March 16th, 2014



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.


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  • Thanks for this Preston ! I have incredibly sensitive rosacea prone skin so tend not to try new things very much at all. This range looks really interesting though and as you’ve done the guinea-pig thing then I will try some of the oils. I see it is available on Net-a-Porter too which is so handy – especially living down here in New Zealand where these things take an age, if ever to reach x

    Penny CalderMarch 16th, 2014  9:12 PM

  • I would love to know what Caudalie products you have been using. I too have adult acne, rosacea prone skin & it’s so hard to find skin friendly products.

    AnneMarch 16th, 2014  10:09 PM

  • Anne, Here’s what I’ve figured out: I now avoid cranberries, red peppers, and the sun on my face, especially if I have oil or moisturizer on. I moisturize my face after I’ve dried my hair.
    If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

    PrestonMarch 17th, 2014  8:49 AM

  • I BOUGHT with my own Amex: Premier Cru eye cream and face cream, Vinosource serum (helps with redness), Divine scrub and oil (they smell so good!!), Nourishing body lotion, a Vinosource face oil (I use this sparingly around my mouth), and a lip conditioner. Mathilde talked me into the lip conditioner as I’m picky about how they taste, and this one is amazing.

    PrestonMarch 17th, 2014  8:58 AM

  • Love Caudalie products and highly recommend a stay at their Spa on their vineyard outside of Bordeaux.

    ValerieMarch 17th, 2014  9:13 AM

  • I have used the Beauty Elixir on and off for a few years. I can’t say it has any noticeable effect on my skin, but the spray smells so wonderful and is so refreshing that I love it for that alone. Inexpensive too, relatively speaking. I’ve been considering trying other products in the line – and now I will!

    LisaMarch 17th, 2014  9:15 AM

  • I have stubborn rosacea and find that sun exposure aggravates it. Sunscreen is no help, either. The best product I have found to help is organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, used daily. It has been great for my skin.

    MareeMarch 17th, 2014  9:42 AM

  • I have sensitive skin as well and I find the only thing that doesn’t irritate my skin is the ‘Almond’ line from Weleda made in Germany . It is an excellent product line and its not expensive. I went on a 21 day cleanse (Dr junger) for the first time in my life and my skin totally cleared up. Unfortunately I had to give up wine, dairy, caffeine, sugar, gluten, wheat, etc. and I am not prepared to do this for my entire life. I will try this skin care line it sounds like a lot of people with sensitive skin like it!

    Sue TothMarch 17th, 2014  10:16 AM

  • I also have rosacea and my dermatologist recommends SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex which I use each morning…..always looking for magic bullet so will try this line as well!

    LeslieMarch 17th, 2014  3:07 PM

  • Rosacea is a common celiac response, and easy to test for. My diet has radically changed for the better in all ways and I have never felt or looked better!

    However, my skin is still sensitive to chemicals, fragrances particularly because they are usually synthetic, but I have no problem with Caudalie!

    ElleMarch 17th, 2014  3:55 PM

  • I LOVE Caudalie! We’re off to Paris this week & I shall be stocking up.

    That's Not My AgeMarch 17th, 2014  4:29 PM

  • Adore the Beauty Elixir! It’s hugely refreshing in hot weather and the small bottle is easy to take along.

    SamanthaMarch 17th, 2014  6:18 PM

  • Metrogel works like a charm on my rosacea. When It starts to flare up, I put a thin layer of it on once a day (usually overnight) and within a week it fades and leaves for extended periods. Keep working to find the right product, then stick with it. No matter how fustrated, be gentle to your skin with whatever you use.

    AprilMarch 17th, 2014  8:11 PM

  • Preston, I use Vitamin C serum & sunscreen daily. Three times a week I use Retin A at night. I also avoid the sun on my face. I have not been able to pinpoint certain foods but very spicy can cause a flare up. I recently had an IPL so that should help too.

    AnneMarch 19th, 2014  11:21 PM


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