So, I’ve been noticing that Shea butter is having a moment right now. There are new products popping up all over creation for everything from skin cream to cosmetics to hair products. Now, as y’all know, the best body butters and Eye Creams are made with Shea, which is why we use it as our main ingredient in these products, but even before I started making products to sell, I used it in all sorts of home remedies. It’s amazing for eczema and various skin ailments, as well as minor cuts and scrapes and burns too. You can even eat it if you want, (a fact that my 12 year old son can attest to, as he took that sentence as a direct challenge and scooped up a big glob of our orange clove body butter to try. He said it needed sugar). Anyway, it’s obvious that as consumers become more informed about their personal care products, ingredients like Shea are going to become more and more prevalent. But, just like with everything else, all Shea is not created equal, (or at least not when it’s mixed with a bunch of other stuff). Here are some fun facts to help you stay informed and make the right choice for your skin: Continue reading The reasons we use Shea in our Body Butter and Eye Cream (Being a buzzword isn’t one of them.)
So, y’all know I’ve been locked up in my workshop for the past few weeks, working on a huge retail order, right? I single-handedly produced, packaged, labeled, shipped and delivered 792 units of lotion to 33 Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, (all the Colorado stores). There’s nothing like a trial by fire to get you going, am I right? Here’s the thing, I thought I knew everything, but it turns out I know nothing…well, not NOTHING, but way less than I thought. There is that moment, or series of moments that every small business owner has, where an opportunity arises for you to take the next step to grow your business and you’d better be ready, or else. I learned a lot from this process, a lot that will help me be smarter and faster and more prepared in the future…in fact, here’s a little list: Continue reading The Little Company That Did A Big Thing
So, I recently received the following email from one of my regular clients, and I thought I’d share it with you guys in case you’ve had similar issues:
My skin was so great after a sauna treatment I had a few weeks ago. I’ve been slathering on lotion (Cetaphil) to try and maintain the results, but now I’m finding that I’m having terrible breakouts and have lost that lovely, glowy skin that I had right after the sauna. I am using your cleansing oil in the evening and organic soap in the shower. Please give me a prescription to get my good skin back!
Georgia Girl Continue reading Help! I Want My Glowy Skin Back!
So today marks sixty days since I started working for myself. As with any new venture, there have been some ups and downs, with many more to come, I’m sure. So I was sitting at my desk this morning, eating a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast, listening to The White Stripes at a deafening level, reflecting on my new found independence. And you know what? There are days that I miss my office and even my job, (WTF?). Sometimes I miss being around other people, I miss catching up on office gossip, and you guys, sometimes I miss having a boss. I know, crazy, right? But it’s all on me, to do everything, and sometimes that feels so overwhelming. Some days I wake up and think I made the wrong choice. Some days I wake up and am afraid that the bills won’t get paid and that this was all an awful mistake, that I am risking the future of my children, that I am burdening my husband. But I can’t allow that kind of thinking to take root in my brain, I can’t allow fear to derail me from my goals. So I decided to make a list of the top ten reasons why quitting my job to start my own business was the right choice. Continue reading Going Purple and Nine Other Reasons to Quit Your Job
So listen, guys…two things, first, I have been away from the blog for way too long due to the worst case of the flu in the history of the flu, (three weeks, ya’ll), and second, while I was laid up in bed for three weeks, I got REALLY lazy with my skin care routine. Now, in my defense, I could barely brush my teeth, (ok, who am I kidding, I DIDN’T brush my teeth, or wash my hair, or change out of my pjs…don’t judge). Anyway, in a vain attempt to try and maintain some semblance of normalcy while I was sick, I realized that I did, indeed still need to wash my face every day, even if I didn’t wear a speck of makeup for that whole time, (sorry to my extremely tolerant and saintly husband). I simply couldn’t face my regular oil cleansing method, because you guys, I know this is a process, it takes time and effort and energy that I simply did not posses. So, I dug through my linen closet, (otherwise known as the Land of Unused Beauty Products), so see if I had any of those cleansing wipe-y things that I used to use before I converted to the Gospel of No Chemicals lifestyle. And, success! I found some! I used them, and…well, bad things happened friends.
After weeks of reclining on either the couch or in the bed, I finally felt ready to face the world. I got up, I took a shower, I WASHED MY HAIR, I felt glorious! And then I looked in the mirror. And I may have screamed, just a little. My skin looked awful, ya’ll. I had weird discoloration on one cheek, flakey dry patches, zits everywhere, (the giant, terrible, painful ones, I know you guys feel me on this), It was as if every bad skin experience from my adolescence had converged on my almost 42 year old face. WTF? And then, out of the corner of my eye, I spied the face wipes. And I read the ingredients. And it all made sense. Let’s revisit, shall we? Continue reading Chemical Peel (Or why my skin just freaked the F out)
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’…).
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!
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):
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!)
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.