I’d like to meet the person who says they’re immune to impulse buys. I’d like to ask them how they manage to hold themselves steadfast in the face of sparkling checkout-counter goodies. How they’re not drawn in moth-to-flame by the newest Lululemon window display. How they manage to ignore the ads lining their Facebook timelines, which we all know are specifically tailored to your previous searches (creepy, but also kind of convenient).
Seriously though, from the packs of gourmet gum at Target to the travel-sized bottled rip-offs at Sephora, I’m no stranger to the guilty habit of chucking just *one* last item into my basket before calling my shopping trip a day. That’s why I knew the extravagant display of Moon Dusts set up at the grocery store right across the street from my gym this Summer spelled serious trouble.
Each day I hit up the market after my gym sesh. And each day I spent just one meager extra minute examining the little glass jars like they actually were from the moon. With ingredient lists boasting some of the most interesting and powerful herbs and adaptogens in the wellness community (ashwaganda root, pearl extract, Lion’s Mane mushroom, schisandra berry, and maca were some highlights), I knew I was a goner.
Moon dusts, created by the company Moon Juice and popularized by celebrities like maca-matron Gwenyth Paltrow, are aesthetically pleasing little jars of herbal concoctions aimed at targeting a specific area of health to improve. The company offers six varieties: Power Dust, Spirit Dust, Beauty Dust, Sex Dust, Dream Dust, and Brain Dust complete the collection.
The company recommends “getting dusted” by adding the blends into coffee, milk, water, smoothies, hot cocoa, and even ice cream.
I left the market that day with a little less pride in whatever pseudo-frugality I thought I had as well as two sachets and a full jar of dust. The damage? $44 ($6 for the two single-use sachets and $38 for the 1.5 oz jar. Reminder: this is a no-judgement zone).
My sachets included Power Dust and Dream Dust, and I decided the Beauty Dust was the best choice for the jar. I figured these three choices would be the easiest to detect in terms of bodily change; especially with the Beauty Dust, I would ideally be able to tell over time any increased radiance in my complexion or strength in my hair and nails.
For further insight into what I was working with, here is the complete list of Beauty Dust ingredients: Lycium (Goji) Berry Powder°, Schisandra Berry Powder°, Rehmannia Root Extract, Ashwagandha Root and Leaf Extract°, Amla Berry Extract°, Pearl Extract, Stevia Leaf Extract (Reb A)° (°organic).
Lets start with the Power Dust. After waking up at 7 to get ready for work, I poured the Power Dust into a 4 oz glass of ice water and, due to the uninviting murky mud color of my glass, I figured savoring flavor wasn’t a priority. I downed the potion in one go.
The taste of the Power Dust (as well and the other two dusts, as I soon learned), wasn’t entirely unpleasant. It was ever-so-sweet and mildly earthy. The powders didn’t entirely dissolve even after excessive stirring, making for a bit of a jarring, throat-coating grainy texture (pro-tip: while cold water was doable, I began adding the Beauty Dust to hot water in the evening, which transformed it into a *much* more palatable tea).
The verdict on the Power Dust is: inconclusive, but leaning toward positive. I felt consistently good throughout the day, that was no mistake. As a non-coffee drinker, I didn’t feel as slow to start as I can be prone to. I felt a bit more alert and attentive at work, and felt ready to tackle my evening Vipr workout class. However, the issue lies in outside variables: maybe I got a better night’s sleep than usual the previous night. Maybe my daily tasks at work were more engaging. Maybe my Vipr class was just a hair easier than usual, the possibilities are really endless. I’ll say the Power Dust was a win, but I won’t refrain from being skeptical.
Now, onto the Dream Dust. Same protocol: 4 oz of water, $3 one sachet of herbs. Refreshingly, this dust was the only one that actually gave me a clear-cut answer: It didn’t work. At all. In fact, I seemed to get a worse night’s sleep after drinking it. This goes to show the power of the placebo effect; I was whole unconvinced of the power of Power Dust the previous day that I think my subconscious was primed to reject it, leading to tossing, turning, and confirmed biases.
I had the most trouble with Beauty Dust not for indeterminate effects but rather for its size. The directions call for adding a half teaspoon to whichever liquid you desire, which I followed strictly (literally using a measuring spoon each night). Following this protocol, the jar lasted only about two weeks, and to even begin to give the results of Beauty Dust a fair shot I felt like a month, at least, would be necessary of daily dusting, which meant another $40 down the drain. After the two week period I noticed my skin hadn’t broken out horribly or suffered from dryness, but it hadn’t changed for the better either. I reiterate: two weeks, one jar, not enough.
So am I a converted moon duster? Once I’m at a more financially sound place in my life, maybe akin to someone like, oh I don’t know, Gwenyth Paltrow, I’d hope I could answer affirmatively without batting an eye. But for minute differences that didn’t provoke too much change in my daily lifestyle, I just couldn’t justify the price tag. For now, I’ll take great comfort in knowing the CVS around the corner sells vitamin gummies for hair, skin, and nails.