Vered Organic Botanicals for Problematic Skin

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Vered Organic Botanicals hails from New York City. Its namesake comes from creator, founder, and master esthetician Vered Back, who blends her magical aromatherapy into a base of therapeutic herb-infused oils. Her private clients begged her to bottle up her customized facial oil blends, and the rest is history…

Vered Organic Botanicals had me at therapeutic and balancing–the beautiful glass packaging and magnificent scents were welcome bonuses. In Vered’s interview with Fig+Sage, she deemed the Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil and the Herb-Infused Toner as “incredibly beneficial for problematic skin,” and my improved skin tone and diminishing trend of breakouts serves as evidence.

I have already waxed poetic about the Herb-Infused Toner for its cleansing-toning powers, so I will turn the spotlight on the Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil. TBFO is a lightweight oil blend of organic, ethically sourced, therapeutic-grade essential oils and herbs. The dreamy ingredients list includes antimicrobial lemongrass, antiseptic myrrh, healing calendula, and cooling chickweed in a base of jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, giving the oil a spicy kick and golden color.

It’s not just all spice and nice, though; this oil gives the boot to breakouts. Even when hormones are being hormones and oh hello crazy under-the-jaw breakout, this oil heals and soothes, helping my skin with the healing process. Two to three drops after toning and cleansing leaves my skin feeling moisturized with no irritation. I can’t say I am suddenly breakout-free and my skin tone is perfect, but this duo has greatly healed my skin and put me farther on the path to happy, clear skin.

With great power comes great responsibility, so a word of caution to those with sensitivities to any of the essential oils–know your allergies, patch test, and ease your way in. HIT emptied out at the 3-month mark with day and night use and sometimes a bit extra if I worked out during the day. TBFO, however, may hit even the fourth or even fifth month, thanks to initially every other day and morning use for the first weeks easing into everyday and night use–with great self-control. 

Have you tried any Vered? What have your experiences been like?

(Sources: About Veredlemongrass, myrrh, chickweed, calendula)

June Empties


Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands
My post-shower, hand and foot massage balm while winding down for bed with some Sherlock Holmes. It may seem greasy at first, but the moisture settles in and smooths away any rough, wintered patches.

Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin
This has been my inexpensive tone-when-I-don’t-have-a-toner (great), set-mineral-makeup-or-any-makeup (great), and my-face-is-so-dry-in-my-cubicle-help-me spray (not so great). I’m working on another bottle of this that I discovered in my bathroom (bless you, past Jade, for leaving behind goods), and while I won’t rush out to repurchase it, I’d pick this up in a pinch.

Vered Botanicals Herb-Infused Toner
I’ve missed this so much since I shook out the last drop. It’s sexy-smelling, it’s refreshing, it has loads of beneficial herbs, and its counterpart, the Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil, feels lost without it. I’m taking a break from the cotton round ritual for spray toners, but I’ll come back to this one for its balancing, blemish-banishing powers for sure.

Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+
It’s a sunscreen but with the texture of a moisturizer? Brilliant. My qualms with it? Sometimes it leaves behind strange white flakes (Lonely Kiwee has witnessed it as well) and my face feeling a bit too matte and dry. I’ve massaged it in, patted it in, worn nothing underneath, worn oils underneath, same results. The white flakes are no big deal–you can just wipe them away–but being dry is no fun. If you’re not too dry and don’t mind random white flakes, this is your wonder I-can’t-believe-it-doesn’t-leave-a-white-cast sunscreen.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

A liquid, a powder, and a gel…

Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? I personally like the one about pandas and commas, but I also really like these three very different and beautiful cleansers. I’m cheating a bit with the Vered Organic Botanicals Herb-Infused Toner, but that’s because this sensually-smelling toner moonlights as a cleanser (you can read about it from Fig+Sage). A botanical plethora of essential oils and herbs is infused into grape alcohol, distilled water, and vegetable glycerin to make a non-drying, refreshing step as a cleanser or a toner. While I liked the simplicity of this as my sole cleanser, my finicky face likes this more as a toner. The toner can be swiped on with cotton pads or slapped on with bare hands, and I rather like both methods. After applying, I leave the remaining moisture and slather on my face oil, which mixes beautifully and feels wonderfully soft and hydrating.

The Clean Dirt from May Lindstrom Skin is a whole ‘nother beast. You can see the powder-to-mousse action from Beauty by Britanie, skjonnhet, kimberlyloc, and the woman herself which is terribly good fun. The concoction also brings Christmas cookies to mind thanks to its clays and warming spices that come together to purify and exfoliate the skin. For that reason, I would definitely dub this as the strongest out of the trio, and my usage ranges from once in a while to two times a week as to not terrify my breakout-happy skin. Sometimes I leave it for an extra minute or two as a mask before washing off, and every time I go to bed with soft skin and visions of sugar plums dancing in my head.

The Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser is the most classic cleanser of the bunch, as I’ve mentioned before, with healthy foaming action and a gel-like texture. This combined with the Vered toner and Vered Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil (not pictured) have been a pimple-fighting powerhouse these past couple of months. I have been seeing less and less breakouts each month and am liking the downwards trend very much. But that’s a story for another time…In the meantime, have you tried any of these cleansers? What are your favorites?

Note: When it comes to makeup removal, all of these can to some degree, but removing makeup separately before cleansing always results in no makeup residue once it comes to toning. Also, none of these should be getting friendly with the eyes.