Caudalie is a really great French beauty brand that uses natural and environmentally friendly ingredients. They source their vine and grape extracts (key ingredients in a lot of their products) from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy. The research that has gone into each of the ingredients they use is astounding. Grape-seed Polyphenols are reputed to be the most powerful anti-oxidant in the plant world and Vine Resveratrol, from grapevine stalks, intensifies the firmness and youthfulness of the skin. They don’t use parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, paraffin, sodium laureth sulfate, phthalates or animal-derived raw materials.
I first came across Caudalie about three years ago. I was looking for Christmas gifts for my mum and I know I can’t go wrong if I give her beauty products. I’d already found her a few bits and bobs but felt like I needed just one more item. I spotted a small handbag-sized bottle of Caudalie Beauty Elixir on the shelf and bought two, one for her and one for me. It’s a fine mist that you can spritz on your face throughout the day, it wakes up the skin and gives it a quick hit of moisture; perfect for keeping on your desk or in your make-up bag – it’s also used by lots of make-up artists to set make-up.
This year my mum will be receiving some more goodies from Caudalie. I found the Vine Body Gift Set which combines Vine Body Butter, Hand and Nail Cream, and Lip Conditioner, which should keep her feeling nourished all over. And, she’ll be getting an exclusive new limited edition bottle of the Beauty Elixir, it’s been designed by Jason Wu. They have a few different gift sets that would all make lovely presents so if you’re stuck for an idea I’m sure you’ll find something nice for your friends and family on their site.