Beauty Ingestible Road Test: Anima Mundi

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In my experience, the foods we eat are unequivocally our greatest tools to shape our beauty and health. Which is why I think that the growing market of ingestible beauty products (basically edibles with beauty benefits) has the power to transform our beauty routines.

In the past, I've road tested beauty ingestibles from Moon Juice, The Beauty Chef, Fountain, and Sunpotion, and shared recipes that I created to use each of these lines. Take a look at those past posts for more recipe ideas. This time, I'm sharing a brand that arrived on my doorstep in my January Beauty Heroes WELLNESS Discovery Box— a BRAND NEW OFFERING from Beauty Heroes, which includes four incredible full size products from Anima Mundi Herbals.

Take a look, and dont miss the warming Cherries & Cream Skin Tonic recipe below!

What you need to know about Anima Mundi Herbals: This brand specializes in herbal ingredients (many of them heirloom) from Central and South America, as founder and herbalist Adriana Ayales is Costa Rican. Before founding Anima Mundi (the beautiful name refers to the 'shared soul' of the world), she practiced herbalism in New York City and Berkeley. Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie Jarnot describes her first experience drinking Anima Mundi products (the same ones offered in this box), "an out-of-body experience." I've newly received my Anima Mundi products, but am loving the experience of using them so far, especially sipped in the tonic recipe ahead, and by adding the turmeric-rich Curam Elixir to my morning lemon water.

How to consume: Coconut Cream Powder is incredibly versatile. You can add a tablespoon or two to smoothies, hot drinks, and just about any recipe for extra good fats— especially lauric acid for gut, brain, and skin health, as well as metabolism. Mangosteen Hibiscus Superfood Powder can also be added (1 teaspoon is a standard serving) to drinks like juices, smoothies, and teas. I could also see getting creative and adding it to dressings and sauces or sprinkling it over a decadent bowl of fruit.

Here's what I made with my Coconut Cream Powder and Mangosteen Hibiscus Superfood Powder as soon as I opened my box:

Cherries & Cream Skin Tonic

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

Add cherries, both powders, and raw honey to a high powered blender. Pour boiled water over ingredients and blend until smooth. Top with additional hot water if needed to warm the tonic.

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Love it for: You will want to eat the Coconut Cream Powder by the spoonful. It's sweet, creamy, melts right into your mouth or into whatever you're making, and will be your new favorite beauty food item. The Mangosteen Hibiscus Superfood Powder has a mildly bitter taste, but it's packed with vitamin C, phytochemicals, and beauty minerals that truly nourish healthy, balanced skin from within. And love that these ingredients are incredibly high-quality and carefully sourced! They're also priced very well to include in your everyday beauty pantry.

Cost: Until it sells out, you can buy the January 2018 Beauty Heroes Wellness Discovery (4 products) here, for $49. And you can find individual Anima Mundi products in the Beauty Heroes store, as well as at animamundiherbals.com. Coconut Cream Powder retails for $20, and Mangosteen Hibiscus Superfood Powder retails for $24.


NOTE: If you purchase a Beauty Heroes subscription, or a product from the Beauty Heroes store, I will receive a small commission on behalf of Beauty Heroes. My honest review and experience with Beauty Heroes and these Anima Mundi products was in no way influenced by my affiliate status.

Currently Using: SkinOwl

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Applying an oil serum to freshly-cleansed skin in the evening is pretty much the skincare equivalent of changing into a soft robe and cozy slippers after a long day in heels. It feels so, so good. You would never catch me sleeping in makeup simply because I look forward to that moment of moisture on my clean skin every single day. I would not miss it.

I love switching up my oil serums (I always seem to have 3 or 4 in the rotation, from sample vials to full size bottles), since each blend has different ingredients and benefits. I'd recommend that approach to everyone. Some oil serums are priced super-high to reflect their exotic and powerful contents (see my review of Vintner's Daughter serum, $185!), while others are simple in their ingredients and more affordable in price (like Sibu's Sea Berry Seed Oil, $20).

Having tried a LOT of oil serums in my day, I was surprised—and delighted—to find something new in SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM, which arrived wrapped in purple tissue paper in the March Beauty Heroes subscription box. SkinOwl really isn't like other oils. First, It's a blend of just two plant-based oils (organic baobab and mangosteen), which hits on the refreshing trend of simplicity in skincare formulas. Sometimes less is more for your skin—case in point. Both of these ingredients are anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, anti-viral and nourishing to the skin.

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And second, the scent of this oil is startlingly close to that of a Jolly Rancher, or one of the other mouth-puckering fruit candies that you used to trade with your friends in middle school. That scent, believe it or not, is totally natural, from mangosteen oil! It feels so crazy to be applying these Jolly Rancher-scented drops to your skin that it really does change your mood. You instantly break into a smile, breathe in deep, and end up feeling a bit more youthful. The sweet scent brings me back to the blissful days of high school when I'd apply a cloud of fruity 'body splash' (so toxic, so asphyxiating—so fun) as my fragrance, loving every minute of it. If getting back in touch that feeling doesn't have anti-aging benefits, I'm not sure what does:)

So, are you convinced yet? It's time to add an oil serum to your routine, and, if you've already covered that base in your routine, add these SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM to the rotation, for those moments when your skin—and your spirits—need a lift.

And there's a bonus—if you subscribe to Beauty Heroes and receive the March SkinOwl box, you'll get the amazing Beauty Drops PM AND a SkinOwl Heroic Helichrysum Seasonal Beauty Steam for $39. Note: If you sign up as a new subscriber through this link, I will receive a small referral bonus. Enjoy!