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Top 5 Bath Spa Gift Choices, our top sellers!

April 1st, 2015

Top 5 Bath Spa Gift Baskets

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Our top gift baskets that have been top sellers year after year are as follows:

 

  1. love gift basketLove Gift Basket

This basket is a great gift for any woman in your life for any occasion. It is filled with Passion scents of Lavender, Sandalwood and a hint of rose. Most order for mother’s day, Valentine’s Day or anniversaries.

Includes:

  •                 1 – 4 oz bottle of Passion Massage Oil
  •                 1 – 6 oz bottle of Passion Hand & Body Lotion
  •                 1 – 8 oz container of Passion Bath Tea
  •                 1 – Candle

Priced: on sale $80.80

Ships: daily

Card included with your personalized message.

Gift wrap available

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  1. Happy Birthday Gift Basket

This gift basket is every chocolate lovers dream. It includes product created with pure cocoa butter and will fill the airs with chocolate aroma. It may cause you to crave chocolate, but please refrain from eating the soap.

Includes:

  •                 1 – Chocolate Cake Sliced Soap
  •                 1 – 8 oz Coffee Cocoa Body Scrub
  •                 1 – Candle

Priced: $38.40

Ships daily

Card included with personalized message.

Gift wrap available

slice of life basket

  1. Slice of Life Gift Basket

Made for the younger crowd, this gift basket offeres various items that are sure to make your friends wish they had the gift basket. It is great gift for graduation from high school or college as well as her sweet 16 party. It will surely make her feel good while using.

Includes:

  •                 1 – 6 oz Sweet Dreams Hand and Body Lotion
  •                 1 – 2 oz jar of Cocoa Butter Plus
  •                 1 – 3.5 oz bar of Sweet Dreams Natural Soap
  •                 1 – 4.5 oz piece of Fruit cake Slice or Chocolate Cake Slice Soap (your choice)
  •                 1 – Candle

Priced: $46.40 sale price, originally $ 58.00

Ships daily

Card included with personalized message

Gift wrap available

dead sea gift basket anti-aging

  1. Anti-aging Gift Basket

Mud straight from the Dead Sea brought to you in a gift basket. It allows you to reap the benefits of the mud without ever leaving your home. Put the power in your hands to lather your skin into beautiful skin that your friends will wonder where you’ve been. Also great as a gift to a close friend or family member.

Includes:

  • 15 oz container of Lavender Seaweed Dead Sea Body Scrub
  • 1 – 8 oz container of Authentic Wet Dead Sea Mud
  • Dead Sea Mud Soap Bar and 1 Passionate Candle

Priced: $84.00

Ships daily

Card included with personalized message

Gift wrap available

tear stain remover large trio

Our number one all time for the past 10 years

  1. Anna tear stain remover large trio for pets

 

Dog and CatPamper your pets with this amazing trio and let them prance with a sense of beauty. This trio will not only whiten, but will also allow the coat to glow. Fellow breeders and friends will sit in awe of how your cat or dog looks after using this trio.

Includes:

  •         1 – 12 oz Face Wash
  •         1 – 12 oz Face and Body Shampoo
  •         1 – 8 oz Grooming Powder.

Priced: $47.00

Ships daily

Can a bar of natural soap replace your morning cup of coffee?

February 9th, 2015

The act of drinking a cup of coffee first thing in the morning to wake ourselves up has become so ingrained in many of us that it’s created an entire industry. Your average cup of joe is no longer just a cup of joe with options of black, cream, or sugar. Now, thanks to businesses like Starbucks, the average person is confronted with an almost overwhelming number of choices when it comes to ordering coffee, from lattes to iced coffee, to Frappuccinos®.

But, as many who have tried such beverages can attest to, it’s quite easy to develop a coffee addiction. If your coffee of choice happens to be of the fancy, flavored varieties only served at restaurants and coffee shops, you may find your addiction can rapidly burn a hole in your wallet. Of course, there are other caffeinated beverages besides coffee from which to choose, but not everybody is excited about the idea of drinking tea or soda with breakfast. So what can you do if you’re trying to cut down on your addiction and/or save money by reducing your number of visits to the barista?

Have you ever considered whether your morning shower could replace your morning cup of coffee? No, we don’t mean a cold shower. We’re talking about the wide variety of energizing natural soaps out there that you might not know about. These soaps are made with naturally invigorating ingredients such as rosemary, spearmint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, and yes… coffee.

Here are a few staff picks from the handmade soap crafters at Castle Baths:

natural soap - lavender rosemary1. Lavender Rosemary Spa Body Soap

This Lavender Rosemary Spa Body Soap from Castle Baths’ Tre’Yours natural skin care line is made with the highest quality essential oils of rosemary and lavender for a refreshing, invigorating, minty aroma that is sure to wake you up and inspire you to get going. It’s also made with Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, which makes it great for irritated or sun damaged skin.

2. Eucalyptus Natural Soap

The Eucalyptus Natural Soap by Castle Baths’ Exotic Earth bath products line is made with the fresh, energizing essential oil of eucalyptus for a stimulating yet not overpowering aroma that is sure to delight your nose and wash away any lingering mental fog.

eucalyptus spearmint natural soap

3. Eucalyptus Spearmint Natural Soap

This natural bar of soap, also from the Exotic Earth line, combines energizing properties of both Eucalyptus and Spearmint to create a super-energizing, sweetly scented natural soap.

4. Cellu Coffee Bar

The Cellu Coffee spa soap from the Tre’Yours line is made with real coffee grounds and coffee butter for an authentic coffee scent and all of the energizing benefits of its natural caffeine content intact. The fresh coffee grounds gently exfoliate your skin and also stimulate your skin as well as your mind – great for sagging or uneven skin.

These soaps should last you several weeks if not months, so when you factor in the number of daily lattes you won’t need to buy over that time period, these soaps more than pay for themselves.

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Staff picks: Valentines gift ideas for him

February 5th, 2015

gifts for himIf you’ve been searching for Valentine gift ideas for him but can’t seem to find anything that isn’t cliché, you may want to check out these staff picks by the handmade soap crafters at Castle Baths. The following products and gift sets are some of our most popular creations and would make good Valentines day gifts for anyone.

love gift basket valentines gift ideas for him

1. The Love Gift Basket

One of our most popular gift sets, this basket features our natural, nut-free massage oil, Shea Butter hand and body lotion, and our luxurious, organic, loose-leaf bath tea, all scented in our proprietary Passion scent (made with the essential oils of lavender, sandalwood, and rose.)

This basket also includes one silver candle and one “I love you” card, in which you can request a custom, handwritten message at no extra cost.

dozen roses chocolate soap - good valentines day gift2. One Dozen Roses – Chocolate Soap

Featuring one dozen rose-shaped natural, handcrafted soaps scented in your choice of dark chocolate or vanilla musk, this natural soap bouquet has quickly become a favorite among our staff and our customers. Perfect for him or for her, these soaps are both sentimental and practical (they are real soaps, after all,) and you won’t find them anywhere other than at CastleBaths.com.

3. The “I Love You” Gift Bag

The “I Love You” Gift Bag features our Sexy Eucalyptus Dead Sea Bath Salts (pure, authentic Dead Sea Salt from the real Dead Sea.) This is one of our most popular bath salts among men and makes for an invigorating bathing experience (for two?) This gift bag also includes one Valentine’s Day card in which you can request a custom, handwritten message at no extra cost.

i love you gift bagsweet escape gift basket

4. The Sweet Escape Gift Basket

Members of Generation Y with families take note, this unique gift basket is filled with luxurious, pampering spa and bath products scented in our proprietary Sweet Dreams aroma (vanilla extract, combined with the essential oil of lavender.) We’ve found that Sweet Dreams is our most popular scent among members of Gen Y, and is also great for young mothers (or fathers) who need some time to themselves after a stressful day.

This basket includes one 16 oz champagne style bottle of pure, authentic Dead Sea bath salts, one chocolate cake slice soap, one white chocolate rose soap, and one chocolate scented candle.

Do you have a favorite bath time treat from Castle Baths that you feel would make a great addition to our list of Valentine gift ideas for him (or for her?) Let us know! Next year, we may feature a customers’ choice list of good Valentines day gifts.

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The Truth About Collagen

January 28th, 2015

Your collagen face cream might not be as useful as you think it is. There’s no denying that collagen molecules are essential for healthy, youthful looking skin, as they are what keeps skin feeling elastic, stretchy, and firm. But the makers and promoters of collagen creams sometimes neglect to mention one very important fact that may impact your decision on whether or not to buy one for yourself.

Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin. Even if they are broken down and mixed with protein fragments to overcome this obstacle, if they were created synthetically, they will be unable to bond with your skin’s existing natural collagen molecules.

This is not to suggest that collagen creams are a completely useless waste of money. They do serve a legitimate purpose. Collagen molecules are one of nature’s best water binding agents, meaning they will act as humectants and help draw moisture into your skin.

To date, there is only one known way of increasing your skin’s own natural collagen reserves, and that is through ingestion. You may recall from our previous blog article on beauty ingestibles the mention of a collagen bone broth. This is but one way of boosting your skin’s access to collagen by altering your diet, though it might not taste very appetizing.

If you’re looking to boost your collagen levels through diet without having to stare down a bowl of unappetizing broth, the best thing you can do is simply eat healthy, balanced meals rich in protein, as protein is one of nature’s best producers of the natural collagen your skin can use. Some of the best dietary sources of collagen-producing protein include:

  1. Meats. Sorry vegetarians and vegans, but meat is one of the few dietary sources that includes a complete set of all the essential fatty acids necessary for collagen production. Chicken, beef, turkey, and fish are among the sources most high in collagen-producing proteins.
  2. Dairy. Again with apologies to all the vegans out there, natural dairy products are another excellent source of collagen-producing protein. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese are particularly useful dietary aids in the production of natural collagen.
  3. Fruits and Vegetables. Vegetarians and vegans, here’s your moment of glory. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamins C and K such as grapefruits, oranges, red peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli are a particularly good dietary choices for boosting your skin’s natural collagen levels.

avocado vitamin a d k creamSpeaking of vitamins, did you know that vitamins A (retinol palmitate), D3 and K2 are right up there with collagen as essential nutrients for beautiful, youthful skin? Best of all, these particular vitamins can indeed be absorbed through the skin, so be sure to look for them the next time you feel like shopping for a new face cream.

Beautify your skin from inside out? The beauty ingestible debate…

January 24th, 2015
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Source: Startrek.com – “Mudd’s Women”

On October 13, 1966 an episode of Star Trek titled Mudd’s Women, whose plot revolved around three women who took illegal beauty enhancing drugs and seduced the crew of the starship Enterprise, aired on NBC. Now, thanks to the efforts of South Korean scientists and the Asian beauty industry, it looks like yet another Trek-inspired technology has become reality (and perfectly legal, at least in Asia.)

Beauty ingestibles, as they are commonly termed, essentially function like over-the-counter aspirin or vitamin supplements that are formulated specifically to enhance your appearance. There are reportedly entire stores in Asia dedicated solely to the sale of beauty ingestibles, and the ingestible industry earns well over $1 billion annually. So, why have so few even heard of these in the United States?

Are FDA regulations stalling the beauty ingestible market?

One of the most plausible explanations for ingestibles’ lack of popularity in the U.S. is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be hesitant to approve or even pass judgment on whether it has the authority to regulate the beauty ingestible market given that ingestibles do not fit neatly into any specific category under its purview. Are ingestibles new drugs that require dozens of clinical trials? Are they dietary supplements subject to FDA regulations on over the counter vitamins? Are they cosmetics and not subject to FDA regulations at all?

As many American cosmetics companies large and small have recently discovered, the FDA does not like products that blur the line between these three categories, nor does it recognize the term “cosmeceutical” as anything other than a drug. If this is the case with beauty ingestibles, companies that want to market them in the U.S. would be legally restricted from advertising any claim that their products affect the structure or function of any part of the body or provide any health or nutrition benefit.

Or have ingestibles been in the U.S. all along and we just didn’t notice?

It’s also possible that the beauty ingestible market in America is alive and well, and is just taking a different form than an over the counter pill. If you think about it, the concept of enhancing beauty from the inside out isn’t all that farfetched, nor is it all that different from going on a diet to lose weight or going on a juice cleanse to purify your body of toxins.

What if you were to try and boost your skin’s collagen levels by drinking a bowl of collagen-rich bone broth? Would that not qualify as a beauty ingestible? What about tanning pills or sunscreen pills? The FDA actually has approved several varieties of each (as drugs, not cosmetics), and while they aren’t very well known, they do exist.

avocado hemp regenerative cream tre'yoursIt’s also an irrefutable fact that a little over 100 years ago most all medicines came from plants, not laboratories. Aspirin, arguably one of the most common over the counter drugs in the nation, used to be made from willow trees. The medicinal properties of the oil extracted from the hemp plant (which is legal, can be refined to contain no THC, and has known skin care benefits as well) have also come to light in recent history thanks to the nationwide movement to legalize medical marijuana.

How to beautify your skin from the inside out

avocado adk face creamIf you live in America or another country where beauty ingestibles have yet to become the billion dollar industry they are in Asia, there is still plenty you can do to beautify yourself from the inside out using more conventional practices. For example, did you know that vitamins A (retinol palmitate), D3 and K2 work in tandem to maintain your skin’s health, vitality, and youthful appearance? Or that avocado oil is recognized as a natural sunscreen with one of the highest rankings by the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology for sunscreen effectiveness?

The research is out there if you know where to look, and so are natural beauty products (both topical and ingestible) that take advantage of that research in their formulations. They may be prohibited from flat out saying that they fix skin problems x, y, and z, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a try.

 

Need a Refill?

January 20th, 2015

Castle Baths auto ship program keeps you well stocked on all your favorites

janet ebookcastle baths auto shipYou may remember Janet, the heroine of our free e-book: Once Upon an Uglier Time…, who came to Castle Baths for help after suffering a severe allergy-based case of eczema when the face cream she had used for 35 years underwent a formulation change. As you may recall, Janet tried expensive creams from the mall and supposedly natural ones from health food stores, but nothing would soothe her burning skin until she discovered Tre’Yours skin care line, fell in love with our avocado oil based formulations, and became a lifelong customer, living happily ever after.

Janet is indeed a real customer and her story is true, but until now we haven’t revealed what happened to Janet after she made the switch to Tre’Yours other than concluding with the ambiguous, cliché fairy tale ending, “happily ever after.” Today, we will finally share the details and logistics of how Janet maintains her happily ever after as a Castle Baths customer.

Janet is a member of our auto-ship program. At least we like to consider her a member. Our auto-ship program is new so we can’t technically list her shipping arrangement with us as being part of the program, but she did in fact inspire us to offer such a program. Before Janet, no one had ever requested to be regularly resupplied with one of our products. Now, whenever she needs a refill, she simply calls us and we ship her favorite Tre’Yours products to her using the billing and shipping info we have on file for her.

Our new and improved auto ship program eliminates even the need to call us before your refill is shipped. Now, you only need to contact us once to set up your auto-ship account and select which products for which you would like to receive regular refills.

auto ship details

We invite everyone to check out our auto ship page to see which products are currently being offered for auto-shipping and the details for how you can sign up and get discounts on your favorite Castle Baths products by placing them on auto-ship.

The Anatomy of the Perfect Scent

January 16th, 2015

Notes, anchors, and everything else you need to know about fragrances before you visit the perfumery

perfect scent perfumesPerfume oils, once a revered symbol of affluence and sophistication affordable to only the wealthiest of high society, seem to be growing more affordable and readily available every day. It would appear that modern chemists’ ability to replicate almost every scent in nature, as well as a few unnatural scents, cheaply and in large quantities via synthetic ingredients has done much to level the playing field. But has the substitution of chemicals and fillers for nature-made essential oils really done the world any favors?

If you asked Jennifer, a self-proclaimed perfume addict who, on impulse, bought a new celebrity-endorsed fragrance she saw advertised on TV and later spent her anniversary dinner feeling nauseous from the after-effects of its chemical formulation once the initial scent wore off, the answer would be a resounding, “No.”

You see, in her haste to acquire the advertised perfume, Jennifer neglected to check its ingredients or try a sample to check for allergic reactions before buying it, and ended up purchasing only toilet water.

Not literally, of course. Those familiar with perfume classifications may know it better by its native French term eau de toilette, one of the lower-grade classifications where a fragrance’s fragrance oil or essential oil content is only around four to eight percent. Other classifications include:

  • Eau de Cologne – FO/EO content: 3-5%
  • Eau de Parfum – FO/EO content: 8-15%
  • Parfum de Toilette – FO/EO content 15-30%
  • Parfum, or Extrait – FO/EO content: 30% or greater

The higher a fragrance’s oil content, the longer lasting the aroma will be when applied to the skin. Whether a fragrance adhering to your body for hours is in fact desirable or not depends largely on whether the fragrance is made from synthetic fragrance oils or natural essential oils. In 2010, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted an investigative study on perfume and cologne ingredients and discovered, to the shock of the nation, that the popular fragrance Pure Poison was, in fact, poison. Headaches and nausea are common allergic reactions to synthetic fragrance oils and chemical fillers. Many chemicals used to create synthetic fragrances are also known carcinogens and/or neurotoxins, and are not required by U.S. regulations to be disclosed as anything other than the umbrella term “fragrance.”

ewg study fragrance chemicals - source EWG.org

Fragrances made with essential oils rather than synthetic fragrance chemicals are far less likely to cause any sort of allergic reaction, and far more research is available on them to reassure people that they are not carcinogens or neurotoxins. Essential oils also have standards of purity, which can affect a perfume’s quality and price. For example, the essential oil of lavender that is made from the wild-grown lavender plants on the mountaintops of France via the time-honored process of steam distillation would be rated as one of the highest grades of lavender available, and the ideal choice for people such as aromatherapists who are interested in the oil for its therapeutic properties.

Of course, a perfume made with a generous percentage of the highest quality essential oils on the market will likely come with an equally high price tag, which is why perfumes advertised at a price that sounds too good to be true are usually the lower fragrance classifications or perhaps once were high quality but are now at the end of their shelf life.

Perfume Notes and Anchors

scentAnother consideration you should take into account before purchasing perfume is the breakdown a scent’s notes and anchors. High quality scents should be composed of at least three different essential oils, often referred to as “notes” in the perfume industry.

The top note is the first note you will notice upon spraying the perfume, and you likely won’t notice it for more than a second or two, nor will it stay with you throughout the day. It’s just the initial scent that makes up the perfume’s blend.

The middle note lasts longer than the top note, and the bottom note is the longest lasting. The bottom note is also what anchors the top note to the middle note to create an original, proprietary fragrance blend that is distinct from its component parts (kind of like a melting pot.) A well selected anchor will actually change how you perceive the other two notes blended together. Sandalwood is the bottom and anchor scent used in Tre’Yours Answered Prayer Perfume Oil, and Patchouli is the bottom and anchor for After the Storm, another popular fragrance by Tre’Yours. Both are made exclusively with essential oils, meaning they are 100% pure and contain no alcohols, synthetic ingredients, or fillers.

At Castle Baths, we consider the crafting of the perfect scent to be no less an art form than mixing the perfect color palette from which to paint a canvas. The careful selection and precise blending of quality essential oils takes dedication, talent, and creativity to ensure that the resulting natural perfume oil is indeed a masterpiece.

Find your perfect scent with this aromatherapy quiz!

January 12th, 2015

Have you been thinking about trying aromatherapy spa products, but you aren’t sure which scent you should try first? You’re not alone. One of the main questions our customers tend to ask us is, “Which scent is right for me?”

To answer this, we’ll usually ask them some basic information like their age group, what they’re hoping to achieve via aromatherapy, and how they’re currently feeling. Then, we’ll make a few suggestions based on their answers.

But if you’re not the type to delve into your innermost feelings and life problems over the phone, we have another solution for you to find out which scent would best suit your personality and needs. Just take our aromatherapy quiz.

The quiz:

aromatherapy scents1. I am:

A. Female B. Male

2. I am between the ages of:

A. 18-29 B. 30-40 C. 40-55 D. 55+

3. I most enjoy the aroma of:

A. Vanilla B. Fruit C. Geraniums D. Roses E. Lavender

4. I struggle with:

A. Insomnia B. Tiredness/lethargy C. Womanly woes (ex: PMS) D. Stress

5. I want to try aromatherapy in order to:

A. Sleep B. Wake up C. Relax D. Feel sexy/romantic E. Meditate

6. I consider myself a(n) ________________ person.

A. Restless B. Unmotivated C. Moody D. Sensual E. Spiritual

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Click here to find out your aromatherapy quiz results.

Click here to learn more about our seven proprietary aromatherapy scents.

 

 

Spa points and other customer loyalty rewards throughout the years

January 8th, 2015

2015 marks Castle Baths’ 10th anniversary! Check out these popular customer loyalty incentives we’ve offered throughout the years.

grey blue bow photo made from silkThere are generally two types of shopping experiences that you’ll remember: the really good ones, where you felt like everyone you talked to was genuinely interested in helping you find exactly what you needed even when you weren’t sure what your needs were, and the really bad experiences, where everyone made you feel pressured to buy yet none of them seemed to know very much about what they were selling.

You’ve probably experienced the latter more times than you’d care to admit, and so have we, which is why in 2005 when Castle Baths first opened its (virtual) doors, we set out to provide our customers not only with great natural spa and bath products, but also a great online shopping experience – complete with a knowledgeable, non-pushy sales staff ready to help you find solutions to all your skin care needs, and special offers and incentives to reward customer loyalty.

If you’ve shopped with Castle Baths before, then you already know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, here are some of the most popular customer loyalty rewards we’ve offered over the years, as rated by our customers:

Spa Points – they work like real dollars!

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The easiest way to explain our spa points program to someone new to Castle Baths is that it works like many of the popular credit cards offered today, where you can earn reward points on every purchase you make. We offer a competitive 5% cash back on every order to our registered customers.

Your spa points will never expire so you can collect as many as you wish and use them whenever you wish – collect enough and you can even earn yourself a free spa gift basket!

Free U.S. shipping and competitive international shipping rates

Castle Baths offers free shipping on all orders over $69.00, and competitive international shipping rates through USPS priority air mail. We can ship our luxurious spa and bath products, pet grooming supplies, and spa gift baskets all over the world, and to any location (including hospitals, apartments, hotels, and more!)

Our Refer-a-Friend Program

Input your friends’ and family’s e-mail addresses into our refer-a-friend form and earn up to 30% off your next Castle Baths order!

Free Samples

In a cosmetological clinicDespite some attempts to abuse the system over the years we remain committed to offering free samples of our products to anyone interested.  Our samples offer just enough of each product to test how each smells and feels, and to make sure you aren’t allergic to any of its ingredients (a very rare possibility since all of our ingredients are natural, but one we must consider for the sake of our customers’ safety.)

Click here to find a complete list of all the customer loyalty rewards and promotions we currently offer.