Sleeping is one of my favourite things to do.
I’m not someone who can function on four hours of sleep, or have a late night and still get everything done the next day. Anything less than seven hours (I prefer 8) and I end up in a foul mood, flip-flopping between being irritable and wanting to cry.
(What with this and my need to eat at regular intervals, you could be forgiven for thinking I was a toddler in an adult’s body. I have a lot in common with my second cousin Arthur, who is three.)
Basically, I take my sleep seriously. So when I came across beauty and wellness brand Kiss The Moon on LoveLula, it seemed like the perfect time to try making my bedtime routine even better.
I tried out three products, with incredibly mixed results…
Kiss The Moon are an English company and all their products are tailored towards you getting a good night’s sleep. Everything is made from natural ingredients, with no parabens or artificial perfumes, and the brand has been awarded the Leaping Bunny symbol, which means they’re completely cruelty-free.
I tried the Glow After Dark Face Polish and Glow After Dark Face Oil in a Glow After Dark Skin Revival Set, and the Calm After Dark Balm.
Glow After Dark Face Polish, £35 as part of a set, or £30 for 100g
A mango butter face polish sounds like it’ll gently buff the skin, right? Well, that didn’t happen. The exfoliant in this product is brown sugar, which is wonderful for the environment (no microbeads!) but felt quite gritty on my face — and not in a good way.
My skin was left feeling irritated and looking blotchy, with red patches dotted here and there. I’ve never had this strong a reaction to brown sugar before, so I think it could be the blend of essential oils (orange, geranium, litsea, and myrrh) and their fragrances. This product might work as a body scrub — especially on areas like elbows, knees, and feet — but it was too harsh for the skin on my face.
Glow After Dark Face Oil, £35 for 5ml as part of a set
After my experience with the scrub I was a bit reluctant to use the oil, since it has the same essential oil blend as the face polish, but my mum was keen to try it out herself. (She is really starting to get into the swing of reviewing products!)
She said what she liked most about this oil was how smooth her skin felt after use, but it didn’t affect the way she slept. That may or may not have something to do with my dad’s snoring…
The main ingredients in the face oil are wheatgerm oil, a source of vitamin E which reduces skin damage, and rosehip oil, my favourite, which can improve skin tone and texture, so it’s a shame the essential oils don’t agree with me.
Calm After Dark Balm, £16 for 12ml
Pure shea butter forms the base for Calm After Dark Balm, which I dab onto my wrists before I go to sleep (it melts into skin in a really lovely way). This essential oil blend is much more to my liking, with jasmine, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, and ylang ylang creating a warm, woody scent.
With something like this, I don’t think you can ever really be sure if it’s the actual product that works or the ritual of using the product, but the balm makes me feel much more relaxed before bed, so I enjoy using it. Would I pay £16 for this little pot though? Probably not. It’s a nice add-on but for me it’s not an essential. (If you did consider it vital then £16 isn’t quite so bad, since you only need a little bit at a time.)
These products aren’t quite what I’m looking for, but I love the idea behind the Kiss The Moon. I especially love that the packaging is black, instead of the standard lavender I’m guessing lots of us associate with sleep and wellness brands.
Have you tried any products to help you sleep? Would you try anything from Kiss The Moon? Let me know in the comments!
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.