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Caudalie Fast-Forwards


Spending countless hours at Caudalie’s spa at The Plaza in New York is not a difficult task. But if you don’t have time to luxuriate in a two-hour facial followed by a lounge in the relaxation area with a few glasses of fine wine (and more than a few nibbles of fine cheese), there’s a new way to get in, get out, and get your primp on. The Under an Hour collection features four treatment round-ups designed to be completed in 60 minutes or less. Vine Reset offers a detoxifying wrap, scalp massage, body massage, and moisturizing mask; Vine Express showcases a body polish, body wrap, petite facial, and scalp massage; Vine Power includes the spa’s grand facial, which is paired with a manicure and petite pedicure; and Vine Flash combines a petite facial and brow shaping with a bikini wax and polish change. We partook in the Vine Flash on a recent visit to the pampering haven, as it includes four things we typically have to trek all over the city for. The service actually begins with the bikini wax, which is unrushed and thorough, and then transitions into the facial. To keep on schedule, this one comes minus extractions, but a little circulation-boosting massage and deep exfoliation can go along way to enhanced clarity. A brow shaping and lacquer application follow directly after. Needless to say, lunch hour just got way more exciting.

Under an Hour treatments are available at the Caudalie Spa at the Plaza, 1 W. 58th St., NYC, (212) 265-3182,

Photo: Courtesy of Caudalie

For Caudalie, The Grass Is Always Ruddy


JAPANESE BLOOD GRASS (jap-on-eez blud-gras) / n. / 1. Also called Imperata cylindrical, this perennial is found predominantly in southeast Asia, Australia, and parts of Africa, especially in coastal areas; / 2./ Long, flat-leafed, reddish blades used for paper-making, weaving, and to thatch traditional huts in Papua New Guinea; / 3. / A common fever reducer prescribed in Chinese medicine to treat flu and coughs; / 4. / A plant the roots and flowers of which can be brewed into a tea to decrease body temperature; / 5. / Possessing a superior ability to retain water and commonly used in skincare products as a moisturizing agent, e.g., “Cool down and treat dehydrated complexions with Japanese blood grass.”

Try it: Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream with Japanese Blood Grass, $95,

Photo: Courtesy of Caudalie

The 411: Mathilde Thomas of Caudalíe


You could say that Mathilde Thomas lives by the phrase, “in vino veritas“—after all, she and her husband Bertrand are responsible for creating the world’s premiere wine-driven beauty line, Caudalíe. Built on the principle that the polyphenols found in grape seeds are infinitely more effective at fighting pesky, age-provoking free radicals than Vitamin E, the brand has grown by leaps and bounds since its 1995 inception, thanks to innovative products and the spread of a range of vinothérapie spas. Though Caudalíe was born in France, Mathilde and her family recently made the move to New York. What major differences has the Manhattan transplant discovered so far? That Parisians’ laissez-faire approach to bike helmets doesn’t work in a city where taxicabs are moving menaces, for one, and that French and American women have different approaches to beauty. “I was surprised that here women often want to cover problems rather than treat them, so makeup is way bigger than skincare, and it’s the contrary in France,” Thomas told “In France, we start taking care of our skin much earlier and here a lot of women will wait until they have a problem and then say ‘fix it.’ And in New York, everyone is in a hurry; women want results fast!” Here, she shares her beauty secrets on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Cosmetic Doctor: Dr. Bernard Hertzog

“He lives between London and Paris, and he is the absolute best for mesotherapy! (Editor’s note: Mesotherapy is a medical specialty that involves injecting microscopic quantities of natural extracts, homeopathic agents, pharmaceuticals, and vitamins into the skin, used to eliminate cellulite, promote weight loss, and treat aging skin.) He takes care of all the French celebrities, and after seeing him I glow for a week. He is very, very good and has a light touch. I met him in 1996, because he was the one behind our Beauty Elixir.”

Dr. Bernard Hertzog, 60, avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007, Paris, 01 45 56 10 00.

The Essential Product: Caudalíe Premier Cru

“Because it took me more than eight years to design, and 200 trials, I would have to say my most-used Caudalíe product is the Premier Cru. It’s my Rolls-Royce of creams, and it has 15 years of technology behind it, and all the best anti-aging molecules at their highest concentrations. It’s a serum plus a moisturizer, and I will use it morning and night without anything else.”

Caudalíe Premier Cru La Crème, $120,

The Hair Stylist and Colorist: Warren Tricomi

“I discovered the Warren Tricomi salon when I arrived in New York and I love it. I see Edward [Tricomi] for cuts, and Naoko Suzuki for the best blowouts. And for color, I always go see Joel [Warren]. Everyone there is very talented!”

Warren Tricomi Salon at The Plaza, 1 W. 58 St., NYC, (212) 262-8899,

The Yogini: Louise Lougalates-Hale

“When I’m in Paris, I like to see Louise for a private session at least once a week, because doing yoga always makes me feel so healthy. We have even arranged for her to come to the Caudalíe offices so that the entire team can do yoga together!”

For more information, call +33 6 80 26 80 32 or e-mail

The Makeup Artist: Delphine Sicard

“Delphine is my favorite, and I’ve been working with her forever. She is very good and she does a lot of magazines and television in France. She always takes care of my makeup for special occasions.”

For more information, email

The Makeup Essentials: The Power of Prestige

“I really don’t like to use a lot of makeup, but when I do, it is extremely important to me that the look is natural. I rely on Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, Lancôme Définicils mascara, and NARS Blush in Orgasm to help give me a simple, sun-kissed glow without looking overdone.”

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $47, Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, $24.50 and NARS Blush in Orgasm, $26,

The Alternative Medicine Practitioner: Dr. Nadia Volf

“Nadia has been my acupuncturist in Paris for some time and I trust her immensely! If I could find someone in New York as good as her, I would be so happy!”

Dr. Nadia Volf, 5 Rue Quentin Bauchart, 75008, Paris; +33 1 47 20 09.

The Destination Spa: Caudalíe Vinotherapie Spa, Elciego, Spain

“I have two favorites. If I’m in an arty mood I go to the Caudalíe Vinotherapie spa at the Marqués de Riscal Hotel in Elciego. It’s the only Gehry-designed hotel, and the whole place feels like you’re living in a piece of art. Plus, every time I’m there, I get to go see my favorite spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. My other favorite is the Vinotherapie Spa in Bordeaux. It’s my family vineyard, so it’s like going home.”

Caudalíe Vinotherapie Spa at Marqués de Riscal Hotel, Calle Torrea 1, Elciego, Spain 01340, +(34)(945) 180880;

The Restaurant: Le Meurice

“When we are in Paris we always like to visit our friend, Chef Yannick Alléno, at Restaurant Le Meurice. He is a very talented chef and prepares the most decadent food…it is always a very special treat, and a luxurious dining experience.”

Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris, +33 1 44 58 10 10.;

The Edible Necessity: Cheese

“Food is very important to us French, so I’m constantly looking for new places in the city. Cheese is my essential, though, and I think Artisanal has the best selection. I go there for my 12-year-old Comté and the very stinky, but delicious Époisses.”

Artisanal Cheese, 2 Park Ave., NYC, (212) 532-4033,

Photo: Courtesy of Caudalíe

Open Wide And Say, Spa!


We’ve been so busy stressing over our taxes—and the inevitable extension we had to file—we almost forgot about Spa Week. Almost. The annual event that gives beauty lovers all over the country a chance to experience choice treatments at a selection of local spas—for a mere $50 each—is back, from now through April 18. Below are our top five picks for getting pampered on the cheap in New York; hopefully, a little budget massage therapy will ease away the memory of that sizable “estimate” check we just wrote to the IRS.

Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa at the Plaza

What: A Vinothérapie Facial for 45 minutes of grapeseed polyphenol-infused, face-cleansing bliss.

Where: 1 W. 58th St., at Fifth Ave., NYC.

How: To book an appointment, call (212) 265-3182.

Susan Ciminelli Day Spa & Salon

What: Ciminelli’s signature Seaweed Body Wrap, which minimizes cellulite, reduces stress, conditions the skin, and reduces toxins and water retention. Check, check, check, and check.

Where: 120 E. 56th St., 2nd fl., NYC.

How: To book an appointment, call (212) 750-4441.

Exhale Spa, Midtown

What: A 60-minute Fusion Massage, which uses specific rhythmic massage movements and potent herbal and aromatherapy oils to enhance the overall therapeutic effect. Because you deserve it.

Where: 150 Central Park South, NYC.

How: To book an appointment, call (212) 249-3000.

Clarins Skin Spa

What: A 45-minute Signature Facial using professional-grade versions of Clarins’ best-selling plant-based products. Exceptionally radiant skin; never a bad thing.

Where: 247 Columbus Ave., NYC.

How: To book an appointment, call (212) 362-0190.

The Back Room Hand & Foot Spa at Carol’s Daughter

What: 90 minutes of Carol’s Daughter’s Rose Petal mani/pedi ritual, which features kitchen-fresh ingredients like milk, coconut, peppermint, and tapioca mixed with rose petals. Your nails and toes will look flawless. And then there’s that 10-minute foot massage.

Where: 24 W. 125th St., NYC.

How: To book an appointment, call (212) 828-6717.

Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Wine, What Can’t It Do?


Recycling the natural byproducts of the wine-making process and repurposing them in skincare lines isn’t necessarily new. Companies like Caudalie have based their entire operations on the potency of grape seed polyphenols, which are rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids that promote a healthy complexion. Now Seed, an aptly named fledgling brand started by a husband-and-wife duo, is getting in on the act, releasing a new hair and body care range that cleanses, quenches, and revives using the power of nature. The difference? Seed is much more barebones than Caudalie, which we like. So much so, in fact, that its standout product is a Conditioning Hair Shampoo Bar—yes, we said shampoo bar. Who should try it: oenophiles of all persuasions, but especially ladies with short hair and anti-frills masculine types.

Photo: Courtesy of Seed