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Dead Sea Mud Tutorial: how to apply a mud mask

September 18th, 2014

dead sea mud maskIf you follow our blogs with any regularity, you’ve probably heard us talk at length about the many benefits of pure Dead Sea Mud, drawing special emphasis to the fact that it….

  • Contains 20+ naturally occurring minerals that aid your skin’s metabolism, 12 of which are found only in the Dead Sea
  • Is one of the most effective deep-cleansing and detoxifying skin care ingredients in nature, minimizing the appearance of pores and keeping your skin free of dirt and pollutants
  • Helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

… but we haven’t told you what all you can do with it once you purchase it, that is, until now.

Dead Sea Mud can actually be used anywhere on your face, body, or hair, and delivers unique benefits for each area. But its use as a detoxifying and anti-aging facial mask remains, by far, one of its most popular skin care purposes.

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Therefore, we’ve prepared this Dead Sea Mud Mask tutorial to guide you through the steps you should take before, during, and after applying Dead Sea Mud to your face for this purpose.

If you would like to see tutorials for some of the other spa treatments you can do with Dead Sea Mud, please let us know! If we get enough interest, we may offer additional  Dead Sea Mud tutorials in the future.

The Skin Care Benefits of Dead Sea Brine

September 14th, 2014

Pure Dead Sea Brine, an ancient regenerative skin treatment resurfaces with science-backed results

Would you like to experience the regenerative powers of the Dead Sea? If you’re under 40 or you have sensitive skin, the extreme richness of pure, authentic Dead Sea Mud may be a little too much for you, so we recommend you try the next best thing: pure Dead Sea Brine.

Dead Sea Brine is one of the best natural skin care ingredients you can look for in spa and bath products, and delivers many of the same benefits as Dead Sea Mud, but it’s much lighter and gentler, making it the ideal Dead Sea spa treatment for people with sensitive skin or skin under 40.

One of the qualities of the Dead Sea that makes its brine and mud so sought after as skin care ingredients is its high nutrient content. Millions of years ago, the Dead Sea was not dead, and in fact, thrived with life. As the sea grew saltier its native life died out, but the nutrients that sustained that life are still present and still just as beneficial today as they were in the past.

dead sea brine - exotic earthThe saltiness of the Dead Sea also contributes to Dead Sea Brine’s effectiveness as a skin care ingredient. Dead Sea Salt is one of the best deep-cleansing and detoxifying agents in nature. Dead Sea Brine retains this quality, as the salt is dissolved within it.

Dead Sea Brine also contains the same 21 naturally occurring minerals as Dead Sea Mud, 12 of which are found nowhere but in the brine and mud of the Dead Sea. Minerals are like vitamins for your skin, and can trigger specific tissue responses within your skin’s deep layers to keep it looking firm and youthful.

How to use Dead Sea Brine

There are two ways we recommend you use your bottle of pure, Dead Sea Brine:

  • As a water-based moisturizer and/or facial toner
  • As a mixing solution for one of our natural clay masks (we recommend the sea clay mask in particular, as this will get you closest to the effects of a Dead Sea Mud Mask if Dead Sea Mud is too rich for your skin.)

Regardless of how you decide to use your Dead Sea Brine, when you order from Castle Baths, you can be sure that the Dead Sea Brine you receive will be pure, authentic, and natural!

 

Cucumber Extract for skin: a natural beauty secret revealed

September 10th, 2014

cucumberHave you ever wondered why aestheticians place cucumber slices over the eyes of their clients during facials? The benefits of cucumber extract for skin care, particularly when used on sensitive skin or on sensitive areas like the skin around the eyes, have been known to those in the beauty industry for years. Now, it’s time to let the general public in on their secret.

Cucumber extract’s skin care benefits go far beyond simple moisturizing. Cucumber is, in fact, a superfood for skin. It is extremely soothing to dry and damaged skin, with properties similar to aloe vera. It tightens and firms skin for a more youthful appearance, and it contains numerous antioxidant vitamins to combat free radical damage.

It is for these reasons that we use cucumber extract as one of the main ingredients in our Avocado Eye Cream (along with avocado oil, of course) and in our Tre’Yours Avocado Face Cream & Avocado Hemp Regenerative Cream. Cucumber extract is great for your skin on its own, but when blended with avocado oil, becomes even better.

Check out these luxurious anti-aging skin care products from Castle Baths’ Tre’Yours line that incorporate cucumber extract into their formulations:

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Here’s an article where you can learn even more about the many skin care benefits of cucumber extract.

How to contact Castle Baths

September 6th, 2014

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We love hearing from our customers! If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

There are many ways you can engage with Castle Baths online. Feel free to talk to us on our various social media accounts (we even offer live chat customer service on Facebook.)

Some things you can do that are exceptionally helpful for us to better understand your needs and improve our service towards you and our other customers include:

  • Writing a review (we get plenty of raving reviews via telephone but if you use the “write a review” feature on our site for the product(s) you ordered, then everyone can see it too! Plus, we occasionally offer special deals and discounts to customers who review our products.
  • Liking, sharing, and commenting on our content via social media (if you love our products, please tell the world! If you have a question or concern, start a conversation with us and others online.)

We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Coffee Butter for skin care: unique natural coffee spa products

September 2nd, 2014

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Fresh coffee isn’t just a great way to wake yourself up in the morning; it’s also a great skin care ingredient – specifically coffee butter.

Coffee butter, derived from the cold-pressed oil of roasted coffee beans, is light, smooth, silky, and retains coffee’s high concentrations of caffeine, which is one of the main reasons why coffee butter makes such a great skin care ingredient.

Wrinkles and other signs of aging come from skin that has become worn out and loose. Caffeine helps keep your skin tight and firm, which is why people who use skin care products made with coffee butter tend to look and feel younger.

In addition to its caffeine content, coffee butter also retains coffee’s naturally high concentrations of antioxidant vitamins, which neutralize damaging free radicals that can also contribute to the physical signs of aging.

tre'yours coffee cocoa scrubTo experience the skin care benefits of coffee butter for yourself, try this Exotic Earth Coffee Soap and/or this luxurious Tre’Yours Coffee Cocoa Body Scrub.

You may also want to check out these other spa and bath products made with coffee.

To learn more about the many benefits of coffee butter and other coffee derivatives for skin care, check out this article on how coffee butter can retain your youth.

How to select the best moisturizer for your dry skin

August 29th, 2014

There are plenty of 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

If 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!

August 29th, 2014

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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!

Castle Baths’ Skin Care Article Directory: your personal skin care encyclopedia

August 25th, 2014

Find the answers to your skin care questions in these original skin care articles!

Would you like to learn which of our body moisturizers is best for the various causes of dry skin? Or which natural ingredients work best for sunburned and sun-damaged skin? Do you find yourself wishing there was a skin care encyclopedia that could help you sift through all the conflicting information on the Internet regarding spa and bath products?

We have a surprise for you. Such an encyclopedia does exist. It’s not complete by any means, and we’re always adding new articles to it as we write them, but we’ve compiled this skin care article directory, which features numerous skin care articles on natural spa and bath solutions for a variety of skin maladies.

Here at Castle Baths, we believe in educating our customers, rather than just selling. We aren’t the type of people who will just sell you something and then walk away not caring how you use it. We actually care about your skin care needs and want to help you make sure you choose the right products for your skin.

We also have written several articles about the ingredients we use, and how each can benefit your skin.

If you know of a skin care issue or topic that we haven’t already written about and you would like to see an article on it added to our directory, please let us know! Likewise, if you know of a skin care article published elsewhere that you would like us to review and possibly link to, please feel free to send us the link. Our skin care article directory is in a constant state of growth!

Have a website? Become a Castle Baths Affiliate

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.

 

 

Do I need gluten free beauty products?

August 18th, 2014

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It seems like almost everybody is trying to go gluten free these days. Five years ago few people aside from nutrition experts and those actually diagnosed with a gluten intolerance knew much about gluten, or how it affected the human body. Now, consumer awareness of celiac disease and other gluten intolerances is at an all-time high, and there are more people than ever looking for ways to eliminate gluten from their lives.

Many restaurants and manufacturers of foodstuffs have stepped up their efforts to meet consumer demand for gluten-free products, and according to Mintel blogger Lucy Comford, they aren’t the only industry to do so.  Manufacturers of bath and beauty products are also latching onto the gluten-free trend.

Why be concerned about gluten in your bath and beauty products?

Symptoms of celiac disease and other forms of gluten intolerance are primarily gastro-intestinal (meaning they cause stomach pains), but having a gluten intolerance can also affect your skin.

Having celiac disease or another form of gluten intolerance can put you at an increased risk of developing an outbreak of gluten-related dermatitis, rashes, headaches, or blisters. If you find yourself suffering from problematic skin in addition to the typical stomach pains associated with gluten sensitivities, you may want to look into eliminating gluten from your bath and beauty products in addition to your diet.

Where to find gluten-free bath and beauty products

Many bath and beauty products are already gluten free, but few advertise this fact – leaving it to the consumer (you) to check a product’s ingredients and look for gluten-derivatives.  Though the number of spa and bath companies advertising their gluten-free status is on the rise, it can still be difficult to find gluten-free versions of everything you need to turn your home into your own personal spa.

So, we’ve decided to make it a little easier for you here at Castle Baths. ALL of our products are naturally gluten free. Just look for the gluten free seal in the “additional information” section on our product pages.

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Looking for a gluten-free product you don’t see on our site? Ask us! It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve custom-formulated something to meet a customer’s needs!