According to Caudalie, seven years of research and over 300 trials went into this cream. I am a little worried, though, about the small sample sizes used in these tests. For example, 97% of just 42 women reported that their wrinkles were filled after 56 days of use. Another example showed a 2.2 mm lifting effect, on 19 women. The good news is that ex-vivo tests were used, as opposed to a lot of quack tests that use in-vitro testing. However, in order for results to be scientifically sound, an adequate sample size is needed, along with both quantitative and qualitative measures.
This cream does contain some great ingredients- resveratrol, viniferine, and grape seed polyphenols, which are rich in antioxidants. Another good thing about this stuff is that it comes in a pump (or in my case, a tube), which is not only sanitary, but protects the ingredients. Scientific research has shown that antioxidants become less effective when exposed to oxygen, as would happen if this was in a jar.
I got a travel size of this as a point reward- no way am I going to shell out over $150 on a wonder cream without testing it out first. This La Crème smells divine- I know a lot of people don’t like fragranced skincare products, and those people may not like this, although the smell dissipates quickly. The texture is creamy and rich, but light at the same time, and is absorbed readily. I do not feel greasy after using this, nor has it made me break out. Another plus is that it contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Would I pay full price for the full size? That remains to be seen, but so far, I really like it.
Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème retails for $158.00 for 1.7 oz.
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