Cocoa-Sniffing, Moon Dust Smoothies and More Weird Music-Star Health Trends
Would you apply bee venom to the skin for anti-aging? Because Kanye, Kim and Gwyneth did.
The trend: Added to smoothies and coffee, the plant-based formulas offered in Amanda Chantal Bacon's jarred concoctions (prices range from $55 to $65) promise to help increase the consumer's sexual energy and brain power even without any actual moon particles (herbs like zizyphus and rhodiola do the work).
Celebrity fans: Haim, Pink, Alanis Morissette, Common, Father John Misty
Expert opinion: Oz Garcia, a leading nutritionist in New York who examined the product's ingredients, says that Moon Dust "has health benefits and is very well-crafted." Garcia has one question, though: "Am I really willing to pay $60 for Sex Dust?
The trend: Snorting cocoa for a jolt of energy.
Celebrity fans: Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone created a sniffing device for The Rolling Stones' Ron Wood and Charlie Watts in 2007. And at California's Lightning in a Bottle music festival in May, attendees could go cuckoo for cocoa puffs at the Temple of Consciousness.
Expert opinion: Putting anything up your nose — Hershey's powder included — can cause irrevocable damage to nasal hair and membranes. "You also could get pneumonia," says Dr. Kristen Wong of the Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
The trend: Applying bee venom to the skin as an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging agent.
Celebrity fans: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West and Gwyneth Paltrow — who has undergone "bee sting therapy," in which the insects actually sting the face and other parts of the body.
Expert opinion: According to Dr. Neil Sadick, founder of Sadick Dermatology, neither the products nor the act of bees using your face as a pin cushion will produce better skin or health. "It never has been shown that active enzymes in bee stings have an effect on collagen, pigmentation or elastic tissue production."
This article originally appeared in the July 30 issue of Billboard.