I'm pretty sure everyone knows of the Marcelle brand of skincare and cosmetics. They've been a drugstore staple for as long as I remember, definitely since I was a teenager. Yes, that was only last month, but no matter -- the brand was born in Chicago in 1933, Canadian distribution began in 1949 via a QuÃ©bec pharmacy called Cape's Drugs, and in 1974 the son of Cape's founder bought Marcelle entirely and moved everything to QuÃ©bec. So now it's made in Canada.
As the title of this post indicates, Marcelle has been just under my radar for a bit (I had a couple of Marcelle cosmetics when I was a teen). When the Hydra-C Complex E stuff came out, I tried the Hydrating Fluid and the Moisturizing Gel Cream (nice texture); my skin liked both. But it was the dramatic difference in my 20-something friend's complexion that really made me take note. J's skin was noticeably dry and patchy before she tried the Hydra-C Complex-E collection, which includes cleanser, exfoliating gel, and moisturizing lotion and cream (cream is better for drier skin). Within a couple of weeks, we noticed her skin was smooth, hydrated and healthy looking. Flawless, actually. I asked J again the other day what she thought about the products: "Omigod I love that stuff!" she said immediately.