Caudalie – Somehow I just don’t get it

There are many well-known and, dare I say, hyped brands out there that I have been meaning to try for a while now. I fall for anything that gets a lot of attention on the blogs quite easily and have a obscenely long „wish list“ on my Pinterest featuring products that most likely cost more than my annual salary when added up.

Every once in a while I will take the plunge and get some stuff to see for myself what all the fuzz is about.

And every once in a while I am left pretty clueless, wondering: What am I missing?


Caudalie Beauty Elixier (1 von 2)
Caudalie Beauty Elixir


The last time that happened was with the brand Caudalie. Of course I try different products, as there is no „one size fits all“ in skincare, and today I will be showing you the two latest I put to the test. The „Eau de Beauté“ facial mist (listed among the „Cult products on the website) and the Instant Foaming Cleanser.


Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser (1 von 2)
Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser


What Caudalie claims:

Instant Foaming Cleanser: This soap-free liquid cleanser turns into a generous, airy foam for gentle, effective cleansing. A blend of grape extracts, sage and chamomile removes make-up and impurities, while soothing skin.

Eau de Beauté: Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this treatment smooths away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance. Beloved by beauty addicts, celebrities and make-up artists alike.



Prize and size

One bottle of the Instant Foaming Cleanser contains 150 ml and retails for 28 $ here. I had a travel size containing 50 ml and it lasted me three months of daily use.

The Beauty Elixir contains 100 ml and retails for 36 $ here. You need to shake it before spritzing it on your face to make the oils mix in. My bottle lasted me around eight months.

Caudalie Beauty Elixier (2 von 2)
You can see the thin layer of oil on top of the liquid

Texture and smell

The Instant Foaming Cleanser has a very light floral scent that I do enjoy. The foam the pump produces is easily smoothed on the skin and feels lightweight.

Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser (2 von 2)
Airy and lightweight

The smell of the Beauty Elixier is pretty strong, as was to be expected by a blend of essential oils, and is floral without being sweet. I would describe it as refreshing. It tingles quite a but when sprayed to the face, even though my face isn’t sensitive at all.

Application and effects

One and a half pump of the Instant Foaming Cleanser massaged into my skin and then taken off with a wash cloth left my skin feeling clean, but also a little tighter that I would have wanted. It worked okay at taking off makeup, but I preferred it as a morning cleanser for a fresh faced feeling.

The Beauty Elixier on the other hand, after the first feeling of refreshment, did absolutely nothing for my skin. It didn’t feel hydrating, I didn’t notice any difference in my fine lines or pores or any improvement in radiance. The mist it distributes is very fine though and a pleasure when compared to many other face mists out there.

Favorable ingredients:

Instant Foaming Cleanser:

  • Glycerin: Moisturizing
  • Sage leaf extract: Regulating sebum production, antioxidant
  • Chamomilla flower extract: Soothing
  • Grape fruit extract: Moisturizing, rich in antioxidants

Beauty Elixier:

  • Bitter Orange flower water: Controls sebum production
  • Rosemary leaf oil: antiseptic
  • Glycerin: Moisturizing
  • Peppermint oil: Controls sebum production
  • Styrax tonkinensis resin extract: aromatherapeutic
  • Commiphora Myrrhe resin extract: antibacterial
  • Balm mint leaf oil: antiseptic
  • Rosa damascene flower oil: skin toning, improves texture
  • Grape fruit extract: Moisturizing, rich in antioxidants


Unfavorable Ingredients:

Instant Foaming Cleanser:

  • Perfume
  • Fragrance from natural origin

Beauty Elixier:

  • Alcohol (second on the ingredient list)
  • Perfume (fourth on the ingredient list)
  • Fragrance from natural origin

It is necessary to mention that most of the essential oils used in the Beauty Elixier can be pretty irritant (all the mint oils for example), and that they only make their appearance after the alcohol and the perfume on the ingredient list.


Does it live up to its claims?

Yes for the Instant Foaming Cleanser. Even though it is a little more drying than I would have expected, it is a nice cleanser.

No for the Beauty Elixier. The only effect I can vouch for is the „tightening“, most likely due to the alcohol.


Will I rebuy?


The Instant Foaming Cleanser is merely okay I have tried other ones I much prefer and would rather recommend (like this one).

The Beauty Elixier is basically alcohol and perfume with a few added essential oils to spritz on your skin. I just don’t get why I should do this.


Who do I recommend it to?

The Instant Foaming Cleanser to anyone looking for foam without the soap, most likely combination/oily skin types, through the summer months or in a hot and humid climate.

The Beauty Elixir to no one. Don’t spritz alcohol and perfume on your face, and if you want the smell, spread some essential oils in the palms of your hand and inhale deeply. Way less irritating in my opinion!


Have you ever wondered what the hype of a product is all about?

And if you actually enjoy the Beauty Elixier, can you please tell me what I am missing?


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  • I used to use a few Caudalie products a reward years ago and there are some that are fantastic (the micellar water, hydrating mask, radiance serum and lip balm), but the beauty elixir was a fail for me. I loved the scent but it has so much alcohol that it dried me out completely and I don’t have dry or sensitive skin. I went for a facial around the time I was using it and the therapist asked me what I was using that contained alcohol because my skin was obviously irritated. So, as lovely as it smells, it is not something I want to put on my skin!

    Inma x

    • I figured I´d try it first, as it is so well known… I will go get some of the other stuff next time I am in France. Radiance serum sounds nice.

      • I still hear about it so much that it even makes me question my own judgement and I wonder if I am missing something, ha ha. The serum was lovely, and their glycolic peel mask is also another one I really enjoyed. As you can see, I’ve tried a few of their products, ha ha!

        • I am noting everything down for further shopping. I am determined to find something I enjoy.

  • Ehh, not everyone has to like the same things. I am personally a big fan of their new cleansing oil but they also have products that I really do not like.

    • I have heard great things about the Cleansing Oil, it seems I was just out of luck with my choices.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from Caudalie, and I had never checked the ingredients of the Beauty Elixir. I’ll definitely stay away from it now!
    Have you ever used a face mist that you thought really did something for your skin? In my mind, I can’t really see them as a treatment, but more as an enjoyable step.

    • So far? Hm, no. The one from The Body Shop was nice, but if it really made a difference? I don’t know. At least it had nicer ingredients and was half the price.

  • I dont get the mist either, i prefer thermal water. Sprayed it instore and its way too perfumed for my liking.

    • You you feel like the thermal water makes a difference? Is it calming?

      • Im just using it as mixing base for my face oils and during the day to refresh. I actually used it on my baby’s eczema and seemed to soothe a bit.

        • I have read that some people use Serozinc on baby eczema, but I prefer to use it on my face exclusively.

  • I haven’t tried the Instant Foaming Cleanser but ( I might already have told you that) I didn’t enjoy the beauty Elixir as well, I used it quite a long time ago when I wasn’t as passionate about skincare as I’m now and didn’t analyse my skin as throughtfully as I’m doing now, yet I could still see how drying it was for my skin and how shocking the ingredient list was!

    • With so many people saying it int work for them, I wonder where the „cult“ label comes from. They probably said so themselves and foolish people like me buy it without double checking the ingredients…

      • I believe most people use it on planes and car journey and don’t include it in their skincare routine so, whether they read the ingredient list or not, they probably don’t feel very affected by it but, even the scent isn’t that relaxing to me!

  • glad to know i can save my money and skip these. thanks for trying them out for us!!

  • Claire Cavanagh

    I’ve heard so much about the brand too, but don’t tend to invest in pricier skincare unless I know it’s going to work for me. Think I’ll be giving these two products a miss!

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

    • It is important to do some research before investing in skincare. What are your favorite brands at the moment?

  • Sorry to hear you weren’t overjoyed with these – I find I often can’t relate to hyped lip products; so many are really drying!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • I’ve not tried nay of these but I’ve been tempted to buy the Elixir just to see what’s the hype about it. Although I’ve been thinking that it can’t be a miracle mist and for the price I’ve been holding off. I will stick to my favourite Mario Badescu Facial Mist! x
    PS. as you can see I’ve finally been able to open your blog, yey! 🙂

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I have yet to try that one. Is it worth getting? I seem to come to the conclusion that most face mists are a gimmick rather than an essential step in my skincare.

      • I like it a lot, it feels very hydrating and soothing and it smells nice 🙂 x

  • I really want to try the Elixir but seen so many reviews saying that it isn’t worth the hype and puts me off. The cleanser sounds amazing though.

    Parie x

    • If you prefer foaming cleansers, it is worth trying. I am more of a balm cleanser person, I guess. What do you prefer?

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  • I haven’t tried any of these but they don’t sound like they are worth the hype. And this is one of the examples why I usually don’t go chasing products that internet is hyping about. It’s usually very disappointing for me or I am doing something wrong.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • I like to see what the hype is all about, and I admit I get sucked into the hype easily. Some things are really worth it, but others… I think you have to be very honest with yourself to see what caters to your needs.

  • Denise

    I don’t think you are missing anything 🙂 I like Caudalie, I would love to try this cleanser, since I like foaming ones. And the Beauty Elixir I have… ad you are right. It does nothing really great to skin, and I have sensitive skin – so yes, it does tingle. I don’t shake to use the oil, I used as Avene thermal water 🙂 I can’t use oils, and I noticed the oil only after I bought it – yes, dumb. It is good as water, leaves skin soft, but it’s a superfluous product, in my opinion!

    • I have yet to find a face mist that really does anything for my skin. Do you think the thermal water had an actual effect?

      • Denise

        Well… I feel that the Avene Thermal water leaves my skin like silk, but thinking about it now, maybe because I washed my face before? I have to try it during the day without washing it…you made me think!!!!

  • I haven’t heard the hype on the cleanser, but I have on the elixir. Hm…wonder what all the hype is about? I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you, but hey, at least now you know. I’ve never tried products from this brand.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • I tried the Beauty Elixir and it really, really burned my face, I absolutely hated it!!

    Makeup Monster

    • I can imagine that, with these ingredients. I wonder where the hype comes from.

  • If I get everything that’s on my wishlist, I’d be broke for the rest of the year! It sucks that some of the hyped products end up being a total disappointment! I was curious about the elixir, however now I will definitely skip it. I hate scented skincare products so it is definitely not for me.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I guess even if money wasn’t the problem, it would take me more than a lifetime to try all of them.

  • Ah, sucks when products don’t live up to the hype. I only buy high street brands but I still get annoyed when something isn’t as good as I expected it to be! Oh well, at least you’ve helped a few people save some money with this review.

    • I am disappointed no matter the price tag, I really want to believe in the claims and above all the reviews that I read.

  • Skincare is so specific and hard to compare with a general ‚hype‘, I find it’s extremely hit or miss, so I tend to not try out too much, my skin can’t take it 🙂


  • When beauty products get a fair amount of hype, I find that I almost tend to expect more from them and while I also get that not everything will work for my skin type, I can’t help but be a little disappointed when it comes to much hyped products. I can forgive a little alcohol in some products but it sounds pretty bad with the Beauty Elixir.

    • You are right, whenever something is hyped, the expectations are that high that they can only disappoint I guess it is easier to judge something if you have never heard about it before. But the ingredients would have disappointed me anyway in the Elixir.

  • I prefer the grape water spritz personally. I like their masks quite a bit. Their Premier Cru cream and eye cream are both good for me. I love the face cream only in the winter though. I also like the Vinoperfect brightening line but I haven’t used it in a few years. My favorite is the hand cream though. It’s one of the only splurges I really miss from having more disposable income.

    • Agree, I prefer the grape water too!

    • I will note dow these things, I am not ready to give up on this brand quite yet. I think my mother has the grape water somewhere.

  • The Beautiful Things

    love this brand but i see your point! x

    • What would you recommend I try?

      • The Beautiful Things

        their hand and nail cream is the best…super hydrating, not greasy and the scent is perfect! x

  • I love the beauty elixir because it does help hydrates and refreshes my skin a little and mainly for the scent but as I said before, I much prefer their grape water. I think they are a nice brand but not one that deserved the hype but that’s just my personal opinion.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Does it really hydrate? I only see drying ingredients, to be honest, I would expect it to be pretty drying. I will give the grape water a go then, hopefully it has less alcohol.

  • thefashionsalt

    That’s so strange that the beauty elixir would have alcohol, peppermint oil, and myrrhe. I know those three irritate my skin and have read somewhere that myrrhe can even be harmful to skin. I’m surprised it makes all those claims and other’s love it so much. Maybe it works in some way for them, though I would never try it.

    • It has to work for some people, as there are many rave reviews out there, but it didn’t for me. I guess the feeling and scent win many people over.

  • I’ve never tried anything from the brand before, but I know what you mean about the hype. Sometimes it gets me too! Too bad these products didn’t work out for you though. Bummer!

    • I have had way more expensive disappointing products, but I really wanted to love it. A French brand, all fancy, I figured I would be all over it.

  • Pam Scalfi

    yikes, they sound pretty mediocre! Ive never tried this brand but ive not been fussed about it…guess im not missing much then. Perfume and alcohol does sound quite awful
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • The foam int txt bad if you are into foams, but the elixir? Someone else put it that way: It is like spritzing expensive cologne on your face.

  • The Caudalie divine oil is my favourite product from their range, I haven’t tried either of these and they don’t sound too appealing!
    Emma |

    • They don’t, I agree. I wonder why so many people swear by the face mist, though. I must be missing something.

  • I feel the same about Caudalie. I haven’t tried these two products but their Micellar Water was disappointing. I still want to try the Vinosource serum and clay mask so… I’m still being very optimistic! xx

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

    • I haven’t given up on them either. There are some other products I will try, giving them a second (third) chance.

  • I’ve never tried any of these products from Caudalie but I do love the brand. I have a handful of things from the brand and love everything I’ve tried so far. Skincare is so specific and like I said in a post, skin results take time and patience. x

    • I know that resultstake time and patience, which is why I test every product at least eight weeks before writing a review on it. But the ingredients won’t change, no matter the time, and the ingredient list of the Beauty Elixir is awful. That doesn’t mean that the brand itself doesn’t have products worth buying. I just haven’t found them so far, but I am open for suggestions.

  • Stefanie Meier

    ok we are totally in the same boat, i didn’t get it either
    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin‘

    • I am glad i am not the only one. Have you tried anything else from the brand?

  • I’ve heard so many people hate hyped products.. I’m not very familiar with Caudalie, but some super high end and expensive products usually turn out to be a total waste of money… makes me want to start questioning the reason behind all the hype… As always, I love your detailed review 🙂

    I tagged you in my latest post, in case you don’t have a lot of time on your hands and want to make it into a post… it’s pretty short, simple, but fun at the same time 🙂 xx

    • Oh, thank you for the tag, I will check it out immediately. I am so behind on reading blog these days, there just aren’t enough hours in the day…

  • Dressed With Soul

    Liebe Anne, ich lese oft auf Blogs über gehypte Produkte, aber da ich nicht so der Kosmetikexperte bin, kann ich das nicht immer nachvollziehen. Auf Dich verlasse ich mich immer, ich denke das weißt Du, ansonsten kaufe ich mir nur in Ausnahmefällen etwas, was ich auf anderen Blogs lese, wie zum Beispiel zuletzt die „DipBrow Pomade By Anastasia Beverly Hills“. Ob ich die klasse finde, bin ich mir allerdings noch nicht sicher 🙂

  • I have tried a couple of Caudalie products and do enjoy using one of their eye creams and moisturisers. But, I totally agree with you about these two products! I always steer clear of foaming cleansers, as I have quite dry skin and they always leave it feeling tight and irritated, so I know I’d never be a fan of that. As for the facial mist, how can something packed full of alcohol ever be good for the skin?!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


    • I wonder the same thing. It sounds like a perfume more than like a face mist in my opinion. But so many people love it…

  • How annoying, I, like yourself get sucked into all the hype. If I see a product Mrs Caroline Hirons has reviewed, I try to jump on the band wagon. Its such a shame, these didn’t live up to the hype. The beauty elixir sounded divine by its title, but if it doesn’t do much, I’ll stick to my Vitamin E mist. I use a foaming cleanser in the morning and I know there’s all this stick about foaming cleansers but honestly, its the only thing working for my acne and has helped reduce it, it must be all the glycolic acid. Hope yourself and the little one are well ♥

    • Not all foaming cleansers are stripping, it is one ingredient creating the foam that is drying, and many cleansers these days use the pump to create foam rather than that. I like Caroline Hirons a lot, whenever she give her seal of approval I am all ears. I doubt she´d have anything nice to say about that Elixir though.

  • I’m not very familiar with Caudalie, but I have noticed that some high end and expensive products are often overhyped.

  • I enjoyed the Beauty Elixir but it was one of the first hydrating sprays that I tried – now that I have tried so many others, it just doesn’t compare & I wouldn’t repurchase. I found it refreshing but it didn’t do much more than that.

    A brand I don’t get the hype with in skincare, is Charlotte Tilbury. Her make-up – yes, but her skincare is amongst the worst that I’ve tried! xx


    • I have tried neither her makeup nor her skincare, but many people seem to be disappointed by her skincare line. Well, she is a makeup artist, so that is probably what she does best.

  • Urgh, I don’t get it with the beauty elixir either. You’ve done well to get through that much of it! Mine still looks untouched. Caudalie is a bit hit and miss with me. I love the masks and there’s a cleansing milk and moisturiser I have in travel size I quite like, but this mist and a serum have been misses for me.

    • My mother uses hydrating mask she enjoys, so I won’t give up just yet.

  • Trang Do

    Sounds like great product!

    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    I haven’t tried these before but I do have the body moisturiser which smells and feels amazing!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

  • Another honest and good review! I love your reviews and admire your honesty each time I read one of your posts.


    Nazlıgül | on my own way

    • Thank you. But what good would a dishonest one be anyway? I don’t get why some people would do that.

      • As you remember, I kicked out off a partnership (even though I wanted to quit at first place but whatever) just because my review was so honest to tell that the products I got were not good enough. That might be the reason, people may choose not to lose a partnership and free product instead of an honest review.

        • Okay, that may be a reason. I don’t have many partnerships and the ones I have I chose very carefully, so I guess I am lucky not to have this pressure.

    • Thank you. But what good would a dishonest one be anyway? I don’t get why some people would do that.

  • Nicole

    Wow these products look great! Nice review! 🙂

    New post on GIRL ABOUT TOWN BLOG

  • The cleanser sounds nice, especially the smell, Gemma x

  • I do not like perfume in ingredients list 🙁 the cleanser looks nice though..

    • I don’t mind it that much, but I much prefer it to be further down the ingredient list.

    • I don’t mind it that much, but I much prefer it to be further down the ingredient list.

  • love how thorough your reviews are! i’ve heard great things about their face mist though – have you tried that one?

    • The Beauty Elixir is one of their face mists, the other one is Grape Water. I have yet to try that one.

  • The cleanser sounds amaze!
    I use the Caudalie grape water and its lovely.



  • I love a foaming cleanser, It feels like luxury on the face and I feel really cleans your skin so well xx

    • I usually don’t like them, most of them are really stripping.

  • After reading a lot about the Beauty Elixir I wanted to try it, but when I read the ingredients I was literally horrified. It’s basically a cologne. I don’t want to spray cologne on my face! Unfortunately most facial mists, even when labelled „hydrating“ are loaded with alcohol – that’s how they give you the refreshing effect – which is very drying. But this one wins the prize for the most irritating formula. And it smells super strong too. If I want to spray stuff on my face I’ll choose a mineral water, at least it’s gentle and safe!

    On the other hand Caudalie has Grape Water, natural water extracted from grapes (not sure how it’s different from grape juice!) and I really want to try that. No alcohol, no fragrances, neither synthetic nor in the form of essential oils, it’s just water from grapes and it sounds like it could be lovely!


    • I will make sure to try that grape water, it seems to be well loved and the ingredients sound a lot nicer.

  • Vigi Raj

    This sound really good, I will deffo add it to my list to try 🙂

  • Nice, sounds great!

    kisses Adela Acanski

  • Wellwell Girl

    should have it a try! x

    jess x |

  • Shame that the products didn’t entirely live up to the hype – especially after you’d been wanting to try them for a while. It’s good you managed to get a lot of use from them though, 3 and 8 months is pretty good, even if you weren’t happy with the results after that time.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • I try and finish the stuff if I not react badly, otherwise there would just be so much money going to waste…

      • Makes sense 🙂 And a little can go a long way with skincare! 🙂 I’m still going through my box of samples/travel sizes I started at the end of last year!

  • I wasn’t a fan of the Beauty Elixir either but I do like the Grape Water spray. It’s still expensive for what it is but I actually find that one to be quite refreshing throughout the day. 🙂

    Beauty Isles
    My Mommy Years

  • Although I love the smell of the beauty elixir, I don’t get the hype either. It’s just a fancy water in my opinion. I will definitely continue my search for other better face mists. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  • Toyas Tales

    I have tried a few of Caudalie’s products and didn’t get what the hype was about either. They did not work for me and can be a bit pricey. I try to stay away from foaming cleansers because they strip my oily skin and that’s a feat.

    • Yes, this is why I tend to avoid them as well, but quite a few brands have „foaming“ options without the stripping these days, for all the people that want foam no matter what.

  • Nadia

    Such a difference between the two! Thanks for a great review and your opinion, Anne. I know I can always come to Linda Libra Loca and read the truth 🙂 I sometimes go ahead and get on the bandwagon with a „hyped“ product and very often it can be a disappointment. Btw, have you tried that men’s post-shave cream as a primer? I still can’t seem to take the plunge. Also, another brand I have never tried (and it’s super hyped up) is Liz Earle. Have you tried it, lovely? Sorry for million questions 🙂
    xox Nadia

    • No worries, just keep the questions coming! I haven’t tried the men´s shave balm trend, mostly because I a) don’t need the hydration it gives and b) don’t like the smell of the product too much. But I figure it would work because it plumps your skin nicely due to the high amount of glycerin included, so it is basically a hydrating primer for a fraction of the price. And as the glycerin is pretty sticky, it should make the makeup stay on longer, I imagine. If that is what you are looking for, go for it.
      Liz Earle is famous for her hot cloth cleanser, and as much as I love balm cleansers, hers contains mineral oil, an ingredient I try to avoid because it forms a layer on the skin that prevents other products from entering. Great to keep moisture in, but also „pore clogging“.

  • i have, and to ease your mind: The PIXI Glow Tonic is worth the hype. It is a mild, alcohol-free chemical exfoliant containing 5% glycolic acid and I couldn’t recommend it more.

  • An informative post. I would avoid alcohol based products because they simply dehydrate the skin! I don’t really understand why brands add alcohol into skin treatment so much for that reason alone.

    I haven’t tried Caudalie yet but when I do I’ll let you know my thoughts on it 🙂

    Laura xo