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Beauty Obsession: Athlete’s Secret Combo Pack

This special Moksa combo pack from O&N Collective arrived* at the perfect time. It was a Wednesday, and I’d just gotten home from an all-day photo shoot for one of the magazines I edit. I’d spent the whole day on my feet, running around, carrying furniture, loading and unloading, and I was hot, sunburnt, and tired. My feet hurt and my knees, which bother me sometimes (a remnant from running track years ago), throbbed. I was so excited to spot the box from O&N Collective on my porch when I got home!

What I tried: Moksa Athlete’s Secret Combo Pack, $22.50.

First impressions: After such a long, active day, all I wanted was a long shower, so I went straight for the Kona Body Bar. It has tiny nibs mixed in with its organic olive, coconut, soybean, hemp, and castor oils for a touch of exfoliation that feels more like a massage than a scrub—and instead of that squeaky, dry skin feeling that sometimes comes from a bar of soap, it leaves your skin feeling moisturized.

What caught me by surprise: The texture of the Moksa Body Butter! It’s less like butter and more like a light (solid) foam. A tiny amount warms in your hand and turns into a smooth rub. Instead of the typical sports rubs out there that are full of petroleum-based ingredients (yuck), this stuff is made with shea butter, jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, essential oils, and arrowroot powder. I rubbed it on my (sore) knees and feet, and it pleasantly warmed and soothed them both. By the time my husband got home, I was sprawled out on the couch, feet up, sighing happily.

Bonus: So many! The ingredients are 97% USDA-certified organic. The fair trade shea butter comes from a women’s cooperative in Nigeria. Both products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, with no synthetics or chemicals. The body butter comes packaged in plastic-free, recycled glass, and the soap is packaged in a 100% post-consumer waste label printed with soy ink.

Bottom line? Whether you’re a marathoner or tackling a marathon workday, there’s plenty to love about this little combo pack. What’s your secret for recuperating after a hard workout or workday? —Aleigh

*Disclosure: This sample was sent to me for review, but I only write about the products that I think are truly worthy of being shared with you. View my full disclosure here.

(Top image via O&N Collective, bottom image by me)


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Beauty Obsession: Moksa Organics

Last month I had a chance to meet the lovely Michelle Witherby from She came bearing gifts, including a bar of limited holiday edition soap by Moksa. I finally got around to using it this week, and I’m officially hooked!

What I tried: Moksa Organics Bar Soap in Mistletoe ($4). (Otherwise known as the chocolate mint oatmeal cookie bar.)

First impressions: I really appreciate the texture of this soap. You can even see the bits of oats and cocoa that offer gentle exfoliation as you scrub.

What caught me by surprise: Looking through the ingredients list (below), I was nodding and nodding…and then I came to the “organic orbignya oleifera (babassu) oil” and stopped short. What’s a babassu?  Turns out, babassu is a palm tree native to Brazil that’s harvested in the wild; the oil is similar to coconut oil.

Ingredients: organic saponified olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, organic glycine soja (soybean) oil , organic cannabis sativa seed oil, organic ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, organic orbignya oleifera (babassu) oil, organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, our blend of pure essential oils, organic ground oat bran, organic cocoa powder, ground peppermint leaves, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract

Bonus: I love that Moksa is so sustainably-minded: they use tree-free packaging and choose ingredients that have the least amount of environmental impact. Plus they’re carbon neutral. Win-win! —Aleigh

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Link Love Friday: Wanderlust

I have a bad case of wanderlust every single day, but this week it’s been especially strong. I’ve been to some really amazing places (Egypt, Italy, Ireland, Russia and more), but there are so many places that I have yet to see. Machu Picchu tops the list. I’ve had my feet firmly planted on the ground here in Charlotte, however, and I’ve shared some scary-good Etsy finds (just in time for Halloween), gift ideas for cancer survivors, a DIY beauty slideshow I curated for Kirtsy, and my newest beauty obsession, my Neom Organics candle.

Here’s what I’ve been reading+enjoying elsewhere:

  • Sarai from Sweet Sassafras blogged about her friend’s hair and facial oils (they sound lovely!) and also about Rocky Top Soap Shop, an Etsy shop with really beautiful-looking soap.
  • Terresa at the Pure Alima blog shared some really cute Halloween makeup ideas for kids, made with Alima’s natural mineral makeup. (Be sure you scroll to the bottom–one of those awesome rockers is her son!)
  • Siobhan at No More Dirty Looks tried gua sha, and although it sounds painful I have to admit that I’m seriously intrigued. I’m already a big fan of acupuncture (more on that later), and this sounds like something I’d like to try. Would you?
  • Over at Organic Authority, I liked this post about synthetic makeup brushes, since I recently started using several Dermablend brushes and have been really impressed with them.

What are you reading+enjoying this week? (And while I’m at it…what destination is at the top of your wanderlust list?)




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(Photo via Pedro Szekely)

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