Are your products gluten free?Yes.
Are your products non-comedogenic?Yes.
Are your products organic?
We use organic ingredients as often as possible, as we believe this is best for your skin and the planet. However, some ingredients, such as cosmeceuticals, aren't available organic. We make purchasing organic ingredients our top priority when they are available to us.
Do you use any synthetic ingredients in your products?We do use some ingredients that are synthesized in the lab, like l-ascorbic acid and encapsulated retinol.
What kind of preservatives do you use?
We use horseradish extract, aspen bark, essential oils, vitamin E, Rosemary Oleoresin, and we make products in small batches so they don’t sit on our shelves for longer than necessary. We also use colored bottles, which serve to protect the product from degradation.
What is the shelf life of your products?Unopened they will last two years from the date of production. The month and year of expiration is marked on the bottom of the bottles. They are made with natural ingredients so they are best used within 6 months of opening. To ensure the most potent product possible, please store in a cool, dark place, and always securely replace the lids. Avoid touching the droppers with your fingers.
Do you use fragrance in your products?We never use synthetic fragrances. We use essential oils known for their therapeutic applications for skin and of those we only use the ones that non-sensitizing.
Where do you source your ingredients?We work with suppliers that provide high-quality ingredients that don't test on animals. As often as possible we source from companies that are close to us, in an effort to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. Most of our ingredients come from California and Oregon.
What ages do you recommend can use your products safely? My teenage daughter would like to use them, is it safe for her?Yes, especially if she has acne, our products are MUCH safer than the conventional anti-acne treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide or antimicrobials.
I live in an extremely hot climate. How do you recommend I store my products to keep them fresh for the long term?Products should be kept in a cool, dark place. If you are using the products regularly, they should be fine in your bathroom as long they are not in direct light, preferably in a cabinet. If you are stocking up on products, you can store extras in your refrigerator until you are ready to use them.
Are your products vegan?All Marie Veronique products are vegan or have vegan versions with the exception of our Treatment Oil and Treatment Serum which are formulated with emu oil.
Reasons we use organic emu oil:
1) Emu oil’s healing properties are nonpareil. Most important is its ability penetrate skin layers deeply—and carry other ingredients with it.
2) Emu oil is rich in essential fatty acids, with omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 in a ratio that aids healing and inhibits inflammatory damage that may occur from sun exposure. It’s hypoallergenic and non-irritating.
3) Emu oil provides EFAs that assist in the production of healthy new skin cells, thus improving elasticity, softening surface wrinkles and fading stretch marks and scar tissue.
4) We use emu oil in our treatment products because of its unique anti-inflammatory and bacteriostatic properties. In addition, its ability to penetrate deeply into the skin means it acts as a carrier for other therapeutic ingredients crucial for treating acneic skin effectively and naturally.
5) Unlike mink oil or shark oil, which have similar properties, we can oversee the treatment of emus. We source emu oil only from free-range birds raised with chemical-free feed and water in a clean environment, and processed humanely in state-inspected facilities. The fat is then refined into a pure, safe and stable oil at a licensed refinery.
6) The emu is 95% usable, providing a renewable source of red meat; strong, supple leather; silky, bristly feathers; 5 ½-inch eggs; and therapeutic, healing emu oil.
My fave product isVitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum. You recommend mixing with Protective Day Oil for extra healing during the day. But I also noticed it contains rosehip seed oil as a natural retinol. So, is this product *not* recommended for daytime use/outside? Or is it in fact OK to use rosehip during the day (without an added SPF)?
You can use rosehip seed oil during the day because it contains vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, as well as other antioxidants like C and E. You get antioxidant photo protection from A, C and E—and the oil penetrates very well due to the vitamin A, which is a small molecule that goes deeper into the skin. The vitamin A improves the skin's moisture levels, and the vitamin C antioxidant stimulates collagen production.
Bottom line: You are getting antioxidant protection from the vitamins A (aka retinol, in this case it's beta-carotene, but vitamin A has aliases—beta-carotene, retinol and vitamin A all stand for the same thing), C and E, and anti-aging benefits from the essential fatty acids and the beta-carotene.
The other thing to remember about using oil like rosehip seed oil is that because you are using a natural product, the antioxidant and essential fatty acid content is in balance—it's designed by nature so it's hard to go wrong.
And, further clarification on Protective Day Oil and Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum—they do provide some extra sun protection, but neither is officially rated by the FDA for SPF values. I would say use your non-nano zinc oxide only SPF sunscreen (ideally Everyday Coverage) and think of Protective Day Oil and Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum as giving you an extra sun-protection boost.
The EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Our sunscreen shines. Marie Veronique earned “best of” ratings in the 2016 EWG Sunscreen Guide for our Everyday Coverage SPF30. Again!