Featuring Moudi Sbeity — Cofounder at , Creator, and Love Advocate living in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Meet Moudi, the second feature of our new interview series: Let Your Nature Thrive. In this series we're connecting with experts and advocates from all walks of life to help us explore what happens when you let nature do its thing — on our skin, on our planet, and in our lives.
Moudi is someone we're always inspired by at CRUDE. A fearless leader and advocate in Salt Lake City, he was an obvious choice for the interview series and is a favorite among the entire CRUDE team. Moudi’s restaurant, , is our go-to lunch spot in SLC. From hummus and fresh pita to feta dip and zaatar fries, you truly can’t go wrong at Laziz — the delicious (and beautifully designed) downtown restaurant that even has excited. But there’s much more to Moudi than his mouthwatering Lebanese cuisine — read our interview below to learn all about how he lets his nature thrive!
CRUDE: WHAT GOT YOU STARTED AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
MOUDI: It started in 2012 with making one batch of hummus, and honestly the rest is history. Making, selling, and marketing my own product felt so natural to me, and one step lead to another which eventually landed us at Laziz Kitchen. I love that I get to share that passion everyday.
CRUDE: TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTEREST IN DRAG
MOUDI: I wouldn't say i'm all into drag yet, I haven't had the opportunity and honor to be in full drag, but I do love wearing eyeliner and wearing heels! Heels feel so natural for me, and they are so empowering, and eyeliner is fun to have on and accentuates my eyes!
Laziz Kitchen hosts a regular drag brunch, and they announce the events two weeks ahead of time on their Instagram and Facebook. Make sure to give them a follow to find out about their upcoming drag events!
CRUDE: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CRUDE PRODUCTS & HOW DO YOU USE THEM?
MOUDI: I use CLEANSE and GLOW everyday, especially after I shower. CLEANSE makes my skin feel really nourished and healthy, and glow gives me this, well, glow actually, after I apply it. They both feel great on my skin, and I also love used the WASH as a moisturizer on dry areas.
CRUDE: HOW DO YOU PRACTICE SELF-CARE?
MOUDI: Self care is self love, and that's where it needs to start. Loving yourself for who you are, for what you are, for why you do the things you do. This unapologetic self love leads to self care in heart and mind. I like to write a lot, use difficult experiences as challenges to help me grow, and practice acceptance in all aspects of my life, even the circumstances I don't like.
CRUDE: FOR US, THE 'LET YOUR NATURE THRIVE' PHILOSOPHY APPLIES TO MORE THAT JUST SKINCARE AND THE MICROBIOME. WE ALSO THINK ABOUT IT IN RELATION TO HOW WE EXPRESS AND CELEBRATE THE DIVERSE NATURE IN ALL OF US INDIVIDUALLY (AND HOW THAT CAN CREATE HOMEOSTASIS WHEN WE COME TOGETHER). WHAT'S ONE WAY YOU LET YOUR UNIQUE NATURE THRIVE AND WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN DOING SO?
MOUDI: I think I speak for all us when I say that our biggest challenge is ourselves. We are our strongest critic, and venturing into this territory of letting our nature thrive takes a lot of guts to keep that inner voice at the door. Whether its showing up to work in makeup and heels for our drag brunch, or allowing my more feminine side to shine, I always find that I need to be fully accepting of myself more and more everyday, and that always me to move and thrive through the world in a happier way.