Tout l'America is talking about Melvita since a little bird told the glossy magazine beauty editors that it is a favorite of Marion Cotillard. Melvita has just arrived in the US from France, where it started 25 years ago as an organic skincare brand. Now, I have long thought that French organic skincare was an oxymoron so I was very intrigued to see if Melvita would prove me wrong.

Qui et non. There are some good things and some bad in Melvita's range. And we did find the cosmetic equivalent of a bidet. Mevita reminds me a lot of Angelina Jolie's favorite beauty brand, Yonka (also French). The formulators of Yonka and Melvita are a bit like those pilots who the other week flew past the airport they were supposed to land in: they start out with good intentions and then its "Oh merde, we forgot that we're supposed to be organic".

Ingredients in Intimate Hygiene Gel

Aqua [Water], Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Coco-Betaine, Maris Aqua [Sea Water], Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Parfum [Fragrance], Lactic Acid, Sodium Sweetalmondamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Chloride, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Extract [Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract]*, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Benzoate, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract [Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract]*, Geraniol**, Malva Sylvestris Extract [Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract]*, Sorbic Acid, Hordeum Vulgare Extract*, Linalool**, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

Ingredients in Frequent Use Shampoo

Aqua [Water], Decyl Glucoside, Betaine, Lavandula Angustifolia Water [Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water]*, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Mel [Honey], Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lauryl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Citric Acid, Heterotheca Inuloides Flower Extract , Levulinic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Hordeum Vulgare Extract*, Sodium Levulinate, Mentha Piperita Oil [Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil]*, Citral**, Caramel, Backhousia Citriodora [Backhousia Citriodora Oil]*, Terpineol.

Ingredients in Hand Cream

Aqua [Water], Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol*, Sorbitol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C12-16 Alcohols, Glycine Soja Oil [Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil]*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil [Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil]*, Parfum [Fragrance], Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Mel [Honey], Ricinus Communis Oil [Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil], Butyrospermum Parkii Butter [Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil]*, Sodium Benzoate, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Potassium Sorbate, Tribehenin, Calendula Officinalis Extract [Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract]*, Harpagophytum Procumbens Extract [Harpagophytum Procumbens Root Extract]*, Sclerotium Gum, Linalool**, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Hordeum Vulgare Extract*, Tocopherol, Limonene**, Glyceryl Behenate, Citric Acid.

Ingredients in Naturalift

Aqua [Water], Tilia Cordata Water [Tilia Cordata Flower Water]*, Dicaprylyl Ether, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil [Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil]*, Behenyl Alcohol, Parfum [Fragrance], Stearic Acid, Fagus Sylvatica Extract [Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract]*, Cera Alba [Beeswax], Camelina Sativa Oil [Camelina Sativa Seed Oil]*, Dextrin, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Argania Spinosa Extract [Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract], Sodium Benzoate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Cellulose, Hectorite, Citric Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene**, Hordeum Vulgare Extract*, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Cyathea Medullaris Leaf Extract, Linalool**, Castanea Sativa Extract [Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Leaf Extract]*, Benzoic Acid, Citral**, Farnesol**.