9 posts tagged "Caudalie"
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, e-mail celia _ email@example.com.
The Quandary: What spa treatments should you completely undress for? It’s never clear to me.
The Expert in Residence: Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie skincare and Vinothérapie spas
The Advice: “As a general rule, I would suggest undressing fully for all body treatments and at least down to your undergarments for facial treatments. For body treatments this may be obvious, but for facial treatments many spas also massage your arms, chest, shoulders, and possibly your feet and legs, too. The point is for you to be as relaxed as possible with a free range of motion, and the less clothing, the less encumbered you will be. Many spas also offer spa undergarments, or disposable bra and underwear, so if you want to disrobe and still have some coverage, it’s completely appropriate to ask for these items if they’re not offered upfront.”
How The U.S. Beach Volleyball Team Gets Bikini-Ready; A Blow To The Movement Against Animal Testing; And More…
Olympic beach-volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings is aware that wearing those skimpy bikinis, er, uniforms on international television requires a little pre-match maintenance—which is why she’s big into laser hair removal. “I hate getting waxed,” she admits. “Waxing makes me want to punch someone in the face.” [Daily Mail]
Selena Gomez is the latest celebrity to adopt Fall’s increasingly popular fringe. The cut is apparently for a new film role—and we’re assuming her heavily banged boyfriend, Justin Bieber, approves. [Daily Mail]
Appealing to Chinese consumers is big business these days, but success out East may be at odds with ethical policies in the West. China mandates animal testing in its cosmetic-safety approval process, which means certain brands—like L’Occitane, Yves Rocher, Caudalie, and Mary Kay—have been stripped of their anti-animal-cruelty “leaping bunny” logos as they reverse years of progress in this arena to turn a profit. [Independent]
A fragrance that makes you lose weight with every whiff? Believe it. [Fashion Etc]
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 celia firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Quandary: After a relaxing massage, my therapist always says I should take my time getting up. But how long can I reasonably rest there? I never know what’s appropriate or expected.
The Expert in Residence: Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie skincare and Vinothérapie spas.
The Advice: “You certainly shouldn’t get up too quickly following a treatment, as blood flow in your body will have shifted as a result of lying in a horizontal position for an extended period of time and increased microcirculation. That said, many spas do have to turn the room over for the next client. So feel free to take about five minutes to relax, put on your robe and gather yourself, but taking a nap—as clients have been known to do!—may lead to your therapist coming back to check on you. If you tend to enjoy a lot of time relaxing after a massage, find a spa that has a lounge where you can linger. That way, you can take as much time as you need.”
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