There are a few criteria that are really important to me when choosing skincare and cosmetics-
- Not tested on animals. Non-Negotiable. It is a cruel and completely unnecessary practice and is no guarantee of a better product or one more suited for human skin.
- The more natural the better. When I eat, I know the best things for me are the most natural and the least processed. Why shouldn't we feel the same about our skincare? I believe the best nourishment comes from paraben free products, free of synthetic fragrances and colour.
- Ethical approach to business.
Caudalíe's active ingredients are derived from "vine and grape extracts used for our patents come from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy". Makes sense, grapes have great skin, right? A lot of products claim to reduce sensitivity, but these actually work. After using my skin was not only hydrated, but I was actually able to wear makeup that I had previously had severe allergic reactions to.
From an ethical business point of view, you can't ask more from a company than contributing 1% of their profits to approved environmental organisations, standing against animal testing, supporting WWF and using fairtrade and locally sourced ingredients.
I love these products so much I sent my Stepmum on a mission to bring me some from Belgium where they live. As the wise lady in the quaint apothecary promised her "These are the best products, simply the best."
Please visit their website to browse, learn about the brand and purchase here.
Images via Caudalie