I know what you are thinking right now, “What the heck is a Dainty Rhino?” Is it an endangered species? Meh, not really. Some wild creature who eats mass amounts of greens and is as buff as Schwarzenegger? Well, that’s a little bit of a stretch, but I’ll take it! Alright, alright, let the drum roll slow and allow myself to introduce…myself (insert Austin Powers accent, please). My name is Rachel and I am Pantry’s leading expert in packing tape security management, cardboard cutting specialist, and product packing connoisseur. Why Amazon has not tried to poach me from Pantry Products for my wide variety of skills– I have no idea. So, now the question is, what does a box packing dainty rhino have to do with skincare products?…

Photo by Rachel Koester on May 27, 2018.

 

Outside of my gun slinging box cutter skills, I am a full time personal trainer at a small local gym here in Reno. Along with being in the gym hours on end each day, I am an avid mountain biker and former collegiate soccer player. Basically I’ve spent my entire life sweaty, dirty, smelly, bruised, and have always struggled to find skincare products that didn’t make my skin breakout, give me rash, or make me wonder why I couldn’t pronounce the ingredients on the label. This gym rat + weekend dirt shredder is tough on the inside, but wow, is she dainty on the outside.

Let’s face it– literally. Sensitive skin sucks. Bad products suck even more. A few years ago I had such a bad reaction to a particular lotion, my legs and stomach were covered in a rash so terrible that the dermatologist thought it was staph infection. This Dainty Rhino was so done being…well, dainty. This fueled my mad search for clean products with natural ingredients that weren’t going to annihilate my skin and force me to wear pants and long sleeves in the gym or on the trail. Cue the cloud parting music, throw in some singing angels, rays of sunshine, and that is how my body and face felt the first time I used Pantry Products. So, let’s take a peek into what a Dainty Rhino skin regime looks like…

RISE & GRIND: The only graceful part of my morning routine is when I’m actually using Pantry Products. The alarm goes off anywhere between 5:30-6:00 am, in which I slowly manipulate and twist my body in order not to crush our tiny 10lb dog who likes to sleep between my legs. I would love to say my feet hit the ground running after that, but it’s actually more of a dainty tip toe over our 70 lb Golden Retriever who likes to sleep in the middle of the floor. Did you even know a Dainty Rhino could move like a ninja? I finally stumble to the sink and I rinse my face with warm water (I don’t ever actually “wash” my face in the morning- is that good or bad? I have no idea!) Besides coffee, the best part of my morning is using my absolute favorite product, the Aloe + Rosewater Toner. I put a few dabs on a cotton round and gently sweep over my entire face. Right after the toner, I use the Moisturizing Facial Mist, which gives an awesome refreshing spritz and helps me wake up and get ready to face…three hungry dogs. After dog mom duties are completed, caffeine has been ingested, breakfast consumed, I always do several generous swipes of the Rise + Shine essential oil rollerball before I run out the door. Phew, does anyone else need more coffee?

SWEAT, BABY, SWEAT: I absolutely love being a personal trainer, but if you’re not conscious of your body, well…things get funkay. Whether I’m sweating during my own workout or getting amped up while teaching group class, I am constantly varying between sweating and not sweating. This is why the Lavender + Ylang Ylang Deodorant is my BFF in the gym. Not only does it keep me so fresh and so clean clean, but I don’t have to worry that toxic chemicals are seeping into my lady pits. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I am fortunate that my schedule allows me to workout in the afternoon, but the downside to this is freshening-up after my workout to get ready for the second half of my day. The other absolute must in my gym bag is the Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosewater Toner. I always keep a few cotton rounds in my travel makeup bag and do a quick sweep of the toner over my face. Not only does it do an awesome job of getting the sweat off my face, it is also a very pleasant smell under your mask!

A must have for the gym bag!

 I FEEL NAKED WITHOUT: If I’m at the gym, grocery shopping, on the trail, or gracefully trying to walk three dogs, there is a 99.99% chance that I ALWAYS have the Orange + Vanilla lip balm in my pocket. Most lip balm products actually end up drying out your lips even more, therefore forcing you to use even MORE lip balm! Ugh, lame. I don’t know about you guys, but now that we are living in the times of wearing these awesome pieces of fabric covering our faces all day, my lips started to become as dry as our Nevada desert. It is quite awesome (and more safe), to not have to pull your face mask down every few minutes to apply lip balm. This smooth-like-butter feeling will leave your smackers moisturized for hours on end.

Bruce knows the good stuff!

NIGHT-NIGHT DAINTY RHINO: I wish I could say that my evenings are comprised of Netflix & chill, but in all reality my partner and I live the glamorous night life of doggie dinnertime, nighttime poop walks, and administering senior dog medications. With that being said, if a quick shower can be squeezed into the evening, I always get a little taste of pampering from the Honey + Lemon Exfoliating Face Scrub. This product is a great way to literally scrub the day away and give your face a little TLC that it deserves. On the flip side, if a shower doesn’t happen amongst the doggie madness, I always have a bottle of the Makeup Remover in my medicine cabinet armory. I love the makeup remover because not only does it actually work, but it doesn’t burn your eyeballs out of your head to get the job done.

Before the last of the dog kisses for the night (who am I kidding, there’s probably 5 more minutes of dog kissing and a Pug massage), I like to do a little swoop of the Pack Your Bags Neroli Eye Serum. Now that I am officially smack in the mid-30’s (ah!), there ain’t no shame in a little help with those puffy eyes that say, “This is what I look like if I go to bed after 10pm.” One last spritz of the moisturizing facial mist, thirty-seven more dog kisses, eye mask on my head, pillows perfectly propped and squished, a smooch for the partner, and this Dainty Rhino is down for the count.

Managing Maskne
You don’t need to be an essential worker wearing protective gear for hours every day to have noticed a skin reaction after wearing a face mask. (Shout outs of gratitude to our essential workers!). This unfortunate side effect, known as mask acne, or ‘maskne,’ can plague us all.

Maskne occurs when sweat, skin oils, and bacteria are trapped on the skin. Face masks can cause further irritation due to rubbing against the skin, which can damage the skin’s protective barrier, or by trapping moisture. This type of acne is called acne mechanica, which includes any skin issues due to pressure, friction, rubbing, squeezing, or stretching. It’s different from other kinds of acne (like the pimples that show up around your period, for example, which are hormonal) because it occurs only in areas where the mask sits against the skin. In healthy skin, there are normal amounts of bacteria and yeast present, but when pores become clogged because of excess sweat and moisture from masks, these organisms overgrow, leading to pimples or acne cysts.

The warm, humid weather in the summer months can make mask acne especially cruel. The combination of sweat, oil, and moisture from breathing under the mask can lead to clogged pores. In addition, the friction and chafing of the mask in contact with the moist skin can cause the skin to break down. Unfortunately, winter air won’t do much to resolve maskne either. The mask rubbing against your drier-than-usual skin can cause the hair follicles to break open, which then allows acne-causing bacteria into the skin.

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There’s no age limit on living your true life!

Greetings, Pantry fans! Pantry founder + owner, Michelle here! This week, I’ll be talking about a topic few women want to think about…aging skin. While we may still be kids at heart, our skin is the easiest tell that bifocals may be in our near future. If we had listened to our moms about staying out of the sun, washing our face before bed, and drinking plenty of water, our skin may help hide what our driver’s license shows. But, nobody is perfect and, even those who live the purest lifestyle can use some help battling back Father Time. So, this week I will give you my tips + tricks to keep my skin looking + feeling its best.

This October, I will be turning 43. (EEEEEEK!! GASP! WAAAAH!!!) Yup, I’m definitely a few years beyond being considered a spring chicken.

And, if I’m being honest, I haven’t always taken the best care of my skin. I spent many years baking in the sun lathered with Coppertone SPF 4, opted for coffee + wine over water, and woke up with last night’s makeup still on my face.  When I started a skincare brand, friends + family were quite surprised because I’m not really a skincare kinda gal. However, as time kept ticking by, I had to make some changes. While I still have a relapse from time to time, here is how I do my best treat my skin like the precious treasure it is:

Tip #1: Drink your darn water!
I love my coffee. I go to bed excited that, when I wake up, I get to have a big ol’ mug. My skin (+ body), however, benefit far more from starting the day with a big ol’ glass of water + keeping it going until I crawl into bed at night. Drinking 64 oz. of water may seem overwhelming in concept but just do it as the benefits to your skin are worth it! The cells in every part of your body get hydrated through the blood resulting in a flushing out of impurities and toxins. And that’s not all! Hydrating tightens and tones the skin, prevents premature aging, helps skin heal faster, reduces puffiness, prevents acne + balances the skin’s pH. Plus, you feel SO dang good!

Tip #2: Wash your face before bed

I despise washing my face. It is not as glamorous as those Noxzema commercials make it look. Who cleans up all of that water splashing all over? How do I still have soap on my face after all that splashing?! The solution to my face washing woes came about a few years when I read about the Oil Cleansing Method. Based on the principal that like breaks down like, OCM employs good oils to break down not-so-good oils. I tested it out and days later, created Pantry’s Oil Cleanser.

Pore Clearing Oil Cleanser
By combining nourishing nut and seed oils with the drawing power of castor oil and the healing/clearing powers of pure lavender and frankincense essential oils, Pantry’s Oil Cleanser breaks down excess oils on your skin and clogged up in your pores. It also helps to balance out uneven moisture levels which my combination (oily/dry) skin desperately needs. To use, dampen skin then massage the cleanser on, allow it to be adsorbed for 10-15 minutes, then apply a steamy washcloth to open pores, wipe away dirt, and remove excess product. No soaked PJs, no wet floors. Just clean + glowing skin.

Tip #3: Slough it off

As we age,  the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells pile up on the skin’s surface, it looks dull + dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. (Yes, even 40 year olds deal with breakouts). To brighten + refresh my skin, I use exfoliation to remove of dead skin cells + uncover fresh new cells below. This also allows my moisturizer to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

Honey Lemon Exfoliating Scrub
For exfoliating on a tight schedule, I keep Pantry’s Honey + Lemon Exfoliating Face Scrub in my shower. Not only is it delicious, but the sugar works to slough off dead skin cells while the honey boosts collagen production, hydrates dry skin, heals damage and opens up clogged pores. Much like how I used lemon juice to lighten my hair back in the day, the lemon essential oil in this product works to lighten areas of scarring/hyper-pigmentation.

If I am having a little “Treat Yo Self” time, I reach for Pantry’s Exfoliating Pink Clay Mask. The french pink clay draws out impurities, toxins, + oils that clog pores while the super fine himalayan sea salt gently exfoliates + provides anti-inflammatory properties that heal and soothe skin. It also helps retain moisture in the deeper layers of the skin.

Clay Face MaskI’m a fan of the Detox Charcoal Mask too!

Tip #4: Hydrate

I spent about 40 years trying to figure out how to properly hydrate my skin. I’ve gone from looking like the Gobi Desert to a runner-up in a fried chicken eating contest and everything in between. I can now proudly say that I have found the perfect solution in the form of Pantry’s Refresh + Repair Serum.

Anti Aging Face Serum
This 2 oz. bottle of magic is loaded with skin-nourishing oils that help fight back the signs of aging, heal damage, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Since it’s oil-based, it absorbs quickly without leaving behind a sheen or clogging my pores. And, while the benefits of this product are preached by all who use it, one of the most popular comments we receive is about how INCREDIBLE it smells. Try.It.NOW!! When my skin is feeling a little extra needy, I reach for two wrinkle-fighting products to provide nourishment + help to boost skin cell production: Wrinkle Buffer Butter + Fountain of Youth, our age Spot + wrinkler reducer. Applied before bed, I wake up looking 20 years younger! jk but I certainly notice a difference.

Tip #5: ‘screen up!
This shouldn’t need a explanation but I’ll give a little one. Aside from protecting you from deadly skin cancer, using sunscreen daily protects your skin from harmful UV + UVB rays that cause premature aging + leathery skin. It also reduces the chances of brown spots + skin discoloration. Use it daily. Even if you’re only going to be working day. Blue light emitted from electronic devices like our smartphones, tablets, and TVs may be leading to premature skin aging and skin damage. Pantry’s SPF 30 Sunscreen comes in an easy-to-apply tube so I just daub it on and go. It rubs in easily and also helps my makeup stay on longer.

Tip #6: (Try to) stress less
Recently, my partner took a peek at my driver’s license picture, which was taken before I started Pantry. She couldn’t get over how young I looked. Pantry has only been in business since 2015 + in those years, I have stressed A LOT!

Stress less to age less
Stress can affect us in a lot of ways – our quality of sleep, what we eat, and our overall mood and well-being – but what a lot of us don’t think about is how stress can actually affect our physical appearance. Stressing causes the production of cortisol – a hormone that helps your body. However, when your body starts producing excess cortisol, it loses its ability to retain water. Since stress often leads to lack of sleep, an increase in caffeine consumption + a decrease in water, you become dehydrated. Then, you begin to see stress-related acne breakouts, dry, flaky skin, and dark circles + bags under your eyes. If you don’t minimize the strain, the effects of stress can often take a lasting toll on your face. I still stress a lot but I’ve found ways to better manage it + care for my physical + mental well-being. Aside from drinking alllll the water (see Tip #1), I do my best to actively recognize when I am stressing + work immediately to manage the stressors. Whether it’s taking a few deep breaths or a quick meditation (I LOVE the Headspace app!), quickly troubleshooting the stress, taking a break to give Lou some love, or reaching for my Serenity Now! Roller Ball Remedy. (I have one in my laptop bag, one at home, and one in the car), I work to manage what’s irking me before it shows up on my skin.

Serenity Now Essential Oil Roller BallTip #6: Embrace it
I always say that growing older is better than the alternative. I can’t stop the clock + I’d much rather add to my life experiences than not so I do my best to embrace the beauty that is growing older. I’ve come to accept that I have a few more “super blondes” at my temples, that I may never be a size 4 again, and that I have a few extra lines on my face. But, what fun I have had getting to this point! I look forward to another 43 years of living life to the best of my abilities!

I hope these tips help you to age gracefully + treat yourself like the true gift you are. Thank you for reading along + please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

XO, Michelle

 

 

 

Hiya Pantry Pals, it’s Dani + Kayla here! Together, we make up Pantry’s Production team crafting every single of one your favorite Pantry products by hand. And we do it all while laughing over memes, dancing, and generally being silly. (Note from Michelle: if you’ve been in the shop when these two are working, you’ve most likely heard them giggling in the back. It’s the best sound for a boss lady to hear!) 

This week, we’re joining forces for our first ever blog post (and the second in Pantry’s Natural Skincare Junkie series) to tell you all about how we each care for our skin type: young, oily/combo, acne-prone skin. 

Dani will go first…

Hello, Dani here! I’ve been a Pantry Shop Assistant for about 9 months now + I am delighted to contribute to this blog for the first time. Today, I will be telling you all about one of the most important staples of my day-to-day regimen: SKINCARE.

For the entirety of my teenage years, I battled with the idealization of obtaining “perfect” skin. I also battled with my fair share of T-zone breakouts and I would poke and prod my upset skin which resulted in only making it worse. I thought I was doing myself a favor by using drugstore brand facial cleansers, toners, and scrubs (which are full of harmful sulfates and parabens) but, I realized later, I was causing exponential damage to the top layer of skin and ultimately, ruining my skin barrier. As I caked on multiple chemicals to dry out my breakouts, my skin would compensate by over-producing natural oils which I would then consistently work to remove from my forehead, nose, and chin. It became a never-ending battle. At the same time, it would not hydrate my cheek/upper neck area as I was scared to over moisturize. Not only until a few years ago did I realize that I am not enemies with my skin. It’s a part of me and I need to treat it and nourish it with care to achieve not the “perfect” skin, but healthy + clean skin. In this blog post, I will be listing off the easy tips + tricks that I use to care for my combination skin type (oily + dry). I hope what I’ve learned can help you manage this tricky skin dynamic. 

I prefer to focus on my skincare routine every single morning as a nice daily refresher. Personally, nothing feels more invigorating than waking up and starting each new day with freshly treated skin, so get your notepads ready, cause here we go:

TIP #1: Remove excess makeup from the night before that you may have missed. It is a nice precursor before getting into treating your skin. Pantry’s simple ingredient Makeup Remover is more than nice to the sensitive skin around your eyes. It removes gritty eye makeup that likes to linger in the kindest way possible. The combination of tear-free shampoo with fractionated coconut oil gently breaks down the residual product left on my face without clogging my pores. Not having to worry about irritation is a plus, as well. The neroli essential oil in the product holds anti-inflammatory properties that prevent aggravation in my skin while taking my makeup off. 

TIP #2: Cleansing your skin with a gently will also brighten your skin. Washing your face with a soft applicator is a step that goes unrecognized by many. Though it is important to cleanse your face, it is also equally as important to notice what you wash your face with. I recommend the Nash + Jones bamboo washpads we carry at Pantry. Not only are they sustainable, they are naturally antimicrobial. Meaning, these washpads prevent the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that no one wants creeping on their face. 

TIP #3: MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE! I no longer slather my skin in chemical-filled drugstore moisturizers. I generously apply our Green Tea Moisturizer. It is such a lightweight formula that I do not fret about feeling/looking oily when applying to my T-zone and surrounding areas. Made with organic matcha powder, it is a naturally powerful antioxidant that prevents the buildup of free radicals which can cause damage to helpful cells in your skin + body. Teamed up with the hand-blended mixture of coconut oil, beeswax, and almond oil, this moisturizer helps form a protective barrier from debris without clogging my pores + is a natural SPF. Not to mention it duals as an amazing thin primer before applying your makeup. Amazing, right?! Who would not want to try it? 

What’s next are not tips, but they are a few tricks I like to use to help refresh my face and feel rejuvenated. I am obsessed with our Pack Your Bags Neroli Eye Serum, just like Sarah! (And apparently, the rest of our Pantry fans as it is our #1 seller 3 years in a row!) When I wake up, my puffy under eyes are in dire need of some assistance and Pack Your Bags does the trick. The aloe gel-based formula and the calming lavender and neroli essential oils never fail to reduce my baggy under-eye prominence. 

Now, while I am no longer focused on having “perfect” skin as it is a vague standard to obtain, blemishes are inevitable and completely normal. My recommendation for those pesky blemishes that always seem to pop up when you are least expecting them? Our Blemish Balm! The combination of baking soda and tea tree essential oil help dry out breakouts while reducing inflammation caused by them with lavender essential oil. 

Last but not least, for a pleasant + fun treat for my face, I reach for our Clarifying Lavender + Frankincense Clay Mask. The bentonite clay base pulls the built-up toxins in your skin while the dried lavender bud/frankincense essential oil combo clarify + calm my skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and tranquil. 

I absolutely hope this helps any fellow combo skin type buddies, like myself. And now, I will pass the mic to my sidekick, Kayla.  

 

Hey y’all, it’s Kayla! I have been working at Pantry for roughly eight months now and I’ve loved every second here. 🙂 I work on the Production team my fellow team member, Dani. We have loads of fun working at Pantry + getting to meet/help all of you lovely people. This week, we decided to go over our routines for combo/oily acne-prone skin types. Given we are the youngest team members here at Pantry, I think going over “teenage” skin is a great way to help our younger audience. 

I stumbled upon Pantry in my early high school years at the peak of my acne situation. My skin wasn’t bad at first but, when you’re in high school, even the smallest things freak you out. So, I started using harsh, over-drying, full of fragrance, and overall AWFUL products on my skin. I would use astringents (basically alcohol) + face masks every night. My skin almost immediately got 10 times worse. I started getting cystic acne + breakouts weekly, which quickly declined my self-confidence. I then turned to using a popular TV acne treatment. I gave it months but saw no difference. If anything, my skin got worse. I used all of the big brand name skin care products but no results. I almost gave up, until one day, when taking a trip to the thrift store, I saw Pantry! I stopped in and was greeted by a little white dog + a cool gal named Michelle. I asked her questions + explained my complicated relationship with my skin. I walked out with an entirely new routine that helped not only my skin but my confidence as well. 

Of course, the change didn’t happen overnight but I stuck to my routine, started eating less dairy (highly recommend) and I started seeing results. My skin wasn’t absolutely perfect, it still isn’t but I’m finally confident enough to go without makeup every single day. So here are my tips+tricks for oily/acne-prone skin. I hope these can help you find your best routine. 

TIP #1: Use a makeup remover day + night to get rid of the leftover makeup or residue. I stand by this! It helps with providing a clean base to kick off the rest of my routine. I like the makeup remover from Pantry because it has a very simple ingredient list + has fractionated coconut oil making it awesome for sensitive skin. I noticed a huge difference in my skin when I took the time to double cleanse, getting my makeup all off before washing my face. You shouldn’t rely on your face wash to take off your makeup completely. 

TIP #2: I only wash my face at night so my skin doesn’t have the chance to over-dry. To do this,  I use the Fresh + Clear Face Wash with my Konjac sponge (in charcoal) to cleanse/exfoliate. I learned a few years ago that the reason why my face was so oily was due to me washing it as much as possible + never using any oils to rehydrate it. I love the Fresh + Clean Face Wash because it contains honey which is a humectant + it contains natural antioxidants making it great for removing pore-clogging bacteria + helping your skin heal faster.  This wash also contains coconut oil for added moisture + inflammation reduction.  The Nash + Jones konjac sponge I mentioned is something I will continue to rave about until the end of time! This muffin-looking sponge gently exfoliates, getting rid of dead skin or those annoying bumps you can normally find in your T-zone. 

TIP #3: Toning is essential! When you have acne-prone skin, a toner is your best friend. Not only does a toner balance uneven skin tones, but it helps with cleaning your skin of impurities + stressors. The Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosewater Toner is a lifesaver for almost every reason. You hear about people drinking apple cider vinegar for its internal health benefits but it can also be used to balance your skin’s natural pH, fight against aging, and much much more.  Rosewater, the second main ingredient, soothes irritation + heals scars. If you’re like me, violently poking at every single imperfection in sight, you’re left with acne scarring + redness so this toner helps repair some of the damage I’ve inflicted. I use a reusable wash pad with a generous amount of toner to gently refresh my skin. If you want to keep your waste at zero, you can absolutely apply the toner into the palm of your hands + pat it in. 

TIP #4: (and this is my favorite part) Moisturizer! I LOVE LOVE the Green Tea Moisturizer not only because it smells amazing but it is the perfect emollient for acne-prone skin. It contains matcha aka green tea powder, a great anti-bacterial ingredient that increases skin elasticity. For people who live in the city or high polluted areas, matcha is a natural toxin eliminator. Inside and out matcha can be used to strengthen your body. I also go in with the Aloe + Chamomile Cream under my eyes to de-puff (it too smells amazing).  Chamomile not only calms your skin but it’s shockingly good for acne.

TIP #5: USE SPF EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I cannot stress this enough! No matter your age, skin type, or routine, using an SPF of at least 30 on your face (entire body, really) will help fight against the damaging effects of our sun. When you have acne scars, wrinkles, redness, or eczema, the sun’s rays will make them 100 times worse. I appreciate our sun to the fullest, but we can enjoy the sun without the sunburns. I have noticed that so many sunscreens (which are meant to help protect our skin) usually contain chemicals + harmful oils; defeating the purpose entirely. So, I use Pantry’s Sunscreen Stick w/ SPF 30 SPF since I know what goes in it + who makes it (the answer is me). I apply it GENTLY with my fingertips and only need a dime-sized amount for my entire face + neck. 

The following are the items I use either when I have a flare-up or a rough day but aren’t necessarily in my daily routine

I know all of us at Pantry LOVE the Pack Your Bags roller ball but it’s for a good reason (I promise!) It has neroli oil which is awesome for de-puffing/calming your under eyes + aloe gel for soothing + rosehip oil for regenerating skin cells.

The Blemish Balm stick is the only product I’ve ever found to get rid of my cystic acne. I swear by this product for those pesky unground gremlins that make your skin their home. I apply it generously with my fingertip + leave it on overnight. Its main ingredient is baking soda, which helps PREVENT future acne. 

Once a week I use a simple face mask for 10 minutes max. This gives the face mask the right amount of time to work its magic without drying my skin out. I will also follow it with a face serum to build that top skin barrier. Pantry makes 3 types of clay masks so you can find the perfect one for your skin. For acne-prone skin, we recommend our Activated Charcoal Detox Mask

If you happen to try out these astounding products, please don’t feel shy to let us at Pantry Products know what you think and how it transformed your routine (for the better, of course). 

Thank you for reading along to learn about us + the products we love. I hope you can take these tips with you in the future to hopefully find what best suits you. 

Join us next week when Michelle goes through her skincare routine. 

Have a great day! 

Kayla 😀 + Dani Xx

Hello Pantry friends! Sarah here 🙂 I hope you all are happy, healthy and enjoying summer!

We are kicking off a new series, Natural Skincare Junkie, exploring Pantry Products skin care routines for all skin types. Not sure what type of skin you have? Take this quiz!

I have volunteered to go first so this week, we are talking about my skin type, which is dry + sensitive.

At Pantry, we’re not scientists or skin experts, but making natural skin + body care day in and day out has taught us a thing or two about how to treat our skin and how to help others do the same. As a “lucky” someone with dry/sensitive skin, these are my recommendations for my fellow dry and/or sensitive skin friends.


First off, figuring out your skin type is a lifelong pursuit. With sensitivity, hormones, hydration, diet, changing seasons, climate, and product ingredients, it can be really frustrating to understand what your skin is trying to tell you. AND your skin can completely change over time! Just when I think I have my skin type figured out.. BOOM! I’m back to square one.

Okay, a little backstory… My skin is VERY sensitive. I can’t tell you how many times “gentle” products have left me with a rash, hives or redness + irritation. And, my skin is generally very dry. Living in Nevada with little humidity definitely doesn’t help. A few years ago, I was experiencing major issues with my skin reacting poorly to skincare products.  I stumbled upon Pantry Products with my friend, bought a couple products, and boy… I was impressed! Because everything is made with natural essential oils and ingredients, my sensitive skin fell in love. When I learned more about the shop’s mission and values, I was hooked! So hooked, I reached out to Michelle in hopes of a job, and the rest is history! (P.S. thanks for hiring me, Michelle!)

My skin is far from perfect, but with a consistent + clean routine, it’s on track to being happy + healthy. And, keep in mind what works for me, may not work for you but hopefully this helps guide you to discovering what makes your skin happy. I have added a few random skin care tips, too! Here is my daily dry skin routine:


My morning routine starts with three things: brushing my teeth, washing my face, and making myself some coffee.

Tip #1 is to wash your face in the morning + night! I think many people skip washing their face in the morning. However, I have found that is a great way to wake up my skin and wash off any sweat + dirt still remaining in my pores. Your favorite face wash or soap should do the trick!

Next step is toner! Toners are really important in any skin care routine because they balance the pH levels in your skin. When your skin is balanced, it not only feels and looks better but it helps serums + moisturizers to go on more evenly. Tip #2 is to change up toners depending on what is going on with your skin! Lately, I have been struggling with more breakouts due to wearing a mask (p.s. is #mackne happening to anyone else?!). I have been loving the Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosewater Toner! Since ACV  is fantastic at helping skin find balance, we recommend this for all skin types. Aside from vinegar, it contains distilled water, rosewater, witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, vitamin e,  frankincense, lavender, and tea tree essential oils. This toner has been great at combating my breakouts, but the rosewater and vegetable glycerin make it soothing + moisturizing enough for my skin type! When my skin is feeling it’s driest/most sensitive, I reach for another favorite: the Aloe + Rosewater Toner for  dry + normal skin types. This toner is made with rosewater, organic aloe juice, vegetable glycerin,  vitamin e, + tea tree essential oil, and is very gentle and hydrating.

Next, I use my Pack Your Bags Neroli Eye Serum under my eyes.  I love using this in the morning and at night! It is so refreshing with organic aloe gel, rosehip oil and neroli and lavender essential oils. All these great ingredients work together to calm under eye puffiness, banish bags, and smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Tip # 3 is to use Pantry Products in versatile ways! Because all of our products are made with all-natural + organic ingredients, they can serve many purposes. I will use the Pack Your Bags Neroli Eye Serum in other areas of my skin if I notice an extra dry spot. For example, I will simply apply a small amount on my finger + tap around my nose or in-between my brows. Out of all my recommendations, this product one on the top of my Pantry-must-haves. 

 

 

My other Pantry love is the Aloe + Chamomile Hydrating Cream! This is a long standing best seller for us, and for good reason! I was experiencing very unhappy skin for a few weeks. But this face cream soothed and calmed my skin back to a normal state. With a blend of organic aloe gel, sunflower oil, organic beeswax, and chamomile and rose essential oils, this cream is ideal for anyone with thirsty skin in need of serious hydration, or skin that is sensitive to products (a.k.a. me!). This stuff has the most luxurious, rich texture without being too greasy or heavy. It also smells wonderful and layers great under makeup! While most of our products last 12 mos +, this 2 oz jar expires after 6 mos. However, I find that I use it up in the perfect amount of time so none of it goes to waste. The 0.5 oz is a great little sample size to try it out + see how you like it, but I would DEFINITELY recommend to anyone with dry/sensitive skin!

 

 

At night, I will wash my face again and reapply my toner. Then, I use a generous amount of the Refresh + Repair Serum. This product was formerly called “Nighttime Repair Serum” and although the name changed, the recipe is the same. This serum is another MUST for my dry skin. We use a high concentration of quality ingredients, so that the Refresh + Repair Serum will penetrate skin faster and more effectively than commercially available creams and lotions. This serum is ideal for problems such as dry+ age spots, sun damage and fine lines. My tip #4 is to use products that help reduce signs of aging, such as the Refresh + Repair Serum, even if you are not noticing any wrinkles, or dark spots. It’s better to be preventative and care for your skin consistently! The Refresh + Repair Serum is made with sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba oil, rosehip oil, carrotseed oil, argan oil, vitamin E, a proprietary blend of geranium, lemon, frankincense, myrrh, and rosemary essential oils.

 

 

My final step at night is to apply my Nighttime Repair Cream. This face cream is rich and just what my dry skin craves at the end of the day. It is made with rosehip oil, which is full of great vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help correct dark spots + hydrate skin. It is so gentle + soothing, and free of gluten, parabens, sulphates, additives or any other harsh chemicals. Which brings me to my last tip… Tip #5! Your skincare routine should never stop at your face, but continue down your neck! I apply my Nighttime Repair cream all over my face + neck every night to get the most out of the product.


So, this is what my current day-to-day skincare routine looks like for my dry/sensitive skin. I have learned over time that there is a VERY high standard for “perfect” skin. Small pores, no breakouts, even skin tone, no under eye circles… I was going crazy and buying products with big claims to give me (what I thought) was “perfect skin.” But the reality is… no part of me is perfect. Like everyone else, I have my own insecurities + have many flaws. For example… Random fact about Sarah- I don’t like my knees! And whether we fret about our body type, gray hairs, breakouts or what my mom calls my “grandma knees,” we are all imperfect humans.  And maybe it’s not about obtaining the body type of a photoshopped model or skin that makes you look like an Instagram filter.. It’s about embracing the imperfections and rolling with what you have. When I recognized that it was better to  have skin that is clean, happy + healthy, I stopped feeling like my products were failing me. I began listening to what my skin was telling me. Honestly, it was screaming at me to stop trying to achieve “perfect skin” with chemicals and ingredients I couldn’t even pronounce. And now, it is singing praise for Pantry, and our clean, natural + organic skincare.

 

 

If you need skincare advice or help, our Pantry team is here to answer questions! Or if you too feel like you have weird knees.. I’d LOVE to get a good laugh about our shared, random imperfections!  You can either call the shop from 12-4pm at 775-683-9844, send us a message on Instagram @pantryproducts or email us at [email protected]

Tune in next week when Dani + Kayla will discuss the products they love for combo/oily skin types!

XO, Sarah at Pantry

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!

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