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I adore beauty products. I really, really adore them all the more when they are green. When I began writing about eco-beauty here four years ago, the good stuff was harder to find. But now it’s just as luxe as it’s less eco counterparts. Which means your vanity can be filled with pretty bottles and pots free of parabens and petro chems and synthetic fragrance and dyes. It’s a win-win.

Thanks to our friends at the French beauty brand Caudalie, think of it as a win-win-win situation.

A few weeks ago I was telling you about the great set of goodies they sent me – the top three products their own team loves most: Vinoperfect Radiance Day Fluid ($68), Premier Cru the Eye Cream ($95), and their Beauty Elixir ($16/30ml).

Now their three cult faves can be yours, too! Enter our Caudalie giveaway to win this trio, a $179 retail value.

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(We love all of our international BB readers but the Caudalie giveaway is open to United States participants only.)

Also, if you’re in New York City on September 8th, join Caudalie in celebration of Fashion’s Night Out.  Founders Mathilde and Bertand Thomas will be at the Sephora at 5 Times Square – details to follow!  xo alex.


Alex Asher Sears is a writer, photographer, editor and fourth generation Angeleno. She believes that you can find inspiration anywhere but thinks Slim Aarons, Nöel Coward and Diana Vreeland are a great place to start. Since 2007, she’s been sharing her eco-beauty finds with BB readers, but calls AlexandraWrote home.

Skin: Caudalie’s Best of the Bunch

By | skin | One Comment

My love of beauty potions and lotions and makeup knows no end. But I try, I really do try, to make as much of my routine as green as possible. In the last decade, even more so in the last five years, we’ve seen eco-beauty become as luxe as the rest.

The French skincare line Caudalie began about 15 years ago, and I know both Sarah and I have been fans for some time. But I was thrilled when the girls at Caudalie contacted me the other day to announce that they’d just revamped their US site, and wanted to celebrate with our readers.

Mathilde Thomas and her husband, Bertrand, began the company in the mid-90s, after learning that the same grown grapes on her family’s vineyard, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, held incredible properties for the skin. The company grew from small batches of products sold exclusively in Bordeaux, to a line you can now purchase worldwide. And, as of 1996, Caudalie products have been free of the toxins I try to avoid, like parabens, petro chems and phthalates. (Caudalie is vegan, too.)

As Mathilde says, “I formulate my products for all women who, like me, don’t want to choose between effectiveness and Naturalness, between luxury and ecology.”

With all the research and development that goes into her products, Mathilde particularly loves the eye cream, Premier Cru ($95/15ml)  – which I’ve just started to use. It’s formulated to nourish and hydrate while fighting puffiness, dark circles and signs of aging. But what I especially love is that the cream has a luminescent quality, so that while it may take some time to see results, you instantly look refreshed – I’m skipping my usual undereye concealer.

Two other products I received were favorites with other members of the Caudalie team, and it’s no surprise why. The Beauty Elixir ($16/30ml) works with all skin types, all day. Use it before moisturizing, through the day as a toner or spritz lightly over your makeup to help it set (a makeup artist trick of the trade). The ingredients include grape and rose extracts, essential oils of rosemary, mint and myrrh, and orange flower water.

The Vinoperfect line is what made them famous – their Radiance Serum is “the number one choice for radiance and anti-dark spot treatment” found in French pharmacies. And the new Day Perfecting Fluid ($68/30ml)  is fantastic. It moisturizes and protects with an SPF 15 (with UVA and UVB coverage), but it also evens skin tone like a primer. The oil free cream contains grape and olive extracts, cypress, sweet and mandarin oranges, chamomile and mint – it smells amazing.

Caudalie wants to offer Beauty Banter readers a special gift:

Now through August 15, 2011, receive a 15% discount on all purchases made at www.caudalie-usa.com. Promo code: NEWSITE

While you’re there, check out some of the new features, including Mathilde’s blog, the ability to get live help from Caudalie experts, and three deluxe samples with every order. They’re also adding a section for reader reviews and comments, which I think is a fabulous resource.

Although the discount does not apply in store, you can find Caudalie products sold at Sephora, select Nordstrom stores, and at boutiques near youxo a.

WEEKLY MUST HAVE: Caudalie Quenching Sorbet-Creme

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Long live the face creme! While every other blog and media outlet will be inundating you with royal coverage, I thought, why not discuss a great cream to make us all feel regal?

So enters Caudalie Quenching Sorbet-Creme. While we all can’t be real life royal heiness’, we can definitely feel (and look) like royalty. And that all starts with the complexion.

Why I’m liking Caudalie Quenching Sorbet-Creme:

  • it’s lightweight
  • hydrates well but absorbs easily
  • makes my skin feel nice ans smooth
  • leaves my face glowing
  • contains natural ingredients like grape-seed polyphenols, anti-oxidants, camomile and shea butter that recharge the skin
  • the packaging is pretty and pink
  • great for sensitive skin that still needs moisture
  • paraben-free and made without mineral oil
  • perfect to apply prior to makeup, gets the skin nice and moisturized

I think it’s the perfect spring/ summer face moisturizer and I LOVE that it’s in a pump (this way your dirty hands don’t contaminate the cream. 

A word (or several…) from the company:

“With its ultra-natural formula, Quenching Sorbet-Crème deeply hydrates all skin types, even the hyper-sensitive ones. The skin is instantly rehydrated, softened and soothed. Skin is immediately relieved of tightness and irritation.”

Here’s to hoping that HRH Kate Middleton used such a fab creme!

PRICE TAG:  $40.00 for 1.3 oz

When You Can’t Have Crealine H20….

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There’s always Caudalie’s Cleansing Water – another French alternative offered in the US of A (because, sadly, Bioderma’s Crealine is not).

Like Crealine H20, Caudalie Cleansing Water is a water and rinse-free face wash that removes dirt and makeup. It is gentle, non-irritating, soothing and can be used on the most sensitive of skins.

I have a serious obsession with Crealine H20. Whenever a friend from France travels to the states, I beg them to bring over a jumbo bottle of the solution. While I use it mainly as a makeup remover – it is so sensitive I have absolutely no adverse reaction – it’s also a great face wash supplement for skin types that are overdryed by washing too often.

The bummer of it all is that Crealine is impossible to find in the states. And I just ran out of my last bottle. Sadly, my only friend traveling from abroad was flying via carry-on and the bottle didn’t make the trip. Hence, my need to find the alternative…

And I’m not mad at Caudelie’s take on the water-free wash. While this formula does contain fragrance so it’s not a mild (in my opinion), it still gets the job done. It removes my makeup effortlessly, doesn’t irritate my eyes or skin and makes washing my face post removal, seamless. Again, the second wash in unnecessary. You could just leave your skin happy with the cotton pad removal of dirt, makeup and grime, but I’m a stickler for a little water love, so I do the double duty service.

Compare Caudalie Cleansing Water review to Crealine H20 review by clicking here! And if you find yourself in France, do bring back a bottle for moi, s’il vous plait?

PRICE TAG: $26.00

Stocking Stuffers: Caudalie My Vinotherapie Spa Escape

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Who doesn’t want a trip to the spa? But do you really have the time? Well, Caudalie is bringing the spa to you… in the convenience of your own home. Caudalie’s My Vinotherapie Spa Escape is just want Santa had in mind.

Indulge in Caudalie’s most coveted products in sample sizes. Caudalie uses grape-seeds (polyphenols)  in all of their products to stimulate cell renewal and give you gorgeous skin.With the Spa Escape set, you can try the range without commiting to the products… and create a spa at home!

Here’s what you get in the set:

– 1 fl oz Nourishing Body Lotion
Enriched with highly nutritive active ingredients, this treatment immediately and lastingly moisturizes your skin to help regain its softness and elasticity.
Morning and evening, massage the Nourishing Body Lotion all over the body in circular movements.

– 0.13 fl oz Vinopure Purifying Mask
This non-drying purifying mask eliminates complexion-dulling impurities to brighten the skin. It cleanses deeply, tightens the pores, and regulates oil production.
Apply twice a week to perfectly clean skin for deep-cleansing, then rinse with warm water. For combination skin, use three times a week.

– 5.3 fl oz Cabernet Scrub
For those who seek strong exfoliation coupled with slimming action, crushed grape-seeds are mixed with brown sugar, pure Gironde honey, and 6 organic essential oils to smooth and drain.
Apply to wet skin. Massage the whole body with circular movements and rinse with care.

– 1 fl oz Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel
Soap-free, with an ultra-gentle plant-derived base, this shower gel respects skin’s pH and transforms your shower into a moment of total relaxation.
Lather onto wet skin. It rinses away easily, leaving nothing on your skin except for the delicate trace of Fleur de Vigne.

– 0.5 fl oz Hand and Nail Cream
Nourish and protect hand and nails with this anti-oxidant cream.
Apply anytime to maintain soft, luxurious hands.

PRICE TAG: $34.00 ($53.00 value)

A few of my favorite things… Travel Edition

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I receive countless emails asking about my travel regimen so I thought I’d share some of my absolute favorite travel products with you today, on the heels of my venture west to warmer weather. Sadly, the sun has yet to make an appearance but here’s to wishful thinking (and warmer temps, thank God).

So, considering that it is travel season, these items should come in handy like, today.

Here are a few of my favorite travel items:

– I use it for my lips, cuticles, eyes AND sinus’. It works wonders to keep the entire lot hydrated. It’s also most effective for all climates. Coming from a blizzard (NYC) to a dessert (LA), climate was bound to give my skin something to get all chapped up about.

Smashbox O-Gloss – Flying leaves me ghostly pale and drained of all color — skin, eyelids and lips. O-Gloss comes in handy when I want a hint of pink — like a stain — with a surge of moisture. I also use it on my cheeks to give them a natural flush.

– Yes, I still care about the state of my hair 30,000 feet above ground. The beach spray is the perfect formula to take travel hair and make it beach-chic. Messy tresses that look — and smell — salon styled.

Klorane Dry Shampoo – The travel size is perfect to spray pre-landing for a quick touch-up-and-go. Gets rid of dirt and grease buildup from the flight and gives hair an added bounce of volume.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream – It’s imperative to hydrate hands and nails while in flight. My current cream of choice comes thanks to french skincare line, Caudelie. Full of anti-oxidants and grape seed, the cream smells amazing and moisturizes equally as impressively. I apply at least every 30 minutes.

– You can use this balm anywhere, I like to pat it on my face, especially during a flight. With all of that reprocessed air, my skin is begging for some TLC. Skin Foods offers my face moisture, soothing properties of lavender and calendula and an all-around healthy glow. Can also be used on hands, feet, around the eye area, neck and elbows. Apply sparingly.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

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Bonjour Paris!

On my way to the most romantic city on earth — Paris! I can’t wait to fall in love… with the fabulous beauty finds.

Until then, have fun with my newest travel must-have:

Caudalie Beauty Elixir: perfect for that nasty, reprocessed airplane air. Part-toner, part-serum of essential oils and plant active ingredients, this all natural mist smells delish, refreshes and soothes and provides an instant burst of life back into your mug.

I’m traveling with my 1oz bottle (airplane approved!) and misting the entire flight to Paris. It’s like the Crystal of water spritzers (so much more decadent than Evian mist). You can also spray onto a cotton pad and apply like a traditional toner.

Of course, Caudalie is a French skincare line…

As they say, when in France, do as the French do.

PRICE TAG: $15.00 for 1 oz

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What lines do I need to try while in Paris?

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