Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

A little something for everyone.  

 

This year, it’s all about little gifts of self care.  2020 has helped us lose our need for fancy and instead put the focus on how to make our homes our personal work space, sanctuary and spa.  So along with the cozy sox and the requisite Christmas candy, add some personal care treats, some clean living inspiration and feel-good gifts to rock their Christmas morning.  

Here’s our list of our Raw Sugar favorites to stuff, wrap or tie on the tree.  

 

  • Body Wash and Hand Wash for all your Vanilla Lovers.  

Stuff someone’s stocking with Vanilla Bean + Sugar Body Wash and Hand Wash.  It’s our coziest scent of the season.  

 

  • Body Wash in a totally new scent: Avocado + Cactus Pear .  

Surprise your favorite Raw Sugar Lover with one of our brightest new scents. Avocado + Cactus Pear Body Wash is a beautifully luxe, skin-conditioning, pretty scent that cleans and hydrates skin with every shower.

 

  • Give a Happy Glow: Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut Sugar Scrub.   

Our Sugar Scrub in Pineapple Maqui Berry + Coconut is an uplifting scent that will make spirits bright and exfoliate so winter skin gets beautifully soft and glowing.  

 

  • The Hydrating Dream Teams: 

Our adorable star ornaments come with two essential 2020 gift items and are perfect for stuffing in a stocking or tying on the tree: Hand Cream to keep hands soft in a year of washing 24-7 and one of our Natural Lip Balms because no one is wearing lipstick under their masks anymore.  

 

  • The Wish List: 

Don’t miss our limited edition holiday scent in Winterberry + Mint in a fabulous four-pack gift set with  Body Wash, Sugar Scrub, Body Butter and Lotion to help your squad glow for the holidays. 

 

  • The Naturals Lip Balm Gift Set:  

Our trio of fan favorite Natural Lip Balms will make all your mask wearers happy.  They not only keep lips soft and smooth under your mask, but the flavors act like aromatherapy, so everyone can breathe easy and happy.  

 

  • The Favorites: 

We’ve boxed up full sets of our fan- favorites for you so you don’t have to guess what anyone will love.  Choose from Green Tea + Cucumber + Aloe Vera for your sensitive skin friends or Raw Coconut + Mango.  Each set comes with a Body Wash, Sugar Scrub, Lotion and Body Butter 

 

  • Vanilla Bean + Sugar Dreams 

Gift the vanilla-lover in your life with head-to-toe holiday sweetness.  The  Vanilla Bean + Sugar Dreams gift set includes Simply Hand Wash, Simply Body Wash and ultra-hydrating Lotion, all crafted with plant-derived ingredients and skin-loving, Cold Pressed extracts in a scent that evokes pure holiday magic. 

Healthy Holiday Recipes

There’s no need to pile on the extra calories during the festive season. We know that it’s very easy to get carried away when grandma brings over that second slice of pie, so we’re sharing our favorite healthy recipes for the perfect holiday feast. We’ve compiled some of our favorite, starters, entrees and desserts to cover all the basis this Christmas.Read More

Have you heard about the gift that keeps on giving?

Honestly, how many of you washed your hands today? Two in five Americans admitted to not washing their hands all of the time and a remarkable 3% even admitted to never washing their hands. 1 in 3 people in the States shower less than once a day with 24 per cent stating they can’t even address their personal hygiene needs due to how and where they live. These statistics aren’t here to alarm you but rather inform you and think of a solution.

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How to make New Years Resolutions that will stick

The New Year – a magical catalyst for change and motivator for transformation.
That time of year is here where we vow to throw out old habits and pick up positive new ones.
Where we feel we have a clean slate and can turn over a new leaf.
If you’ve often made New Years’ resolutions that you haven’t quite kept, you’re not alone. Many
of us overpromise ourselves with long lists and near-impossible tasks. But you can make
positive life changes that WILL stick. It just takes a little bit of extra effort and persistence.
Follow these 5 steps to make successful New Years’ resolutions that will actually stick.

 

1. Find support
The start of a new year is the perfect time to make changes – because many other
people around you will be doing the same thing. Talk to family and friends about
how your respective resolutions are going – they’ll offer positive reinforcement and
push you to keep going.

2. Set realistic goals
Set yourself up for success by setting realistic, step-by-step goals – rather than
just one great big one. That way, each small goal will be easier to achieve – and
every achievement will give you the encouragement and feeling of progress you
need to keep moving forward.

3. Anticipate obstacles
You’re going to have obstacles along your journey – that’s a given. Make a list of
what they could be so you have a plan on how to deal with them when they show
up.

4. Failure is good!
If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again. Failing sometimes is
inevitable – but it’s the way we react to failure that matters. Giving things another
go after you fall will make you stronger, more resilient, and increase your chances
of success in the long-run.

5. Give yourself a pat on the back
Plan to reward yourself for your progress and you’ll have an even greater
incentive to stick to your goals. But don’t just limit rewards to achievements, and
make it about effort instead. Treat yourself every time you don’t give up when you
easily could have and your probability of success will be incredible.

The BEST ways to relax your mind over the holidays

Silly season. Party season. Feasting with family and friends season. Whatever you call the holidays – there’s no denying it’s a big time of the year. From the endless parties to the relentless gift shopping, the holidays take up a lot of energy. During such a busy period, it can be easy to just forget to… rest.

But, with intentional and mindful activities planned during the holiday season – it can be the most effective time you have to rejuvenate, re-energize and recuperate.

Here are 5 great ways to relax and recharge… as the champagne pours somewhere off in the distance.

A little solitude goes a long way.

If you’re an introvert, you’ll need your dedicated “me” time. To avoid running on empty, start your day with a morning ritual that involves no other people… just you. This way, you’ll be able to mentally prepare yourself for the socializing and stimulation the day will bring.

Balance out the big social gathering with more intimate ones.

In a sea of big, boisterous parties – it can be difficult to have meaningful conversations and bond with people you care about. Plan smaller, more intimate events with your partner, your two best friends, your mother, or your favorite colleague. These sort of parties leave you feeling energized rather than drained.

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Make time to move your body.

It’s so easy to forget exercise over the holidays. But with its incredible ability to reduces stress, exercise is one of the most important things to keep up as part of your holiday routine. And, it doesn’t have to be a killer gym workout or hours on the treadmill – a nice hike, a spot of backyard yoga, or just a long walk will do the trick.

Get outside among nature.

Your body will not enjoy being cooped up inside all winter long. Spending time outside will help clear your mind, assist with prioritizing, and give your body a good dose of Vitamin D – which is super useful for dealing with stress.

Put work on pause… completely and entirely.

It can be tough to switch off. It really can. But if you have a job that allows you to take some time off, then actually take that time OFF. That means no work emails. No research. No talking to clients. Just chill and enjoy yourself so that you can go into the New Year well rested and ready to take on the world!

5 useful tips for easing into veganism

So you want to go vegan. You’ve heard about the ethical, environmental and health benefits the vegan lifestyle delivers and you want in. You’ve been planning it all year, but just haven’t quite gotten around to it. You reason that after the holidays and into the new year is the best time to make the transition – when the slate is clean and motivations are high.

But… how do you make the change, and make it successfully? Here are some useful tips and guidelines to ensure your transition to veganism is one that sticks.

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Educate yourself.

Before anything else, make the effort to learn everything there is to know about veganism. This will really help you feel prepared and get you excited to embark on a positive life change. Read all about the benefits of the vegan lifestyle. Learn how to optimally nourish yourself on this diet so you won’t have any deficiencies. Start understanding ingredients lists and which ingredients are off-limits. All the insights will help you ease into a plant-based lifestyle with confidence and ease.

Add before you subtract.

Rather than just going cold turkey and eliminating all meat, dairy and eggs from your diet straight off the bat – start incorporating more vegan-friendly foods before you take anything out. That way, the transition will be smoother and won’t shock your body. Start adding more legumes, seeds, nuts, vegetables, non-dairy milk (like almond, rice, or soy) and tofu into your diet. You can also start a collection of delicious vegan recipes you can get excited about making.

Leave the hardest till last.

What’s your favorite food ever? That one you think you’re gonna have a really, really hard time letting go? That one. Maybe it’s a creamy feta cheese, or your Sunday morning eggs on toast. Whatever it is, don’t cut it out straight away. Leave it until last. Phase it out in a slow, controlled manner – this could take weeks or even months. You’ll find that the less you have it, the less you’ll crave it.

Learn all the good substitutes.

Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the good stuff. Did you know that nutritional yeast flakes make a great substitute for parmesan cheese? Or that coconut yogurt tastes just as good (if not better) than dairy yogurt? Experiment with all these substitutes to find which ones you like best. Soon enough, you’ll be creating your own new plant-based versions of traditional favorite recipes.

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Don’t lose sight of why.

When the going gets tough, it’s easy to be tempted into giving in. But, when you know exactly why you decided to be vegan and remind yourself of that, you can quickly reign the temptations in. This is why it really helps to know all the benefits of a plant-based diet and the positive effects it has on our health, environment, and humanity.

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