When I recently went to Bangkok, I stayed at the Peninsula hotel and was happily reunited with the Davi bathroom amenity line. Davi Body Lotion (available only at the high-end hotel boutique hotel chain) had a strong impression on me when I used it years ago. I got curious about what else Davi had up their sleeve and was eager to discover the brand also features skincare products. What really piqued my interest was the Le Grand Cru Face Cream ($175), an anti-aging product packed with Davi's own antioxidant blend.

Davi is actually produced by well-known winemaker Robert Mondavi in the Napa Valley, so it goes without saying that Davi is nothing less than "luxury." And it effortlessly translates in the packaging and price. The important question, however, is: Is the Le Grand Cru Face Cream worth it?

First off, Davi Le Grand Cru Face Cream uses polyphenols (one of the most potent ingredients combating free radicals) in their own anti-aging antioxidant complex called Meritage (what winemaker wouldn't be using grape and wine extracts in their own beauty line?).

Meritage is a blend of grape and fermented wine extracts, green tea, raspberry, black currant and bilberry extracts and rosemary and olive leaf extracts so it's a party of antioxidants in the cream. Most of these extracts are known to spend substantial amount of time on the skin (thanks to the fact Meritage is microencapsulated). Le Grand Cru features a 5% concentration of Meritage, which helps restore and rejuvinate the skin. This blend (created through a double fermentation process and preserved in the product) also helps fight free radicals so the aging process is slowed big time. So far so good.

Going through the list of ingredients, they start heavy with shea butter (great for smoothing the skin) and a few other emollients with a dash of vitamin E, then get straight into the hotbed of extracts. I was a little disappointed to find there were five parabens (however in the tiniest amount) but there's a lot of good stuff here. I especially like that—even with the list of great antioxidants—there's more that's not even highlighted like ginseng extract, known to promote cell regeneration and improve the skin's resistance.

When applied, it's rather light with a subtle floral fragrance, and it works well for both men and women. Davi Le Grand Cru Face Cream is great for the skin just as a glass of wine is great for the heart.


Aqua, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), glycerin, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, dicaprylyl carbonate, dicaprylyl ether, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, octyldodecanol, dimethicon, tocopheryl acetate, myristyl myristate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycine soja (soybean) oil, vaccinium myrtillus seed oil, tocopherol, bisabolol, acacia senegal gum, vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract, rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil, wine extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, ceratonia siliqua gum, vitis vinifera (grape) leaf extract, ribes nigrum (black currant) seed oil, camellia sinensis leaf extract, allantoin, hamamelis virginiana (which hazel)bark/leaf/twig extract, panax ginseng root extract, butylene glycol, capryloyl glycine, sarcosine, cinnamonum zeylanicum bark extract, carbomer, disodium edta, fragrance (parfum), phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, yellow # 5 (ci 19140), red # 4 (ci 14700), red # 33 (ci 17200), blue # 1 (ci 42090), red # 40 (ci 16035), butylphenyl methylpropional, geraniol hexyl cinnamal, limonene, linalool.