Hometown Heroes

When I first got into the non-toxic beauty scene last year, it seemed like every product I ordered was coming from somewhere far away from where I lived. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem– seriously, no problem–with online shopping, but it appeared that I was trying to insert myself into a community that existed primarily on the east coast.

Boy, was I ever excited when I found a couple brands of natural skincare made right here in Washington.


1. The Moody Sisters

I was introduced to The Moody Sisters by one of my favorite beauty blogs, Beauty by Britanie. When I read her review of their Coffee Body Polish, I looked into the brand a little further and was delighted to find that these products are made right in my backyard. I’ve tried a few of their products now (although still not the body polish–I’ve got to get in on that!), and my favorite by far is their Coffee Body Butter. I’ve been a coffee drinker since age fifteen and I’m telling you: if you love coffee, you’ve got to try this stuff. The ingredients are coffee infused oil blend, shea butter, mango butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, vitamin E, and essential oils. Can’t argue with that list, huh? I have some OCD tendencies, and one of my bad habits is washing my hands too much. Let me tell you, my hands are especially dry and ugly in the winter. This body butter makes even my mitts velvety soft–but not greasy! I hate it when a product feels like you’re rubbing bacon grease all over your hands, and this, thankfully, is not like that. I find it to be powerful and pretty quick to absorb. It’s such a treat for your body. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Before I stop raving, I have to mention the incredible price point of The Moody Sisters line. One of their brand goals is to be affordable, and none of their products are exorbitantly priced. The four ounce jar of body butter is just $18.95–if you’ve been around the natural skincare block at all, I don’t have to tell you that that’s an amazing price. A nice option for those of us with school loans and skinny wallets!

2. Pollen & Wax

I learned about this brand from Megan of Seed to Serum, and, well, she kind of made me infatuated with this Seattle-based line. The more I read, the more excited I was to try these products. It reminds me of a skincare version of couture fashion–luxurious and tailor made for you by a master of her craft. Bee, the creator of Pollen & Wax, is the sort of person I wish I could meet and befriend. She’s not only gracious and helpful–I know because I’ve contacted her with questions a few times–but she also knows her stuff. Her products make taking care of my skin enjoyable and relaxing rather than exasperating. She created a skin regimen for each skin type, which I find so helpful. With so many products on the market these days, it’s refreshing to find a simple explanation of what your skin needs and what specific products will help it and why.

My skin type is what she has classified as a “July” type. In other words, it’s all kinds of trouble. A lot of beauty bloggers look like they have practically flawless skin, and I am sadly not one of them. My skin is oily, it breaks out, and it’s all-around really high-maintenance. I’m slowly accumulating some of the products that Bee recommends, and I’m loving them so far. My first purchase was the Orion facial tonic. Here’s what Bee writes about this stuff:

Orion Facial Toner is packed to the rafters with an energizing blend of herbs and essentials. Licorice, sea kelp and white tea brighten and even skin tone. Hibiscus and rose hip deliver a hefty dose of vitamin C, a powerhouse that supports collagen production, fights sun damage and aids in brightening and clarifying. 


Umm…count me in! I’ve had this tonic for several weeks now, and it’s fresh-smelling and invigorating for my face. I use it morning and night and plan on keeping it around in my beauty cabinet.

I just recently received my bottle of Sinatra Blue facial serum in the mail, and oh. my. goodness. it smells yummy. I’m coming around to the idea that oil-based serums can be good for oily faces because a lot of smart women have told me so, and their arguments make sense. Replace the bad oils on my face with the good oils of a serum? I can get behind that. This serum feels sumptuous on your face and especially wonderful right after or mixed with the Orion tonic. Important note: make sure you leave this serum some time to absorb. Obviously this isn’t a problem right before bed, but I think in the mornings I’ve been trying to put on makeup too soon after rubbing this on my face. And you don’t want to mess with the work of this serum. Look what Bee says:

Chamazulene (compounds found in the blue flower extracts) exert powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. Manuka and myrtle are potent anti-microbial agents – tackling the pathogens which infect and further inflame the sebaceous glands. Sea buckthorn, lavender, geranium and palmarosa nourish the cells and aid in regenerative repair of blemish scarring.

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I love her detailed knowledge of plants, don’t you? In a world full of chemicals that hurt us, our animals, and the planet, it’s such a hopeful and redemptive thought that there are people like Bee who know how to create something beautiful from the earth without harming anyone or anything. I can’t wait to try some more of her concoctions!

It’s such a joy to support the product lines of women in my own state as well as to know that I’m buying things that are good for my body. Shop local and stay healthy, everyone!



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