New York is about to get a major infusion of French beauty. Caudalie, a cult-following French skincare line, have opened their first ever boutiques here in the city, with one in the West Village and another on Lexington Avenue. Whether you’re a Greenwich girl or an Upper East Side socialite, both boutiques are a little piece of Bordeaux in the heart of the city.
From the first glimpse of the stores’ window, covered with grapevines, you’re transported back to the family vineyards of founders Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas. Although the company’s products are on the cutting edge of antioxidant technology, they are first and foremost natural. Inside the beautiful oak and marble boutique, the company’s signature products are on display, including the Vinothérapie line which captures the benefits of the grapes grown on the founders’ estate, Château Smith Haut Lafite. At the store opening, Mathilde told Haute Fashion Daily about the grape pickers who, gathering the fruit for wine, would use the juice of broken grapes as a serum for their face, neck and hands. The effect was unmistakable.
To get that glowing Bordeaux skin, we recommend the Instant Beauty Flash Facial. Previously only available through Caudalie’s spa at the Plaza, this quick-fix ten minute facial utilizing Vinothérapie technology will have you ready for the holiday party circuit before you know it. Before you leave, stop in at the store’s barrel bar to have a Fresh Crushed Cabernet scrub tailor-made for you by one of their skincare experts. With ingredients like geranium and cypress tree essential oils to choose from, you can personalize the perfect product based on your skin’s needs. Finally, we had to stock up on the brand’s cult-following products; the Beauty Elixir spray and the Divine Oil (for those thinking about joining the current craze for facial oils).
The West Village Caudalie boutique is located at 315 Bleeker Street, New York 10024. For more information call (212) 308-3552. The Upper East Side Caudalie boutique is located at 1031 Lexington Avenue, New York 10021. For more information call (212) 308-3551. To find out more, please visit the Caudalie website.