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6 new skin care products from Exotic Earth

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

body oils

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

Wednesday, 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.

 

 

Choosing a wholesale partner (for skin care professionals)

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

How to partner with spa and bath companies to offer at-home skin care solutions to your clients

If you’re a dermatologist, aesthetician, or other skin care and beauty professional, you likely know that your business depends not only on the quality of your services but also the quality of the products you recommend to your clients, patients, and customers. In many cases, your personal brand and reputation within the beauty industry can become linked to the brand and reputation of the company responsible for producing the products you use during your services and to your customers for at-home care. As such, it’s vital that you make the right choice when selecting a company to partner with.

Selecting the wrong beauty supply company to partner with can have dire consequences for your business. If the products you offer to your customers for at-home care don’t live up to their claims, your customers may conclude that you don’t know what you’re talking about, and your brand will lose credibility. Worse yet, if the company you partner with is discovered to be using less than ethical business and advertising practices (such as using carcinogenic ingredients in their products,) your customers may start viewing you as guilty by association.

So what do you do? Some beauty and skin care professionals choose to make and sell their own spa and beauty products, thereby eliminating the “middle man.” But if product formulation isn’t your specialty, you’re stuck with the original question: who’s products do you choose to offer to your customers, clients, patients, etc.?

Some tips for minimizing your risk when evaluating potential partner companies include:

Go organic. Products made with natural, organic, and wild-crafted ingredients are generally much less likely to contain potentially harmful substances than products made with synthetic ingredients and chemicals. Even if a product claims to be “natural” or “all-natural” it may still contain synthetic ingredients, chemicals, or artificial preservatives, as there is currently no industry standard on what constitutes a “natural” or “all-natural” product. Try looking for products and companies that use Certified Organic or wild-crafted ingredients instead. The term “organic” is heavily regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and thus, you can achieve a far greater level of certainty that the products you are using and offering do not contain potentially harmful substances if their ingredient lists use the term “organic.”

If you’re curious about the potential hazards of a particular ingredient or product, the Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep Database can be a useful tool to use when conducting your research.

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Look for reviews and testimonials. There’s no better way to gauge how well a product lives up to its claims than to see what people who have actually used it have to say about it. Look for reviews by customers and for testimonials from doctors, aestheticians, and other skin care professionals like yourself. Also look and see if the company in its entirety has achieved any certifications or verifications such as getting its product claims “doctor trusted.”

facial toner treyoursConsider price range. Don’t automatically go with the cheapest option available to you. Remember, the reason cheap products tend to be cheap is because they use synthetic and chemical-based ingredients that are inexpensive to manufacture. Chances are, if your clients, patients, and customers are wealthy enough to be able to afford your services then they’re wealthy enough to afford something better than your run-of-the-mill lotion for at-home use. If you cater primarily to the affluent then the price and the quality of the products you offer should also convey affluence. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that finding such high quality products has to cost you an arm and a leg. Just look for a company with a generous wholesale policy (and high quality products, of course.)

If your search for a wholesale partner happens to lead you to Castle Baths, please keep in mind that we offer a wide variety of anti-aging face creams, massage oils, essential oils, and body scrubs made with organic ingredients, as well as a variety of ways to partner with us.

Good luck on your search for the perfect spa and beauty supply partner for your business!

Massage Oil for more than just massages?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Using massage oil as body oil for intense moisture

Total relaxation. Beautiful young woman lying on front and looking at camera while massage therapist massaging her shouldersCastle Baths’ massage oils make a great treat for when you want to go the extra step when giving or receiving a massage. But did you know, our massage oils can be used for much more than just giving massages?

Many people who shop for massage oils at Castle Baths do so with the intention of using our massage oils as body oil. If you suffer from chronic dry skin, using one of our aromatherapy massage oils as body oil may actually serve you better than some of our other body moisturizers.

As you may or may not recall from our previous blog articles and website, dry skin lacks oil, whereas dehydrated skin lacks water. The synthetic cosmetics industry has led many people to believe that oil is bad for your skin – and that it will make you break out with acne. While this may be the case for some people, others with extremely dry skin may need a generous dose of oil in their skin care products to reduce their chances of developing premature wrinkles.

A little bit of luxuryOur massage oils, a.k.a. body oils are also great for people with sensitive skin, as they consist of only two ingredients: cold pressed rice bran oil, and the essential oil aromatherapy blend of your choice (we offer seven varieties.) When it comes to sensitive skin, the fewer ingredients in your skin care products, the better, as there is less chance of irritation from the blend of two or three ingredients than from the 20 chemicals you’d find in a synthetic product.

Last but not least, you may just want to experience the soothing effects of our natural massage oils without having to find someone to actually give you a massage. There are so many reasons why so many people love indulging their skin in luxurious natural body oil.

Do you have a preference on whether to use massage oil for massages or as body oil? Tell us! We may just feature your story in a future blog!

Infuse Your Life with Energy!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Some days, you just need a pick me up.

Maybe it was a long week, or maybe a long night last night – or maybe you just know that today is going to be a long one and you would like to make it through without tapping out all of your reserve energy?

Life can be exhausting, these days, Americans work more hours and take fewer vacations than any other country!  We work hard and we play hard – so when do you get to relax?  How do you keep that energy reserve full?

Well, we were wondering that ourselves. So we researched and found the specific aromas that make us feel more energized and are proven to boost mental focus as well as revitalize, renew, and reinvigorate! This led us to create our Energy Blend line of ingredients.  These are specifically formulated lotions, oils, bath teas and salts, soaks, and soaps that can replenish your dwindling supply of energy on any given day.

Go ahead- pamper yourself with some Energy today!

Aromatherapy for Every Mood

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

It is said that our eyes are the window to our souls; I beg to differ.  I believe that privilege falls to the nose. There are many things we still don’t fully understand about the human brain, but it is obvious that a smell can take you back in time.  Perhaps a specific smell reminds you of your mother, or your father, a past lover or friend.  The aroma of several flowers and fruits often provide other benefits, such as feeling more awake and full of energy, or helping you to relax and sleep through the night.  It is this idea that has led us to customize several aromatherapy blends, called our CB-Classics, just for you. Our Sweet Communion blend is about relaxation and balance; with calming lavender, and the sweet scent of woodsy balsam to help you unwind. Our Sweet Dreams blend is specially blended for the deep, relaxing sleep that you need; with calming lavender and vanilla to sweep you off into slumber land. Our Passion blend is formulated for indulgence, with lavender, sandalwood and a hint of rose to get your romance started off right. Our Bathsheba blend is meant to highlight your allure with the aroma of  rosewood and rose to bring him back to your arms. Our Jubilee blend is for rejuvenation, with the aroma of bergamot and sweet grapefruit, you will be ready for whatever the day has to offer. Our Restoration blend is made to restore your creative and womanly pursuits, with a rosy herbaceous blend of aromas to get you back to your usual self. Our Prayer blend is about regaining your connection with God through lavender, bergamot, grapefruit, orange, and sunflower scents. No matter your mood, we have a natural, aromatic option to help you be more yourself.  Don’t hesitate – order your CB Classic Aromatherapy today!

Give the Gift of Prayer and Peace

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The struggle of our daily lives often leaves us feeling disconnected from the world around us and from our Higher Power.  God brings so many blessings into our lives, including the feeling of being connected to Him. This feeling is easily overpowered by the stress and rush of our busy work and personal lives.  Use this gift to bring that feeling back to your life or that of your family and friends.

Get reconnected with God in a peaceful, relaxing way. All our products are hand made using the natural ingredients that God has provided for us.  This prayer basket brings the benefits and aromas of Jasmine, Lavender & Grapefruit, three very powerful ingredients that relax, replenish, and reconnect you with His love.

Gift Basket includes:

6oz Prayer Massage Oil
6oz Prayer Hand & Body Lotion
Small Tub
Gift Basket

The Prayer Hand & Body Lotion as well as the Prayer Massage Oil are both great for dry, normal, and combination skin; the peaceful aroma will put your mind at ease while making your skin smooth and soft.

Bring mind and body closer to the heart of God with a Prayer Gift Basket today!

Treat Yourself to Complete Relaxation

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Are you tense? Over worked? Stressed out? Don’t worry! We have just the thing for you! Our Castle Baths Classic Sweet Communion Gift Bag. This wonderful array of products is scented with a perfect blend of therapeutic grade Lavender and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils,which is sure to help you melt all of your stresses away and balance your mind, body, and spirit.

This Gift Bag includes:

  • Sweet Communion Body Wash
  • Sweet Communion Hand & Body Lotion
  • Sweet Communion Massage Oil
  • Gift Bag

This Sweet Communion Gift contains natural ingredients and natural nutrients that will feed your body, besides the aromatherapy benefits that will soothe, relax, and calm.

Our Sweet Communion Moisturizing Natural Body Wash is the perfect solution after a long hard working day, after the gym, or even when you are at play. It will cleanse your skin without harsh chemicals, it is detergent free, and is great for all skin types: oily, dry, or sensitive.

All natural, handmade Sweet Communion Hand and Body Lotion with Certified Organic Shea Butter contains Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Organic Rose Hydrosol, Sweet Certified Organic Almond Oil, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, and Organic and Wild Crafted Essential Oils. This amazing lotion has been created to help conquer dry skin, unsightly age spots, stretch marks, and body wrinkles, while creating a protective balm for your skin.

Our Sweet Communion Massage Oil and its aromatherapy element, encourages relaxation and relief from daily stresses, and relief from charlie horses. You can use it for massage, or just to rub on elbows, feet, sore muscles or dry patches of skin.

Relaxing has never felt this good! Do yourself a favor, and don’t wait any longer to experience complete and total relaxation! Order yours today! You will be glad you did!

Missing the Passion this Valentine’s Day?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Whether you need to spice up your romance, or you are just starting one…we can help!

Don’t worry! We have the perfect solution for you! Pamper yourself or your loved one with our Castle Baths Passion Gift Set. This gift set is ideal for bringing the romance back into your life, and will help you remember those romantic sensations. Scented with a perfect blend of sandalwood, lavender, and rose, this product will incite your ‘loving feeling’ and make you yearn for more.

This Gift Set includes:

  • Passion Hand & Body Lotion
  • Passion Massage Oil
  • Gift Basket
  • Loofah

Our natural Passion Hand and Body Lotion’s scent combination is specifically for robust passionate sensations. It will leave your skin protected, soft, silky and attractive, while preserving your skins hydration.

Our Passion Massage Oil will nourish your skin, and has the natural antioxidants that your skin craves.

 

Order your Passion Gift Set today! Her body will thank you!

Appreciate Your Friends this Holiday!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Sometimes the holidays can be tied up with family gatherings and traditions, but our friends matter, too. We, at Castle Baths, have unique and thoughtful ways to make sure your friends know you appreciate them during this holiday season. Our True Friendship Basket is a great way to make them feel pampered.

This great offer includes several products:

Sweet Communion contains lavender and ylang-ylang, which are great for helping to relax after a long day.  What better way to show you care than to provide the gift of relaxation?

Great for formal or informal gatherings!
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Go ahead and let the friends in your life know you’re thinking of them!