As an esthetician and herbalist for over two decades it's safe to say Vered Back knows skin. She knows what works and what doesn't because she's seen it first hand and has quite a following of loyal clientele. She's been creating targeted products for her clients in NYC for awhile but just launched her brand new skincare line, VERED Organic Botanicals. Can you say luxury organics in a bottle?! This line is destined for high end retailers and chic boutiques. Each product is created in small batches, each one infused with specific herbs for specific purposes before luxe glass bottles are filled with Vered's lovely recipes.
Vered sent her Introductory Kit to my parent's house so it would be there when I arrived there on Christmas Day. I told her I was willing to try the products but let her know I was having a terrible bout of cystic acne (likely from stress, diet and possible hormonal imbalance) that wasn't common for me and my skin is also dry. She didn't hesitate, but instead anxiously sent me her goods. I opened the Kit on Christmas morning while still in my pajamas, right before we opened stockings and it was wrapped just like another one of the gifts.
The Intro Kit included an assortment of mini glass vials filled with skin and body oils and one small plastic container of facial scrub.
Inside the pouch I discovered Le Chocolate Citrus Foaming Face Scrub, Herb-Infused Toner, Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil, Anti-Aging Face Treatment Oil, Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment, Signature Scent Body Oil, Signature Scent Perfume*, Deep Citron Perfume*, Rosewood Neroli Body Oil and Muscle Soothe Body Oil. (*not included in regular Intro Kit)
My sister and I opened the vials and held them up to each other's noses to smell. There were many oooo's and mmmm's. After we opened gifts I washed my face using the scrub, applied toner followed by the balancing oil on my breakouts and anti-aging oil on my cheeks, decollete and chest. I put a little Signature Scent Perfume on as well before I headed back downstairs to be with the fam. We were on Christmas vacation for one week and by the time I got home I was already out of the scrub, toner and almost out of the balancing oil.
I let Vered know, told her that my skin was doing well but I still had the cystic acne areas and she sent full sizes of her Herb-Infused Toner, Therapeutic Balance Face Oil and a custom Facial Mask to mix at home (that hasn't been launched yet), along with specific instruction as to what to cut out of my diet and recommended supplements to help. I loved this and have never had any skincare company recommend supplements for skin issues. This told me that Vered gets it. She knows that external imbalance means internal imbalance. Her instructions:
"Good for every person in general and specifically when the hormones are off a bit from stress, lack of vitamins and a good diet:
· Royal Maca 1-2 tsp per day normalize hormones.
· Herbal supplements to clean liver and intestinal cleaning are dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle, artichoke leaves, red clover, goldenseal, licorice root, gentian and skullcap.
· The easiest way I would buy the herbs and make it as a tea twice a day. Mountain rose is a good place to get them.
· Msm-with Vitamin C for absorption is a must 1000mg a day.
· Probiotics try to find one that contains FOS, Prebiotics and soil-based organisms. (Garden of Life)
· Best foods: avocado, mango’s, papaya, watercress, garlic, celery, olives, brazil nuts (not more than 6 a day) pumpkin seeds, and all berries.
· Stop all dairy products.
· Very little meat, and a lot of greens.
· No alcohol, no white bread.
While I didn't do all of these things, I know that the drastic change in diet had much to do with the drastic change in my face. I continued to use her products for the next month and this is my own personal experience with them:
Earthy and feminine, this aroma is grounded, sexy and comforting, entirely intoxicating. Florals are expertly tempered with a warm and woodsy element. I used up the small vial of this before any other as I love the blend immensely. No wonder this is Vered's "signature" scent and formerly secret aroma that her clients begged her to bottle! *love*
VERED Organic Botanicals Deep Citron Perfume $89
Smoky and alluring, this scent is comforting, overtly floral and slightly powdery perhaps due to the inclusion of vetiver. This was the second fastest vial to be used up because I also gravitated towards the aroma again and again. Vered's description perfectly captures the feeling of her distinct blend: "it feels like sipping cognac wrapped in a cashmere blanket in front of a fire".
*Note: At the time I was alternating between using Dr. Alkaitis cleanser and Spiezia Cleansing Balm. It's going to be difficult for many to get over the fact that there's no traditional cleanser here though my skin didn't seem to suffer, in fact it improved. Old habits are hard to break. I agree with Vered that foaming cleansers can absolutely strip skin of moisture. My experience is that dry types do well when they use a cream or balm cleanser. On the other hand, not having to buy a cleanser and toner will save you some dough in the long run and your skin may thank you for it.