Health & Beauty

Just Landed: Melvita’s Extraordinary Waters

The French brand unveils their newest skin care products.

By Amanda Zurita April 13, 2012

The new waters are extraordinary at Melvita inside Pacific Place.

Pacific Place newbie Melvita, which bills itself as the top-selling organic cosmetic brand in France, is debuting its Extraordinary Waters line of beauty-boosting moisturizers. The not-quite-water, not-quite-gel products are delicately scented with rose water, orange blossoms, and narcissus and contain a special formula of hyaluronic acid that aims to trap in moisture and brighten skin. We popped in to chat with brand ambassador Didier Thevenin and put the new line to the test.

Didier walked me through the product line and history of Melvita; started by a French beekeeper in 1983, the company has only recently made the hop across the pond, opening three West Coast stores in the past two years. They are all about being green: from the paint and varnish they use in their stores, to eco-friendly product packaging, to rainwater recycling at their southern-France factory.

As for the skincare, I got the run down during a skin assessment and product demonstration—both are available to any client who walks through the door. After only a slight wince when I admitted that, “no, I do not use any eye contour cream,” Didier laid out a row of bottles and handed me over to Sebastian, who would handle the application. We started with the Bio-Excellence Micellar Water toner, a cleanser alternative that left my skin feeling clean and refreshed without the burning sensation of regular toners. He then patted on the Extraordinary Water in Orange Blossom to moisturize, and the all-important eye contour gel to prevent wrinkles and hydrate. I also tried the cumin-based Nigella Oil, a product they say will cure anything from breakouts to burns, and though I was skeptical about putting oil on my face, the product wasn’t sticky or greasy. I left happy with clean, super soft skin with a hint of glow.

After repeating the product regime this morning, I thought to myself for perhaps the first time that my skin looked better and brighter without makeup. I would recommend the line for that reason alone, but there are other great things about Melvita’s products. First, they are hyper-organic. France’s privately run Ecocert organic certification body ensures that any product with its stamp of approval is not only organic, but also has ingredients derived from renewable resources with environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and recyclable or biodegradable packaging; every one of the 300-plus Melvita products is Ecocert-approved. My plastic-packaged USDA organic strawberries are shivering in their container right now.

Melvita’s products are also rather affordable when compared to other certified organic skincare. A 100ml bottle of Extraordinary Waters is $25, and the toner I used was only $22 for a 200ml bottle. An effective product line that won’t break the bank and keeps our eco-conscience clear? We’re in.

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