Almost all my skincare products tend to be mid-priced and the vast majority are French pharmacy brands so I thought I’d do a series focussing on my favourite brands, starting with Caudalie. Though this brand is stocked by the likes of Space NK in the UK, I do still find their products to be very reasonably priced. Their product line is based largely around grape water, which is an amazingly hydrating ingredient that’s also perfect for sensitive skin.
Grape Water | £6 (75ml) | We’ll start with the product that introduced me to this brand; the grape water face mist. It’s a fine, extremely hydrating water mist that’s very soothing. At the start of this year I suffered from extremely dry and sensitive skin that flared up at absolutely everything! However I kept this stuff in my bag and it really calmed things down and kept the reaction under control. You can use this to refresh your skin in place of a toner or over makeup to get a dewier look.
Ingredients: 100% Organic Grape Water
Beauty Elixir | £11.50 (30ml) | As a skincare product, I’m still all about the Grape Water, however if you want something that feels incredibly refreshing then definitely check out the Beauty Elixir. I also have here the Limited Edition Jason Wu version* which is the same price but comes in the gorgeous black and gold packaging (so get it whilst you can). Both the versions I have are minis, which are small enough to go in your hand luggage for a flight. I find the minty, fresh scent of this really calming and relaxing and it makes my skin feel so invigorated.
Ingredients Include: Grape, Orange Blossom, Mint
Glycolic Peel* | £22 | I really love AHA-based products that chemically exfoliate the skin and leave it glowing. This is a little different to my long-time love, the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, because the texture is like a cream as opposed to a gel. It’s definitely more gentle and doesn’t at all strip the skin (if anything it’s quite hydrating) so it’s what I’d recommend for a beginner experimenting with acid exfoliation for the first time. It isn’t quite as effective but still leaves my skin looking much more radiant, making it great for when my skin is a little more sensitive and I don’t want to use something too intense.
Ingredients Include: Glycolic Acid, Papaya Enzyme, Viniferene
Instant Detox Mask* | £22 | This is a clay mask that I reach for when my skin is in need of a deep cleanse. It has quite a thin texture so is easy to spread across the skin and this also means that although it’s a clay mask, when it hardens and dries down it doesn’t feel like your soul is being sucked dry of moisture! It's amazing at drawing all the impurities out of my skin; leaving it feeling so clean and helping keep any blemishes at bay.
Ingredients Include: Pink Clay, Grape Marc, Coffee, Papaya Extract
Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil* | £18 | This has rocketed up the ranks to become one of my all-time favourite cleansing oils! I love how lightweight the texture is, so it doesn't feel heavy and never leaves a greasy excess on my skin or breaks me out. You only need 2-3 pumps of this to completely remove all your makeup (yes, even that stubborn waterproof eyeliner!) and best of all it doesn't sting my eyes! I just wash it off with a damp cloth and it takes all my makeup off with it.
Ingredients Include: Sunflower Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil
Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet* | £21.85 | This is one of my absolute favourite moisturisers; the texture is somewhere between a cream and a gel and is very much water-based. This makes is amazing for hydrating the skin without being anything too rich or greasy or heavy. It absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it soft and plumping out dehydration lines considerably. It's pretty amazing for combination skin that needs hydration but also a product that isn't going to be suffocating in the slightest. It's also incredibly soothing and hydrating if your skin is feeling sensitive.
Ingredients Include: Grape Water, Antioxidants
Vinosource Moisturising Matifting Fluid* | £23 | I pretty much alternate between this and the Moisturising Sorbet, though I opted for the matte version mainly over Summer. It offers pretty much the same level of hydration as the Sorbet with the beautiful fast-absorbing texture but gives me a more shine-free finish. I don't know how a product can control shine so well yet still feel so hydrating but somehow Caudalie manage it with this moisturiser! If you have combination skin then this is a must-try product, especially during the Summer months. Even if you have normal or drier skin that just gets a bit shiny sometimes, I feel this is hydrating enough to still work for you.
Ingredients Include: Grape Water, Vitamin C, Calcium, Flax Seed Powder
Have you tried Caudalie skincare? What are your favourite products from them?