Yesterday, I was at an event in the morning, when I was asked what I was doing thereafter. “Oh, I’m going for a facial” I said flippantly. Yes, I know, what a hard life, but someone’s got to do it right? LOL!
The facial I was going for was at the Caudalie Boutique Spa at Bangsar Shopping Centre, which I believe, is the first Caudalie spa in Malaysia, and only the 4th in Asia (The other 3 are in Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong). Malaysia represent!
For many years, I’d been wanting to try a Caudalie spa, because I read that they use fresh grapes in their treatment. Grapes! How absolutely fascinating! But I was told a few years ago, that I had to either go to Bordeaux, France (I wouldn’t mind!), New York (wouldn’t mind that either!) or Shanghai (erm… no, I’ll pass :P ) Well, now that we have one in Malaysia, I could go and have a snoop around to see how I liked it! Hurrah!
I won a Vinosource Anti-Oxidant Hydrating Facial in a lucky draw a while ago, so I trotted off to redeem it. I’d also purchased an additional 2 facials earlier, before I won the lucky draw (darn!) and I really wanted to know if I’d picked the right one.
Well, let me spy for you, so you know what to expect at the Caudalie Boutique Spa in Malaysia ;)
The Caudalie Boutique Spa in Malaysia is at Bangsar Shopping Centre, tucked away in a quiet corner of the neighbourhood mall. The boutique is large and bright, and is a store in front, and has facial treatment rooms at the back.
I grilled the therapists for a bit while I was there (for your benefit of course :P ) and found out that they can handle 2 bookings per session, so advance booking is necessary. When I arrived for my facial, my therapist greeted me and had me fill up a form – normal for a first time customer at a salon.
This being my first time, she explained what she was going to do during the facial, and then, off we trotted for the 60 minute Vinosource Anti-Oxidant Hydrating Facial (RM279). Here’s the fun part! :D
The facial room was fairly large and spacious. You change into a tube-gown, and snuggle down under a lovely comforter for your treatment.
I had my makeup removed and skin cleansed, followed by refreshing spritzes of the Caudalie Grape Water and Beauty Elixir. It was then followed by exfoliation, extraction and a lovely face, neck, arm and hand massage. Then, a mask was applied, and your arms further pampered, before the mask was removed, and the rest of your skincare routine applied – more grape water mist, serum and moisturiser.
I thoroughly enjoyed the facial and upper body massage. The therapist used good, strong pressure and lovely relaxing techniques. I must mention the facial massage with a grape. Oh yes, grapes! I could feel her rolling the grapes on my skin, and it was interesting – like she was using a roller, except that she was using grapes LOL Yes, she tossed it thereafter – not eat it :P
However, I must note that for the exfoliating step, an exfoliator was applied on my skin, that felt like a traditional scrub. However, what happened next surprised me, for I felt a brush gadget on my skin, that reminded me of the Clarisonic. Later, after the facial, I asked if they had indeed used the Clarisonic to which she said yes.
Now, I personally am not a big fan of the Clarisonic, and especially not when it is used on top of a scrub. I would personally feel that to be too harsh. The second reason I’m not sold on the fact that a Clarisonic was used, was that I felt it to be taking the lazy way out, even if it purports to offer a better cleanse than just using hands. That said, if you use the Clarisonic or have no thoughts about it either way, then you might not mind it. I asked if it could be omitted the next time, and I was told that it was possible. I just have to notify them, which I will. Again, this is a personal thing, so if you don’t mind it, then by all means, enjoy the experience!
60 minutes flew by far too quickly, and after I had changed, and exited, I was greeted with a little cup of fragrant tea and yep, GRAPES! Not the ones used on my face I hope LOL! :D
I personally enjoyed the facial at the Caudalie Boutique Spa, and the therapist was pleasant and friendly. There was no hard sell nor were they pushy, which is always something I appreciate. I also asked if the products used during the facial are the same ones that you can purchase in store, and the answer is yes they are. So, if you are familiar with Caudalie skincare, then your skin will likely take to the facial quite readily. Or if not, it’s a nice way to introduce your skin to it! :)
IN A NUTSHELL
The Caudalie Boutique Spa at Bangsar Shopping Centre is the first Caudalie spa in Malaysia. It is a boutique in front, and a spa at back, with facial and body treatments using Caudalie products for face and body. Treatments are a little pricey, starting at RM279-RM380 for a 60 minute treatment. Each treatment for different skincare concerns will have different techniques and products used, so my experience may differ from yours. I enjoyed the lovely, firm facial and upper body massage, which is wonderfully relaxing. I think it’s worth trying if you don’t mind the prices, or if you can get a special offer, or packages which they may have from time to time.
What I enjoyed: Lovely firm massage pressure and generous massage of face, upper body and arms, No time wasting, Generous use of products on skin, Spacious facial room, No hard sell
What can be improved: Music was a little loud, but I think that’s because the background noise had to be drowned out, Room was a little bright during most of the facial
Where is it: Lot S127 Level 2 Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603-2095 0001 (Best to call ahead for reservations)
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm
Here’s something interesting I noticed after my facial.
If you are a member and refer a friend, they get 50% off their first facial, and you receive a little gift and cash voucher for use in store. I think that’s terribly attractive. When I asked how this is done, they showed me a little card you can give to your friend, which will be filled in with your name and member number so everyone knows what’s happening.
Naturally, if any of you reading this decide to try the facials after this, I don’t think I qualify for this offer, since I have no idea what my membership number is LOL! But if you want to try your luck and tell them you were referred by me, and you know the name I go by in person (Initials S. Y. Unfortunately I didn’t register myself as Paris B, darn! :P ) give it a shot and see if they find me in the system so you can get 50% off your first facial ;) I’m going to make a friend go for a facial – the gift is a good enticement LOL! :D
Have you tried a Caudalie Spa facial treatment anywhere?
I haven’t actually come across many or any reviews of the Caudalie spa treatments in other countries. The one I really want to try is the Vinotherapie spa body treatment where they use crushed grapes in their massage. That would be one hell of a treatment! :D Oh well, some day…