Face mists. I have a new-found love for them. The reason is because I’ve incorporated misting into my daily skincare routine for a while now. I use an acid toner, and misting after that helps rehydrate my skin and helps my products absorb better.
A while ago, I received a can of the Caudalie Grape Water spray, but mistook it for the Beauty Elixir (which I’m not much a fan of) so I stuck it away in my beauty cabinet for a while. One day, when I ran out of face mist, I decided to try it.
It didn’t take me long to fall in love with it (and to realise that I was mistaken about it being like the famed Beauty Elixir – it’s MUCH BETTER!). I quickly picked up back up bottles while in Paris, because they were much more affordable there, but I’ve really enjoyed using this, and because it’s so under-rated, I had to share! 😀
Part of the reason I enjoy using this Caudalie Grape Water mist is because of the spray. It comes in an aerosol can, and the mist that comes out of the can is super fine. So fine, that it feels just like a whisper of air on your face as you mist your skin. Yet, the fine mist of water leaves enough water on skin to make it feel damp. Just how I like it, because when I layer on my serums or oils, it absorbs more quickly. You mean you don’t apply your products on damp skin? You should!
Now, we aren’t strangers to mists that come in spray cans are we? I used to enjoy the Vichy ones before Vichy pulled out, and there are many more in the market. However, most of the spray mists you find in the market boast of thermal water.
Caudalie, as may be expected from the brand, uses water derived from grapes. Does this feel any different on skin? To be honest, no it doesn’t. Yes, it feels very comfortable, moisturising even, but does it feel just like any other water? Yes it does. The spray does feel more fine, so my face is never sopping wet, just nicely damp.
I was shown however, that if you do a PH test with the Caudalie Grape Water, it shows a result that is closer to the PH level of our skin. By contrast, a popular thermal water spray showed a more alkaline result. Does it mean the Caudalie one is better? Let me be honest – I don’t know.
What I do know is this. The Caudalie Grape Water cools down my skin when it’s hot, soothes it when it’s irritated, feels amazing when I use it, and sandwiches well with my skincare. My skin seems to feel softer when I use this – again it could be nothing, or it could be everything.
I took the small travel sized 75ml can with me to Paris (I know, carrying coal to Newcastle – does anyone still say these things?! 😛 ) and used it extensively on the plane. It doubled up as my facial rinse when I didn’t have one on board, it helped to hydrate my skin in dry airplane air (never let it air-dry after misting. Give it a few seconds and then gently blot with a piece of tissue for best results) and it refreshed me before landing.
As a result, I bought bottles of it in every French pharmacie I could find LOL! If my luggage was bigger, I’d have bought more 😛
Do you need it? Of course not. Who needs anything 😛 I use this interchangeably with other facial mists. But I like how I can do a continuous spray with this (because of the aerosol action) and how the mist is so fine it doesn’t leave my face sopping wet. I like how soothing it is, and when I feel overheated, as I did on a recent visit to Bangkok, I like how it cooled and calmed my skin, so waiting for the public bus or even taking the tuk-tuk felt minutely more comfortable. Even my parents loved it after I convinced them it would make them feel better LOL! 😀
Will I repurchase? Why not. I have. Many! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Caudalie Grape Water spray comes in an aerosol can in 2 sizes – 200ml and 75ml. The small size is perfect for travel and I highly recommend it for when you are visiting a hot country, or on a plane. The interesting thing though, is that although it’s an aerosol can, I’ve passed airport security with this on a few flights now. I was asked to open my bag for security to take a look at the amount of content, but it was returned to me when they saw it was just 75ml. I like the very fine mist that comes out of the can, that leaves my skin feeling slightly damp but not sopping wet so you can use it even over makeup, just to refresh yourself. It is easy to control too. It has been a while since I’ve used a spray can type of facial mist so I cannot compare it with thermal water sprays. But I have enjoyed using this as it cools and soothes my skin, and allows my serums, lotions and potions to absorb better. I like it better than some other popular brands of facial sprays – I particularly dislike Evian which just feels like splashing mineral water on skin. Avene is OK but I don’t find it soothing; but I liked Vichy which we no longer get. It’s not a must have, but I have stocked up quite a few cans, so I’m good for a while! 🙂
PROS: Soothing on hot or irritated skin, Very fine mist does not leave skin too wet, Travel sized can is handy for travel
CONS: Rather pricey, Finishes quite quickly
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who enjoys using an aerosol facial mist spray
PRICE: 200ml: RM70 | US$22 | €11 or 75ml: RM35 | US$11 | €5.90
WHERE TO BUY: Caudalie counters and stores, Ken’s Apothecary stores, Sephora stores and online
If you’re curious as to what’s in there, here’s the ingredient list.
In a nutshell, it’s just grape water in there LOL! 😀
If you’re wondering, no it isn’t sweet. It doesn’t taste of anything (yes I tasted it 😛 ) and I have wondered if the cooling effect might have anything to do with the aerosol function.
But I will note that you can go through a can quite quickly. I blew through the 75ml can in just about a month with fairly regular use. So yes, it will hurt the wallet somewhat. That’s why I alternate it with other facial sprays – I’m not that frivolous LOL! 😀
Have you used this Grape Water spray? Do you use a facial spray or mist?
You know what tickles me? That it’s called Grape Water in English and Eau de Raisin in French. Raisin in English refers to a dried grape so I just find it slightly oxymoronic to have an Eau de Raisin. Just me and my weird approach to life LOL! 😀 Now, tell me what spray you’re using right now?