By Chere Di Boscio
The Moody Sisters all-natural skincare brand was launched in the United States by a pair of actual, beauty-loving sisters.
Older sister Jess had resigned herself to a life of acne and rosacea, deciding it would be better to live as a hermit than to pay such exorbitant prices for skincare. Younger sister Whitney had worked as a skincare consultant for five years, but still found few products that wouldn’t flare up her eczema or cause a severe allergic reaction. After hundreds of dollars spent on doctor’s visits and harsh chemicals that failed to calm their skin woes, the sisters had had enough! They turned to nature for their remedy.
For months the sisters toiled over their stoves and sinks perfecting products that would help their moody skin. As they developed and tested their lotions, toners and deodorants they suddenly realised that not only did they enjoy these products, but others would too. And the sisters were also delighted that since the products were completely chemical and paraben free, they were also safe for their young daughters.
I was first drawn to their products due to their diversity: rather than simple toners and moisturisers, the Moody Sisters offer a range of skincare goods usually associated with high-tech, chemically based cosmetic companies, such as cellulite reduction cream, anti-blemish serums and deodorants.
The first item I tried was the Coffee Nut Butter, which is billed as a cellulite reducer due to its caffeine content. Caffeine is thought to get rid of water retention, which contributes to lumpy thighs and butts. Ingredients include coffee infused sweet almond oil, Brazil nut butter, cocoa butter, vitamin E, and actual coffee beans, which sit prettily atop the product.
I liked the gentle, nutty scent of the cream, and slathered in on my legs and bum. It went on smoothly, leaving a slightly oily glow, which is not a bad thing in the summer. I’m not sure if this reduced cellulite at all as there was only enough to use for a few weeks, but it certainly was moisturising, and leaves legs looking silky smooth. It came in a recyclable tin, though I am not sure why it didn’t fill it up completely.
Next up was the rosemary mint powder deodorant. This smelled amazing even before I lifted off the lid, and charmingly, it comes with an old fashioned powder puff for application. Ingredients couldn’t be more natural: just arrowroot powder, corn starch, baking soda, mint , witch hazel, and some natural oils. Strangely perhaps, I have never had to wear deodorant (honest!) so I put this in my running shoes instead and was delighted to discover that the minty fresh product not only absorbed the sweat in my sneakers, but motivated to run longer, as my legs felt lighter and the peppermint scent somehow energised me. Time for a rebranding of this item as a foot powder?
Finally, I tried the grapefruit lip balm. Based on a beeswax formula, this went on smooth, but the stick was a bit soft, and as a lover of tangy grapefruit, I thought a little more punch could be packed into the perfume and flavour of the product.
Overall, Moody Sisters is a fun, fully natural brand with an interesting range of products for natural beauties. No wonder eco-friendly celebs like Alicia Silverstone have been drawn to the brand. As for me, you’ll find the Rosemary Mint Deodorant in my gym bag forever.
For more info, please see: www.moodysistersskincare.com