Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream
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”.

Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream formula
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 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.

*Plant Origin

14 comments on “Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream review: A face scrub like no other

  1. Oooh I need a good scrub, but being a poor, poor student, this’d kinda break the bank! What do you think of the Simple range? It’s what I use and I love it! p.s Hope the weather isn’t too cold in NYC! You’ve probably heard, it’s snowing in parts of England!

  2. That looks amazing, might use it for the old T-Zone. What do you think about chemical exfoliators? I know what you mean about St. Ives’ scrubs, they’re like rubbing liquid sandpaper on your face! V x

  3. This sounds like a fantastic product, Id love to try this once my current exfoliator runs out. Great review

  4. @vivthediv: If it’s any consolation, the tube lasts a long time if you’re not using excessive amounts! I’m not too keen on Simple products… they’ve never been very effective on me and I also don’t like the fact that they use a lot of mineral oil in their products which my skin doesn’t agree with. But it’ll be different for everyone! Also, if you’re a student, your skin probably isn’t as dry and needy as mine!

    @Viola: I like the sound of chemical exfoliators because they don’t scratch the skin. But I think I overdid it on products containing glycolic acid years ago because now my skin is sensitive to it and comes up in a bit of a rash around my chin if I use a product with glycolic acid as an ingredient. So now I just have to use gentle physical exfoliators.

  5. Hii, this was the perfect post for me at the perfect time! I have ridiculously dry skin at the moment, my skin around my nose is peeling and around my eyes! This makes make up application so tough. I want nothing more than gorgeous glowy skin so will definitely purchase this but was just wondering whether you could recommend me a moisturiser to use with it (and an under the eye cream) I have very sensitive skin and anything thick and pasty seems to rub off in bits rather than getting absorbed. I currently use the body shop aloe vera cream but I don’t find it hydrating enough. I’m tempted to try the bobbi brown skin care range too. Any help you could provide me would be greatly appreciated!! Love your blog btw. L

  6. @Anonymous: Ooh definitely try this scrub if you have dry, flaky skin. You’ll notice a difference immediately. Do you a foaming face wash or anything else that might dry your skin out even more? If so, I really recommend switching to a creamy hot cloth cleanser. I use Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but the Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser seems to leave the skin a little more moisturised and I’d recommend it for drier skin.

    I’d also recommend using a hydrating toner… I couldn’t live without Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic because it adds an extra layer of moisture under my moisturiser. I use the spritzer version so that I don’t waste loads of it on cotton wool. It leaves droplets on the skin but they can be patted in after spritzing to make the “tonic” absorb faster.

    As a day cream, I really like the Nick Lowe The Secret Is Out Day Cream at the moment. It’s very rich and moisturising.

    For a night cream, I keep going back to Forest Secrets iRejuvenate serum and oil (you can find a review on my blog). It’s quite pricey but a little goes a long way and it really brings some radiance back to the skin.

    I’ve also found Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Cream Mask really good as a moisturiser (but nothing special as a mask). It’s really rich. Actually the entire line of Caudalie Vinosource for dry skin is meant to be pretty good… so definitely check it out.

    Hope that helps!

  7. Thanks so much that definitely helps will try a few of those products and let you know how it goes! Keep up the amazing work and good luck with your new life in nyc! Xx

  8. thanks to you I finally found the perfect scrub for my dry/sensitive skin.
    Two weeks ago I also bought CHANEL HUILE CONFORT.It’s purrfeect!

  9. Great review! Often do you use this buffing cream-once a week? Thank you.

  10. Im totally a huge fan of Caudalie, I was sent some to test out which I took away on holiday with me! The products really did hydrate my skin! Also, the skin perfecting day and night creams really do even out uneven skin tone!!

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