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Why the beauty rituals of Cleopatra still matter.

Hey Ya’ll…

So, as promised, here’s a little rundown on some of the amazing, natural, sweet-smelling things that my personal beauty icon, Cleopatra used to make herself so irresistible, (many of these ingredients can be found in almost all of our Sweet Georgia Sugar lines…just sayin’…).

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Our girl, Cleo was renowned for her loveliness, she was a fierce warrior, a brilliant strategist, and based on her beauty rituals, the original hippie chick. She was somewhat of a botanical chemist, and historians contend that she utilized substances found in nature to keep herself youthful and fresh, (I’m guessing it was kinda stinky back then, ya’ll…what with the lack of indoor plumbing and such). Here’s a list of her most treasured rituals:

Honey: Honey was used in ancient times as a part of the daily bathing ritual. It has antibacterial properties that helps kill germs, while at the same time being very moisturizing to the skin. It plumps up fine lines, and removes dead skin and environmental toxins. Sometimes Cleopatra mixed honey with both goat’s milk, (eww), and essential oils,(yum), as a way to cleanse the skin.

Dead Sea Salt: This was mixed with almond oil and highly fragranced essential oils and used as a body scrub. Sea salt is said to have healing properties and helps with tired sore muscles when you add it to a bath, (I’m sure she had to do this a lot, what with the taking over ancient lands and romping around the Pyramids with Marc Antony and all). For a modern take, try mixing some Epsom salts with your favorite essential oil and dissolving it in a warm bath…may I suggest trying frankincense? This was a favorite scent of Cleopatra’s and it smells beautiful on your skin. There are modern studies that suggest it is a viable treatment for arthritis, as well as having antidepressant properties. Man, those Egyptians were smart, huh?

Natron: This is basically baking soda…it was used in ancient times as a cleansing agent…Cleo mixed it with honey to make a gentle facial scrub. I have done this, you guys, and you have to try it! You will see an immediate difference, your skin will glow, you will never want to use a synthetic facial scrub again!

Coconut Oil: She is said to have mixed this with olive oil and applied it to her hair to combat dryness and increase shine. I can vouch for this one too, having left my beloved Southern humidity to move to the practically-a-desert state of Colorado. Try it! You’ll never want to go back to your old conditioner, I swear!

So there it is, guys, a list of natural ingredients that you probably have in your very own kitchen right this second, that will make your skin glow and will stir your senses. The ancient civilizations had it right…right up until the Victorians who thought it would be an awesome idea to use arsenic as face powder…

Until next time, ya’ll…have a sweet day!

– Sarah

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Are you killing yourself for beautiful skin? You might be….

Ya’ll,

Do you KNOW what is in the products you are putting on your skin? We are all jumping on the no carbs/no gluten/no sugar/no processed food, (except maybe cheese which I cannot live without)/no artificial dyes/all organic, blah, blah, blah bandwagon, right? But are you still using chemical laden, hormone disrupting, allergy inducing products on your skin? You know, the largest organ of your body that absorbs everything? Think about the fact that there are certain drugs that we get through a patch that we put on our skin, (birth control, smoking cessation, etc.) Why do those medications work? Because they are absorbed directly into our bloodstream! And so are all of these nasty chemicals (Chemicals you won’t find in any of our All Natural Sweet Georgia Sugar products):

Parabens

This is also known as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben, (read your labels, ya’ll). Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in many cosmetics and face and body products. They are very possibly carcinogenic and can disrupt hormones. They are bad, you guys, and things absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times an oral dose of the same chemical, (think about that while you are slathering on your lotion!)

Phthalates

This one is bad but also, (at least to me), completely unnecessary. Dibutylphthalate (DBP, DEP, also butyl ester) helps your skin absorb products. Do we need help with this? Really? DEHP has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the EPA. And yet…it’s still found in almost everything you put on your body. WTF, EPA?

Petrochemicals

Almost all skin care products contain some form of synthetic substances and most are petroleum-based. Studies have found that the topical application of petrochemicals in rodents resulted in kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord as well as anemia. Another thing to keep in mind about petroleum based products is that they create a barrier over your skin, essentially “locking” everything in, (good and bad), and keeps your skin from being able to breathe. This can lead to breakouts, acne, skin irritation and unexplainable rashes. Eww.

Synthetic Fragrances

Again, most synthetic fragrances are petroleum based. They are made from cheap, synthetic oils that are meant to mimic actual smells that exist in nature. They can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions and headaches. Why would you want to smell a rose-like product instead of an actual rose?

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate

This is an industrial strength cleanser. It also makes lots and lots of bubbles. It’s also really cheap, which is why you will find it in almost all shampoo, soap, etc. Wanna know what else it is used for? Floor cleaner, engine degreaser and it’s also an excellent car wash detergent. It dissolves oil, (and maybe your skin right along with it), it also, according to some studies, is capable of changing the information found in your genetic material. Ya’ll!?! It can literally alter who you are. Don’t use it.

Right now I want you to grab the closest bottle of lotion (in your purse, on your desk, in your bathroom) and read through that ingredients list. Now I want you to compare those ingredients to those in our Sweet Georgia Sugar All Natural Whipped Body Butter. You deserve to smell, look and feel great and not kill yourself doing it.

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In case you don’t have some lotion handy, here’s the ingredients list for one of the most popular brands. This product is suggested for everyday use, anti-oxidant enriched and dermatologist recommended.

What did we do before all of these harmful substances found their way into our beauty supply? We used amazingly effective oils and flowers and butters and plants that came right from Mother Nature, herself. Stay tuned for my next blog post, where we’ll explore Cleopatra, (my beauty icon!), and all of the ways she used nature to make herself glow.

Until then…have a sweet day, ya’ll!

– Sarah

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The Sweet Georgia Sugar online store is open!

After months of selling Sweet Georgia Sugar items to friends and co-workers, we’ve decided to let the rest of America in on our secret – you know, the one about how you can look beautiful and smell great using all natural ingredients.

We’re proud to announce that the Sweet Georgia Sugar online store is now open.

http://www.sweetgeorgiasugar.com/