caudalie divine oil review

Phew!

That’s my skin breathing a sigh of relief.

Winter’s almost over and my face survived it unscathed. After last year, it wasn’t a done deal. My first winter in London was HORRIBLE for my skin. A couple of weeks in, I had already started to resemble a crocodile!

This year, I was better prepared. When the temperatures started dropping to inhuman levels (that’s anything under 15 degrees Celsius for me) and those harsh winds started blowing, they found me armed with a facial oil.

Facial oils are awesome. They’re so moisturizing and make even the driest skin soft and supple. Take that winter!

But, they can be dangerous. They won’t kill you obvs, but they can give you pimples. Not as bad, but I guess that’s something you want to avoid, too?

That’s why I opted for a dry facial oil. Caudalie Divine Oil, to be precise.

What’s In Caudalie Divine Oil?

GRAPE SEED OIL TO MOISTURISE SKIN

This is the main ingredient. It’d better be because we all know Caudalie is famous for using all kinds of grape-derived extracts in its lotions and potions.

It does a couple of things for your skin:

  1. It’s very moisturizing: It seals moisture in, leaving your skin softer and suppler.
  2. It prevents wrinkles: It’s full of antioxidants, including resveratrol and vitamin E, that kick those nasty free radicals away.

The best part? Grape seed oil is lighter than most oils out there so you don’t have to worry about it giving you pimples. Unless your skin is very oily. Then, I guess it could happen.

SESAME OIL TO MOISTURISE SKIN, TOO

Sesame oil is derived from sesame seeds.

“Really, Gio?,” I can hear you ask. “Tell me something I DON’T know.”

Fine. This oil contains almost equal amounts of oleic and linoleic acids, so it’s very moisturizing. Like all oils, it works by creating a protective barrier on the skin that keeps moisture where it needs to be. In your skin.

Plus, it’s rich in vitamin E, too, so it can help prevent wrinkles to boot.

Related: What Vitamin E Can (And Can’t) Do For Your Skin


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Texture

Oily, but not too greasy.

Fragrance

Think a warm, sensual floral with a hint of musk. It hangs around for quite a while, too, making your body and hair smell amazing.

How To Use It

Caudalie Divine Oil is a multitasker that can be used in many different ways:

  • Bath treat: Pour a few drops in your bathtub to make your skin smell amazing
  • Body moisturiser: Apply it after a shower, focusing more on drier areas.
  • Face moisturiser: It’s the last step of your skincare routine at night.
  • Hair conditioner: Apply it to the lengths and tips of your hair.
  • Hair mask: Spray it generously on your hair, wait 10 minutes, and then shampoo as normal.
  • Nail moisturiser: Massage a few drops on your nails.

Performance & Personal Opinion

The other reason why I love facial oils? They’re super versatile.

Caudalie Divine Oil can be used everywhere. Face, body, hair… you name it, it goes there. Ok, I wouldn’t put it on my lips but you get the point.

I love love love using it on my body. My super dry skin laps it up immediately. It sinks in straight away and leaves NO greasy residue behind. There’s something else it leaves behind, though. Super soft skin. For the whole day.

On my combo face, it performs a little differently. On the oilier areas, it takes a while to absorb but still does a great job of moisturizing skin. Unless your skin is uber oily, I honestly don’t think this’ll give you pimples.

You know who may have a problem with this? Sensitive skin. This stuff is packed with fragrance. That’s not exactly skin-friendly. It can easily cause irritations. Even in the deepest layers of the skin where you can’t see it.

Talking about hair, mine is oily so I use only the tiniest amount on my ends. This works like a charm. My hair suddenly is much easier to comb, doesn’t break as easily and looks very shiny, too.

But if I go overboard and apply a drop too many? Then I’m left with an oily and greasy mess where my hair used to be.

Overall, a pretty decent oil. I only wish Caudalie did the oils do the smelling (seriously, there’s no need to use this much fragrance in an oil!).

Related: Is Fragrance In Skincare As Bad As Paula Begoun Says?

Who Is This For?

Dry skin.

Who Is This NOT For?

  • Acne-prone skin
  • Oily skin
  • Sensitive skin

Packaging

A tall, see-through bottle with a spray applicator. Sleek and practical.

Does Caudalie Divine Oil Live Up To Its Claims?

CLAIMTRUE?
Divine Oil is a dry oil that moisturises, nourishes and enhances your skin thanks to its unique formula.I wouldn’t call the formula unique, but it does all that.
It envelops the skin with a subtle, floral and sun-kissed fragrance, with woody notes.True. But fragrance can be irritating for sensitive skin.

Price & Availability

50ml, $32.00/£18.00; 100ml, $49.00/£28.00 at Asos, Blue Mercury, Cult Beauty, Feel Unique, Nordstrom, Sephora, and SpaceNK

Do You Need It?

If you’re looking for a multi-tasking oil you can use from head to foot, this is a good option to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives

Ingredients

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sesame Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Isoamyl Cocoate, Coco-Caprylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropanediol, Limonene, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol.