You’ve heard about the huge amount of health benefits associated with Coconut Oil and how good it is for you, but how exactly should you consume or even use it on a daily basis? Given that the fatty goodness is now easily accessible in local stores and supermarkets, paired with its proven beauty and health benefits, we’ve put together a handy list on how to use the in-demand oil:
Its’ no secret that Vegan friendly products are healthier for your skin. Raw Sugar’s products are made from a natural plant-based blend with carefully selected ingredients that will give your skin the most beneficial nutrients.
Raw Coconut and Mangoes have so many skin benefits, we cannot wait to share them.
Mangoes are rich in Vitamin C , which is a vital molecule for skin health. It keeps your skin young looking and fresh!
When skin is well hydrated, it is more plump and resilient. When there is adequate water from inside and out, the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. We all love that, right? Well, Coconuts play a big a role in hydrating skin as well as cleansing and softening your skin.
Bye- Bye Eczema
Researchers have said Coconuts are great for eczema because of it’s powerful anti-fungal nutrients and moisturizing effects.
Hello Beautiful Hair!
Both Raw Coconuts and Mangoes do wonders for your hair. Coconut oil will make your hair shine and glow by bringing out your natural vibrancy and beauty. Mangoes contain vitamin E, which improves scalp circulation and encourages hair growth.
Mangoes contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A. That and vitamin C are crucial to skin self-repair. Raw Sugar’s Raw Coconut and Mango lines have all the benefits of mangoes plus the exfoliating benefits of oatmeal and almonds. Internally: When eaten, mangoes can aid in
reducing skin problems, including zits.
Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C,
E, B1, B3, B5 and B6and minerals
including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance.
There you have it! Enjoy Raw Sugar’s Raw Coconut and Mango lines for optimum skin health. Enjoy the #Rawlovin
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There’s a new hair regimen on the shelves, and it’s about to transform the way you care for your hair.
Following our philosophy of harnessing the purity and power of mother nature’s most divine ingredients and processing them through ColdPress Technology® into skin-loving products, we’ve launched a brand new hair regimen that will nourish, enrich, and revitalise your hair… naturally.
At its roots, our hair regimen is all about pure blends of organic fruits, vegetable oils, organic extracts and superfoods – and the nutrients and vitamins they pack. These wholesome products get their power from ingredients found in nature and their heavenly scents from the essential oils locked into them.
Vegan-friendly, paraben and sulphate free – this is hair-loving goodness you can feel good about.
Without further ado, we’d like you to meet our hair’s brand new best friends – we think you’ll get along very nicely.
MOISTURE SMOOTHIE (COCONUT + RAW HONEY + SWEET ALMOND MILK)
Say hello to nature’s miracle recipe for dry hair. Made to quench the thirst of moisture-deprived hair, it’s packed full of intense hydration. Moisture Smoothie’s natural blend of Coconut, Raw Honey and Sweet Almond Milk works overtime to support growth, soothe dry ends, strengthen and nourish parched hair – leaving you with shiny, well-moisturized locks.
Did you know coconut oil is incredibly good for your hair? This amazing natural potion improves scalp health, supports hair growth, and adds spades of volume and shine. Rich in antioxidants, coconut oil has powerful antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
Honey is a powerful humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air. This is especially good for overly-dry, overworked hair that’s seen a few too many flat irons and blowdryers – and it works wonders on a dry scalp. Honey is an emollient, which helps to smooth and soften your tresses. The smoothing of the outer cuticle layer helps hair reflect more light and appear shinier.
Almond milk is incredibly rich in protein, which means it’s super effective in strengthening hair and reducing breakage. It also has the efficacy to tame fly-aways and smooth the texture of your hair. Additional nutrients in almond milk include potassium, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc – it’s chock-full of good stuff.
MOISTURE SMOOTHIE SHAMPOO
-Perfectly cleanses without stripping hair
-Restores hydration levels in dull, dry, thirsty hair
-Helps minimize breakage and shedding
-Infused with nourishing vitamins and nutrients
MOISTURE SMOOTHIE CONDITIONER
-Nourishes and softens hair
-Restores hydration levels in dull, dry, thirsty hair
-Infused with nourishing vitamins and nutrients
-Improves elasticity and hair breakage
THE BOUNCE BACK (MANGO BUTTER + AGAVE + CARROT OIL)
Sometimes your hair needs a little extra love. Maybe it’s moisture levels have been depleted, or it’s seen its fair share of overworking. Our replenishing The Bounce Back formula works to minimize hair breakage, improve elasticity and restore a healthy shine and bounce back into hair. Think of it as your hair’s very own personal hero.
If your hair is longing for a drink of hydration, Mango Butter is the perfect moisture-restorer. Packed with fatty acids and loads of beneficial vitamins, Mango Butter is great nutrient-rich food that works to soften the hair and prevent any kind of damage from the external environment.
A super-soothing hair humectant, Agave feeds your skin moisture and gives it a lustrous shine. A great benefit of Agave Nectar is the large molecules it is comprised of: polysaccharides, which have hydroxyl groups that make them attract water to nourish dry, thirsty hair.
Carrot Oil is magic. It plods away to stimulate the growth of new cells and is a natural source of vitamins A, E and beta-carotene – meaning dry tresses and scalps get to soak up some much-needed moisture.
THE BOUNCE BACK SHAMPOO
– Restores natural luster and shine
– Cleanses without stripping
– Gently rinses away impurities & product build-up for bouncy, more manageable hair
– Volume support
– Infused with nourishing vitamins and nutrients
THE BOUNCE BACK CONDITIONER
– Moisturizes without adding build-up
– Hydrates and balances
– Infused with nourishing vitamins and nutrients
– Leaves hair feeling revitalized and refreshed
HEALING POWER MASQUE (AVOCADO + BANANA OIL + COCONUT MILK + HONEY)
In this hair-worshipping, scalp-saving, hair ‘masque’ recipe – we combine the power of nature’s best healing and moisturizing oils to restore health and life to love-deprived hair.
Avocado loves your hair just as much as you love avocado. With incredible powers in rejuvenating and moisturizing the scalp, Avocado is a rich source of proteins, amino acids and vitamins – meaning it helps soothe the scalp and promotes long, strong, healthy hair and strand growth.
Banana Oil is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins which help in softening the hair and protecting its natural elasticity – all while preventing split ends and breakage. Banana Oil promotes manageability, shine, growth and works to keep dandruff under control by deeply moisturizing the scalp.
As for the Coconut and Honey, we’ve already covered the immense healing powers of those above – so you already know how effective they are on your hair.
– Deeply penetrates to intensely hydrate and rejuvenate dry, damaged hair
– Nature’s miracle formula to soften, balance, and intensely hydrate stressed-out hair
– Restores luster and shine
– Leaves hair feeling soft, shiny, and healthy
– Helps promote a healthy scalp
Some things in life just work better in pairs. Wine and cheese. Surf and sand. Ross and Rachel. Raw Coconut + Mango.
At Raw Sugar, we love thinking up magical concoctions from the divine ingredients given to us by the kind hands of Mother Nature. Our team of incredibly fussy skincare experts spend lots of time putting together different blends of wholesome fruits, nuts, seeds, and superfoods to see what works best. And frankly, our Raw Coconut + Mango marriage was an instant hit – and is fast becoming a classic.
But, there’s way more to this scrumptious-smelling duo than meets the eye. It’s actually incredibly powerful and effective on skin. Here’s why.
1. The Mango brightens
Did you know mango is magic? It works to perk up and brighten your complexion – leaving your skin feeling and looking younger, bouncier and more alive. Since it’s jam-packed with anti-oxidants, mango works to promote collagen production which increases skin elasticity and firmness. Its Vitamin A properties also help with giving your skin a head-turning glow.
2. While the Raw Coconut soothes
Raw Coconut offers the kind of soothing properties that irritated or tired skin dream of. Coconut has natural antibacterial powers that have great effectiveness in relieving inflammation, eczema, dermatitis and any painful skin allergies.
3. Mango can assist with acne
Mango is rich in Vitamin A – which has been proven to reduce oil production on the skin. So, if regular acne keeps showing up on your face like an unwelcome visitor, mango can help. Pssst – it’s also great at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, too!
4. While Raw Coconut deeply moisturizes
Coconut is a brilliant natural skin moisturizer. It’s so easily and readily absorbed into skin’s pores – and doesn’t leave behind any sort of residue. Which means that even if you have naturally oily skin, coconut will work for you.
5. The best part? ColdPress® Technology!
When this magic duo is combined into our products, it’s processed through ColdPress® Technology which locks in all the good oils, vitamins and enzymes that skin instantly soaks up. So you know your skin will reap all the pure wholesome goodness of these incredible fruits.
Still not convinced about the prowess of Raw Coconut + Mango? Visit our online store and try it for yourself. WARNING: you’ll be hooked!
The truth about nature’s wonder fruit.
Coconuts truly are the gift that keeps on giving.
Aside from being considered both a fruit, a nut, AND a seed (overachiever, anyone?) – coconuts are one of the most versatile of nature’s creations.
So much so, that according to the Coconut Research Center (yes, it’s a real place), in many parts of Southeast Asia, India, and the Philippines – the coconut tree is known as “the tree of life.” And for good reason, because incredibly – over 1500 studies have been published as evidence of the pure health benefits of the humble coconut.
Boasting lauric acid, potassium, cytokinin and electrolytes – coconut can help to improve skin and hair, slow aging, aid weight loss, and improve immunity. But that’s not all. There are many surprising benefits that coconuts offer that you may not know about. Since we’d never want you to miss out, we’ve compiled the top 5 things you may not know about coconut.
1. It can improve memory
Say what?! Yep, it’s true – coconut oil can improve cognitive function. Recent studies at Oxford University have revealed that people with signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia had short term memory benefits from its use. Remember that the next time you’re feeling a little… forgetful.
2. It can boost your metabolism
While it may seem a little strange that a fatty product could actually help with your metabolism, it’s true. How? Coconut oil helps you oxidise (aka burn) fat. It contains medium chain triglycerides which actually works to boost metabolic function and have you feelin’ fine.
3. It’s a natural deodorant
Say bye-bye to BO! Coconut oil is a great alternative to conventional deodorant. It contains Laurie acid he lauric acid which kills odor-causing bacteria. Simply apply it to your skin to ward off any unpleasant smells. Easy.
4. It’s an energy booster
Want to amp your morning smoothie up a little? Add a teaspoon of coconut oil. When paired with protein, particularly chia seeds, coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides offer the perch pick-me-up.
5. It can stop gum disease in its tracks
Did you know that some people use coconut oil as a toothpaste? Other simply use the oil pulling method for healthier mouth and gums. Because of its wonderful antibacterial properties, some dental professionals believe that coconut oil can work to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases.
Coconuts have been keeping people healthy for 55 million years!
While we in the Western world may only have just discovered (and bottled) coconuts – the truth is that ever since coconuts first appeared in tropical areas, they’ve locals as a natural elixir.
The word ‘detox’ gets thrown around an awful lot lately. From detox teas to detox day-spas – it seems to have become a commonly-used buzzword that advertisers wield to get their products out the door. But ‘detox’ does not have to be a dirty word.
In fact, a detox can be incredibly beneficial to your health (and, in turn, your skin!). It’s a science. The science of how our bodies get rid of unnecessary waste – because if waste builds up, bad things happen.
A skin detox means devoting one whole week to making and effort to remove impurities, toxins, pollutants, and dead skin cells – and to renew and revitalize your complexion back to optimum health and all-round glowy-ness. Or, if you detox really well, you can have it looking better, fresher, and more beautiful than ever.
But how do you know if your skin is in desperate need of a detox, you ask? Well, every now again, your body tries to talk to you. It tries to send you signals in the hopes that you’ll respond and take action. These signals are often what we like to refer to as symptoms. That means that right now, you body could be screaming at you with a loud and clear “DETOX ME! PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF AVOCADO ON TOAST, DETOX ME!” while you nonchalantly strut around without a care in the world, twiddling your thumbs and watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls. But, fret not, that’s why we’re here!
So, without further ado, here are 10 signs your skin may be in need of a detox. If you’ve noticed any of the below recurring in the past 3 months, you’ll need to whip out the water, get onto a liver-friendly diet, and treat your skincare routine with respect.
1. Increased skin sensitivity
2. Breakouts that just. Won’t. End.
3. Skin dullness
4. Excessive sweating
5. White or yellow-coated tongue (this could also manifest as bad breath)
6. Itchy, irritable skin
7. Increased dryness or flakiness
8. Cravings (for sugar, in particular)
9. Tummy bloating
10. Sinus congestion
If you listen to your body, and treat it as well as you would a brand new pair of white sneakers, you’ll be absolutely fine.
Ah, breakfast. The most controversial meal of the day. Some argue it’s the most important, others will tell you to skip it altogether. The truth is, however, that it’s completely up to you and your body.
Some people feel nauseated after breakfast, while others use it as fuel for the day. Some have it first thing in the morning, while others wait until 10 or even 11am for their first feed. Then there are the people who LIVE for breakfast. The ones who think of sleep simply as a time machine to their scrambled eggs and avocado on toast. The ones who are first in line at the local café on a Saturday morning. The ones who think a world without breakfast is a world not worth living in.
So if you love breakie, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 healthiest you can eat to keep you running at your most efficient for the rest of the day. Because, let’s face it, a bagel and orange juice just won’t cut it.
1. Avocado on toast
Not all carbs are bad. Especially if they’re topped with a silky green slices of avocado. Opt for a rye, brown or multi-grain bread rather than white, and be generous with your avo. The healthy fats and fiber in this meal mean you’ll be full for a while, but your blood sugar levels won’t be compromised. Add some lime juice for extra flavor, and tahini or black sesame seeds for a little more protein.
Whether you like ‘em boiled, poached, scrambled or baked – eggs are breakfast gold. Loaded with protein (6 grams a piece, to be exact, eggs are easy enough to prepare that even the most amateur of cooks can perfect them. Pair them leafy greens, tomatoes and mushrooms, or a slice of whole grain bread. And don’t skip the yolk – it’s full of good fats, vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium.
3. Homemade smoothie
A morning smoothie is an awesome way to get your daily fruit and veggies in before the day even begins. To make a well-balanced smoothie, try whizzing together some leafy greens like spinach or kale, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a nut butter for some healthy fat, and a little bit of fruit like kiwi, banana or blueberries. Add some non-dairy milk (almond works a treat!) and there you have it – a quick, easy and filling smoothie. Add a handful of organic oats for extra satisfaction.
4. Bircher muesli
This one’s super easy because you can just throw all the ingredients together the night before, and it’ll be ready and waiting for you in the morning. Use rolled oats, top with your favorite fruits, some non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and a drizzle or organic honey for a scrumptious and sweet breakfast that’ll keep your batteries charged for hours.
5. Chia pudding
Chia seeds are a superfood for a reason – they’re super nutritious, and super high in fiber. So high, in fact, that just one ounce equals an impressive 11 grams of finer per serving. They’re also high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids – perfect for vegans. To make chia pudding, mix half a cup of berries, some coconut flakes, and a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to set in the fridge overnight. The next morning you’ll have a bright bowl of goodness waiting for you.
Love cereal? Oatmeal is the healthy alternative. Made from ground oats, it contains a unique fiber called beta-glucan which helps to reduce cholesterol and keep you fuller, longer. It’s also packed with antioxidants, and has even proven to have anti-inflammatory effects!
7. Mexican breakfast bowl
This is one where yumminess is definitely on the menu. Think sliced, hard-boiled eggs, black or kidney beans, cubed tofu, lemon juice, tomato, red onion, jalapeños and avocado. It’s a scrumptious medley of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Delicious.
If you often end the week with a froster full of vegetables that hasn’t been touched and bowl full of fruit you haven’t eaten – you’re not alone. In fact, around 25% of our total grocery shop ends up in the trash. That means that almost a quarter of all foodstuffs we buy go to waste.
But, alas, there is a solution. Why not turn uneaten foods into natural cleaning products? Aside from minimizing waste, this strategy has other benefits too. By using all-natural household products, you avoid exposing yourself and your family to unnecessarily harsh chemicals – particularly in the kitchen. It’s safe, it’s eco-friendly, and importantly – it works.
Without further ado, here are our top 5 most effective natural cleaners.
With its medley of antiseptic and antibacterial properties, lemon has the natural strength to kill germs and even remove stains. Their high acidity levels mean they can also act as a bleaching agent – so they’re perfect for brightening up bathroom and kitchen tiles. Mix lemon juice with water to form mother nature’s ultimate cleanser and use it to wash dishes, surfaces and wipe off stains.
Much like lemon, vinegar is high in acidity – so it’s powerful in killing germs and warding off nasty bacteria. Simply mix one part vinegar to two parts water in a large spray bottle, and there you have it – a brand new, healthy and natural surface cleaner. For really tough cleaning, just use it straight outta the bottle.
3. Banana peel
Here’s one that might surprise you; banana peel! Instead of tossing your banana peel into the trash, make a beeline for the cutlery drawer. Simply blend the skins with a little bit of water to form a paste and use it to polish your silverware – we promise you it’ll be shinier than ever.
4. Tea bags
Tea is full of tannins, which means it’s super effective in polishing wooden surfaces like cabinets and floors. Just make sure you allow them to cool first. BONUS: If you want to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean, keep some Green Tea leaves inside it to eliminate any nasty odors!
Got some scrubbing to do? Reach for the salt. Salt works really well as an abrasive cleaner – use it to remove gunk from pans, showers, and floors. When you mix salt with a little bit of water, however, you crate a saline solution that works really well to remove stains from the carpet and clothes.
Buying skincare online can be a nerve-racking experience. What if it doesn’t work? What if it makes you break out? What about the company’s policies on animal-testing? There are so many questions that loom large – but don’t fret, because Raw Sugar won’t do any of those things. Instead, we’ll answer all your pressing questions – and be totally open about the answers.
We’ve been asked plenty of things in the time we’ve been around, and we definitely notice that there are certain questions that pop up time and time again – the things our customers seem to be really interested in. Well, here they are, all in one place, all answered, all honest. Let’s take it away.
Is your glycerin derived from animal fat or plant-based? And if animal, what animal?
You’ll be pleased to learn that NO, our glycerin is not derived from animal fat – we use a plant-based vegetable glycerin in our products. Raw Sugar is cruelty-free and proud of it.
Is Raw Sugar vegan?
Yes! All our products are vegan except for one – our Raw Sugar Facial Polish as it contains honey. That said, we have plenty of customers who lead vegan lifestyles and love Raw Sugar!
Are your products gluten free?
Yup! They sure are. You won’t find any traces of gluten in our products.
What exactly does the ingredient listed as ‘fragrance’ contain?
Good question. Our proprietary fragrances are made from a combination of naturally-derived essential oils along with synthetic ingredients, without the use of any nasty toxins such as: Parabens, Phthalates or Sulfates.
Are Raw Sugar products hypoallergenic?
Hmmm, as with any tricky skin concerns – we recommend having a discussion with your physician on what products are safe to use on your skin. We do not make any claims about our products being hypoallergenic.
Do you ship worldwide?
Not yet – but we’re working on it! We really want you to have some #rawlovin wherever you are in the world, so we are currently in discussions with several retailers internationally and will be announcing more information about this in the near future. Watch this space.
Can I purchase Raw Sugar in any shops?
Yes! Raw Sugar is available at Target – just look for the bamboo tops and white bottles in the skincare aisle.