I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
Even though I absolutely love fragrance, sensitivities mean I have to skip it sometimes. This is how I first got acquainted with VMV Hypoallergenics. The brand is very, very serious about being clinically hypoallergenic, starting with being 100% fragrance-free.
I have tried some of their goodies here and there, but I am a massive fan of their Oil's Well and Grandma Minnie’s Boo Boo Balm, they're both packed with extra monolaurin, one of the focus ingredients that VMV uses often. Monolaurin is the antimicrobial component of coconut oil that triggered its popularity in the first place. It’s both moisturizing as well as antimicrobial, and suitable for even infant us.
Since 1979, VMV has been working with a small cooperative farm in the Philippines to produce cold-pressed coconut oil for use in their products. For this reason, VMV is able to provide products that meet their stringent standards, which they regularly submit to rigorous testing and research. One study suggests that less that 0.01% of testers experienced irritation with VMV products.
Needless to say, I wasn’t worried in the slightest before experiencing my first body treatment with VMV at their spa not too far from my apartment.
The Coconut Drizzle treatment is a combination of dry brushing, an exfoliating wrap with warm coconut oil, and a mini facial. For a coconut lover like me, this is a dream come true. Technician Adrienne was really knowledgeable, and you know I quizzed her on everything. We chatted about monolaurin, exfoliants, lymphatic drainage, and all manner of skin stuff.
Getting scrubbed and wrapped up tight in the spa was a first for me. This was more about exfoliating and trapping moisture, like a sheet mask for your whole body (not a slimming wrap or anything like that). I was a little nervous to allow coconut oil on my face, but remembering the non-irritating research, I knew it would be NBD.
After a perfectly wonderful 60 minutes I was ready to face the world without smelling like I rolled around in a lavender patch in a French countryside. I smelled like myself; maybe a hint of tropical from the natural coconut, but it felt light and ready to take on the fall!
In addition to VMV’s specialty monolaurin oil, they make an acne gel for body and a toner with mandelic acid. I’ve been using the monolaurin products at home, and I am pretty stoked on them—especially the acne gel. I have some skin issues that cause acne in some annoying places, so let’s just say I won’t be shaving my legs without smearing the Monolaurin Gel as an aftershave ever again. It’s soothing, replenishing, and treats acne without screwing up the skin around it.
If you have nearly any skin issue, you should check this brand out and especially their spa if you're in NYC. They even accept patch tests from your derm and will formulate a custom product based on your allergen test! That’s a commitment to sensitive skin that I know many people are looking for.
- Any VMV fans out there?
- Ever get a body treatment at the spa?