Product: Caudalie Eau de Beaute Beauty Elixir
What I love: There was a perfume that older ladies wore when I was a kid called Youth Dew. The name didn't really match the scent, which was heavy and sweet and a little musky, and would make you feel faint if you were trapped in an elevator or stuck on a long car journey with someone wearing it. The name "Youth Dew" would have been a much better match for this skin spray made by the French company Caudalie.
This fountain-of-youth-in-a-bottle is made with a variety of pleasant-smelling essential oils (which you'll see floating on the top of the bottle) and, like many products of European origin--where the ingredients standards are a little more stringent than in the US--this spray contains no funky sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, or petroleum-based ingredients.
What I love about this spray is the gentle sheen it gives my skin; just enough of a dewy glow to look natural and make my skin feel good. What I don't love is the price; a tiny, one-ounce bottle costs around $20 at Sephora, and about half that at French drug stores, so consider stocking up the next time you vacation in France!
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Product-loving women who are invested in the idea of healthy living, plant-based eating, and cruelty-free beauty. They hereby swear to only offer their honest, unbiased reviews, and to only recommend products that they themselves would purchase and use on their own bodies.
Jacqui grew up in Latin America surrounded by beautiful landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and lovely people. She learned at a young age that you can make your own beauty products with simple ingredients like lemon, vinegar, papaya, and raw sugar. Her mom is well known for her perfectly arched Liz Taylor eyebrows, a skill Jacqui did not inherit and has yet to perfect.
Product Obsession: I have two--one I pay for: Sonage's Harmony, botanical glycol. Skin looks brighter and smoother! The other is free: An inner smile, which I'm convinced will keep you wrinkle-free longer!
Melissa gets a thrill every time she enters a Sephora, duty-free cosmetics shop, or even the local drug store (and in her current neighborhood, that just happens to be a super chic Pharmaca). She can spend hours perusing nail polish (the sparklier the better) and eyeshadow (she's always on the quest for the perfect shade of purple). Moisturizer with SPF, liquid liner, mascara, and lip gloss are her beauty essentials.
Product obsession: My oil-blotting papers from Yojiya. They come in the tiniest little package so they're super portable, but instantly tame any shiny spots.
Aurelia has been crazy about skin creams since the age of 12, when she began reading fashion magazines and fretting about future wrinkles. Today, she's still a sucker for serums, moisturizers, and anti-wrinkle creams, which she uses alongside adult-acne ointments (no magazines touched that subject!) and hyperpigmentation treatments (all-natural, of course).
Definitely perfume. I never leave home without a spritz of my signature scent, Diorella.