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Spa points and other customer loyalty rewards throughout the years

Thursday, 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.

Earn discounts on pet grooming supplies, spa products, and more by referring your friends

Monday, December 15th, 2014

cats and dogs

Castle Baths’ refer-a-friend program is well-suited to dog and cat breeders, and others too!

Carla the dog breeder (name changed) gives out a sample Anna Designer Pet Breeder Kit, which includes a $5 Castle Baths coupon, with every one of her new puppies. The people who buy from her almost always ask her what she uses to feed and groom her puppies because they know her reputation as an award-winning breeder, and want to ensure that they continue the exact same care regimen she uses.

This action, along with providing all the required veterinary records for each of her puppies every time she makes a sale, and her already stellar reputation in the dog breeder community would be more than enough to convince anyone that she is a good, ethical breeder – someone who cares more about the health and safety of her puppies even after they leave her care than she does about any profits she might make from each sale. But, Carla doesn’t stop there.

Once her buyers leave, she logs onto her computer and inputs her buyers’ e-mail addresses into the Refer-a-Friend form on Castle Baths’ website so they’ll know where to go to buy more Anna Designer Pet grooming supplies. By using Castle Baths’ refer-a-friend feature, she ensures that her buyers will have yet another discount waiting for them when they get home, and, once they buy their first refill, she’ll get a discount too.

It’s a win-win situation, and one that’s not exclusive to dog and cat breeders.

Castle Baths’ refer-a-friend feature makes it easy for anyone to earn discounts by referring friends and family, whether they buy pet grooming products, spa products, or a gift basket for someone else.

All you need in order to start earning discounts by referring your friends and family through our refer-a-friend program is:

  1. A Castle Baths customer account (creating one is easy)
  2. A list of your friends’ and family’s e-mail addresses

phoneThat’s it! You’re all done, and once the people you referred places an order, you’ll get your discount.

Click here to learn more about our refer a friend program and how you can earn up to 30% off your next Castle Baths order!

 

 

 

 

 

This popular cooking oil is also great for dry winter skin

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Did you know there’s a natural solution to dry winter skin that is likely already in your home? It’s probably not something you would have considered using for skin care purposes, and you probably keep it in one of your kitchen cabinets or your pantry. Still can’t guess what it is? We’ll give you a hint. It has the same name as Popeye the sailor’s girlfriend.

If you guessed olive oil, you’re correct!

A brief history of olive oil for skin care

olive oil for skinOlive oil has been used for skin care purposes for thousands of years. Cleopatra, the ancient Greeks, and the ancient Romans are all said to have used olive oil when bathing. At some point in time they must have realized that olive oil not only aided in keeping skin clean, but also keeping it looking youthful and vibrant, but they likely didn’t know why olive oil worked so well.

Now, herbalists and modern scientists have finally discovered the answer. Olive oil, like many of the natural skin care and beauty treatments discovered in ancient times, is rich in antioxidants, which destroy skin-damaging free radicals produced by sun overexposure and pollution.

The benefits of olive oil for dry winter skin

“Antioxidants are great, but what does olive oil have to do with combatting dry winter skin?” you may be wondering. To answer this question, we’ll need to briefly re-examine the main cause of dry skin during the winter months: humidity, or lack thereof.

The main reason your skin feels so much drier during the winter months is because of a lack of humidity in the air. Because the air is so much cooler during the winter months, it can’t absorb the same amount of water vapor it does during the summer months, and thus, feels much drier. Your skin will try to absorb any source of moisture it can find to keep itself hydrated throughout the day, so if you spend time outdoors on a cold winter day, chances are your skin won’t find enough moisture in the surrounding air to keep itself from drying out.

natural soapIndoor air, while substantially warmer than outdoor air, is still just as dry (after all, it is the exact same air as what’s outdoors, albeit artificially heated.) In fact, indoor air can be even more drying to your skin than outdoor air because, since it’s so much warmer, it can once again absorb normal levels of water vapor. But if the only source of humidity in your home is your body, the heated air can suck what little moisture your skin has managed to retain right out of it.

Using oil-based skin care products, such as olive oil, helps firm up your skin’s protective layer and lock moisture into your skin. Just be sure to use extra virgin olive oil to avoid getting any preservatives or synthetic chemicals trapped in your skin along with it.

Here at Castle Baths, we use extra virgin olive oil in all of our natural soaps to take advantage of both its cleansing and anti-aging properties.

Evening Primrose Oil – one of the best natural skin care ingredients discovered since Vitamin C

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Evening primrose oil is recommended by many in the skin care and folk medicine communities. Here’s why:

evening primrose oilDid you know that your choice of moisturizer can play a role in easing your discomfort if you suffer from PMS or other women’s issues? Using pure Evening Primrose Oil as your moisturizer of choice, or using face creams made with Evening Primrose Oil can go a long way towards relieving your womanly woes while simultaneously delivering a host of other skin care benefits.

What is evening primrose oil?

Evening primrose oil is the oil extracted from the seeds of evening primrose flowers, which grow naturally in the eastern and central parts of North America among other places. The oil is extracted through cold pressing (grinding of the seeds) and retains most if not all of the evening primrose plant’s natural benefits depending on to what degree the oil has been refined.

Benefits of evening primrose oil for women’s issues

Evening primrose oil has three main qualities that make it an effective topical herbal remedy for women’s issues. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, it is a natural source of the pain-relieving compound phenylalanine, and it possesses high concentrations of gamma-linoleic acids (GLAs), linoleic acids, and other nutrients, which your skin absorbs and uses to keep your cell metabolism and hormonal levels in balance. All of these qualities work together to make evening primrose oil an effective topical, herbal remedy for PMS, cramps, migraine headaches, and many other conditions. Many herbalists often recommend this oil to women for these reasons.

Benefits of evening primrose oil for skin care

The same qualities that make evening primrose oil such an effective topical, herbal remedy for women’s issues are also responsible for giving this oil its numerous skin care benefits.

Evening primrose oil’s high concentrations of GLAs, linoleic acids, and other nutrients makes it a very effective topical skin care solution for maintaining skin elasticity and preserving youthful looks. When applied to the face and other areas of skin that are prone to acne, it can help dilute any excess sebum oil your skin produces so your pores won’t clog up and become acnetic.

Evening primrose oil’s natural anti-inflammatory properties also make this oil an effective soothing solution to use if you have eczema or psoriasis.

You can learn more about the skin care benefits of evening primrose oil here.

 

How to select the best moisturizer for your dry skin

Friday, August 29th, 2014

body moisturizersThere are plenty of face and body moisturizers that claim to be the best solution for keeping your skin hydrated. So how do you choose the correct one? This how-to guide will walk you through the steps you should take when evaluating whether a moisturizer is right for your specific skin needs.

massage oilsKnow the cause of your dry skin

Dry skin can have many different causes. Knowing the cause of your dry skin is the first step in choosing the right moisturizer for your face and body. Dry skin and dehydrated skin, while often treated as a single skin type, actually have two different causes. Dry skin refers to skin that lacks the ability to produce sufficient natural oil; dehydrated skin refers to skin that lacks sufficient water.

Chronically dry skin tends to be either genetic or the a side effect of mature/aged skin. If your skin cannot retain sufficient natural oil to keep itself hydrated, you’re going to want to use an oil-based moisturizer such as a body butter, massage oil, or body oil.

Dehydrated skin tends to be temporary, and can occur as a result of exposure to cold temperatures (winter dry skin), exposure to warm temperatures (heated indoor air, sunlight, etc.) or the use of certain chemicals with skin-drying effects such as alcohol. If you have dehydrated skin, you’re probably better off with a water-based moisturizer like a body mist, or a moisturizer that is both water-based and oil-based like a body lotion mist or hand and body lotion.

Consider your environment

woman in parkIf you’re planning on spending time outdoors, it’s a good idea to use a moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated all day, so you don’t have to constantly re-apply. It’s also a good idea to look for a moisturizer with mild UV protective properties like this hazelnut oil moisturizer.

If you’re in or plan to be in a humid environment, using a body mist or other moisturizer made with natural glycerin will help your skin absorb the moisture surrounding you and keep itself hydrated. This includes your bathroom after bathing or showering.

body oilsConsider the existing damage to your skin

If you’ve already sustained some type of damage to your skin like a sunburn, or if you suffer from skin conditions like rosacea or psoriasis, you should take these conditions into account when choosing a moisturizer. Pure natural glycerin, aloe vera juice, and aloe body butter are all excellent soothing moisturizers for sunburned skin.

Emu Oil and Evening Primrose Oil are both great skin care ingredients to look for if you have eczema, psoriasis, or any other aches and pains, as both contain natural pain relieving nutrients.

Click here for even more information on how to identify the best body moisturizer for your dry skin.

 

New product catalogs from Castle Baths!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

classics cataloganna catalogexotic earth catalog tre'yours catalog

 

If you haven’t been to our catalog page recently, you may want to check it out. In addition to our updated and improved Classics line catalog, we’re now offering catalogs for our Exotic Earth and Tre’Yours lines, as well as a wholesale catalog and welcome kit for anyone interested in reselling our products.

Why download one of our catalogs?

Wondering why we bother offering downloadable PDF product catalogs when all of our products are available for purchase online? Here are a few reasons you may want to download one of our catalogs:

  • You can see and compare all of our products scented in a particular aromatherapy blend (ex: all jubilee products or all Bathsheba products) on a single page.
  • They give you something you can print out and take with you wherever you go, so you can tell all your friends and family about your favorite spa and bath products!
  • If you’re a wholesaler or have interest in becoming one, these catalogs give you something you can give out to your customers so they can see the complete product lines.

All of our PDF product catalogs are interactive so you can use them to order products just like you would use our website. Just click on the product you want and you will be redirected to that product’s page on our website, where you can purchase it.

Plus, these product catalogs don’t just sell; they educate – making it quick and easy to compare the skin care and aromatherapy benefits of each!

Have a website? Become a Castle Baths Affiliate

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

castle baths affiliatesDo you have a blog or website related to the beauty, animal care, retail, or event planning industries that you would like to make more profitable? Becoming a Castle Baths affiliate may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Our affiliate program works through Share-A-Sale, a widely known and trusted online advertising host, and allows you to place our banner ads or text-based ads on your site and earn commissions on any resulting sales.

How is being an affiliate different from being a wholesaler?

Affiliates sell our products online via advertisements; wholesalers purchase our physical products in bulk at a discounted price and resell them in their stores or offices. To be an affiliate, all you need is a website with a decent following. To be a wholesaler, you need to have a physical store or office.

You can learn more about our wholesale program on our wholesale page, but for the purpose of this blog, we’ll be focusing on our affiliate program.

What types of affiliates are you looking for?

You can see examples of how professional bloggers, health and beauty professionals, animal care professionals, retailers, and event planning professionals can benefit from becoming Castle Baths affiliates on our affiliate examples page. Some of the types of people we’re looking for include:

  • Bloggers
  • Dermatologists
  • Estheticians/cosmetologists
  • Spa/salon owners
  • Massage therapists
  • Online retailers
  • Veterinarians
  • Pet groomers
  • Breeders
  • Wedding planners
  • Event planners
  • And many others!

What types of products can I advertise?

Banner and text ads featuring our Classics aromatherapy line, Exotic Earth spa and bath line, Tre’Yours anti-aging line, and Anna Designer Pet grooming line, as well as our spa gift baskets are all available to you through our affiliate program. It is up to you to choose which line(s) suit your blog or website best. You can learn more about the options available to you as an affiliate on our affiliate FAQ page.

How do I get started?

To get started as a Castle Baths affiliate, we recommend you first read our tips for using Share-A-Sale effectively, as this will familiarize you with the Share-A-Sale content management system interface. Once you decide you are ready to sign up, you can proceed to our affiliate signup page, which will walk you through the signup process step-by-step.

 

 

Damaged, sensitive skin? Try Avocado Oil

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

avocado oil and butterAre you worried about the damaging effects of prolonged sun exposure on your skin? Avocado oil can help. In fact, it’s one of the best and most popular natural skin care ingredients you can use to protect and rejuvenate your skin, and is used in both women’s and men’s skin care products.

Avocado Oil for Sun Damage

If you did a lot of tanning in your teens and twenties either at the beach or in tanning salons, you may be worrying now about the cumulative effect of all those UV rays your skin has absorbed over the years, and with good reason. UV overexposure is the leading cause of free radical buildup in the skin. Free radicals are microscopic particles that, if left to build up over years, can lead to cell damage, resulting in premature aging and in severe cases even the beginnings of skin cancer. Fortunately, you probably aren’t at the point of no return yet, and with the help of certified organic avocado oil, hopefully you never will be.

tre'yours avocado face creamAvocado oil is considered a superfood for your skin. What makes avocado oil such a great skin care ingredient for sun damaged skin is its high concentrations of antioxidant vitamins A and E. Antioxidants destroy free radicals as soon as they are created so they don’t build up in your skin tissues and make trouble for you later in life.  Massaging these vitamins directly into your skin in their natural form via a moisturizing cream makes them far more effective for skin care purposes than simply ingesting foods rich in these same vitamins (not that you shouldn’t do that too), and using a natural moisturizing cream such as one made with certified organic avocado oil allows these antioxidant vitamins to work together in ways they never could individually or watered down in a synthetic cream.

Avocado Oil also has one of the highest natural SPF ratings, giving it mild sunscreen-like properties.

See the success rate of avocado oil as a skin care ingredient for yourself by checking out the reviews of these two avocado-oil-based anti-aging moisturizers from Castle Baths’ Tre’Yours line:

Avocado Oil for Sensitive Skin

In addition to being great for sun damaged skin, avocado oil is also a great skin care ingredient to look for if you have sensitive skin. Avocado oil is gentle enough to use around the eye where your skin is extremely light and fragile, which is why it is the main ingredient in Tre’Yours Avocado Eyes Eye Cream. It is also one of the main ingredients in Tre’Yours Avocado Hemp Regenerative Cream, which has had some amazing results both for people with chronic sensitive skin and people with temporarily sensitive skin due to facial surgery.avocado eye cream

6 new skin care products from Exotic Earth

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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Try using these 6 skin care ingredient oils in place of or in addition to your regular moisturizer

In our last blog we discussed the numerous skin care benefits of using apricot oil as body oil, and introduced you to one of our new Exotic Earth products: pure cold-pressed apricot oil. What we didn’t tell you was that this new product isn’t alone. We now have five additional pure body oils in our Exotic Earth product inventory you can turn to whenever you need a light, non-greasy, oil-based moisturizer.

We added these new body oils in response to a steadily growing demand from our customers for pure oils. We kept getting callers asking questions like, “Where do you get your natural glycerin and can I buy some off you?” and “Do you sell pure hazelnut oil?” In the past we’ve regrettably had to refer these types of customers to other sources, but now the answer to anyone seeking to purchase these skin care oils is a resounding, “Yes!”

Here’s a breakdown of the new body oils we’re now offering, and the skin care purposes for  which each oil is best suited.

hazelnut oilHazelnut Oil. Hazelnut oil possesses natural astringent (skin tightening) properties and is rich in antioxidant vitamins B and E, making it ideal for acnetic skin and sensitive skin, as it is very light and gentle as well.  It also has mild UV protection properties and is very soothing and fast absorbing when applied to the skin, making it ideal for use on sunburned or damaged skin.

Evening Primrose Oil. The essential oil of Evening Primroses is considered by many skin care industry professionals to be one of the most important natural anti-aging ingredients discovered since Vitamin C. It contains the natural pain-relieving compound phenylalanine, as well as high concentrations of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is what gives Evening Primrose Oil its incredible anti-aging qualities. It has also demonstrated to be very effective for PMS and other women’s health issues, which is why we use it in our Restoration aromatherapy line.

Apricot Oil. We’ve already discussed many of the benefits of cold-pressed apricot oil in detail in our previous blog article, but just to recap, apricot oil is very similar to almond oil, yet notably less expensive. It contains high concentrations of essential fatty acids (EFAs) as well as numerous antioxidant vitamins, which work together to deliver incredible anti-aging results to your skin.

aloe vera juiceAloe Vera Juice. While aloe vera juice isn’t technically a body oil (it’s more of a light mist), it is one of the new skin care products we’re now offering as part of the Exotic Earth line. Aloe vera juice helps  your skin breathe easier (remember, your skin needs oxygen just like every other part of your body and if you have clogged pores, it can’t breathe easily.) It also contains high concentrations of antioxidant vitamins, which is why it is so often used in sunscreens (though many of the synthetically formulated sunscreens you see in big box stores likely don’t contain sufficient quantities of aloe vera to give your skin all of its beneficial effects.)

Natural Glycerin. Natural glycerin, like aloe vera, is technically not a body oil either. Again, it’s more of a light mist. Its main value as a skin care ingredient comes from its humectant properties, meaning it draws moisture out of the surrounding environment and into your skin. This absorption helps keep your skin’s outer layer intact and protects it from the drying effects of the elements. Our natural glycerin is derived exclusively from vegetable oils (not synthetic chemicals or old animal fats) and is not an alcohol.

emu oilEmu Oil. Emu oil has great anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent natural salve to use for a variety of skin maladies, as well as to soothe sore muscles. It is for this reason that Emu oil is a popular natural massage oil, particularly for sports massage where sore muscles are common. Emu oil is derived from the Australian Emu bird and, as such, is not vegan. Since Castle Baths remains committed to offering vegan skin care products we were initially very hesitant to offer Emu oil, but we have decided to test the waters by offering a limited quantity for a short period of time. Whether Emu oil becomes a permanent addition to the Exotic Earth line will depend on how well it sells and how we decide we feel about offering this one non-vegan product.

Now that you have a better understanding of what each of these oils and skin care ingredients should be used for, we hope that you will try one or more of them and experience the numerous skin care benefits of pure body oils  for yourself.

How to soothe damaged skin with aloe body butter

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Aloe

Aloe vera is a great natural skin care ingredient  for soothing damaged skin

Last week we talked about the importance of regular exfoliation and how using a bath scrub can help remove dead skin cells so they don’t cause your skin to flake and peel when out in the sun. But what if your skin is already flaking and peeling? Or worse yet, burning? Knowing how to care for care for your skin when it’s damaged is just as important as knowing how to keep your skin looking flawless, because chances are there will come a time in your life when, despite your best efforts, your skin will become damaged.

On days like today, when temperatures are in the 90s, you’re in a light, sleeveless outfit, and there’s hardly a cloud in the sky, your skin is at prime risk of damage from the relentless UV rays from the sun beating down on you. Even if you’ve read all about the long-term risks of overexposure to sunlight and you’re extremely careful every time you go outside, there’s still a possibility that you’ll end up with some type of sun-related skin damage. So it’s important to have a plan  of action for protecting and soothing your skin should this or any other type of burn occur.

What to do if your skin has been burned or damaged….

If you’ve suffered a mild burn from sunlight or another source of inflammation, the first thing you should do is remove yourself from the source of the burning. This may seem blatantly obvious, but far too many people will see a burn, say, “Ouch! I’m burning!” but still continue to lay out and sunbathe or do whatever activity they were doing as though nothing had happened.

Once you’re out of danger of any further damage, the next step you should take as soon as possible is to soothe and protect the damaged area of skin. To accomplish this, we strongly recommend you use something natural like organic aloe vera rather than anything that was made with synthetic chemicals. Synthetic chemicals can be very irritating to even healthy skin and are the last thing your damaged, sensitive skin needs right now.

Aloe Body Butter: a soothing skin care solution

aloe body butter - exotic earthThis Exotic Earth Aloe Body Butter is ideal for soothing damaged skin. It is made with several natural skin care staple ingredients, to include organic, unrefined Shea Butter, organic cocoa butter, and aloe vera juice. It also comes in easily transportable 2oz and 4oz size jars so you can take it wherever you go and have it in your hands the moment you need it.

You can apply the aloe body butter just like you would apply your daily moisturizer or any other lotion, though the aloe body butter will feel much richer and soothe and protect your skin much longer than most lotions. It works best to apply the aloe body butter as soon as you notice the mild burning or damage to your skin, and then follow up with additional applications after bathing or showering, and/or before you go to sleep.

Please keep in mind that these tips are for mild skin damage and are for informational purposes only. They are not to be considered medical advice, and if you have serious skin damage, we advise you to consult with your doctor.

Click here to learn more about aloe vera and its skin care properties.

Click here to learn more about Castle Baths’ aloe body butter.