We Tried It: The Facial You Can Eat

We put Moko’s latest facial to the test.

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Looks pretty tempting, right?

Last Friday, I was doing preliminary research for an upcoming roundup of the best spring beauty treatments offered in Philly (look out for this next week!). I reached out to Old City’s organic beauty studio Moko—remember their sold-out pumpkin facial?—for details on what cool treatments they’re dishing out this season. Owner Monique sent over the below description:
Orange Blossom & Grapefruit Facial
Be spring-ready. Energize your skin with a nutrient-rich facial, beaming in anti-oxidents and vitamins. Grapefruit invigorates your skin with exfoliating action, while an orange blossom mask composed of essential oils, orange peel and honey perfectly balances and revitalizes your skin.

I was so in.


So here's how it goes: The facial starts with a heavy dose of steam to fully open pores. That's followed by a jojoba oil cleanse. Nothing too crazy yet. But then, as facialist Mallory and I chatted about skin and makeup philosophies, she casually mentioned that everything she'd be putting on my face today would be edible.

Whaaat?!

Yep. "If you can't eat it, I'm not putting it on your face," Mallory said. That's a mantra I can get behind.

The lengthy steaming and cleansing session is followed by a white honey, orange blossom, and grapefruit scrub made with pure honey so it has a little grit to help break up discoloration. Then, rather than using a harsh exfoliant, she swiped my skin with lemon peel (a natural exfoliant because of its enzymes) and lavender.

Next were extractions. OH, THE EXTRACTIONS! Confession: I have problem skin and I've got a long history with facials. I get them seasonly to aid in decongestion, and I'm no stranger to metal tools, vacuums and prongs digging at my pores. I'm usually white-knuckled during this part, digging my nails into the massage bed, fighting back tears. I'd begun to think my pores—and my facialists—hated me.

But Mallory used gentle cotton pads infused with citric oils (no scary metal tools in sight) to tease out accumulated dirt, and it didn't hurt at all. Nothing. Nada. It was so wonderfully, blissfully pain-free, I could have taken a nap. In fact, she says she regularly has clients doze off during services, which might be the ultimate compliment to an aesthetician.

Next was a calming facial spray (witch hazel, rosewater and lavender) to help reduce redness. Then she liberally applied a yogurt mask combined with lemon juice (basically what I had for breakfast) and orange oil for brightening. The service was capped off with a smear of shea butter and beeswax moisturizer.

But this is the best part: After my treatment, I actually stuck around Old City for a bit, grabbed a coffee and perused some boutiques. Normally, I turn into a hermit for a solid 48 hours following facials because my skin is so red and irritated. Instead, my skin looked so bright and moisturized, I was completely comfortable running errands post-facial sans makeup.

The treatment is available through the rest of spring and runs $100 for a one hour treatment and $75 for first-time clients. No time for the facial? Swing by for a customized orange blossom and grapefruit oil-infused roll-on perfume. The scent is so refreshing and quintessentially spring, it'll be your go-to fragrance this season.

The Shoppist Grade: A
Why We Loved It: Pain-free extraction; no lingering post-treatment redness.

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  • http://sugarcube.us/ Sugarcube®

    Great review! Marina, your writing skills are as fresh as your topic. We agree Moko rocks! We stepped out from the cube to say hello to Monique and her crew. We figured this added snapshot will help your readers look fresh and new.

  • genievieve l

    Love going to moko for facials. This one is so refreshing and I totally agree about the extractions. Have sensitive skin myself and the extractions are the perfect amount, not too much or too little. The orange blossom is so blissful.

  • NJ

    I’m no stranger to facials, but wasn’t happy with process, products, or results I was getting so decided to cross over the bridge (yes, I live in NJ) And try MOKO suggested by a friend. BEST thing I have ever done! I am totally convinced that this is the only place to get a facial that not only feels and smells good, it rejuvenated me… Walked around Old City with a spring in my step bouncing in and out of great shops. I didn’t want to leave… Went back to MOKO and booked another facial, AND color with Monique!!