In 1993, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas were deep into grape harvest season on their family estate, Chateau Smith Haut Lefitte, when they met Dr. Vercauteren, a professor at the University of Pharmacy in Bordeaux. He taught them all about grape-seed polyphenols and their miraculous antiaging properties. In 1994, the husband and wife duo registered a patent on the extraction and stabilization of the grape-seeds, and soon after released their first beauty products. Over the years, they have continued to pioneer grape research and have developed a vast and luxe skincare line. Caudalie prides itself on using every aspect of the grape, from the seeds to the vine, to create products that heal, refresh, and renew skin.