August 30 2014

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A Toast To Caudalie’s New Vinotherapie Spa


When Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas learned that the leftover skins and seeds of the grapes they harvested seasonally in their vineyard in Bordeaux had extraordinary antioxidant powers, creating Caudalíe, their grape-based skincare line, was a no-brainer. Now in possession of the exclusive worldwide patent for extracting and stabilizing grape-seed polyphenols, the couple could be called grape-keepers, as they have access to the most powerful antioxidants occurring in the vegetable world and have learned how to harness the grape’s powers in a range of cleansers and other complexion-enhancing formulas. It’s perhaps fitting, then, that the new Plaza Retail Collection—with its commitment to providing the best of the best in its historically luxe setting—would include Caudalíe in the recently opened space, establishing the first stateside installment of the brand’s original Vinothérapie Spa. In addition to a menu of services centered around their line of products, which are free of synthetic ingredients, the Thomases wanted to bring the “vineyard experience” to their first-ever urban outpost. As such, it’s littered with sensory references to the wineries and châteaus where the three other Caudalíe spas are found and includes an 800-square-foot wine lounge equipped with French, Spanish, Italian, and American offerings (not to mention an on-site sommelier), as well as a signature scent called Bois Grill—a woodsy fragrance that calls to mind the oak casks of the company’s origins. Intoxicating indeed.
The Caudalíe Vinothérapie Spa at the Plaza Retail Collection is located at 1 W. 58th St., 4th floor, NYC. For more information and to make an appointment, call (212) 265-3182.
Photo: Courtesy of Caudalíe