Caudalie

Shopping , Specialists Covent Garden
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Wine is good for you – it’s official. Born in a Bordeaux vineyard in 1995, French beauty brand Caudelie has just opened its doors on this side of the Channel, with a boutique-cum-spa in Seven Dials. The décor of the store lies somewhere between a vineyard and a laboratory, with grape filled scientific beakers sitting on the counter tops, video screens playing footage of the grape fields in France and scientific theory chalked up on the walls. Caudelie has three patented anti-aging technologies, which have been developed from the sap and seeds of the grape plant, usually thrown away during the wine making process. Popular with French ladies, we were told in hushed tones by the store’s charming and ever-so-French manager, that it has also garnered a celebrity following, with the Beauty Elixir -- their cult facial spritz, inspired by Queen Isabella of Hungary's youth elixir --being its most well known product. As well as the knowledge you get to ingest a bit of booze with your beauty fix, customers can pop in to the new concept store for a free express treatment, where one of the store’s knowledgeable beauty therapists will cleanse away London’s pollution, while talking you through products they’re using – without forcing you to actually buy any of them. Or, if you feel as though the grime is too deep to be shifted in 15 minutes, are in need of some serious relaxation, or just have a little more time on your hands, then downstairs you will find a therapy suite offering a range of reasonably priced facials and massages. The beauty apothecaries can also rustle up a body scrub designed especially for you. Made from grape seeds and honey, they add essential oils from delicate glass jars lining the shelves – and are marketed without the irritating reverence pedalled by most beauty brands – the juniper oil is in a jar labelled “gin”. Ah, if only.

Venue name: Caudalie
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Address: 39
Monmouth Street
London
WC2H 9DD
Transport: Covent Garden tube
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I had the best facial I've ever received at this spa! When I first walked into the boutique, I wasn't sure what kind of service I'd receive with respect to the sales-focused upstairs, but both representatives on the floor were very helpful and not even a little bit pushy. I was free to ask about different products and different facials as I waited to the last client to vacate the spa area downstairs, finally settling on the Vinoperfect facial after some consultation with the aesthetician. 


Downstairs I went with Sara leading the way. I was greeted by a beautiful lit room, with the table (bed) looking ridiculously inviting; grapes were everywhere (they are the Caudalie brand's focus). Sara left the room while I undressed and climbed in between the fluffy white sheets, where I found that THE TABLE WAS HEATED OH MY GOD. I could have paid for that alone. The facial process began, with Sara very softly explaining when something warm or cool would be touching my face, but otherwise silent. I really don't like trying to maintain a conversation when I'm having a facial so this was a welcome surprise. At one point, the cloths she was using got too hot to be comfortable, so I did mention it and she adjusted the temperature accordingly; the tested the temperature on my temples first throughout the whole experience which was great, allowing my skin to become used to the change rather than just putting stuff on my face without warning. The facial itself consisted of a foaming cleaner, and oil cleanser, toners, a peel mask, and moisturizing; while the peel was setting Sara asked me if I preferred a hand or foot massage and oh my LORD I felt I had died and gone to heaven (I chose the hand massage). 


After what seemed like forever (but was really an hour) I was blissed out and my face looked and felt fantastic. I didn't even bother putting makeup on; Sara did ask if I wanted tinted or non-tinted moisturizer but I had such a glow on that I decided to just go au natural. And the price - £70?! SO WORTH IT. Best value. I will definitely return and buy some products, too.

Nicla sinibaldi

I have been using Caudalie for the last two years . Fabulous products . I'll go to their Milan boutique when I am in Italy for business,so what a nice surprise when I learnt they opened a boutique in Covent garden . Lovely staff , charming French people who actually listen to what you say and not too aggressive in the sale . The facial I booked was amazing and so relaxing . My skin the day after never felt better . I looked so radiant . Thank you to the caudalie Covent garden . I'll come back to their wonderful boutique