Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 2: Moon Juice

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I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves. For the first post in this series, on The Beauty Chef, click here.

This time I'm trying out Moon Juice, a cult favorite brand with a lineup of superfood powders (called 'dusts') that includes the radiance-boosting Beauty Dust.

What you need to know about Moon Juice: This California-based line of dusts and other delicious edibles comes packed with ingredients you probably haven't heard of, but will want to check out if you have disposable income. Lots of the ingredients used in Moon Juice formulas are traditionally used in Chinese Medicine. Ans anecdotally, they have very powerful properties. I tried a few Moon Juice powders and was impressed to feel an immediate effect from Spirit Dust and Brain Dust.

How to consume: Moon Juice Beauty Dust is a powder, which makes it a perfect add-in to smoothies. A serving in 1 tsp in 8 oz liquid. Be sure your smoothie recipes include some kind of fat (coconut milk, almond milk, avocado, etc.) to achieve the best texture with the powder mixed in. Since there's a bit of stevia added to this powder, you'll want to be careful not to have too many other sweet ingredients in your drink, or it will quickly become overly sweet.

Love it for: Exotic beauty powerhouses like pearl and schisandra that are known to nourish the skin and provide potent anti-aging benefits.

Cost: $65 USD for 8oz (about a month's worth of servings)

Peachy Complexion Tonic

This sweet, creamy tonic combines the skin-nourishing fats from coconut and the collagen-building vitamin C in peaches with a slew of exotic skin superfoods like schisandra, pearl, and goji, found in Beauty Dust by Moon Juice.

Serves 2

  • 2 cups chilled unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 ripe organic peach
  • 2 tsp Moon Juice Beauty Dust
  • scant 1 tsp ground ginger

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until serving.

Currently Using: Laurel Whole Plant Organics

Dear Beauty Heroes,
You did it again this month. Laurel Whole Plant Organics? Really?!
I broke into a spontaneous happy dance at my mailbox.  Can't wait for Sept.
xo, Jolene

It's no secret that I live for summer. To me, the sun is a source of joy, energy, healing, and bliss like none other. But its intensity touches every part of our mind, body and spirit, including—very visibly—our skin. Even though I practice a host of strategies to stave off some of the sun's negative effects (extra hydration, wide-brimmed hat and shades, sun protective diet, skipping extra sugar, totally luxe natural SPF, etc.), my skin and yours can always, always use some natural healing therapy.

This month I lifted the sunny, yellow-orange tissue paper inside my Beauty Heroes subscription box to find one of the most beautiful facial serums every to grace my vanity table. Laurel Whole Plant Organics Sun Damage Repair Serum shines not only because of its incredible lineup of 27 healing ingredients (including oils like red raspberry, jojoba, carrot seed, and cranberry seed that offer sun protective benefits), but because the source of these ingredients is the whole, organic plant—not a derivative or isolated compound. If this is your first introduction to the Laurel WPO brand, just know that this remarkable lineup of products offers some of the best formulas you can put on your skin. Laurel Shaffer, the owner and formulator, creates 'slow beauty' formulas that are incredibly concentrated (no alcohol or water to be found here) and made from organic, raw, whole plants like fresh flowers and herbs.

To say that your skin recognizes the difference is an understatement.

My previous experience with Laurel's Antioxidant Serum makes it a product I still recommend to clients, and this month my skin has been loving the naturally orange-hued Sun Damage Repair Serum in place of moisturizer. It's one self care ritual I will take with me well into the fall.

Speaking of self care, one of the biggest challenges for my clients (and—I'll admit it—myself) is carving out regular self care time. That means nourishing and replenishing inside and out even before getting burned out from doing, giving, and working too much. As adults, there's not always someone there to remind you to slow down, or to create a moment of self care, pure and simple, in your day. Beauty Heroes has become a monthly self-care moment like none other. It's like getting a package from your best friend (the one who really knows you). Not all self care has to have a price tag, but this one has proven well worth it for me during times of stress and depletion.

If you join by August 20th, you can get this month's Laurel Whole Plant Organics hero selection, plus a sample Laurel Honey Berry Enzyme Mask (one of my absolute favorites!) and Laurel Before & After Sun Body Oil. Note: I'll receive a small affiliate commission if you purchase a subscription.

Next month, you'll find your self care surprise in the mail box and I have a feeling you'll be doing a happy dance right along with me.

Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 1: The Beauty Chef

I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup (everything from natural beauty stars like Axiology and Gressa Skin to beauty ingestibles like Sunpotion and, yes, even Eat Pretty!) at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves, and I'm going to share them all with you here.

First up is The Beauty Chef, whose Hydration Inner Beauty Boost was a huge hit with event guests because it tastes like tropical, coconutty SUMMER.

What you need to know about The Beauty Chef: This Australia-based line is all about digestive health for beauty, which is a mission close to my heart. The three Inner Beauty Boost liquid supplements from The Beauty Chef (Hydration, Collagen, and Antioxidant) all undergo the brand's Flora Culture fermentation process, which allows them to deliver 6 billion probiotics in about one tablespoon of liquid (your daily serving).

How to consume: This one is easy—mix it with water, chilled herbal tea, or, as in my recipe below, detoxifying lime water!

Love it for: Probiotics and their powerful benefits to skin clarity, energy, good moods, and overall health.

Cost: $50 USD for 500mL

Poolside Skin Refresher

This tropical-tasting cocktail delivers a potent burst of detoxifying, collagen-building vitamin C from fresh lime juice, with the bonus probiotic and skin-hydrating benefits of coconut water and aloe vera, found in The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost.

Serves 1

  • 1 cup pure water
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost

Stir together and serve chilled or over ice.

Skin-Boosting Side Dish: Miso Broccoli Lentil Salad

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Put a beautifying spin on a classic dish, lentil salad, with this probiotic0rich version. This salad is rich in digestive health benefits from food-based probiotics that do so much to support radiant skin, good moods, energy, and our healthiest weight. The fermented miso paste that helps flavor this salad is a source of that beneficial probiotic bacteria, a daily MUST-HAVE in your beauty diet! Lentils and hemp seeds are also two of my favorite beautifying sources of protein, which your body uses as a building block of your hair, nails, and skin.  Enjoy!

Miso Broccoli Lentil Salad

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 heaping cup steamed organic broccoli spears, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup finely diced organic orange, yellow or red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp miso paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds

Directions

In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the lentils and reduce heat to maintain a low simmer. Simmer until lentils are tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, miso, and garlic to make a dressing. In a serving bowl, combine lentils, broccoli, and peppers, and toss with dressing and hemp seeds. Serve warm or chilled.

The First Sunscreen I Actually WANT to Apply

Summer essentials.

Summer essentials.

Ever since my first week on the job as a beauty editor, I've had the importance of SPF protection drilled home by beauty brand after beauty brand, and dermatologist after dermatologist. But I find that real women, despite generally wanting to get on board with daily sunscreen, are all over the map in terms of their usage. Going without sunscreen is sacrilege to some, while others avoid the stuff unless there's a real threat of sunburn. I can't count how many times someone has asked me for advice on a natural everyday SPF after confiding, in hushed tones, "I'm so ashamed, but I don't wear one."

And I get it. I have the same struggles and frustrations with daily SPF usage.  We all want skin cancer protection, and we fully support protection against premature aging as well. But...we also want SPF to fit into our busy routine, not make us break out, and, if it's not too much to ask, feel good on our skin.

Finally, someone has hit that mark.

Is it any surprise that it's Kari Gran? I wish you could have seen me freaking out over the arrival of the July Beauty Heroes box, which features Kari Gran Skincare's brand new, broad spectrum Three Sixty Five: an SPF 28 serum-like sunscreen that aligns my desire to have my skin feel good today with my desire to stay skin cancer-free and free of excessive sun damage in the future. It's like Kari's finally allowing us to have it all. (PS Kari also let me design my dream Lip Whip—so she's kind of like my natural beauty fairy godmother!).

Here's what you get with the amazing new Three Sixty Five:

  • Broad spectrum physical SPF 28 protection from non-nano zinc oxide. This definitely leaves somewhat of a whitish cast on the skin, but it's minimal, and easily covered by a light dusting of mineral powder. For darker skin tones, consider mixing with your foundation, if you wear one.
  • The most amazing lineup of antioxidant-rich oils. These enhance the SPF protection of zinc oxide, while nourishing the skin so that it bounces back faster after sun exposure. Everything from red raspberry seed oil to French plum oil, to macadamia, kukui nut, avocado, and jojoba.
  • A serum-like formula that absorbs so fully into skin, and feels amazing. No problem layering with makeup, or wearing alone.
Three Sixty Five before (left) and after (right) application.

Three Sixty Five before (left) and after (right) application.

To purchase the (limited quantity!) July Beauty Heroes box, which also includes a bonus 3-piece Kari Gran Skincare kit, sign up for Beauty Heroes here (full disclosure: I will get a small commission from your purchase). This expert curated box is totally unlike any others, and it honestly brings me so much joy month after month. Or grab a bottle of Three Sixty Five from the Beauty Heroes store ($48) and totally transform your daily SPF. Thank you Kari and Beauty Heroes for making this summer so kind to my skin!

PS The Beauty Heroes store also features my other favorite (also life-changing) SPF product: Suntegrity 5-in-1! Beauty Heroes knows where it's at:)

 

Creamy Cashew Banana Mango Pudding

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Creamy Cashew Banana Mango Pudding

This dairy-free pudding may be the most delicious thing to pass your lips this week! It’s sweetened only with fruit (banana + mango, for tropical flavor), and incredibly creamy, thanks to beauty mineral-rich cashews that nourish your hair and skin. If you don’t have mango on hand, double the amount of ripe banana and add a bit more non-dairy milk to blend up an equally sweet and skin-friendly treat.

Serves 2 to 3

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews or cashew pieces, soaked in water for at least 4 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small ripe banana (or 1/2 large banana)
  • 1 cup ripe mango chunks, plus more for serving
  • 1 to 3 Tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk, as needed
  • unrefined salt

Directions

In a high-powered blender, combine cashews, banana, and mango until smooth and creamy, pausing frequently to scrape down the sides of the blender. Add a pinch of salt to taste, and (if needed) non-dairy milk, one Tbsp at a time, to thin the pudding. Blend once more to incorporate. If desired, top with fruit or dust with an antioxidant-rich topping like raw cacao, maca root, or cinnamon. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

For more beautifying recipes, see Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside & Out.

'Seeing Beauty' Salad

'Seeing Beauty' Salad

This salad combines ingredients that support eye health (beta carotene-rich carrots and vitamin C-packed zucchini, lemon, and fresh herbs) with visual beauty from a spectrum of natural colors and textures. I love using carrots of many colors, but regular orange carrots are just as beautifying!

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 9 organic carrots, peeled
  • 3 medium organic zucchini
  • 1 heaping tsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • unrefined salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Directions

Place carrots in a large skillet and fill the bottom third with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside to cool.

Using a vegetable peeler, peel long strips of zucchini lengthwise to create noodles (or use a spiralizer if preferred). Using the same large skillet, melt coconut oil and sauté zucchini noodles until tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together cilantro, parsley, garlic, oil, and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

When carrots have cooled enough to handle, chop into bite-sized pieces. (You may want to cut large rounds into half-moon shapes).

In a serving bowl, toss carrots, zucchini noodles, chickpeas and dressing. Serve warm or chilled.

For more beautifying recipes, see Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside & Out.

Recipe and images ©Jolene Hart

A.M. Beauty Foundation Smoothie

I created this smoothie to complement the new Sacred Beauty Salon Series online, created by makeup artist, health coach, and my friend Rebecca Casciano. Enjoy this beautifying start to your day!

A.M. Beauty Foundation Smoothie

What serves as your beauty foundation first thing in the morning? A combination of skin-nourishing fat, clean protein, radiance-boosting greens, and ample beauty minerals. Try this smoothie as the foundation of your day— an A.M. meal that ticks all of the boxes for essential beauty nutrition. It’s energizing, blood sugar stabilizing (key for balanced hormones ad glowing skin), and quite filling, so feel free to adjust the portions to meet your ideal serving size.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 to 2 scoops (one serving) plant-based protein powder
  • heaping 1/2 tsp spirulina powder
  • heaping 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 whole banana (depending on your desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 medium handfuls fresh greens (I used 3 large swiss chard leaves)


Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and process until smooth, adding more water to thin if desired. Serve immediately.

Currently Using: Mahalo Skin Care

There are plenty of compelling natural beauty products out there, ones that are both effective and a joy to use. But few are actually legit works of art, which is what I encountered when I tried Rare Indigo Beauty Balm from Mahalo Skin Care in the May 2016 Beauty Heroes box.

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Taking a Tea Break? Pair it with a Quickie Facial Mask.

While many of us have visions, or good intentions, of finding more time for leisurely walks in the park and cups of tea sipped over long conversations with friends, most of the time we're walking for exercise or errands, and gulping tea simply out of thirst. But that doesn't mean that the reality of our day to day routine can't still be infused with beauty.

Take this month's Beauty Heroes box, and its contents from True Nature Botanicals. The gentle Exfoliating Moisture Mask found inside smooths and brightens skin in the time it takes to brew a cup of tea.

I'm a major devotee of facial masks (raw honey is my absolute fave), and this mask definitely earns its hero reputation for quickly transforming skin. I loved its silky, light texture, its super-luxurious scent of jasmine, tuberose and neroli, and its fast action time (2 to 5 minutes, depending on your skin type). And I really loved the result—skin that's extra soft and smooth (exfoliation from beet-derived lactic acid) without dryness, thanks to ultra-hydrating avocado and mango butter and soothing green and white tea.

So my favorite tea pairing of the moment isn't a cookie, it's this facial mask. If time allows, maybe a good book or magazine as well. But I'll take tea + a facial any day. Try it for yourself by subscribing to the Beauty Heroes box, or grab just the mask in the Beauty Heroes store. PS This mask is valued at $90, and you also get an amazing .25 oz facial oil from True Nature Botanicals that contains potent antioxidant ingredients like astaxanthin and chia ($28 value) if you subscribe to the monthly $39 box. But I think its the sheer joy and the extra self-love moments I get each month from this box gives it the most value. It's those little self-love moments that help keep our beauty and health in balance.