Exfoliating Coffee Sugar Scrub

3 Ingredient Exfoliating Coffee Sugar Scrub

Does your coffee smell so good that you just want to bathe in it? While that might not be the best thing for your skin, there is a way you can treat yourself to some coffee-scented goodness while also improving your skin’s appearance.

Coffee’s Skin Benefits

The sand-like texture of coffee grounds makes it a perfect exfoliant + a handy ingredient for homemade scrubs. The texture of the grounds also works to gently remove dead skin cells + helps to rejuvenate and boost circulation. (Hello, youthful, glowing, silky-smooth skin!) Coffee can also plump + tighten, helping to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Make Your Own Exfoliating Coffee Sugar Scrub

Getting the delicious benefits of a coffee sugar scrub doesn’t require visiting your local handmade skincare shops (aka Pantry Products). You can make a simple-but-effective scrub using a handful of ingredients found in your very own kitchen pantry.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee (Fresh are best, but dry used grounds will work, too)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (you can use cane sugar too)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil

Optional add-ins: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Or both! 1 teaspoon orange peel or 1 teaspoon cocoa powder. OR BOTH! 😀

Tip: Choose fine grounds, as the coarse kind can be too harsh for sensitive or delicate skin.

Instructions

  1. Mix together 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  2. Add 1/2 cup coconut oil into the coffee mixture and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
  3. Mix until well combined.

Exfoliating Coffee Sugar Scrub

How to Use A Body Scrub

I recommend using a body scrub in the shower first thing before you wash with soap because there will be a slight residue left on your body that you will need to wash/rinse off.

Take about a tablespoon at a time in your palms + rub in circular motions onto your skin. Use about 3-4 tablespoons each time to exfoliate your entire body. Rinse off + wash body as usual.

If you want to exfoliate your face, please be sure to apply the scrub gently + avoid your eye areas.

It’s also makes a delicious lip scrub for those chapped winter lips.

 

Cherry Skin Care

Homemade Cherry Facial Masks

Have you eaten your fill of cherries + don’t know what to do with the last few stragglers?

Why not use them to pamper yourself + your skin? With a few simple ingredients from your kitchen pantry + a handful of cherries, your skin can have a summertime glow.

What’s So Good About Cherries?

Aside from being delicious + nutritious  to eat, cherries have anti-inflammatory properties which make them an excellent ingredient for a wide range of skin conditions. Skin inflammation can cause redness, breakouts, + can make irritate skin issues like rosacea and dermatitis. Using cherries in a regular skincare routine can help to reduce redness + keep skin healthy.

Here are some easy-peasy recipes you can try at home. Just remember to remove the pits first. 😉

Redness Relief Cherry Face Mask

  • 5 mashed cherries
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • 3 drops of lemon juice

Mix ingredients together. Apply paste to face and neck for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

You Glow Girl Berry Mask

  • 5 cherries
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon rose water

Mash ingredients together. Apply to face and neck for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Cherries n Cream Exfoliating Scrub

  • 5 mashed cherries
  • 2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sugar

Mix ingredients together. Apply to face and neck in gentle circular motions. Rinse with warm water.

Calming Cherry Oatmeal Mask

  • 1 tablespoon instant oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons cherry juice

Mix ingredients and apply to skin for 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Did you try any or all of these masks? What did you think? Tell us in the comments.

Melt and Pour Bar Soap Recipe
If you are interested in crafting your own soap, but a little nervous about the process involved in making it from scratch, melt + pour soap could be the perfect craft for you! You literally melt down the soap base, add whatever scents, botanicals and/or spices you want, pour the mixture into a mold + let it harden. In about an hour, you’ll have fresh bars of soap. Simple, huh?
To get your started on your melt + pour adventures, I am sharing with you one of my favorite recipes: Lavender + Oatmeal Bar Soap.
Featuring lavender + vanilla essential oils and flakes of oatmeal, this soap smells + feels wonderful on the skin. Here’s how you make it:
  • 1/2 lb. natural melt + pour soap base
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops vanilla essential oil or vanilla extract
  • Soap mold – can be bought or you can use muffin tins or small paper cups
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol

Lavender Oatmeal Melt Pour Soap

  • Sprinkle a small amount of the lavender + oatmeal into the bottom of each soap mold. These will end up on the top of the soap when finished.
  • Cut the soap base into small cubes + place it into a microwave-safe bowl or a small pan for melting.
    • This can be done in the microwave or on a stove top.
    • To melt in the microwave, heat at 30-second intervals until soap is melted. Allow the melted soap to cool a little as heat can cause the essential oils to burn off.
    • Add the essential oils to the soap. You can add as little or as much as you like. Start with about 10 drops of each, stir, and then smell.
    • Spray the bottom of the mold with rubbing alcohol. This will help to remove any air bubbles that could become trapped.
  • Add the remaining lavender + oatmeal to the bowl and mix well.
  • Gently pour the soap mixture into your molds.
  • Spray the top of the soap with the alcohol + allow to harden for 1 hour.
  • Gently remove from mold + store in airtight container until you’re ready to use.
    Lavender Oatmeal Melt Pour Soap
Use this recipe as a guide for trying out other types of bar soap scents + ingredients. Here are some ideas:
  • Dried Lemon Peel + Rosemary
  • Peppermint + Orange Peel
  • Coffee + Coconut Extract
  • Lemongrass + Lime Peel
Not interested in making your own soap? No problem! We have you covered with our collection of cold process natural bar soaps + shampoo bar.
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Leave a note in the comments telling us what you thought of this recipe + if you ventured out to make any other scent combinations.

xo, Michelle

When Pantry Products first started, I was crafting  handmade, natural wellness products that made fab gifts to give or receive. Those items that maybe you wouldn’t buy for yourself but you would adore to receive.

As we grew + I learned more about the hazards hiding in our bathroom cabinets, my passion switched to creating healthy, daily essentials folks could trust to be truly natural + effective. Truly natural everyday essential products that could replace those chemical-filled bottles that we use everyday are slowly harming us. ⁠ ⁠

The first step into daily essentials was a big one + I jumped as far as I could from everything I’d been told⁠ about skincare: You wash your face with soap.⁠

When I heard about The Oil Cleansing Method, I thought it was a joke. Put oil on my annoyingly dry-and-yet-oily face to clean, clear pores, + control oil!? Completely ludicrous!

Then I tried it + I could not believe the immediate (+ ongoing) change my skin experienced. My pores were CLEAR, my dry spots were hydrated, my oily spots weren’t shiny. I felt amazing! And the more I used it, the better my skin became. ⁠
Ok, so what is the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)? ⁠ ⁠

It’s a method to deep pore cleanse popularized by the ancient Greeks + Egyptians to remove dirt, impurities, + makeup from the pores of the skin.⁠ ⁠

But how? ⁠

⁠A mixture of skin-nourishing oil is massaged onto damp skin. Massaging causes your skin’s sebum to rise up bringing excess oils + pore-clogging dead skin cells with it. The cleanser (and all the dirt + oil is has collected) is then steamed off + wiped away with a hot washcloth.⁠ ⁠ What you’ll see: incredibly clear pores + clean skin that is perfectly hydrated.

Check out our how-to video to see OCM in action.

Oil Cleanser

What you don’t see is your skin’s microbiome doing a happy dance.

“My what?!”

Your skin’s microbiome (also called microbiota or skin flora) is a healthy, diverse population of beneficial bacteria thriving on our skin that is vital to overall good health. A happy, balanced skin flora results in skin that looks + feels healthy while an unbalanced flora/microbiota (when there’s more harmful bacteria than helpful bacteria), leads to issues irritating skin issues like dryness and itching.

Maintaining and nourishing healthy skin flora is important for a healthy immune system. Environmental pollutants, antibiotics, synthetic chemicals and even stress impact the health of our skin biome as well as our overall health.

Constant washing of the skin is a modern practice that is completely out of sync with the needs of our skin + damage to the flora makes it harder for skin to retain moisture. It also results in disruption of the skin’s pH level.

You see, beneficial bacteria thrive when the skin maintains a slightly acidic pH of 4.0-4.5. Unfortunately, many conventional facial cleansers contain harsh foaming surfactants which alter the skin’s pH making it too alkaline. upsetting the delicate balance of the skin’s microbiome. The effect is similar to taking antibiotics where all the bacteria in the digestive tract are wiped out with no distinction between good or bad.

But, by reaching for an oil cleanser, you are supporting your skin’s army of healthy bacteria +  instead of killing it off with soap, you have nourished it. GLOW YOU!

Here is another video of why you should ditch the soap + reach for an oil cleanser to care for your skin.

Ready to add Oil Cleansing to your routine + rescue your skin’s flora? We have just the cleanser for you!

If you can’t get onboard with oil cleansing, reach for an all-natural soap-based cleanser that’s devoid of surfactants, chemicals, dyes, and fragrances. One that is custom-formulated to care for your skin. You know, like our Fresh + Clear Face Wash.

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

 

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