I always try to avoid changing my skincare routine… I find products I love which work really well on my skin and then if or when I decide to change it up and try a new brand or a new product that’s just launched (I’m such a sucker for new things)… the new brand is either too drying on my skin or doesn’t smell too nice and then I’m back on my original skincare trying to fix my skin. Nightmare.
So when I saw the chance to try out some skincare products… I wondered whether I would have the same issue, but I’d heard so many great things about Caudalie, I thought it was worth a shot.
If for some reason you have no idea who Caudalie is, lemme tell you…
Caudalie is a pioneering French brand which uses grapes, seeds, vines and leaves to create anti-ageing skincare. Sounds natural and healthy, right?! Yup… because it is! Caudalie tries to squeeze in as many natural ingredients as possible into those cute little bottles. And that includes resveratrol (a polyphenol in red wine) which sounds pretty magic… it’s been proven to help beat effects of ageing, wrinkles and sun damage! (Erm… yes please, I’ll have some of that!)
So in the little box of Caudalie skincare goodies sent to me, there were four items… Vine Activ Overnight Detox Oil, Makeup-Removing Cleansing Oil, Glycolic Peel and Instant Foaming Cleanser. I’ll tell you a little about each one and what I thought of it below…
Caudalie Vine Activ Overnight Detox Oil (30ml)
The Caudalie Vine Activ Overnight Detox Oil helps regenerate and refresh skin overnight. It’s a green coloured dry oil but isn’t greasy on the skin and it works to detoxify the skin and smooth out lines too! Sounds like an all-round wonder oil!
It’s suitable for all skin types as it’s a 100% natural concentrate (all natural is what we like to see!) and it contains grapeseed oil, omega 6 and polyphenols – super nourishing!
What’s in it…?
The main ingredient is grape seed oil as this is high in anti-oxidants so it protects the skin from free radicals. Grape seed oil is the key ingredient to regenerate skin cells.
Another ingredient is Sweet Almond Plant Oil – again, a super healthy oil which your skin will LOVE! The oil boosts the skin’s radiance and keeps it looking fresh.
Rose Musc Plant Oil prevents wrinkles! This is due to the fatty acids it contains which are essential for regenerating cells.
Also packed into this little bottle is the goodness are three essential oils, Lavender, White Sandalwood and Carrot. Carrot oil detoxifies skin and regenerates cells, lavender is well known for its healing properties so keeps skin healthy and fresh and White sandalwood reduces redness, congestion and helps reduce impurities in the skin.
How do I use it…?
With all of those incredible ingredients doing all sorts of work on your skin, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to use… You only need the smallest amount to cover the whole face – around 6 drops should be enough – the oil goes a lonnnng way.
Apply the 6 drops in the evening before your moisturiser or instead of moisturiser and leave it to work overnight! Make sure to avoid the eye area. (I haven’t used it on my eyes but I’m guessing it’ll sting… so um yeah… don’t do that)
Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil (150ml)
I’ve never used oil as a cleanser until I came across this product… I’ve always thought that using oil on your face to cleanse it would only make it more oily… (just me?!) but I was wrong about that…
This oil dissolves all makeup, even waterproof makeup and is 100% natural so it’s suitable to be used for every skin type!
The oil itself is super light and once washed off, leaves the skin feeling refreshed and soft. It can even be used to remove makeup in the eye area (so many makeup removers tell you to avoid the eye area… but isn’t that where you need the remover the most?).
Whilst it’s pretty good at removing makeup, you can use it to just cleanse the skin without makeup – it’s not too harsh.
What’s in it…?
This makeup removing oil is 100% natural. Yup… no nasty silicones or preservatives which often clog pores! The oil used in the product is a mixture of grape seed oil (like the detox oil), sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil and castor oil. These four oils work together to effectively remove makeup and make your skin super fresh.
How do I use it…?
The bottle says that only three pumps are needed to cover the face. Work the oil into the skin whilst it emulsifies and then rinse it off the skin with warm water.
I found that the product went on really well and 3 pumps were all I needed to cover the whole area. It emulsified well and didn’t feel harsh on my skin at all. I rinsed the product off and the majority of my makeup had been removed (there was a tiny bit left in the eye area but I probably didn’t take the product close enough to the lashes. My skin felt super clean and refreshed but after a few minutes it felt a little tight. Nothing that some moisturiser can’t sort out though.
Caudalie Glycolic Peel (75ml)
Okay so I have a confession… I’ve never used a skin peel before…
I know I know.. Who am I?! But don’t worry because this next product sorted that out for me!
If your skin is looking a little dull and needs a pick me up, give the Glycolic Peel a try…
The Caudalie Glycolic Peel works just like a normal peel (You’re probably wondering how I know that if I’ve never used one before… but I know what they do and how to use them!) but with a built-in scrub to remove dead skin cells and give the skin a healthy glow.
(For those not familiar with peels, they’re pretty much the same as a face mask but packed with enzymes and goodness to make your skin look incred…)
The scrub/peel contains mainly natural ingredients so it’s super gentle on your skin. It gently exfoliates the skin, tightens pores and makes skin glow!
The peel should be applied to the whole face area twice a week if the skin is dry… avoiding the eye area though! It should be left on for 10 minutes, then rinsed off with warm water.
What’s in it?
The main ingredients are Glycolic Acid (used as the peelant), Papaya enzyme to exfoliate and Viniferine which brightens the skin’s complexion and helps with any dark spots.
How do I use it?
Twice a week apply the peel to the face, leave for ten minutes and then rinse with water. Make sure the skin is a little damp and not bone dry before the peel.
If you’re trying this out for the first time, make sure you don’t use any other peels as they can be quite strong and you don’t want to overdo it!
As you can see from the picture above, the peel seems pretty thick at first but once its spread onto the skin, it thins out and it isn’t super cakey.
I was suuuuuper impressed with this! I love face masks and so this felt just the same – it was easy to apply and smooth over the skin. The peel washed off easily with just warm water and my skin actually felt pretty smooth afterwards!
Instant Foaming Cleanser (50ml)
Finally is the Instant Foaming Cleanser. I’ve tried foaming cleansers before and found that I needed so much product for it to actually make a noticeable difference on my skin… but I thought I’d give this one a try!
The bottle contains a liquid but when you press the top down, it dispenses as a foam. A couple of pumps gives a fair amount of foam too. It’s super gentle whilst cleansing and one thing I love about it is that it’s soap free… soap can sometimes really irritate my skin so it’s refreshing to see a brand steering clear and providing alternatives!
What’s in it…?
This product of the four has a much longer ingredients list but the main ingredients are Red Grape Extract (full of antioxidants!), Sage Extract (reduces blemishes), Plant Glycerin (moisturising) and Chamomile Extract (anti-inflammatory)
There’s also a long list of various ingredients which aren’t in the product – I liked this as it saves time reading ingredients to avoid those horrible additives like Parabens.
How do I use it?
The foaming cleanser works to remove makeup or cleanse makeup free skin. You don’t need much, just press the pump down a couple of times and it should give you enough product for the whole face. Work into the skin and then rinse off with warm water.
I used a couple of pumps of the product but felt that to cleanse my face fully, I needed more. The product has a strong scent unlike the others I’ve tried but it’s not too overpowering or unpleasant. The cleanser felt quite thin on my skin and I felt that it didn’t always remove all of my makeup so I needed to add more product a couple of times whilst cleansing. After cleansing and drying my face with a towel, my skin felt really dry and tight. My skin never usually feels that tight after cleansing so it must have been the product… maybe I used too much?
Aside from that, I would definitely invest in Caudalie skincare products but I would make sure I had a good moisturiser to hand to put on as soon as my skin has been cleansed.
Have you tried Caudalie? What were your thoughts?