Any skin care line that’s inspired by wine and vineyards automatically gets a vote of confidence from us. It gets another one when facialists and dermatologists alike rave about it, which they have been doing since Caudalie launched in 1995.
We took a long overdue trip to the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza here in NYC. Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, the brand’s founders and new transplants to New York City, greeted us warmly with smiles and an immediate glass of wine, which we didn’t turn down despite the fact that we were working. (It would have been rude, right?)
A quick tour of the spa and an overview of new products followed. The spa, if you ever have the chance to go, is gorgeous, and the treatments and decor are all inspired by the family’s vineyards in France. A bonus? Racks and racks of wine everywhere.
Caudalie has a fairly extensive product offering, but they rely on a core group of signature ingredients. Its newest eye treatment product, Premier Cru The Eye Cream, uses them all. Resveratrol, derived from grape skin, has anti-aging properties. Viniferine, which is derived from vine sap, has a brightening effect. Grape-seed polyphenols are anti-oxidants that block the dreaded free radicals, those nasty chemicals that make your skin look dull and old. The end result? The eye cream will fight wrinkles, dark spots, undereye circles, and puffiness and will increase firmness and hydration. We have been using it religiously since it hit our desk a few weeks ago.
Mathilde also shared a bit of information about a new product launch that will happen this July. Vinoperfect Day Fluid SPF 15 will be a companion product to the popular Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. It will contain hyaluronic acid (the superstar ingredient involved in tissue repair and regeneration), along with Caudalie’s usual cast of grape-derived ingredients.