A French “Je Ne Sais Quoi”

When purchasing a bottle (who am I kidding – bottles) of wine or restocking Brian’s bourbon, I’m carded less and less. After years of being offended that I’m assumed to not be of legal drinking age, my defensive demeanor with the checker hid my self-consciousness for looking so young. Now, the pendulum has swung to the other side of the spectrum and the infrequency at which I remove my license to flash my age also ruffles my feathers. Have I aged that much?!? Really, it’s a lose-lose situation for anyone ringing up my alcohol bill.

So, with my license remaining in a cozy spot in my wallet, I’ve led myself to ponder more thoroughly my reflection staring back at me in the mirror, which resulted in a conclusion: I need to start some preventative care. I’m not getting any younger and while it’s been engrained in me to embrace aging, I would still like to keep my crow’s feet at bay and prevent any more from rearing its ugly head.

As I’ve recently devoted some time researching many products and their ingredients, I’ve become conscious in assuring there are fewer of those harmful ingredients many researchers consider to be carcinogenic. While I take many of these articles with a grain of salt, when I read that some ingredients placed in American products are against regulation in places like Europe and Australia, I now steer clear from them. While not immediately fatal, I do believe that enough use of these chemicals over time can be damaging. This is not political and I’m clearly not a hippie, so bear with me.

I discovered Caudalie via an advertisement in a fashion magazine. The rolling vineyards and crisp white shirt on the French woman, make me yet again a target market and an advertiser’s dream as it led me straight to their website. I’m a little embarrassed to say the speed at which I visited Sephora to cease my curiosity and since then, I’ve been hooked.

My bathroom countertop is hiding underneath the many Caudalie, French beauty products I’ve introduced to my daily beauty regimen. Using the beloved fruit of grapes, I knew if I enjoyed its use in cosmetics even half as much as I do in my daily glass (or two) of vino, I would be sold! In addition, their products are all natural and free of many harmful chemicals placed in many current competitors.

So, there I was in Sephora, standing in front of an inviting wall of dominantly green bottles and tubes. Being weary of applying oil to my face – although my French friend from Australia swore by it – I decided to go out on a limb and the first Caudalie product I tested was detox night oil. Generally skeptical of any cosmetic product, with the exception of its psychological effect of pampering myself, I did not believe anything too substantial would happen…that is until I woke up the next morning. I’m by no means affiliated with this company, just a big fan. After its use over a few months of several of their products, I was convinced by the significant improvement of my skin. So naturally, when the debut of the founder’s book was announced, I couldn’t wait to place my order…review of A French Beauty Solution included in Books and Movies.




4 Responses

  1. Kristen

    I LOVE this line! I used to carry their Organic Grape Water in my set travel bag and I truly believe it was the reason my skin stayed so hydrated in some of the more intense weather environments we filmed in! I have never tried the Detox Night Oil, but will have to give it a try!

  2. Jen West

    It’s hard not to have ruffled feathers at the checkout when the sign clearly states “If you look under 40, we will card you,” and then they don’t. I’m like, so you’re telling me I look 40?! (Not yet 40, thank you) 🙂

  3. Kristen, It’s so great hearing others swear by this line as well! I can’t recommend the Detox Night Oil enough – it’s the only thing getting my skin through these Oregon winters.

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