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I’ve been testing Me & the Girls Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer ($36) for about a month now and, so far, I’ve enjoyed it. But before I discuss my experience, let me first say that the line itself is so appealing to me. From its emphasis on organic and healthy ingredients to its mission to give back to women and girls, my interest was piqued. Marta’s review of the Sugar Body Scrub made it sound absolutely divine and added to my excitement. However, my short verdict on Moon is that it is a very nice emollient concoction that I’ll be glad to have in the bathroom cabinet as an adjunct to other products. It won’t be my regular, stand-alone night cream, but it will have a place in my arsenal.
The ingredients list is quite impressive; it has an attractive mix of moisturizing butters and oils – shea butter is the first ingredient, with vitamin E and absolutely nothing else. Of course Me & the Girls’ signature ingredient, cupuacu seed butter, touted for its water-absorbing moisturizing properties, is listed third, followed by coconut oil. It’s also very reasonably priced, given these yummy ingredients, at $36 for a full ounce jar.
As soon as I opened the jar and applied it, I realized that the texture of the product (not surprisingly) is really that of butter: thick, dense, and sort of waxy to the touch. The vanilla oil and (I guess) the shea and cupuacu butters give it a pleasant but sweet fragrance – quite similar to cocoa butter. It melts into the skin quickly and easily upon application, and leaves a somewhat oily feel. I found it to be moisturizing and skin-softening but as you’d predict, based on the ingredients, this product is a bit mis-named in terms of “anti-aging” properties. I wouldn’t use Moon to tackle wrinkles, or pigmentation, or sagging, etc.
This is unfortunate because I think Moon’s sole purpose is to improve these issues. At 57, I’m serious about my night creams and am looking for something that is rich in moisture and really penetrates the skin with high-impact ingredients. Perhaps I’m a bit spoiled, as TIA has introduced a bevy of them suitable for aging faces, but I’m confident that I can find better.
Moon does make a great addition to my regimen on a bitter cold winter day though (I used it before running to the gym on one of our recent frigid mornings). It’s also good for an added dose of nourishment and moisture, in addition to another cream. I think I’ll be slathering it on my lips as a really rich balm for winter, as well. I suspect that Moon could serve as a suitable night cream for much younger folks who just need a shot of rich, all-natural moisturizing.
Though Moon hasn’t taken the place of my current primary moisturizer, as I stated before, it will remain in my bathroom cabinet (and at that price point, why not?).
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Oenothera Biennis (Eve Of Primrose)*, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu Seed Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil)*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Seed Oil)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil)*, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip Seed Oil)*, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil)*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Oil)*, Vitamin E - Tocopherol