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Caudalie is the French beauty brand that is committed to delivering all natural, anti-aging skincare to the world. Founded just about two decades ago and born on a French vineyard, Caudalie combines eco-conscious ethics and advanced cosmetic science to produce high performing skin care products for a variety of skin concerns.

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The Story Behind Caudalie

The vision for Caudalie was born in 1993 by its founder Mathilde Thomas and her husband Bertrand. Working on her familys vineyard in Bordeaux France, Mathilde discovered a treasure with the assistance of world-renowned Polyphenols specialist, Professor Joseph Vercauteren. The vine and grapes that Mathilde was harvesting on the vineyard were the holders of extreme benefits for the skin. Led by Professor Vercauteren, who serves as the Caudalie brands scientific advisor, Mathilde began extracting these superior benefits from the vines, advancing to create a patent for this process, and officially forming the Caudalie brand.

Throughout the first decade of the Caudalie journey, the company focused on providing refreshing and rejuvenating spa treatments to its high-end clientele. The Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa was opened in 1999. Through this Caudalie spa, the brand harnessed the power of the vine and grape extracts to create truly innovative, natural based, luxury skincare treatments inspired by their serene vineyard. By 2001, Caudalie brought all of their visions to life by becoming the first brand to use grape-seed extract in a cosmetic formulation. From there Caudalie expanded, growing its line of natural skincare products into the brand you see today.

The philosophy behind Caudalie is centered on what Mathilde has dubbed the Caudalie Cosm-ethics. This is the Caudalie commitment to eco-consciousness and respect for the earth. Each and every Caudalie product is formulated to be the highest performing skincare product without sacrificing the health of the user or the planet. Within the Caudalie skincare line, youll find products infused with plant-based and botanical ingredients including organic grape water, grape-seed oils, argan, borage, evening primrose, hibiscus, and sesame oils, and orange and lemon plant waters. Caudalie also uses active moisturizers, avocado, shea, and apricot butters in many of the potent formulations as well. And to top off these plant-powered skincare products, Caudalie uses Indian Hyssop, lemon, juniper, fresh peppermint, broom, rosemary, and geranium extracts. While the Caudalie skincare products are packed with some of the most active botanical ingredients, its what Caudalie leaves out that makes their skincare the natural eco-friendly brand that it is today. Caudalie does not use any mineral oils, paraffin, synthetic dyes, parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, sodium laureth sulfate, or animal-derived ingredients.

You can purchase Caudalie products directly from the company’s online store. Their products are available from a variety of retailers including Sephora and Nordstrom.

Cult Favorite Caudalie Natural Skincare Products

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: The Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is one of the most recent additions to the Caudalie line but its popularity and performance can not be denied. This Caudalie serum is designed to brighten the skins complexion by reducing the appearance of dark spots, preventing future dark spot occurrences, evening the skin tone, and boosting the luminosity of the skin. Formulated with the Caudalie super ingredient, Viniferine, the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum words to neutralize skin discolorations and imperfections for naturally radiant skin. This oil-free and non-comedogenic Caudalie serum is perfect for all skin types and should be used twice day before moisturizing for optimal results.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir: Next to the Caudalie serum is the long-standing fan favorite Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This skin toning serum was inspired by Hungarys Queen Isabelle and her famous elixir of use. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is designed to instantly rejuvenate the skins complexion for an immediate boost of radiance. Within this highly celebrated Caudalie Beauty Elixir, youll find signature Caudalie ingredients like grape extracts to help illuminate the skin, mint, and rosemary to tone dull skin, and rose oil soothe skin ready skin for treatment. This multipurpose Caudalie Beauty Elixir can be used as a primer before your makeup application, to set makeup locking it in place, or as a refreshing mist used throughout the day for instant rejuvenation.

Caudalie Organic Grape Water:  Another popular product in the Caudalie range. Caudalie Organic Grape Water is a great toner to use after cleansing the face. It is suitable for dry, sensitive skin types. Made from USDA organic grapes. Use it in summer as a cooling face mist or for extra hydration before moisturizing. 

Caudalie Moisturizers: Caudalie manufactures a variety of natural moisturizers for the face and neck. The most popular product in the range is the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, a leightweight moisturiser for sensitive skin. It is designed to calm redness and irritation. For anti aging benefits, take a look at the Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer. This product combines antioxidant grape-seeds with lifting and firming peptides. The most expensive product in the range is Caudalie Premier Cru La Creme Riche. It is a thicker moisturizer designed specifically for mature skin. At $158 a jar, you expect the ultimate anti aging ingredients. 

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  • Ttf 08.28.18 Reply

    I bought the Vino source serum some time back and it triggered contact dermatitis on my face. Broke out it itchy tiny red rash around my nose and mouth a few hours after putting it on. Passed the bottle to my mum hoping that she would be able to use it and she broke out as well. I’ve also experienced similar reaction when using Babor skincare products too. I guess I’m just allergic to French brands

  • Danuta Trevino 12.19.17 Reply

    Got a sample of the sorbet and as usually it is with me and samples I try it, not much changes they end up in my drawer and a year later I trow them out. This sorbet felt so nice on my skin that I kept putting it on a few days in a raw and the difference was very significant. My skin became very soft and any redness I had went away. I just bought the sorbet online because I know I will be using it on regular basis.

  • Shannon Bottemer 12.19.17 Reply

    Zoe, I am currently having this same problem after only using the products for a few days, also a free gift from Sephora. I haven’t gone to the doctor yet, trying cortisone cream and I stopped using it. Hoping it helps ?

  • Sarah 12.12.17 Reply

    I have used the serum for 2 days now and have never experienced such discomfort and pain from a skin care product in my life. I have big patches of complete dryness that leaves me almost unable to make any facial expressions because of how tight and dry those areas are. When I move my face it feels like it’s cracking. There r sports of my fave that have just started turning red. I cannot believe this product is still being sold when many other people have had very similar reactions. I am putting aloe Vera on my face and I still can’t tolerate this level of pain. So thanks a lot sephora.

  • Zoe 08.13.17 Reply

    Never use this stuff!!! I received it as a free gift from Sephora and after 2 days of using it….$100 in medical bills later= not worth it. I had to immediately seek medical attention because this serum left my face with a hideous itchy rash almost resembling rosacea or Eczema. I had to be prescribed a steroid hoping to alleviate the rash. I dont know what kind of face cream and serum is supposed to make your face worse but never use this product. I have never experienced an allergic reaction like this and I am very disappointed. Do your research

  • vanessa 10.25.16 Reply

    My skin went completely nuts recently due to the makeup I got done for a special occasion. I just bought the moisturizing sorbet and anti aging defense serum after trying out their respective sample. Before the skin reaction due to the makeup thing, I’ve been using up their sample and my skin looked amazing. Now since I just bought the full size for both products, I am hoping it would do my skin some good. My skin is still red with dry patches and I’ve only started using the products a day ago. Fingers crossed my skin would calm the hell down cause it sucks to walk around looking like crusty cooked lobster.

  • Nicole 04.25.16 Reply

    The Caudalie Vinosource radiance serum has done wonders for my uneven skin pigmentation, acne scars and dehydrated skin. I cannot recommend this product and brand enough. The beauty elixir is refreshing and excellent for toning. The Vinosource radiance moisturiser is also excellent for combination or dull skin that needs a boost. My favourite beauty brand.

  • Daniela 10.21.15 Reply

    I bought Polyphenol C15 at Sephora where it is sold as a product that does not animal test. I checked the website of Caudlie and they say “we are against animal testing” not we do not animal test. I sent the company and email for information on this matter and was ignored so I will conclude that they do animal test. Plus I had to use the product since I no longer had a cream. It leaves my skin itchy and tight, really not good for sensitive skin yet the seller and the package says good for all skin types. I am so disappointed with this product that I am writing this review.There is something that all cosmetic companies should start understanding that making false claims or not having customer service especially now with the internet will do more harm then good.

  • Cindy C 03.30.15 Reply

    I am a super skin product fanatic! prevention is the key. Caudalie i lov u, i thank u, kp up the gd work! I am chinese and i reside in smog land, hong kong. i have really fair skin as in hello? U must b eurasian, mixed , i have pale pale skin that is translucent you can c vericose veins on my shoulders! Products that cater to asians does Not work 4 me! I mix & match my products, everybody does im sure! ITS THE FEELING!
    I applied it on my wrists and u can feel it sink in, and its great. caudalie is not oily or greasey dis i promise u, and its routine is simple and precise, it works ! Ladies and gents another brand which is makin my wallet itch is French too, jean estrees, try hydrating line its grand. to great skin and may women dominate d earth. Cindy C

  • Elise Chico 06.29.14 Reply

    I bought Caudalie UVB Protection in Sephora Singapore end of May 2014 but started using it only on the last week of June. On the second day of using the product i noticed the sides of my face start to itch and a collegue said my face looks red. Since I was in the office I cannot take off my make up and sun block. Once at home, i took a bath and saw my face all red and small rashes had developed. I suspect it’s because of Caudalie UVB Protection since its the only new product which i have used. More rashes developed specially on the left side of my cheek. I have made appointments to dermatologists here in Singapore but the earliest I could see one is on 5th July. Meanwhile, i stopped using the product and tried to releive the itching by using aloe vera from Body Shop.

    I wrote this to let you know and perhaps let me know also what trigger the rashes, it could be that i’m allergic to what it is made of? It is quite frustrating and uncomfortable for me to go to out in this state. Dermatologists here in SG costs a fortune and I don’t want want this to happen again to me or anybody.
    Thank you.


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