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Product Review: @MVOrganics ~ Acne Relief Travel Kit

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Image from: Lilou Organics

I’ve been hearing a lot about Marie Veronique Organics (MVO) a lot. I read the NMDL blog almost daily and they’ve given rave reviews to this brand. So I’ve been itching to try this line for quite a while. I recently discovered that Lilou Organics now carries MVO. So when I was up for a new set of skincare basics I decided to test drive the Acne Relief Travel Kit.

Note: The Treatment Oil, Treatment Serum & Everyday Coverage all contain emu oil, which is an animal by-product.

Treatment Cleanser:

Ingredients:  Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, phaseolus angularis (adzuki bean) powder, acetum mali (apple cider vinegar)*, vegetable glycerin*, xanthan gum, polyaminopropyl biguanide**, lactic acid, salix nigra (black willow bark) extract, honey*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, usnea tincture, colloidal oat flour*, althaea officinalis (marshmallow root) powder*, oryza sativa (rice bran) powder, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) essential oil; *organic; **paraben free anti-microbial agent; % of organic ingredients: 81%

This cleanser is great. It doesn’t feel like it’s doing much, because it feels so light. But there are these little granules (probably the adzuki bean powder) that help slough off dead skin cells gently. My skin feels soft, clean and hydrated when I use this cleanser. The smell of the cleanser is mild: lavender and mint. Consistency is a slightly more watery than milky. But it does the job really well. I would repurchase this.
Cost: Full size: $39.00 CAD, 120 ml / 4 oz, Travel size: 30ml / 1oz
Available at: Lilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

Treatment Oil:

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed) oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, emu oil, salix nigra (black willow bark) extract*, tocopherol (vitamin e), euterpe oleracea (acai) oil, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil*, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil*, squalene (from olive oil), citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, usnea lichen tincture, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil, curcuma longa (curcuma) essential, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil*, cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) essential*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil*, chamomilla recutita (moroccan chamomile) essential oil; *organic; % organic ingredients: 91%

My bad, I didn’t notice until after I’d bought this travel kit that the oil contains emu oil. That teaches me to read the ingredients list more carefully! I was trying not to use any products with animal ingredients in it. So I was really disappointed to find out that this contained emu oil.  As for the effects of the oil itself, it works really well to hydrate my skin. I once put a bit too much on one night and looked like an oil slick. But otherwise, the treatment oil is very good at sealing the moisture into my skin. The oil has a very mild, almost nutty smell to it. My skin really loved it. A little goes a long way. I’m still finishing off the Treatment Oil though I’ve run out of the Treatment Serum already.  It’s a real pity that MVO is still using animal ingredients in their products! I would have totally considered repurchasing if not for that one objectionable ingredient despite the price of the full sized bottle. I’m knocking the rating down due to the emu oil content. It’s also pretty pricey for the amount of product you get.
Cost: Full size: $82.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1 oz, Travel size: 7.5 ml / 1/4 oz
Available at: Lilou Organics
Rating: 3/5

Treatment Serum:

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, PantothenicPlus™ [pantothenic acid, d-panthenol], cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil*, calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu oil)*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, vegetable squalene (from olive oil), emu oil, populus tremuloides (aspen) bark, leuconostoc/radish root ferment, gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate (Microguard)**, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, tocopherol (vitamin e), kombucha extract*, n-acetyl glucosamine, lactic acid, salix nigra (black willow bark) extract*, dipotassium glycyrrhizate (licorice) tincture*, niacinamide, usnea lichen extract, lecithin*, xanthan gum, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil, helichrysum splendidum (helichrysum) essential oil, curcuma longa (curcuma longa) essential oil. *organic;**paraben free anti-microbial agent;% of organic ingredients: 60%

So sad, this serum also contains emu oil. I just don’t see the point of putting emu oil in these products. I checked and it hasn’t been proven that emu oil is scientifically effective for topical application. And I can’t in good conscience endorse a product that uses animal ingredients when there are other options just as good that don’t contain animal by-products. Again, just like the treatment oil, the serum worked really well to keep my skin hydrated. My skin didn’t react to the serum either, as often happens when I try new products. Instead, my skin actually calmed down and started healing itself. The NMDL ladies are right. MVO is a great line and is very effective. But I can’t repurchase this product because of ethical reasons. I don’t want to support any products with animal ingredients in it no matter how well they work.
Cost: Full size: $92.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1 oz, Travel size:  7.5 ml / 1/4 oz
Available at: Lilou Organics
Rating: 3/5

Everyday Coverage SPF:

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil*, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, emu oil, vegetable glycerin*, elaesis guineensis (red palm) oil*, polyaminopropyl biguanide**, tocopherol (vitamin e), rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, lecithin*, potassium sorbate, allantoin, xanthan gum, mica, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil*, calodendrum capense (yangu) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, pearl powder, daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil, cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, iron oxides; #Eco Cert; *organic; **paraben free anti-microbial agent; % of organic ingredients: 67%

This product also contains emu oil. I’m finishing up my bottle currently. Again a little goes a long way. Somehow this tinted SPF just on it’s own makes my skin look better. It dries slightly tacky, which helps my concealer stick to my skin. Since I’ve started using this I noticed my pigmentation spots fading. This SPF is weightless and didn’t break me out like other SPF’s that I’ve tried. I got the medium colour and it matches my skin tone exactly. I won’t be repurchasing due to the animal by-product ingredient in it. It’s such a pity because I really liked this SPF and would repurchase if it wasn’t for the emu oil.
Cost: Full size: $49.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz, Travel size:  15 ml / 0.5 oz
Available at: Lilou Organics
Rating: 3/5

Conclusion:

I really liked the MVO Treatment line. The set works amazingly well for my skin. It has balanced my skin and helped it to heal. I did get some acne breakouts but nowhere near as bad as I used to get before. The breakouts now are small little bumps that disappear overnight after I apply my acne treatment to it. My old acne scars have even started fading.  Despite the efficacy of the MVO Treatment Line the only thing I would consider repurchasing is the Treatment Cleanser.  For the other products in this line, the use of emu oil is a deal-breaker for me.  As I mentioned above I don’t want to use any products that contain animal ingredients. It’s an ethical and moral issue for me. Animals are already used and exploited too much in my opinion. I don’t want to add to that exploitation when there are other options out there that work just as well if not better.  MVO also uses krill oil  in some of their products which I also find iffy. Many animals feed on krill such as: fish, penguins, seals and whales.  The state of marine life is pretty bad in most places of the world so anything that might affect their food chain seems iffy to me. I`m not convinced that krill oil is essential for us to use in skincare products. Because of these issues I would give this Acne Travel Kit a lower rating than if it didn`t contain any animal ingredients.

Cost: Acne Relief Travel Kit $77.00 CAD for 4 items.
Available at: Lilou Organics
Overall Rating: 3/5

Update, 2 March 2015:

Treatment Mist – original review

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract*, BioBTM [panthenol and niacinamide], n-acetyl glucosamine, oat beta glucans, polyaminopropyl biguanide**, dimethylaminethanol (DMAE), lactic acid, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil, curcuma longa (turmeric) essential oil, helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, boswellia carteri (frankincense) essential oil*; *organic; ** paraben free anti-microbial agent; % of organic ingredients: 96%

The treatment mist is part of Marie Veronique’s Treatment line, but not part of the acne relief travel kit. I bought this mist separately after having tried the acne relief travel kit. The mist is really wonderful. It helps to mattify and tone my skin, which is what a toner is supposed to do anyway. Thankfully this mist doesn’t have emu oil in it, so I feel okay repurchasing this. I’m not sure if it would work for me today as I seem to have developed an allergy to Frankincense oil. I’m curious to see if it will.

Cost: Full size: $39.00 CAD, 120 ml / 4 oz
Available at: Lilou Organics
Rating: 4/5

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Author: Hazel

Unrepentant blogger of eco beauty, fashion and info living in Toronto, Canada. Blogging and reviews about eco-friendly organic brands, beauty, fashion, cosmetics, skincare, haircare, body care, DIY recipes, home, wellness, and lifestyle products that are available in Canada.

4 thoughts on “Product Review: @MVOrganics ~ Acne Relief Travel Kit

  1. Hi, may I know how long does this Acne Relief Travel Kit can last if used twice daily? I am going on a 3 week trip soon and wonder if it can last me for 3 weeks. Thanks in advance for answering my question.

  2. It’s unfortunate that a few of these products have emu oil! Perhaps, you could send an email to the brand? I’d love to know which was more effective for you, the Treatment Serum or Oil?

    • I mentioned in the spotlight that their new PRO collection has vegan options. I just wish they would make vegan options for the treatment line too! I will suggest it to them. I liked the serum better but just using the cleanser also really helped my skin.

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