When I first started practicing yoga, I thought the only thing that would change was how flexible or strong I would become by practicing consistently. Although I did become more flexible and strong, yoga transformed my life in a much deeper way and changed my life forever. Yoga is so much more than a physical pose and can truly enhance so many areas of your life. I am so excited to share with you below 5 ways yoga will transform your life:
Summer is slowly coming to an end, and it’s no secret that getting back into study mode after a semester break can be one big rush and quite stressful. Here are 5 tips to get back-to-college ready and feel motivated and positive about it, too!
Founded on the belief that everyone deserves to love the skin they’re in and wake up with a smile on their face, we are always looking for ways to positively contribute to the planet and its people.
We believe that the smallest acts of kindness can make a real impact…which is why we’re always striving to give back to the community and to those in need.
One of the ways we give back is through our mission, where for every product that you buy we donate a bar of soap to a family in need. Back in May we partnered with DirectRelief.org and were able to make a donation 1,000,000 fresh bars of soap to people in need, as well as hosting an event at the Union Rescue Mission to celebrate this milestone while giving back to the families who lived there. Read More
Celebrating yourself will leave you feeling happy, energized and full of life. Our favorite saying goes: ’Believe you deserve it and the universe will serve it’. Here a 5 simple ways you can start today.
1. Celebrate the Positives
A positive mental attitude will benefit your health, longevity and quality of life. We actually have a great tip for starting this! A positive attitude is the quickest way to believing in yourself, so every morning, call out 3 things you love about yourself and repeat them several times out loud. This will teach your brain to focus on all the amazing traits that you love about yourself. Doing this will also set the tone for your day, making it a great one, everyday!
Look back at all your accomplishments in life (big or small) and acknowledge your growth and how far you’ve come. You never know what you can achieve until you try, right? Well, that all comes from you. Yes, you! You are the most powerful when you believe in yourself. Looking back at your life achievements helps you see your greatness and reflect on all the times you thought you couldn’t do it but did!
3. Set Goals
Setting goals for yourself (long or short term) is a another positive way to start the process of believing in yourself. It could be absolutely anything! You’ll feel great once you take steps in the direction of these goals. Once goals are set, the self-belief process begins. Now go back to step 2 and focus on all the positive accomplishments you’ve done already, to get you mentally ready for your new achievements.
4. Self- Compassion
Being kind to yourself and nurture your emotions, body, spirit in the same way you would a close friend/people you deeply care about. This will improve so many important elements in your life including your mental equilibrium. As you practice the art of self love and self compassion you reduce the risks of depression, anxiety, feeling tired etc. You will also feel an urge to spread love and kindness, attracting more and more positive into your life. So, don’t be so hard yourself Sugar, treat yourself the way you would treat a loved one.
5. Give Yourself Credit and Rewards
Yes! treat yourself! You deserve it Sugar. Rewarding your success, good behavior and achievements will only reinforce it and help you continue the positive cycle. Giving yourself a ‘nurturing reward’ refocuses the real purpose of the reward to be loving, respectful and again, re-iterates and reinforces your good behavior.
Reprogramming your attitude and thoughts can take time, start small and take it step by step. Remember to take it easy on yourself we believe in you and the time to start believing in yourself is now!
Its’ no secret that Vegan friendly products are healthier for your skin. Raw Sugar’s products are made from a natural plant-based blend with carefully selected ingredients that will give your skin the most beneficial nutrients.
Raw Coconut and Mangoes have so many skin benefits, we cannot wait to share them.
Mangoes are rich in Vitamin C , which is a vital molecule for skin health. It keeps your skin young looking and fresh!
When skin is well hydrated, it is more plump and resilient. When there is adequate water from inside and out, the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. We all love that, right? Well, Coconuts play a big a role in hydrating skin as well as cleansing and softening your skin.
Bye- Bye Eczema
Researchers have said Coconuts are great for eczema because of it’s powerful anti-fungal nutrients and moisturizing effects.
Hello Beautiful Hair!
Both Raw Coconuts and Mangoes do wonders for your hair. Coconut oil will make your hair shine and glow by bringing out your natural vibrancy and beauty. Mangoes contain vitamin E, which improves scalp circulation and encourages hair growth.
Mangoes contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A. That and vitamin C are crucial to skin self-repair. Raw Sugar’s Raw Coconut and Mango lines have all the benefits of mangoes plus the exfoliating benefits of oatmeal and almonds. Internally: When eaten, mangoes can aid in
reducing skin problems, including zits.
Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C,
E, B1, B3, B5 and B6and minerals
including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance.
There you have it! Enjoy Raw Sugar’s Raw Coconut and Mango lines for optimum skin health. Enjoy the #Rawlovin
‘Me time’ is essential at keeping life balanced and vital to our wellbeing. Discover how to make more ‘me time’ below.
1. Alarm Clock
Not only does waking up early improve your productivity, sleep and mental health, there are less distractions in the early hours of the day. This is the perfect time to grab a cup of coffee/ tea, watch your favorite morning show and let yourself settle into your own energy for that much needed ‘me time’ before the rest of the family wakes up. Ah, sounds perfect to us! Try it, you’ll love it!
2. Go Outdoors
Escape and go outside for a 15- 20 min walk every day. Go during your lunch break at work, in the morning, or when the kids are down for the evening. There is no greater feeling than feeling energized, positive and motivated! Walking will do just that and more – finding the time to do this for yourself will give that perfect balance of alone time your soul is craving.
3. Pamper time!
Treating yourself is healthy not frivolous. Do it in the comfort of your own home or just make your way to a nail salon. Either way, pamper yourself AT LEAST once every two weeks. The trick is to actually block that time out for yourself and stick to it. Pampering yourself brings so many physical and mental benefits like increased happiness, less stress and an improved appearance. Get your diary out and book that me time in, to give yourself the #Rawlovin you deserve.
4. Journaling Time!
There’s a strong connecting between happiness and mindfulness. Journaling brings you into that state of mindfulness. Doing this will help past frustrations and future anxieties lose their edge in the present moment. Spending time alone to journal is another great way to connect with your true self and reduce the stress in your life.
5. Disconnect to Reconnect
Alone at last! Alone in your thoughts with no distractions. Did you know that reading a book expands your vocabulary, reduces your stress and improves your memory? A great way to enjoy ‘me time’ is to actually read a book and get so lost in it, that you have no other thoughts! Set a time aside everyday, even it’s only 30 mins, and read! Turn off your social medias and all technology around you to really switch off!
It’s time to get #Rawlovin Sugar!
Because a healthy outside starts with a healthy inside.
For healthy, glowing skin, the old saying, “you are what you eat” still remains
true. Choosing the right thing to eat can help you nourish your skin from the
Our bodies are truly magnificent. Old cells are always being shed and replenished by younger ones. To support this constant change, we need to feed our bodies with nutrients. If we eat a good balance of nutrient-rich foods, our skin will receive the vital nutrients it needs to be healthy and beautiful.
It’s important to treat your skin with kindness and optimize your nutrition by enjoying antioxidant-rich fruits that provide the optimum levels of nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin, including beta carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium.
With that in mind, here are the top 5 fruits that will help you eat your way to healthy skin.
Did you know that Vitamin C is a super antioxidant? It works to effectively support the
immune system and encourage radiant, smooth skin. One of the best sources of
Vitamin C is blueberries. They’re also rich in anti-oxidants, which helps to keep skin healthy and produces collagen that strengthens the skin’s capillaries.
Don’t throw away the peel! Researchers from the University of Arizona studied a group of people who consumed citrus fruits, juices, and peels every week. The people who ate orange peels instead of discarding them had a 33% increase in skin health. Orange peels also offer protective UV-benefits to keep your skin strong and well.
Small but packs a big nutritional value. Kiwis are packed with a lot of vitamin C (it has almost 120% of your daily needs in one little fruit). They work to keep the skin smooth, taught, and young looking, while also adding hydration and glow.
Mangos work to perk up and brighten your complexion, leaving your skin feeling and
looking younger, bouncier and more alive. It’s jam-packed with antioxidants,
and works to promote collagen production which increases skin elasticity and firmness. Its Vitamin A properties also helps with giving your skin a head-turning glow.
It’s often argued whether coconut is a fruit or nut, one thing almost
everyone can agree on is that coconut is magical for the skin. Coconut offers the kind of soothing properties your sensitive skin dreams of and needs. Coconuts have a natural antibact power that is super effective for relieving inflammation and helps sensitive skin look and feel, calmer and brighter.
Did you know that Raw Sugar Living was the first to introduce ColdPress
Technology® to beauty?
Applying the same philosophy that goes into making your favorite Cold-Pressed juices, processing beauty products through ColdPress Technology® allows us to get the most out of the fresh and healthy fruits and superfoods that we pack into our products. It locks in all the vitamins, nutrients and enzymes, and only releases them when they’re applied onto your skin.
There are a number of reasons why ColdPress Technology® is so beneficial to both your health and your skin. Here’s a quick overview of why.
First, what does ColdPress Technology® Actually Mean?
To “ColdPress” fruit means to put it through a hydraulic press. The main difference of a hydraulic press, is what happens after the fruit has been “juiced”. Immediately after extraction, the juice is bottled and sealed in a large chamber of water with five times the amount of pressure you’d find in the ocean. No extra heat or oxygen is used in this process, meaning that little-to-no nutrients are lost. This allows all the nutrients and vitamins of the fruit or superfood to stay at their peak until you use them.
ColdPress Technology® keeps the good stuff in.
Cold-Pressing gives us direct access to the natural oils that are extracted directly from botanical and fruit sources. This helps keep in their natural benefits and gives power to everything that is pure, while remaining true to the source of the whole fruit. It maintains the integrity of the plant, instead of trying to filter it down to one part. This also helps us to create a product with pure, rich essential oils, vitamins, enzymes and nutrients that nourish and feed your skin.
Longer Shelf Life
It’s beauty with staying power. A vital aspect of ColdPress Technology® is its natural ability to increase shelf-life. Despite the extracts being naturally obtained, the skincare product stays fresher and longer, when put through a hydraulic press.
Healthier and Gentler on Skin
The process of ColdPress Technology® does not require any harsh chemicals or dyes. Because the ingredients are natural and sourced
directly from Mother Nature, they are gentler on sensitive skin and healthier overall.
Want to experience the benefits of ColdPress Technology® for yourself? Check out our great line of beauty, hair & personal care items here.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
– 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