5 Sustainable Ways to Clean Your Body

Taking care of yourself should never be at the expense of others or the environment. That really is the heart of what sustainable self-care means.  Since our skin absorbs up to 64% of what you put on it, it also means being very intentional about what you put on your body — from cruelty free to non-toxic ingredients. All said, it’s clearly the time to clean up your self-care regimen.  

 

Here are 5 ways you can be more sustainable with your clean routine. 

 

  1. Use products made with natural or organic, plant-derived ingredients.  You’ll be giving yourself self-care that not only feels good, performs well, you’re using ingredients that align with nature and are actually good for your body and don’t poison the planet. Instead of chemicals, you’re infusing vitamins, minerals, plant extracts and skin-loving ingredients into your body that has a feel-good effect that extends to your spirit as well.    

 

  1. Use products that are cruelty free.  Sustainability means taking care of our planet, and all the living things on it. There is no place for animal testing in a soulful, sustainable world.  

 

  1. Just say no to chemical, unnatural ingredients. Using body washes and soaps that are non-toxic with no harmful chemicals is key —  not only because we absorb 64% of what goes on our body and could eventually make us sick, but the chemical waste can destroy our planet. 

 

  1. Opt for a shower to save water. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. 
  2. Find eco-friendly packaging and re-use containers. Currently only an estimate of 14% of plastic gets recycled. Re-use is the best way to live a sustainable lifestyle.

See our blog here for ideas on reusing plastic containers, 5 hacks for to be more eco-friendly, and our guide to a plant-based diet.  

5 Good News stories we all need right now.

Love wins.  

A 90 year old couple that were separated because of the Coronavirus were reunited. Upon seeing each other at their heartwarming reunion, they told each other how cute they were and haven’t stopped holding hands since.  See the video here:  https://www.today.com/news/good-news

 

Pangolins Are Now as Protected as Pandas.  

Pangolins, the world’s most trafficked animal, gets a reprieve as China gives them the same level of protection as the giant Panda and declares it illegal to use Pangolin body parts for medicinal purposes.  Pangolins have been teetering on the verge of extinction.  Read the full story here.  

https://www.positive.news/environment/conservation/pangolins-protected-in-china-as-scales-removed-from-medicine-list/

 

Drones Deliver Books to Keep Kids Reading!

 If a drone can deliver pizzas, why not books?  The COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools and public libraries across the United States, but a librarian in Virginia has thought of a creative way to keep kids reading, free of charge. The solution? Drones will deliver books of their choice straight to their door.  https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org

 

Selfless High School Senior Spends 10 Hours Straight Cleaning Up After Protests and This Happens…  
A high school senior in Buffalo, NY  was dismayed by damage done to his community after the protests left it in a wake of destruction.  Without wasting a minute, he went to work for 10 hours straight, cleaning up without any thought to reward or notoriety.  After his story got attention from the news stations, he was rewarded with a car and a scholarship.  Read the whole heartwarming story here:  https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/teen-that-cleaned-up-city-after-protest-receives-car-and-scholarship/

 

John Krasinksi Arranges a ZoomBomb for One Lucky Hamilton Super Fan.  

John Krasinski of The Office fame, has been sharing “Some Good News” as way to highlight heroes and humor during the coronavirus pandemic.  Last week, he surprised a 9 year old fan of the musical Hamilton with a Zoombomb that included Lin Manuel Miranda and the original singers of the opening song.  He also gave the girl tickets to the show when it resumes on Broadway.  Nice surprise!   

Watch it here! https://mashable.com/video/lin-manuel-miranda-john-krasinski-some-good-news-hamilton-surprise/

5 ways to boost your self confidence

Lets face it. Confidence is sexy.  We admire people that have it and we all want more of it.  We’re talking about the kind of confidence that is self-assured, self-aware, unintimidated, doesn’t try to impress and lives without fear and negative talk.  So how do we get more of it? How do you cultivate confidence and inner strength?   

 

Understand that no-one is perfect.  Even people that you think are perfect are not.   Everyone struggles with something. Start seeing yourself as equal to others and not less than.  It is what you do with what you have everyday that makes you who you are.  

 

Gain knowledge or get good at something.  

Challenging yourself by learning something new or committing to knowing more about a particular subject, or doing one thing really well.  Becoming good at something makes you interesting and being interesting boosts confidence.  

 

Silence your inner critic.  The first step toward self confidence is self love.  This is huge because it’s something most people don’t even realize they’re doing.  Even positive thinkers can walk around criticizing themselves all day long and it’s one of the most destructive barriers to self confidence. 

 

Pay attention to the thoughts you’re having. Just observe and listen to yourself.  Then question every thought. Is that true or is that a habitual reaction — then, reject the negative self talk. Truly reject it by saying I reject that thought — “I’m not stupid, I just wasn’t paying attention.”  Or “I’m not a loser, but I am overcommitting and neglecting to pay attention.” Or “I’m not fat, I have strong arms to carry my babies and legs that I can use everyday to take me places.“ Replacing negative talk with positive thoughts or solutions is key. 

 

Move.  When we are stagnant and unmoving, we don’t get the body confidence that comes from being strong and capable.  This doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon or become a body builder — just move. Whether its walking, dancing, running, yoga, stretching, taking the stairs, becoming stronger and allowing your body to perform increases confidence.  

 

Affirm yourself.  Affirmations are positive and uplifting statements that we say to ourselves. We tend to believe what we tell ourselves constantly, whether positive or negative.  Make sure you’re affirming yourself and envisioning the confident person you want to become.  

 

Care for yourself.  This quote says it all; “Self-care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” — Parker Palmer

 

Self-confidence depends on a combination of good physical care, emotional health and social fulfillment. It is hard to feel good about yourself if you are not taking care of yourself.   Make time to shower, spend an extra few minutes lovingly massaging a rich, beautiful smelling lotion in to your body, try new products that nurture you and uplift you, get sleep, dress in something you’re proud of and build your self-confidence by making the effort to look after your own needs.

 

Lastly, set yourself up to win.  Make small goals and keep track of your wins.  Your confidence will begin to creep in every day you are aware of what is derailing your confidence and every day you do something good for yourself or someone else.  You got this!

Do good, feel good – How to make a positive impact

Do good. Feel Good. 

How to make a positive impact. 

 

What does it mean to “do good?”  Any unselfish act you participate in that benefits another human being is doing good.  It can be as simple as holding a door for someone, volunteering for a beach clean-up, picking up groceries for an elderly neighbor or as involved as weekly mentoring.  Whatever it is, the impact you have when you do good reaches far beyond the actual act itself.  

 

When you do good, it does YOU good as well.   It improves not only your psychological health, but your physical health too.  Think of it as a karmic domino effect of good vibes.  

 

So how do you begin having a positive impact?  Start with what you know and go from there. Look at your community and what you’re passionate about.  Starting close to home can give you a real live view of the impact you have.  

 

Work is another place you can do good. Oftentimes, resources at companies are something you can tap in to.  As an example, Raw Sugar Living decided from the start that doing good would be part of its company culture.  The mantra “Lead with Love” is a rallying cry for acts of kindness in which the whole company participates. Their give-back mission, The Raw Sugar Initiative,  donates a fresh bar of soap to a person in need for every product sold. Simple concept, amazing results. Over 5 million bars of soap have been donated based on the simple premise that  everyone deserves to feel clean and fresh no matter what their economic situation.  

 

Aside from what it does for the recipient of your good deed, helping others is a step toward creating your own happiness, inside and out.  It releases positive emotions in you, can reduce stress, boost your immune system, help your body fight against disease and may even help you live longer.  Now that’s a positive impact. You see, kindness really does matter.  

 

 

A few simple ways you can do good. 

  • Volunteer 
  • Mentor 
  • Sign up to help a worthy cause
  • Donate resources you may have 
  • Participate in random acts of kindness 

Born to be Wild: it’s Time to Embrace Your Natural Curls

Are you ready for the best curls of your life?

 

We hope so, because they’re coming.

 

If your hair was born to be wild, don’t try to tame it. Embrace it.

Curly hair, like any other hair type, can express a major part of a person’s identity, so the moment you flip the switch and tune your mind into wanting to make the most of your strands – instead of straightening them or changing them into something they’re not — the easier it becomes to fall back in love with the hair you were born with.

 

While your straight-haired friends might express confusion at your relationship with your mane, curly-haired sisters have an unwritten code that unites us: we know the effort that gets put into maintaining our curls.

 

At Raw Sugar, we get it. And we don’t want to hide your curls, because they’re part of what makes you who you are. Instead, we want to maximize your hair’s natural potential with our new line of curly-hair-loving products – the NEW Truly Unruly Shampoo and Conditioner, made to unleash your inner can’t-be-tamed goddess.

Truly Unruly Shampoo – Avocado + Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosemary Oil

What could possibly give more love to curly hair than a Cold Pressed blend of natural goodness? Truly Unruly Shampoo was designed to keep your hair’s true character in tact, only with more OOMPH, more shine, more moisture and much better overall health. This shampoo will deeply cleanse your hair without weighing your beautiful curls down – it keeps them bouncy and free. Enriched with the deep moisturization of Avocado, refreshingly cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar, and hair-healing Rosemary Oil – your tresses will be left well-loved and beautifully defined. It’ll keep your wild curls under control, but make sure their wild spirit remains untouched!

Truly Unruly Conditioner – Avocado + Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosemary Oil

The more moisture you can keep in textured tresses, the better, so upping your hair’s dose of nourishing vitamins and nutrients will have it looking better than ever. Instead of suppressing your hair’s natural texture and beauty, our Truly Unruly Conditioner highlights it. Its super boosting ingredients are a power-packed blend of Cold Pressed nutrients that control frizz and restore shine. Rich Avocado feeds your locks until they’re smooth and hydrated, Apple Cider Vinegar softens and rejuvenates, and Rosemary Oil unveils its natural health.



So if your hair is Truly Unruly, we say – keep it that way, because stunning locks are on the way.

10 Completely Free Self-Care Practices you can Start Tonight

In this wildly fast-paced world we live in, it can be tricky to find the time to focus on caring for ourselves: bodies, souls and minds.

 

We prioritize achievements over well-being, and to-do lists over long-term wellness.

 

Between packing school lunches, trying to drink enough water, and fighting to find a balance between work life, home life, and a social life – it’s hard to find the time to pencil in self-care.

 

But the thing is, self care shouldn’t be an optional activity – it should be a priority. When you’re well and happy, other parts of your life will thrive too.

 

 

Self-care isn’t a One Time Deal.

 

You don’t just tick it off the list and forget about it. It’s continuous. For your self-care routine to be effective, it needs to become as ingrained in your daily routine as your morning tea or coffee.

The following are simple, and completely free, self-care habits you can add to your routine. They’re so easy, you can start tonight.

 

Start a Gratitude File.

Take a few moments to reflect on the day that’s passed, and focus in on the things that brought you joy. They could be as simple as a delicious warm meal or a cuddle from a loved one. Write at least three of these down into a journal every night.

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Be Completely Present in Something you Usually do on Autopilot.

Monotonously brush your teeth every evening while your mind is miles away? Try and be present in those few minutes and use it as a mini mindfulness session.

Clear a Space that’s been Bothering you.

And keep it that way. If the clutter of your shoe rack or drawers have been nagging at you, don’t put it off – tidy it up now and make a habit of keeping it like that.

Edit your Social Media Feed.

Social media can be draining. Sift through your feed and mute or hide anyone whose posts don’t serve you, don’t make you feel good or teach you anything beneficial.

Stretch it out.

Unknot your tensions and stretch out your kinks with a few minutes on the mat – or the bedroom floor, whatever works best for you.

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Make Time for Mindful Breathing.

Oxygenate by taking three deep breaths into your abdomen, and let the air trickle out of your stomach and chest.

Pamper your Body Before Bed.

If you don’t have time to soak in a long, indulgent bath – perhaps you could take some time to lovingly massage body lotion into your skin, or put a mask in your hair before bed.

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Set an Intention for the Next Day.

If you set one achievable intention for the day ahead, you’ll wake up with purpose. Try to set no more than one, that way – your focus will be fierce and your day more successful.

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Switch Off for a While.

For you, switching off could mean putting your phone on airplane mode or losing yourself in a good book. Whatever it is, it’s important to give our minds a rest – at least for a little while.

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Connect with People you Love.

We mean really connect. Have a nice conversation with the kids as you put them to bed, ask your partner about their day and really listen, or call someone you miss. Human connection is so important for a fulfilled soul – make it meaningful, every day.

5 Amazing Ways Avocado is a Miracle Ingredient For Your Hair

Fellow avocado devotees, smashed avo enthusiasts, and guacamole addicts – we have news for you: you’re about to love avocado even more.

 

Avocados are basically synonymous with happiness. Their bright, green, creamy insides have become a staple ingredient in breakfasts, smoothies, and even face masks all around the world.

 

They’re rich and creamy, and filled with healthy fats that promote brain and heart health. Plus They make everything you put them on taste miles more yummy.

Basically, if there was ever a world without avocado in it, we certainly wouldn’t want to be part of it.

 

The humble avocado is one of the most versatile, and nutritious, foods around. One of its main superpowers, however, has fallen a little under the radar: the superpower of restoring moisture and hydration to dry hair.

 

Dryness is not your hairs friend. It can lead to breakage, split ends, frizz and overall lackluster hair quality.

 

There are few ingredients that can truly nourish dry hair by moisturizing hair shafts from within – and avocado is one of them.

 

It contains magical healing properties that will restore the driest tresses back to their hydrated state of glory. Here’s how.

 

Fatty Acids = Long-Lasting Hydration

One of the avocados major strengths is in its fatty amino acids. These acids work hard to coat your hair shaft, locking in much-needed moisture, while avocado’s natural oils ensure your hair stays well hydrated.

Vitamin-Rich Goodness

Avocados contain a mixed bag of vitamins, including Vitamin A, D, E, and B6 – feeding your hair truckloads of nutrients. They’re also rich in minerals like copper and iron, which work to soothe your scalp and promote healthy growth.

Queen of Antioxidants

Avocados are chock-full of antioxidants, which help protect tresses from free radicals and damage – therefore extending the lifespan of your healthy, hydrated hair.

Reverses Damage

Forever your hero, avo will help repair the damage dryness has caused your hair by deeply conditioning it and feeding it the good stuff it needs to be restored to optimal health.

Encourages Growth

By unclogging your hair follicles, avocado will help to stimulate new hair growth for an even fuller, more robust and beautiful mane.

Our (completely and utterly unbiased) picks for best avocado-infused hair care are:

 

Raw Sugar Healing Power Hair Masque – Avocado + Banana Oil + Coconut Milk + Agave

Cold Pressed for ultimate nutrition, this masque is super dose of nourishment for shinier, stronger, visibly healthier hair. An indulgent blend of nature’s highly nourishing plant-derived power ingredients repair overworked hair that’s in need of a little Raw Lovin’.

Raw Sugar Truly Unruly Shampoo – Avocado + Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosemary Oil

Deeply cleanse your hair without any unnecessary ingredients that weigh your curls down. Fortified with rich Avocado, cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar, and healing Rosemary Oil – your curls are left defined and frizz is luxuriously tamed.

Raw Sugar Truly Unruly Conditioner – Avocado + Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosemary Oil

The super boosting ingredients in Truly Unruly conditioner are a power-packed blend of Cold Pressed nutrients! Rich Avocado deeply conditions, Apple Cider Vinegar softens and hydrates, while Rosemary Oil promotes healthy hair. Stunning locks are on the way!

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Your Skin’s Healthiest, Glowiest, Fittest Year Yet

Because your skin needs a wellness plan too.

When you went into the new year, perhaps you set some goals. A few may have been fitness related, like practicing yoga three times week. Others may have been about diet and practicality, like vowing to meal prep your lunches. And maybe you had a few related to personal growth, too – such as meditating or journaling every night.

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Secret Sleep Stealers: How to Bust Them and Get Better Rest

If there’s no amount of lavender spray and breathing techniques that’ll keep your head on the pillow, there could be something else amiss.

Often, the things keeping you up at night aren’t what you’d expect. Putting aside the obvious habits and patterns that lead to sleep deprivation, we’ve busted a few unexpected factors that are preventing you from getting your full eight hours.

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