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…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!

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

 

WTF is…Pearl?!

In keeping with the theme of small shiny things that people go nuts over, this week we’ll be taking a peek at pearls! Pearls are synonymous with purity and radiance but did you know that it’s also good for your skin? Now before you go and break out grandma’s jewelry, there are a few things you should know. So let’s dive in!

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The most familiar usage of pearls. Image via wikipedia.org

 

Naturally occurring pearls are extremely rare. No two ways about it. But the majority of pearls found on the market are either imitation, cultured or farmed from pearl oysters. Cultured pearls are made by implanting a tiny spherical bead into the shell of an oyster, forcing it to coat the irritant in nacre and make a pearl.

What is narce you ask? Take any clam shell souvenir and look at the inside. If in addition to being smooth it is also iridescent then you are looking at narce. Also called mother of pearl, narce is a calcium carbonate coating that mollusks produce to protect themselves from irritants. On the inside of the shell the narce protects the soft interior from the roughness of the shell. And as we’ve discussed, if a bit of sand or anything gets in there…jackpot!

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Imagine opening hundreds of clams and finally finding THIS. Image via ice-epilepsy.org

Now cosmetically pearl powder has been in play for hundreds of years, and still is today. Usually made from pearls that are below jewelry grade, pearl powder is used in traditional Chinese medicine to improve the appearance of skin, as an anti-inflammatory and a detoxification agent. Ancient Chinese empress Wu Ze Tian used pearl powder on her skin AND internally, and was famed for her beauty and childlike skin.

We here at The Raw Spa have taken a leaf out of the book of traditional Chinese medicine and use pearl powder in Whips&Kisses from the Erotica Sensualis line to utilize it’s famed skin softening properties. You can find all of our radiant, pearl-packed products HERE!

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Check out our store here for all the products we’ve mentioned and more! 

It’s honey, honey!

We’ve got a pretty sweet flash sale lined up for you guys this week! You guessed it! This week only we’re putting everything with honey in it on sale!  Which means our Aftercare Skin Parfait and Aftercare Body Frosting from the Erotica Sensualis line as well as out Green Nile Body Balm and several Cleopatra products from the Jewel of the Nile line are on sale! Sweet!

And if you didn’t catch out “WTF is…” this week, honey is that sweet delicious nectar that we all know and love but it’s better for you on the outside than it is on the inside. Nutritionally it only has trace amounts of essential nutrients. However, when it comes to your skin it is a great anti-oxidant, moisturizer, and anti inflammatory!

Check out our sales page here! 

Or if you just want to browse, click here! 

This just in! This coming Friday, Saturday and Monday we’re hosting super special sales just for you guys! For an additional 20% off all purchases! To redeem your code just shop as normal and you’ll be asked for a coupon code just before you check out! These coupon codes are redeemable on all of The Raw Spa’s platforms so check us out everywhere and get you some sales honey! We’ll update on Friday to remind you but the coupon codes are as follows:

Black Friday: INTHEBLACK

Small Business Saturday: SMALLBIZ

Cyber Monday: TECHNOLUST

This weeks smooth sale: Apricot Oil!

Hey Gang! It’s Monday which means it’s time for another rousing flash sale! This week’s spotlight ingredient is apricot oil, the healthy, hydrating friend to massage therapists everywhere! Which means our most powerful hydrating cream, Green Nile Body Balm, is 10% off this week!

In case you didn’t catch our “WTF is…”, this week we covered apricot oil. A few fun facts: First, nobody knows where the apricot was originally grown. The leading theory suggests Armenia but China is also a popular theory. Also on top of being a good source of linoleic and oleic acid, apricot oil is also a phenomenal natural lubricant. Since it absorbs into the skin quickly it is often used as a slick massage oil that does not leave much residue.

Whether it be for a massage or to hydrate your skin, our Green Nile Body Balm uses a powerful combination of ingredients to get the job done.

Get it on sale here! 

And you can browse the store in general here! 

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! 🙂