If you’re a frequent reader of Viva Woman, you will probably be acquainted with Marie Veronique Organics. That’s where I get my holy grail sunscreen. I learnt about the brand sometime early last year through an email they sent me. I was very keen to try their sunscreen, then called, Creme de Soleil. Unfortunately, because they’re based in US, they were not so keen to send the samples to me in Singapore. But because I was adamant about trying the product, I went ahead to purchase it and made arrangements to have it shipped to me via a contact. I was so pleased with it as you can tell from my constant raves; it is to me, an ideal sunscreen because it has everything I wanted in terms of the formulation and texture. In fact, I am already into my fourth bottle now with no intentions to switch to other brands soon.
Besides their sunscreen, I’ve only purchased one of their other products – Seumdipity Ultra. Then sometime earlier this year, the company made some changes to their branding, improved some of their formulations and they first sent me their Anti-Aging Oil Plus and subsequently, the entire set of their Anti-Aging range which consist of 6 products for a review. So here are my views on the products, after having tested them over a month now.
Marie Veronique Organics Gentle Cleanser 120ml US$30
I prefer foaming cleansers and was a little skeptical over how well this cleanser will work as it does not foam at all. I’ll say this cleanser is good to use in the morning when my face is relatively oil free. I don’t use this in the evenings after returning home from work because it won’t get rid of makeup residue that well even with double cleansing. Their other cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser, does a better job and will suit those with oilier skin. I tried a sample of that and I’ll say it cleanses better and is also rather gentle. But smell wise, I love the Gentle Cleanser. I remember a reader, Ms Blacklace, had mentioned to me that she loves the smell of this Gentle Cleanser and I can’t agree more. I can’t pinpoint the smell exactly but it’s a combination of the the adzuki bean powder mixed with rosemary, lavender and lemongrass essential oils.
Rating: 3 out of 5 hearts
Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Anti-Aging Mist 120ml US$35
Since I started using the MVO Anti-Aging Oil Plus, I’ve been thinking about getting this Anti-Aging Mist. So it was good that I received this. It is said to nourish and hydrate the skin with its green tea, dandelion and kombucha plus firm and brighten the skin with DMAE, uva ursi, elderberry and licorice. I’m not exactly sure about its firming and brightening properties since I am also using other products in combination with this but I can say it definitely hydrates my skin because when there is a noticeable difference when I apply my Anti-Aging Oil Plus with and without this face mist. So I will always spritz this face mist on before applying my face oil. It has a slight aroma, which I consider to be very soothing and pleasant.
Rating: 4 out of 5 hearts
Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Anti-Aging Oil Plus 60ml US$80
Okay, even though I received a brand new bottle of this, I’ve actually been using this product since February. I had written a review of this product and you can read the full version here. But to summarize, this Anti-Aging Oil Plus with its combination of more than 20 oils is just perfect for moisturizing my face, leaving my combination skin supple, smooth and more refined. In fact, after I ran out of my eye cream and gel, I used this all over my face and I dare say that the fine lines around my eyes are always less visible when I have this on. I use this oil in the day beneath the Moisturizing Face Screen Plus and in the night, beneath the Skin Lightening Serum. My cheeks don’t feel exceptionally dry so I believe it does prevent moisture loss and dehydration. At US$80, it seems expensive but after using for 5 months, I still have half a bottle left. So I think it’s well worth the price tag and this is why I’m upgrading my rating.
Rating: 5 out of 5 hearts
Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen Plus SPF 30
No Tint 60ml US$40
Okay, needless to say, the MVO Face Screen Plus is my favorite product of all time and my ideal daily sunscreen. This is an updated formulation from Creme de Soleil; I discussed the changes here. I actually think the new formulation is better; unlike Creme de Soleil, this one leaves no whitecast on my face. I love it as a makeup base beneath my foundation as it doesn’t leave my skin looking greasy, even after applying this on top of the MVO Anti-Aging Oil Plus and I can certainly apply at least 1/4 teaspoon of this to my face each time. The best thing about this product is, it works to keep my pigmentation under control. Although other products I use must have helped my pigmentation, but this sunscreen is good enough to keep new ones from appearing. I now prefer the non-tinted version because it makes my face looks clearer as a whole. The tinted one makes my skin a shade darker with certain foundation. In terms of smell, I like the herbal smell but some readers have mentioned that they don’t like it so strong.
Rating: 5 out of 5 hearts
Skin Lightening Serum 30ml US$140
I verified that this is actually Seumdipity Ultra, which I’ve tried before, but the formula has been improved with added ingredients. I cannot remember the older formulation but noticed that this one has got coffee extract, glucosamine, niacinamide and DMAE for cosmeceutical strength lightening on top of paper mulberry, two types of licorice, elderberry and uva ursi extracts. I didn’t get much desired results when I finished a bottle of Seumdipity Ultra and that was why I didn’t re-purchase. But this Skin Lightening Serum is not quite the same. I can see that it is doing something to keep my face more even toned over time although I have to qualify that it could be due to the combination of the Vitamin C Supplement too. It’s rather a pinch at US$140 but because I only need a pea-size amount for my entire face and I only use it in the night, it’s probably going to last me quite awhile.
Rating: 4 out of 5 hearts
Skin Lightening Vitamin C Supplement 50 capsules US$60
I was really excited about this supplement. It’s not to be eaten but rather, to be added to any of the MVO serums to stimulate collagen production and repair free radical damage. L-Ascorbic Acid is highly unstable when exposed to water and so I like the idea that this is powdered and stored in capsules and I only need to mix when I want to use it. But what I didn’t expect was that the powder is hard to dissolve. It’s powdery when I mixed in with the serum and leaves a residue on my skin afterwards. The residue doesn’t stay on as it’s powder but I really don’t like the feel of it when applying. I’ve tried vitamin C in the form of powder added to my skin care products and they’ve dissolved thoroughly. My guess is that this supplement contains other ingredients and hence, the residue. Still, I tried using about twice a week, after being assured by Marie that the residue is normal. And I noticed that each time I use, my skin tone looks brighter the morning after. So I’m two minds about this – on one hand, I dislike the residue, but on the other hand, I rather like the results.
Rating: 2.5 out 5 hearts
While I do have gripes about some of their products, but as a whole, I love the offerings from Marie Veronique Organics. Their products meet my criteria of natural formulations with no toxic ingredients, chemical synthetics, fragrances, waxes, silicones or alcohol. Yet while keeping their formulations natural, the company also adds useful ingredients with cosmeceutical benefits to target specific skin concerns. I also like the fact that the company is constantly updating their formulas based on customers’ feedback. And it’s not just the formulas; the company changed the packaging of some of their products and on top of the dark glass bottles to preserve the integrity of the natural formulation better, the sunscreen for example, comes with a pump dispenser, which is more convenient and hygenic. In terms of products, Marie Veronique Organics also provides a variety of offerings. On the basic level, you can go with their recommended basic 4-step skin care process and that includes products to cleanse, hydrate, replenish and protect. If you need additional repair, you can choose from a myraid of offerings according to your skin concerns.
Availability and special promo code for Viva Woman readers
Marie Veronique Organics is based in US but they now offer international shipping even to Singapore. You can check out their products and order them online at their website. And for now until July 30 2010, buy any MVO product and receive a sample-size Skin Lightening Serum FREE. Just enter code VIVA in the discount box at checkout.
Share your feedback about Marie Veronique Organics products
I have combination skin and am slightly proned to acne currently. The MVO products have worked well for me without causing further breakouts. But I think others with different skin types may like to know if the MVO products will work well for them. Since I know a number of you are already using some of their products, will you share your feedback with us based on what you’ve tried from their range too?