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Beat Acne with Hazelnut Oil

November 5th, 2014

If someone were to tell you that rubbing oil into your already oily skin could actually help prevent acne, your response might be something along the lines of, “You’re nuts!”

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. In fact, hazelnut oil is widely known in the skin care industry for its acne-fighting properties.

Hazelnut oil and acne

Wondering how rubbing oil into already oily skin can fight acne? Good question! Here’s the odd scientific reason why hazelnut oil is actually good for oily and acnetic skin:

Your skin produces its own natural oil, called sebum, to stay hydrated. If your skin produces too much sebum oil, the oil can end up in your skin’s pores, causing blockage. Your skin’s pores are one of the means by which your body detoxifies itself. If your pores are blocked, toxins can become trapped in your skin, mix with your skin’s excess sebum oil, and result in acne.

Hazelnut oil naturally contains high concentrations of oleic and linoleic acids, which are essential fatty acids, and help balance your skin’s biochemistry so you won’t produce excess sebum oil. With the proper balance of sebum oil, your skin should stay smooth, hydrated, youthful, and blemish-free.

Interested in trying hazelnut oil for skin? Check out these natural hazelnut oil based skin care solutions:

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pure hazelnut oil

Beyond acne: hazelnut oil’s other skin care benefits

Acne isn’t the only skin care issue for which hazelnut oil can be a natural solution. To learn about the other skin care benefits of hazelnut oil, check out our in-depth article on hazelnut oil for skin.



Is fruitcake still a popular holiday gift?

November 1st, 2014

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Many people still send fruitcake during the holidays, but does anyone ever actually eat it?

Now that Halloween has passed, it’s once again time to be thinking about gift ideas for the holidays, and what better or more traditional holiday gift could there be than the  gift of fruitcake? Well, if you asked comedian Johnny Carson, he’d probably reply, “almost anything,” as he once remarked on the Today Show that, “The worst gift is fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.”

Whether you love the tradition of sending fruitcake by mail during the holidays, or you hate it, there’s no denying this popular or not-so-popular confection’s association with Christmas and other Fall and Winter holidays. But have you ever wondered how this association came to be? If everybody loathes it, how did it get to be such a popular gift?

A brief history of fruitcake as a holiday gift

We did some digging online one day and discovered that one of the primary events leading to fruitcake’s association with Christmas in American culture was the publication of Truman Capote’s short story A Christmas Memory, in which a sixty-something woman looks out her window and says, “Oh my! It’s fruitcake weather,” and then proceeds to gather up the ingredients to make one.

The confection itself, however, has a history somewhat longer than a mere 50+ years. It actually originates from Roman times, where pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and barley were mixed together into a ring-shaped cake with an exceptionally long shelf life. It was because of fruitcake’s long shelf life that it became a popular foodstuff for Roman soldiers to carry with them to the battlefield.

An alternative to holiday fruitcake

It seems that Johnny Carson was somewhat correct in his assessment of fruitcake, at least in terms of its unpopularity in recent years. Though many people still practice the tradition of sending fruitcake by mail during the holiday season, far fewer are likely to admit to actually enjoying eating it.

Indeed, in Manitou Springs, Colorado a popular January “sporting event” has arisen out of this dated holiday tradition: the Great Fruitcake Toss – during which uneaten holiday fruitcakes are disposed of via catapult.

decorative soap - fruit cakeBut if you’re one of the many people across the world who still appreciates the time-honored tradition of sending holiday fruitcake, you’re probably looking for a way to ensure that your thoughtful gift doesn’t end up sailing through mid-air come January.

Castle Baths has created the perfect solution for you: instead of sending a real, edible fruitcake, send someone this fruitcake slice soap or one of our spa gift baskets that includes it.

This decorative soap is made with natural glycerin and other organic and wild-crafted skin care ingredients to almost perfectly emulate the look and scent of a real, fresh holiday fruitcake, and give your friends and loved ones a practical gift they can use in their bathrooms or kitchens, rather than a more-sentimental-than-edible fruitcake they are loathe to eat.

Happy Halloween from Castle Baths!

October 28th, 2014

halloween natural soap raven

Once upon a midnight dreary, as I pondered weak and weary,

Over my aching ankle joints, informing me my feet were sore.

Ah, distinctly I remember, it was back in late September,

The last time I felt energized enough to dance upon the floor.

And so I hobbled without halt until I reached my secret vault,

In which I kept a vase of salt with powers of reputed lore.

I quickly filled a steaming basin, into which I poured the vase in,

My aching feet next do I place in, to, I hope, my mood restore.

I sit and soak for quite some time, inhaling scents of musk and lime,

Emerging to find my feet sublime, and aching pains now nevermore!

dead sea mud bon bonsHappy Halloween from Castle Baths! We hope you enjoyed our little adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s famed epic, The Raven, and now would like to show you a few of our other products that can help make your home a festive one for the coming holiday.

cinnamon almond natural soapoWe offer several natural soaps that would be perfect for adding a little festive spookiness to your home during Halloween, including our Cinnamon Almond Natural Soap, which has a natural orange color and brings the aroma of fresh roasted autumn nuts to your kitchen or bathroom. We also have Dead Sea Mud Bon Bons, which were originally created as a Halloween goodie because of their resemblance to human eyes when we add the drop of Dead Sea Mud on the tops of each.

Or, how about turning your bathroom into a scene from a gothic romance novel with our Vanilla Silk natural soap, which has a natural ebony color and a sexy vanilla scent.

Whichever natural soaps you choose, you can be sure that your home will be bland and uninteresting nevermore!

Photoshop Face Cream?

October 24th, 2014
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Do you find yourself wishing that Adobe would enter the face cream market and come out with a revolutionary new product that could give you a real-life airbrushed appearance? While Internet memes such as this one are likely to remain exactly that , there are skin care products out there you can use to achieve real-life beautiful, airbrushed-like, blemish-free skin.

How to have beautiful skin without using Photoshop

There are three natural skin care ingredients in particular you should consider incorporating into your beauty regimen: salt, mud, and coffee. But before you start keeping the salt shaker and can of Espresso in your bathroom medicine cabinet, you should know that not just any source of these three ingredients will do the trick.

The salt and mud you use in the beauty regimen we are about to suggest should ideally come from the Dead Sea. Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud are two of the best rejuvenating skin care ingredients in nature, and you don’t have to fly to Israel or Jordan to experience them. You can get pure, authentic supplies of each shipped right to your house by shopping with Castle Baths.

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How these three natural ingredients can give you beautiful skin

  • Dead Sea Mud is excellent for acne and blemishes, as well as a detoxifying agent to deep-cleanse your facial pores.
  • Dead Sea Salt will help draw moisture into your skin, infuse it with much-needed minerals to help restore your skin’s natural metabolism, and help remove lingering dead skin cells, uncovering fresh, healthy, youthful skin underneath that looks flawless in a dress or swimsuit.
  • Coffee is a natural source of caffeine, which is great for reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Our beauty secret to flawless skin using Dead Sea Salt, Dead Sea Mud, and coffee:

Follow the steps outlined in this in-depth tutorial on how to have beautiful skin using these three natural skin care ingredients.

Want even more skin care for your money? Check out this Tre’Yours Spa Soap 3 Pack, which includes a full-size bar of our Dead Sea Mud Soap, a full-size bar of our Cellu Coffee Soap, and our Renewal Facial Soap (great for skin over 40 and even better for skin over 50!)


CB’s gift services program makes spa gift basket selection easier than ever!

October 20th, 2014

Last week, we talked about a few of the reasons why you might not want to wait until Black Friday to do your holiday shopping, and gave you a few incentives for sending someone a spa gift basket if you find yourself idea-less on what to get them this year for the holidays. This week, we’ll be continuing our theme of pre-Black Friday holiday gift giving, and will be introducing you to our gift services program, which makes finding the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list easier than ever!

What is Castle Baths’ Gift Services Prorgram?

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Our gift services program is a new service we’re offering for anyone looking to send our spa products and spa gift baskets to a large and diverse group of people. Examples of this include businesses who want to send each of their employees or clients something special, or if you’re planning a wedding or other special event and want to send everybody a thank you for attending.

How our gift services program is different from buying in bulk

If you know exactly what you want to get for everybody on your gift giving list, and you’re ok with sending everybody the exact same thing, then, yes, you could just order one of our products or baskets in bulk. But what if you don’t know what to get, or you want to send something unique to each person on your list that’s tailored to his or her personal likes and dislikes?

That could take some time, and chances are you don’t have it. That’s where our gift services program comes in. We’ve conducted extensive research on which of our products and scents appeal most to various demographics, and, when you order through our gift services program, we’ll share that expertise with you to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list quickly, and even create custom spa gift baskets for you!

When you order spa gift baskets through our gift services program, the sky is the limit. You can mix and match scents, products, and accessories, or just leave everything to us and relax knowing that everyone on your list will love what we send them.

How to sign up for our gift services program

Click here to learn more about how to create and send custom spa gift baskets using our gift services program.


4 Reasons to buy all your holiday gifts BEFORE Black Friday

October 16th, 2014

It’s mid-October. Do you have all your holiday gifts purchased yet? If not, you really should get started as soon as possible. Here’s 4 reasons why you should consider getting your Christmas and other holiday shopping done before Black Friday, especially  if you plan on doing most of your shopping online.

1. Two words… down time. Remember what happened when open enrollment in the Healthcare Exchange website debuted? Nobody could complete their applications because everyone was trying to log in at the same time. When hackers try to intentionally overload a site via fake mass logins it’s called a denial of service attack. When it happens accidentally with legitimate login attempts, it’s called down time or lag time. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals attract customers. Lots and lots of customers, all trying to claim their discounts before the sales end and get their merchandise shipped before the holidays.  That means lots of down time while various online stores try to accommodate the overload in site traffic.

2. Black Friday deals are no longer the biggest sales of the year. The Wall Street Journal reports that online shopping has created far greater transparency in how companies control their pricing, and there are many ways customers can monitor items they wish to purchase for discount throughout the year, such as adding items to their wishlist.

3.  Mass demand causes items to sell out. If there’s a huge influx of customers looking to buy a particular product all on the same day, inventory levels may not hold out. If you want to guarantee that you find exactly what you’re looking for, instead of having to settle for your second or third choice, or miss out on a good sale because the item on sale is sold out, it’s best to do your shopping while demand is low and inventory levels are stable.

4. Shipping takes time… even more so if shipping companies are overburdened. If you want to guarantee that the items you want will arrive on time, it’s best to make your purchases well in advance of the date by which you need them to arrive. International shipping takes even more time to arrive and clear customs.

Solutions for beating the Black Friday rush this holiday season

holiday gift basketSpa Gift Baskets are a great holiday gift idea for almost anyone, especially someone for whom you don’t have any ideas on what to buy. You don’t need to wrap them or package them for shipping – we’ll take care of all of that for you! Plus, we offer several sure-fire ways to guarantee that the gift basket you select will be appropriate for and appreciated by the recipient:

Green tea for skin care?

October 12th, 2014

face-cream-dailyrenewalHow this popular beverage can help you have beautiful, youthful skin

Do you know the most common dietary source of antioxidants in the United States? Is it:

  • A. fruits and vegetables
  • B. cooking oils
  • C. caffeine

You may be surprised to learn that , while all three are common sources of antioxidants, the correct answer to which of these three is the most common source of antioxidants in the United States is C. Caffeine – particularly the caffeine found in coffee and certain teas.

What does any of this have to do with green tea or skin care?

Well, for starters, antioxidants, for those unfamiliar with the term, are substances that destroy free radicals. Free radicals are toxins that can build up in the various tissues of the body, particularly in the skin, as a result of overexposure to ultraviolet rays (sunlight), polluted air, or polluted water. They are also a byproduct of your body’s natural metabolism. If these toxins accumulate to dangerous levels over a long period of time they can cause DNA damage, potentially resulting in premature aging, skin cancer, and other health issues.

Green tea is naturally high in caffeine, and thus, is naturally high in antioxidants. This is just one of the reasons why it makes such a great natural skin care ingredient.

So, I should just drink a lot of green tea to keep my skin healthy then, right?

Drinking green tea, particularly organic green tea, is certainly a healthy choice, but you might want to also look for natural skin care products formulated with green tea. Here’s why:

Your body will attempt to purge itself of free radicals in two ways: waste (i.e. going to the bathroom) and by pushing free radicals outwards by way of your skin, so they can be washed away. However, if your skin’s pores are clogged, those free radicals won’t have anywhere else to go and will get stuck in the deep tissues of your skin.

This issue is compounded if you use synthetic skin care products that claim to “lock in” moisture. While they certainly may indeed prevent moisture from leaving your skin, they can also prevent free radicals from leaving it. Chances are, the synthetic skin care products themselves also contain a few free radicals by virtue of having been made with chemicals. These too become trapped in your skin with each use.

How to take advantage of green tea’s skin care properties

bath salts - green tea infusionSo, if you’re interested in green tea for its skin care properties, what you really need is something that will deep-cleanse your skin’s pores and deliver generous amounts of caffeinated green tea directly to your skin, like this jar of Green Tea Infusion Dead Sea Bath Salts.

Dead Sea Salt is one of the best detoxifying and deep-cleansing agents in nature, and, when infused with green tea, can deliver everything you need to fight free radical buildup exactly where its needed: your skin.

Beyond antioxidants: other benefits of green tea

Green tea makes a great skin care ingredient for many more reasons than just its antioxidant content. Click here to learn more about green tea’s other skin care benefits.

How to make holiday shopping easy with Castle Baths’ gift guide

October 8th, 2014

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It’s already time to start thinking about holiday gifts. Have you checked our our gift guide?

It always feels like time seems to speed up starting in October, and we’re not speaking just from the perspective of small businesses. Before you know it, it’s Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas. If you’re like some of our staff and have family and friends with birthdays and anniversaries during the last three months of the year it can get to the point where you feel bombarded with gift giving obligations, one after the other, with no time to even catch your breath let alone go shopping.

Shopping for gifts online can alleviate some of the end-of-the-year gifting stress you may be feeling, but with so many gifts from which to choose, it can also complicate matters. That’s why we started offering our gift guide last year.

How to use Castle Baths’ gift guide most effectively

Our gift guide provides you with links and descriptions for each type of spa gift basket we offer, as well as our top staff picks for each category. For example, if you know someone with a birthday coming up who you think might appreciate a spa gift basket, you can instantly jump to our birthday category, and see the gift baskets we recommend for birthday gifts (many of which include chocolate scented products.)

How we select staff picks for gift baskets

Our staff picks aren’t just our personal preferences; each staff pick is selected based upon our research on which products and aromatherapy scents various demographics are most likely to enjoy. For example, our Sweet Escape Gift Basket is a staff pick for our Mother’s Day category because it includes an assortment of relaxing Sweet Dreams (vanilla & lavender) scented products, which we have found to be extremely popular among young mothers who need a break from their kids so they can rest and relax.

Talk to one of our experts

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You can also use our gift guide to talk one-on-one with one of our experts. We’re more than happy to share our demographic research with you and help you select the perfect gift basket for whatever upcoming occasion you have in mind. You’ll always get a real person too – someone who actually knows what she’s talking about and can answer your questions quickly and accurately. (Because we, like you, know just how annoying it can be when you go to a store and ask an associate a question, only to find out that he or she is just part-time holiday help and doesn’t know where anything is or how anything works.)

When you see for yourself how easy our gift guide makes it to shop for spa gift baskets online, you’ll see why it’s become one of our most popular pages!


6 Superfoods for Skin you NEED to know about if you’ve had cosmetic surgery

October 4th, 2014

Have you had reconstructive or cosmetic surgery on your face? Are you considering having surgery?

Find out how one person was able to avoid scarring and reduce his recuperation time simply by using natural, organic ingredients in this FREE e-book: 6 Superfoods for Skin.

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The beauty and dermatology industries currently tend to favor synthetically manufactured face creams made with prescription ingredients when recommending products to clients and patients who have had cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. While these types of creams might indeed have beneficial effects for your skin, you may be surprised to learn that there are plenty of natural, non-prescription ingredients that can also provide intense regeneration and soothing for sensitive, post-op skin.

Meet Dave.

Dave was in his mid-50s when he decided to have a second face lift to touch up and correct the scarring from his first procedure, which he had about 10 years ago. He was nervous about going under the knife a second time considering the unpleasant recuperation process and scarring he was left with the previous time, but he didn’t want to just live with the damage either.

Read all about Dave’s second-time experience and how he learned about  6 superfoods for skin. Once he learned that there was something he could use without getting a prescription that could help reduce his recuperation time and avoid scarring, he had to try it for himself!


Dave’s surgeon was skeptical at first when Dave started using the 6 superfoods for skin system over the prescription face cream he had given him, but once he saw the results in only a short time, he couldn’t argue with Dave’s success.

Now both Dave and his surgeon recommend this system for anyone they encounter who is considering cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.

Get your copy of 6 Superfoods for Skin and you’ll likely become a believer too!

You can read Dave’s full story and how he discovered two unique face creams that combined these 6 superfoods for skin in such a way that they accomplished more together than any one ingredient could have on its own when you request your copy of 6 Superfoods for Skin.



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

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.