Travel + Sample Sizes

Just like that, summer is here + the sun is heating things up. To help you achieve a healthy glow all summer long, it’s important to properly prepare for sun exposure + to appropriately treat it afterward. So, grab a cool glass of water + read along for 6 easy steps to get your summer glow going.


1. Get Moisturized

To get your skin in tip-top shape this season + to keep dryness at bay, reach for a skin-nourishing moisturizer. Dewy skin isn’t only achieved by highlighting powder + makeup tricks. Your skin can truly be glowing by treating it to a daily hydrating treatment prior to stepping out into the summer sun. For the hotter month + to prevent breakdowns, use lightweight lotions + creams or, even better, reach for an oil-based serum which absorbs quickly.

We recommend: Refresh + Repair Serum

Refresh + Renew Skin Serum


2. Exfoliate Dry Skin Away

Summer elements like increased pollution, humidity, SPF + sweat can all contribute to clogged pores. Clogged pores equal blackheads, pimples + a dry lackluster complexion. To help keep your pores clear,  it’s important to slough away layers of build-up + dead skin cells. Exfoliating also helps your moisturizer really penetrate + hydrate your skin, allows your makeup to apply smoother contributes + leads to an overall glow for your skin.

We recommend: Honey + Lemon Exfoliating Face Scrub


3. Stay Hydrated for Supple Skin

Drinking more liquids keeps the cells in your body hydrated + functioning properly—this includes your skin. When your skin is dehydrated, it becomes tight, flaky, dry, and eventually wrinkly. So, reach for that water, drink down the minimum 8 glasses + relish how good you feel + how good your skin looks.

We recommend: To make plain water more enticing, drop in some citrus slices or a few pieces of fruit. Our personal favorites are a few cubes of frozen watermelon or a small handful of strawberry slices.


4. SPF Yourself!

Of course, you should always protect skin from harmful rays with a good, daily, non-toxic sunscreen. Experts recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin. Don’t forget about hands, feet, ears, and lips. Pro tip: Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to reapply.

We recommend: SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick

Natural Sunburn Treatment


5. Enjoy the Sun from the Shade

Prevention is always the best protection so truly protect your skin from sun exposure + avoid getting a sunburn by staying out of direct rays. Take refuge in the shade, prop up a darling umbrella, or reach for that dramatic sun hat.

We recommend: Reaching for a lightweight cover-up that can be dipped into the water to keep cool while being protected from the sun.


6. Replenish Dehydrated Skin

Even if we are doing all the right things, sun-scorched skin still happens. If you find skin showing signs of a little extra time in the sun, be sure to replenish it to prevent peeling + flaking. The best choice is to apply a hydrating treatment or good ol’ aloe gel (natural not that green stuff). Once you’ve treated your skin, treat yourself to yet even more water. Since your body is working to counterattack the drying effects of too much sun, give it helping hand by tossing back a glass or two of water.

We recommend: Cooling After Sun Spray


Now that you’ve moisturized, exfoliated + hydrated, toss your water bottle, sunscreen, and sun hat into a bag + seek up some summertime fun!

Be well!

Michelle + the Pantry Team

Pantry Products - We Believe

Hello all!

As we venture into a new season, a new month, and soon, a new city, we thought we would take some time to introduce ourselves to any new followers….or to those who have been with us for some time but are not quite sure who we are exactly. 😉

Since 2015, Pantry Products has been handcrafting natural products aimed at contributing to healthy lifestyles. Recently, we began working with Em Deane of Locals Creative to strengthen our message + our brand. Over the next few posts, we will be unveiling our new brand strategy + sharing some of the magic we have created with Em with you. To start, let’s talk about Pantry’s Mission, Vision, + Values. 

Mission Statement
Pantry Products is dedicated to crafting 100% natural daily essentials + to providing wellness education to health-conscious consumers passionate about caring for themselves + for the planet. 

Vision Statement
Pantry Products strives to educate + to create products that make our people + our planet happy. 

Values
Our 3 core values are Tr
ansparency, Approachability, Sustainability

How do these play out in Pantry Products, you ask? Well, here we go…

We are Transparent
We aim to offer transparency in all aspects of our business. We listen to what our customers want. We strive to help our customers be the best they can. We are clear about who we are, what we do, what we have planned for the future, and what we stand for.

Currently, we are in the process of opening our Salt Lake City production + fulfillment location. We are expanding so that we can craft the products our customers have come to love with faster turnaround times.

We are Approachable
We are here for your feedback, for your questions, for your ideas. We strive to be educators for natural products + for our planet.

We love you all! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. Our extensive product offerings come from customer suggestions. At our in-house workshops, we work alongside you in crafting your own natural products to take home. (This summer, we look forward to reintroducing our in-person workshops as well as engaging in more community events.) We love to talk natural products with our visitors + we are always willing to provide information on the best products/ingredients for your personal use. 

We are Sustainable
We don’t do it because it’s cool. We do it because we care. We aim to use locally-sourced, non-GMO, and organic materials whenever possible. We work to reduce, reuse, recycle in every aspect of our production + business operations.

There are quite a number of ways that Pantry aims to be sustainable.

Here are some:
– We have recently re-launched our product refill program where we offer a 10% discount on refills of your favorite Pantry Products.
– We offer mask + glove recycling in our Wells Ave. shop
– We have a TerraCycle Beauty Products + Cosmetics Packaging Recycling Box for recycling containers from all your household cosmetics + personal care products
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– Our orders are packed in recycled boxes with reused and/or recycled materials that can easily be recycled or reused. 

Stay tuned for more information to come on Pantry and what defines our brand.

Until then, be well + be kind!

Michelle + the Pantry team

Pantry Products' Refill Program

The time has come to re-release our beloved Product Refill Program. While you’ll still receive the same 10% discount when you bring your container in for a refill, we’ve made a few changes to the program guidelines.

Here is our ask for when you bring your empties in:

  1. Bottles + containers must be cleaned + disinfected. If your containers are not squeaky clean, we cannot accept them. 
  2. Pumps + bottle tops must be removed. (Caps for tins or jars can remain on but must also be clean.) 
  3. When you bring your empties in, we will ask you to fill out custom refill form + attach it to a bag provided our team member.
  4. Place your empties in the bag + place the bag in our refill bin.
  5. All refills must be paid for at the time of drop-off. A team member will ring you up with your 10% discount refill discount.
  6. A team member will call you once your refill is ready for pick-up. Please check your voicemail and/or make sure your voicemail isn’t full. 🙂

Items of Note:

  • Due to the increasing cost of soy wax + the cost to ship it, candle discounts will go down to 20.
  • Depending on our production volume + the product(s) you are having refilled, turnaround times can vary 1-2 weeks
  • The 10% discount is offered on refills of the same product.

    Do you have personal care + cosmetics containers from other brands that you’d like to ensure are properly recycled? Drop them in our TerraCycle ZeroWaste Beauty Products + Packaging Box.

    Here is a list of what you can drop off. Bonus: Qualifying amounts of recycled items earn you 10% off a day-of purchase in our shop.

    TerraCycle ZeroWaste Recycling Box
    Thanks for being patient + understanding during our Refill Program pause. We look forward to seeing you and your empties soon!

Michelle + The Pantry Team

 

 

Pantry was started when I combined my love of cooking with my love of creating handcrafted presents. By pulling ingredients from my kitchen pantry shelves, I was able to whip of natural personal + skin care products without nasty chemicals or additives.

The same can be said for this granola recipe, which I have dubbed “Everything in the Pantry” granola. Featuring 6 ingredients commonly used in our products, this granola is also extremely easy to make, affordable, and does not contain sugar, preservatives, or excess calories or fats, and costs 1/4 of the store-bought brands. You can add or omit any of the dry ingredients and I always go with what dried fruits and nuts I have in my pantry at the time.

Try it and tell me you don’t get addicted to it!

Pantry’s “Everything in the Pantry” Granola

3 cups Rolled Oats (we use gluten-free oats)
1 heaping cup Almonds, chopped
1 heaping cup Coconut, flaked unsweetened
1/4 cup Flax seeds, chia seeds, and/or hemp hearts
1 cup Pistachios (or swap for walnuts, pecan, pepitas, etc.)
2 tbsp Local Honey
2 tbsp real Maple syrup
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Sea Salt
3/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted
1/2 cup Golden raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, dates (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix everything (except dried fruit) in a large bowl.
Spread mixture on large, lightly greased baking sheet in a thin layer.
Bake for 30 minutes. If adding dried fruit, stir them in + bake for another 15 minutes.
Let granola sit on the baking sheet for another 10-15 minutes so that clusters can form.

Serve with yogurt + berries, with milk, or just by the handful.

Moms are the hardest work folks out there + they deserve to be treated like the real queens they are.  Whether your mom is near or far, a new mom or one with decades of experience, into running or relaxing, Pantry Products has the perfect gift for her. Check out our Mother’s Day Gift Guide below and stay tuned as we will be releasing some curated mom-approved gift sets very soon!


What do all moms need? A relaxing night in with no distractions + all sorts of relaxin’. To help set the solo mood, grab her some pamper items to set up a night of “Mommy Me Time”.

Hand + Body Lotion | Pretty in Pink Sea Salt Soak | Garden of Love Body PolishSoy Wax Candle


Is your mom into all things beauty-related + always on the search for new products to help her feel even more gorgeous? We have plenty of products to enhance her natural beauty.

Refresh + Repair Serum | Honey + Lemon Exfoliating Face Scrub
Rose Quartz Roller | Clay Mask Trio


Motherhood is no easy job + its hardest on those newest to it. New moms run on little sleep + a lot of worry. Help set their minds at ease by gifting them a few all natural products for her + her littlest love!

For baby: Baby Bum Cream | Bubbling Baby Bath

For mom, Nourishing Tummy Cream |Nursing Salve

For both: Sleep SalveSweet Dreams Rollerball


Nobody bends over backwards for you like the active + adventurous mom in your life. But, does she have the essentials to also take care of herself? Here are some of our favorites for the hiking/ biking/ running/namaste-ing  mums.

SPF 15 Lip Balm | Arnica Muscle Salve | Purifying Yoga Mat SpraySPF 30 Sunscreen Stick


Where my dog mom’s at? Bless the dog mom in your life with our products to clean + protect the fur babies in her life.  

Dirty Dog Wash | Dog DeodorantPuppy Paw Protector


For the mom who has it all or who prefers to shop for herself, we have two options that you simply can’t go wrong with.

Monthly Wellness Box | Gift Card


We hope this gift guide helps shopping for moms a little easier. As mentioned above, stayed tuned for sneak peeks of our curated gift boxes.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful Moms out there. You deserve all the praise, adoration, + pampering everyday! Way to take on the hardest job there is + look good while doing it!

XO – The Pantry Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Kind

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” – Caroline Fleck

I’m sure you’ve heard this quote before. Maybe hundreds of times.  Our local, national, + global community is going through (to put it simply) some tough shit. And now, more than ever, we could all use a little extra kindness in our lives. No matter the person, living with + navigating a devastating pandemic is challenging. Our new reality is causing sadness, despair, + even rage. Nerves are frayed, tensions are high. Nobody is immune. We’re all going through it. Spreading a little kindness into someone else’s day will not only lift their mood but it will also lift yours. 

Over the last year, our small business has worked the literal skin off of its fingers to continue crafting + distributing our products. We’ve opted to keep our brick + mortar doors open to provide some sense of normalcy to our local community. To see the faces of our beloved customers + to meet new ones. To greet our delivery drivers with a “howdy!” + a joke. To provide a clean + safe place to shop for everyday essentials as well as some self-care treats. We’ve ramped up our production to keep our wholesale customers (+ their customers) stocked up on natural products they can trust. All while navigating a severely-disrupted supply chain, ever-increasing shipping rates with ever-decreasing reliability + growing requests for us to do more: offer more discounts, have faster turnaround, compete with big box store prices, give bigger smiles, etc. All while dealing with our own stress. 

Recently, our Production Manager, Kayla said to me “I don’t know if it’s something in the air but people have been so upsetti spaghetti lately.” And she is so right. Over the last few months, in both my personal + business experiences, I’ve seen an increase in frowning faces, complaints, demands, people choosing to post reviews complaining about an issue that wouldn’t have been an issue if they had just spoken to someone IRL, people forgetting their manners + feeling like they are owed something. As if only they matter.

We always aim to give our customers top-notch service + our team is doing their best to be smiling-shiny beacons of joy during the chaos that this pandemic has brought to all of us. During these trying times, we are doing all we can to get Pantry Products in your hands. However, the pandemic has resulted us having shorter shop hours, slightly longer delivery turnaround, and limited on-hand stock. But, we are a small business of 7 people. We are not Amazon, we are not Sephora, we are not slapping our label on products made overseas.  This is why many of our customers shop with us. Because we are Michelle, Kayla, Dani, Ang, Rhiana, Dylan + Meg. We are mixing, filling, cleaning, labeling, + packing every one of our 100 products by hand for you. We are here 6 days a week providing our in-store customers, our online customers, + our 300-something wholesale customers with healthy + effective wellness products at affordable prices. We are doing everything we can to make our customers happy because we love + appreciate you. All that we ask in return is for a little of the same.

So, to wrap up my rant, in a world where you can easily be upsetti spaghetti, please choose to be friendly fettuccine instead. 

XO,

Michelle + the Pantry team

P.S. The “Be Kind” rainbow sticker in the header is on display in my house as a reminder to be kind. Get yours at StickersNorthwest.

A closer look at America’s pandemic-fueled anger

 

 

Pantry Products Bestsellers

2020 was one year that none of us will soon forget. A year full of highs + lows, of changing realities + changing routines. We hope that you + your loved ones are coming out of the year with your health + that 2021 brings us a year with more highs + less lows.

Always wanting to focus on the good, in this month’s blog we are sharing the Top 20 selling Pantry Products of 2020. From products to brighten our skin while brightening our mood to ones that helped us look our best even if we felt our worst, these products helped make life a little easier. And a lot more enjoyable. (You can shop the full list here)

Here we go… ahem, drumroll, please. Drumroll!

Green Tea Moisturizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

#20 Bourbon Fir Vanilla Beard Oil
#19 Green Tea Moisturizer
#18 Honey + Lemon Exfoliating Face Scrub
#17 I Like Big Bubbles Bubble Bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#16 Healing Eczema Cream
#15 Sweet Dreams Rollerball Remedy
#14 Nourishing Night-Time Cream
#13 Dry Shampoo
#12 Bergamot + Lemongrass Deodorant

Lip Lustre Natural Gloss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#11 Lip Lustre
#10 Sierra Pine Soy Wax Candle
#9 BathTime Sea Salt Soak Trio
#8 Gardener’s Hand Salve
#7 Honey + Lavender Lip Balm

Gardener's Hand Salve

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 Nail + Cuticle Oil
#5 Fresh + Clear Face Wash
#4 Subscription Wellness Box
#3 Lavender + Ylang Ylang Deodorant
#2 Pack Your Bags – Neroli Eye Serum

Hand Sanitizer

and our #1 selling product for 2020 should come as no surprise… it’s our Hand Sanitizer. With over 3000 units sold in 2020, our COVID-killing, all-natural hand sanitizer bumped our Pack Your Bags Neroli Eye Serum from the top spot…one that it’s held for 5 years.

Which of your favorite products made our Best-Of List? Which are you surprised to see (or not see)?

As we wrap up 2020, we want to thank you for all of your support over this year (and all the others before it). We are excited for what the new year brings + to continue to roll out all-natural handmade products. Be sure to follow along for all the new things we have planned for the new year.

Cheers!

Michelle + the Pantry Products’ team

Holiday Shipping Update 2020

Hello, Pantry fans! Pantry founder, Michelle here. First off, I want to thank you for supporting our small business over the last 5 years (we hit the 5-year mark this past week!). We put our heart + soul into every product we create + we appreciate you appreciating us.

Regardless of the time of year, we understand how important it is that you receive your order safely + promptly. We also understand this importance increases as we enter into the holiday season. Over the last few weeks, I have been intensely monitoring online order fulfillment + deliveries and I am happy to report that, as of today, we have not seen any significant delays in delivery. However, businesses all over the country are reporting otherwise. Therefore, I am writing this blog in anticipation of shipping slowdowns + hiccups as we race closer to Christmas. I hope this information will provide some insight on what happens from the time you place your order until it arrives at your front door.

(Should your order not arrive in time for your gift exchange, we have created this certificate that can be printed out + placed into a holiday card to let the recipient know that their gift is on its way. We’ll no doubt be doing this with our loved ones this year.)

Production Time:
Because we craft every single product by hand, our production time fluctuates throughout the year based on order volume. Add to that a global pandemic that has significantly impacted the supply chain as well as turnaround times for shipping + and our production times have been further impacted. As you can imagine, the increase in online shopping has kept us busier than ever (and we’re so grateful!) but it also means that our production time is a little longer than normal. Please know that our Pantry Elves are working hard to fulfill holiday orders within 2-4 business days of receiving them.

Shipping Method/Shipping Time:
The shipping method selected at checkout dictates the method that your order will be shipped + also the speed of shipment during normal times of year. (This is separate from our production time, which is the time needed to process, make + pack your order.)

Generally, USPS First Class takes 3-5 business days, Priority Mail takes 2-4, and Priority Express takes 1-2 to be delivered. However, because of the backlog of packages the USPS is handling this year, those estimates are pushed out substantially. Unfortunately, we cannot control this, and once your package is shipped, USPS is responsible for final delivery.

So, choose another shipper, you say? Well, the same is happening with FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. Even the Big Bad Amazon is experiencing holiday delays.

Why is shipping so slow?
There are a few reasons for this.

1. The very, very large increase in customers shopping online this year because of the pandemic has created a backlog all the way back to March/April when stay-at-home orders began.

2. Postal workers being required to follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

3. Reduced workforce in post offices + distribution centers as many postal workers catch COVID + must quarantine and/or seek medical treatment

4. Reduced air traffic has directly impacted USPS’s ability to get packages across the country. Instead, USPS is using trucks to transport packages, which results in longer transit times + fewer tracking updates (and sometimes is the reason for a lack of tracking updates).

What can we do?
Sign up for email/text updates directly from the USPS.com tracking page. It might sound like voodoo, but signing up for these updates can sometimes “shake loose” the package. The USPS system updates + starts showing more up-to-date tracking information. The same update service is offered by the other shipping companies. Just click the tracking link on the order completion email you receive from us.

We completely understand the frustration of slow delivery, lack of tracking updates, + having to wait longer than normal for holiday gifts to arrive. We are encountering the same things with our shop orders, base ingredients + containers, as well as holiday gifts for our loved ones. We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to get orders fulfilled in a timely manner + that we hear you, we understand you, and we’re right here with you.

If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected], call the shop at 775-683-9844, or drop into to chat with one of our team members. We are always happy to help in any way we can! We are so incredibly grateful for your support of our small business this holiday season!

Wishing you all a happy, safe + festive holiday season!

Michelle + The Pantry Team

Cold Weather Skincare Routine

We’ve changed back the clocks, we’ve traded in our sandals for boots, and we’ve dug out our favorite scarves. But there’s still more changes to make. One we don’t always think about is how a change of season requires a change in skincare. Much like how we change up our wardrobe to better protect our bodies when cooler weather rolls around, we must also change up our skincare to help protect our skin.

In the winter, your skin loses more than 25 percent of its ability to hold moisture. To make matters worse, skin experiences a drastic drop in hydration with outside humidity levels plummeting + the addition of moisture-dissolving indoor heating. Add to that freezing winds, and your face may feel less than glorious.

Winter Skincare

So, how do we prepare for the harshness cold weather is bringing our way? The Pantry team has your back with a few simple steps for tending to your tender skin this winter.

1. Trade soap for a hydrating oil cleanser.

Soap strips your skin of much-needed oils. Swapping soap for a hydrating cleansing oil, like Pantry’s Oil Cleanser, can help prevent dry, dehydrated winter skin. The grapeseed oil in this cleanser dissolves dirt + make-up while providing your skin with the nourishment it needs. And it’ll keep it balanced!

2. Layer up your moisture

When temperatures drop, humidity does too, meaning skin loses moisture, becoming irritated + dehydrated. The good news is it’s easy to prevent by adding an extra layer or two of protection between you + the elements.  Hydrating boosters like Pantry’s Moisturizing Mist and Make-up Priming + Setting Spray are packed with skin-essential ingredients for on-demand hydration.

Little Coyote's Cold Cream

If your skin is thirsty for more than a spritz, reach for Pantry’s Little Coyote’s Cold Cream. An emulsion of water + oils, this multi-purpose cream has been used by generations of women to treat dry skin. While most experts stress that skincare products are either A. hydrating with water or B. moisturizing with lipids, Cold Cream offers both skincare benefits in one unique product! The water does the work of hydrating skin while the oils act as a moisturizer, sealing in the hydration.

3. Make time for masks

A mask is a great way to moisturize your skin, quickly while giving yourself some always-needed pampering. To ensure your skin gets the most hydration possible, mix your favorite Pantry’s Clay Mask  with moisturizing ingredients such as Greek yogurt, honey, avocado, or coconut milk. Then, just lie back in your comfies + let your mask do the work for 15 minutes.

4. Don’t skip the sunscreen

In the winter, with the lower doses of ambient and infrared light, people often think, What’s the point?  But even your office lighting + your phone screen can be harmful, so it’s important to ensure your skin is fully protected with UVA, UVB and infrared light protection. Pantry’s zinc-based 30 SPF Sunscreen contains vitamin e, carrot seed, + red raspberry seed oil to not only block harmful rays but also to hydrate + soothe winter skin.

5. Protect your kisser

Peppermint Lip Balm

And last but not least, take care of your lips. They’re first to feel the effects of cold (+ the central heating)so be sure to pay some extra attention to them. Pantry’s handpoured lip balms are just the thing to keep your lips soft + protected…from winter + from the harmful rays of the sun. If the cold still manages to take your lips from soft + supple to dry + flaky, treat them to some exfoliation with Pantry’s Vanilla + Mint Lip Scrub.

No matter how cold it gets, Pantry has a winning winter skin care routine to help keep your skin hydrated + feeling happy. We always welcome questions on how to achieve your healthiest skin.

Stay warm!

Michelle

Pandemic Self Care

As adults, we often channel our energy to the needs of our careers, our families, our pets, even our houseplants more than on taking care of ourselves. However, now, more than ever, we must make caring for our physical + emotional well-being a priority.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck last spring, our worlds have been turned upside down + we have all had to work our hardest to pivot to the new reality of our lives. All while, most likely, looking to the needs of everyone but ourselves. This post is all about how to treat yourself to some self-care + how Pantry Products can help you manage the stress + uncertainty the world brings your way.

What Is Self-Care?

Self-care means putting yourself first. While many of us often put others first, it’s important to realize that self-care is not a selfish concept, it is a necessary one.

Self-Care Helps You.

Self-care helps us cope with stress, unhappiness, illness, depression, and negative emotions. It provides relief when we feel overwhelmed. Most importantly, it reminds us that we are important too.

Self-Care Helps You Help Others

When you maintain your own health and sense of calm, you are more energized and refreshed and you can provide a more positive outlook for others.

Self-Care is Simple. 

It includes daily activities, like washing your face and taking deep breaths, to more extravagant ways such as getting a massage or taking an trip.

At Pantry Products, we like to think of self-care as a simple extravagance that everybody can afford to indulge in. We started from simple ingredients pulled from the shelves of my kitchen pantry. And still today, we are employing those same ingredients in the handmade products lining our shelves. Always know that you can find the means to self-care without having to leave the comforts + confines of your own home.

So, let’s get to it…

1. Prioritize Sleep

We all know how amazing a great night of sleep feels. But, as adults, getting enough sleep is often difficult. It’s even more difficult when we’re in the midst of a global pandemic

However, now more than ever, we need to ensure we are getting enough sleep to keep our immune system running at its best to fight off infections. In fact, there are parts of the body’s immune response that happen only during sleep.

Sleep is also one of the top ways we can help keep stress in check. Since sleep deprivation can make us more sensitive to the effects of stress, ramping up our reactions (or overreactions).

Finally, the brain needs sleep to function; without it you’ll be less patient and less focused, make poor decisions, and be more moody, irritable, and emotional.

How to get your best sleep: 

I, like many, have a hard time shutting off the day + settling into sleep. In order to ensure sleep success, I have created a bedtime routine that includes the usual brushing of teeth/washing of face/lotioning up. But, to ensure once I crawl into bed, I can easily slip into sleep, I also shut out all unwanted light, turn my phone to Do Not Disturb mode, and then spritz by pillow, sheets, and air with Pantry’s Sweet Dreams Essential Spray. For the ultimate in sleep, team your Sweet Dreams spray with our Sleep Salve and/or Sweet Dreams Roller Ball Remedy.

Sweet Dreams essential spray

This blend of lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, and cedarwood essential oils helps to relax the mind, reduce anxiety, and induce sleep. Plus, it smells ah-mazing!

2. Wake up + Rejuvenate

As much as getting a good night’s sleep is important to managing stress, so is having a healthy start to your day. And let’s be honest, our days are rough since COVID struck. Between endless Zoom calls, homeschooling kids, not being able to get away from your spouse or partner, and sometimes not even bothering to put on pants…life is hard. Taking some time to take care of yourself in the morning + throughout the day may seem daunting but trust me, you can do it.

Facial Mists
So, take a minute to rejuvenate. Literally, 1 minute. No matter how busy we are, we can find a spare minute. Find that minute, lock yourself in your bathroom/garage/car, bust out a bottle of Pantry’s Rejuvenating Facial Mist, take a few deeps breaths, know that you’ve got this. This hydrating + reviving facial spray contains:
  • Rosewater to revitalize + balance your skin’s pH
  • Vegetable glycerin to moisturize
  • Vitamin E to restore skin cells
  • Jasmine essential oil – antidepressant
  • Clary Sage essential oil – antidepressant + stress reducer
  • Chamomile essential oil – calming

Our facial mist will boost your mood, refresh your skin, and doesn’t come with the jittery side effects of a 2pm cup of coffee.

3. Work it Out

Spending a lot more time at home does not mean you get to be a couch potato. Just because your gym closed doesn’t mean you don’t need to work out.

Staying active not only keeps your body healthy physically (keeping your risk of chronic health issues down and lowering your chances of acute illness, like COVID-19), it also helps up your mood and well-being.

Exercise releases endorphins, sharpens focus, and aids sleep. Staying physically active also lessens the risk of mood disorders, boosts energy, and improves mood overall. So, lace up those running shoes, pump up those bike tires, or pull on that swim cap.

And when you wake up tomorrow morning a little sore from getting ripped, reach for Pantry’s Arnica Muscle Salve.

Arnica Muscle Salve

This wonder balm features:

  • Arnica Flowers- anti-inflammatory
  • Cayenne Pepper – anti-inflammatory, analgesic
  • Ground Ginger – anti-inflammatory
  • Peppermint + Eucalyptus essential oils – anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic
  • Clove essential oil – analgesic (aka numbing)
  • Cypress essential oil – antispasmodic
  • Wintergreen essential oil – revitalizes muscles

4. Manage Stress w/ Scents

When you use scents to improve your health or mood, you’re using aromatherapy. In aromatherapy, essential oils that are distilled from plants are absorbed into the body either through the pores of the skin or by inhaling.

The scents released by EOs affect the hypothalamus, which is a part of the brain that influences the hormonal system. While individual responses to EOs are highly personal, a scent can affect your mood, metabolism, stress levels, and even your libido. Meow!

Most of Pantry’s products feature aromatherapeutic benefits as well as their main function. I chose Serenity Now! for this feature because honestly, who couldn’t use some serenity. RIGHT NOW! However, Pantry crafts 12 essential oil Roller Ball Remedies that are tailored to various ailments.

Serenity Now Essential Oil Roller Ball

Serenity Now! harnesses the power of these oils:

  • Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang – relaxation
  • Cedarwood – induces sleep, reduces anxiety
  • Vetiver – reduces stress, nervousness
  • Clary Sage -reduces stress, natural antidepressant
  • Lemon + Orange – boost mood

5. The Healing Power of Touch

We all know how wonderful a massage feels on our aching + aging bones + muscles. But did you know that it also helps us physiologically and mentally?

Therapeutic massage can help boost immunity through the reduction of stress hormones + pain, but at the root of the benefits of massage sits oxytocin: a naturally-produced hormone in the human body). Oxytocin (also known as the “Love Hormone) is stimulated by human touch + the release of oxytocin relieves pain + relaxes tense muscles, which signals your brain to go into a calmer state

As oxytocin is released, stress hormones that wreak havoc on your immune system decrease.

Massages can help build your immune system too by increasing circulation in your body. And you need to have access to your favorite spa or even a spare pair of hands. There are several self massage methods you can use to release tension while in quarantine.

Calming Massage Candle

Whether you’re tending to your aches + pains or a loved one is treating you to a little tender touch, Pantry’s Calming Massage Candle can help ease your muscles, soften your skin, + calm your mind.

  • Shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil to hydrate + condition
  • Lavender, Chamomile, Bergamot essential oils – calming
  • Palmarosa essential oil – comforting, calms anxiety

6. Take Time for Yourself

It’s common for folks (myself included) to keep themselves busy, busy, busy in order to avoid assessing their current well-being. But it’s healthier to be still + do nothing. To take time to listen to what your body + mind need. And to check in with yourself.

In times such as these, acknowledging our feelings for the loss of normal activities can help us stay grounded + process the profound changes we are experiencing.

Taking a bath is the perfect way to create a quiet space to reflect. It also has a beneficial effect on your physical + mental wellbeing.

Studies have found baths to be more effective in aiding depression than aerobic exercise, mental health benefits resulted in less stress, tension-anxiety, anger-hostility, and depression. Also, increased body temperature at night helps synchronise our natural circadian rhythms, leading to better sleep patterns, along with improved quality of sleep and overall wellbeing. Treat your self + your soul to some soothing with Pantry’s Soul Soother Sea Salt Soak.

Soul Soother Sea Salt Soak

  • Epsom salt – relax muscles, loosen stiff joints
  • Sea salt – stimulate circulation, soothe aches
  • Dried Lavender – calming
  • Dried Peppermint + Spearmint – muscle relaxant
  • Dried Eucalyptus – analgesic/pain relief

I hope these tips + our handcrafted products allow you to create a simple + attainable self-care routine to help you survive the pandemic. As always, feel free to reach out to me + the Pantry team with any questions on how to harness the power of Mother Nature to live your healthiest life.

Stay well!

Michelle

 

 

 

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