August 29 2014

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10 posts tagged "Caudalie"

Grape Escape: Caudalíe Enters the Sunshine State



In an endless quest to save face, Angelenos have become quite demanding when it comes to their antiaging products and treatments. Here to serve this newly discerning audience is the vinotherapy skincare line Caudalíe, opening their first West Coast retail flagship and spa this week on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Since launching in 1995, Caudalíe’s founders, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, have been recognized for their formula innovations—finding transformative antioxidant power in the polyphenols in leftover grape skins and seeds at the family château in France. Since then, they’ve been one of the pioneers in the green skincare market, developing products where parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, and phlalates are noticeably absent.

Set in this seaside enclave, Caudalíe’s new home is equal parts laid-back living and natural glamour. Inside the 1,000-square-foot space, customers can discover products at the Beauty Barrel Bar and experience the range through custom treatments—among them, five different types of facials, two body treatments, a body scrub, and manicures and pedicures using Kure Bazaar polish. Designed in purple to stem back to the heart of the brand (the grape), the Venice location will also feature exclusive items in store (dubbed Les Introuvables), including organic herbal tea, shampoo, and a spa candle. Not to mention, there’s French wine from the Caudalíe vineyard to sip after you de-stress.

1416 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA, (310) 450-3560

Reminiscing With…Caudalíe’s Mathilde Thomas


hei-poaBeauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The pro: Mathilde Thomas, co-founder of Caudalíe skincare

The product: “When I was a teenager in the eighties, I would go sailing with my parents in the Mediterranean near Capri. During these trips, I remember my mother putting Hei Poa Pur Monoï Tahiti on her hair and body to moisturize in the evening. The perfumed oil is made from soaking Tahitian gardenias in a semi-wax coconut oil. You can actually see the flower in the bottle. I love the scent because it reminds me of climbing the Stromboli volcano off the Italian coast, eating the most delicious gelato in Capri, visiting the Pompeii ruins, going to Panarea, and having the best pizza in Napoli. I would use the oil just like she did—warming it between my fingers and applying it on the ends of my hair and on my legs. I’ve bought many bottles since those days, and it inspired me to create my own Divine Oil (a blend of grapeseed, argan, hibiscus, shea butter, and sesame oils with antioxidant polyphenols). It [captures] the scent of the beaches in Saint-Tropez and summer holidays.”

The Love-Fest Between Beauty and Designers Continues With Caudalíe


LWrenScottLimitedEditionBeautyElixir-2Make room on your vanity for yet another beauty and fashion mash-up—French skincare maker Caudalíe is getting into the collaboration game with a new limited-edition version of Beauty Elixir, a toner-serum hybrid that first launched in 1996. Beginning next month, fans can get the invigorating mist, which Caudalíe founder Mathilde Thomas describes as “Starbucks coffee for the skin,” in a chic bottle designed by L’Wren Scott. The partnership may not seem like an obvious one to devotees of the brand, but it’s actually a no-brainer. Thomas tapped Scott for the project because of her well-documented appreciation of the spray. “I have been a big fan of this product since I first discovered it in a French pharmacy in 1997. Mathilde had read in more than one publication about my love of [Beauty Elixir]. She reached out and asked if we could meet up for tea. From there, the idea of my designing the bottle came to fruition,” says Scott.

The women’s mutual admiration for each other made for a smooth creative process, and it didn’t take long for the duo to nail down a new concept for the bottle. The packaging is inspired by the mosaic patterns Scott used in her Fall 2013 collection, and it alludes to the curves of the female form. “The first [sketch] [Scott] showed me was the best. Then we went back and forth on the color before we opted for matte black. It’s very modern, graphic, and super-feminine all at the same time,” says Thomas. One thing it isn’t: permanent. Only 5,000 designer bottles will be available Stateside. We have a feeling they won’t be on shelves for long.

Caudalíe L’Wren Scott Limited Edition Beauty Elixir, $49, available November 1 at

Photo: Courtesy of Caudalie

For Caudalie, the Eyes Have It


SOS-Eye-CreamBack in the early days of our career, we had a beauty-editor boss who once labeled eye creams as ridiculous wastes of money, pointing out that they were essentially face creams put in fancy small tubes. The point was well taken at the time, but in the last ten years, eye creams have really come a long way. Today’s more advanced formulas feature ingredients specifically designed to penetrate and treat the delicate skin around the eyes, which tends to be thinner and drier than the rest of your face. This is especially true in the case of Caudalie’s Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue, a new multitasking cream that soothes inflammation and seals in hydration without clogging the tiniest of pores around your eyes. The hero ingredient: a nuanced form of hyaluronic acid with a very low molecular weight, which absorbs deeply under the surface to restore moisture, minus any greasy feel. It’s further boosted with calming organic Grape Water, antioxidant-rich grape polyphenols, and wine-yeast extracts that help maintain the skin’s barrier defenses—a benefit around the orbital zone, which is constantly bombarded with dirt and residue from your hands. As an added bonus, the cream glides on around the contours of our eyes with a cool, sorbet-like texture that we’d label nothing short of “amazing.”

Photo: Courtesy of Caudalie

Beauty Etiquetter: Putting On The Pressure During A Massage


Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, email

The Quandary: What’s a nice way to tell the spa masseuse that she’s not using enough, or too much, pressure during a massage?

The Expert in Residence: Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie skincare and Vinothérapie spas

The Advice: “Even though you might feel awkward telling the masseuse to change her pressure, she really does want to know what you’re thinking. A good masseuse should ask you how deep you’d like to go at the start of the treatment, before you get undressed. Try to give her a specific guideline, such as, ‘I’d like the pressure to be a four on a scale from one to ten.’ Then she should check in with you after the first one to two minutes of the massage. If she hasn’t, speak up then—I find it’s easier to say something sooner rather than later. Just keep it casual with a comment like, ‘Can you put in a bit more (or less) pressure?’ Don’t explain or apologize, as that will make things awkward. Also, if you find yourself in a situation in which the technique isn’t to your liking time and time again, you might be booking the wrong types of treatments—deep-tissue-inspired massages, for example, will always be a bit firm, whereas Swedish-style ones tend to be gentler. So ask the receptionist to give you the details before you book. And if you simply don’t feel comfortable saying anything after the treatment is under way, you can ask the front desk on the way out to put a note in your file for the masseuse to use more or less force the next time. That way, you can get exactly what you want without any worry of being impolite.”

Photo: Courtesy of Caudalie