A few weeks ago, I attended a “mini facial” beauty event at the Caudalie shop on Lexington Avenue. Mathilde Thomas, founder of the grape derived skincare line, was on hand to explain the benefits of the assorted products.
The low-key and very knowledgeable Mathilde started Caudalie with her husband Bertrand at her family-owned vineyard in the Bordeaux region of France. A medical expert on grape and grape vine polyphenols, which have high levels of anti-oxidants, gave the couple the idea to use the leftover grape skins and seeds from the harvest for other uses. Thus, Caudalie, which means a measurement of quality that quantifies the duration of a wine’s flavor on the palette, was born. Combined with a number of other natural and environmentally friendly active ingredients, the couple created formulas that truly benefit the skin. Currently living in NYC with their three children, the Thomases have Caudalie shops and spas around the world. Their commitment to eco-friendly practices and donation of 1% of the company’s annual world sales to NPOs that work to protect the environment are admirable.
If you are a long time reader of KiC, you know that I am not a beauty nut. I’m very interested in skincare, but reluctant to try new products as most irritate my skin. Well, that’s changed. At the Caudalie event, I sampled and bought a number of creams and oils. After three weeks, I could not be happier– not only does my skin look better, the products smell incredibly delicious.