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My complexion can often look dull and oily which is not a good combination. I bought the Beauty Elixir by Caudalie to try and improve my skin.
About the product
The product has been created in order to make the complexion more radiant. It also promises to reduce the size of the pores which helps to regulate the excess oils produced by the skin to leave it looking healthier and smoother. It also claims that it will provide the perfect base for your make up and that it will smooth away your fine lines. It contains a whole host of lovely natural ingredients including Grape, Rosemary and Mint.
How do you use the product?
The product should be applied to cleansed and dry skin, before it has been moisturised. You simply close the eyes and spritz the product across the face and leave it to dry for a few minutes. You can also spray it on top of finish make up to help it to set and stay in place. It can be used as often as necessary and can be used to refreshen the skin during the day.
Appearance and Price
The product comes in a rather classy looking glass bottle. It is translucent so you can just about see the liquid inside. There is a branch of flowers on the front and it has a shiny silver lid. When you remove the lid you see the white dispenser which you push down on in order to release the liquid inside.
The product doesn't come cheap and it will cost you around £30 for 100ml of the product although a smaller and cheaper bottle is also available. The product can be bought from large department stores and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The way that this product is dispensed is perfect. The liquid comes out as a fine mist which distributes itself well across the face without making the skin feel too wet. It is easy to get an even application and a couple of squirts is enough for the whole face. The aroma of this product is overpowering which was a suprise as I expected it to have a gentle fragrance. Not only is it overpowering but it isn't altogether pleasant either. The strongest aroma is that of mint but it doesn't mix well with the fruity floral fragrances which are also included and I can't say that I like the smell of this product. This is never a good thing with a product that you are spraying onto the face.
The product feels nice on the skin and as it is so fine, you don't really have to wait for it too dry. It isn't too strong and it doesn't irritate the skin or make it feel uncomfortable. The product does leave my skin feeling really refreshed and it doesn't leave it feeling greasy or unclean. It hasn't caused any blemishes on my spot prone skin either. I also, however, can't feel it doing any good. There is no tightening of the pores as far as I can tell and I can't notice a difference in their size.
The product hasn't had any noticeable impact on my fine lines either and it doesn't really make my skin feel any softer or smoother. This product does leave my skin looking more radiant however and it does give a slight sheen to the face without making me look any oilier. It does work well on top of my make up and it does seem to keep my make up in place for longer. It does seem to revive my make up and it keep my skin a healthier appearance when it has been dulled by foundation and powder. It also makes my skin feel nicer during the day and the aroma is definitely awakening!
All in all, this product hasn't blown me away. It does freshen my skin and leaves my face feeling more comfortable. It also makes my make up last longer and gives it a more fresh appearance. I haven't noticed any improvement in the health of my skin, the size of my pores or the appearance of my fine lines and this is the main reason that I bought it. The smell is also not to my liking and it is pricey. I don't dislike this product but it isn't worth the price in my opinion.
There was a lot of hype about Caudalie Beauty Elixir when Victoria Beckham tweeted about it and being a huge beauty lover I am guilty of jumping on the bandwagon/mass hysteria. Prior to Mrs. Beckham's tweet I have to admit I had never heard of the brand Caudalie, once I begun to look into exactly what Beauty Elixir was I discovered that Caudalie is a French luxury skincare brand who sell an array of products packed full of antioxidants and free of nasties such as parabens and artificial colourings.
I have a weakness for luxury skincare products and with a bonus from work sitting heavy in my pocket I decided to treat myself to the full size 100ml version of the elixir costing £32.00. Caudalie also sell a smaller 30ml bottle which costs a more purse friendly £11.50. Yes, this product is expensive but I felt it was worth the splurge and it has become a product I use regularly, I also like to think it also adds a small touch of luxury to each day, or at least that's how I justify it to myself. On the plus side I have had my bottle for 6 months and with fairly regular use (2 - 3 times per week) I still have over half the bottle left.
The packaging of this product is lovely, it is a glass bottle branded with the Caudalie logo and an illustration of grapes, a reference to the brand's heritage and the grape extract used within the product. The bottle is weighty, it feels expensive and looks expensive. If i spend a lot on a skincare product I expect the packaging to look good and this more than lives up to my expectation, as a result I like to keep my bottle of beauty elixir displayed on my dressing table.
The bottle has a spray pump that is used to dispense the product hygienically, the pump is excellent and sprays out a very fine mist of product onto the skin rather than cheaper pumps which aren't quite so delicate to use and often spray out a lot of the product. Whilst the silver lid keeps the pump protected this isn't really an ideal product to travel with, glass bottles always make me nervous incase they break in transit.
Caudalie highlight that their beauty elixir contains extracts of grape, rose, orange blossom, myrrh in addition to rosemary and balm mint essential oils. The full ingredient list is as follows:
Aqua (Water) Alcohol denat Glycerin* Rosa Damascena Flower Oil * Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf Oil * Potassium Alum Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water * Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Floweroil * Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil * Commiphora Myrrha Extract * Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract * Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Oil * Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract * Citral Citronellol Farnesol Geraniol Limonen Linalool
The list of scents used sound beautiful and I have to say the smell of the product is gorgeous it really does smell expensive. I would describe the scent as fresh, uplifting and herbal, personally I primarily notice the smell of mint, with rose, orange blossom and rosemary following not too far behind. You can see the essential oils within the product and it is important to shake the bottle before use to evenly distribute the oils. Looking at the ingredients list it is a shame that this product is quite heavy on the alcohol content as this may prove an irritant to sensitive skins. One final point to mention with regards to ingredients is that the packing also highlights that the product is not tested on animals, a huge benefit!
-What is it?-
If I'm honest this product is nothing more than a simple toner. Did I need it? No. Did I want it? Yes. I use this product in a lot of different ways, for example, I use it as a regular toner after cleansing my face at night, I also use a fine spritz to set my make up in the morning, I will also reach for this product if I want to freshen up my skin (with or without make up on) and I have even used it as a pillow spray on the odd occasion as i find the herbally scent soothing and calming.
To use this product I spritz a fine mist onto my face, the scent instantly makes me feel refreshed and the toner breathes some welcome moisture into my skin, this product leaves my skin feeling soothed and hydrated. I often find my complexion quite dull looking and a mist of this leaves my skin looking a lot more radiant which makes it perfect if you need a quick fix i.e. going out after work.
I have combination skin and I do not find this product irritates my skin in any way despite the alcohol within the product, it has also not caused me to breakout which is a huge make or break factor for me with regards to beauty products and skincare. I find that my skin feels hydrated and very soft after using this toner, however I would not describe it as a miracle worker and I have not noticed a significant change in my skin since using it. What I will say is that this product is gorgeous to use and I will purchase another bottle when I run out for the way it makes my skin feel after use and for the beautiful scent of the essential oils within the product.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir (30ml)
I didn't want to buy this as it has so much hype in the beauty/blogging world but I caved an bought it some time last year and I LOVE it - I have been rationing it because it is expensive for what it is but like everything else I have tried from Caudalie, it is great!
- Product description (from Feelunique)
"Caudalie Beauty Elixir smoothes features, tightens pores, and gives the complexion a burst of radiance. An excellent base for make-up, this water awakens the skin in the morning and livens it up before a night out. Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a favourite of Victoria Beckham's - she uses it on top of her make-up for a glowing complexion!"
- About the product
I have the small 30ml bottle although it does also come in a large 100ml bottle. The bottles have spray nozzles and they are made out of glass. I love the packaging, it looks and feels expensive. This product is basically a spray bottle of water with essential oils and good skin ingredients in - it sounds like nothing really but it is amazing, in my opinion.
- Using the product and results
This product works basically as a makeup setting spray, facial toner, refreshing facial spray - I use it for all three purposes but mainly to set my makeup. The mist that is sprayed is really fine so you don't get massive drops of water on your face. The spray is easy and quick to use. The scent of the product is really nice, in my opinion, it is quite herbal and medicinal smelling - a bit like vicks and products of that nature but nicer. The smell its self is refreshing and when used as a makeup setting spray, toner or refreshing spray, it makes my skin feel refreshed, cool and more comfortable. I took this on holiday with me last year and it was fantastic for really cooling the skin, and keeping it feeling cool for a while. It is great as a facial toner too, I just spray it onto a cotton pad and sweep it over my face when I have cleansed my skin, before moisturising and it just clears the skin and gets rid of any cleanser/oil.
Although I mainly use this product as a makeup setting spray. I love using this product as a setting spray because it doesn't disturb my makeup. If I have applied a bit of powder and it looks caky or my skin looks dry, then just a few sprays on this on my skin and I let the water sink in and my skin doesn't look dry or caky any more. It makes my skin look hydrated and radiant but definitely not shiny. It keeps my makeup looking better for the day and it refreshes the skin too. Overall, I cannot say enough good things about this product! Also I have dry/sensitive skin and it works really well for my skin type.
- Price and availability
I bought this product online from feelunique I think and it is currently priced at £10.35 on feelunique. This product can also be bought from lookfantastic, ebay, escentual, boots, caudalies website, cultbeauty, Hqhair, salonskincare, spacenk, amazon and john lewis. There is so much hype around this product and I was very sceptical initially (how good can a bottle of glorified water be anyway?) but it is a fantastic product and I have already re-purchased it!
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I have recently heard this product raved about by many beauty bloggers, so decided to give it whirl and see if it really does live up to the hype.
Caudalie are a leading french skincare brand, with french skincare generally being considered to be of a high standard, I had good hopes for this product. It is inspire by the 'elixir of youth' used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, adding to the allure of product as being a luxurious treatment. The product boasts many benefits, such as smoothing the skin, tightening the pores and providing radiance to the complexion of the wearer. The main ingredients are: extracts of grape essential oil of rosemary, orange blossom and rose extracts, benzoin, myrrh essential oils of oraganic balm mint and mint. The mint leads to a very strongly scented product, which on initial application is a little to strong for my liking, however it does fade quickly into a much softer scent which is great.
So does it fulfill all of its beauty claims? Yes and no, the product definitely refreshes the face and over time it begins to provide more radiance to the skin, likely because it has ingredients which promote clearing and rejuvenating of the skin. In terms of tightening pores, I have some large pores around my nose area and I cannot say I have seen any noticeable difference from using this product, which was a shame as it was one of the benefits I was really hoping would happen! The product does promote smoother skin, it is very nourishing and provides some moisturising affects, which helps maintain soft skin.
Overall I would say the product is worth some hype, but perhaps not quite the amount it has been receiving recently. It is a good product, but I cannot say it provided such stunning effects that I would continue to spend around £10 for a 30ml bottle. If used everyday, the product wont last longer then a month and if you are using it as a facial spray in the day it will run out even quicker! So, the beauty elixir gets a 3/5 from me, with a point lost for price and one for not having any effect on my pore size.
This product can be bought from many online retailers, as well as most larger boots stores.
The Caudalie beauty elixir is product which has been raved about in the beauty industry recently, after Victoria beckham tweeted about it. The brand which created it, Caudalie, has been creating skincare products for over 30 years, with tremendous success. In France is it currently one of the leading skincare providers, and recently made its way into the UK. It can be found in the larger boots stores across the nation or online. For 30mls of the product, it costs £9.95, however I've seen it much cheaper in some online stores.
The product itself is marketed as something between a toner and a serum, to refresh the skin. You can spritz it onto your face before applying moisturiser but can also be applied over your makeup throughout the day to freshen your skin. The main ingredients are 'extracts of grape essential oil of rosemary, orange blossom and rose extracts, benzoin, peppermint, myrrh essential oils of oraganic balm mint and mint'. The product is supposed to smooth, tighten pores and give a burst of radiance to the complexion.
I've been using this product every morning after I cleansed my skin using the bioderma crealine micellar water solution and then apply moisturizer afterwards and I feel like it really wakes up my skin. The peppermint is pretty strong and very noticable on application, and then the scent settles into a sort of floral scent. I find that after applying my makeup my skin just seems a lot brighter, and i think it really has something to do with this product.
I also from time to time use it as a facial spritz in the hot weather we are having to just refresh my makeup. It produces a very dewy effect and is very cooling on the skin. It also leaves a tingling sensation which tells me its doing something, however small. Finally i haven't had any new dry patches, areas of irritation or breakouts which is always a plus point.
For the price, I think this is an amazing product to add an instant boost to skin. I've used this everyday for the past month or so and still have most of the bottle left. I feel like it goes a long way in helping create the perfect base for makeup
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Caudalie is a French company started by an inspirational couple Bertrand and Mathilde Thomas. It is a natural company so their products are free from chemicals, and they have environmental considerations at the forefront of what they do, so they interest me greatly. Based in the Bordeaux region of France they base their products on the grapes they grow in their family vineyard, and take their inspiration from the fact that grapes are bursting with anti-oxidants. Their products contain no Parabens and are not tested on animals.
I first became aware of one of their best selling products when I was watching a YouTube presentation by the famous make-up artist Lisa Eldridge. She was talking at length about her favourite French pharmacy purchases, and Caudalie Beauty Elixir was mentioned as one of her essential travel accessories. As I was about to leave for a very long car journey I decided to see if I could find this product. It was available from Feelunique.com for £11.69, and as this was a website I have used previously and found to be excellent, I placed my order and looked forward to being able to test out this product on my then upcoming trip. The Caudalie range is also available from various sellers through Amazon Marketplace and from Escentual.com.
All About The Spray
The product is presented in a spray format which contains 30mls, and is basically a liquid bursting with essential oils that you use to spritz over your face and neck. It contains the essential oils of rosemary, orange blossom, rose, benzoin, myrrh, and the essential oils of organic balm and mint. It claims to tighten pores, smooth and refresh the skin and to impart radiance. It is suggested that you either apply to clean skin before using serum or moisturiser, or to your face after make up to set it, and also as a refresher during the day. It can also be used by men after shaving.
The fragrance is beautiful. In many ways it reminds me of Olbas Oil, but it has a more floral undertone provided by the orange blossom and rose. It is very botanical and is intense, so maybe be a little aware of how close to others you are when you spray it as it may not be to their taste!
Being only 30mls it is a perfect size to pop into your handbag to use during the day, and is especially good for travelling which is really the main reason that I purchased the product. If you really love the product you can also purchase it in a 100ml size which retails for £34. I wouldn't be tempted to do this as the handbag size is so convenient, and the spray mist is so fine that it is extremely long lasting.
To give you an idea of the journey we made recently, we set off from Essex at 2am. The early start is because we were heading for a 6pm ferry the following day that enables us to complete the journey to The Outer Hebrides in one go. Sometimes this is easier than staying overnight half way, as it allows us to drive on the most congested roads at night when they are quiet. The only challenge with this is that you have to take regular rest stops, and I have always carried with me one of my favourite products, that being the Avene Eau Thermal Spring Water Spray. This is a refreshing water that you spritz onto your face and it wakes you up. The Caudalie Elixir is an extension to this concept, and imparts a very uplifting fragrance when you spray it onto your face.
I had watched the YouTube video again just prior to leaving, as Lisa had recommended that to gain the most benefit you should spray the product onto your hands first and then gently pat it onto your face. This releases all the vapours as well so you benefit from the aromatherapy oils in addition to the moisturising qualities. I found this process to be so refreshing, and I offered it to my husband who also said he felt it was rejuvenating and made him feel much more awake.
In terms of tightening pores and softening the skin or imparting brightness I think this is quite difficult to comment upon, and I did not see any noticeable difference over time, except for the initial few minutes when my face took on a more dewy and moisturised look. For me anyway the benefit was in the refreshing properties. I used it three or four times during the journey and in between I used the water spray as it can be almost too much to use the essential oils too frequently. The fragrance is very strong- so little and with lengthy gaps between applications is recommended by me based on my experience.
To use as a toning lotion on clean skin is certainly something I have done prior to applying make up and this is a good option, but not something I would purchase the product for if this was its only attribute. As a refreshing spritzing spray on long journeys it is absolutely fantastic. It will certainly be a staple in my travel bag especially on plane trips which can be very dehydrating. The addition of the rosemary oil I feel accounts for most of the reason why this is so awakening, as I use this oil on a daily basis in the morning in my bath as it is excellent to improve circulation.
I think if you are a frequent traveller this product is absolutely brilliant and is especially good to use just before you arrive at your destination, as it not only wakes you up but also makes you look instantly less tired and jaded. Due to the combination of essential oils it is also good to use as a decongestant, and certainly I noticed this on the journey. The rape seed fields were just starting to turn yellow, which trigger my hay fever and congestion, and this was less than usual in its severity on this trip.
Expensive But Long Lasting
I was a little sceptical about the cost of this product but having used it extensively there is hardly a noticeable drop in the level of fluid remaining in the bottle, so after the initial outlay I think it represents good lasting value for money. My husband really enjoyed using it so there were two of us sharing the one bottle, highlighting the fact that the mist is very light and uses tiny amounts of product each time it is sprayed.
My Final Thought
I love this product and would re-purchase without hesitation. It is a life saver if you drive long distances or are a frequent traveller. I also found it to be quite calming so would use in stressful situations or after them to recover. Excellent for many occasions but not something I would buy just to use as a make-up or skin care accessory.
This review was previously published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
Ingredients: Grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint, rosemary / Inspired by the elixir of youth used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, Beauty Elixir mist smoothes features, tightens pores and gives a burst of radiance to the complexion / Ideal for those who'd like a burst of radiance and a vibrant complexion resulting in an instant refreshing sensation / Perfect for smokers and for men after shaving / How to use:Shake contents before use to activate the ingredients' effects / Mistonto face before moisturizing; after applying make up; or at any timethroughout the day; avoiding the eye area / Leave to dry for fewseconds / Apply the Beauty Elixir between your foundation and yourpowder to set your make up perfectly / Key