Beauty products inspired by the moon that regenerate your skin while you sleep
It was as though the heavens
Had silently kissed the earth,
Such that in the blossoms’ lustre
She was caught in dreams of them
The wind crossed through the fields,
And swayed the heads of grain
The forest softly rustled
How starry was the night
And my soul spread
Far its wings
And sailed o’er the hushed lands
As if gliding home
– Joseph von Eichendorff
It’s not just because of this poem by Eichendorff – it’s one of my favorites – but I would describe myself generally as a moon lover. Even as a kid I could pick out that pale sphere in the sky on a walk at two o’clock in the afternoon and bring it to the attention of everyone around with “look, the moooooon.”
In any case, I could only fall asleep if my dad sang Der Mond ist aufgegangen (English: Evening Song) to me, that amazingly beautiful lullaby with the poetically comforting lyrics by Matthias Claudius. At least three times after another, including all four verses.
And I could (and still can) sit for hours at the window or under a starry sky and watch the moon – large and round or thin and crescent-shaped, I always think it looks beautiful and it holds a very special appeal for me.
It also plays a role in questions of beauty. When it’s the full moon, for example, I either don’t sleep or not very well and have to use little things like aroma spray and tea to help. And I like to think that the degree to which our bodies feel well is somehow linked to the lunar calendar.
You can think that’s silly, but when the lovely Veronika recently told me about her moon app (Deluxe Moon), I was all ears and downloaded it immediately. There’s a calendar that gives you better and worse times for change – whether they’re brought about by internal or external factors. For example, a new haircut should be planned with the calendar. Even beauty rituals can work differently depending on the moon. A facial can maybe do better for you during a waxing moon than a waning one, even though it stays the same facial.
I believe in it, and even if it’s only half true, these products are my favorites for nighttime and all things related to sleep and relaxation.
Moonlight Catalyst by Kypris
I want this serum by Kypris just for the bottle. Magical blue with a dreamy web of white flowers climbing up into a golden starry sky with a crescent moon – I’m fascinated by it. Is that something of the power of the moon? In any case, I’ve been peering at it for ages and now it’s finally integrated into my evening beauty routine. After washing and toning, I warm a little bit in my hands and, mixed with face oil, apply it to my face and neck. The light serum regenerates, refreshes, and refines your skin while you sleep. It works like a peel, without being one. Your skin looks new and fresh without being irritated.
Altitude Oil de Mamiel
A deep breath in does wonders in stressed moments anyway, but even more so when it’s with this scented oil by De Mamiel. Eucalyptus, lemon myrtle, peppermint, patchouli, lavender, and fragonia – in combination, the essential oils of these plants provide relaxation, a clear head, a clear nose, and also work to calm irritated skin while being anti-inflammatory.
Either I just smell it directly in the bottle or I put a few drops on my wrists and temples. The oil has a calming effect at the same time that it gives fresh energy. If, for example, you feel like you’re getting sick you can inhale with a bit of Altitude Oil and get some new strength. Of course, putting a little in a fragrance lamp works too. Soon I’ll be making pottery for the first time and I’m expecting that maybe something like a fragrance lamp will come out of it.
Sleep Therapy Pillow Spray by Primavera
Maybe I’ve mentioned it before – I love creams, oils, and SPRAYS. I have multiple versions of the organic aroma sprays by Primavera at home. The Good Mood spray is one I like to use around the apartment in the morning, because then everything smells citrus fresh and even like a good mood. The Sleep Therapy pillow spray is used before bed in the air and on your pillow.
The combination of lavender, vanilla, neroli, and honey cloak any room in a relaxing and familiar atmosphere and I get attuned with the night as soon as the scent reaches my nose.
I also take the spray with me on trips – mostly the people sitting next to you will be happy about a few sprays and then your hotel bed can smell exactly like at home. I love it!
Xoco Mushroom Hot Chocolate Drink
I mostly drink a tea in the evenings before going to bed. First of all, it’s a nice ritual to come down – and I try to tend to rituals – and second I’m usually cold and I like the cozy warm feeling that spreads through my body from a hot drink before slipping under the still cold sheets (and by the way, an important ritual before going to bed: open the window and let a good amount of fresh air into the room).
My recent discovery when it comes to good night drinks is hot chocolate. Not just any one, the beautifully packaged – once again, of course, I’m drawn to a product first for what it looks like – hot chocolate made from pure, raw cocoa and enriched with the astragalus, coconut sugar, ginseng, guarana, rosehip, sea salt, cinnamon, cardamom, stevia, and reishi. Reishi is a kind of mushroom that has been used for centuries in healing. Allegedly it slows down the aging process, but in any case the mushroom does work as a detoxifier.
Simply pour the contents of the envelope into hot water or coconut milk. A stress-relieving, dessert or sweets replacement, and a sleeping aid. After one of these cups of “choco-tea” you can really sleep. I drink it as a change from herbal tea, because I don’t always feel like the chocolate version – I need to check in the calendar if that has something to do with the lunar cycle.
Moon Dusts by Moon Juice
From Los Angeles – where they famously know all about what goes into bodily and mental well-being – comes Moon Juice, a concept that offers fresh, cold-pressed juices, snacks, and even moon powders in beautiful shops or online. Moon powders are nutritional supplements in powder form that carry sweet names like “Brain Dust”, “Spirit Dust”, or “Sex Dust”. The last one is supposed to stimulate your libido. The “Beauty Dust” with goju, rehmannia, schisandra, pearl, and stevia is good for your hair, skin, and nails. The “Dream Dust” made of chamomile, zizyphus, polygala, schisandra, and stevia helps to relax and fall asleep. Just mix a spoonful into coconut or almond milk. It also tastes great.
Night Balm Rose D’Orient von Decléor
Decléor is a brand that I didn’t have on my radar at all and rediscovered recently when I went for a facial at Haut und Sein in Berlin. The gentle cleansing milk already won me over, the aroma essence as well, but it was especially the Night Balm that left a lasting impression on me, or even better, on my skin. After a massage that I admit was also certainly so good because of beautician and therapist Jana Pákozdi’s sensitive hands, a quiet voice whispering “buy Night Balm” hasn’t left my head.
The consistency is special: a transparent, thick, fatty balm that becomes soft when it touches the body and leaves behind an amazingly good feeling. It doesn’t leave behind a layer on your skin. Even more, I have the feeling that the balm melts with the skin. The essential oils of neroli, rose, and chamomile and the almond and black currant plant oils ensure that skin is visibly soothed. The scent of the essential oils is also beguiling. You wake up in the morning – really, really – with softer, more radiant, crease-free skin.
Luxurious Body Oil by Soapwalla
I like oils the most. I like them especially before going to bed. Because then, I think to myself, they can really absorb into your face or body and do their work while I dream from one deep sleep cycle to the next.
The body oil by Spoapwalla doesn’t just smell especially good – natural and gentle – it also makes your skin touchably soft and absorbs quickly so you can apply it shortly before going to bed without affecting your sheets.
The night blue bottle says it all: relaxation. I believe that it maybe has something to do with a childhood memory: green bottles, for example Weleda’s, make me think of herbal health and baths for relieving cold symptoms. Blue bottles make me think about calmness, aroma therapy, relaxation.
My latest oil love, Soapwalla, also has other great products in its range – the natural, chemical-free citrus deodorant
Originally from Hamburg, Julia Alfert moved to Berlin from Paris in 2010. After completing her studies in Art History and trying out different jobs, her path led her to Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked as Fashion & Beauty Assistant until mid 2015. While she’s harboured a love for all things beauty-related for as long as she can remember, her discovery of the written word is recent. When Julia isn’t busy trying out different creams, oils, and sprays she writes and styles for an assortment of magazines and websites.