7 best self care practises you need to introduce to your life right now

Sugar, you may already know that you are the only one that can control your environment and what you allow in your life. That premise is what sparked the whole self-care movement. The realization that there are things you can do every day — both mentally and physically — to promote a sense of greater well being in your life.  

 

So what are some simple things that promote a more peaceful, loving relationship with yourself and in turn creates a more positive life for those around you?  Here are seven simple ideas to start you on your self care journey.  

 

 

  1. Practice gratitude.  Starting a daily gratitude journal or a morning meditative practice where you think of all the things you’re grateful will nurture a deep sense of well being in your life.  Not only that, the more gratitude you show and practice, the more things that come in to your life that you’ll be grateful for. You’ll attract an avalanche of abundance.

  2. Draw your boundaries like a [email protected]&8$# f-er.  Yep. Said it. Not taking it back.  Protecting your boundaries simply means learning to say NO to things you commit to that drain your energy.  You don’t have to accept every invitation. Be honest with yourself and look at what drains your emotional bank and what fills it up.  Are there things you need to let go of? Overcommitting, being sleep deprived and constantly busy are not badges of honor. They are a symptom of a person that is not protecting their emotional well being. 

 

 

  1. Sleep! Being sleep deprived affects your mood, your productivity, your focus, your memory, your food cravings — literally every aspect of your being. Making sleep a priority in your life will affect you profoundly. Creating a peaceful environment and regulating the time you go to bed and wake up every day is a good place to begin your new state of restfulness.   

 

  1. Move.  However you want and whatever you like to do — just move your body.  Dance in the kitchen. Walk barefoot on the beach. Adopt a morning stretch or yoga routine.  The key to moving and self care is that if your body isn’t strong enough as you age to handle the everyday demands, then you’ll feel it emotionally as well.  When you move you strengthen your body, mind and spirit. 

 

  1. Create a morning ritual that nurtures your body and feeds your soul.   Take 10 minutes to yourself to care for your body.  Cleanse then moisturize to start detoxing on a cellular level and nourishing your skin. Treat yourself to a face oil and spend a full minute massaging in to your face. Use a body wash that smells uplifting and fresh.  Caring for your body sparks feelings of love and nurturing rather than the self criticism that seems to be our default.  

 

  1. Unplug.  Whether it is for a day, an hour or while you take a long, warm bath. Turn off the phone, put down the laptop and just be. The freedom from being unavailable for a period of time allows you to get out of “reactive mode” to focus and be in touch with your own ideas, desires and needs.  

 

  1. Do something new.   Have you ever wanted to try reiki, sample a new type of cuisine or stand up paddle board?  Maybe you’d like to take a dance class or hike to the Hollywood sign or ride a horse on the beach.  The point is that trying new things inspires joyful living. Get out there and expand your horizons.  The more experiences you have in life, the more you have to contribute.  

 

Self care will never happen unless you intentionally make space for it. It’s not selfish.  It’s the only way to truly live your best life and be your best for the people you love.  

5 health benefits of adding Yoga to your morning routine

Making a decision to add yoga to your morning routine may seem counterintuitive if you’re a busy person, but it actually adds time to your day by helping you become more focused and present. In fact, the way you start your morning has a huge impact on your mood, productivity and happiness for the entire day.  

 

Substitute a few minutes of yoga for checking email or social media and you’ll no doubt see positive changes in all areas of your life.  The benefits are far reaching both physically and mentally.  

 

  1. Improved Focus + Mental Clarity.  Yoga helps you learn to bring your breath under control and teaches stillness in the mind which allows you to learn a deeper level of focus that benefits concentration and both task and time management.  

 

  1. Energy Boost.  After starting your day with a yoga session, you may even find yourself foregoing your cappuccino habit.  Moving your body means you’re oxygenating cells and when that happens, your whole body reinvigorates.  

 

  1. Reduces Stress + Anxiety Levels.  With more oxygen pumping and a more focused mind, you’ll automatically feel more relaxed.  Yoga breathing also helps calm nerves and release blocked and anxious energy in your body. The mindful approach to yoga also helps you become less reactive in general. 

 

  1. Increased Strength + Flexibility.  Yoga lengthens and stretches our tight bodies, and when done in the morning, prepares you to move throughout the day, helping to prevent injury and stiffness. It increases spinal flexibility, promotes better posture and uses our own body weight to increase muscle tone which also helps boost metabolism.    

 

  1. Helps Sleep Rhythm & Balance Hormones

 The attention to breathing and meditation has a positive effect on the endocrine system, which is responsible for long-term body maintenance. The endocrine system uses glands and hormones, to help keep you balanced. Certain yoga poses stimulate the pineal gland which excretes melatonin that regulates sleep patterns.

 

From mood to muscle tone, there are so many reasons to become a morning person and a yogi! Namaste! 

Your Ingredient Checklist For The Perfect Bath

Essential Oils for Setting the Mood.

 

Set a positive and relaxing mood for your bath sesh. Essential oils have amazing benefits that can help improve your health and overall wellbeing.

 

It can

  • Relieve inflammation
  • Help you relax for a good night’s rest
  • Improve your psychological health

 

If you have a diffuser, pour a few drops of your favourite essential oil and let yourself seep into a deep relaxation state.

 

Foaming Baths that Help you Unwind!

 

 

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Try pouring some of our soothing Foam Bath liquid into your bath, as the water runs, to make it bubbly and enjoyable. Nothing is better than dipping your entire overworked body into a hot, steaming bubble bath.

 

If you’re intrigued, try our Lemon Sugar Foam Bath, it’ll help you revive and recenter yourself. Want to be transported to a tropical island? Use our Foam Bath in Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut! Want to turn your bath into a luxurious smoothie? We’ve got our fan favorite Raw Coconut + Mango scent too!

 

Bath salts to help relieve aching muscles and dry skin.

 

Now that you’ve added a foaming bath to your sesh, add a handful of bath salts to maximize your R & R time. Bath salts have many benefits…You can use it to exfoliate your body or let it soak into the water, if you have achy muscles, it will relieve that too.

 

Candles to set the ambience

 

Instead of using a diffuser,  light up a candle. This is going to make your bath session extra calm and make it oh so pretty! It’ll be Instagram worthy & will gain so many likes!

 

A great book to get lost in.

 

The last ingredient for the perfect bath is a great book. After a long day at the office, you want to unwind and just get lost in a really fascinating book. Here at the Raw Sugar Living, we love a good romance or action novel that gets us flipping page after page!

 

 

Our Raw Sugar Living products are made with plant-based ingredients to give you the ultimate healthy skin care experience. We not only have bath & body products but also have a fantastic selection of hair care, lip care and personal care.

 

Do you have everything? If not, it’s okay! Head to Target to find all that you need for your next bath sesh.

5 Incredible Ways To Spend Me Time When You’re Burning Out

Whether you’re a hardworking mom or overworked professional, you deserve some me time! We look out for our Sugars, so here are 5 of our favorite ways to unwind and avoid feeling burnt out!

 

#1 – Set time aside to meditate

Picture this. Full schedule ahead for the week, a plethora of tasks to do and all you can think about is what you’re making for dinner.

 

Life is full on, but you still have to be present. Take 10 mins out of your day to meditate. If you need a little help, download an app like Headspace or Calm to walk you through a guided meditation. Meditating will help you to collect your thoughts and to recenter yourself.

 

#2 – Draw a relaxing bath that smells divine

Light an aromatic candle and grab an enticing book because you’re going to spend a good amount of time relaxing.  

 

Try a Foam Bath or soak your body into a relaxing Sea Salt bath! It’s the best way to have a little bit of fun and help you reset.

 

With a range of scents like Lemon Sugar, Pineapple + Maqui Berry_+  Coconut or Raw Coconut +_Mango, you will be on your way feeling zen and smelling divine!

 

# 3 – Get active and move your body

If your mind feels tired, don’t overwork it, instead get you body moving. Being active helps release tension and increases our happy hormones, AKA endorphins. Go for a short walk, align yourself with nature and breathe in that fresh, crisp air! Or if you are really feeling, hit the gym!

 

Either way, it’s important to get and stay active. Get your heart pumping and focus on yourself, because sugar, you are a 10!

 

#4 – Create a #SelfCareSunday routine

When you feel good, you look good! A personal self-care routine is vital when it comes to alone time. Dedicate a whole afternoon or night to yourself and give yourself some love with a self-care routine every Sunday.

 

#5 – Put your phone on do not disturb

The sound of silence is sweet, isn’t it? In today’s day and age, we have become so accustomed to our phones and electronics, the idea of unplugging sounds weird!

 

You won’t miss out on anything. It’s okay to check out for a little and be in your own presence without any devices. If you don’t like the idea of turning your phone off, hit the ‘do not disturb’.

 

Make your me time extra personal and at ease with Raw Sugar Living

 

We want you to live your best life, so check our range of hair care, body and bath care, lip care and personal care products that help you feel amazing and are healthy for your body!

5 Cosmetic & Skincare Ingredients To Avoid When You’re Pregnant

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It’s such an exciting time when you find out you’ve got a little one coming soon. Whether it’s your first child or your 3rd, it’s important to understand what ingredients are in your beauty products to keep your baby safe.

 

We are passionate about living a clean and healthy lifestyle and we want the same for you Sugar moms!  Here are 5 top cosmetic and skin care ingredients that you need to avoid throughout your pregnancy!

 

#1 – Toluene

 

Toluene is an ingredient that is commonly found in nail polish. This doesn’t mean you can’t get your nails done, it just means you need to be mindful of how harmful these toxins are during your pregnancy. So be sure to look for nail polishes that are toluene, phthalate and formaldehyde free.

 

#2 – Dihydroxyacetone

 

Who doesn’t want to look like a bronzed goddess? We all do, but some ingredients in self-tanners especially the spray kind can be really unhealthy when inhaled.

 

You will find dihydroxyacetone listed as “DHA” on most labels.  It’s best to avoid the self-tanner all together and embrace your natural skin colour while pregnant.

 

#3 – Ammonia

 

Ammonia is most commonly found in hair dyes & is incredibly harmful to the lungs and can make your skin irritable. Choose an ammonia-free hair dye for touch ups but, it’s best to just steer clear of any hair dyes during your pregnancy.

 

#4 – Benzoyl Peroxide

 

You’re growing a beautiful baby inside, so your body is going through hormonal changes. During pregnancy, it’s normal to develop hormonal acne. Benzoyl peroxide is a power acne remedy but it’s way too powerful for the baby and it’s

usually found in over the counter acne treatments. Avoid this and speak to your ob/gyn or dermatologist for the safest and best way of treating your hormonal acne.

 

#5 – BPA

BPA is an ingredient that is NOT found in any skincare or cosmetics, but it is found in plastic, which you most likely use.  BPA can unsettle the endocrine system and potentially lead to serious health issues.

 

Rest assured, every Raw Sugar Living products have everything you love and nothing you don’t want!

 

We strive on producing Hair Care, Personal care, Lip care and Bath & Body Care products that are unfiltered and whole! No junk or harmful chemicals are added to our products, so you won’t find any of these harmful ingredients in Raw Sugar products

 

Always consult with a healthcare professional to determine the type of products that are safe for you during your pregnancy.

10 Expert Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Spring Clean Your Bathroom in Less Than an Hour

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.

 

Beauty reboot

 

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.

5 Reasons you Need All-Natural Lip Care

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.

 

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.

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Crafted and produced in sunny SoCal, Raw Sugar Living is a natural lifestyle brand on a mission to promote clean and healthy living through products that are good for the body and nourish the soul.

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