scrub me™ loves bar soap

  If you haven't already noticed, scrub me™ loves bar soap!  We make our soaps with rich oils and plant-based ingredients that help skin be at its healthiest.  There are lots of options out on the market and unless you're a skin care expert it's hard to tell what's best for you.  Not all soaps are created equal.  Sometimes bar soap gets a bad rap.  Some commercial soaps can unbalance and sensitize the skin, aggravating its condition.  So when we say we love bar soap, we mean we love creating deluxe soaps that help the skin to be in optimal condition.

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scrub me secret: our favorite soaps switch from time to time. right now we have two soaps that we've been using often. the balancing treatment bar lathers up great and leaves the skin feeling soft and soothed. it can be used for face and body. our patchouli man soap provides an exhilarating exfoliation.

 

The best bar soap:

 Healthy, glowing skin is the ultimate goal!

Healthy, glowing skin is the ultimate goal!

At scrub me™ we work on creating soaps your skin will love.  While we always strive to have our bars look and smell amazing, we mainly create them to give your skin the best results.  Some bar soaps lack major nourishing oils, fats, or moisturizing elements.  Fragrance oils and detergents are also commonly added to many soaps to provide the fresh, clean smells.  While the smell may be appealing, these ingredients don't have any benefits for your skin and may even cause itching, breakouts, or dryness.  Essential oils, when used correctly, provide perfect scents for soaps and also have positive benefits for the skin.  

scrub me secret: in all cold process soap (bar soap) recipes you need fats like oils or animal fats to interact with lye. during the process of these ingredients combining the lye disappears from the product and is replaced by naturally-made glycerin. this is what adds moisturizing elements for the skin.

 

Does bar soap get a bad rap?

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  How is it that so many commercial bar soaps lack moisturizing properties?  Companies extract the glycerin that naturally occurs during the soap making process.  The glycerin is then used in other products they produce like lotions and facial cleansers.  This is why our skin craves moisture and nourishment after using some soaps.  Lacking glycerin and moisturizing properties is just one reason commercial companies are giving all bar soaps a bad reputation.  Added chemical preservatives, detergents, and fragrance oils are all factors that unbalance the skin, trigger allergies or eczema, and damage the body.  Check out our blogs 'Better Understanding Preservatives' and 'Battle of the Aromas. Natural vs. Synthetic' for more in-depth information on those ingredients.

scrub me secret: detergents used in commercial soap bars clean and sanitize by completely breaking down everything on the skin.  this results in healthy oils being stripped from the surface and damage caused to the barrier. the body can also absorb these chemicals into the bloodstream, causing possible issues in the future.

Buying small batched, plant-based bar soaps that contain essential oils vs fragrance oils is better for your overall health and skin health.  If you've been turned off of bar soap for a while we guarantee this change will get you back on board.

 

Little things to love about bar soap

  Bar soap is super clean!  Water from the sink or shower can easily seep into liquid soaps or cleansers in jars.  Bacteria can easily breed in water unless a good amount of preservatives are added.  For bar soap, all you need to do is rinse it off before each use and you are ready to go!  No fear of mold or bacteria.  Just make sure to treat your bar right and don't leave it sitting in a puddle of water.

 eczema flare ups can be caused by harsh ingredients in soaps

eczema flare ups can be caused by harsh ingredients in soaps

 A cute idea for a soap saver!

A cute idea for a soap saver!

scrub me secret: soap savers are an excellent invention! they are small pads or dishes that are breathable or have drainage so you can set your wet soap bar on them and it can easily dry. we recommend that everyone has one...or five.

Bars of soap are also super easy to travel with.  Because they are solid and not liquid you can easily carry them on a flight.  Not to mention there is no chance they will leak into your bag.  We always travel with a mini balancing bar to cleanse our face and body on vacation.  Using a well-balanced bar soap every day will also ensure healthier skin even if you don't have a regimented routine.  We've seen improvement in eczema, dryness, and breakouts when clients switched from a detergent laden soap to a healthy, natural soap.

 

At scrub me™ we love creating soap but we also really enjoy trying other handmade skin care items.  Some other local makers in Chicago we love are Soap Distillery and Nude Acacia.  Trying skin care and soaps is kind of an obsession, or let's just say hobby.  Make soap your hobby too!  Shop all our skin care and figure out which soap is your favorite at scrub-me.com/soaps.

  

 

 

Smoothies for Healthy Skin!

We thought a fun way to follow up our "Inner Wellness, Outer Beauty" blog would be with some delicious, vegan, healthy, smoothie recipes.  Our good friend The Chicago Vegan always has the best plant-based, vegan recipes.  We asked her to give us her three favorite smoothie recipes; surprisingly, all of them have ingredients that are healthy for your skin!

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Throwback! Inner Wellness, Outer Beauty.

t's no secret, scrub me™ is all about using healthy ingredients to treat and pamper our skin.  We not only pay close attention to what goes unto our bodies but also what goes into our system.  Nutrition plays a pretty big role in maintaining healthy skin.  Total body wellness is very important when striving for a radiant complexion!  Certain proteins and carbs work with different vitamins and minerals to keep the skin's barrier functioning properly.  Since we are all different, there is no one specific diet that will lead to bright, healthy skin.  With each different skin type, concern, or condition come different nutritional changes that can be made to achieve the healthiest skin possible.

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scrub me's favorite DIY lip scrub & more!

We wanted to share a couple of our favorite lip care recipes you can whip up at home with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

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Let's Talk Lips

 Dry, rough, peeling lips or soft, supple, hydrated lips?  Which would you choose?  Just kidding!  We don't even need to ask to find the answer to that.  No matter who you are we are certain nobody would choose dry, chapped lips over hydrated ones.  So many seem to struggle with the perfect formula for healthy, moisturized lips.  scrub me™ is here to guide you on the path to your healthiest lips yet!

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When You Just Can't Handle Your Hands

Most of us check out our faces in the mirror every day, buy products to keep our skin healthy and young, read blogs and articles to educate ourselves about how to look our best.  But let's be honest, we are mostly focused on our faces and necks.  What about our hands?

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New! Spa Bombs

 Before, our bath bombs did have some amazing skin nourishing ingredients and essential oils, but we felt like they needed a little update.  Like with all our other skin care, we wanted to be really thoughtful about our recipes and which ingredients we chose.  We developed four different spa bombs to treat a few common skin care and body concerns.

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Better Understanding Preservatives

We think understanding preservatives in skin care is important.  While scrub me™ products do have antimicrobial and antioxidant ingredients, we do not use preservatives in our products.  Some preservatives can cause skin reactions or sensitivity and are also known to be unhealthy.  There is a wide range of preservatives so it can get a little confusing figuring out what is okay to use and what is not.

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Special Edition! Vegan Holiday Cookies & An Interview with the ChicagoVegan

  Who needs a little de-stressing in the midst of all this holiday craziness?  We sure do!  This month we decided to take a little break from our typical topics like health & skin care and focus on something else we really love, vegan baked goods.  We interviewed one of our favorite local vegans, the @chicagovegan about her new baking company, her vegan lifestyle, and she even gave us her go to holiday cookie recipe!

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What's Giving You Wrinkles?

Crows feet, forehead wrinkles, neck lines, jowling, aging...make it stop!  Aging is something that, unfortunately, we cannot stop from happening.  While we cannot fully stop this process there are a lot of things we can do to slow it down.  We can prevent deep lines, wrinkles, and jowling and stay looking younger longer!  Having a great skin care routine at home is just one piece to the puzzle.  Factors like diet, environment, and even repetitive movements or facial expressions can cause unwanted lines and wrinkles.  Making small adjustments to your life and daily habits now may help to keep you looking younger longer.  Who doesn't want that?

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Quiz! Is your skin care routine healthy or heinous?!

  When it comes to your home, skin care habits are you overdoing it?  Not giving your skin enough?  Or do you have it just right?  Take our quiz and find out! 

scrub me secret: don't forget, you can contact scrub me™ any time through our 'feedback' section with any questions about skin care, treatments, or products.  we can even answer questions you may have about skin care products that are not scrub me™ brand. we love to help everyone have their best skin! 

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 Among our many facials and treatments is our 'full plant-based detox.'  We have to say we are big fans of this facial in particular because we get to treat our clients with all our own natural, vegan products as well as different raw ingredients from the earth.  This facial can be tailored to any skin type and can treat a wide range of concerns like acne, congestion, dryness, dullness, fine lines, and sensitization.  So what is this facial actually all about?

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Scrubs: sea salt vs. sugar

We often get asked: "Why does scrub me™ choose sea salt as the exfoliator in the body scrubs?" and "What's the difference between products containing sugar and the ones containing sea salt?".  We have our reasons for choosing sea salts but that doesn't mean sugar doesn't have some positive benefits of its own.

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Ooops! I broke the rules, now what?

  Some rules are meant to be broken!  Rules our estheticians give us are NOT meant to be broken...but it happens.  So what can you do after you forget the SPF, over-itch that bug bite, or pop that pimple that wasn't ready?  Don't panic.  There are some remedies for when you've had a beauty blunder.  Over-tweezed your brows?  We can help make it better, not worse.  We've also got some tips on what to do when you feel you've screwed up your spray tan.

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The Process: Making Cold Process Soap.

Every soap and treatment bar starts from scratch.  As you know, we only choose ingredients that have benefits for you and your skin.  We start by brainstorming to decide what type of skin type or concern we would like to target.  Then, we go into our inventory of materials and essential oils and start choosing our items.  This part is the most fun, creating new recipes and blends of ingredients for our customers is such a joy. 

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