Long-time readers of Viva Woman would probably be familiar with Marie Veronique Organics. FoundedÂ by Marie Veronique Nadeau, a former chemistry teacher, the brand aims to create skincare products forÂ graceful and natural aging, using organic ingredients whenever possible.Â According to Marie Nadeau, conventional acne treatments for teenage acne are not suitable for adultÂ acne as “traditional methods of treatment can dry, inflame and irritate, ultimately accelerating the agingÂ process.” Instead, she recommends their regimen under the Acne Relief Kit that regulates oil production without over-exfoliating, thus keeping the skin balanced andÂ nourished.
The Acne Relief kit comprises just four simple products â€“ with short and relatable ingredient lists â€“ thatÂ are designed to combat moderate to severe adult acne. Itâ€™s also very fuss-free: two products in theÂ morning and three in the evening only!
Treatment Cleanser (4 oz | 120ml) US$37
This treatment cleanser is supposed to kill acne-causing bacteria, prevent clogged pores, and dissolveÂ dead skin cells without stripping the skin dry â€“ and it delivers! Texture is a little grainy like an exfoliatingÂ cleanser, most probably from the adzuki bean powder, but not abrasive at all. I normally double-cleanseÂ but once is sufficient here. My skin does not feel uncomfortably squeaky clean but plump andÂ moisturized.Â The scent is delicious: a little citrusy, a little yoghurt-like.
Over the month or so that I used this cleanser, I only suffered from one breakout! The difference becameÂ even more startling when I finished this and switched back to Thursday Plantation (which Iâ€™ve usedÂ before). Suddenly, I gained 5 pimples in the very first week, with my skin feeling noticeably drier and tighter.Â I definitely like this, but it barely lasted more than a month â€“ maybe because I needed two pumps eachÂ time as itâ€™s non-foaming. Since it gets depleted so fast, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll be ordering this.
Treatment Oil (1 oz | 30ml) US$80
Intriguingly, this is the main source of moisturizer in the kit, but it also does a good job in keeping acne-causing bacteria at bay with tea tree, lavender, sea buckthorn and pumpkin seed oils. Itâ€™s easy toÂ massage into the skin and surprisingly, my face does not feel oily after application.Â However, the dispenser is a real pain because 80% of the time, it squirts out the content haphazardly causing a lot ofÂ wastage! On the rare occasions that it works properly, I use about one and a half pumps for my face andÂ neck. Rubbing it around the T-zone pushes out blackheads to a small extent, which is good, but thatâ€™sÂ only for very superficial blackheads.Â I reckon this will last about three months. I like that it seeps into the skin easily, but otherwise itâ€™s notÂ memorable. The price ainâ€™t cheap, so Iâ€™ll just use other oils after this.
Everyday Sheer Coverage, SPF20 (2 oz | 60 ml) US$50
This is my favourite of the lot. Iâ€™m rarely enamoured with sunblock but this, I would buy in a heartbeat! ItÂ offers broad spectrum sun protection with SPF 20 but what I love is that itâ€™s such an incredible makeup-base/foundation: the tint was perfect for my skin tone, the formula glides easily! Â I do need to re-apply in the afternoon or use mineral powder over it. The smell is also somewhat mustyÂ and oaky, like your grandfatherâ€™s 50-year-old study, but it did grow on me after a while. The bottle wouldÂ probably last three to four months minimum.
Overall, Iâ€™m really impressed that this excellent product contains natural, easy-to-comprehend ingredientsÂ and Iâ€™m going to ditch make-up bases and foundations with complicated compounds for this. And did IÂ mention that it leaves a sheer, healthy matt glow?
Treatment Serum (1 oz | 30ml) US$90
This Treatment Serum claims to regulate sebum production through pantothetic acid and to combatÂ aging. Frankly, this doesnâ€™t leave an impression. Itâ€™s non-greasy and easily absorbed but I donâ€™t see a whole lot ofÂ improvement. In addition, my skin gets all tingly every time upon applying it, but since nothing negative has happenedÂ so far, I suppose thatâ€™s not an issue either.
Some users may experience initial “purging”
I get about 4-5 pimples a month although theyâ€™reÂ usually not too angry-looking. Some reviewers experienced increased breakouts in the first week.Â Thankfully, this did not happen to me, but you might want to keep this in mind. I had high expectations,Â and Iâ€™m happy to share that overall, I really enjoyed using this range. The entire kit of 4 products cost US$230 and you can check them out at the website here.