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2 posts tagged "Grape-seed polyphenols"

Wine, What Can’t It Do?

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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

A Toast To Caudalie’s New Vinotherapie Spa

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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