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.

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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!

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WTF is… Marshmallow Root?!

Before you say anything, no you have not stepped into candy land. There are no gumball trees or lollipop bushes. The world is not like that scene in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  I know, I know, my dreams are crushed too. But don’t get too down. It may not be what it says on the tin but marshmallow root is actually a pretty sweet plant.

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Why aren’t you candy?! WHY?! Image via en.wikipedia.org

Let’s just get this out of the way first. Yes, marshmallows can, and in some places still do, come from marshmallow root. In fact the use of the marshmallow plant, also known Althaea, to create sweet dates goes as far back as ancient Egypt. But the marshmallow plants use in sweets is not it’s claim to fame. Marshmallow root has been used throughout history as a medicine. It’s even in the name of it’s genus, Althaea, which comes from the Greek word “to heal”.

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Does look like an age old healing agent, amirite? Image via en.wikipedia.org

Medicinally marshmallow root has been used as an anti-inflammatory as well as a herbal remedy for respiratory problems. It’s medicinal properties come from a substance in it’s roots and leaves called mucilage. When mixed with water it forms a slick gel that is used for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

We here at The Raw Spa try to take advantage of this age old medicine in our Aftercare bath cupcakes, bath salts and exfoliant bars from the Erotica Sensualis line. Utilizing other naturally soothing ingredients such as mango butter, and oats, our product will care for you skin with sweet and loving tenderness.

You can find all of the products with  marshmallow root HERE!

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WTF is… Cocoa Butter?!

Almost everyone loves chocolate. Some of us like it with milk, some of us like it dark and bitter. Sometimes we eat it in a cake, sometimes we sip it by the lake… And I think I will stop myself before I try to write the entire post as a re-envisioned “Green Eggs & Ham” limerick. You all know how delicious chocolate is, so I probably don’t have to launch myself into prose and poetry anyway.

What some people might not realize is that chocolate is actually good for you. Not only eating it, but rubbing it into your skin, too!

Cocoa butter, once it has had the solids (cocoa powder) removed. Still smells amazing!!

Cocoa butter, once it has had the solids (cocoa powder) removed. Still smells amazing!! (Photo from http://www.thewisegeek.com)

Cocoa butter, and chocolate, come from the cacao tree, native to Central and South America. Treasure by the Aztecs and Maya as a tree of the gods, cacao was traditionally ground and mixed into drinks. Introduction of chocolate to Europe saw the addition of sugar and vanilla to make the chocolate more palatable. Europeans were fast to realize benefits of the naturally occurring caffeine in chocolate, and the nobility of many countries quickly adopted chocolate into their diet as a restorative and invigorating drink, much as a cup of coffee is use nowadays.

This is what we hardly ever see, before the chocolate, and the cocoa butter, and the cocoa powder, the pod!! I hear raw cacao taste super nasty. Never tried it.

This is what we hardly ever see, before the chocolate, and the cocoa butter, and the cocoa powder, the pod!! I hear raw cacao taste super nasty. Never tried it. (Photo from http://deepbrownkinks.blogspot.com)

Cocoa butter is the natural oil, with the cocoa solids removed. As a result, although it has a delightful chocolate scent, and even a chocolate flavor (if you suddenly desire to gnaw on a brick of cocoa butter), it does not have more than trace amounts of caffeine. It is, however, very high in oleic acid and palmitic acid, which is awesome for skin!

Cocoa butter is packed with antioxidants, which help to keep skin looking young and helps to combat premature signs of aging. It also helps to reduce scar tissue. If that doesn’t make it wonderful enough, cocoa butter also has wonderful skin conditioning, skin softening and moisturization properties.

At The Raw Spa, we use cocoa butter in a wide range of products, for the sweet scent it contribute, and for the delightful skin softening properties it has. All of the Cleopatra range, as well as the Nefertiti range are packed with cocoa butter, to the extent that the bath salts include finely grated cocoa butter for a rich bath soak!

We have also worked cocoa butter into the new Pumpkinhead products and Candy Man products, which are part of the limited edition Things That Go BUMP!! Line!

All this week, products that feature cocoa butter will be 10% off, over at www.therawspa.net ! Enjoy!! 🙂