Fat and the Moon is a natural makeup, skincare and body care solution brand. I had the chance to try out several of their makeup options and everything is in adorable packaging, very high quality and PIGMENTED as hell! Switching to a plant/natural-based routine was my 2019 New Year’s resolution. I’ve switched a lot more than just components of my diet over, including my skincare, makeup and body care routines. This stuff is easy to find if you’re looking! Let’s get sustainable!
The review: I had the chance to try a total of six (6) products by Fat and the Moon. I tried 2 eye shadows, 2 highlights and 2 lip products (one was lip and cheek). I tried the leaf green and the colbalt blue solid eye shadows and boy oh boy are these babies pigmented. I also tried the glow and beam highlights and do prefer glow, but beam is more of that subtle, I’m not wearing makeup look. I then tried their dusk lip paint, which is perfect for my skin tone, and their lip and cheek stain which looks like as a berry blush!
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What inspires you? Fat and the Moon draws mad inspiration from the plants - those teachers and tricksters hiding all around us in plain view. We’re especially inspired by the plants known as weeds, which show up in places that need healing. Weeds remediate toxic soil, break up compacted earth, create habitat for insects and animals and make the environment suitable for more sensitive plants. Most weeds are medicinal, their properties pertaining to the health needs of the people who live in their landscapes. Look to the weeds and you will see medicine for what ails the surrounding community. Weeds present us a mirror: they show us our imbalance- both in our bodies and in the environments we create. What is the main purpose of your account/brand? / Tell me a little bit about your brand and what you stand for. Fat and the Moon, at its core, is about healing: Healing is reflected in the way we choose to do business, in right relationship with people and plants. We work with plants that are abundant, ethically harvested and organically cultivated and combine them in formulations that are radically non-toxic. Our priority is to use reusable, recyclable containers, and to minimize superfluous packaging. Healing is reflected in our wholehearted support of Self Care and Self Love which stands in opposition to the pervasive message that something is inherently wrong with us, and that we need a product to fix it. We see the beauty in all bodies, all backgrounds, all ethnicities, all races and all genders. Our potions are mediums of empowerment through self care. Healing is in the intimate connection we have with our products; each one is handmade to order by one of our incredible makers. Along with our founding herbalist, our team consists of a budding herbalist, a practicing herbalist, a talented baker and an esthetician. We provide nourishing products because we are nourished by making them. What’s some advice you have for girls revolving around confidence? We are big on Self Love. What does Self Love even mean? For some, the idea of Self Love can have negative connotations of self involvement, arrogance, and a ‘better than you’ attitude. Yet the motivating factor of those traits is insecurity as well as a scarcity mentality where one must compete with others for love and validation. Self Love is way deeper than that. Self Love is when your heart fills with tenderness at memories of your most awkward teenage phase. It is when you make a boundary with someone who is pushing you past your comfort zone, even if you might be seen as ‘not nice’. It is tuning into your body about what feels right, to wear, to eat, and to be nourished by. Self Love is the way we come home to ourselves. Who are your biggest inspirations? From Rachel Budde, Fat and the Moon’s founder: The Babas have been the beings churning me, inspiring me and teaching me, I feel as though I can speak to how I imagine them. They are part of a dreaming, an incubation in our unconscious. My hope is that by giving them a bit more form, we can join in their re:re-birth into our consciousness as forces to align with. We need them in this time. The Magic of the very young and the very old comes from the closeness they have to the brink of existence, the plane between worlds. The Magic of the End of Life is wise, knowing, and rich with wicked humor. The Babas are manifestations of Energies who find the best form for us to be able to conceive of them in the mask of the Powerful Granny. This mask is loosely tied, the Babas slip out of it all the time. Sometimes, it is necessary for them to be dazzling, other times, downright terrifying. They seek the reciprocity and dynamic balance which initiates life. The Babas have taught us humans how to refine the skills for survival into art. Spinning, weaving, bread baking, farming and herbal medicine all came from the teachings of the Babas. When we honor our elders, when we embrace the power of the body, when we compost, when we eat psychedelic mushrooms, when we split our sides with deep laughter, we are honoring the Babas. What’s your beauty/fashion go to? One of our all-time favorites around the coven (our office and makerspace in Grass Valley, CA) is Beam. The light and silky mineral-based glimmer can be applied anywhere you want to glow. Beam is made using Madrone spirit medicine, a tree native to the Pacific Northwest that helps us stay connected to ourselves despite whatever influential winds might be blowing. Another must-have is Sage & Rose Face Mist, which clears the air of any unwanted vibes and offers an amazing pick-me-up in the midst of a sleepy afternoon. What does feminism mean to you? Our culture often tells us that we don’t measure up: that we need to do something, be something, or have something to be worthy of love. That is especially true in women’s psyches. Self-Love and Self-Care are feminist issues. As a feminist business, Fat and the Moon supports these practices of empowerment. If we love ourselves, we’re less susceptible to insidious methods of control and manipulation, which play on our insecurities. We need to nourish ourselves so we can be our strongest, and therefore bring our true selves into the world.