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marie veronique organics mvo face oil

No matter how much good stuff a beauty product has in it, it typically comes down to smell when deciding whether or not it’s a keeper for me.

As much as I wanted to love Marie Veronique Organics’ MVO Face Oil, the distinct smell of emu oil (yes, I know what emu oil smells like) broke the deal for me.

However, I can’t ignore how beautiful my skin looked and felt after patting on this oil everyday for a week.

marie veronique organics mvo face oil

{My friends at OpenSky set me up with a sample of MVO Face Oil to test and review. A 1-ounce bottle retails for $80; a 4-ounce bottle costs $255.}

If you can get over the emu oil (or your nose doesn’t detect it the way mine does), there’s a bouquet of other beautiful-smelling and hardworking ingredients inside MVO Face Oil, which is designed to deeply moisturize and protect skin from the elements, slowing down the signs of aging and revealing radiant skin.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Organic jojoba oil, organic grapeseed oil, organic apricot kernel oil, meadowfoam seed oil, organic argan oil, organic blackberry seed oil, organic borage oil, emu oil, organic evening primrose oil, organic marula oil, organic rosehip seed oil, vitamin e, black raspberry seed oil, organic cranberry seed oil, organic kiwi seed oil, organic sea buckthorn oil, organic tamanu oil, organic lecithin, organic rosemary, lycopene, krill oil, carrot seed essential oil, organic lavender essential oil, rosa centifolia essential oil, rosa damascena essential oil, rose geranium essential oil, helichrysum essential oil, neroli essential oil, organic ylang ylang essential oil

marie veronique organics mvo face oil

This powerful concoction makes for a gorgeous golden-hued oil that feels looks and feels thick as you drop it onto your skin, but quickly slips into your pores and leaves a light finish.

Your skin feels smooth to the touch after just a drop of this powerhouse oil; I’m truly sad it’s just not working for me in the scent department!

I’m thinking of adding a little more lavender to tame the smell so I can continue to use it on my face.

If that doesn’t work, I still plan to finish out the sample on my hands, as they’re prone to chapping during cold, dry weather.

If you’re already a fan of MVO Face Oil or just need to try it out for yourself to see if you like it, take advantage of the new-member credit offered via OpenSky! You can get a $10 credit (or 20 percent off coupon, max of $10) when you join.

(I do not receive compensation if you purchase through OpenSky; this is just a really good deal that I wanted to point out!)

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  • Ana Green

    There are so many lovely products out there that I totally agree with you on this, scent texture and enjoyment are equally as important for me as performance. I do want to try this brand and will eventually swallow the postage and customs charges to the UK to do so! Xx

    • Amen! No matter how beautiful or clean the ingredients are or how well it performs, if the scent/texture isn’t there, I won’t use it and it will just take up space in my already-overflowing vanity. I will be passing this oil on to a family member or friend in hopes that someone else will love it more! I need to try the treatment oil. Once you get some MVO, I’d love to read your review! xx

  • I`m just testing this oil too! Really love the scent! For me it smells really floral.

    • So funny how different noses detect different things! I’m glad you are liking it!

  • Stefanie

    I just recently ordered the MVO treatment oil and am soo in love with it! It is geared towards acne prone skin and makes my skin look great! No breakouts and enough moisture..I’m a big fan:)

    Would also love to try out the “regular” MVO face oil and wished they sold the smaller sample size you reviewed.

    • I know, I wish more companies would sell sample sizes! I am putting the treatment oil on my to-try list! What does it smell like?

      • Stefanie

        I think the lavender, rosemary and tea tree EOs are quite dominant in this blend. Not a bad smell but not the most enticing smelling oil either:)

  • Julia

    I had a similar experience with this oil. Love what it does but not a fan of the smell. Their pacific face oil on the other hand smells really good and performs just as well. The pacific line is geared more towards anti-aging, so it may not be for everyone but my 40 year old skin is loving it.

    • Hearing good things about the Pacific oil! I’m acne-prone, though, and may investigate some of those products first. Thanks for your comment! :)

  • Catherine Clifford

    Thanks for the review Kimberly. The emu oil we use has a neutral scent. The kiwi oil, tamanu and krill have the strongest scent which we offset with the essential oils. The reason we use all of the oils is that each one provides a therapeutic benefit to your skin. In fact we just finished a clinical trial and this oil received amazing results which we’re about to share (think shrinking pore size and less wrinkles). For those of you that don’t like the scent (and yes it’s very personal) try our Pacific Face Oil which has a more floral scent.

    • Thanks Catherine! Maybe it’s the krill oil (I’m familiar with tamanu’s scent … very nutty), but my scent memory is definitely triggered with emu oil. Not an oil you forget! Regardless, the oil is lovely feeling and packed with amazing ingredients — scent is just very personal, as you said! I will keep looking through more MVO products to see which ones may be better suited for my nose AND skin :) I’ve heard wonderful things about Pacific and the acne line. Thanks for your comment!

  • asti

    I haven’t tried anything from MV Organics. I want to try their sunscreen though, I wonder if it would smell even worse as it is not as coated with as much E.O as this facial oil? What does Emu oil smell like anyway? People are loving Emu oil over here, but it comes in a cream formula that has been modified with other funny gimmicks.

    In reponse to your QS about preference on top notch ingredients or fragrance.. it’s hard to choose only one. For me, it’s always both, that’s why I love facial oils! It’s the only time where I can experience botanical ingredients as a whole w.o any emulsifiers or fillers. Facial oils for me are more about the experience and I also treat them as a few times in a week special serum, so i want something that produces results and create a beautiful experience.
    Ingredients sound incredible though, I want to see what it’s about myself.

    • I have the tinted moisturizer / SPF and it is just fine! I will review it soon :)

      Emu oil is hard to describe … it’s just … pungent.

      Yeap, ingredients + scent are key. I don’t want a smell-good product filled with synthetics! I want a beautiful, natural product with effective ingredients that happen to smell divine :)

      I will probably try another MVO oil soon … hearing great things about Pacific oil!

      Thanks for stopping by, Asti :)

  • Top notch ingredients over fragrance. I’m not a big perfume fan and as long as it won’t make me smell like spoiled food, I’m fine :) But of course, I have to see results.

    MVO is one of the best brands I’ve tried since going natural. I’ve tried almost everything from the entire line except for one of their serums that cost 300 (!).

    • OK, which MVO oil do I need for acne? Just the acne-marketed one? Any other keepers? Do you have reviews on your site? Link me girl! :)

      I like perfume, and am currently mining the natural perfumeries to see what I can find that speaks to me. I was a Burberry / Marc Jacobs / Chanel girl with my perfumes before, and now if I wear those (and I miss them sometimes), I sneeze like crazy.