I love everything about this brand; from a sustainable and an aesthetic point of view. Sustainably, Mokosh are Certified Organic, Synthetic Free, Palm Oil free, Cruelty Free, Fair Trade and their packaging are 100% recyclable. Aesthetically, the bottles and labels were so well designed together. They are the kind of products I would proudly put on display in my living room, because hiding them next to the bathroom sink just do not do them justice.
So much thought has been put into this beauty label, and though the saying goes “It’s the thought that counts”, Mokosh delivers more to their consumers and the environment than just ‘thought’.
The Director and Founder of Mokosh is Marion O’Leary, a Wonderwoman of many talents. Marion was previously a Vet, a Pathologist, and a Medical Scientist. She is also a mother.
The story of Mokosh started when Marion and her young children started making natural soaps together in their kitchen. From there, Marion moved into making her own natural skin care. A Medical Scientist by profession, she ensured detailed research was conducted prior to making her creations. Her research showed a large number products from ‘reliable’ beauty brands to contain preservatives and emulsifiers. This shocked and concerned her as many of the common (synthetic) ingredients, particularly preservatives are potentially harmful to our long term health.
Many of us would not think about reading into the ingredients that are in our products. We would just instinctively trust that cosmetic companies would be selling us safe products that would make us beautiful. After all we are paying them to have our best interest at heart. Quite ironic isn’t it?
The reality is aside from chemicals, synthetic substances and single used packaging, most commercial beauty products are made using palm oil, a cheap oil substitute that has caused mass deforestations and exploited labour. This primarily occurs in South East Asia.
Being aware of all this, Marion wanted to make a change, and this became her mission; to create beauty products that are kind to us and the environment, in the long-term.
When I opened my package I was gently greeted by a gentle exhale of herbal aroma. The products were wrapped and padded with brown paper, a recyclable alternative to bubble wrap. Everything arrived safely, without a scratch.
Over the next few weeks, I will be reviewing these ingredients to see if the products ‘walk the walk’. These are the products I will be reviewing:
Mokosh was founded in 2006. The brand started out making palm oil free soaps and lip balms, and as time went on, Marion and her team started creating face creams, body creams, serums and cleansers. Her products are a balanced combination of scientific literature and traditional production methods. This ensures only the tried and truest ingredients are used together, made in ways that have dated back through generations for their results. The Ayurveda philosophy was what fascinated the founder of Mokosh the most. Ayurveda is Sanskirt for “Life Knowledge”.
Mokosh incorporates some Ayurveda philosophies and methods into their formulating process. Formulas have been and will continue to be adjusted over the years as new natural ingredients become available and as science reveals more about what benefits and harms the health of our skin.
Photography by Clément Duliège & I