This week’s Quarantine Beauty Routine Recipes are for healing your feet and sunburned shoulders after spending hours walking in the sun protesting. Here’s what you’ll need:⁠

“Pep in your step” – Peppermint Foot Scrub:⁠
• 1-2 cups sugar or epsom salt⁠
• 1/2 cup coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil⁠
• 10 drops peppermint essential oil or fresh peppermint⁠

Mix all your ingredients together and pour into a jar. (If you are using fresh peppermint, you may want to grind it up first.) You can use more or less sugar until you’re happy with the consistency. Using more sugar will result in a more firm scrub. Store for up to 6 months. Use once a week in a foot bath or prior to showering.

Healing Aloe Lotion:⁠
• 1/4 cup coconut oil⁠
• 1/4 cup almond oil or other carrier oil⁠
• 1/4 cup aloe vera gel or 1 medium sized aloe leaf⁠
• 5 drops lavender and frankincense essential oil (optional)⁠

If you are using fresh aloe vera, cut and clean it first. Blend into a gel. Combine your aloe vera gel with the almond oil and coconut oil. and blend using a hand mixer for 8-10 minutes. This will make the lotion airy and light. Once it is light and buttery, add any essential oils you are using. Store for 3-4 months in the fridge and reapply as necessary.

Want to follow along with our Social Media Manager, Taylor, and our General Manager, Jessica, as they demonstrate how easy it is to make these products? Watch our IGTV/ Live Quarantine Beauty Routine here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBW3-qkJ8ZM/?hl=en

No time to DIY? We’ve got you covered.

If you’re in need of some muscle + feet TLC, whether it be from protesting or your day-to-day routine, Pantry’s Peppermint Foot Salve and Arnica Muscle Salve pair perfectly with these Quarantine Beauty Routine Recipes and promise to soften and repair those barking dogs.

Spent too much time in the sun? Our Cooling After-Sun Spray is the ideal treat for sun-scorched body. Blended with organic Aloe Vera gel, organic coconut oil, and cooling peppermint & eucalyptus essential oils, this spritz works to soothe and replenish your skin while cooling the sensation of long days basking in the summer sun.


Hello, Pantry fans! We hope that you have managed to stay safe + sane during the global pandemic. We are thrilled to be engaging with you still!

COVID time has certainly not been quiet time for the Pantry Products’ team. While there were definitely days we were wishing for a little afternoon couch time with The Price is Right and a new craft project, we feel so very fortunate to have been able to work up a storm behind our closed Pantry doors!

From crafting our products, fulfilling online + wholesale orders, deep cleaning + organizing, and giving our small shop a make-over, the Pantry team has been working together (at a safe distance) to make the most of this pandemic. Through the highs + lows, we’ve been able to count on each other for ongoing jokes, long conversations, dance party breaks + dog cuddles. We’ve also found comfort in the support of our loyal customers who, even during these crazy times, have shown us that our business + our products are essential to them.

However, everything hasn’t been all sunshine + roses. Running a small business is extremely difficult during “normal” life. Running a small business during these unprecedented times is indescribably difficult. Sadly, we’ve watched many of our fellow business owners struggle with unexpected trials of COVID and of the impact this pandemic has had on the economy. Our heart goes out to each + every one in our entrepreneurial community.

Through these trying times, we have also found inspiration in our small business community. Instead of giving into restrictions + throwing in the towel, we have seen countless businesses figure out how to come together for their town, how to change their business model to support their employees, how to keep doing what they’ve been doing but better! It has shown what makes small business owners a unique breed of human. They’re inventive, creative, diligent, and not afraid to try something new. Tough times call for new changes and if anybody can make that change, it’s your local small businesses. These folks are used navigating through uncertainty to make big things happen – and all with limited funding, limited sleep, and loads of stress.

One prime example of this creative fortitude is, Proper Topper, a Washington D.C. -based Pantry stockist. In business for almost 30 years (yes, 30!!), shop owner Anna Fuhrman, recently had to adapt her retail business after temporarily closing their doors. Anna did so by creating a new subscription box named “Little Box of Wonders”. Each box is hand-curated to deliver the joy of shopping at Proper Topper – the music, the smells, all the feels that make them … Proper Topper. To our joyful surprise, Anna is featuring Pantry goodies in their box! Anna + her team’s perseverance and adaption earned them recognition from Good Morning America! Checkout it out here: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/video/small-business-survived-great-recession-survive-coronavirus-70797522

The Pantry team has used this “downtime” to make some changes, too.

If you were to peek into our windows, you would see that our  little shop has been turned a bit upside down. In order to ensure adequate social distance while continuing to do what we do, we’ve adapted the use of our space. Our retail sales floor has become our order fulfillment area and every available (clean) counter top in the back is being used for production.  Our product shelves are intermittently absent as they undergo a refresh (Thanks, Sarah + Dane!) and every open floor space is housing extra containers, packing materials, surplus ingredients, and the occasional shop dog (We love you, Lou, Max, Dean, + Bruce). Starting next week, we will begin rolling out an entire new layout to both our retail + production spaces as well as embarking on a small construction project.

And, while one shop is being put back together, another shop is being taken apart. We have made the difficult decision to not reopen our original store location in The Basement. This is a decision we’ve been trying to make for a couple of years and one that is driven not by a lack of business (we’ve seen growth every year at this location) but more about the difficulties of logistically running two locations with one small team. By focusing our efforts on one location and using our existing team to fine tune our retail + production, we will build an even better Pantry.

In the end, what’s most important is to be the best business for our customers and to provide the high quality, handcrafted products our customers have come to love in a time where self care is a necessity. Therefore, whether you are someone who orders one lip balm for curbside pickup, a business owner with a giant wholesale order, or new customer ordering online for the first time, you matter to us + we thank you for allowing us the ability to continue pushing to be better.

And last but certainly not least, nothing would happen without our amazing team. Our crew works hard every single day to to craft our all-natural, chemical free personal care products. With their help, we have managed to help other businesses + spread wellness to our customers. Every product starts in our shop, with a small handmade batch, but they end up all over the country. And these are the hands that make it all happen.

(Our Production Superstars, Kayla + Dani)

As always, we hope everyone is safe and well.

xo, The Pantry Team

A DIY banana face mask your skin will love you for – SheKnows

This Beauty Routine Recipe uses a few simple ingredients from your kitchen Pantry and can be adapted for several different skin-types (and pairs perfectly with our new beauty tools!)

Banana Face Mask for acne:⁠
• 2 Tbsp. mashed banana⁠
• 1 Tbsp. baking soda⁠
• 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice⁠
Mix all ingredients and apply to face and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Repeat twice weekly.⁠

Banana Face Mask for wrinkles:⁠
• 2 Tbsp mashed banana⁠
• 1 Tbsp yogurt⁠
• 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice⁠
Mix all ingredients and apply to face. Let sit for 20-30 minutes. Repeat 3-4 times per week.⁠

Banana Face Mask for Brightening Skin⁠
• 2 Tbsp mashed banana⁠
• 1 Tbsp honey⁠
• 1 Tsp fresh lemon juice (optional)⁠
Mix all ingredients and apply to face. Let sit for 20-30 minutes. Repeat twice weekly.⁠

Facial steams can deeply cleanse your skin, promote collagen production (anti-aging!), remove toxins, rid blackheads and whiteheads, hydrate the skin, prevent sinus problems, and much more, making them the perfect product to make for our Quarantine Beauty Routine Series! ?

When creating your tea steam medley, the options are endless! We’ve listed 3 recipes below, but you can use any combination of teas and herbs you prefer.

• Lemon Peel and Chamomile Tea: The citric acid found in lemon peels helps to cleanse and brighten skin. Chamomile is known as a lightening + relaxation agent. Use this facial steam before bedtime, or any other time you need to relax.
• Basil and Black Tea: Basil has skin-soothing and calming properties, + also reduces inflammation, making it a great choice to reduce puffiness. Black tea is an astringent, helping to fight oily and dirty skin. It’s also a good source of antioxidants, which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
• Green Tea, Chamomile Tea, and Lemon Slices: Green tea has the same astringent and antioxidant powers as black tea, but comes with an invigorating and energizing boost. For an added boost, add in a few drops of rose and jasmine essential oils for help evening skin tone, smoothing skin, and anti-aging.

Step 1: Prep your skin. Remove all makeup and tie your hair away from the face.

Step 2: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan.

Step 3: Once your water is boiling, add your ingredients and remove from heat.

Step 4: The fun part! Cover your head with a towel and lean over your pot. Keep a safe distance—the steam should not hurt your skin. Your steam sesh can last anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes.

This Quarantine Beauty Routine is all about Hand Masks.

Hand masks work just like face masks. They infuse and trap moisture, nutrients, or other benefits into the skin. Here are two separate recipes for keeping your hands nourished:

Potato Hand Mask:
– 1 small potato, peeled
– 1 Tbsp olive oil
Place the small potato in a medium pot and cover with water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Allow the potato to boil for 5-10 minutes, or until you can easily pierce it with a fork. Remove and drain. Allow the potato to cool and mash it with a fork in a small bowl. Add in the olive oil to form a thick paste. Apply the mask to your hands in a circular motion and allot it to sit for 15+ minutes. Rinse off, pat dry, and follow up with a hand cream.

Avocado Hand Mask:
– 1/2 avocado
– 1 egg white
– 2 Tbsp of oats
– 1 Tbsp lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, forming a thick paste. Apply the mask and allow it to sit for 20+ minutes.Rinse off, pat dry, and follow up with a hand cream.

Quarantine Beauty Routine recipe time ?. This go around we’re treating your hair to a quick and easy Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse that will leave it shiny + silky. ⁠

Apple cider vinegar does wonders for the hair. It helps maintain moisture, detangles, stimulates hair growth, removes product + chemical buildup, restores pH, soothes itchy and dry scalp, and makes your hair shine. Pretty exciting, right?⁠ (Love the idea of this product but not into DIY? Grab a bottle of Pantry’s Scalp Therapy!)

For this recipe you’ll need:⁠
• 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar⁠
• 1/2 cup water⁠
• 3 drops lavender essential oil or infused lavender (optional)⁠
• 3 drops rosemary essential oil or infused rosemary (optional)⁠
• A spray bottle⁠

How to use:⁠
• Mix all of the ingredients and add them to your spray bottle.⁠
• Keep it in the shower, and shampoo as normal.⁠
• Spray a generous amount into your hair and massage. ⁠
• Let it sit for a few minutes then quickly, not thoroughly, rinse it out. ⁠

Use around 3 times a week in place of conditioner. Your hair will smell of vinegar while it’s wet, but you won’t smell it once your hair is dry. ⁠

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This Quarantine Beauty Routine DIY will energize you and exfoliate your skin ?. In case you missed it, our new series ‘Quarantine Beauty Routine’ provides you with easy self-care DIYs that can all be made using the ingredients in your kitchen Pantry (just like how we got our start ?). This week we we were inspired by Donella Crigger who made this bright + energizing body scrub. Using a body scrub 1-2 times a week will exfoliate dead skin away and will leave you with glowy, soft skin.⁠ (Want to brighten up your skin + mood but not into DIY? Pick up a tub of our Peppermint + Lime Body Polish!)

What you’ll need:⁠
• 1 cup granulated sugar⁠
• 1/2 cup coconut oil⁠
• 10-12 drops lemon essential oil OR 1/8 tsp lemon juice⁠
• 5-6 drops peppermint essential oil OR 1-2 leaves of fresh peppermint, ground⁠
• 3-4 drops vitamin e oil (optional)⁠

Directions:⁠
1. Add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.⁠
2. Transfer to an airtight container and store up to 3 months.⁠

To Use: ?⁠
1. Wet your skin in the shower and generously apply the scrub.⁠
2. Massage your skin in a circular motion.⁠
3. Rinse with water and pat dry with towel. ⁠

If you make this recipe, share it with us using #quarantinebeautyroutine and by tagging us!

It’s time for another Quarantine Beauty Routine DIY! ?⁠

For our second recipe, we’re doing another face mask! For this mask, you’re going to want to save those coffee grounds in the morning, because this is an Eggs + Coffee Grounds mask! ☕⁠ (Love coffee but not into DIY? Grab a tub of Pantry’s Choco + Coffee Body Polish)

Eggs are great for deep cleansing treatments and the protein is good for firming up your skin. The egg whites will even help to shrink or tighten pores. The caffeine in the coffee works as a constrictor to reduce swelling and inflammation. When mixed together, these ingredients will preserve and renew your skin with protein and nutrients. If you don’t like the idea of using eggs, simply substitute a tablespoon of raw honey for the egg. ?⁠

Here’s what you’ll need:⁠
1 whole egg⁠
1 T fine coffee grounds⁠

Combine the egg with the coffee grounds. Gently massage the mask onto your face, in circular motions, avoiding your eyes. This will gently exfoliate your skin and remove dead cells off the surface. Leave on for about five minutes. Wash your face thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel. (Pro-tip: If you still have coffee grounds left over, use them to scrub your body in the shower!) ⁠

#quarantinebeautyroutine #diy #treatyourself #facemask #skincare #allnatural #handmade #pampering #egg #coffee

Do you know how we got our name, Pantry Products? Before we had production space and bulk ingredients and our local shops, Michelle was whipping up natural products for her friends + family with ingredients from… you guessed it… her kitchen pantry! ?⁠

We’re heading back to our roots and teaching you all how to treat yourself with ingredients that are hiding in your kitchen, in a new series we’re calling “Quarantine Beauty Routine!” These recipes will be quick + easy ways to have some fun and pamper yourself without leaving the house.⁠

This time, we’ll be teaching you how to make a lemon and baking soda face mask. ? Lemon balances the skin, leaving you with a natural glow. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and can brighten up dark spots over time. The baking soda will act as a powerful microdermabrasion and leave you with healthy, radiant, glowing skin. ? (Love this sound of this but not into DIY? Grab a tub of Pantry’s Honey + Lemon Exfoliating Face Scrub). ⁠

Here’s what you’ll need:⁠
• 1/2 lemon⁠
• 2 Tbsp. baking soda⁠

Start by cutting your lemon in half. Slowly sprinkle the baking soda over the sliced half. Gently rub the lemon half over your face in circular motions for about 10 minutes (be careful around your eyes!) Wash your face thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel. If you’d like, you can also mix the lemon juice and baking soda in a bowl to form a paste, and apply that mixture directly to your skin. ⁠

#quarantinebeautyroutine #covid #stayhome #treatyourself #pantryproducts #kitchenpantry #homemade #diy

Natural Dry Shampoo

Unlike fairy tales and Hollywood movies, the best dreams do not come to life merely by chance. They are realized when one is open to the opportunities the universe affords them and when someone is not only able to identify a problem but to provide a feasible solution. When someone dares to say out loud that something is missing from the world + that they want to be the brave soul who takes on the challenge of filling the void. This exact situation occurred when Pantry Products’ founder, Michelle identified the need for truly natural, truly chemical-free products consumers could turn to in a misleading and toxin-filled personal care market.

In 2015, upon realizing what was hidden in the mass-produced personal care products on her shelves and how simply these same products could be crafted naturally, Michelle began whipping up health + wellness goodies for her friends + family with items she sourced from her kitchen pantry (in case you wondered where the name “Pantry” can from).

She applied her lifetime of crafting, her nearly two decades in corporate marketing, and her tireless work ethic to bring Pantry from her teeny Reno kitchen to her first storefront in less than 6 months. Since then, Pantry Products has grown to over 90 products, 3 brick + mortar locations, and 100s of wholesale stockists across the U.S. But, not without A LOT of hard work, late nights, and support from her personal network, and her dedicated Pantry team members.

Pantry’s first store. located in The Basement,  was known as The Pantry Vault because it was located inside an old, you guessed it, vault. This teeny space was less than 200 square feet and housed a handful of products on shelves custom-built using copper pipes reclaimed from The Basement. With just one shop employee helping Michelle (when she wasn’t working her full-time Marketing job), this little space was home for retail operations but also product production. Everything from lip balms to hand soaps and face masks to bath bombs was created in this space, by these two. The Vault was where many of our customers first met us, drawn in by the smells emanating from this concrete cave. People tentatively walked in, discovered what we were doing, and selected products to try out. These same people still visit us today and have been crucial in the growth Pantry has experienced.  It was in this space that our photographer, Abbey Kay, first discovered our hand soap + coffee body polish + was instantly hooked.

Within a matter of months, we out grew our beloved (but limited) Vault. When a shop space in The Basement offering better visibility, running water, a closet, and 2 windows (this is huge in a basement) opened up around the corner from The Vault, we didn’t hesitate to snag it up. It was larger than The Vault which allowed us to increase our production capabilities, grow our product line, and increase our staff. It also meant more room for new + existing customers to peruse our handmade wares.

Since we were able to offer more products in this space, we kept dreaming,  growing, and coming up with new ways to push the limits of what we thought Pantry Products could be and achieve. We also enjoyed inventing new ways to decorate our favorite feature: the window light well. It’s seen everything from hay stacks and pumpkins to a fully decorate Christmas tree and 7′ inflated flamingo floatie resting on hundreds of beach balls.  It’s still one of our highlights of this space.

In 2018, we moved into our second Reno location on Wells Avenue. This space was nearly four times the size of our store inside The Basement + it was key in helping to again expand the production side of Pantry Products.  This new space allows to house more back stock to meet the demand from our retail and wholesale customers, provides a private space to host our workshops, + a roomy place to create more products.

 

Our next adventure will be opening up shop in Detroit, Michigan where boss lady Michelle was raised. We are so excited to head back to her roots + to share the Pantry Products we love with the city that she loves. Who says you can’t go home again?

(exterior mock-up of Pantry Detroit)

We’ve enjoyed being a part of your lives over the years + we can’t wait to add even more joy to your home through clean products. Stay tuned to see what’s next!

– The Pantry Team

Pantry Products