Now that juices and smoothies have pretty much taken over the planet (if those guys get wise, we’re in big trouble) it seems like health and wellness is embedded in our daily lives like never before. Working out and staying balanced and energized is becoming a priority for more and more people, and it seems like every day there's something new you can add to your routine to make your life longer/stronger/better/faster… wait is that a Daft Punk song?
The newest of these life-enriching products, right alongside almond butter, avocados and green juice, is the realm of tonics, powders and dusts. I personally like to call the trend witchcraft, imagining each product to be a special kind of magic potion, but the real world calls it “herbal apothecary.”
I first discovered beauty tonics and the like while visiting Moon Juice in Venice Beach last September. I was immediately intrigued by the “Sex Dust” (more on that later), but didn’t have any room in my stuffed suitcase to bring anything new home. Last month, I found I still had a nagging feeling to try out the whole magical potion thing, so I reached out to a few companies in search of product to review.
I mean, I’m all for life enrichment, but was this stuff even drinkable?
Created by naturalist Carla Oates, The Beauty Chef is a “Living Skincare Range” out of Australia. Glow powder is her newest concoction, and with 24 fermented superfoods and probiotics, there’s a lot in there. Named after the natural glow it’s said to give its devotees, you only need to take one teaspoon of powder a day, and it can be mixed into smoothies, sprinkled on cereal, or simply dissolved into water.
Upon first glance, this powder looks brown and scary, and smells very earthy. Luckily when you mix it into water, it turns a pleasant juice-like red colour, and it actually tastes pretty fruity and good thanks to the macqui berry—think cranberry juice with a hint of protein-powder aftertaste.
My initial thoughts on this product are that it’s an easy way to get an extra hit of antioxidants and probiotics, and a welcome addition to my morning routine, especially when added to smoothies. After a week of taking it, I have noticed my skin is a bit more glowy, but I’ll have to report back in my follow-up article when more time has passed.
Adorably packaged and perfectly named, Moon Juice’s dusts are the first health-food products that I’ve ever wanted to put on display in my kitchen. I’ll be testing out the Heart Dust, Sex Dust, and Beauty Dust over the next month, and though I’ll be reporting on all three, I thought I’d focus on the beauty-specific tonic for now.
With wild-crafted pearl, goji, rehmannia, schisandra, and stevia, this formula is said to calm nerves, fortify skin, hair and nails, hydrate, tone and firm, and even increase silica and collagen levels. Just like the Glow p
owder, Beauty Dust smells extremely earthy, but unlike its competition, it retains a bit of that taste even when mixed into a liquid. I find this tonic has an almost chocolatey taste, and it’s relatively tasty in nut milk or tea, but not the easiest to swallow when simply mixed into cold water. It also didn’t dissolve as easily, but the package doesn’t mention mixing with smoothies as an option, so I didn’t try that route.
Again, it’s hard to say if this product has really had much effect after so little time, but I definitely noticed that I feel a bit calmer if I add it to my tea in the evening before bed. (Like I said, stay tuned for a full report coming soon!)
Have you tried any beauty tonics? Thoughts? Recommendations? Witchy ideas?