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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

If you read many any beauty blogs, there is a huge chance you've read a thing or two about Caudalie's Eau de Beute or more simply, Beauty Elixir. Since I have a slight ( or sad, pathetic, hoarder-like) obsession with facial sprays I knew I had to try it.

"Inspired by the “elixir of youth” used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this powerful, plant-based skincare smoothes features, tightens pores and gives the complexion a burst of radiance. It is perfect partner for skin that is tired or lacking vitality, this elixir wakes up the skin at anytime of the day and gives it an extra boost throughout the day. For all skin lacking radiance. Beauty Elixir is an exceptional anti-dull complexion treatment and a wonderful after-shave for men." -Caudalie

To start, this is a pricey product. The 30ml bottle will set you back $18 while the 100ml is $48. I didn't immediately jump on purchasing because of this factor. While I'm not one of the nay-sayers who pass off facial sprays as merely 'expensive water in a can' I just felt a tad bit silly shelling out that much for a bottle (why I opted for the 30ml size). It may small, but it is classy. The bottle is of a heavy, frosted glass that feels much nicer in hand than the average plastic or metal. It has metal cap and a sturdy metal based spritzer. The details are simple, but elegant.

While on spritzers, anyone who enjoys a good facial spray has dealt with a bad spritzer. The common offenders are mists housed in plastic, but any bottle can go wrong. What I'm blabbering on about are the offenders that spray out in such force you feel like you've just gone through a car wash. Caudlaie knows better, the sprayer emits a fine mist that easily covers your face in two or three quick sprays. Although, if you're not a fan of direct on the face spray, try spritzing the product on a duo fibre brush, then stipple it onto your skin. I use that technique for over makeup setting sprays.

"Radiance grape extracts, tones thanks to rose extracts, benzoin, myrrh, essential oils of balm mint and mint for their astringent properties. Directions of use: Each morning, just before moisturizing, spray onto face and neckline to help active ingredients in your moisturizer work more effectively. Use anytime during the day for a toning and refreshing effect." -Caudalie

Like perfume, I'd say this is a rather subjective product. I happen to enjoy it, I don't love it as much as others seem to, but I can definitely see some advantages, while others are going to find it useless. You really need to try it to know. And of course, there is the scent. I didn't read too many reviews before I purchased mine, but everyone raved about the scent. Now, I did get used to it, and have come to almost enjoy it, but the first few uses were sketchy. This product has a strong herbal-mint scent that defiantly is not for everyone.

Like I mentioned, I do enjoy this product, I started using it and before I knew it, I realized I was excited to get to it. Like some sort of fancy, French crack for my skin... That said, I didn't notice any immediate results. I use this predominately as a toner after I've cleansed my skin. While many facial mists claim to be beneficial for skin in some way, this product is more of an actual skincare item (think serum or toner) as opposed to those that can be used to set makeup. That said, you can use it throughout the day as a refresher, but I prefer it directly on my skin. I want to get the most from all of those earthy extracts and botanicals, you know.

Over time, I've noticed small changes in my skin; It tends to get a bit dull and I often feel I need something to give it a bit of an oomph. I've found this spray gives me a bit of just that, oomph. I know 'oomph' is not a very technical term, hence why this is a subjective product. I also have to work to keep my over-sized pores in check, and I can't be certain, but I do think that this product has helped make a difference. Overall, I like it. I've used more than half the bottle and I'll likely replace it with the larger size (if you do the math, you do save a bit if you go bigger) but I wouldn't class this as a 'must have' product.There is still a big, wide world of facial sprays/mists, and I need room to fly. You know? Have you tried it? Thoughts?

Availabilty: Caudalie (or any number of online reatilers: Sephora, Murale, Spa Boutique etc) 30ml for $18, or 100ml for $48.


  1. Where did you buy the mirror on your table?

    1. It's from the Shopping Channel, available here

  2. I have heard mixed reviews about this, but I still would like to try it for myself, especially since I still enjoy the novelty of spritzing my face with a fine mist :p


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