Right now, there seems to be a French moment going on in body care. And, Caudalie is as decidedly French as you can get. It’s the oil almost everyone has talked about. It’s the oil is probably nearing heights of retail immortality as everyone wants it, has it, or is saving up for it. It’s been a long time coming, but here it is – the Caudalie Divine Oil ($32). Clearly, a product of passion by Mathilde Thomas (Founder of Caudalie) the oil is a gorgeously inimitable celebration of Moroccan and Bulgarian Rose with a dreamy mélange of Cedar, Vanilla, and White Musk that has created this sort of olfactory sensationalism around the scent. Fragranced body care with feeling is her mantra.
Smartly crafted without parabens and sulfates, the spirit of pleasure in this oil does indeed live up to the starry-eyed raves, which have been so wildly blogged about. I guess I'm on the late train here. Grapeseed, Sesame Seed, Argan and Hibiscus oils have Shea Butter extracts blended throughout the golden coloured treatment to double the benefits of anti-wrinkle hydration. Grapeseed is wonderful for those with skin sensitivities because of its natural non-allergenic properties. While, I’ve spoken enough about the other oils and their lofty Omega and fatty acid content, my attention shifted to the Hibiscus oil, which was new to me.
The oil is extracted from the brightly coloured flowering plants and is an essential oil. Apparently, infusing Hibiscus oil has been used widely throughout India to help stimulate hair growth and something you’d think I would have known about. The oil is even rumoured to prevent premature graying, though I’ll toss out an obligatory eyeroll over this tidbit until I see the proof in black and white.
Caudalie adds the extra virgin Hibiscus oil to help with the skin barrier and prevent epidermal water loss otherwise known as dehydration. Fresh and velvety, the oil sinks in without a trace of shine with its radiant and uncompromisingly feminine floral scent that reminds you of a summery, softly lit provincial garden in some hidden Parisian arrondissement. Sublime. The fuss continues onto the artful packaging; the oil comes in a vintage-inspired, amber-tinted glass that's dimpled for effect on the back and is topped with a wood grain cap. Très chic!
A few drops on hair helps your locks smell so sexy that I now wish for a conditioner in the same scent as an equally lush follow up.
I’m hoping Mathilde will heed the slightly obsessed call…
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight Viscosity