marie veronique | serum de jour

marie veronique serum de jour

As I approach 30, I’m looking for natural beauty products with complex ingredients that take advantage of the best mother nature and modern science have to offer

My hunt for high-quality formulations is getting a little easier, because with one scan of an ingredients list, I can easily rule out products that just might not cut it for me anymore. Gone are the days when I’m impressed by uncreative concoctions that are supposed to do it all for my finicky skin.

I want skincare that deliver the vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants proven to protect skin from environmental damage — and I think I’ve found a bit of what I want in Marie Veronique’s Serum De Jour.

marie veronique serum de jour

{Marie Veronique sent me a small sample of its Serum De Jour to review. It costs $90 for a 1-ounce dropper bottle. (Sample/trial size shown)}

Marie Veronique Serum De Jour is an antioxidant-rich, gel-like serum that combines ferulic acid with vitamins C and E to provide environmental protection and keep skin bright, clear and vibrant.

Think of it as a glow in a bottle, with science to back.

Vitamins C, E and ferulic acid combined is a known skincare powerhouse, with studies showing that this combination of antioxidants protects the skin from daily oxidative stress and photo-aging.

To further prevent stress to the skin, Marie Veronique Serum De Jour can be layered over antioxidant-rich oils or under your favorite non-nano, zinc-based sunscreen.

(See my ultimate guide to natural sunscreens for ideas.)

marie veronique serum de jour

Quite honestly, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for in a daytime, layering serum. Marie Veronique Serum De Jour’s thin gel consistency makes it easy to blend with your favorite moisturizing facial oil, or apply in thin layers if you prefer.

The texture is never sticky, like some true serums can be, and it spreads wonderfully, never gumming up or turning that weird shade of off-white like some traditional serums do when massaged in too quickly.

While I’ve found some other lovely hydrating gels to layer with my oils, the combination of vitamins C and E with ferulic make Marie Veronique Serum De Jour stick out to me.

In addition to those game-changing ingredients, Marie Veronique Serum De Jour is rich in other gorgeous ingredients, including:

  • Camellia oil
  • Olive oil
  • Neroli hydrosol
  • Lavender hydrosol
  • Helichrysum essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil

Camellia oil is rich in oleic acids and vitamins A, B, D, and E as well as omegas 3, 6 and 9. It’s a fast-absorbing oil that is an ideal match for facial skin.

Olive oil contains vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols. These major antioxidants aid in protecting the skin from the elements. Olive oil is also rich in moisturizing oleic acid.

Neroli and lavender hydrosols keep the formulation from feeling too thick while adding calming and grounding properties to the serum.

Helichrysum and lavender essential oils bring natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to Marie Veronique Serum De Jour, which is fantastic for us who are straddling the line between adult acne and aging issues.

marie veronique serum de jour

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, sodium salicylate, isododecane (stabilized L-ascorbic acid), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ferulic acid, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), astaxanthin, coenzyme-Q, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, Psidia altissima (lary), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil

It’s also notable that Marie Veronique Serum De Jour does not contain sodium benzoate, a known skincare irritant that poses some special problems when used in combination with vitamin C.

Founder Marie Veronique, a chemist and aesethetician, drops wisdom like that and more on her thoughtful, smart blog that is all science and no sales, which is refreshing in the ever-growing green beauty space.

One reason I’ve become drawn to this line (and some others that have a similar science + nature point of view) is its ability to sell me products based on proven ingredients that work — versus heavy marketing, vanity packaging and overall hype.

Both Marie and her daughter, a physicist and bio-medical engineer, work together to formulate standout products with top-notch ingredients that address a variety of skincare concerns.

And that’s comforting to know when you’re trusting the health and appearance of your skin to little bottles of green beauty magic. I believe Marie’s products will stand the test of time, and that’s why I want them defending my face on the daily.

So in case it isn’t obvious, Marie Veronique Serum De Jour is on my repurchase list, and I’m giddy to share a few more reviews with you from this fantastic line (hint: look for posts on Gentle Retinol Serum and Eye Recovery Serum in the coming months!).

What’s your antioxidant cocktail of choice? As you try more green beauty products, what lines stand out most to you? Have you tried anything from Marie Veronique? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • What a lovely product! I really admire the brand’s stringent research and beautiful ingriedients. I’d love to try this!

    • Yeah! Marie’s whole line is so thoughtful. This and the Retinol Serum are pretty solid! Excited to explore more.

  • Kelly

    I’ve been using this serum and really love it. I’m obsessed with antioxidant serums. I alternate this serum with yuli liquid courage. I also like laurel skincare.

    • That’s fantastic! Me too. I am making a list of various vitamin C serums to consider before committing to one. This one is just outstanding. I love the texture. I have been thinking about Liquid Courage, too. Is it more of an oil? Haven’t tried it, but its ingredients look top-notch as usual. Laurel’s line is amazing as well. I love her balms, especially her nighttime balm with tamanu oil. It’s so luscious! Love having so many options.

      • Kelly

        Yes liquid courage is a oil serum. I agree love the texture of serum de jour, like the smell too. Also that it’s stable vitamin C. I have just been using laurel, her dry/normal elixir and sample her serums, really a great line. I would love to try one of her balms but too hot where I live. Yes I do too love having a lot of options.

        • sarah

          I know this is from a year ago, but I am curious your thoughts on the stabilized C versus the fat-soluble (and thus stable) C used by Uli. Since I don’t think most of the studies on C use the type that MV uses, I feel like I need to learn more about its efficacy. A year later, what C products are you using?

          • Kelly

            Hi Sarah! I’m using yuli liquid serum still. I like the research behind the C in yuli and still using it. Also it has a lot of other great ingredients in it. It’s a product I’m loyal to.

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  • Nilanjana Chatterjee

    Hi.. I have read your review on Mad Hippie vitamin C serum as well.. Out of Mad Hippie, Yuli and Marie Veronique Serum De Jour which one will you recommend for a very oily, severely (hormonal) acne prone skin? I am currently using the SkinMedica C+E complex but want to try something with lesser silica. Also wanted to know your thoughts on Paula’s choice vitamin c booster.

    • You know your skin best. What are your triggers? Can you handle multiple oils? Does your skin prefer a watery serum?

      It’s so personal, so it’s hard to say. I’d recommend trying what’s in your price range and what texture you like best. If you don’t want an oil, rule out Yuli. If price is a big driver, go for Mad Hippie. Honestly, sampling will be your best bet, if you have access to a store or already like something from Yuli or Marie Veronique and can request a sample with your order.

      I’ve never tried anything from Paula’s Choice, so I can’t help there!

      • Nilanjana Chatterjee

        Hey Kimberley.. Thanks for your response.. I have ordered a couple of serums from Eminence organics… The Red Currant balancing serum and the Pink Grapefruit C gel.. These are recommended in their mixology video for oily and aging skin.. So will give it a try.. I have also ordered one OZ naturals Vitamin C + AHA serum for night time use.. Again this is more suitable for oilier skin than the company’s regular vitamin c serum with higher concentration.. At this moment my focus is on controlling my painful hormonal acne while maintaining the general health of the skin and not drying it out.. And I’m pregnant.. So quite a few restrictions.. Let’s see how it goes.. :)