I can’t remember exactly where I first saw Codage Paris, but I remember that its distinct laboratory-inspired aesthetic really resonated with me. I always loved science; I miss using pipettes and wearing my lab coat. To me, science and natural beauty were never a dichotomy. When I ran out of Chanel’s HydraBeauty serum I wanted to try Codage before replenishing. But, I could not find Codage at any Canadian retailers. And I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the buy considering the exchange rate, overseas shipping and duties. So, I decided to try out their sample kit along with the travel-sized scrubbing cream (Crème Gommante) instead.
And after a little bit of research, I found a few more reasons to love this brand. Codage Paris was established by French siblings, Julien and Amandine Azencott. Prior to starting Codage, the pair worked as consultants connecting cosmetic brands with the top cosmetic labs in France. When starting this venture, they set Codage’s core values: maximum efficiency, customized products, dedicated service and respect for nature. The brand’s essence is a blend of the traditional French pharmacy and modern advance skincare research. And their products are paraben and phthalate-free. Codage’s products aim to cleanse, treat and nourish skin. Their flagship product is a customized serum. You can create your customized serum using their online “diagnostic tool” to find the “prescription” that suits your skin’s specific needs (and it comes in a cute monogramed bottle).
The products I’ve used from my sample kit are the Serum № 1 and the Crème Gommante. Serum № 1 is formulated with ingredients that have hydration, antioxidant, and antipollution properties. The serum provides intense nourishment that makes skin soft but more resilient by improving skin integrity. When testing it out I poured the 1 ml contents into a small container. I was surprised that such a small amount gave me three uses. To see how my sensitive skin would react, I wore the serum with no makeup and no additional moisturizers on top. With the serum alone, my skin felt appropriately hydrated (not greasy) and looked radiant. I even received a few compliments about my skin from people surprised that I wasn’t wearing any foundation. The Crème Gommante (scrubbing cream) is designed to exfoliate, soothe and provide radiance. It is an emulsion of fine rice particles that gently exfoliates to remove impurities and dead skin. It is not abrasive or drying like the apricot scrub I usually use. And I found it worked well with my sensitive skin. I’m still working my way through the sample kit, but so far I’m very impressed!
If you’re interested in giving Codage Paris a try, you can order a sample kit here. The samples are free, but you have to pay for shipping. There are also travel-sizes available if you're looking for a little more. And I'm excited to share today that there is a special promo code for Friday, November 27th (until midnight). Use WHITEFRIDAY15 at checkout and you will save 30% off of your order (doesn't apply to prescription kits or minis). I've been waiting for an offer like this to pick up a full-sized product. I thought it would be a good time to post this review so you that if you're interested, you can take advantage of this offer too. Let me know what you think of Codage if you do purchase.
This was not a sponsored post. The thoughts expressed are honest and my own.