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Caudalie Founder Mathilde Thomas

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Mathilde Thomas


Caudalie Paris Skin Care harvests the beauty benefits of the grapevine through patented technology. Natural, effective methods of delaying and fighting the signs of aging ensure your skin mimics that of the grape: smooth, firm, clear.

1). How did you get started in this industry?

During the grape harvest of 1993, my husband Bertrand and I met a world-renowned scientist from the University of Pharmacy of Bordeaux on my family vineyard, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux, France. Upon seeing the discarded seeds of the grape, Dr. Vercauteren told us that we were throwing away treasures. He explained to me the extraordinary anti-oxidant power of the polyphenols in the vine and the grape. Caudalie was born as a result of this meeting.

2). What is your star product or biggest breakthrough?

Our biggest product breakthrough is Premier Cru Cream. Inspired by the rarest vintages, Premier Cru is a combination of the three Caudalie patents; anti-wrinkle and firming Resveratrol, anti-dark spot Viniferine and anti-oxidant grape-seed Polyphenols, with the most precious and most effective natural active ingredients for an extraordinary global anti-aging action. Throughout the day, your skin is regenerated and lifted, wrinkles are smoothed, the look of your skin is renewed and your complexion is even-toned. Smoother, firmer and more luminous, your skin looks visibly younger.

3). Who/What inspires you?

The vineyard of the Chateau, Dr. Vercauteren and his research and the men and women around the world who use Caudalie. Their letters, emails and testimonials about how they make Caudalie a part of their daily lives constantly inspires me to improve the efficacy of our products.

4). Be honest, what beauty products do you use regularly other than your own?

I really don't like to use a lot of makeup, but when I do, it is extremely important to me that the look is natural. I rely on Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, Lancôme Définicils mascara, Jean Paul Gaultier gloss, and NARS Blush in Orgasm on top of Premier Cru Cream and our tinted moisturizer to help give me a simple, sun-kissed glow without looking overdone. I also love Phyto 9 for my hair.

5). Imagine the future of the beauty industry and give us your prediction of what's to come.

We want it all! The most effective ingredients, able to compete with Doctor's peels, lasers, injections and botox, in highly natural formulas with beautiful textures and scents. Highly efficacious products that are suitable for sensitive skin while utilizing active natural ingredients and earth-friendly production processes will be valued.

6). Give our customers a beauty insider tip:

I'll tell you a secret from the grapes - The winemakers know it well; vine sap fades spots on the hands and face. Caudalie's stabilized Viniferine from grapevine sap, an exclusive ingredient in our Vinoperfect line, works to correct existing dark spots, prevent the appearance of new ones and restore the complexion's radiance and luminosity.

6.5). In 140 characters or less, give us a beauty tip to Tweet and tell us where to follow you.

Mix Caudalie Gentle Cleanser with Gentle Buffing Cream for cleansing and purifying in one simple gentle step. Follow @CaudalieUSA for more

7). Extra Credit: Write personal reviews for some of the individual products in your line.

Perfect for the dry winter months, Vinosource Sorbet Crème instantly relieves tightness and calms irritation, while protecting against the elements and environmental aggressors. Skin is left velvety soft and intensely hydrated.

Because it took me more than eight years to design, and 200 trials, I would have to say my most-used Caudalie product is the Premier Cru. It's my Rolls-Royce of creams, and it has 15 years of technology behind it, and all the best anti-aging molecules at their highest concentrations. It's a serum plus a moisturizer, and I will use it morning and night without anything else. I also love that when I travel this is the one cream I need to take with me.

I love the story behind the exceptional radiance enhancing Beauty Elixir. Inspired by the "elixir of youth" used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this skincare must-have smoothes features, tightens pores and provides an instant burst of radiance to the complexion. The ultimate multi-tasker, Beauty Elixir can be applied before applying your moisturizer, between foundation and powder to perfectly set make-up, as a wonderful after-shave for men and throughout the day for an immediate energizing sensation.

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