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.
- Sign up to help a worthy cause
- Donate resources you may have
- Participate in random acts of kindness
From bold ringlets to effortless beach waves, we’re all about embracing your hair’s natural texture. The only thing is, that texture is often accompanied by a side of frizz. While there’s nothing wrong with rocking a few flyaways (they’re only natural, after all), we suspect you’re reading this article because you’re keen to keep your locks looking smooth and shiny.
While you probably know exactly what frizz looks like, you may not yet understand what it is and why it happens. When your hair’s cuticle is lifted, moisture can penetrate the strand – causing it to swell up and become ‘frizzy’. That’s why you notice your hair reach peak frizz in the rain or humidity.
So, what’s the solution to keeping your hair free of frizz and full of oomph? Here are 10 effective ways to keep frizz at bay.
Pick a Nasty-Free Shampoo
Sulfates are your hair’s arch nemesis, so try and keep them away from your cherished tresses. Shampoos that hide sulfates as an ingredient work away at stripping and dehydrating your strands, which is not what you want when you’re looking to lock in moisture. For a natural, sulfate-free shampoo, try Raw Sugar Truly Unruly Shampoo.
Use a Nutrient-Rich Conditioner
When warding off frizz, the key is to keep good moisture inside your hair cuticles so that they don’t go looking for outside sources of moisture (hello humidity). Get friendly with a nutrient-dense, vitamin-packed conditioner that will hydrate and nourish your strands from root to tip. We recommend the Raw Sugar Truly Unruly Conditioner.
Masque More Than You Do Now
Hair masks are so important for thirsty, frizz-prone hair. Feeding your hair a weekly masque will fill the holes in your hair shaft that penetrate moisture in the air that result in frizz. Raw Sugar’s Healing Power Hair Masque in Avocado + Banana Oil + Coconut Milk + Agave has a formula that is made with ColdPressed ingredients that helps to repair overworked hair that’s in need of a little raw lovin’.
Skip your Next Shampoo Day
Psst. You’re about to learn a pretty big secret. You don’t actually need to wash your hair every day to keep it clean. Most conditioners include ingredients that cleanse your hair, so skip every second shampoo day and only condition instead to avoid your hair getting stripped of its essential oils.
Brush from the Bottom Up
Well-hydrated hair blocks humidity from reaching it. So next time you brush, flip your head down and do so from the bottom up. This will distribute the natural oils from your scalp into your ends – resulting in healthier looking locks.
Switch to a Silk Pillow
Cotton pillows tend to suck moisture out of your skin and hair. To help retain healthy levels of moisture, switch to a silk pillowcase. If that’s not an option, try a silk scarf around your pillow and let your frizz-free hair reap the benefits.
Wait a While Before Blow-Drying
It may sound counterintuitive, but blow-drying your hair can actually cause frizz to become worse. Too much heat on your strands will dehydrate them, especially if they’re soaking wet. If you have time, try to let your hair dry naturally before blasting hot air onto it – it’ll be left looking slicker and shinier.
Make Pins Your Friend
If you’d like to avoid loading your hair up with too much product, try smoothing out flyaways with pins instead – especially if you’re rocking an up-do. Have a box on pins on hand and within easy reach for when you need them.
Use the Body Lotion Trick
If you get caught in the rain, or if it’s a particularly humid day, avoid frizz from wreaking its havoc on your hair with a simple pump of hand or body lotion. Tie your hair up in a ponytail, squeeze some lotion into your palm, and smooth the ends of your hair out with it – being careful to run your fingers through it gently. It will look beautifully poised and polished.
Wrap It Up Into a Bun
Hot tools and hair appliances aren’t the best for your hair’s health. Keep it natural by wrapping your hair up into a bun while it’s still damp and allow it to dry up there. You’ll get beautiful, natural waves minus the frizz – or burnt out strands.
Spring is almost upon us, and along with the flowers, pollen and sunshine – this season means it’s time to do all the cleaning we’ve been putting off for the past three seasons.
And while that’s not exactly exciting, the feeling of accomplishment you get after a good spring clean are priceless.
The first place to start your spring clean is the bathroom. Why? Because it’s probably full of stuff you don’t really need anymore.
To give you a hand, we’ve rounded up a few easy ways to clean out your bathroom in less than an hour. Yep, you read that right. Your bathroom will be looking fresh in less than the time it takes you to watch a movie.
Keep the must-haves, but refresh where needed
We all need cleaning tools – they’re essential for the health and hygiene of our bathrooms. Keep the essentials you use that are still in good shape, and get rid of anything that’s seen better days in favor of a new item. Trust us, the small investment will be totally worth it.
Say sayonara to the harsh chemicals
Did you know there are so many effective cleaning ingredients hiding in your pantry right now? Instead of inhaling harsh chemicals like bleach, why not use lemon, vinegar or bicarb soda to clean your bathroom? It’s an easy way to free up space (where bottles of chemicals would once go) and ensure your home is a haven of health.
All those empty bottles on the shower floor? They’ve got to go. The ones on the windowsill too. And even in they’re not empty, if you haven’t used a shampoo, face wash, or body wash in a few months – it’s probably time to let it go.
Clear out any unnecessary decor
An empty diffuser. A dust-coated candle. An artificial plant. Bathrooms are a retreat – a place to go to refresh and rejuvenate, so they shouldn’t be filled with anything that can’t be used. Move, or give away, any decor that doesn’t serve a purpose other than collecting dust. It’ll make the space feel lighter, and make cleaning a lot easier.
Organize, organize, organize
Give everything in your bathroom a home. Use a cabinet organizer to store beauty products and cleaning products, and use a caddy in the shower for your shampoos, treatments, and body washes. Keep the cabinets looking tidy, and if you keep towels in the bathroom – place them somewhere they’ll be easy to reach.
Get down and dirty
Finally, it’s wipe-down time. Using your natural cleaning products, a sponge, cloth and cleaning brush, get into all those hard-to-reach places and give the entire room a thorough clean. If you work from the back of the bathrooms forward, you can do this strategically and quickly – it won’t take you more than 20 minutes to have the whole place sparkling.
Because Lips Need Lovin’ too.
Do your lips need a little more attention? With winter on its way, they’ll probably require a little extra TLC.
Most lip balms promise the world but only keep your lips moisturised for a hot minute, eventually drying them out even more than before – forcing you to re-apply constantly throughout the day.
Well, enough is enough, we say. It’s time to be out with the artificial and in with the natural.
The skin on our lips is thinner and more sensitive than anywhere else on our bodies – so it’s much more prone to chapping and cracking.
Our pouts don’t have many oil glands, and little to no ability to produce sun-filtering melanin. This means they can’t really defend themselves against harsh conditions – like the bitter cold of winter where the dry air depletes our skin and lips of moisture.
Natural lip balms are the best, and only, way to keep your lips well-hydrated and healthy in any kind of weather. Here are 5 other reasons you absolutely need all-natural lip care in your life.
Your Lips Will Look P lumper
Because natural lip balms heal and deeply hydrate your lips, they act as a natural plumper – giving your pout a smoother, fuller appearance.
Your Lipstick Will Last Longer
Nothing ruins the look of a lovely lipstick than cracks and flaky lip skin, so for long-lasting lip paint – you first need well-hydrated, happy lips. Natural balms lock in moisture for longer, creating the perfect base for lipstick.
They’re Safer for you
Most non-natural lip balms include a laundry list of nasty chemicals – the kind you definitely don’t want near your mouth where you’re susceptible to ingesting them. Opting for a product with natural ingredients is the safer alternative.
They Protect Your Pout From the Elements
Need a natural shield against the sun, wind and cold? You’ve got it with natural lip balms. They’re packed with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that defend your lippies against the bad guys.
You Won’t Need to use as Much
Because all-natural balms actually improve the health of your lips by providing real nourishment, your lips won’t need as much product. Their hydrating and healing properties go beyond the surface – meaning nourishment is long-lasting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 hair’s 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 avocado’s 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
At Raw Sugar, we believe skin matters – especially yours.
And we also know that no pigment, strand or pore is created equal. They’re as unique as the people they’re part of.