Caudalie - Les raisins de la beaute

UPDATE 2012: Caudalie has been stripped of the Leaping Bunny Logo due to selling in China, they are no longer regarded as a Cruelty Free Company

As you know the other week whilst in France I picked up a Caudalie travel set.  Caudalie is a brand I have always wanted to try as it is free from parabens, mineral oils, SLS, artificial colours, phthalates and phenoxyethanol. The set I purchased contained five products - Cleansing Water, Fleur De Vigne Shower Gel, Quenching Sorbet Creme, Nourishing Body Lotion and Gentle Conditioning Shampoo.  The products are 30ml in size except the face cream which is 10ml I will review them one by one.  All the products have a similar fragrance very fresh and light of grapes and a hint of cucumber.  I am pleased to report none of the products have caused me skin irritation. 

Cleansing Water – this was very refreshing and did not dry out my skin.  I used it with a cotton pad and it removed my foundation with ease.  Personally I do prefer a cream cleanser but I can see this being very nice to use when travelling or maybe when camping.

Shower Gel – I have no complaints this lathered well and it did not dry out my skin, it was a pleasure to use.  I prefer a floral or fruity scent in the shower but if you like a fresh scent then this would be perfect for you.

Sorbet Creme (face) – a light textured cream that absorbed into my skin easily and was non-greasy.  Very refreshing for the warmer weather we have been having.  A little went a long way.  Personally I need a thicker cream my skin is too dry and come the end of the day I was getting a bit flaky. 

Body Lotion – this was by far my favourite product in the set.  It has a light texture which absorbs easily I found it very nourishing and leaves behind a silky feeling to the skin.  I also used it on my legs after shaving and it did not sting which is very rare for me.

Shampoo -  now I am not sure if it is me or my hair or the water or the product but I could not get this to lather even a little bit.  I know you will not get lots of bubbles with an SLS free product but usually you can produce a small amount.  I found this extremely hard to use and gave up.  Maybe it would get better after continued use but I only have a 30ml sample so I pretty much only got one/two washes out of it.

This is a great kit to purchase for a short trip or a good way to sample Caudalie.  I was impressed with the product performance over the four day period I was using them.  Personally, I think I would only re-purchase the body lotion from this kit but I would be interested in seeing if there are other cleansers or face creams in the range which may be more suitable for my skin type.

Has anyone else tried Caudalie products?  If so what did you think?

Sarah x