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brand review: fat and the moon

I first heard about Fat and the Moon almost a year ago when I was researching zero waste makeup brands.

But this brand doesn’t just do makeup. They’ve branched out into making anything for the body, from deodorant, salves and perfume to cleansers, moisturizers and masks. And I can honestly say that everything I’ve tried I’ve loved.

I haven’t tried all of their products, so that’s important to note. But I’ve heard amazing things about their deodorant and cleansers and products for pregnant mamas.

Here are a few reasons I love Fat and the Moon besides their excellent quality:

ZERO WASTE PACKAGING

While some companies boast an eco-friendly mindset, Fat and the Moon puts their philosophies to practice. When their package arrives in your mailbox — or for small mailbox folks like me, on your stoop — there isn’t any plastic in sight.

The packaging is all paper and plastic-free — including the tape! And all of their products come in sustainable containers like glass and aluminum.

THEY’RE DOWN-TO-EARTH AND ALL ABOUT SELF-LOVE

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From their website to their labels, Fat and the Moon speaks the language of the people. AKA — they don’t use pretentious language to make you think they’re elitists.

For instance, they’re lipsticks — “lip paint” — says “paint your pucker” on the back of the package. I just love that.

Also, if you follow them on Instagram you’ll notice they’re all about equality and self-love. No matter who you are or what you believe, you’re invited to enjoy their handmade products.

INGREDIENTS ARE SPELLED OUT

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They list all of their ingredients (which are usually minimal and always natural) on the back of their packaging in clearly stated language. There’s never a doubt about what’s going on your skin. I appreciate that transparency.

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Again, I haven’t tried all of their products, but here are the ones I have tried/will review below:

EYE COAL
BEAM
ARTEMIS AT DAWN
LIP PAINT
MASA AND OLIVE FACE PASTE
SAGE AND ROSE FACE MIST

1. earth eye coal

I use their brown eye coal as an eyebrow filler and gentle eye shadow. It’s build-able and I usually apply it with my finger or sometimes I’ll use an eye shadow fluffy brush to blend it out a bit. I’ve been using it everyday for the last seven months and, as you can see in the photo above, I’ve hardly put a dent in it.

I don’t think I’ll ever go back to using anything else to touch up my brows and add a little depth to my eye lids.

As far as packaging goes, it comes in an aluminum tin that can either be recycled or cleaned out and reused for something else.

2. beam highlight

It’s perhaps my favorite product. Beam is the best highlight I’ve ever used. It gives a natural glow that lasts. But it’s also super easy to apply again.

I use it just about everyday on the inner corner of my eyes and on my brow bone. But if you do more of a full face of makeup, you can for sure use this on your cheek bones and anywhere else that suits you. If you’re a highlight fan, this is an excellent purchase. And I’ve also had this guy for seven months and have plenty left.

3. artemis at dawn perfume

It’s a musky perfume that is surprisingly light and actually blends well with other essential oils. I tend to mix it with either white angelica or bergamot and wear it as a perfume. (Wondering where I get my oils? click here.)

The smell is gently peppery and has a gentle woodsy scent. It’s hard to explain, but if you’re into more muskier scents, you’ll love it, I guarantee. And you don’t have to worry about it spilling in your bag if you carry it with you, because it comes in a reusable aluminum container, like the rest of their makeup.

4. mortar and pestle lip paint

 

 

This is my most recent purchase from Fat and the Moon and I have to say I’m impressed. The staying/lasting power of the lipstick is to be expected with a super natural lipstick — this isn’t gonna last you 12 hours and through breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But I don’t necessarily need that everyday. It’s moisturizing and gentle on the lips. It’s also build-able and is super easy to reapply during the day. And it wears off really nicely — doesn’t leave weird lines or anything. I love this little tin of reddish/orange lip paint.

5. masa and olive face paste

Potentially the best mask I’ve ever used — no kidding! It’s incredibly gentle but also moisturizes and exfoliates my sensitive, dry skin.

Only bummer is I left mine in the shower and it started growing a bit of mold inside. It even warns you not to do that on the packaging because of the natural ingredients mixing with water and being trapped in a container. But for whatever reason I ignored that clearly presented advice.

Regardless, it’s an awesome product! And it comes in a reusable glass container.

6. sage and rose face mist

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I used this all the time! I finished my bottle off, but the gentle mist was delightful. I used it in the morning and night. It is definitely refreshing and hydrating. I only wish it came in a large bottle because I would spray it all over my face all day long!

So overall this brand is DOPE. I will continue buying the products I already have and I hope to try out their deodorant sometime, and potentially their aloe lotion, too! It sounds wonderful.

Their products are quality and their philosophies are kind and inclusive. I love this brand 🙂

Have you tried Fat and the Moon? If not, DO IT. I’m not being sponsored by them or anything… I just truly love this brand!

say goodbye to ChapStick brand chapstick

My husband is a huge chapstick person. I mean HUGE.

He always has a tube on him and he puts it on throughout the day.

But chapstick tubes are a bit tough to recycle. Depending on what plastics your local recycling company takes, chapstick tubes might not be recyclable in your area.

So I thought I’d try making my own chapstick! I bought compostable paper tubes and aluminum reusable tins.

I decided to make two different versions — one with beeswax and the other with Candelilla wax (a vegan wax substitute).

The process was super easy and it only took a few minutes to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

BEESWAX OR CANDELILLA WAX
SHEA BUTTER
COCONUT OIL
ESSENTIAL OILS
ALUMINUM CONTAINERS OR COMPOSTABLE TUBES
PIPETTE OR EYE DROPPER

Personally, I like the application of a compostable tube better when I’m applying chapstick, but it can get a bit messy transferring the liquid into the tube containers. Plus, oily wax dripping on the sides of a paper tube doesn’t look that great 😉 aluminum containers are much easier to use for this recipe and they are easy to clean off if you make a mess (like I did!).

Here’s the process for making the chapstick/lip balm.

1. Use a double boiler (or put a glass bowl over a sauce pan with boiling water) on low heat and mix:

3 TABLESPOONS OF WAX
2 TABLESPOONS OF SHEA BUTTER
2 TABLESPOONS OF COCONUT OIL

2. Once liquified, take it off the burner and let cool for just a moment (don’t let it wait too long or it will harden!).

3. Mix in 15-20 drops of essential oil (most people use peppermint, but I used a vanilla mint blend from Young Living called Stress Away and it’s EXCELLENT!).

4. Use an eye dropper to transfer the liquid into the tubes or containers. I already had my containers on a cutting board so it was easy to transfer the board into the fridge.

NOTE: WHEN THE CHAPSTICK IS HARDENING, IT WILL NOT BE AS FULL. LEAVE SOME EXTRA LIQUID TO TOP OFF THE CHAPSTICK WHEN YOU NOTICE IT’S NOT AS FULL.

5. Put the chapsticks in the fridge over night (or a minimum of 5-6 hours).

These measurements should make around 6 chapstick tubes worth. If you don’t want to purchase new chapstick tubes off Amazon, repurpose ones you already have!

Some recipes call for honey and others call for oils like vitamin e oil. Try out some concoctions and let me know how it goes! My next recipe might include beet root power for a little pop of color. But we’ll see! 🤞🏻😊

high-end makeup for plastic-free enthusiasts

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I love makeup.

I don’t feel an obligation to wear makeup every time I go out, but I like the way I feel when I’m wearing it. I almost always have on concealer, liner, mascara and lipstick/balm.

It’s been easy to switch to a plastic-free concealer — check out my post about RMS Beauty‘s un-cover up here.

But swapping out my mascara and eyeliner hasn’t been easy.

So for a few years now I’ve been using Pacifica’s mascara. And I loved it!

Although for some of Pacifica products, the ingredients aren’t top-notch… and the mascara comes in a plastic container, I still support Pacifica as a brand. Not to mention, they have a recycling program, so you can send your empty containers back to them to be properly recycled!

Note: if I can’t find a zero waste brand that works well, I settle for a brand I can stand by. Two of those brands are typically Pacifica and Shea Moisture. Though both come in plastic, and some of their products don’t have the best ingredients, I support what they stand for. Pacifica is owned and operated by a woman and they don’t test on animals, not to mention their Sea Foam Face Wash was my go-to until I opted to buy plastic-free products. Shea Moisture is fabulous. They are a certified B-Corporation; they’re fair trade and support local community development and they offer a wide spectrum of colors/shades — which is specifically dope for women of color, because the vast majority of cosmetic brands are catered only to white women.

But I’ve been on the look-out for a zero waste or refillable liner and mascara that ACTUALLY WORKS.

And after months of searching, reading/watching reviews, I finally found ZAO Organic Beauty a few months ago.

Their mascara gets a 0 on the Think Dirty app (AKA — the ingredients are baller) and both the liquid eyeliner and mascara are refillable.

Essentially the liner and mascara come in recyclable tubes. Those tubes are encased in a bamboo shell for protection (also, bamboo is super sustainable and a full stalk grows back in 2 years. OPT FOR BAMBOO FAM!).

You can recycle and then buy a new tube on their site to slide into your bamboo shell. (Not EXACTLY zero waste, but pretty dang close!)

It’s super easy, sustainable and the ingredients are dope.

Their Organic Volume Mascara runs for $33, which includes the bamboo case. Refills are $23.

Their Organic Felt Tip Eyeliner is $29.50, which includes the bamboo case. Refills are $19.

Not to mention, these two products are amazing! And I’m not just saying that.

I’m picky when it comes to liner and mascara. I’ve got tiny eyelashes, so I need a good lengthening and volumizing mascara.

The mascara isn’t the BEST I’ve used, but for being sustainable, it’s definitely good! Also, my lids are oily, so I can’t use most pencil liners or I’ll look like a raccoon by noon.

Before limiting my plastic, I used Stila liquid liner — it’s the greatest liquid eyeliner ever. (ya know, minus the packaging and ingredients and whatnot….)

But, yo, I’m not kidding when I say that ZAO liquid liner is actually comparable to Stila!

The only difference really is the applicator brush. I’m not crazy about ZAO’s applicator, but it’s not the worst I’ve used. It just takes getting used to. Now that I’ve been using it for a while, it feels completely normal!

Also, it’s not entirely waterproof, so it may smear if your eyes water significantly.

If you want to switch over to plastic-free makeup options here what you should do:

  1. Use up what you’re already using. If you just bought a brand new maybelline mascara, don’t just pitch it. Use it up! And then in the next few months when you’re on the look-out for a new product, consider ZAO.
  2. Research what is important to you. If plastic-free isn’t your aim, then check out a company’s ethics, ingredients and whether or not you feel comfortable supporting them. There are a lot of quality brands out there — so do some research and feel free to ask me questions if you’d like!
  3. Watch and read reviews. I’m a huge believer in reviews. I rarely buy a product I haven’t researched and reviewed. I typically look up reviews on YouTube because I find that if someone feels passionate enough about a product to create a video and plaster it up on YouTube, then it’s gotta be worth checking out. And, if people put makeup on during the video, you get a better sense of how that makeup is applied and how it looks. This video is what sold me on ZAO’s mascara and liner.

Even if sustainable makeup options aren’t your thing — consider switching to ZAO beauty anyways. They really are a great brand and their products are quality. I wouldn’t write this post if I didn’t think so. Consider making the switch, my friends!

What plastic-free makeup is your favorite?