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

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

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…Coconut Oil?!

Let’s face facts: coconuts are useful. The meat inside the shell is tasty and nutritious, its husk and shells when burned and activated are extremely effective as a carbon filter, and in a pinch it can make an exotic fashion item. The oil derived from its meat is also super good for your skin in just about every way.

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Edible, drinkable, wearable, topical? Perfection. Image via dailynexus.com

 

Just to give you a little background, the origin of coconuts is a subject of much debate but nowadays most of them come from Philippines. Coconuts are woven deep into their economy and culture, with just about every part of the coconut and even parts of the tree being used in some capacity. They even have the Coconut Palace in Manila, a building made almost entirely of coconut as well as some other local materials. Talk about being coo coo for coconuts!

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So many! It’s coconuts! Image via wikipedia.org.

Now when it comes to coconut oil it’s just about as useful as the coconut itself. It’s been used in cooking, as biodiesel, as a repellent for sand fleas and, of course, skin care. As a skin care agent, it’s a great moisturizer for all types of skin. It can even help reduce protein loss when used in hair!

We here in The Raw Spa use coconut oil in our lotions and cream soaps for it’s skin soothing properties. It works well with cucumber in the Egyptian Cucumber Hydration Creme and with cocoa butter in the Oasis Body Butter to give you a powerful and most importantly, natural moisturization. Good news! You can check out our selection of coconut containing products HERE!

Check out our store here for all our other stuff! Exfoliation, moisturization, we’ve got it all!

You can also check out our Patreon here where we have some awesome rewards for our contributers and even better rewards for the planet when we hit certain stretch goals! We’re aiming to be the greenest company in the planet so what are you waiting for?     Drop on by and support us on Patreon!

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!

Hey gang if you like out blogs you should consider supporting us on Patreon! We’ve got all sorts of great rewards for our contributers plus environmentally friendly stretch goals!

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

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