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Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Beauty -

Caudalie Resveratrol [ Lift] Firm­ing Serum Born and bred in a vil­lage in Greno­ble, near the French Alps, Thomas grew up in the midst of na­ture, with time-tested beauty reg­i­mens and rituals – hair masks made from real olive oil and rum, as well as fa­cial masks from honey (straight from the bee­hives in a farm) – passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

She writes in her de­but best­seller: “I was taught that beauty is not some­thing you turn to in a panic when a wrin­kle or pim­ple ap­pears, but a rit­ual – fig­ur­ing out what rou­tine works best and car­ry­ing that with us through our lives. I used those lessons, as well as my love for the nat­u­ral world when I went to the vine­yard in Bordeaux that my par­ents bought in 1990.”

This vine­yard at Château Smith Haut Lafitte pro­duces top-grade red wines, and is also where Caudalie was born. Thomas first met Joseph Ver­cauteren, a world-class polyphe­nols spe­cial­ist and di­rec­tor of the lab­o­ra­tory of phar­ma­cog­nosy at Mont­pel­lier’s Univer­sity of Phar­macy, dur­ing the grape har­vest­ing sea­son. “He asked, ‘Do you know you are throw­ing away trea­sures?’ This sen­tence changed my life,” she re­calls. “He then re­vealed the amaz­ing an­tiox­i­dant pow­ers of grape polyphe­nols.” It has been 20 years since.

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Thomas smiles nos­tal­gi­cally while rem­i­nisc­ing on the early days of Caudalie. “It was very small. We were 23 years old. We didn’t have a plan. We just wanted to sur­vive.”

But soon enough, word of mouth turned Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir into a favourite must-have. “We never ad­ver­tised, and we haven’t changed the for­mula. We did the FedEx our­selves. I was the re­cep­tion­ist, the buy­ing of­fice ...” she laughs.

As the busi­ness gained mo­men­tum, Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa opened its first doors in the Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux. Here, the beau­ti­ful rituals are car­ried out with hot spring wa­ter and Caudalie’s holis­tic touch. Now, the brand has spread this phi­los­o­phy across the world through its bou­tique spas, in­clud­ing one in Hong Kong and Malaysia’s Caudalie bou­tique in Bangsar.

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Caudalie, which is ac­tu­ally French for the unit of mea­sure­ment for the length of time the taste of red wine lingers on the palate, was one of the first to dis­cover the power

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