Our life is so overloaded with chemicals, it’s time to simplify our beauty routine and return to the basics. This is the philosophy behind Petite Marie Organics, a natural and organic range of cleansers, toners, creams, and serums for blemished, acne-prone, and problematic skin.
A long-time acne sufferer, holistic nutritionist, and the author of several books on natural skincare, including The Green Beauty Guide, Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out, and Green Beauty Recipes, Julie Gabriel created her beauty range after failing to find a mild, natural solution for her own skin troubles.
“In my 30s, I could not use acne products created for teenagers whose skin is naturally resilient. I needed natural skincare with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, without parabens or any other synthetic junk in it. I needed products that would be gentle, nourishing, rich in antioxidants and yet highly effective against acne and early signs of aging,” says Julie.
After a rigorous research into herbal and traditional medicine, Julie Gabriel went on to develop a range of organic, all-natural products for problematic skin. Some of her herbal formulations are based on 400-year-old recipes from manuscripts such as Medical Miscellany (1634) and The Secretes of the Reuerend Maister Alexis of Piemont (1562).
Julie believes that ancient knowledge of herbs and minerals is very timely today, as many of us want to shun chemicals in favour of natural ingredients.
“95% of all modern products for acne contain hormone-disrupting ingredients such as paraben preservatives, synthetic fragrance, and phthalates. These chemicals accumulate in the body and worsen the hormonal imbalance which is often a culprit behind acne. Benzoyl peroxide, another staple in acne products, generates free radicals on skin surface and may put us in higher risk for skin cancer. Many chemicals found in conventional products for acne increase the inflammation in troubled skin,” says Julie. I decided it’s time to offer acne sufferers products that are gentle, truly natural, mostly organic, yet delivering visible results.”
The key product, Skinsaver: Herbal Cure for Oily Skin with Acne, updated in 2014, delivers a mighty dose of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant phytochemicals. Packed in an elegant amber glass with a classy retro feel to it, it delivers lightweight yet profound nourishment just where skin needs most.
Other products in Skinsaver range include a rice- and olive soap based polishing cleanser Skinsaver Acne Wash and Skinsaver Acne Scar Eraser serum for post-acne marks formulated with natural acids from berries, sugar cane, and maple. Made with food-grade oils, vitamins, plant extracts, ground nuts and cereals, teas, spices, spirits, and vinegars, every product is highly functional, effective, and yet delicate on skin and senses.
And with the name of her daughter on every jar and bottle, Julie stands behind each and every drop of her cleansers, toners, and moisturizers.
Petite Marie Organics products are packaged in ancient pharmacy-inspired amber glass jars and bottles with traditional paper tops. The labels are printed using recycled plastic. All Petite Marie Organics products are handmade in small batches in a carbon-neutral laboratory from certified organic ingredients. Even the mineral water used in Petite Marie products comes from a source on a certified organic land.
“Our skin is a delicate, highly intelligent organ, and we must treat it with same gentle care as we treat our eyes, breasts, or liver,” says Julie, “My choice of ingredients is simple: if you cannot eat it, don’t put it on your skin.”
ABOUT JULIE GABRIEL
A former magazine beauty editor, a journalist, and a holistic nutritionist educated at Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Julie Gabriel is the author of several books on natural beauty, health and nutrition.
What People Say about Petite Marie Organics
I “went green” a few months ago and discovered the Skin Saver products. I was hooked the first night. The products are wonderful. For the first time in years I do not have facial pain from cystic acne, and my self esteem is so much better. I really can’t say enough about this line. I am truly in love! (Treehugger8, real name available upon request)
I have been using this product [SKINSAVER cream - JG) for almost a month and my skin has drastically improved. My previous blemishes from the acne flare up are disappearing, and no more painful flare-ups (which occurred every second day in multiple sites). Thank you so much, Julie, for creating this wonderful product. (ammura)
I feel like my skin looks better every day. It’s no longer dry, flaky, and zitty but rather healthily moisturized and I can just tell that my skin’s health is improving. And now I’m so much more ingredient-savvy, I’m so grateful. (Kiersten J.)
I just received my order of the new acne Skinsaver & I love it already! I used it last night instead of my current moisturizer & then again this morning under my tinted moisturizer & I was VERY happy with the results. My face was not as oily by the end of the day as it has been. I even put it on my pre-teen girls this evening, due to their acne areas. (Stacey E.)
I’ve been looking for a face cream specifically designed for acne that would hydrate my face yet banish all existing and pre-existing chin acne. Thanks! (Shannon B.)
“I’ve tried tons of acne products before settling on this one which is so vastly SUPERIOR to ANYTHING out there. After only the first time using this product, I immediately knew that the products I had been using were not doing the job nearly as well as this product did. I tend to use this product at night just before retiring…and I have noticed that my complexion looks very glowy the next day. If you have any blemishes this wipes anything off your skin, and I use it every day at night, and right after using it my face is soft and clear, no kidding!! I am glad I got it!” (Samantha S.)