The grape vine is one of the oldest plants on earth, and it is also one of the hardiest — able to withstand harsh temperatures, winds, and rain. The secret to its resilience is the miracle molecule resveratrol, which the vine produces to regenerate itself.
Researchers at the French cosmetics brand Caudalie have discovered that resveratrol extracted from grapevine stalks offers the same benefits of longevity for our skin as it does the vine. Founded at a Bordeaux family estate by former vineyard owner Mathilde Thomas, Caudalie has based its natural skincare products around vinotherapy: the concept of harnessing the healthful properties of the grape and the vine, and their potent antioxidant and anti-aging extracts.
In 2001, the brand pioneered the use of resveratrol in cosmetics, procuring it from vines grown around the Bordeaux, Champagne, and Burgundy regions with a labour intensive process that required a literal ton of stalks to produce five kilograms of pure resveratrol.
Now, nearly twenty years later, the powerful ingredient has led to yet another breakthrough for the company: a relaunch of the exceedingly popular Resveratrol-Lift line. The new patent-pending formulation, developed in partnership with Harvard Medical School and leading biologist Dr. David Sinclair, uses 100% natural-origin biotech hyaluronic acid to create an innovative anti-aging cream. The formula helps triple the skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid, resulting in a visible lifting and smoothing of lines. The addition of vegan collagen, sustainably sourced from African mahogany bark, enhances the firming effect.
Despite its nourishing richness, there’s no hint of greasiness to the cream’s feel. A combination of natural emulsifiers creates a lightweight, almost cashmere-like texture. In keeping with Caudalie’s signature fragrance profile, the cream is scented with a blend of aromatic botanicals, evoking the notes of sweet herbal tea with an infusion of camomile flowers, lavender water, petit grain, thyme, sage and fresh mint.