WTF is… Rhubarb?!

As a staple in any self-respecting witch doctors garden, rhubarb is a pretty useful plant. And much like old timey shamans, Rhubarb can be both incredibly healing and exceptionally toxic if used in certain ways. Bet you won’t look at a rhubarb pie the same way now! But don’t worry, I’ll tell you how you can safely get your fingers in this pie.

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Delicious? Deadly? Both?!  Picture via Wikipedia.org

Before we get to the pie eating, did you know that back in the day rhubarb was valued on the same scale as rubies, silk, and diamonds? In fact, at one point it was more valuable than opium.  That’s right, the humble rhubarb was more expensive than the great grand daddy of narcotics. So obviously it must have been like super crack or an aphrodisiac or both, right? Like a Supercrackadesiac? Actually, the cost of transportation across Asia made rhubarb expensive in medieval Europe. Don’t get me wrong though, rhubarb is still pretty awesome. It has been and is still used in traditional Chinese medicine, primarily as a laxative.

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This much rhubarb in medieval times could probably buy you a whole castle. Image via Wikipedia.org

But is it poisonous? Absolutely. Well actually, just one part of the rhubarb plant contains any toxins: the leaf. While eating rhubarb leaves at first will make you very sick, repeated ingestion can be lethal. So if someone offers you some rhubarb leaf tea, you should politely decline. Again, this is a PSA from The Raw Spa: DO NOT INGEST RHUBARB LEAVES!

Now we here at the Raw Spa recommend that you never eat any of our products (no matter how delicious they smell) but if you absolutely have to eat our soaps and things, you can do it without the worry of dying afterward. We use the root and stalk of the rhubarb plant to get all the good effects. Like the fact that rhubarb is astringent which means it can help to balance the oiliness of skin.

At the Raw Spa we use Rhubarb as part of our seasonal Farm Stand line, in particular our Rhubarb Crumble products! It marks the beginning of our Farm Stand line and can be found in our shop May of every year!

 

 

 

 

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We’re Moved In…Mostly!

Hey Gang!

Jeebus almighty it’s been two months already?! Well sorry to keep you waiting! Moving in was, shall we say, a unique experience. But we’re back, mostly unpacked and getting ready to gear things up for the fall and winter seasons!

To celebrate the fact that we’ve liberating the majority of our things from the moving boxes were having a sale! “A sale for what” you might ask. Everything! That’s right! The Raw Spa Store is open again and absolutely everything is for sale! And it’s going to stay on sale all through October! So jump on in and check us out!

Oh and if you’d like to see pictures of the landfill turned post apocalyptic war-zone that is our apartment, pictures are incoming soon!

Stay crunchy!

Mack and Guy at The Raw Spa

Mack adds this disclaimer “Let them know that we’ll be adding more things to the store, but they won’t all be on sale. It’s just all the things I put in this week. Oh! and give them a 10% off coupon code!”

 

Here is your 10% off coupon code: SUPERGREEN

WTF is…Sugar?!

Oh man, here it is. The big one. The greatest thing or the greatest evil depending on who you ask. Love it or hate it, the fact is we can’t live without sugar in some way, shape or form. There’s a lot of ground to cover here but don’t worry. For you we’ll keep it short and sweet.

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Every modern child’s dream. Every modern adult’s nightmare. Image via en.wikipedia.org.

So let us start with origins. Sugar has been produced in India since ancient times, and we’re talking REALLY ancient. Like 8th century Chinese manuscripts BC ancient. For a while sugar wasn’t really a big deal. People chewed raw sugarcane to get their sweet fix. It wasn’t until the Indian people discovered methods of turning sugarcane juice into granulated crystals that it really took off. Fun fact: in the local Indian language the crystals were called khanda, which is the source of the word candy.

Now when it comes to sugar in terms of health things get a bit…complicated. To summarize just about everything from both sides of the fence: sugar is kind of good for you and kind of bad for you. Unfortunately modern science is unable to determine sugars effect on the human body since they don’t have a large enough population to run the appropriate tests. Essentially since EVERYONE eats sugar in some way, shape or form we can’t get a definite measure of how it effects the human body when ingested.

Fortunately for us, and you, we DO know it’s effects when applied topically! Sugar is primarily used on our skin as an exfoliant. The nature of the sugar granules make it ideal for scrubbing off layers of dead skin. It is also a humectant and draws moisture into the skin from the air.

We here at The Raw Spa  offer a unique alternative to conventional sugar scrubs that come in jars. For our sugar scrubs come in bars! Namely our Spice Merchant exfoliating sugar bars not only smell great but can be applied with a little water to provide a gentle but deeply exfoliating experience.

Speaking of merchants, if you’d like to try some of our products, come visit us on our store page here!

We’ve also got a patreon! If you become a patron not only will you get monthly product, but you’ll also sleep easy knowing that you’re helping two young adults maintain their coffee induced insomnia. Check it out here!

 

 

 

 

 

WTF is…Goats Milk?!

On the big long list of things we rub on our skin to make it happy, goats milk is one of the more straightforward ones. I mean, just because it’s sharp doesn’t mean we have to use it as an exfoliant. Oh I’m sorry was that too cheesy for your liking? Alright I’ll stop kidding around. Let’s talk about why goat’s milk is so *bleat*ing good for you.

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Could this goat get any glassier? Eh? Okay I’m done. Photo via sammysmilk.com

Question: How does traditional bar soap clean the body?

Answer: Without getting too technical, the chemicals that are typically used in bars of soap induce an extremely mild chemical burn to cleanse away all the dirt and grime (this is why soap stings when you get it in your eyes). In terms of cleanliness it is great! In terms of hygiene, it is absolute overkill. It’s like mowing your lawn with a flame thrower. Sure you’ll get the job done but in the end you’re left with a dry, barren and damaged surface.

Enter goats milk, the hypothetical lawn mower. Instead of burning off the top layer of skin, goats milk uses it’s alpha hydroxy acid to remove only the dead skin cells when applied topically. It also uses it’s vitamin A content to help repair damaged skin tissue. We could go on about the other bazillion ways goats milk is good for you, like how it is anti inflammatory,  a great source of essential minerals for your skin, yadda yadda yadda but let’s skip to the part where I show you where you can get some!

You’ll find goats milk all through our Cleopatra products from the Jewel of the Nile line! The bars and bath confections are all packed with goats milk, to leave your skin happy and healthy!

If that sounds like something you’d like to have, check out our store page here!

We’ve also got a Patreon! Help keep us happy and healthy (and caffeinated) by becoming a Patron here!

 

 

 

 

WTF is…Coffee?!

Look, let’s just lay it out on the table. The Raw Spa consists of two twenty-somethings who work hard everyday. We. Freaking. Love. Coffee. Look at the first goal of our Patreon and you’ll see just how much we love coffee. But in addition to downing a good old cup of joe, we like putting it in our products. No, we’re not THAT coffee crazy, but you may find the health benefits of coffee to be rather stimulating.

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What coffee is like to people who don’t drink it. Image via wikipedia.org

But first some fun facts. Just under half of the worlds supply of coffee comes from Brazil alone. Now those who REALLY know their coffee know that while Brazil’s coffee is tasty, it doesn’t have quite the punch that African coffee has. That’s because the strain of coffee plant that is exported from Africa has about 40-50% more of that special little chemical we know and love. That’s right! Caffeine!

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What coffee is like to people who DO drink it. Image via Sylvan Migdal.

Anyone who’s ever drank coffee, a coke, or any of the hundreds of energy drinks out there can attest to how caffeine affects the body when ingested. But what about topical application? You might ask if your skin will jump off and run away in a fit of frenzied over exuberance. To which we would reply: No, that’s just silly.

But products that have caffeine do serve as a stimulant and when applied to skin can increase blood circulation as well as reduce swelling and inflammation. Coffee grounds are also rough enough that they can be used as an ingredient in your daily exfoliant.

Now remember when I said we love coffee here at The Raw Spa? Well we love you more, and to prove it we sacrifice our beloved coffee to be added to products like Charlie Tango and Libertine from the Erotica Sensualis line so that your skin can have the stimulation and care it deserves! You can find all of our caffeinated products HERE!

Hey you! Do you like our blogs? If so you’ll love our Patreon! Check us out, we’ve got lots of stretch goals and fantastic rewards for contributers!

Feel free to check out our store here for all the products we mentioned and so much more!

 

WTF is…Gold?!

Bullion. Aurum. Oro. One of the most valuable commodities dating all the way back to the Copper Age: Gold! Now I’m pretty sure we all know the sordid history of this precious metal. But this shiny yellow rock supposedly had more value than just great jewelry. So let’s horde some knowledge about the one, the Au-nly gold.

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The worlds most expensive brick. Image via wikipedia.org

 

The facts are these: people all over the world since before recorded history liked gold.  Western alchemists studied it to find out how to make more of it. Eastern alchemists thought it was the key to immortality. Although there’s much less hocus-pocus, we’re still determining golds effects on the human body to this day.

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The only thing we can tell you for sure is that it’s expensive! Image via orogoldcosmetics.com

Medicinally gold is used in surgery to patch damaged blood vessels, nerves, bones and membranes. Since it is a noble metal and thus resistant to corrosion, it can be used inside the human body with little risk of infection.

But what about topical application? Well, to be honest the jury is still out on that one. Some companies say it helps to reduce aging and wrinkles while others say it’s good for stimulating blood flow and skin regeneration. So to answer the big question: We honestly don’t know if it’s good for the skin when applied topically. But it sure is nice to be able to say you have gold in your skin care products, isn’t it?

Which is why we here at The Raw Spa use gold in all of the Charlie Tango, Libertine, Marquis & Baron, Red Room and Whips & Kisses products! You can find them all HERE! While it’s not proven to be good or bad for your skin, we like our products to have a little richness, if you know what we’re saying.

Check out the store page Here! for more Raw Spa product that’s worth it’s weight in healthy skin!

Speaking of richness, if you want rich, lustrous skin you can have us send you product every month with a contribution to our Patreon!

And be sure to check back for all the details for our Flash Sale!

WTF is…Pink Himalayan Salt?!

Oh ho ho! Pink Himalayan Salt! How fancy can you get? I mean, just say it out loud with me: “We don’t use regular salt, we use pink Himalayan salt”. I’m willing to bet a dollar that you said the second part with a bit more haughtiness than the first. That aside, pink Himalayan salt is pretty good for the skin. So let’s dig in!

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Such pretty pink powder! Image via wikipedia.org

Story time!  So a few years ago there was this guy called Alexander who was taking a leisurely ride through India with his army. When the army stopped to rest, Alexander noticed that the horses were licking the rocks. He thought that was pretty weird and took some home to take a look at. It turned out that the rocks were salt and a mine was constructed to dig up more of it. The mine was passed through different hands through out history, but today it is known as the Khewra Salt Mine, Pakistan’s oldest and largest mine, the second largest mine in the world, and the main source of Himalayan salt.

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Salt crystals are also good for artwork! Image via wikipedia.org

Now if you google pink Himalayan salt you wouldn’t be able to swing your cursor around without hitting an article about how incredibly healing and purifying and miraculous pink Himalayan salt is. For example, many articles say that pink himalayan salt contains more than eighty minerals and elements. That’s a bit of an over exaggeration. But that’s the internet right?

Fortunately we here at The Raw Spa know that the pink Himalayan salt in our products (Nefertiti Salt Bars, Nefertiti Bath Cupcakes, Nefertiti Bath Salts, Whips & Kisses Salt Bar, Whips & Kisses Exfoliant Bar, Whips & Kisses Bath Truffles, Whips & Kisses Bath Salts and Whips & Kisses Bath Cupcakes. That’s right, it’s a long list!) is there to help cleanse and purify your skin by removing dead skin, clearing your pores, and taking advantage of salt’s natural antimicrobial properties. Also you get to say: “I don’t use regular salt bars, mine uses pink Himalayan salt”.

You can find all of our perfectly pink salt products HERE for your cleanliness and convenience! And check out our store here for all our other products! Who knows what you could find?

You know what is also convenient? Getting all natural product sent to you monthly from The Raw Spa, that’s what! Our contributors get this and more! We also use our the money to help make The Raw Spa the greenest company on Earth!

So drop by and support us on Patreon!