Make Your Own French Beauty Potions

French Beauty Solution from Caudalie founder

French Beauty Solution from Caudalie founderWhen I think of effortless beauty, my mind wanders across the pond to women in France. Like their philosophy of eating, French beauty routines are quite different than American. Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie, also was struck by how different American and French approaches to beauty are when she brought her skincare brand to the U.S. Now, she has opened up the beauty secrets she learned growing up in a French village to help women feel beautiful wherever they are in her new book, The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out (Gotham Hardcover, 2015). Here are a couple recipes from the book to whip up at home and bring the French countryside to your kitchen and spa.

crushed cabernet scrub

  •     4 tablespoons of organic brown sugar
  •     2 tablespoons of grape seeds
  •     1/3 cup grapeseed oil (add more if needed)
  •     4 tablespoons raw organic honey


  1.     Place sugar and grape seeds in a microwaveable bowl
  2.     Pour grapeseed oil until they are fully saturated, then add honey and essential oils and mix well
  3.     Warm the mixture in microwave for 20-30 seconds
  4.     Add a few pumps of your favorite moisturizer


healthy nails potion

  •     4 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  •     2 tablespoons grape seeds
  •     1/3 cup grape seed oil (add more if needed)
  •     4 tablespoons raw organic honey
  •     A few drops essential oil (optional)


  1.     Mix all ingredients together
  2.     Apply to nails as needed, and rub it in well

What beauty philosophy do you subscribe to in your personal life and in your spa?

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