Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir. The name sounds so reassuringly posh (and a tad gimmicky) that it’s enough to make pretty much every girl fall for it. *swoons*
Erm, you do not share the same sentiments?
Anyway, this has been much raved by my favourite Lisa Eldridge that I bought one for Mum. Not long after, I got one for myself because I wanted to see what the hype’s all about!
The Beauty Elixir is inspired by the “elixir of youth” used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary and is said to visibly smoothes features, tightens the appearance of pores and provide a burst of radiance to the complexion.
Before I go any further, this product contains alcohol. and it’s second on the ingredient list, right after good ol’ Aqua. There’s an asterisk to the term ‘Alcohol’ and it is said to be derived from plant origin. So for those of you who aren’t keen on using alchol-ladened products, look away! =)
Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir contains a mix of essential oils such as grape, orange blossom and even mint which explains the refreshing sensation one gets when this product is spritzed onto the face.
Shake the bottle before every use to ensure the essential oils are mixed properly as you can see in the above photo there’s a thin layer of oil on top.
Does it live up to its claims? Yes. If I had a bad night, spritzing this instantly gives me a dewy complexion, which is pretty amazing.
I like this so much that I have incorporated this into my daily routine. Caudalie recommends using this before serum / moisturiser, but I like using this differently. After applying moisturiser, I apply two spritzes to my palm and bring my palms together before dabbing my damp hands all over my face. I find this helps to set my skincare and the cool sensation leaves you refreshed and prepped to conquer whatever the day will throw at you.
I let the Elixir sink in for about 30 seconds and then proceed with sunscreen. I find having the Beauty Elixir on top of my moisturiser helps create a thin veil which then makes the sunscreen and make up go on easier. Maybe it’s just me but give it a go if you have this product and let me know what you think!
The scent may not be for everyone as this does take on a slightly herbal note so please have a sniff before purchasing it! Also the mint in the Elixir may also be a little too much for some to bear but on my sensitive skin it seems to be working just fine. Please note that I only use two spritzes at a go and I do not directly spray the Elixir onto my face because I am a bad aimer. I will get Elixir on my ears / hair. Hehe!
Long term effects? I am not sure but I have been using this for over a month now and my skin seems quite happy so I guess I will use this until this runs out before deciding if this is something I want to repurchase.
I would say you do not need this product if you already have glowing skin but if you need that little boost every now and then, this is perfect but please do not open your eyes immediately after spritzing the Elixir directly on your face. It stings. I had a friend over and she went a little nuts over the contents on my dresser table. Let’s just say she used the Beauty Elixir rather liberally and she had bloodshot eyes for the next 10 minutes or so. I remember she used about 7-8 spritzes, which is excessive and I do not think anyone would need more than 3 spritzes so do not be put off by this! =D
Finally, an ingredient list because I think you would need to have a look at the ingredient list before deciding if you would like to purchase this:
Aqua (Water), Alcohol*, Bitter Orange Flower Water*, Perfume, Rosemary Leaf Oil*, Potassium Alum, Glycerin*, Peppermint Oil*, Commiphora Myrrha Extract*, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract*, Balm Mint Leaf Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Grape Fruit Extract*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, LImonene*, Linalool*.
Will you be buying or staying away from this product? 😉