I've always been a beauty lover and had a weakness for all things French (Paris is my favourite city) and apart from being a huge Caudalie fan I'm all ears when it comes health promotion and beauty tips, to so I feel this book has been written especially for me. I picked up a copy from Amazon and read it in about a week -I couldn't put it down.
The author; Mathilde Thomas shares her idyllic childhood growing up at the foot of the French Alps in a small village called Grenoble. (which sounds just magical). This helped her become an expert in Polythenols , the power of grapes, natural ingredients, how they can benefit our beauty regimens and how this led her to start her own skincare company Caudalie.
The French Beauty Solution has five sections and 11 chapters which cover; Lifelong Beauty The French Way, Skin Basics, The Essentials of Beautiful Healthy Skin, Make Up and Hair the French Way and Finally The Grape Cleanse.
Each section is packed full of Mathilde Thomas' wealth of beauty knowledge and lifestyle tips. (The French really are on point). Part two is particularly useful as it covers a chapter on Skincare Ingredients which are good and which are bad for you. (No major lifestyle changes needed here but I do now enjoy a glass of red with my evening meal). There's an interesting section on how our skin ages, and also how the French take time to relax and take a break from life. (something we could all benefit in). There are plenty of 'French Beauty Secret' tips and anecdotes throughout the book which are really insightful.
Needless to say I have learnt a lot from this book and I consider myself to be fairly well educated which it comes to skincare. Beauty novices out there will find The French Beauty Solution extremely useful.
What I love most about the book is the way it promotes leading a healthy lifestyle from both inside and out to achieve gorgeous glowing skin and all round beauty. Although its written by Mathilde the founder of Caudalie its not over promotional, its more a lifestyle and beauty guide.
The last chapter on The Grape Cleanse is really interesting, I'm not one for crash diets (I get too hungry) but the French have been doing it for years. In short - you eat nothing but grapes for 3 days. Sounds tough but Mathilde's guide is practical and simple. Its not really for losing weight just a cleanse from the inside. Who new those little green grapes could have such powerful ingredients and could be so beneficial for our health and beauty!
Overall I loved the book, I'd definitely recommend it to you. Its a great read and also a great book that can be picked up again and used as a kind of bible/beauty directory.
Have you read the French Beauty Solution? What did you think?
I'm off to the farm shop to buy grapes. Have a great day!
Love L x