Review: Moon Body Soul - Bath + Body Products

Thursday, October 20, 2016

By: Ariana Palmieri
Out of all the celestial bodies, the moon is my favorite. There's something so pure about its light, and the power it has over the earth's tides is nothing to laugh at. Maybe that's why I gravitated towards a company called Moon Body Soul: They sell beautiful bath and body products that I've been eyeing for a while now. Up until recent, I had just been admiring from afar, but I couldn't resist any longer: I had to try some. 
Kaitee, the founder of Moon Body Soul, was nothing but pleasant to work with. She was always super accommodating, friendly, and enthusiastic. Her excitement for her creations was contagious, and I felt so honored that she sent me anything. I will admit, I received these products free of charge, but this post is not sponsored (even if it was, I'd still include my own, honest opinion of the products). I also won't earn anything if you decide to buy something from Moon Body Soul. I simply adore their business and want to spread the word.
The best part about working with Kaitee was her generosity: I had told her I was most interested in the moon dust, moon ball, or the radiant rose body scrub, but I didn't expect her to send all of them. I would've been happy with just one! Instead she wound up sending me the radiant rose body scrub, the moon dust, and the konjac sponge (the last one was completely unexpected). Although I hadn't expressed interest in the sponge, she told me she had read my blog posts about my skin (probably my Juice Beauty review) and truly felt her konjac sponge could help me. I was shocked at her kindness (not only did she send me more than I thought she would, she also catered them to my blog - outstanding!). So as you could guess greenifiers, I'm already pretty in love with this company. Want to see what else I love? Keep reading. P.S.: The beautiful, high resolution pictures of each individual product aren't mine - they belong to Moon Body Soul. Kaitee was just kind enough to let me use them (enjoy!).


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The Basics


About the company
This natural bath company has a unique source of inspiration: The moon. If you couldn't tell from their name (Moon Body Soul), all their products are inspired from the healing energy of the moon, as well as the natural abundance of the earth. Their products never contain any harsh chemicals or preservatives.They don't believe in "safe" synthetic ingredients - they believe in ingredients crafted by mother nature herself. The company currently offers seven bath and body goodies, all of which are never priced above $30 (depends on the size you want). Among these items are the Moon Ball (bath bomb), Moon Dust (bath soak), Cosmic Coffee (body scrub), Radiant Rose (body scrub), Moon Scrub (body scrub), Lunar Lemonade Scrub (body scrub), and the Half Moon Konjac Sponge (facial sponge). All of these goodies are designed to promote self care, align you with the moon's energy, and make bath time extra special. After all, the moon is connected to water (it controls the tides, remember?), so it's only fitting Moon Body Soul is all about bath time. To make sure people are connecting with the moon and all its wonderful phases, Moon Body Soul is creating a Monthly Moon Ball subscription program where you can sign up and receive two moon balls at the beginning of each month. The idea behind it is that you use one moon ball on the full moon, and one on the new moon. This will increase your connection to each moon phase even more and promote further relaxation and rejuvenation. This Monthly Moon Ball subscription option isn't available just yet, but it will be coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled! Perhaps the coolest part about Moon Body Soul is their emphasis on the moon's energy: They are one of the only companies I have ever encountered that loves the moon just as much as I do. They not only promote the practice of self love and pampering, but also encourage a spiritual, mind-body connection you would never get shopping at Bath and Body Works (don't shop there anyway - their products are toxic!). To top it all off, each purchase you make from Moon Body Soul will help them donate to WaterAid, an organization dedicated to providing clean water to everyone by 2030. Isn't that amazing? So if you're looking for a spiritual, moon-themed, natural bath experience that also gives to charity, this is the company for you. For more information (and stunning moon-focused visuals), check out Moon Body Soul's social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

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Why you want it: This beautiful bath soak will make you feel like you're not only a moon goddess, but a rose goddess too (is that a thing? - No idea). 

Its value: $9

My review: I was hoping I would get my hands on the moon ball or the moon dust, but either way they're essentially the same thing. This is literally the moon ball in powdered form, plus roses. In a way I'm glad I received this instead of the moon ball just because of the roses - you all know I'm rose obsessed (I think Kaitee knew that too). According to the instructions, all I had to do was add it to a nice, hot bath (preferably during the new or full moon). Using this moon dust during the new or full moon is optional, but it would enhance the effects, considering these products are designed to sync you to the moons energy. Either way, using them at any point in time is fine: The moon is always in the sky, after all, and these products have a short shelf life since they have no preservatives in them. Unfortunately I wasn't able to wait for the full or new moon, so I soaked during one of its other phases (I believe the start of the waxing phase - where the moon grows in appearance). I simply drew a bath, added the moon dust, and the rest is self explanatory. It was a lovely bath and it smelled amazing - after all, it did have roses in it as well as vanilla and lavender essential oil. It was such a luxurious experience that I stood in the tub at least 40 minutes to enjoy the full effects. The rose petals were not only there for aesthetic pleasure either - I used them to exfoliate my skin a little, which felt lovely. To make the bath even better, I added some of the radiant rose scrub as well - I'll talk more about that below, though. Suffice it to say when I left the bath, I was completely relaxed and smelled like a walking flower. I had already showered earlier, so the bath was just for unwinding (I didn't wash my body or hair while in the bath - I was simply using it to relax). I'm sure you could wash up while using this calming bath soak, but I really recommend using it to just treat yourself. It's a beautiful meditative experience that quiets your mind just as much as it relaxes your body. Bonus: Your skin will feel super soft afterwards. So go ahead and indulge!

Ingredients
Dried Rosebuds and Petals, Naturally Extracted Sodium Bicarbonate, 100% Organic Citric Acid, Magnesium Sulfate U.S.P, .Kaolin Clay, Organic Pure Grape Seed Oil, 100% Vitamin E Oil, 100% Pure Essential Lavender Oil, 100% Pure Essential Vanilla Absolute Oil & Love.

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Why you want it: This scrub not only smells like roses but it'll keep your skin smooth for several hours after use!

Its value: $18-30 (depends on the size you want - 8 or 16 ounces)

My review: Who would've thought you could use a scrub when you're actually in a bathtub? Well, you can. While I was using the moon dust, I decided to also indulge in some of the radiant rose scrub. To apply it, all I had to do was scoop some out using my hands, rub it on my arms, and let it sit for a while. Since I had access to bath water, I just rinsed it off when I felt it was time to. I also put some on my legs, but this was a little tricky: Since I was already in the bath I kind of had to keep one leg out of the water in order to let the scrub do its thing (and not get washed off). It was pretty comedic, and in truth, I probably should've applied the scrub a few minutes before I got in the bath tub to avoid such a process. Regardless, I still made it work. After a few minutes of letting the scrub soak into one leg, I'd wash it off, then replicate the process with the next leg. Afterwards, my legs felt like heaven and smelled just as sweet. Its always been my dream to smell like a rose and this bath and scrub combo pretty much nailed it on the head. Not only did it make my skin super soft, but I felt super dreamy to top it all off. Rose is an aphrodisiac as well as a relaxing scent: Those two things combined are bound to put anyone in a good mood (don't get the wrong idea though - all I did was go to sleep afterwards). However, it certainly boosted my levels of self-appreciation and made me feel extra confident and beautiful. While scrubs are mainly a 'summer thing' (since every woman and their mother are showing off their legs and want them to be soft), I think they're even more important in the colder months due to how drying the cold can be. I don't know about you, but my skin hates the cold - I start developing dry, cracked, unappealing skin in the most random of areas (hands, feet, etc). My legs don't necessarily get dry - but they do get insanely itchy during the fall and winter, to the point I am driven mad. That's why I'm so grateful to have gotten my hands on this scrub. I'm excited to continue using it and making the most of it as the fall continues. I really think it'll help me not only keep that summery scent going (roses forever, baby), but also help my body adjust to colder weather.  

Ingredients
Himalayan Pink Salt, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Pure Grape Seed Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Dried Rose Petals, 100% Vitamin E Oil, 100% Pure Rose Essential Oil, 100% Peru Balsam Essential Oil & Love.
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Why you want it: This sponge is so much fun to watch as it expands in water right before your eyes - and it does a great job of exfoliating and clearing your skin too.

Its value: $12

My review: I've never used anything other than my own hands and a cleanser to clean my face, let alone a konjac sponge. But Kaitee thought it could help clear up my acne, so I was willing to give it a try. Besides, I had never heard of a konjac sponge before (don't judge me - I'm learning as I go along this green beauty journey), so I was excited to try something new. Apparently konjac has been used for 1,500 years to exfoliate and detoxify the body (and I only just heard about it now - amazing). The coolest part about this sponge is that it's perfect for sensitive skin and is naturally alkaline, which helps balance acidity in the skin's oils. This, combined with bamboo charcoal makes for a great acne-fighting duo: The charcoal bamboo helps reduce pores, inflammation, and breakouts. When I used the sponge, I was unsure of what to do first. The directions are simple enough to follow, so I wasn't lost for long. I liked how it was called a 'half moon' - since it really did look like the dark side of the moon. I used a small bowl (one I had got while in Francesca's - they sell the cutest knick knacks) and filled it up with warm water, then plopped the konjac sponge in. Before adding the sponge to any water, it was kind of hard and crunchy (texture wise - not taste wise). But after I left the konjac sponge in the water for at least 5-10 minutes (the website says it can take up to 15, but I usually left it for less), it was super squishy and soft. It retained a lot of water (makes sense - it's a sponge), so I had to squeeze it a few times before using it (otherwise it would drip down my arm and make a watery mess on the counter). I loved adding some of favorite EWG-approved cleanser to it too (MyChelle, Refining Sugar Cleanser - go to my Shop My Blog page if you want to find it): I just put a drop no bigger than the size of a dime on the fully expanded sponge and started scrubbing my face. You don't have to add a cleanser to it, I just chose to (it helped get rid of the makeup I had on better that way, since I only used the sponge at night). I scrubbed in small, slow, circular motions all over my face for at least a minute or two. Although I did use the konjac sponge on my eyes and acne, I made sure to be extra gentle on these areas, as Moon Body Soul cautions harsh scrubbing in those places can cause irritation. I might add never once did this sponge cause me irritation in any way, shape or form, so I guess I'm using it right (and it being a great product doesn't hurt). Anyway, when I was done, I simply rinsed my face off, then rinsed off the sponge and hung it to dry. The coolest part about this sponge is that it can last for a while, but should be replaced every 4-6 weeks. I was very impressed with the results: My skin was so soft afterwards and after a couple of days, I noticed a vast improvement in my skin. My pimples started to vanish and are currently few in numbers (thank god). I seriously recommend this to people who love cleansing their skin using a sponge. Even if you never have, just remember I didn't either and I wound up loving it. I also recommend this to anyone suffering from acne - it's a game changer and definitely worth a shot.

Ingredients
100% Natural Konjac infused with Bamboo Charcoal (Yes, it's really that simple!)

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The (quick) rundown

The pros: The pros heavily outweigh the cons.
  1. I really admire Moon Body Soul's standards for clean bath and body products.
  2. I still have more left over from almost every product - hard to not use all the moon dust in one place!
  3. I really loved how the moon was incorporated into each product and how incredibly simple each ingredient list was.
  4. I'm lunar obsessed - Haven't you green beauties read my articles for MindBodyGreen?
  5. The logo was beautiful and really created a simple, clean, and spiritual vibe that went with the company very well.
  6. I love how the mind-body connection was stressed on Moon Body Soul's site.
  7. Kaitee was one of the sweetest, most enthusiastic people I've worked with yet - she gave me more than expected!
  8. I absolutely loved each product and have little to no complaints about them (a rarity).
  9. Each product is fairly affordable ($30 max).
  10. If you're spiritual, you'll love these products because they vibrate at a very high level (probably because they're made to align you with the moon's healing energy - and were made with love). 
  11. Purchasing these items (or any others from Moon Body Soul) will help Kaitee keep creating more moon-themed goodies.
The cons: There are none...
  1. I need more of these products in my life. That is all.
Conclusion: I know it seems odd my cons list is so low (and practically a joke), but I mean it. There's nothing bad about these products (at least from my perspective). I truly recommend you try them out for yourself - you'll see why I have absolutely nothing bad to say as soon as you do. Not to mention I see a lot of potential in this company - Kaitee is just starting to make her dreams come true. She's a very determined, outgoing, bright woman. I can only say great things about her and strive to be as successful as her one day. So if you want to indulge in some amazing natural bath goodies (or know someone who needs to pamper themselves a little more), make a mark of this company. They're going places.

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