Micro-braids are big for summer.
Make two thin face-framing braids at the front of your hair to hold hair off the face, leaving the rest of your hair loose and undone, giving you a bohemian chic, easy vibe. Pair it with a flowy summer dress for the cutest, look that says you’re laid back and full of style. If you want more, small braids all over are totally in right now, a’la Bo Derek in the 80s.
The Space Bun
This is the perfect in-between washes hair style because you need texture to hold it together. The space bun is a modified Princess Leia look with two small buns on the top/sides of your head, leaving the rest of your hair down. Use our Dry Shampoo Texture to add instant texture to make this style easier to pull off and have plenty of bobby pins to secure buns in place.
Summer wouldn’t be summer without undone, beachy waves. Leave hair down, using a larger curling iron, start about 4 inches down from the part and wrap hair, leaving the last inch or so out of the curling iron so you have straight, undone ends, otherwise the curls look too fussy. Once you’ve curled all your hair, spritz a little of our Texture Dry Shampoo into hair, separating curls with your fingers. You’re left with a cool-girl vibe that looks good no matter how messy it gets.
Find out which Raw Sugar Hair Care product is right for your type.
Healthy self-care includes your hair, but shampoo and conditioner are not one size fits all. Finding the right hair care for your hair type could make the difference between life with lustrous locks or fighting the frizzies on a daily basis. That’s why we tailor our haircare line to specific needs. Check out which collection may be the perfect fit for you below.
For overworked, dehydrated hair that needs an extra shot of moisture and nourishment.
The Moisture Smoothie
Amazing for hair that’s dry and overworked and needs a heavy dose of moisture. The Moisture Smoothie Shampoo + Conditioner is a hair strengthening duo to achieve a tamed mane. This super hydrating formula with Cold Pressed Coconut + Agave + Sweet Almond Milk delivers thirst quenching nutrients to keep your hair sleek, shiny and vibrant.
For hair that doesn’t want to be weighed down, craves weightless body and bounce.
The Bounce Back
Add more life to your hair with our Bounce Back shampoo–infused with shine enhancing Cold Pressed carrot oil and vitamin-packed nutrients. Certified Organic mango butter & nourishing agave deliver weightless bounce and soft body, with a delicious mango scent.
For hair that is wild and unruly, needs curl-defining nourishment and frizz fighting power.
The Truly Unruly
Our Truly Unruly puts life back in your curls without weighing them down. The deeply cleansing formula is fortified with rich Avocado, cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar, and healing Rosemary Oil so your curls are under control but wild spirit is still fully intact!
For hair and scalp that is heavy with product build-up, needs a healthy detox and deep cleansing of the scalp to achieve stronger, longer hair.
The Scalp Restore
Get rid of scalp build-up with a formula made with plant-derived ingredients. You can achieve the perfect clean for scalp health and hair strength with this balancing, ultra-hydrating and clarifying trio. Activated Charcoal, Tea Tree extracts and Moringa Oil detoxes by lifting out product build-up and impurities, washing them clean away. Hair is nourished, detoxified and vibrant.
For tired, flat hair that needs a quick pick-me up between washes to revive volume and freshness.
Dry Shampoo Volume
This lush, gorgeous smelling Dry Shampoo is your go-to for quick volume between washes. The super-fresh formula is crafted with Bamboo Powder and organic Marshmallow Root extract to magically absorb oil and impurities so your hair instantly bounces back to life with added volume, revived vibrancy and beautifully fresh scent of watermelon and lychee.
For tired, dull hair that needs an instant boost of style between washes to add texture and revive freshness.
Dry Shampoo Texture
For flat, lifeless hair in need of extra style. This lush, plant-derived formula made with Bamboo Powder and organic Marshmallow Root extract to magically absorb oil and impurities to add instant texture for maximum style between washes. It revives stale hair with a beautifully fresh scent with hints of coconut, maqui berries, rose and cedarwood.
Turns out, tequila is not the only thing an Agave plant is good for. This razor sharp succulent is really an ancient healing modality used by the Aztecs. They would use the liquid center of the plant for everything from healing wounds and flavoring their food and drink to a remedy for skin issues. In fact, they believed Agave was a gift from the gods. We think it’s one of the most powerful, natural ingredients we can add to our arsenal of effective, clean, skin-loving products.
Agave is your go-to if you’re looking to refresh and rejuvenate your skin. Keep in mind, it’s good for all skin types, but we use it in our Sensitive Skin formula for its ability to restore, hydrate, calm and soothe irritated skin.
Here are a few more benefits:
- Agave contains natural surfactants — cleaners that help break down dirt and oils. They’re also one of the best known natural stimulants of hyaluronic acid that helps plump skin and boost collagen.
- Agave is full of vitamins B1, B2, C, D and K, and provitamin A.
- The vitamin C helps brighten skin and repair damage done by environmental pollutants and the sun.
- It is anti-aging and helps keep skin soft and supple, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
- Agave is incredibly hydrating. Perfect for dry, irritated skin.
- Agave soothes skin irritations and is a natural antiseptic.
- It is known to strengthen, add resiliency and add elasticity to hair.
How your feelings are tied to Watermelon vibes.
We already know, watermelon has incredible benefits for our skin with it’s rich vitamin C, antioxidant and moisture content. But what about the benefits of how watermelon’s smell?
Smell is our most primal sense and holds surprising sway over our emotions. The emotion we tie to a scent has a lot to do with our past. In fact, our previous experiences have a strong impact on how we experience a specific scent. It may bring up subconscious feelings of nostalgia, joy, comfort, happiness, or in the case of watermelon — a summer day.
Watermelon is no doubt summer’s most quintessential fruit. It represents long, lazy days in the sunshine, carefree feelings, picnics and poolside parties. So when we come across the scent of watermelon in self care products like our body washes, lotions and lip balms, we subconsciously think happy thoughts. Our brains are wired to go back to
lighthearted, thirst-quenching, cheerful, mood boosting feelings we had when we experienced watermelon. So next time you want to be uplifted, happy and fresh — reach for our Watermelon + Fresh Mint collection with all its moisture loving, skin softening, and spirit-lifting vibes. You’ll be happy you did.
Delicious food swaps for your celebration.
Celebrating the 4th of July is as American as apple pie and hot dogs. Add to that macaroni salad, potato salad full of mayo, pie-eating-contests and burgers on the grill and we go downhill on the food-that’s-good-for-you scale pretty quickly. Tradition aside, we thought we’d offer a few healthy menu swaps you can make so that your celebration aligns with your summer wellness goals.
Here’s to a happy, healthy 4th of July.
Menu Swap Ideas:
- Instead of regular hot dogs, offer Turkey dogs and vegan options.
- Replace beef burgers with healthy veg options or use grass-fed beef and put out fresh lettuce to wrap them in instead of buns.
- Make BBQ chicken in a slow cooker and make your own BBQ sauce. It’s easier than you think!
- Deviled eggs can be replaced with hard boiled eggs, cut in half and added to a crudite platter full of veggies and healthy dips like hummus or avocado dip.
- Instead of potato salad, try organic roasted potatoes with or without a chimichurri sauce or baked sweet potato “fries”.
- Rather than dousing your fruit salad with dressing, put fresh red, white and blue fruit such as watermelon cubes, grapes, strawberries and blueberries on skewers. Grilling fruit like peaches, nectarines and plums is an amazing side dish as well and really brings out summer fruit flavors.
- Replace baked beans which are loaded with brown sugar and preservatives with a healthy side bean salad. One with black beans, avocado, corn, tomatoes, red onion and a lime vinaigrette is a favorite.
- Coleslaw is loaded with mayo and sometimes buttermilk. Keep the cabbage, add some shredded carrots and use a vinegar based recipe instead. Better yet, serve a chopped fresh green salad with a homemade dressing of lemon, olive oil, a pinch of dry mustard and salt and pepper.
- Instead of pies full of butter and sugar, make a patriotic berry trifle with real cream so you can limit the sugar content or make a berry fruit crumble that is just like a pie, but with a healthier crispy topping made from almond flour, oats, a little maple syrup for sweetener and some chopped nuts.
Let love reign…or rein it in?
With five planets in retrograde and two full moons, July is a busy astrological month, full of girl power, finding our balance and honoring the Yin and Yang. We start the month in the midst of a Mercury retrograde, so we sadly don’t get to start off free from astrological baggage and it continues to be a time of expansion and contraction — especially where love is concerned.
Alpha-female Cancer is ruling the skies and this is no shrinking violet situation, as the Cancer-positioned planets will but heads with Pluto in masculine Capricorn on July 6 and 16. It will be imperative that we have the right balance of structure and sensuality, yin and yang, sensitivity and sensibility. A few ego battles or power struggles could certainly ensue along the way. Here’s hoping the Cancer new moon on July 15 will get us all put a little more love in our hearts. The Sun will move into fiery Leo on July 22, lightening up the mood swings. But, on July 25, TWO planets turn retrograde (backward): sensual Venus and rebellious Uranus. All manner of interpersonal relations can go wonky while Venus backslides until September 6—first in Virgo, then in Leo from July 31 onward. To add some kind of silver lining, it’s a favorable time to work on relationship issues, resolve conflicts or even to reunite with an ex if that’s a positive. Retrograde high season officially kicks into gear the last week of July with FIVE planets—Venus, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto—all retrograde. It’s a great time to take a big, step backward and reflect on your life from a distance or even press pause. If you’ve been forcing an agenda, this is a good time to loosen your grip and let the universe lend an assist. The month ends with an Aquarius full moon on July 31. This one is also turbo-charged, so double the manifestations should be headed your way. Since Aquarius rules the unexpected, it’s anyone’s guess how things will come together. Embrace the spirit of adventure—and camaraderie.
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Not all of us feel safe heading back to the gym quite yet but want to keep our fitness level on point. Using only your own body weight, these versatile moves can help you create a mini, full-body at-home workout without a single piece of workout equipment. Just by using the weight of your body and the power of gravity, you can build muscle and burn fat. For a more intense, sweat-inducing session, plan to do three sets of all seven exercises with 1 minute of high knee, in place running or jumping jacks in between exercises. Get it, girl!!
Lay on your stomach, and raise to your elbows and toes. Keep your body as tight and straight as possible. It’s best to look in a mirror so you can make sure your body is straight and your rear end isn’t raised. Hold for a minute if you can then relax and repeat!
Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Step back with your left foot, landing on the ball of your foot and bending your knees to create 90 degree angles. Push through your right heel to return to standing and repeat on other side. Repeat 15 times.
Spider Man Mountain Climbers:
Start in a high plank on hands and toes with body straight and tight. Drive your right knee out and up toward your right elbow. As you do, turn and watch your knee meet with your arm. Alternate sides as fast as you can while maintaining a sturdy plank and keeping torso tight and still.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-distance apart. Sit your butt back and bend your knees to drop into a squat, keeping your chest upright. Jump into the air as hight as you can and straighten your legs. Land back on the floor with soft knees and repeat.
Wide Grip Push Ups
Start in high plank position with your hands flat on the floor — a little wider than shoulder-width apart, wrists under shoulders. Keeping your body in one long line, bend your arms and lower yourself as close to the floor as you can, Push back up to start. Extra challenging, do this slow…
Standing Oblique Crunches:
Stand with your feet hip—width apart and hands behind your head and elbows out wide. Lift your left kneed toward your left elbow while you bend your torso up and over to the left. Make sure you’re squeezing your abs tight as you do it. Repeat on other side.
Laying on your back, with hands to your side, scoot your heels as close to your body as you can then lift your rear end as high as you can. Squeeze everything as tight as you can then raise up and lower for a count of 20. Try one legged version of this for an extra challenge.
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.
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!
Aloe Vera has always been a super-botanical in the skin healing world. We slather it on our sunburns and use it to relieve irritated skin so it makes sense that Aloe Vera has made its way into our skin products as a way to deliver a wide range of goodies, including a heavy dose of moisture plus vitamins and minerals that are both anti-aging and restorative.
Aloe doesn’t just soothe our skin — it goes deeper as a nutrient dense skincare ingredient that can treat, exfoliate, restore, reveal and provide impressive nutrition to your skin.
- Aloe Vera is nutrient rich with both vitamins (A, B, C, D and E) as well as minerals like zinc, magnesium and potassium.
- It has an extremely high water content and is very hydrating for dry skin without making it greasy.
- It is rich in vitamin C, E and beta carotene which are all nourishing and anti-aging.
- It has polysaccharides that not only give skin a hydrating boost, but anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Aloe Vera provides a natural barrier to protect skin.
- It contains phytosterols which help soothe itchiness and irritation.
- Calms irritations and puffiness with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Can help increase skin elasticity.
- Aloe is a collagen-booster which can help skin look younger and reduce the appearance of scarring.
- It’s 100% natural and good for sensitive skin.