How to Enjoy a Happy & Healthy Life, Right Now!

With summer slowly approaching, many of us feel a fresh sense of hope.

A new day is on the horizon, and our bodies and minds are telling us that it’s time for improvement.

Instead of focusing on a specific area of physical refinement for

tomorrow – like signing up for a gym membership, for example – why not start living your happiest, healthiest life… today?

There are many things you can control in your everyday life to ensure you’re living at your best. If you make a habit of the following 5 things every day, we guarantee you’ll feel better because it.

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Start Your Day By Setting Intentions

Setting positive intentions is a wonderful thing. By understanding what you truly desire and how you desire to feel, your everyday life your life will glow with a brand new sense of being.

Setting intentions helps you get your power back. Once you’re
clear on how you want to feel and what you want to achieve, you can make clearer and more assured day-to-day decisions that will lead you to the life you truly want to be living.

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Make Gratitude Your Attitude

It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of everyday stress, but when we do, we

forget to stop and smell the roses. When we get so busy chasing what we want, we don’t often appreciate what we already have.

Practicing gratitude, or thankfulness as a daily
ritual can greatly improve our mental and emotional well-being. In fact, studies have shown that gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25%. People who make gratitude a priority tend to have enhanced levels of
creativity and power, are more resilient, have stronger immune
systems, and even have stronger social relationships with other people.

Find the Exercise You Love

Our bodies are designed to move. Your body is an extraordinary thing – capable of doing so much if you treat it kindly. Moving your body will not only benefit your physical health, but your mind too. Exercising releases endorphins, the feel good hormone your body produces to create a positive boost in your mood.

We know gyms aren’t for everyone, and you can’t force a habit you
simply don’t enjoy. Experiment with a few types of activities to find the one you truly

love – and when you do, it won’t feel like a chore, but rather a daily hobby that you look forward to. Perhaps you’ll enjoy yoga, or maybe nature walks. Maybe your thing is competitive
sports, like soccer, or could it be something water-based, like swimming or surfing?

No matter what it is, you’ll find it. Once you do, it won’t even feel like exercise!

 

Repeat Positive Affirmations

What you think, you become. Choosing positive patterns of thought and repeating positive affirmations will lead you feel more optimistic and happy. In Western society, we’re all programmed from birth with scripts that play through our minds all day long. Unbelievably, more

than 75% of those scripts are skewed toward negative thinking.

The power of your mind is incredible, and you can equip yourself with the tools that change the way you talk to yourself. By practicing daily affirmations that reassure and inspire, you’re setting yourself up for more self-love, self-acceptance, and self- belief. What could possibly be better than that?

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Practice Inner Peace

A powerful way to find greater contentment is to practice inner peace.
Giving your mind time to stop and take a mental deep breath allows more clarity and harmony.

Whether you choose to meditate, pray, practice yoga, or even listen to music, giving your mind a few moments of peace will help you center yourself and really feel the blessings you already have in your life.

Top 5 Smoothies With Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond milk

Healthy skin and hair starts from the inside.

When it comes to feeling and looking well, a complementary system of a nutritious diet and a nourishing tropical regimen are in order.

Well-functioning organs, hydrated cells, and neutralization of free radicals are all essential for healthier skin, hair, and a clearer mind. Feed your body good, wholesome food on a daily basis. This gives you the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you need to glow from the inside out.

One of the easiest ways to pack superfoods into our diets is with smoothies. They’re quick, they’re easy, and if you’re doing it right – they’re also delicious.

One of our favorite smoothie bases is Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk.

Coconut oil is an incredible force of natural health — it contains Lauric Acid, increases metabolic function, and hydrates – to say the least.

Raw Honey is a rich natural source of antioxidants, contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, helps digestion, and works to heal and soothe.

Almond Milk is super rich in nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and a variety of vitamins – all essential for optimum health.

Using this superfood-trio as a base for your smoothies will ensure you’re getting in plenty of goodness and flavor from the get-go. To take your smoothie game up a notch, here’s our top 5 smoothies with Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk.

Get ready – mornings are about to get a lot more energetic.

NUTTY WONDER

Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Banana + Baby Spinach + Natural Peanut Butter

Rich and creamy – this smoothie combo is a great way to get in your daily greens.

1 tsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp raw honey

3/4 cup almond milk

Half a frozen banana

Handful of baby spinach

1 tbs natural peanut butter

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SUPER-TROPICA

Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Avocado + Mango + Chia Seeds

Avocado and mango will transport you to a tropical island, while the humble chia seed packs a protein punch.

1 tsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp raw honey

3/4 cup almond milk

Half an avocado, deseeded

1 mango, deseeded

1 tbs chia seeds

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STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Organic Rolled Oats + Strawberries + Almond Butter

It tastes like a cake, but it’s really good for you. Enough said!

1 tsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp raw honey

3/4 cup almond milk

Half a cup organic rolled oats

Handful strawberries

1 tbs almond butter

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SWEET GREEN GODDESS

Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Blueberries + Green Tea

Antioxidant-rich green tea and blueberries add tons of nutritional value.

1 tsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp raw honey

3/4 cup almond milk

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup brewed green tea

IMMUNITY WARRIOR

Coconut + Raw Honey + Almond Milk + Carrot + Ginger + Apple + Turmeric Powder

Immune-boosting ginger, carrot, apple and turmeric will work wonders for your good cell count. 

1 tsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp raw honey

3/4 cup almond milk

1 carrot

2 tbs fresh ginger

1 apple

1 tsp turmeric powder

To top it all off, add Raw Sugar’s NEW ‘The Moisture Smoothie’ shampoo to your regimen for the ultimate superfood fix.

The Moisture Smoothie combats dehydrated hair in a single rinse with a nurturing shampoo that treats your locks, making them feel silky and smooth. Packed with Coconut (rich in hydration properties), Honey (which stimulates hair growth) and Almond Milk (to smooth), dry scalps are no match for this ultra-moisturizing formula. Processed through ColdPress Technology® and infused with Organic Extracts to lock in all that is pure and wholesome. This shampoo will definitely extend your “detox” to your hair. Treat your precious locks to a SoCal summer smoothie!

Click here to get yours today!

5 Essentials to Pack on Your Next Getaway

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The last thing a getaway should be is stressful.

Enter the art of minimalism; a beautiful, simplistic, back-to-basics way of being that can help make your vacation time more relaxed and enjoyable. A getaway should be about unwinding your mind, restoring your energy, experiencing the unexperienced, and taking in a new perspective. That’s why when it comes to packing – the less you take, the better.

If you’d like to prioritize experiences over possessions on your next vacay, here are the only 5 things you really need to think about packing. Now, isn’t that liberating?

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1.

One Core Outfit

Why not give yourself a break from making decisions about what to wear? Every decision we make throughout the day takes up little bits of mental energy (this is called decision fatigue), so the more we do to cut them out – the better. Pack as many variations as you need of one core outfit (including basics, of course), and you’ll be giving yourself more time to spend on doing what you actually want to do on your trip. Oh, and your core outfit should always include protective items – like a hat if you’re heading somewhere sunny.

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Skincare

It’s important to stick to your skincare routine and care for your complexion with consistency. When you’re transitioning into another climate, no matter how slightly different the temperature might be, your skin will know it – keep feeding it the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, even when you’re in another time zone. To pack your skincare efficiently, get a hold of some travel sized containers and bottles. Squeeze the perfect amount of cleanser, moisturizer, body butter, and importantly, sun screen, you think you’ll need. This will save you precious suitcase space, and make your luggage much lighter.

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A good book

Whether it’s a novel or a journal – something to read, or write in, is always a good idea. A trip with your favorite E-Reader or physical book is the way to go. Taking a book about the history or nature of the place you’re going to will add extra intrigue and wonder to your vacation. Journaling about the activities you did is also a great way to wind down each night!

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An Eco-Friendly Tote Bag

Fold a tote bag into your suitcase so you have a compact, but handy, bag to use during the day on your trip – especially useful if you plan on going to the beach or shopping local products. A tote bag will save you (and the environment) from having to use plastic bags – and many of them nowadays are made with snap locks to keep your valuables safe.

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Self-Cooling Water Bottle

Keeping well-hydrated is non-negotiable. When you step outside your day-today routine, you need to be a bit more mindful of what you put into your body. A self-cooling water bottle is the safest way to ensure you always have a cool sip of water – no matter where you are. Listen to your body and it’ll thank you for it.

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There’s a new hair regimen on the shelves, and it’s about to transform the way you care for your hair.

Following our philosophy of harnessing the purity and power of mother nature’s most divine ingredients and processing them through ColdPress Technology® into skin-loving products, we’ve launched a brand new hair regimen that will nourish, enrich, and revitalise your hair… naturally.

At its roots, our hair regimen is all about pure blends of organic fruits, vegetable oils, organic extracts and superfoods – and the nutrients and vitamins they pack. These wholesome products get their power from ingredients found in nature and their heavenly scents from the essential oils locked into them.

Vegan-friendly, paraben and sulphate free – this is hair-loving goodness you can feel good about.

Without further ado, we’d like you to meet our hair’s brand new best friends – we think you’ll get along very nicely.

MOISTURE SMOOTHIE (COCONUT + RAW HONEY + SWEET ALMOND MILK)

Say hello to nature’s miracle recipe for dry hair. Made to quench the thirst of moisture-deprived hair, it’s packed full of intense hydration. Moisture Smoothie’s natural blend of Coconut, Raw Honey and Sweet Almond Milk works overtime to support growth, soothe dry ends, strengthen and nourish parched hair – leaving you with shiny, well-moisturized locks.

The ingredients:

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COCONUT OIL

Did you know coconut oil is incredibly good for your hair? This amazing natural potion improves scalp health, supports hair growth, and adds spades of volume and shine. Rich in antioxidants, coconut oil has powerful antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.

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RAW HONEY

Honey is a powerful humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air. This is especially good for overly-dry, overworked hair that’s seen a few too many flat irons and blowdryers – and it works wonders on a dry scalp. Honey is an emollient, which helps to smooth and soften your tresses. The smoothing of the outer cuticle layer helps hair reflect more light and appear shinier.

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ALMOND MILK

Almond milk is incredibly rich in protein, which means it’s super effective in strengthening hair and reducing breakage. It also has the efficacy to tame fly-aways and smooth the texture of your hair. Additional nutrients in almond milk include potassium, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc – it’s chock-full of good stuff.

The products:

MOISTURE SMOOTHIE SHAMPOO

-Perfectly cleanses without stripping hair

-Restores hydration levels in dull, dry, thirsty hair

-Helps minimize breakage and shedding

-Infused with nourishing vitamins and nutrients

-Improves elasticity

MOISTURE SMOOTHIE CONDITIONER

-Nourishes and softens hair

-Restores hydration levels in dull, dry, thirsty hair

-Infused with nourishing vitamins and nutrients

-Improves elasticity and hair breakage

THE BOUNCE BACK (MANGO BUTTER + AGAVE + CARROT OIL)

Sometimes your hair needs a little extra love. Maybe it’s moisture levels have been depleted, or it’s seen its fair share of overworking. Our replenishing The Bounce Back formula works to minimize hair breakage, improve elasticity and restore a healthy shine and bounce back into hair. Think of it as your hair’s very own personal hero.

The ingredients:

MANGO BUTTER

If your hair is longing for a drink of hydration, Mango Butter is the perfect moisture-restorer. Packed with fatty acids and loads of beneficial vitamins, Mango Butter is great nutrient-rich food that works to soften the hair and prevent any kind of damage from the external environment.

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AGAVE

A super-soothing hair humectant, Agave feeds your skin moisture and gives it a lustrous shine. A great benefit of Agave Nectar is the large molecules it is comprised of: polysaccharides, which have hydroxyl groups that make them attract water to nourish dry, thirsty hair.

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CARROT OIL

Carrot Oil is magic. It plods away to stimulate the growth of new cells and is a natural source of vitamins A, E and beta-carotene – meaning dry tresses and scalps get to soak up some much-needed moisture.

The products:

THE BOUNCE BACK SHAMPOO

– Restores natural luster and shine

– Cleanses without stripping

– Gently rinses away impurities & product build-up for bouncy, more manageable hair

– Volume support

– Infused with nourishing vitamins and nutrients

THE BOUNCE BACK CONDITIONER

– Moisturizes without adding build-up

– Hydrates and balances

– Infused with nourishing vitamins and nutrients

– Leaves hair feeling revitalized and refreshed

HEALING POWER MASQUE (AVOCADO + BANANA OIL + COCONUT MILK + HONEY)

In this hair-worshipping, scalp-saving, hair ‘masque’ recipe – we combine the power of nature’s best healing and moisturizing oils to restore health and life to love-deprived hair.

The ingredients:

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AVOCADO

Avocado loves your hair just as much as you love avocado. With incredible powers in rejuvenating and moisturizing the scalp, Avocado is a rich source of proteins, amino acids and vitamins – meaning it helps soothe the scalp and promotes long, strong, healthy hair and strand growth.

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BANANA OIL

Banana Oil is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins which help in softening the hair and protecting its natural elasticity – all while preventing split ends and breakage. Banana Oil promotes manageability, shine, growth and works to keep dandruff under control by deeply moisturizing the scalp.

As for the Coconut and Honey, we’ve already covered the immense healing powers of those above – so you already know how effective they are on your hair.

Product benefits:

– Deeply penetrates to intensely hydrate and rejuvenate dry, damaged hair

– Nature’s miracle formula to soften, balance, and intensely hydrate stressed-out hair

– Restores luster and shine

– Leaves hair feeling soft, shiny, and healthy

– Helps promote a healthy scalp

INTRODUCING ‘THE BEAUTY REGIMEN’

Nourish your skin to nurture yourself.

Hey, there, sugar. Did you know that one of the largest detoxification organs on our bodies is actually our skin? That means it’s just as important to show the same level of care to the skin on our bodies as we do to the skin on our faces.

Our philosophy has always been that simpler is better. That’s why we use pure, natural ingredients, organic extracts, and carefully-crafted products – and, we were even the first in the to introduce ColdPress Technology® into the beauty-sphere. So when it comes to nourishing complexions in a pure yet potent way – we’ve got you covered, top to toe.

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In fact (*EXCITING NEWS ALERT*), we’re introducing a new member to the Raw Sugar family; and it’s called The Beauty Regimen. The Beauty Regimen is an uplifting, nutrient-rich, detoxifying, purifying and soothing set of skin-worshipping goodies that includes a Sugar Scrub (to brighten and rejuvenate), a Bath Fizzer (to feed, relax and comfort), and a Body Butter (for deep moisturization and hydration).

The Beauty Regimen was formulated by our fussy skincare creators in sunny California to make your everyday body-care routine that much more seamless (and to make you GLOW like the goddess you are!). It’s a one-stop-shop of wholesome, vitamin-packed goodness – designed to infuse your skin with everything it needs to be healthy, happy and radiant; naturally.

As well as a Raw Coconut + Mango variety (whose benefits you can read all about here), and a Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut variety – whose wonderful myriad of benefits you can learn all about below.

PINEAPPLE

A natural exfoliator

Pineapples are abundant in AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) that work to exfoliate and gently remove dead cells. This delicious-smelling tropical fruit helps to renew and refresh the skin – revealing a brighter, clearer, healthier complexion.

It’s soothing and calming

There’s a key active enzyme in pineapple called bromelain. Bromelain is an effective anti-inflammatory substance that works to soothe and calm the skin.

Vitamin C rich

Pineapples are rich in Vitamin C, which helps in cell and tissue repair and even boosts collagen production. This helps with skin elasticity and firmness. The antioxidants in pineapples work to keep free radicals away from happy, healthy skin cells.

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MAQUI BERRY

Superfood for the skin

The Maqui berry (pronounced mah’ key) is a true superfood for the skin. Considered to be one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world — Maqui berries have up to 300% more Anthocyanins and nearly 150% more Polyphenols than any other fruit or vegetable. It’s these unmatched Anthocyanins and Polyphenols levels that make the Maqui berry powerful in healing and smoothing out the skin.

COCONUT

Pure, natural moisture

Dry skin, be gone – coconut oil is among the best moisturizing ingredients out there. It’s easily absorbed by your skin and seeps right into your pores – deeply and throughly hydrating it.

Vitamin E infused

Vitamin E is incredibly powerful at protecting skin cells from damage, and the Vitamin E in coconut oil works to soothe and calm the skin.

It’s full of protein, antiviral and anti-fungal benefits

The antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil are directly attributed to the fatty acids in the oil, which include capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. This helps heal the skin and leave it feeling soft and refreshed. Coconut oil is also really abundant in a variety of different proteins. These proteins work to keep skin healthy and rejuvenated – inside and out.

5 indoor plants that double as stress relievers 

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There’s more to creating a Zen environment at home than scented candles and Feng Shui. 

Natural indoor plants are a great way to create a relaxed atmosphere. Research has proven that pot plants help reduce stress and assist people with feeling more present. 

So if you have days where you’re doing, or feeling, a little too much (which, let’s face it, we all do) – perhaps the humble potted plant is the answer to relieving the tension and restoring the calm.

We’ve selected a few stress-reducing plants that won’t let you down – and that WILL stay alive. So whether you’re a green thumb or not, these little guys will help you find your inner Zen. 

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MONEY TREE

While it’s not exactly reflective of its name, this beautiful bonsai-like baby has a myriad of benefits – it’s healthy, air-purifying, and room-brightening. Inhale. Exhale. Can you feel the difference? 

Oh, and it’s also among the easiest indoor plants to maintain. Major bonus. 

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BAMBOO 

They say the bamboo plant brings you peace from just looking at it. Called the ‘lucky bamboo tree for a reason, this beautiful creation is mother nature’s way of keeping your home a tranquil sanctuary. This green goddess doesn’t need much water or light, perfect for your busy schedule.

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CACTI 

Cacti are among the easiest plants around to maintain – it doesn’t take much at all for them to thrive. Whether you opt for tall cacti or miniature ones along the window, these lovely little natives will chill you out while looking cooler than a Cali sunset. 

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AIR PLANTS 

You know what’s really cool about air plants? They don’t actually require any soil. They’re so versatile you can hang them up on the walls, hang them down like a chandelier, or even pot them in a bulb terrarium. Studies have shown that humans feel more relaxed when surrounded by nature, and air plants are a won

7 incredible ways lemon can save your skin

You may love lemons, but lemons will always love you more.

Good for you inside AND out, lemons are the ultimate fruit-bowl beauty fix. This humble fruit that you can simply pluck from your pantry not only benefits your skin when you consume it – it’s super-effective when applied topically, too. A natural toner and cleanser, lemons will brighten your complexion, banish oily skin and rejuvenate texture.

Rich in Vitamin C, lemons are beneficial in reducing the appearance of age spots, healing blemishes and removing dead skin cells. Basically, lemons are skincare sunshine.

Here are the top 7 ways in which lemons are your ultimate skincare savior – we guarantee they’ll get you loading up on citrus!

1. They can heal acne and ward off blackheads.

Lemons have great antibacterial and antifungal properties, which mean they’re effective in treating acne. To apply lemon to your face gently, simply dilute fresh lemon juice with water and apply via a cotton pad. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can just rub an open lemon into your skin – focusing on areas where blackheads nest.

2. They lighten scars and dark spots.

Acne scars – the bane of many an acne-sufferers’ existence. They seem to stick around forever, long overstaying their welcome on our skin. Lemon juice can help. The citric acid found in lemon gradually fades spots and works to even out your skin tone. Voila!

3. They reduce oil.

Greasy skin, be gone! Lemons are great at keeping oil at bay. Simply use lemon water as a toner before applying your moisturizer at night and you’ll be sure to notice a difference in shine levels.

4. They brighten your complexion.

The abundant vitamin C content in lemon increases collagen production, which restores skin elasticity for a smoother, brighter, younger-looking complexion. It even works to protect skin from free-radical damage – and its powerful astringent properties tighten the skin and help fight wrinkles and fine lines.

5. Reduces stretch marks.

Stretch marks happen, and they’re nothing to be ashamed of! If they’re causing you concern, you can try lemon as a natural way to reduce their appearance. Its mild acidic properties help skin to sweep off dead skin cells and form new, fresh ones – removing the layers of stretch-marked skin, one at a time.

6. Treats dandruff.

Lemon is good for the skin on your scalp, too! Lemon juice can treat dandruff and control itchiness on the scalp. It works to balance out the pH level of the skin on your head and decreases excess oil secretion – two of the main causes of dandruff. While its at it, lemons’ antifungal and antibacterial properties help fight scalp infections. A multi-talented little fruit, indeed.

7. Restores moisture.

Hey, think twice before throwing away that lemon peel! Lemon peel help to enhance hydration and softness in skin. Use it to rub on dry or scaly skin – its citric and plant acids will shed dead skin, stimulate growth and restore moisture.

So, have you made your way to the citrus section of your local supermarket yet?

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