The Story of Two Busy Bees

2017 has been a crazy year. So crazy that we let our blog completely fall off the radar! It wasn’t just moving (which was a huge endeavor), or Mack and Guy adjusting to life in very close quarters (550 sq ft of quarters, to be exact). It was also the excitement and absolute whirlwind of getting accepted into the Rittenhouse Square Farmers Market, and learning how to restructure The Raw Spa to keep pace with the sudden ramp up in speed and production!

It’s been exciting, to say the least. We’ve changed some formulas to make them even better- our new and improved Salt Bars, for instance, are bigger, better, and longer lasting, with same awesome ingredients and scents we know you expect from us! We’ve also worked EXTREMELY hard to start expanding our product offerings: in addition to two new types of shower treats, the Marshmallow Cream soaps and the scrubby and bubbly Gelly Baby soaps, we also have an entire host of facial products, including peel off masks, steams, and richly infused Skin Tonic serums!

We continue to be completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our customers, and Mack has, on more than one occasion, almost started to cry when someone comes back to the market stand to regale her with their love of a specific product. It means the world to both of us, and your enthusiasm is what keeps us going!!

There have also obviously been some pitfalls. There have been MANY products that just never made it into the online store- The entire FarmStand line-up went so fast at the farmers market that the stock was GONE before the listings were even drafted! Many products were sadly cut from the Halloween Things That Go BUMP! line, due to time considerations, and we are both still working diligently to get product listings for Jewel of the Nile and Erotica Sensualis listed, photographed and activated.

We have A LOT of exciting things in store for the coming months, and are already planning some very big things for 2018. Please bear with us, as we find our equilibrium. Going forward, we are hoping to do a much better job of keeping the blog up to date, and we WILL be getting all of the wonderful – and up until now, Philadelphia exclusive – products up into the online store!!

Warmly and most sincerely,

Mack & Guy (a.k.a. Team Raw Spa)

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The Raw Spa PSA: We’re going far, far away…

Hey Gang!

So. To say that we’ve been a little bit behind on our once regularly scheduled blog posts is an understatement. I just wanted to take a moment to sit down with you lovely guys, gals, and walruses to explain what’s been going on with The Raw Spa for the past few weeks. Just so you have some context as to why we’ve been so delayed.

As you may or may not know, The Raw Spa is a two person show right now! There’s Guy, who runs all matters electronical (blogs, social medias, email correspondence) in addition to a being a full time Cookie Specialist and a part time Mad Scientist. Here is a picture of Guy!

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Here we have a Guydunicus Computernerdicus in it’s natural habitat. Note the Mackium Wheresmyblogius in the corner preparing to pounce! 

Then there is Mack, the original mind behind The Raw Spa! She started off doing all the things on her own. Now she just does all the important stuff (mixing the things, researching the things, making the new things, designing the website things, designing the business card things, and about a bazillion other things I’m probably not even aware of). Here is a picture of Mack!

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This is Mack’s “Guy why are you taking pictures of me when we have to pack?!” face. 

Contrary to common belief and movies starting a business is really freakin’ hard, but it’s exceptionally rewarding to see how we’re growing every year. In the past year alone, we’ve been vendors at some awesome live events, advanced in little ways every day and generally are having a challenging, but fun, adventure with The Raw Spa!

Now for the longest time The Raw Spa has been based out of Mack’s mom’s house. While its been relatively cheap living there, we always wanted a space of our own. A space where we can mix and make as we please! A space filled with unique and enchanting scents! A space where we don’t have to worry about a two individuals, who will remain nameless, fighting over whether to use valuable stove top space for lotion or chicken stock.

Anyway, a little while ago a friend of ours phones us with the news that they are moving out of their swanky apartment in West Philadelphia!  And let me tell ya, we dang near jumped down her throat to get into that apartment! Now, after many trials, tears, and convoluted plans to rob a bank for the first/last months rent plus security deposit we are finally finally moving into our own space!

And when we signed the lease we were all like:

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Mack had a lot of Will Ferrell in her leap while Guy was working more of the Steve Carell style.

Now, on to what this means for you.  As of today, 8/21/2016, we are going to be shutting down The Raw Spa for a little while while we get moved in. If you place an order via our website, we’ll be more than happy to refund your money since we’ll be too busy packing, moving, setting up utilities…you know, Adult Stuff™.

So do not be alarmed as we do a soft close of our social media and website! We’re just gearing things down on the business so that we have time to focus on moving. Once we have the lotion lab, the office, and the sacrificial circles to the dark gods of skincare moved into the apartment we’ll be sure to let you guys know. We even plan to have a “WE’RE MOVED IN SALE” in early to mid September!

Thank you for bearing with us! You guys rock! Stay crunchy!

Sincerely,

Guy and Mack at The Raw Spa

Reunited and it feels so GOOD!

Hey gang!

So…yeaaaaah we were delayed a LOT longer than we originally anticipated. Our website problem only highlighted a whole bunch of other issues we already had with the store that we sort of brushed under the rug and when they returned they came back with vengeance.

But (mostly) everything is fixed and to show you how much we care and how sorry we are for putting you off for so long we MADE A FREAKING VIDEO!

How’s that for upping our game? A step in the right direction no? In the future we plan on making more silly videos of us making product and fooling around in the kitchen and maybe even footage of us at some live events!  Updates will be sporadic at first while we figure out how to make the moving pictures obey but this is a new thing that’s here to stay. There’s not much up there now but just you wait!

So make sure you check out The Raw Spa YouTube channel in addition to the blogs!

Speaking of new things, we’re currently designing a new booth set up for when we go to conventions and farmers markets. Our previous booth setup was very…well the best way to describe it is “cute”. It was pretty much a card table with a cloth over it and our display on top. Very lemonade stand if you know what I mean.

But NOW we’re transitioning from lemonade stand to full on travelling circus! And while we can gush and wax poetic about how cool it’s going to look for days, we’ll just say that there will be many, many pictures once it’s done.

Last thing, we know we’ve been dipping our toe into the whole Patreon thing. Little tag lines like “Support us on Patreon here“. But seriously, take a look and see what we have to offer. If you’re the kind of person we think you are, you’ll really like our stretch goals. And you’ll REALLY like what you’ll be getting for helping us out.

Thank you for bearing with us and our absenteeism this February. Everything will run smoothly from now on. Blogs are going back up once a week, flash sale notices will be regularly posted.

The Raw Spa is back!

 

 

 

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Hey gang! Sorry for the delayed posts but we’re currently having problems of a technological nature and are gonna be putting the blog posts and social media updates on hold for a bit.

The store and the Patreon will be open so you can still buy bath confections and support The Raw Spa but the blog will be down for a while while we get some online issues out of the way.

Look forward to our return though! Because when we come back we’ll have a brand new segment for the blog: Behind the Spoon! A video segment in which Guy follows Mack around the kitchen while she’s making product and asks her to explain the process while making all manner of commentary.

For those of you who have been keeping up with our ‘WTF is…?’ posts, thank you so much for your continued readership! You rock, your outfit rocks, and we love you guys!

We expect to return to our regular blogging schedule next week, February 7th.

Until then!

Team Raw Spa

The Raw Weekend Cyber Sale

Hey gang! Earlier in the week we mentioned that we had some delectable sales we’d be offering you for all this weekend. Well wait no longer! Just punch in any of the following codes while you are checking out and you can get 20% off your total!

For you convenience here are the coupon codes once again:

Black Friday: INTHEBLACK

Small Business Saturday: SMALLBIZ

Cyber Monday: TECHNOLUST

Grab your shopping boots and get ready to make your skin HAPPY!

For Our sales this week click Here!

To browse our shop, click Here!

Welcome to The Raw Spa Blog!!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my new Raw Spa Blog! This is a new endeavor, so please do bear with me as I get a feel for it!

What is this “Raw Spa”, you ask? I’m so glad you did! The Raw Spa is a handcrafted artisan line of beauty care products, using fresh, raw ingredients, no creepy chemicals or dyes, and , when they are used, only the highest quality fragrances and essential oils. How do I know this to be true? Because I make them all! 🙂

You may also ponder “Why must there be a blog for this?” Which is a fair question. Besides keeping people up to date on the latest sales and products that are available from The Raw Spa, my hope is to be able to share simple DIY natural beauty care, skin care, I-think-I’m-dying-from-the-plague care (and everything in between!) recipes, tricks and tips.

The blog will (theoretically, since, as I said, I’m still figuring this all out…) be operating hand-in-hand with the new Raw Spa Kitchen, on Youtube, with a few cross-over posts from The Manneighquinne Files.

I hope you enjoy my humble little blog!

PS- here are a few of my products, just for those who think natural beauty care = boring beauty care 😉

"Whips & Kisses" bath Cupcake from the Erotica Sensualis series I just finished! Creepy free, and OH so decadent!

“Whips & Kisses” bath Cupcake from the Erotica Sensualis series I just finished! Creepy free, and OH so decadent!

"Aftercare" Salt bar from my new Erotica Sensualis series. Full of skin healing herbs and soothing essential oils... and not a phthalate or paraben in sight! :)

“Aftercare” Salt bar from my new Erotica Sensualis series. Full of skin healing herbs and soothing essential oils… and not a phthalate or paraben in sight! 🙂