I'm on my third tube of Caudalie Buffing Cream and yet this is the first time I am featuring it on its very own blog post. I've been buying and using it for years so I'm not really sure why it's taken my so long to write about it! I'd already taken photos and everything.
I first bought this exfoliator when I was going through a dry skin phase a couple of winters ago. It was the first time in my life where I looked in the mirror and thought "wow my skin actually looks grey". The skin around my nose was particularly flaky due to where I was using foaming face washes at the time which were stripping my skin (whoops, don't worry I'm now using Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser).
I don't like harsh, gritty scrubs or the ones that dry the skin out at the same time as exfoliating which is just completely counterproductive (e.g. scrubs which contain SLS or too much drying clay). After trawling through reviews of (what felt like) hundreds of exfoliating products, I bought Caudalie Buffing Cream which seemed a little different from the usual face scrubs.
The product description:
Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream restores radiance leaving your skin soft and clean. Containing an effective mix of grape-seed oil, jojoba microbeads and honey, Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream awakens your complexion's radiance and the skin is left soft and clean.
The formula is rich and creamy (the jojoba oil, grape seed oil and honey feature high up in the ingredients list), with small but densely packed microbeads. The product name, "buffing cream" is spot-on. Calling it a "scrub" feels wrong because it really does feel like a cream that gently buffs the skin without scrubbing and scratching the skin (I always tell my friends off for using St. Ives face scrubs... they're so bad for the skin! You know who you are!!).
The density of the little microbeads in the formula is perfect. With some face scrubs, by the time I've spread them over my face, it feels like I've only got a couple of grains per cheek. Whereas the microbeads in Caudalie Buffing cream are distributed really well and you only need a small amount of the product to cover the face. The microbeads are tiny and not at all scratchy... definitely more "buff-y".
This buffing cream is designed to be used on a damp face after cleansing as with most face scrubs (the water gives it more slip and makes it go further), and rinses off cleanly. Although it might feel as if there is still some product left on the skin because the skin feels so silky after being "buffed".
Each time after using Caudalie Buffing Cream, my skin looks and feels noticeably softer, and it really glows. Any flaky patches are gone. My moisturisers also then go on better and absorb faster. I still notice the effects for days after using it, my skin just feels so much smoother even if it was seemingly alright to start with.
That's why I'm on my third tube and haven't used any other "face scrub" since..
If you still haven't found your "holy grail" exfoliating product, I really recommend trying Caudalie Buffing Cream. I can't imagine anyone of any skin type being disappointed with it! It's also great for sensitive skin because it's so gentle (yet still super duper effective).
The RRP of Caudalie Buffing Cream is £18 for 60ml (2 oz). In the UK, I usually buy it from FeelUnique.com where it is £15.30 delivered. In the States, it's $30 from Sephora although FeelUnique does ship worldwide for free if you want to save a few dollars.
The full ingredients of Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream are:
Aqua (Water), Hexyldecyl Stearate*, Cellulose*, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil*, Glycerin*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Mel (Honey), Cetearyl Wheat Bran Glycosides*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol*, Butylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Phospholipids*, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Citric Acid*, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool.