The Bullshit Files #1: Caudalie's Beauty Elixir


Once in a while, a product that gets all the rave and attention will make you ponder some very existential questions: What is this for? What does it do? Do I need it? Am I better off using this and does it add meaning to my life?

When it comes to Caudalie's Beauty Elixir, the short answers to these questions are: nothing, nothing, no, and no. 

It's interesting how some products become instant cult beauty items, lionized and cocooned by beauty bloggers and the public at large. Some have found this very product indispensable to their daily routine, claiming that it adds a magic je ne sais quoi, adding dewiness and radiance to their skin or that it prolongs and sets their makeup. Some claim it even helps prevent breakouts.

I, my friends, am here to tell you that is a load of bullshit, and that Caudalie has won you over by very clever advertising and gimmicky pretensions. 

Let's look at the ingredients: 

The first ingredient listed on here is water. Now, spraying water on your face is a very French thing to do (I blame my mother for passing this habit on to me) and I will therefore not nit-pick the custom, but I think we all can agree that while it may be refreshing to do so, it doesn't achieve very much. The second ingredient, and this is very problematic, is alcohol. As a rule, I try to stay away from putting high levels of alcohol (or any at all) on my face. Alcohol is both irritating and drying. Being that we are in the dead of winter, this does not work in your favor at this moment.

The next two ingredients are fragrances (which result in what you'd expect your GP's office to smell like) and can also irritate the skin. Also on the list is peppermint and balm mint leaf oil. Again, though you might enjoy the tingly sensation this gives you, it's not the best thing to put on your face if you expect to suddenly look like you've come back from a month-long holiday basking in stardust. Because this is a Caudalie product, grape extract is of course present as it is a staple to their line. However, despite them claiming that grapes hold the secret to eternal beauty and youth, the ingredient is too far down the list to even prove them right. 

Don't buy into this elixir. In fact, beware of products claiming an element of magic. This is not a cure. Though it might very well give you a sense of being refreshed, the radiance and dewiness you see in the mirror after spritzing the water on your face is the one you've had all along. Give yourself credit, not them. 

Have you tried Caudalie's Beauty Elixir? Has the magic worked for you?