Caudalie is a brand I’ve wanted to try for a long time, and while I was more interested in their skincare offerings than bath and body, when I saw this duo at Sephora which included the body scrub which I remembered wanting to try, I couldn’t resist picking it up. For $35 it comes with two full size products: the Crushed Cabernet Scrub and Vine Body Butter.
Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub – To get this out of the way, this is a pricey af body scrub, clocking in at $38 for a mere 5.3 oz. Thankfully, a little goes a long way with this scrub, so I can imagine it still lasting for a long time. Just be mentally prepared to see how little product looks like in the jar for $38.
There are a few drawbacks I noticed. Firstly, this does not smell good. I was semi prepared for this, having read reviews, but it was still a little disappointing upon actually using the product. I always want my bath and body products to smell really good! It’s a big thing for me, but obviously it’s just something you deal with. Unfortunately, as well, it is a semi-strong, lingering scent.
Secondly, it’s messy. The little granules in the jar that don’t dissolve with water have a tendency to go everywhere in your shower. I’ve literally freaked out before getting in my shower sometimes because I think they’re tiny insects when they’re just leftovers from my scrub.
Third, while it feels like it has a lot of granules in the jar, once applied to wet skin, they soften and spread easily, so while it is nice and gentle, if you prefer something denser and with more scrubby power, this isn’t it.
A minor drawback is also how wide the jar is; it can take up a lot of precious space depending on how many shelves / what your caddy situation is.
Now, onto the good parts of this scrub!
The ingredients! 99% natural, which include grape seeds (as well as grape seed oil), brown sugar, honey and essentials oils such as lemon, rosemary, cypress and juniper.
Without a doubt, this scrub makes my skin feel silky smooth. I’m sure partly because of the essential oils too. I read in a review that someone didn’t use body wash afterwards to not rub off the oils, but honestly, I don’t think it makes that much of a difference. It is however, moisturizing and doesn’t make my skin feel dry afterwards.
Make sure your skin is wet, not damp; it turns into a milky essence when rubbed in with water and helps a a little go a longer way than if your skin was just damp. So even though this is only about 5 ounces, I can see this lasting for ages.
Another good thing is that it doesn’t seem like water eats away at the scrub. Because I’m frequently dipping back in with wet hands, you can already see the milky essence appear in the jar. I try to carefully empty that out so it doesn’t dissolve more of the scrub by chance. I’m not always successful and I didn’t notice when I first started using it so fortunately I don’t think it’s eating away at the rest of the scrub, which I’ve had happen before in another scrub of mine.
Caudalie Vine Body Butter (7.6 oz. for $34) – At first, I thought it was a lemon smell? Then freshly mowed grass? Then a weird combination of both that isn’t as flattering as you might think. Some reviewers say “earthy” and “herbal” but in my opinion it’s just not great. I’d highly recommend smelling this in store if you can, to determine whether it’s a scent you’d really like before slathering your body in it.
For all that, this certainly is a unique body butter. The texture of this is difficult to describe – it spreads out like a normal lotion over your skin (maybe even a bit thinner), but until then is almost like a sponge-y mousse and not creamy at all. You don’t have to necessarily dig in, but you do have to scoop or apply pressure with your fingers, otherwise they’re going to glide right over the product.
Granted, you don’t need a lot of product to feel moisturized, though the drawback with that is it doesn’t exactly feel luxurious or substantial when applying it. It seems to hydrate my skin well enough, but it’s probably not a product I would repurchase.
What’s your favorite body butter/body scrub combo?
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