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Have you checked out CB Splash?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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CB Splash is our new blog/online magazine, where you’ll find detailed, expert articles on skin care, healthy living, and much more!

What’s under your skin?

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Ever wonder what was beneath your skin’s surface? Do you know how to check yourself for skin cancer and recognize the various types of potentially problematic moles? Here’s some helpful diagrams to illustrate what goes on underneath your skin.

Hair and skin

Hair Anatomy

different cell types populating the skin

Skin cancer – the ABCs

Signs and symptoms of skin cancer

Types of Skin Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma Melanoma or skin cancer lipoma

Wounds and healing

process of wound healing

Where is my package?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

It’s almost halfway through December, and I still haven’t received my package! Where is it? Will it arrive in time for the holidays? If you’ve ever ordered something from an online store that you intended to give as a holiday gift, you’ve probably experienced the worry and frustration of trying to track down an order that failed to arrive on its scheduled delivery date. So, what do you do if it happens to you again this year?

Complain to the store? Stop payment on your credit card? Vow never to shop online ever again? You may feel tempted to take any or all of these actions, but before you do, we ask that you consider the possibility that the real culprit responsible for delaying or misplacing your package isn’t who you ordered from, but rather who handled your shipping.

Granted, sometimes it is the company itself who’s at fault, and if this turns out to be the case, the company should make good on its commitment to you. But more often than not, it’s someone working for whomever the company uses to ship its products who drops the ball. The U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS, and other shipping agencies become inundated with packages this time of year, and mistakes are bound to happen.

For example, we recently shipped a package bound for Hollywood, California. The address on the label was correct and perfectly legible, but it never reached its destination. The customer called us to find out what happened, and we were as confused as she was. We were about to file an insurance claim for lost merchandise when the postal service informed us that the package had been placed in the wrong mailbox, despite being labeled correctly, and thus, was sitting in the post office for the wrong district of the city, only a mile away from where it was supposed to be shipped. As a result, it took an extra week for the package to reach its correct destination.

Castle Baths Shipping Policies

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When you order one or more items valued at $69 or more from Castle Baths, like this Sweet Dreams Gift Basket, U.S. shipping is free!

We ship all of our orders the same day we receive them via U.S.P.S. priority air mail. When you place an order with us, we make, package, and ship your order the same day you place it. Once it leaves our facility, we will assign your order a tracking number that we can use to keep you apprised of where your package is while in transit.

We offer a flat rate of $6.95 for all shipping within the continental U.S. and U.S. territories, unless you order more than $69.00, in which case your shipping is free!

How other companies are handling the holiday shipping demand

As of November, the U.S. Postal Service has started offering Sunday shipping of Amazon packages to the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas at no extra charge, according to an article published in the LA Times. UPS and Amazon itself have also come up with an innovative solution to the holiday demand for expedited shipping.

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Amazon delivery drone – image from www.theverge.com

No, this isn’t a child’s remote-control toy helicopter. It’s one of the new drones Amazon is testing for its plan to offer drone delivery in place of “next day air” or “standard shipping” for people who want to get their packages as soon as possible (even going as far as to offer delivery on the same day you place your order.) According to a recent article published by ABC News, UPS is also considering using drones to deliver packages in the near future.

Using drones to ship packages likely won’t come to fruition anytime soon. Amazon and UPS are still working out the logistics of doing so, plus there have been concerns expressed over the privacy of people whose houses the drones would fly over, the ability of the drones to withstand inclement weather, and the damage that could potentially come to them should people who have threatened to shoot them down choose to make good on their threats.

Regardless of when, if ever, drone shipping becomes a reality, Castle Baths remains committed to providing you with safe, cost-effective shipping, and getting your orders to you as fast as humanly possible. If you have any questions regarding your orders or our shipping policies, please contact us at (757) 788-8157.

6 Luxury Foot Care Gift Baskets To Pamper Your Friends and Loved Ones

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Now that the weather has started to get a little cooler, it’s the perfect time to send someone a foot care gift basket. Chances are your friends’ and loved ones’ feet are feeling a little dry from all the beach strolls and sandal-wearing they experienced during the summer months, and there are many other environmental and lifestyle factors that can also take a toll on someone’s soles.

Fortunately, Castle Baths offers several foot care gift baskets and spa solutions to help you and your friends or loved ones get back on their feet quickly. If you know someone with tired and/or sore feet, or you experience foot problems yourself, here are a few popular foot care gift baskets and spa solution kits you may want to consider:

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The In Appreciation Spa Gift Basket

Castle Baths’ In Appreciation Spa Gift Basket offers one 4 oz bottle of mineral foot cream, scented in our energizing, fruity Jubilee aromatherapy essential oil blend, one 4 oz jar of foot salts, made with pure, authentic Dead Sea Salt and also scented in Jubilee, one fruit cake slice soap, and one candle. This gift basket is a perfect thank you gift when you want to maintain a professional and/or platonic relationship but also send something personal.

Spearmint Foot Candies

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These luxurious little foot scrubs are similar to our bon bons in that they exfoliate and cleanse a

person’s feet during a foot bath, but our Spearmint Foot Candies are specifically formulated for foot care and go one step beyond our bon bons in that they not only help soften feet, they help feet stay! Each foot candy is formulated to leave a natural protective layer over the foot after the foot bath is complete to help reduce dampness from sweating, thus keeping feet soft and smooth. Our foot candies make a great gift for any occasion, and are great for when you want to send something unusual but also very much appreciated.

foot spa bath gift - lavenderThe Lavender Foot Bath Spa Gift

Castle Baths’ Lavender Foot Bath Spa Gift offers its recipient everything he or she will need to create the ultimate luxury foot bath, including one 4 oz mineral foot cream scented in our relaxing aromatherapy blend of Lavender and Ylang Ylang known as Sweet Communion, one 16 oz champagne-style bottle of authentic Dead Sea Foot Salts, also scented in Sweet Communion, and a 6 pack of our Spearmint Foot Candies. Upscale… vegan… and something your friend or loved one is sure to fall head over heels in love with!

The Lavender Foot Spa Bath Gift Basket

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What could possibly be better than our Lavender Foot Bath Spa Gift? How about our Lavender Foot Spa Bath Gift Basket, which not only gives your friend or loved one everything he or she will need to create a luxury foot bath (including our 4 oz Sweet Communion Mineral Foot Cream, 16 oz champagne-style bottle of Dead Sea Foot Salts, and a Coffee Bon Bon for exfoliation), but also arrives in an old-fashioned ice bucket you can use to prepare the bath itself!

The 3 Pack Foot Salts Gift Basket

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If you can’t decide which aromatherapy scent to go with, why not let your gift’s recipient sample all three? We offer our popular foot salts in three scents, Jubilee, Sweet Communion, and a romantic Rosewood and Rose blend we’ve named Bathsheba. Plus, we’ve included one bonus Spearmint Foot Candy. Why settle for just one scent when you can have it all?

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The Cracked Heels Spa Solution Kit

If you’re friend or loved one is experiencing yellow or dark lesions on his or her feet, or constantly experiences itchiness, roughness or pain surrounding the heel area, he or she may be one of the many people who suffer from cracked heels. Cracked heels are not a serious skin problem (though they may look and feel terrible), and are actually just extreme cases of dry skin. You can learn more about the causes of cracked heels here, and we have an effective natural solution for them too. Our Cracked Heels Spa Solution Kit offers one 16 oz champagne-style bottle of Dead Sea Foot Salts and one 4 oz Mineral Foot Cream, both scented in Sweet Communion, plus one 4 oz Lavender Body Butter to draw additional moisture into the skin, one 8 oz Mediterranean Breeze Bath Scrub for exfoliation, and one scrub brush to apply the bath scrub to feet. Take a look at our cracked heels page to see the order in which we recommend using these products for super-soft feet.

So many enticing foot care gift baskets. So many feet in need of pampering! The choice is up to you!

New Backgrounds

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

We’re considering some new backgrounds for our site and other materials – do you have a favorite? Let us know!

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Castle Baths to Give Away Free Dead Sea Mud Bars with Qualifying Purchases on Black Friday

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

In addition to saving yourself the time and stress of shopping in a crowded, noisy brick-and-mortar store this Black Friday, Castle Baths is offering yet another incentive to take care of all your natural spa and bath gift giving needs online. Beginning on November 23, Castle Baths will include a free Dead Sea Mud Bar with every order over $25.00. This sale will continue until midnight on November 26, the day commonly referred to as Cyber Monday.

“The larger your order, the larger a mud bar you will receive,” said Castle Baths owner Laura Thomas. “Small orders near the minimum purchase amount required will receive one of our Dead Sea Mud Flower Soaps, which we typically save for inclusion in our spa gift baskets. Larger orders will receive chunks of our actual retail Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud Bar, and the largest orders will receive a full-size Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud Bar.”

According to Thomas, Dead Sea Mud has numerous skin care benefits, including the ability to cleanse the deep layers of skin where ordinary facial soaps cannot reach. Dead Sea Mud also is reputed to help skin feel tighter and smoother for a more youthful appearance.

“It’s a great alternative to using a mud mask,” Thomas said. “Especially during the winter when the use of a mud mask can really dry out your skin.”

As to which Castle Baths products would qualify for this discount, Thomas suggests customers browse the spa gift baskets on the Castle Baths website. Several new baskets have been added, including the Holiday Gift Basket, Lavender Lovers Gift Basket, and the customizable Slice of Life Gift Basket.

For more information on Castle Baths’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, or for skin care or gift giving suggestions, please contact Laura at castlebaths@gmail.com.

 

Three new patterned soaps available for purchase from Castle Baths

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Are you tired of all your soaps coming in a standard rectangle that can easily slip out of your hand during a bath or shower? If so, you may be interested to know that Castle Baths has begun transitioning its Classic line natural soaps to unique, decorative flower molds. We currently have three patterned soaps available for purchase. They are the Bathsheba Rose Soap, the Prayer Sunflower Soap, and the Passion Daisy Soap.

Bathsheba Natural Rose SoapEach of these new soap forms is designed to fit comfortably in your hand, and hopefully will reduce the likelihood of slips while in use.

Eventually, Castle Baths will transition its four remaining Classic scents, Sweet Communion, Sweet Dreams, Restoration, and Jubilee, to decorative shapes as well, though the shape each will take is not definitive yet.

Though the shape of our soaps is in transition, our scents are and always shall remain the same. Our Bathsheba Rose Soap is still made with the essential oil of Rosewood and pure rose absolute. Likewise, our Prayer and Passion patterned soaps still contain their original scents.

The Bathsheba aromatherapy blend is designed to inspire a romantic mood. Prayer is intended to help people reach a meditative, reflective state of mind, and Passion is said to have an aphrodisiac effect on mood, bringing out feelings of confidence and sexuality.

Questions or comments may be posted in the comment section below, or you can contact Castle Baths directly by e-mailing castlebaths@gmail.com.

The skin-care dictionary: terms and definitions to help you compare the functions of skin care products (part 2)

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Last week, we listed some common technical skin-care terms cosmetic companies like to use to describe their products, and then provided some information on what each of those terms actually means in plain, simple English. Today, we have five more to share with you, so that you can make informed decisions about your cosmetics usage based on their ingredients and listed uses.

Antioxidant – Antioxidants are natural compounds that help eliminate oxides or free radicals from your skin. Oxides and free radicals are unstable molecules that can accelerate the aging process and potentially cause cancer. Shockingly, many of the mass-produced cosmetics you see for sale at your local drug store or department store contain numerous ingredients ending in –oxide, which means, in the long term, many of them will do more harm than good. If you see ingredients ending in -oxide, that product should probably be avoided. To infuse your skin with antioxidants, try looking for products made from organic green tea such as Castle Baths’ Green Tea Body Butter or Avocado Eyes Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

Essential Oil vs. Fragrance – Essential oils are 100% organic scents created from plants. Many have documented aromatherapy benefits such as relaxation or energizing, and some even have aphrodisiac-like effects. Fragrances, on the other hand, are simply scents with no aromatherapy benefits. They are synthetic and contain potentially harmful chemicals. Many who suffer from headaches caused by fragrance oils in thier products do not associate their fragrance-based commercial cosmetics with the source of their headaches. The only up-side to fragrances is that they last longer and are substantially cheaper than essential oils.

Cellulite – Cellulite refers to the appearance of fatty, bulging skin, usually around the thighs. It can also appear in the abdominal area or around the neck. Skin care products that are listed as being astringent (skin-tightening) can be an effective temporary solution for reducing the appearance of cellulite deposits. Cellulite is not at present considered an official medical term. Some products that are helpful in reducing the appearance of cellulite include Castle Baths’ Green Tea Body Butter and Cellu Coffee Bar Spa Soap.

Eczema – Eczema is a skin condition whereby skin becomes red and itchy. Skin may crack and in extreme cases, a rash may form. Eczema can sometimes occur during wintertime, when colder temperatures tend to dry out skin. Oil-based lotions and/or body butters such as Castle Baths’ Lavender Body Butter or Bathsheba Body Lotion Mist can be very effective in soothing and re-hydrating the itchy, red, cracked signs of eczema.

Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids – Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHAs) are compounds most commonly found in products containing citrus fruit, which can help stimulate and maintain your skin’s collagen levels. Collagen is the main protein responsible for keeping skin smooth and youthful. As we age, hormonal changes decrease skin’s ability to produce collagen. To take advantage of AHA’s anti-aging benefits, cosmetic products containing them should have a concentration between 8 and 15% such as Castle Baths’ Bless Me Cream.

This is by no means a complete overview of skin care terms, and depending on your health and beauty goals, you may want to conduct additional research. But, hopefully now you have a better understanding of what cosmetics that list these terms are supposed to accomplish, and be sure to check back with us again, as we will have new skin care insights to share with you each week.

How to prevent neck wrinkles without emptying your wallet

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Battling wrinkles is one of the biggest dilemmas for most women these days. We will pay for laser treatments, lavish spa treatments, and expensive creams all for the promise of renewed youth. While our faces may come out looking renewed and refreshed, what about our necks? Most of us forget about the neck, which is just as important as the face when it comes to anti-aging.

The skin on the neck is much thinner with a lot less elasticity than the skin on the rest of the body. Necks also have way fewer sebaceous glands and lipids, which are key in preventing aging. Over time collagen and elastin productivity also decreases in skin, and can cause the dreaded double chin effect. Thankfully, when neck exercises are performed regularly, this can go away completely over time. Other factors that contribute to wrinkles in the neck are smoking, poor skin care routine, dehydration, and bad diet. However, I am going to give you some remedies that you can use at home in your spare time.

First, you need to cleanse. Always ensuring a proper cleansing is very effective in battling wrinkles because you need to rid the skin of all pollutants and impurities.

Second, you want to exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Exfoliating is key in battling wrinkles, by getting rid of dead skin cells and it helping the skin turnover process in generating new skin cells.

Third, you always have to tone. A natural toner that is good in fighting wrinkles is Green Tea. Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants to fight wrinkles. The goal to fighting wrinkles is replacing everything that came out of your skin.

Fourth, make sure you moisturize. Shea Butter is an excellent anti-aging moisturizer. To optimize your results, add a bit of Hazelnut Oil to your moisturizer. Hazelnut Oil has tightening properties. If you have nut allergies, try a test patch on your skin first. Don’t be afraid to use your wrinkle cream on your neck, also inexpensive creams are just as effective as expensive creams, such as our Tre’Yours Hazelnut Anti-Wrinkle Neck and Chest Cream!

Determining the right sleep position also determines if you will get wrinkles on your neck. Try to sleep on your back and make sure you have good posture, in doing so you will decrease your chances of getting wrinkles. Make sure to take the time to massage your neck and I can’t stress enough how important it is to do your neck exercises.

I hope these tips help you as well as your wallet!

Are Your Feet Getting The Love They Deserve?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Pamper your feet today with our Castle Baths Natural Foot Bath Salts Gift Set. This array of products will definitely please your feet, while awakening your mind, body, and soul.

This amazing Gift Set includes:

Our Bathsheba all natural Foot Bath Salts have a foot-drenching infusion that will cool and relieve your swollen, weary feet, while helping to reduce pain and inflammation, and melt away tension.

Sweet Communion Mineral Foot Bath Salts are ideal for soaking tired, sore feet. Restful feet are happy feet! This wonderful product has similar properties to the Bathsheba, but also moisturizes and detoxifies your feet.

Jubilee Mineral Foot Bath Salts will help to energize your feet and put the bounce back in your step! This product is ideal for itchy, dry feet, and even Athletes Foot. They will reduce redness and irritation of the bridge, heel, and toe joint areas, reduce soreness, and feed your skin with nutrients and minerals.

Sweet as candy, leaving your feet even sweeter…yet adding no calories to your diet! Our Castle Baths Spearmint Foot Scrub Candy is perfect for scrubbing, exfoliating, and moisturizing all in one. These little candies are very helpful for softening your heels, and are deliciously scented with Spearmint Essential Oil for a little aromatherapy while you soak.

Our feet do so much for us…so do something nice for them. Treat your feet like royalty, and order your Natural Foot Bath Salts Gift Set today!! Your feet will thank you.