We can thank the Mediterranean world for its cultivation of the vine. More than just an ancient source of spirits it was harnessed by lovers of wisdom and pleasure alike to cleanse skin, preserve food and encourage relaxation. Later, Louis XIV would introduce the healing benefits for the complexion at Versailles and thus, its association with decadence would begin. While it can still be found in its more luxurious manifestations, vine-based skin therapy is finally available to the hoi polloi.
Davi Skin Collection
The latest venture from the Mondavi wine empire in California, the Davi skincare line was born of the same enthusiasm that allowed the family to acquire Europe’s other vine-based secrets. What’s makes their line so luxe? Their proprietary microencapsulated anti-aging complex, Meritage. A blend of grape and fermented wine extracts, green tea, raspberry, black currant and bilberry extracts, rosemary and olive leaf extract, its produced using a double fermentation process and preserved until applied to the skin. Exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman’s.
Le Grand Cru face cream for women, 2.0-ounce jar $175
Vine Fresh SPF 30 Lotion for Women, 1.0-ounce pump $48.50
Vinotherapy from ISHI Luxury Gourmet Skin Food
You can’t doubt the country that gave us Sophia Lauren, espresso machines and Vespas. The Italian-based ISHI Elements Vinotherapy is a non-alcoholic range of products, created using Chardonnay, Chianti and Pinot grapes taken from organic grapevines of the Dafla Skincare Institute, in the lush Tuscan hillsides. Combined with natural active ingredients extracted from wild strawberries, exotic spices and aromatic waters. It’s unisex, organic fair trade, suitable for all skin types and claims to provide visible results after just one treatment.
Latte di Vino (cleanser), 200ml, was Â£40.00, SALE Â£29.50
Pinot Noir Cream, 120ml, was Â£30.00, SALE Â£25.99 SALE
Tonico di Vino (toner), 200ml, was Â£40.00, SALE Â£29.50
Admittedly, Caudalie is without doubt one of my favorite skincare lines if only because it smells like the Paris in springtime that haunts my winter dreamsâ€¦ fresh, new, green and exciting, a budding flower of sorts. How does it work? Their patented system stabilizes the molecules in grape-seed polyphenols and use Resveratrol, the grapevine’s natural defense mechanism. Anti-oxidants contained in the grape-seed polyphenols fight free radicals in a way unequalled in the plant world.
Lifting Serum, 1-ounce pump for $78
Antiwrinkle nourishing cream, 1.5-ounces for $50
Wine Therapy Body Collection from 360 Skincare
Meant to cover every angle of your body, 360 Skin Care’s Wine Therapy products are fortified with the antioxidant rich grape seed extract from Burgundy, France. Paired with herbs like lavender and calendula, it calms and soothes tired skin.
Get an entire package of their wine therapy products for $82.80 (a savings of 10%)
Includes: Wine Therapy Body Lotion(8 oz)
Wine Therapy Body Mousse (4 oz)
Wine Therapy Body Scrub (6 oz)
Wine Therapy Body Wash (8 oz)