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!

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WTF is… Mango Butter?!

Mangoes for EVERYONE!!!! YIPPEE!!!! (Mack is obsessed with these yellow

Mangoes for EVERYONE!!!! YIPPEE!!!! (Mack is obsessed with these yellow “champagne ” mangoes…). Image via themetrognome.in

In addition to be absolutely delicious and fantastic smoothie filler did you know that mangoes are also good for your skin? The colorful party fruit of any good fruit salad is good for you inside and out! As an edible Mangoes supply you with plenty of vitamin C and some folate but did you know that the oil derived from it’s seeds, known as Mango Butter, is great for soothing skin?

Let’s start at the beginning. Mango butter (or mango oil) comes from the mango seeds, the fruit of which is grown in tropical areas all over the world, with the largest producer by far being India. Mangoes are a large part of Indian culture, religion and daily life. Heck, the national fruit of India is the mango! In India, the mango fruit is eaten and prepared as a cuisine, dried mango skins and seeds are used as medicines, leaves of the mango tree are used as decorations for holidays and celebrations… The list goes on! Is it any wonder that here at The Raw Spa, we love using it as well?

Super soothing, rich and creamy mango Butter. We especially like trying to pair it with raw aloe for super soothing skin balms. Image via brambleberry.com

Super soothing, rich and creamy mango Butter. We especially like trying to pair it with raw aloe for super soothing skin balms. Image via brambleberry.com

The mango butter we use in our product is an excellent source of oleic acid (a great skin softener), stearic acid (good for moisturizing and keeping our skin flexible), and the xanthone Mangiferin which is a fantastic anti-oxidant in addition to having anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Our Aftercare products from the Erotica Sensualis line uses mango butter to help with soothing the skin after certain rigorous activities (wink).

And the Green Nile body balm as well as all our Selene products from our Jewel of the Nile line are rich in mango butter to keep your skin as smooth and supple as Egyptian royalty.

Our new twist this season is trying mango butter in “It’s Alive!!”, as part of our Things That Go BUMP! line.

All this week, all our mango butter laden products are 10% off! Be sure to try some today!

Cucumber Spa Water + Rambles, Take One!

Wow. That was one long semester! Sorry to have fallen off the radar like that. A lot of unexpected things came up in the past few months, and between life and classes, it was sort of like a long, drawn out game of emotional Whack-A-Mole… Only less fun.

The good news is that I survived finals, and the semester is O-V-E-R!!!!! While my body and at least 30% of my brain (look, guys- upper level Anthro classes will FRY the brain…) survived intact, my skin (Oh GOBLINS, and my poor, poor poor face!) did not fare so well. Apparently a solid diet of energy drinks do not do the body good….

In light of this fact, I did the only fairly quick fix for the zombie-finals-of-DOOOOOOM look I was rocking – water.

I know it sounds absolutely ridiculous, but water is really amazing. It helps your body, and your skin, to purge toxins, it helps your blood to flow, it can keep a dehydration migraine at bay, and it improves the overall appearance, texture and tone of skin!

How awesome is that!? Don’t you just LOVE WATER???

…I don’t.

I hate the taste. For those of you about to argue that water has no taste, trust me. it has a taste. In Philly, it tastes like a blend of a tin can, salt, a touch of bleach and a little more chlorine than you want to have come out of your tap. Absolutely disgusting.

However, I am pleased to say that I found a way to fix water, so that not only does it still do awesome things for my health and my skin, I can also drink it without mimicking the Mr. Ick sticker.

I’m a little bit behind on the trend, but apparently, it’s called (drum roll, please!)

…. SPA WATER!

::cough:: Okay, so it’s just infused water, and I used to do it when I was a kid, with dried fruit. But I recently learned that in addition to saccharine dried apricots, you can pretty much chuck anything you want into a jug of water (besides maybe a raw steak…. or raw chicken… ) and it will taste amazing!!

This is the blend that’s been chilling in my fridge for the past two days. I have found that as long as the ingredients are really fresh, I can just keep topping off the jug with new filtered water, and it’s fine for about three days. Then it starts to lose it’s flavor, and all the fruits and vegetable and herbs start to look depressed.

I’ll be posting more Spa Water recipes over the course of the summer, but this one is super easy, and you can always find a decently ripe cucumber in the grocery store.

Cucumber Sort-Of-Mojito Spa Water

Cucumbr Mojito Water

You will need:
1/2  cucumber, thinly sliced (because it looks prettier in the jug)
1/2 c. fresh cilantro, left whole

3 slices of lime

water

something to put it all in to

All you do is drop the cucumber and lime slices into the container, and stuff in the cilantro on top. The mess of stems and leaves on top will help keep the cucumbers and limes from splashing into your glass when you are pouring your water.

Top the container off with water, let it chill in the fridge for about an hour, and enjoy! Every time you pour a glass, just remember to add more water.

Another option, which works just as well, is to fill empty water bottles with the infused water. Throw a few in your bag every day before you head out the door, to help yourself stay hydrated and happy!

DIY Simple Oat Face Wash, and A Happy New Year!!

I have been a little overwhelmed by the holiday season, and as a result, my poor, innocent blog has been neglected! The Christmas season runs for a few weeks, since I have an excessively large family, but I SHOULD be finished with the rounds by next week!

…like I said, REALLY big family!

In the mean time, as happens every holiday, my stress level is through the roof, and my face looks like a hot mess. I hope no one else suffers the Holiday Breakouts… but probably I’m not the only one.

I really hesitate to go all out trying to eradicate the zits and rashes and dry patches, especially when my skin is normally so well behaved. This oatmeal scrub does the trick for me, and is gentle enough not to exacerbate any skin conditions!

WHAT YOU NEED:
1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1/4 cup powdered milk

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A coffee grinder or food processor
A jar (for storage)

STEP ONE: put the oatmeal and powdered milk into your spice grinder, and grind it until you have a fairly uniform powder.

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That’s it. You made the base for the face wash!!! Easy, right? Pour it into your clean, dry jar, pop on the lid and label it.

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As long as you keep the face wash base in a dry place (not the bathroom!!!!!), it will keep six or more months.

TO USE:
-Take 1-2 tablespoons of your face wash base and put it in a bowl.

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– add 1+ tablespoons of warm water and mix to form a paste
**if you think the paste is too runny, let it alone for a few minutes. The oats and milk powder will thicken up!

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– splash your face with water and then apply the paste to your face, using your finger tips to gently massage your skin for a minute or two.

– rinse your face with warm water, pat dry, and follow with your favorite toner and/or moisturizer!!

This face wash is fine for daily use, and leaves your skin clean, soft and smooth.

TIP!! : if your skin is suffering the breakouts (like mine is), leave the face wash on your face for 10-15 minutes, like a mask, before rinsing it off. The mixture will help to get some of the ick out of your pores (yes, I said “the ick”), and also help to slear up any pimples a little faster!

So, there you have it! A simple, gentle face wash, which probably took you less than three minutes to make!!!

Let me know what you think of it! 🙂