroxide, trehalose, tocopherol*, propylene glycol, sodium glutamate, parfum (fragrance), sodium chloride, coconut acid*, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract*, centaurea cyanus flower extract*, palmitoyl grape seed extract*, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, limonene. * plant origin

I always carry some of this cleanser in my gym bag or when I travel because it makes a good morning cleanse or second cleanse in the evening. Runny and milky, yet quite light and airy, it works quite well at removing the last residues on the skin and it leaves quite a fresh feel. The formula has sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, extracts of sunflower and oat, making it gentle enough for when my skin is feeling more delicate.

Some of these products I am planning to repurchase (like the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet and the Resveratrol [Lift] Night Infusion Cream), and I have just ordered the Radiance Serum (£45 / 30ml) and the Moisturizing Toning Lotion (£15 / 200ml). I am also looking forward to discovering their new VINE[ACTIV] range which only launched in February this year!

Have you ever tried any Caudalie products? What do you think of this brand?

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