I would like to give Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie, an award for being THE most passionate communicator I know about the ideas behind her products and her brand. On Friday I attended an evening at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa within the Plaza Hotel where Mathilde introduced me to a collection of new fragrances currently being launched in the US, designed to give the wearer the unique and charming experience of a summer’s day at the vineyard; from morning, through to noon and night.
Fleur de Vigne, Zeste de Vigne and The des Vignes make up the delightful new collection.
Fleur de Vigne represents dawn in the vineyard. Think of the scent of blossoming grape flowers and pair this with a mood full of anticipation and promise before the creation of vintage wine from the vine. White rose and pink pepper meet with hawthorn in this subtle interpretation of the vineyard at dawn.
Zeste de Vigne moves us towards noon, where the sun is at its zenith bathing the citrus tress of the vineyard’s orangery with it’s dazzling light. The mood is optimistic because of the sheer radiance, glow and warmth of the sun. Java patchouli and touches of moss meet with sweet and bitter orange, lemon and vivid mandarin.
Finally, The des Vignes takes us into dusk. Notes of ginger, orange blossom and jasmine infuse the scent and transport us to the time when the blue and white lights of twilight appear and the warm sunshine drifts away from us. This is a very sensual and subtle fragrance, with an air of romance and desire.
I find it very difficult to choose a favourite fragrance within the set. I love the fresh and fruity afternoon scent of Zeste de Vigne, confirming my belief that I am an “afternoon person” however the twilight scent of The des Vignes, with the accompanying mood it puts me in, is also high on my list. An air of romance and desire? Ooo absolutely….
Now, Blog Reader, Caudalie have kindly supplied me with a fragrance from the collection to give to one of you, as part of this, my very first blog giveaway competition. All you need to do to take part is to write a comment below, describing your favourite time of the day and how you like to spend it. Don’t forget to leave me a contact email, too.
For example, my favourite time of the day is the afternoon, when I can spend some quiet time with Vogue magazine and a picnic at Conservatory Water in Central Park, soaking up the midday sun and watching the world go by…
This competition closes on Friday July 8th after which I shall pick the most inspiring entry as the winner, who will receive a prize of the fresh fragrance corresponding to their favourite time of the day. The winner will also go forward into another contest where they will compete with winners from other fashion and beauty blogs, for the ‘grand’ prize of a Caudalie gift basket worth $250.
Apologies to non-US readers as this giveaway is only for those based in the USA. I have more giveaways coming up this month, as a thank you for stopping by and reading StyleOnTheCouch. I reached an amazing 1000 followers on Twitter this week, something that deserves a celebration and a thank you to you all….
I was introduced to Caudalie by my Parisian-Lady-In-Manhattan, Anne, who has written extensively about the spa treatments Caudalie offered at The Plaza and who has turned me on to their skincare products. I would like to say a big thank to her as well as to Mathilde and Caudalie USA for the invitation to their “Caudalie Fresh” evening on Friday. The event was also an opportunity to try some of their amazing wine and eat cheese (two of my favourite pastimes!) and I loved learning about the new fragrances. I am off to spritz myself with some The des Vignes, in the hope that my evening will be filled with romance and desire. Oh one can dream, and one can most definitely smell wonderful …. !!