Aug 7, 2017

All time favorites from Caudalie

Caudalie is a brand I learned about a couple of years ago and fell in love immediately with their concept and their natural and viticultural approach to skincare. In case you'd like to read more about my first encounters with Caudalie, here are two blog posts for you: Four years ago, I wrote about the Crushed Cabernet Peeling and two years ago about their then newly-launched face masks, which are still a staple in my beauty cabinet.

This post is about the very first product I’ve bought from the brand: eau de beauté, also known as the Beauty Elixir, which celebrates its 20th birthday this month. It’s been so highly praised on all the beauty blogs I was reading at that time, so I purchased it to see what the hype was all about. Years later, it has made my top 3 of the brands products.

Designer collaborations and limited editions
The Beauty Elixir comes in a beautiful limited edition on its 20th birthday. The same formula has been given a unique bottle design by different designers until now. The first limited edition bottle I had bought was designed by the late L’Wren Scott in 2013. My favorite bottle design was by Jason Wu last year: so delicate and chic.

What it is and why I love it:
This is a luxurious must-have for me on a flight, especially long-haul distances. It does have a distinctive, herbal scent, so it might not be for everyone. I actually like the smell and find it very refreshing. I also use it to give my makeup a dewy finish, especially when I have applied powder.

What it is and why I love it:
This is one of the products I keep buying whenever I finish a bottle. I use it for a first cleanse and just love the delicate smell. It's so effective in removing most of my makeup, even my pesky almost waterproof mascara. Afterwards for my second cleanse I use a gel and my trusted Clarisonic. I find this the best combo to remove sunscreen and makeup and feel really clean afterwards.

What it is and why I love it:
My skin drinks this right up. To me, this is a very good everyday serum that's not sticky or oily. If you don't have any special needs like clearing up blemishes or anti-aging properties, this is an excellent serum to have in your beauty cabinet.

I can wholeheartedly recommend these products to anyone interested in trying out some products of this French brand. Now the only thing left for me is to book a trip to “Les Sources de Caudalie” their famous spa in Bordeaux. On my wishlist for a long time…

I know that lots of readers are unsure if all they see and read about on Social Media are ads. On Styleseeking Zurich we note when we have received products to test. The ones marked with a * are PR samples that have been sent to me unsolicited. There is no monetary compensation for a post unless stated otherwise.

Apr 17, 2017

Olfactory time travel

The way perfume has the power to evoke memories and places is incredibly fascinating to me. Ever since in high school I’ve read Proust’s “In search of lost time”, where the taste and smell of a madeleine conjures up childhood memories of the author, some part of me registered this monumental realization. At the time, I wasn’t interested in perfume, though.

It had all started with my first job, which happened to be in a perfumery. Where most people I knew complained about having headaches from all those smells, I started discovering a whole new world. This is where I learned about base notes, heart notes and top notes. About how to sample a perfume and the right ways to apply it (I still cringe when people rub their wrists immediately upon spraying a perfume). It was also a time in my life where I discovered things about myself, like for instance I soon found out that I will never be the woman who has a signature scent. Too vast was my playground and there was no way my gemini-nature could settle for a single perfume for a longer period of time.

Needless to say, my collection got bigger and bigger. Soon I noticed there were two aspects to how I chose a particular perfume: intrinsic factors like my mood, my fashion style or extrinsic like the seasons, the occasion and my surroundings. Niche perfume became also something I liked to buy as a souvenir for myself during vacations. Back home, whenever I spritzed the said perfume, it was like an instant time travel to these places.

In the Le Labo boutique in Nolita/New York, visited in 2014

Le Labo’s Labdanum 18 reminds me of the place I had purchases it : New York - loud, complex and always changing. For me, it’s a  rich spicy statement scent that I like to use in fall/winter.

Since then, I also started carefully choosing a new perfume for special occasions in my life. It has to be a new to me fragrance that I will only associate with that particular experience. The quest for my wedding day perfume was not an easy one. In the end, I settled for one that smelled the most “me” in summer and that would also work for our honeymoon.

Whenever I smell Tom Ford’s SOLEIL, I think of our wedding and the honeymoon in Zanzibar.

Those following me on Instagram, where I am more active than on this blog, have surely seen that I spent a dreamy vacation in Mexico a couple of months ago. I purposefully didn't bring any perfume with me, as I knew that I wanted to purchase one there. I have often read about Coqui Coqui, a perfumery in the Yucatan region of Mexico, and had already marked it as a must-visit place on my itinerary.

In the Coqui Coqui boutique in Mérida/Mexico, visited in February 2017

 With me being a huge coconut lover and our last destination being Tulum, I went for the Coco Coco scent. It’s inspired by the palm trees scattered along Tulum’s white sand beaches.

Imagine going to your perfume tray and smelling not only scents you love but re-living your most treasured memories? Once you experience this, you can't imagine any other way to approach perfume. 
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