Caudalie Vine Body Luxury Set

Admittedly posts have been a little slack around the blog recently, so let's just crack right on with the beauty.

Caudalie is one of my favourite beauty brands for both skincare and body care, and once again, they have just done it right. I recently picked up the Caudalie Vine Body Luxury Set from Sephora. The set is $34 and includes full sized products of their Vine Body Butter, Hand and Nail Cream, and Lip Conditioner. Oddly enough, the Vine Body Butter on its own costs $43. So by buying the set, you're getting the Vine Body Butter for cheaper, and getting a $19 Hand and Nail Cream and $12 Lip Conditioner for free. Now that's a bargain if I've ever seen one.

I don't often pick up these kind of sets, because they usually contain at least one product that's just not as good as the rest and I end up not using it. With this set, however, I love, love, love all three of the products. I didn't expect to enjoy the Vine Body Butter, because I always find body butters to be way too thick for my liking, and I dislike that feeling of a greasy film being left on my skin. The Vine Body Butter is wonderfully light and absorbs into the skin very quickly, all while being incredibly nourishing for my dry and cracked winter skin.

Once the body butter absorbs (which takes seconds, really), there's no greasy residue whatsoever, so I don't have to worry about my sheets sticking to my skin as I roll around a dozen times throughout the night. The body butter has that really pleasant, fresh grapewater scent that most Caudalie products have, which I very much enjoy because it's not overpowering at all, and well, it just smells lovely. The only downside of this product for me is that because it's such a lightweight texture, I end up going through it really fast. I use the Vine Body Butter to moisturizer my entire body every night (excluding my back, which I can't reach), and the jar will probably end up lasting me two months in total. When bought at the regular price of $43, the Vine Body Butter definitely is a more expensive option than many other body moisturizers out on the market, so it probably is more of a once-in-a-while splurge item for me.

The Hand and Nail Cream is of a similar idea to the Vine Body Butter: lightweight cream texture, absorbs easily into the skin, doesn't leave any oily residue, yet intensely nourishes the skin. Last Christmas, Caudalie brought out a value set of three hand creams, and I actually bought two sets, so I think it's safe to say I'm a true fan of Caudalie hand creams. The Hand and Nail Cream also has that soothing grapewater scent, but in comparison to the Vine Body Butter, I would say that the Vine Body Butter does have a little bit of a thicker texture.

Confession: I'm a little bit of a lip balm addict. Last I counted, I had about 20 different lip balms scattered in various corners of my apartment and different bags. I've always suffered from dry lips that peel and crack easily, particularly in the winter when the harsh winds are blowing in my face constantly. I didn't expect the Lip Conditioner to perform well because it seemed like a very hard formula, but actually, once I put it on my lips, the lip balm just glides on beautifully. This lip balm sits well under makeup because it's nourishing while not being too slippery. I'm not completely converted from my Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (which I own probably 5 tubes of and it's only a few dollars), but the Caudalie Lip Conditioner is a nice thing to have nonetheless.

I'm considering stockpiling up on these sets because they are such good value, but I try to avoid stocking up on beauty products because I love trying new things. What first world problems are you suffering from today?

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