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Types of essential oils explained

July 14th, 2014

Not all essential oils are created equal

Did you know there are multiple types of essential oils? We’re not talking about the difference between essential oils and synthetic fragrance oils, nor are we referring to the fact that there are so many essential oil scents from which to choose. We’re talking about how two bottles of the essential oil of lavender can have very different scents and aromatherapy effects.

“How can this be?” you may ask. “Shouldn’t all lavender smell and perform alike?” The answer is, “No.”

Different species = different scents

essential oil lavenderIf you were to travel to your nearest plant nursery in search of some tomatoes to plant in your vegetable garden, you’d see several different varieties of tomato plants, some labeled “Early Girl,” and others labeled “Cherry Tomato” or “Better Bush.” Each of these produces fruit that is slightly different from any other type of tomato plant because they are different species within the tomato plant family. The same is true of the plants used to produce essential oils. Different species produce different scents.

Now, to return to the example of lavender, you may now (correctly) surmise that the common name “lavender” does not refer to just one plant but a family of plants, all with similar but not identical characteristics.

Location matters

In addition to differentiation in species, the location in which a plant is grown can also affect the scent and aromatherapy properties of its essential oil. Continuing with the lavender example, French Fine High Altitude Lavender often has a much sweeter aroma than lavender grown in low-altitude eastern Europe.

Click here to see a breakdown of the various types of lavender by growing location.

Therapeutic grade essential oils

Every essential oil is assigned a therapeutic grade, which is determined by the quality of the plants used to produce it, the method by which the oil was extracted from the plants, and the oil’s purity. Low therapeutic grade essential oils may not be Certified Organic or wild-crafted, and are often diluted and used as little more than fragrances.

High therapeutic grade essential oils contain a higher percentage of pure oil and come from plants that were grown using organic farming practices. They retain most if not all of their aromatherapy and skin care benefits, and can be used by aromatherapists and herbalists therapeutically. The highest therapeutic grade essential oils contain 100% pure oil from organic and wild-crafted plant sources.

Find out which therapeutic grade essential oils Castle Baths uses  here.

Of course, like any crop, the weather plays an important role in determining the quality of the plants harvested, which in turn, affects the quality of the resulting oils. A bad season and crop can mean relying on supplies of a particular essential oil from previous years and drive prices up. But now at least you have a better understanding of the various types of essential oils available and the care that goes into preserving their quality from the field to your skin.

Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils: What’s the Difference?

July 10th, 2014

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Allergies to synthetic fragrances are common – try products scented in essential oils instead

Do the scented spa products you see in big box stores give you headaches or make you feel nauseous? Are you hesitant to try lotions and bath salts with aromatherapy benefits because you worry that their scents will be overpowering? Have you become convinced that you’re allergic to scents and can only use unscented products?

If the only spa products you’ve tried have come from large retail chain stores, you may not be as allergic to scented spa products as you think you are. Many of the scented products you see lining the shelves of these stores have been scented with artificially created fragrance oils, which have been concocted from a mix of chemicals. Cosmetics manufacturers are not legally required to disclose all the ingredients they use to manufacture their fragrances, and as a result, many of the chemicals they use can be quite harsh and irritating to your skin and your nose.

The lotions, bath salts, soaps, and oils you’ll find online at Castle Baths, however, are scented in pure, natural essential oils, not synthetic fragrance oils. As such, they are much less likely to cause allergic reactions, and deliver real aromatherapy benefits.

Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils: Aromatherapy Benefits

 

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Fragrance oils are exactly that, fragrances; they just smell nice (or not so nice as the case may be.) Essential Oils, on the other hand, have real aromatherapy benefits. Spa products scented in essential oils retain the aromatherapy benefits of the herbs and flowers from which the oils were extracted. You can find multiple scientific studies on the effectiveness of aromatherapy here.

You can learn more about the essential oils we use and the aromatherapy benefits of the scents we’ve created by blending various essential oils together here.

A few of the essential oils we use do have allergy warnings, such as those derived from ragweed or pine. You can find disclosures regarding potential allergic reactions to such oils in the additional information tab on our product pages.

So, if you’re ready to end your exile from the world of scented spa products, come check out our aromatherapy essential oil blends!

6 new skin care products from Exotic Earth

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.

Dry Skin? Try Cold-Pressed Apricot Oil

July 2nd, 2014

Cold-Pressed Apricot Oil has many skin care benefits, especially for people with dry skin.

Do you know the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? If you don’t know the difference between the two skin types you may not be using the correct moisturizer for your skin. The beauty and skin care industries recognize dry/dehydrated skin as a single skin type, but with two different causes.

Dehydrated skin lacks water, and is often temporary. Dry skin lacks oil and is often chronic.

So, if you have dry skin, but you’ve been using a water-based moisturizer, it’s no wonder that your skin feels dry only a short while after you apply. You need to be using an oil-based moisturizer, or even better yet, a body oil like cold-pressed apricot oil.

Cold-Pressed Apricot Oil for Skin Careapricot oil for skin

If you’re balking at the mention of the word “oil” and worrying about acne breakouts, don’t. Apricot Oil is light, fast-absorbing, and it won’t leave an oily residue on your skin afterwards. It has a lipid content similar to the natural sebum oil your skin produces to stay hydrated so it blends flawlessly into your skin without making your skin feel greasy. Apricot oil also contains high quantities of numerous essential fatty acids (EFAs) that your skin needs to regulate its metabolism.

If that still isn’t enough to convince you of Apricot Oil’s skin care benefits, consider that Apricot Oil also contains high quantities of the antioxidant vitamins A and E, which can help your skin combat free radical damage from sunlight overexposure and stay youthful and healthy.

Ready to give Apricot Oil a try? Check out this pure Apricot Oil body oil, which contains 100% pure Cold-Pressed Apricot Oil. Or, if you really want to go all out and treat yourself, try this Cocoa Butter Plus, which combines Apricot Oil with unrefined cocoa butter, mango butter, and Shea butter in a rich, creamy spread that delivers all-day moisture and soothing!cocoa butter plus

Don’t know your skin type? Find out with this simple skin type test.

Learn more about the many benefits of Cold-Pressed Apricot Oil for skin care here. Trust us. When it comes to Apricot Oil’s benefits, we’ve barely scratched the surface.

 

 

Who is Anna? How one cat inspired a pet grooming supply line

June 26th, 2014

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Since we don’t typically feature our Anna Designer Pet products in our blog, you may be wondering, “Who is Anna?” and “What exactly is so special about her and the Anna Designer Pet grooming line?”

Who is Anna?

Anna, more formally known as GRC Purrinlot Anna’s Gift made cat breeding history when she became the  first ever blue-eyed bicolor Persian Grand Champion worldwide. Prior to Anna, it was considered genetically impossible for a bicolor Persian cat to have any eye color other than copper. So when breeder Laura Thomas approached the Persian Breed Council,  the governing authority for determining pedigrees in Persian cat shows, with her dream of a blue eyed bicolor Persian, she was met with ridicule.

“Even if such a cat could exist, you would never be able to register at any professional cat show,” breeders and cat show judges told her repeatedly. “Since bicolor Persians can only have copper eyes, it would be illegal to show a blue-eyed bicolor Persian.”

Despite the ridicule, Laura never wavered in her faith that God would one day make her a blue-eyed bicolor Persian. Convinced that she would one day be blessed with such a cat, she set about the task of getting this supposedly “impossible” breed registered with the Cat Fancier’s Association and the Persian Breed Council so that when the day came that such a cat did exist, he or she could be legally shown.

purr-fect faith bookLaura’s dreams and efforts came to fruition in 1999 when the Cat Fancier’s Association officially recognized the blue-eyed bicolor Persian cat as a legitimate, albeit still hypothetical, breed, and then again in 2006 when Anna was born and taken on tour to various cat shows.

“During her champion show, each judge in ring after ring would pull out the rule book to check if her eye color was legal,” Laura recalls. “The expression on the judges’ faces when, to their astonishment, Anna’s eye color was indeed listed as legal, was priceless!”

Anna was crowned a grand champion, and the rest is history. You can learn more about Anna and Laura Thomas’s journey of faith through cat breeding in her inspirational autobiography How to Have Purr-fect Faith, even at a cat show.

The Anna Designer Pet Line

As any professional breeder will likely tell you, taking a cat to grand champion status takes more than just genetics. Winning cats need to be groomed impeccably so that they look flawless when they get judged in the ring. That’s where the Anna Designer Pet Line comes in.

cat shampoo trioFor years, Laura had been using natural grooming soaps and cat shampoos that she had formulated herself. These natural, handmade grooming products had several advantages over commercial grooming products of the day. They were detergent-free, and thus, could cleanse fur without stripping it or damaging ends. They were safe to use on kittens and around sensitive areas such as the fur around the eyes.

When Anna became a grand champion, Laura decided it was time to share her secret to success with the rest of the world. She took her natural pet grooming formulations to market, capitalizing on Anna’s newfound fame by naming the product line after her. The Anna Designer Pet grooming line quickly grew in popularity to become the number one breeder-recommended natural grooming supply line in the world.

The Anna Designer Pet Legacy

anna designer pet catalogToday, the Anna Designer Pet line remains one of the top breeder-recommended and veterinarian-approved natural pet grooming supply lines in the world, with retail representation across five continents.

If you’re a breeder, groomer, veterinarian, or businessperson, you too can become part of the Anna Designer Pet legacy by becoming a wholesaler for the brand. The application process to become an Anna Designer Pet wholesaler is easy and straightforward.

How to soothe damaged skin with aloe body butter

June 22nd, 2014

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.

 

Skin Care Advice for June Brides

June 18th, 2014

The benefits of bath scrubs when getting ready for a June wedding

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June is one of the most popular months for weddings, and it’s no secret why. Flowers are in full bloom and the weather finally feels like summer, but it still isn’t overwhelmingly hot outside. It’s the ideal time of year to wed if you want a beach wedding, an outdoor service in a local flower garden, and/or if you’ve picked out gorgeous sleeveless dresses for yourself and your bridesmaids.

But if everything is to go swimmingly on your big day this summer, you’ll need to prepare, and no, we’re not talking about going to the wedding rehearsal or making sure the caterer decorates the cake exactly the way you want it. We’re talking about skin care.

Let’s face it, having an outdoor wedding during the summer carries a certain amount of risk for those whose skin is unprepared. You could end up with unsightly tan lines from all that time in the sun, or worse yet, your skin might burn and peel. Or perhaps you have cellulite deposits that you’re afraid will show. Fortunately, there’s a simple skin care technique you can use during the weeks before the big day to minimize the risk of any of these events happening. It’s called exfoliation.

If you’re getting married this June, or really any time this summer, or one of your friends or relatives is getting married and you’re one of her bridesmaids, you’ll definitely want to exfoliate your skin regularly during the weeks beforehand. Here’s why:

Exfoliation helps slough off dead skin cells that are lingering on your skin’s surface, and polish your skin so that it’s silky smooth. Dead skin cells, if left to linger, can cause your skin to have an overall dull appearance. They can get into your pores and clog them, resulting in visibly enlarged pores and the potential for an acne breakout. They can also cause your skin to flake and peel when exposed to sunlight (which it will be if you’re going to an outdoor wedding.)

One of the best ways to exfoliate is to use a bath scrub (also sometimes called a body scrub or body polish.) Bath scrubs are often made with salt or sugar to create a slightly textured solution that you can apply to your entire body using your hands, an exfoliation glove, or a body brush.

So many bath scrubs, so little time….

Tbath scrub - coffee cocoahere are many types of bath scrubs from which to choose, including some you can make yourself. But if you or your friend is getting married this June, there’s not a lot of time to experiment. If you want a bath scrub that can do it all just in time for the big day, we recommend this Coffee Cocoa Face and Body Scrub.

The Coffee Cocoa Face and Body Scrub has several advantages over other scrubs, perhaps the most obvious being that you can use it on your whole body, to include your face. It is formulated with natural brown sugar and coffee grounds to provide a gentle yet still textured feel when applied to your skin. Other scrubs, such as those made with Dead Sea Salt are more abrasive and more suited for use below the neck line. Other advantages of the Coffee Cocoa Face and Body Scrub include:

  • It is made with real coffee grounds, which contain caffeine and numerous age-fighting antioxidants. The caffeine from the coffee grounds has been shown to help reduce the appearance of cellulite by helping to temporarily stimulate circulation within your skin, just like ingesting a caffeinated beverage does to the circulation throughout your body.
  • It is made with Certified Organic cocoa butter, which also contains caffeine and numerous antioxidants. Antioxidants play a key role in counteracting the free radicals that can build up in your skin if you spend too much time out in the sun.
  • It is made with the patented Coffeeberry® for additional anti-aging benefits.
  • It will help deep-cleanse your pores and slough off dead skin cells so you can achieve silky smooth skin and a nice, even tan during that outdoor service, instead of burning and peeling.
  • The caffeine from the coffee grounds and cocoa butter will help keep you energized for the reception afterwards and all that dancing, just like drinking coffee or eating a chocolate bar would.manicure bowl

Bath scrubs are also great for polishing your cuticles during home manicures. If you’re interested in trying a coffee cocoa bath scrub  or any of our Dead Sea Salt Scrubs for this purpose, we recommend you use this new, ergonomic manicure bowl, which fits the contours of your hand for easy application.

When it comes to getting your skin in prime condition for a June wedding, you really can’t go wrong with a Coffee Cocoa Face & Body Scrub.

New pet care beauty tools and accessories available at Castle Baths

June 10th, 2014

New products, services makes tear stain cleanup easier than ever!

karla - before using anna designer pet tear stain remover trioWe typically focus our blog on our human products, but this week we’ll be discussing one of our most popular pet care products: our tear stain remover trio.

tear stain remover trioOur Anna Designer Pet Tear Stain Remover Trio is one of our most popular pet care products for a very simple reason: it works. It safely and effectively removes tear stains from puppies, kittens, and adult cats and dogs without the use of chemicals or drugs.

The Tear Stain Trio has three components: a face shampoo, a face wash, and a grooming powder. You can learn all about how and when to use each component in this free, informational white paper titled: Tear Stains, Their Causes, & How to Use Castle Baths’ Anna Tear Stain Remover Trio. You can download the white paper for free from its product page or from the Tear Stain Trio product page in the CB Product Perks section.

Since our free white paper is so detailed on the causes of tear stains and exactly when and how to use each Tear Stain Trio component, we won’t repeat ourselves by going into all that here. We would, however, like to draw your attention to a few new pet grooming beauty tools and accessories we’ve recently started offering as standalone products to help make using our Tear Stain Remover Trio even easier than it already is.

cleansing applicator padThe first new pet grooming beauty tool we’d like to introduce you to is this pack of cleansing applicator pads. These applicator pads are designed to work with our face wash to help you be more accurate when working near sensitive areas like around your cat’s or dog’s eyes. In addition to increasing your accuracy when applying our face wash, these applicator pads offer the following benefits:

  • Each pad measures 2.25 inches (57.2 mm) making each large enough to hold comfortably yet small enough to work in and around  sensitive, detailed areas.
  • Each pad is made from polypropylene and rayon so it shouldn’t shed the way cotton applicator pads sometimes do.
  • These pads can work the face wash deeper into your pet’s fur without causing irritation.
  • Each pad is disposable and offers a more sanitary means of washing your pet’s face. There are 100 pads in each pack.

pet grooming brushesThe next pet grooming beauty tool we’d like to show you is this pet grooming brush kit, which is a set of three grooming brushes designed to help you apply the grooming powder component of our Tear Stain Remover Trio so that there will be less fly-away powder and more thorough coverage. These brushes also offer the following additional benefits:

  • Each brush helps work the grooming powder deep within the fur so there is less dust when applying it.
  • Each brush is designed to pick up and hold powder so you can apply it exactly where you want it, and nowhere that you don’t want it.
  • Each brush is individually wrapped to ensure it is free of germs and contaminants, and is more sanitary to use than trying to apply powder with your fingers.

The last new tool we’d like to show you isn’t really a new product, as we’ve offered individual refills of our face shampoo, face wash, and grooming powder for as long as we’ve been offering our Tear Stain Remover Trio. Rather, it’s a new way of ordering refills. Castle Baths is now offering auto-ship services.

Our auto-ship program, in a nutshell, sends you refills of each component of your Tear Stain Remover Trio automatically whenever you’re running low so you never have to worry about ordering refills or running out. We know how many uses you should get out of each product if you follow its instructions, and when you sign up for our auto-ship program, we use that knowledge to keep track of how long it’s been since your last order so we can have a new supply already in transit by the time you realize you’re current supply is running low. You can learn more about the specifics of our auto-ship program, and additional products that qualify for auto-shipping on our auto-ship page.

You can also find out more about our new pet grooming beauty tools and accessories, as well as our auto-ship program in our tear stain white paper, so we highly recommend that you download a copy for yourself. It’s completely free and there’s no pressure to purchase anything. It’s purely informational.

We hope you enjoy our Tear Stain Remover Trio, pet care beauty tools and accessories, and our new auto-ship program!

Organic father’s day spa gifts: top 5 father’s day gift ideas

June 4th, 2014

Looking for father’s day gift ideas? Have you ever considered getting dad an organic father’s day spa gift?  If your idea of spa gifts is facials, manicures, and scrubs, you probably haven’t considered getting any of these for dad, as these types of pampering treatments are often thought of as extremely feminine. While this traditional view of spa products is subject to debate, as there are plenty of manly men out there who do occasionally enjoy these types of treatments, these are not at all the types of organic father’s day spa gifts we’re talking about.

Anti-acne treatments, shaving supplies, soaps, and foot care products – these are spa products too, and ones that dad probably uses every day. But if he uses the cheap, synthetic types that are sold in big box stores, he’s probably getting more than his fair share of harsh chemicals, headache-inducing artificial fragrances, and other toxins that are often used in their manufacture.

If dad’s aftershave burns his face, there’s a good chance it’s made with alcohol, which can really dry out and irritate the skin. If dad’s bar soap is made with artificial detergents it will probably leave his skin feeling dry and itchy. But there’s really no reason he has to live with the irritating after-effects of synthetic spa and bath products when there are so many organic father’s day spa gifts you can get him instead.

Dead Sea spa products in particular make great organic father’s day spa gifts, as they can be used for a variety of purposes. Here are a few men’s Dead Sea favorites you may want to consider:dead sea salt soap

Dead Sea Salt Soap – this natural spa soap is made with pure, authentic Dead Sea Salt, which contains 21 natural minerals skin needs to maintain itself and is great for deep-cleansing facial pores so they don’t become clogged with excess oil or pollutants from the surrounding air. It is also formulated with the essential oil of lavender, seaweed extract, and hazelnut oil to help tighten and firm skin while cleansing. It makes a great alcohol-free alternative to aftershave and feels more like lotion on the skin than soap.

dead sea mineral foot creamJubilee Mineral Foot Cream – having dry, itchy feet is no fun, especially during the summer months when dad will want to be outside grilling, on the beach, or walking through the woods. Castle Baths mineral foot cream is made with Dead Sea Brine (the water of the Dead Sea), a full 20% of Organic Shea Butter, and the essential oil of peppermint to soften, soothe, and energize tired, dried out feet. Plus, it is scented in Castle Baths most popular aromatherapy scent among men – our revitalizing citrus Jubilee blend!cracked heels

Cracked Heels Spa Solution Kit – this spa solution kit contains everything dad will need to help soften and soothe his cracked heels, including Dead Sea Foot Salts, moisturizing body butter, and a Mediterranean Breeze scented Dead Sea Salt Scrub, plus one foot brush.dead sea mud soap

Dead Sea Mud Soap – Dead Sea Mud is great for acne, as it will draw toxins and excess oil out of your skin’s pores before they build up to the point where dad will be in danger of breaking out. Dead Sea Mud is also extremely moisturizing and contains numerous minerals and antioxidants to help dad preserve and protect his youthful looks.

eucalyptus dead sea saltsSexy Eucalyptus Dead Sea Bath Salts – men may balk at the idea of bathing with aromatherapy bath salts… until they try Sexy Eucalyptus Dead Sea Salts from Castle Baths. The invigorating aroma of Eucalyptus is said to act as an aphrodisiac in many cases, and bathing in pure, authentic Dead Sea Salts has numerous health and skin care benefits that are hard to ignore.

So you see, organic father’s day spa gifts are actually quite popular, and not un-masculine at all as father’s day gift ideas. Order yours today!

Dead Sea Mud vs. Clay Masks

May 14th, 2014

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Why Dead Sea Mud is still the best choice for your skin

After seeing the wide variety of natural clay masks available to you, you may be left wondering, “Why should I spend extra money on a Dead Sea Mud Mask?”

dead sea mud maskIf your chief concern is cost, then by all means, go with clay masks, but if your chief concern is doing what’s best for your skin, there are several reasons why authentic Dead Sea Mud outperforms clay that you should consider. Dead Sea Mud Masks can accomplish everything that any clay mask can offer, including:

1. Detoxifying and deep cleansing. When it comes to detoxifying and deep cleansing your facial pores there is no better solution than a Dead Sea Mud Mask. Dead Sea Mud can penetrate deeper into your pores than clay masks and, like clay, will swell to draw toxins and excess oil out of your skin. Dead Sea Mud can also selectively absorb dirt and excess oil without stripping your skin of its natural moisture, making it the ideal choice for people with combination dry/oily skin or for use during the winter months when your skin needs more natural moisture to combat the drying effects of the cold. Dead Sea Mud Masks are perfect for summertime too. Your skin tends to produce more oil during the summer months than during the winter months, and you’re probably more likely to sweat during hot summer days too. Regular applications of Dead Sea Mud Masks can help keep your pores from becoming clogged with sweat or excess oil and possibly stave off an acne breakout.

2. Anti-Aging benefits. The key anti-aging benefit to look for in any face mask is its mineral content. Minerals, like vitamins, are essential for your skin’s metabolism. Without proper metabolism, your skin’s cell turnover rate will go down, resulting in a dull appearance. Mature skin often must rely on an external source to provide it with sufficient minerals to restore a normal cell turnover rate. Dead Sea Mud contains 21 natural minerals, 12 of which are found exclusively in the Dead Sea.

clay mask3. Good for most skin types. Dead Sea Mud makes an ideal mask people with normal, oily, or combination skin, and can even benefit people with dry/dehydrated skin as Dead Sea Mud actually puts moisture back into the skin instead of sucking it out. With clay masks, if you have sensitive skin, your mask choices are often limited to a few types of clay that are safe to use on sensitive skin, but won’t provide the same level of skin care you would get from a more powerful clay mask or a Dead Sea Mud Mask. The more effective clay masks are often made with clays such as green bentonite or sea clay, which can be irritating to sensitive skin and are intended more for people with oily skin.

face mask - sandalwoodNote: This is not to suggest that clay masks are a complete waste of time and money; there are some people who may benefit more from clay masks than Dead Sea Mud Masks. These people include those with sensitive skin and those with younger skin (under 40.)

If you have sensitive skin and/or you’re under 40, your skin may not be able to handle the power and intensity of Dead Sea Mud, and you may experience a burning sensation on your face if you try to use a full Dead Sea Mud Mask. If you fall into either of these categories and you’d still like to experience some of the benefits of the Dead Sea, we recommend you combine one of the more powerful clay masks (such as this sandalwood mask) with Dead Sea Brine instead of or in addition to Rose Hydrosol to form your mask solution.

4. No mixing. Clay masks typically are sold in powdered form, requiring you to mix them with water or Rose Hydrosol (sold separately) to make your face mask solution. You may also need or want to use an applicator brush when applying a clay mask. Dead Sea Mud, on the other hand, is wet, creamy, and ready to use the minute you open the jar, and can be applied by hand.

Another benefit to using Dead Sea Mud Masks over clay masks is you only need to use one mask to get all the benefits listed above.

rose hydrosolWith clay masks, if you want the best detox mask, you need to use one type of clay. If you want the most mineral benefits, you need a different type of clay. If you want a mask that’s safe to use on sensitive skin, you need to use a third type of clay which offers extremely limited detox and mineral benefits. Using one clay mask after another can really irritate your skin, even if you don’t have sensitive skin. With Dead Sea Mud you get the benefits of every type of clay combined into just one mask that’s both effective and safe to use on sensitive skin.

Though clay masks may seem like the better, more economical solution at first, when you factor in the cost of the Rose Hydrosol to mix your mask solutions and the cost of an applicator brush (since some clay masks can be too drippy to apply by hand) you may find yourself spending more than you would on a Dead Sea Mud Mask, and not getting as many skin care benefits for your money.

So, when it comes to choosing the right facial mask, there’s almost no question which is better. Dead Sea Mud wins over clay in almost every way, even cost.