RAW THOUGHTS

How Often Should You Change  Your Shower Loofah?

Do you know what’s lurking in your loofah?  The scary truth is that if you have a natural loofah and it’s been awhile since you’ve replaced it, there are likely loads of bacteria and possibly even some mold hiding in there.  Especially scary if you’re using it after you shave when there may be small cuts and pores are more open.  

 

Experts agree that you should replace your natural loofah roughly every 3-4 weeks.  If you want to try and extend that time, there are a few things you can do. First, don’t leave it in a wet, moist environment.  Instead, dry it between uses in a less humid area like an open window. You can also disinfect natural loofahs by soaking them in bleach once a week.  

 

The plastic loofah’s can be used for up to two months, but keep an eye out for signs of mold and toss it if you get a wiff of any musty or mildewy odor.

5 Benefits of Bamboo & Charcoal 

Charcoal and Bamboo don’t sound like the typical beauty product ingredients — even for men.  But when you get down to it, research is showing these ingredients are supercharged self-care enhancers and have recently shown up in everything from body washes to $100+ face creams.  

 

The potential health and beauty benefits of both Charcoal and Bamboo are lengthy so we’ve boiled it down to the top five biggest beauty-boosting benefits.  

 

  1. Charcoal is the ultimate deep cleanser. Charcoal penetrates the skin pulling out congestion that can cause enlarged pores, redness and contribute to dull, uneven skin tone.  It’s extremely effective at purifying the skin.  

 

  1. Charcoal is major detoxifier. Toxins actually bind to Charcoal drawing out bacteria, poisons, chemicals and other micro particles to the surface thus detoxifying skin, leaving you with a flawless complexion.  

 

  1. Bamboo is rich in natural silica, an ingredient that can help give your skin a radiant glow. Silica also aids in the production of collagen which firms your skin, giving it a more youthful bounce.  

 

  1. Bamboo extract also acts as a powerful antioxidant, which in turn helps keep your skin safe from damaging free radicals.

 

  1. Bamboo extract  is hydrating and has an anti-bacterial properties giving it the ability to heal skin.  

Want to give it a try? Our Raw Men Body Wash in Charcoal + Bamboo is detoxifying, deep cleansing and hydrating, made with plant-derived ingredients including Charcoal and Bamboo extracts.  Find it here.

Winter Wonder. How to keep your skin soft and glowing all season.

Winter is coming.  And though we won’t be fending off any White Walkers, we will be battling some seriously dry skin. Winter weather, heaters and the dry air can leave skin dry, itchy and flaky. So how do you get and keep a hydrated winter glow?  
 
We call it the Holy Trinity. Clean. Exfoliate. Hydrate. To cleanse, start with products that are gentle, contain natural, plant-derived ingredients and stay far away from anything with sulfates or parabens. You may even want to try a formula for sensitive skin during this time. Raw Sugar Green Tea, Cucumber + Aloe Vera Body Wash for Sensitive Skin is the perfect go-to. It’s extra gentle and moisturizes as it cleanses.  
 
Exfoliation is key to sloughing off the dry stuff so moisturizers can penetrate the skin. Raw Sugar Sugar Scrubs full of natural raw sugar and Cold Pressed enzyme-rich fruit oils gently exfoliate but don’t dry out skin. Instead, they leave a soft,  protective moisture veil so skin is left refreshed and glowing.  
 
The final step is hydration. In warmer months you might be able to get away with an every day light lotion, but now is the time to dig in to richer creams that nurture your skin with botanical extracts, vitamins and natural butters like Shea and Coconut. Raw Sugar Body Butters are the perfect texture and melt into skin with mood-boosting scents and plant-derived ingredients that are deeply nourishing and restorative.  
 
Winter is your time to shine.  Find all the products mentioned in this article HERE

Hair care That will Save Your Strands this Winter.

Winter is notoriously hard on your hair.  Between cold dry air and indoor heaters that suck the moisture from your hair, you have to work a little harder to keep your strands frizz-free, soft and silky.  

 

The first step is changing your shampoo and conditioner regimen to natural products that put moisture in through botanical extracts, essential oils and plant-derived ingredients.  Avoiding products with sulfates and parabens is key to keeping strands from becoming even more damaged from these harmful ingredients that may give a temporary silky feel, but ultimately dry out your hair, causing even more damage.  

 

Using a healing masque once a week to deeply nourish over-worked and dry hair will help with shine, strength and the appearance of visibly healthier strands as well.  It’s well worth the extra love to spend winter with bouncy, shiny, vibrant hair.

 

Find our Moisture Smoothie Shampoo, Conditioner and our Healing Masque HERE!

 

Must Have SkinCare For Men

Self-care isn’t just for women.  While men may not be in to 24k gold face masks or weekly pedicures, that doesn’t mean they don’t love a good product that makes them look, feel — and smell their best.  

 

The most basic place to start for men is their Body Wash.  It’s the foundation for everything else that happens after the shower.  Using one that is good for the skin and made with plant-based ingredients means it not only loves their skin, but the planet too.  

 

Raw Men Body Wash and Bar Soaps from Raw Sugar Living are just the ticket.  They come in four irresistible scents which leads us to a big must-have for male grooming.  A signature scent.  

 

Finding and claiming a signature scent or two is a must-have for any man that wants to leave an impression on the people he comes in contact with.  Using a Body Wash or Bar Soap that lathers into a clean, subtle scent and fills the shower with good vibes is incredibly sexy and can even eliminate the need for overpowering cologne.  

 

Raw Men Body Wash and Bar Soaps come in four scents that evoke the character, essence and life of a man.  Black Coconut + Sea Salt for wild, bold, adventure; Eucalyptus + Cedar Leaf for strength, calm and sureness;    Blue Citrus + Agave for clean, crisp, salt air and So. Cal vibes plus Charcoal + Bamboo for vibrant, fearless and good to go.  

 

A daily routine for men should be quick, simple and low maintenance.  A Body Wash that does double duty and gives the freshest feel, cleanest clean and leaves a fresh scent is the top men’s self-care must-have.  

Bye-Bye to Dry, Chapped Lips

Say Bye-Bye to Chapped Lips 

The air gets dry and suddenly you’re biting and licking your peeling, cracked lips.  Why are lips so much more vulnerable to the dry weather? For one, skin on the lips is much thinner than the rest of our skin.  But the biggie, is that lips lack oil glands so they actually can’t produce their own moisture. 

 

So how do you keep lips soft and supple without natural oils?  Hello, lip-loving Lip Balms. Natural Lip Balms full of essential oils can repair, hydrate and lock in moisture which is key to keeping lips soft, supple and protected.  

 

Raw Sugar has five delicious flavors of natural Lip Balms.  They’re 95% Organic and are full of ingredients like Cold Pressed fruit extracts, Macadamia Nut and Shea Butters,  plus Vitamin E. The nutritive formulas add moisture and lift spirits with the bright, fresh flavors; Lemon Sugar, Raw Coconut + Mango, Pineapple + Maqui Berry, Watermelon + Fresh Mint and Almond Milk + Agave.  

 

Say bye-bye to chapped lips now and forever.  A little Raw Sugar Lip Balm love is all you need.  

What to Eat to Feel Your Best!

What to Eat to Feel Your Best!

 

Food is medicine.  Whether we like to think of it that way or not, what we eat absolutely affects how we feel.  Our energy level, our mood, our focus and even our skin. So with all the diet hype, what should you eat to make yourself feel your best?  

 

For most people, avoiding fad diets and just focusing on eating whole foods will do the trick.  It sounds simple, but once you begin to really look at what you’re consuming, you’ll be surprised at how much of what we really eat, isn’t in its natural form.   Cutting out all sugars, simple carbs and anything processed can drastically reduce brain fog, inflammation and is a top priority to having vibrant health.   

 

Your mantra should be if something comes from a manufacturing plant, keep your distance.  If it is a plant, go for it! Veggies, fruits, proteins and good fats should be the mainstay of your daily diet. Taking a probiotic should also be on the top of your list, as gut health is key to fighting inflammation and boosting your immune system.  

 

If you’re eating what nature made instead of man, you’ll notice a big boost in energy, vibrancy and mood that will help you look, feel and be your best self.  

 

One final note; be kind to yourself.  If you make a bad choice, acknowledge it, give yourself grace but don’t beat yourself up.  You are beautiful. You can make healthier choices and feel good. Know it. Believe it. And do it for you, Sugar.   You deserve all the good vibes that come from being your best self.    

 

A Raw Sugar Guide to Wellness for Men.

A Raw Sugar Guide to Wellness for Men.

 

 

With men owning their own health and even self-care rituals, a new awareness of wellness has emerged.  One that is gender-free, open, positive and transformative.  

 

For some time, women have led the charge in the self-care movement, but men are slowly coming to realize the impact of what taking time to care for themselves can do for their body, mind, spirit and overall well-being.  

 

Here are a few tips to guide men on their way to wellness. 

 

  1. Get More Sleep.  You think you can do it all, but sleep is the number one way our bodies regenerate and if you’re skipping it, you will have burn out.  Sleep is your best weapon in your quest for wellness. Protect it.  

 

  1. Your Doctor Misses You. Men are 70% less likely to seek medical attention compared to women.  Get your yearly exams. Find a naturopath to consult with, get your hormones checked. Being a human is not gender specific.  We all need the care of professionals to be our best.  

 

  1. Clean up your shower routine.  Skin is skin, no matter your gender and it absorbs 60% of what you put on it.  If you’re slathering your skin with products that strip you of your natural oils, or exposing you to chemicals that can be hormone disruptors, you’re putting your health at risk.  Instead use body washes, soaps and shampoos full of plant-based ingredients and botanical extracts. They smell better, they’re better for the environment and the potential health benefits are worth it.  Men love a good Win-Win.  

 

  1. Move. Stretch. Play.  Your body, mind and spirit need physical release.  If you can be out in nature, moving your body, doing something that makes you happy, your wellness graph will take a big spike in the positive.  

 

  1. Affirm yourself and practice gratitude.  Men aren’t typically good at this. They seem to push through without stopping to acknowledge all the amazing things about themselves or wait for someone else to point out their positives.  Begin to affirm your own self. Take note of all the good things you do and who you are. Be grateful for everything in your life. Your life really is as good as you think it is, so with a little tweak to your mental chatter, positive emotions and good vibes will take hold pushing you on to greater, happier, healthier overall wellness.  

 

Blog three: What to eat to feel your best!

Food is medicine.  Whether we like to think of it that way or not, what we eat absolutely affects how we feel.  Our energy level, our mood, our focus and even our skin. So with all the diet hype, what should you eat to make yourself feel your best?  

 

For most people, avoiding fad diets and just focusing on eating whole foods will do the trick.  It sounds simple, but once you begin to really look at what you’re consuming, you’ll be surprised at how much of what we really eat, isn’t in its natural form.   Cutting out all sugars, simple carbs and anything processed can drastically reduce brain fog, inflammation and is a top priority to having vibrant health.   

 

Your mantra should be if something comes from a manufacturing plant, keep your distance.  If it is a plant, go for it! Veggies, fruits, proteins and good fats should be the mainstay of your daily diet. Taking a probiotic should also be on the top of your list, as gut health is key to fighting inflammation and boosting your immune system.  

 

If you’re eating what nature made instead of man, you’ll notice a big boost in energy, vibrancy and mood that will help you look, feel and be your best self.  

 

One final note; be kind to yourself.  If you make a bad choice, acknowledge it, give yourself grace but don’t beat yourself up.  You are beautiful. You can make healthier choices and feel good. Know it. Believe it. And do it for you, Sugar.   You deserve all the good vibes that come from being your best self.    

 

What Do Men Love in The Shower?

What Do Men Love in The Shower?

 

Sure. We could go there, but what we really want to talk about is what products men love to use in the shower.  With the self care wave washing over all genders, men have more choices than ever when it comes to reaching their shower goals.  

 

So what does a man care about when it comes to coming clean?  Evidently, what a man really wants, is to smell good. 

 

With the launch of Raw Men by Raw Sugar, men can finally have access to the same thoughtfully crafted formulas full of clean living, plant-based ingredients and Cold Pressed extracts that women have been enjoying for years.  And the smell is amazing.  

 

The scents evoke the spirit, character life and essence of a man with their four different scents; Eucalyptus + Cedar Leaf, Citrus + Blue Agave, Charcoal + Bamboo and Black Coconut + Sea Salt.  The Body Wash and Bar Soaps have a rich, clean lather that leaves skin hydrated, giving them the freshest feel along with an uplifted spirit from the subtle, empowering scents.    

 

Men are awakening to the fact that when a product is made this thoughtfully — vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free with no parabens or sulfates — they can have an impact on the planet and their health by the skincare purchases they make.   

 

They want to feel and do good as well as smell good.  Products with social giveback programs, like Raw Sugar who donates a bar of soap for every product sold, give men a chance to be a part of the sweeping social good that comes with purchasing power.  

 

Let’s give all the men out there practicing self-betterment some love for caring, for upping their grooming game and for smelling amazing.  You go, man.   

Smooth Hair Remedy Here: Frizz-Taming Must Haves

If you’re feeling like you’re losing the fight against the frizz, its key to understand what causes it so you can choose products that help tame your mane.

 

Frizzy hair happens when your hair cuticles are rough and hair is dry and void of natural oils.  That’s why its key to avoid sulfates in shampoo that strip hair of natural oils. Other things to avoid; over-styling, rough towel drying, over-brushing and even washing with extra hot water.  

 

Here are some frizzy hair must-haves for better, smoother, sleeker hair days ahead.  

 

The Moisture Smoothie Shampoo + Conditioner:  Dehydrated locks drink in this strengthening shampoo smoothie formulated with Cold Pressed Coconut + Agave + Sweet Almond Milk that smooths, shines and gives hair a surge of moisturizing nutrients.  

 

The Truly Unruly Shampoo + Conditioner:   Perfect for curly hair.  This deeply cleansing and conditioning combo works without any unnecessary ingredients that weigh curls down. Fortified with rich Avocado, cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar, and healing Rosemary Oil to define curls and tame frizz.

 

Raw Boost: An amazing leave-in treatment boost with Soy Protein for shine and Certified Organic Coconut Oil to restore hair breakage.  It seals in moisture, adds body and leaves hair with a glossy, silky finish. Buh-Bye frizzy locks. Hello, natural bounce.  

 

Healing  Power Hair Masque: When overworked and color treated hair is need of extra repair, this treatment masque heals and repairs with Avocado + Banana Oil + Coconut Milk + Agave to leave hair shinier, stronger and visibly more healthy.  

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