Fire Cider Recipe

Cold, flu + COVID season is here! Ugh! Boost your immunity + fend off illness by whipping up a batch of your own Fire Cider.

What is Fire Cider?
Like elderberry syrup, fire cider is a tonic is folk recipe revered by herbalists for its ability to support the immune system during cold + flu season, allergy season, or any time the immune system needs support.

It’s a spicy, delicious tonic that’s made by infusing apple cider vinegar with powerful immune-supporting, lymph moving, circulation-stimulating, antioxidant-rich + digestion-enhancing roots + herbs. It was developed by renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, author of Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health and many other herbal books.

Fire Cider Recipe

Why Fire Cider?
This tasty vinegar infusion powered by warming and wellness-supporting ingredients is an especially pleasant + easy way to boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and raise your internal thermostat on cold days. Mmm…mmm!…how we love this hot and sweet, zesty, vinegary recipe!

How to Make Your Own Fire Cider?
Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it + what’s growing around you. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, but there are plenty of other herbs that can be thrown in like thyme, black pepper, + cloves.

Fire Cider Recipe

How to Use Fire Cider?
Fire cider is as diverse in its usage as it is in its ingredients. Here are some ways you can use it:
– taken straight by the spoonful or as a shot
– added to organic veggie juice (throw in some olives and pickles for a non-alcoholic, healthy bloody mary!)
– splashed in fried rice
– drizzled on a salad with good olive oil.
– used as a divine marinade for chicken or pork

You can also save the strained pulp and mix it with shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and fresh herbs to make delicious and aromatic stir-fries.

Ready to make your own? Here’s our recipe but feel free to add your own flair to it.

Equipment:

1 -32 oz jar with tight-fitting lid
parchment paper
cheesecloth

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c turmeric, sliced
  • 1/2 head garlic, diced
  • 1/4 c fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1/4 c fresh horseradish root, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 lemon or orange, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary or thyme
  • 1/8 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 c honey, more or less, as desired 

    Directions:

    • Prepare your ingredients as indicated above + place them into your jar.
    • Pour in apple cider vinegar until all ingredients are covered + it reaches the top of the jar
    • Use a piece of parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well.
    • Store in a dark, cool place for 2-4 weeks + shake daily. Place it somewhere you’ll see it!
    • After one month, strain out the pulp + pouring the vinegar into a clean jar (or pour into a pot or bowl and then back into the jar). Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid from the pulp as you can.
    • Compost or dispose of pulp. However, it can also be tasty in a stir-fry.
    • Add honey + stir until incorporated.
    • Taste your cider + add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.Store in the refrigerator or, because fire cider is preserved in apple cider vinegar, it is completely shelf-stable + can be stored in a cool dark place.

       

    Let us know in the comments if you make this recipe + what you think about it? We’d love to meet fellow fire cider fans!

Be well!

Michelle

As the weather grows colder, the air becomes drier. Add humidity into your home while also setting the seasonal mood with these fall + winter diffuser blends.

Don’t have a diffuser? You can add the oils to a pan of simmering water on your stove.

Want to take the scents with you? Add a few drops of each blend to a wooden clothespin and attach to your vehicle’s heat vent.

Don’t have oils? Check out our past blog containing recipes for easy + delicious stovetop simmer pot recipes.

Let us know if you try any of these and if so, which are your favorites.

 

Cold Weather Diffuser Blends

Apart from being delicious, pumpkin + fall spices are also crazy good for you/your skin.  Join us on a virtual stroll through fall to discover the benefits as well as find a couple pumpkin spicy beauty recipes you can make at home.

PUMPKIN

Thanks to high levels of beta carotene + vitamin C and E, pumpkin protects your skin against UV damage, free radicals, + premature wrinkles and sagging. As if that’s not reason enough, studies have shown that the yellow-orange pigments, called carotenoids, lend a natural glow to the skin. Pumpkin is also a natural exfoliant that helps slough off old skin cells + supports the regeneration of new ones. The fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxy acid, and vitamin A (aka ‘retinoids’) in pumpkin break down the “glue” holding old, dead skin cells on your face, and allows them to fall away naturally. When you’re done, you’re left with a bright, clean, refreshed skin surface!

AND SPICE… 

CLOVE

Not only is clove an aphrodisiac (hubba hubba!) but it can also work wonders on your skin. It’s anti-bacterial + anti-fungal properties make it a powerful tool in the treatment of breakouts. Since clove is a highly potent antioxidant, it helps in maintaining the collagen level of the skin which prevents premature aging.  Bonus: the above-mentioned antibacterial properties also means that clove can help to promote oral health + it has been used to treat oral problems since ancient times. This is why it was a must-have ingredient for our Tooth PowderPlease note: clove oil is very strong! Always dilute clove oil with a carrier oil to prevent burns. 

Cinnamon Clove Skincare

CINNAMON

The anti-fungal, antioxidant +  antibacterial properties of cinnamon make it one of the best spices to spice up your skincare. It improves blood flow to the surface of the skin, resulting in a hydrated skin while helping to fight against acne + skin blemishes. Bonus: it makes a great lip plumper! Add a couple drops of cinnamon oil to any carrier oil for a lip boost or pick up a tube of our Spiced Chai Lip Balm.

GINGER

With 40 antioxidant properties, what can’t you do with this invigorating spice? Rub fresh ginger directly onto your face to ease inflammation, boost skin tone + fight blemishes. Pair it with honey + lemon juice to improve elasticity, clean up breakouts, and brighten skin tone. (Just be careful around your eyes.) Want a little more invigoration? Grab a pouch of our Warming Chai Milk Bath to boost your circulation, moisturize your skin, + treat your senses to a bouquet of seasonal scents.

NUTMEG

Nutmeg is considered a wonder spice for good reason. It eliminates irritation + inflammation on your skin by smoothing out its appearance + promoting hydration. For those with acne scarring, nutmeg can help soften the appearance of scars as well as sun spots. It is highly recommended for individuals with dry skin as it aids in exfoliation + moisturization but it also helps those with oily skin due to its antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial elements. These elements help to reduce excess oil production + the clogged pores it brings. And, if that wasn’t enough, it also works wonders as a toner. Win, win, win! Feeling nutty for nutmeg? Our Autumn Spice Body Polish is just the thing for you! This sweet + spicy combination works to exfoliate + moisturize dry skin while smoothing out imperfections.

TURMERIC

Also known as the golden root, turmeric is a must-have spice in your wellness regimen! It contains antioxidants + anti-inflammatory components that help beat back breakouts + break up clogged pores so your skin can glow. Another one of the major benefits of turmeric for your skin is its ability to boost collagen production + speed up the body’s ability to form new, healthy tissue. It also blocks elastase, an enzyme that attacks your skin’s ability to produce elastin. If elastin production slows down, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging are more likely to appear. Luckily, turmeric is full of antioxidants that mop up these skin-damaging molecules and dial down the potential effects of environmental damage. And speaking of environmental damage, turmeric is also beneficial in the battle against hyperpigmentation. Since it inhibits the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for dark spots and other kinds of hyperpigmentation, using turmeric regularly on your skin can fade away discoloration to give skin a more even-toned appearance!

Now that you’ve read up on the benefits of these autumnal superstars, let’s bust open those pantries + mix up some skin care treats!

Pumpkin Spice Skincare

DIY Pumpkin-Turmeric Face Mask

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon oats, ground

Instructions

In a small bowl, mix puree, coconut oil, and turmeric. In a blender or food processor, pulverize oats into a fine powder + sprinkle into pumpkin mixture. Apply to face + neck and leave on for 20 minutes. Before rinsing, gently work product into face in circular motions. Rinse and moisturize.


 

at home exfoliating skin

Having glowing, smooth skin doesn’t have to cost an arm + a leg. And you don’t have to run out to your nearest boutique to get it. By simply reaching into your kitchen pantry, you can achieve radiant, silky soft skin.

In this post, we will share with you 3 pantry staples that you can use to easily + effective exfoliate your skin as well as 3 DIY recipes to try.

But first, let’s talk about what exfoliating does + why it is important.

What is Exfoliating?

Exfoliation refers to the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can be performed mechanically, by using abrasive scrubs on the skin or chemically, by using scrubs that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve + remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.

Why is Exfoliating is Important?

As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells + generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, + dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil + clogged pores, leading to blemishes + acne.

Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin + uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.

How Does Exfoliation Benefit Your Skin?

Exfoliating can improve the appearance of your skin in several ways.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter + improve the effectiveness of topical skin care products by enhancing absorption.
2. Regular exfoliation can also help prevent clogged pores, resulting in fewer breakouts.
3. Long-term exfoliating can increase collagen production. Collagen is key to glowing, vibrant skin. The protein also promotes skin elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines + related sagging.

Now, let’s talk about how to exfoliate at home + our 3 simple ingredients.

DIY Exfoliating Oatmeal Mask Scrub

Oatmeal – Oatmeal is more than just a cereal that helps lower high cholesterol. Oatmeal contains avenanthramides, antioxidant + anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin. Oatmeal is also great for acne-prone skin because it may absorb oil from the skin’s surface.

Exfoliating Oatmeal Scrub for Face + Body

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions: Mix together oats, lemon juice and honey. Apply to face. Rinse with warm water.


DIY Exfoliating Sugar Scrub

Sugar – Sugar is one of the best natural beauty ingredients to exfoliate your skin. Sugar scrubs are mild + one of the most versatile + affordable ingredients to use in a scrub. Any sugar will work…white sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar, brown sugar, pineapple sugar. If it’s sugar, use it! We love to use sugar scrubs not only on our face + body but also as delicate (+ delicious) lip scrub. Bonus: The oil in the scrub works as a moisturizer.

Exfoliating Sugar Scrub for Face + Body

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 coconut oil (you can also use olive, grapeseed, or avocado oil)
1/2 t vanilla or almond extract (optional)

Directions: Mix together sugar + coconut oil. Apply to skin + rinse off. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub

Salt- Salt is full of minerals that help reduce inflammation, improve circulation, improve skin texture + tighten the skin at the same time as exfoliating off dead skin cells. The mineral content is also therapeutic + relaxing. You can use table salt, kosher salt, coarse salt or, our personal favorite, Himalayan sea salt. Note: Salt scrubs are more abrasive than oatmeal or sugar so please scrub gently.

Exfoliating + Brightening Salt Scrub

Ingredients
3/4 cup salt
1/4 coconut oil (you can also use olive, grapeseed, or avocado oil)
1 Tablespoon lemon zest (optional)

  1. Directions: Mix together salt + coconut oil. Apply to gently to skin + rinse off. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Simple Non Toxic Home Swaps

We understand that the thought of making the switch to clean products can feel like a daunting process. When you look around at all the products in your home + all the products on the market, it can be completely overwhelming.

But, as with all change, you need simply to make the decision to start + then do so with small changes. You don’t need to throw out every household, personal + skin care product in your home + start new. With a few simple swaps, you will be on your way to making a healthier home for you + for your family. And let me tell you, once you get started (+ once you see how easy it can be), it will feel so good that you won’t want to stop.

To getting you started, here are 3 simple swaps you can make today for a healthier you + healthier home.

Remember: Health is NOT only about what we put IN our bodies for food, it’s also about what we put ON our bodies + what surrounds us.

3 Simple Swaps for a Healthier Tomorrow

1. Swap out toothpaste for coconut oil

For something that 69 percent of people put in their mouth at least twice a day, toothpaste is surprisingly toxic. While traditional toothpaste is effective at removing + preventing plaque build-up, preventing cavities, + fighting gum inflammation, a lot of its ingredients are unsafe.

The most common reason parents call Poison Control is because their child has swallowed (or intentionally eaten) toothpaste. Eating toothpaste that contains the ingredient fluoride can result in diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and other low-grade gastrointestinal symptoms.

While most of us won’t swallow an entire tube of paste, many mainstream brands of toothpaste contain harmful or even toxic ingredients, including:

  • Triclosan. A pesticide and hormone disruptor.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Causes canker sores for many people.
  • Artificial colorings. Linked to ADHD and hyperactivity in children.
  • Fluoride. Toxic if swallowed and doesn’t even work in toothpaste.
  • Highly abrasive ingredients. Damage enamel, making teeth sensitive and more prone to gum recession and cavities. Toothpaste should only be a little bit abrasive—this graininess aids the brushing motion to remove the biofilm of the tooth.

SIMPLE SWAP: COCONUT OIL PULLING

Non Toxic Coconut Oil ToothpasteInstead of starting your day with a mouthful of chemicals, reach for a pantry staple: Coconut oil.

You can use coconut oil like you would use a mouthwash – you “swish” it around your mouth and between and through your teeth and gums – just don’t swallow it or try to gargle with it. This practice is  called “oil pulling,” and it’s an ancient health practice that an increasing number of today’s dental hygiene researchers are recommending in addition to brushing and flossing. Oil pulling with coconut oil attacks bacteria, whitens the teeth, and strengthens the gums – naturally.

Prefer a paste? There are hundreds of DIY recipes on the web but what we LOVE is to mix Pantry’s Tooth Powder with coconut oil to make a simple at-home paste that cleans + whitens teeth, improves gum health, pH balances your mouth + gives you that “Fresh from the dentist” feeling. Natural Non Toxic Toothpaste


2. Swap out fabric softener for distilled white vinegar

Liquid fabric softener + dryer sheets are filled with synthetic fragrances + chemicals.  These chemicals + synthetic fragrances become embedded into the fibers of our clothing.  Once the clothing is on our skin, our largest organ, they become absorbed into our bloodstream.

Fabric softeners became popular in the mid-1900s because the dyes, detergents, + dryers were harsh on clothes, making them rough + scratchy. However, with better technology, fabrics, + laundry products, fabric softeners are no longer necessary, yet are still very commonly used + most people don’t think twice about it.

You might have noticed on some tags, especially with performance clothing, they specifically say NOT to use fabric softeners. This is because the waxy coating can interfere with moisture-wicking + absorption properties. Athletic fabrics are designed to wick moisture from your skin to the outside of the fabric, where it can evaporate, but if you cover the fabric in a waxy coating it’s like plugging up a drinking straw + it blocks the ability to move moisture. The coating also builds up over time, making it harder for water + detergent to permeate the fabric, so odors + stains are more difficult to get out. Odors that become sealed in are the reason your gym clothes just won’t freshen up.

Almost all fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain chemicals classified under federal law as carcinogenic, toxic, + hazardous to personal and environmental health including benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant), ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders), limonene (a known carcinogen), chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen), and others.

Synthetic fragrances in dryer sheets aerate in the heat of the dryer + can be inhaled immediately upon use triggering respiratory dysfunction. Because softener residue is designed to linger in fabrics, exposure to chemical scents + other ingredients that irritate sensitive skin (including babies) is prolonged.

These chemicals disperse into the air of your home, where you breathe it in. They also wash into the waters, ending up in ecosystems where they don’t belong and damaging aquatic environments for plants + animals.

SIMPLE SWAP: DISTILLED VINEGAR

Distilled Vinegar Laundry

Replace your liquid fabric softener with 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar. While this may smell strong at first, don’t worry! The odor washes out with the water. Or you can mix in 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender or lemon.

But why? Distilled white vinegar brightens + whitens, it deodorizes + it softens all without toxic chemicals + waxy build-up.  And let me tell you, the first time I used white vinegar on my athletic apparel, I couldn’t get over how soft + fresh they were. Like, I was no joke rubbing my sports bra on my cheek. IT WAS SO SOFT!

Love your dryer sheets? We have two bonus simple swaps for you.

1. Use wool dryer balls with essential oils. Dryer balls soften clothes, freshen their scent + speed up the drying time.

2. Make your own eco-friendly, non-toxic dryer sheets like these. We love making the kids hunt for them in the dry laundry. 😉

Pantry Suggestion: We have heard from so many Pantry loyalists that they use our Air + Linen Spray to freshen + scent their laundry. Upon pulling your items out of the warm dryer, give them a healthy spritz of our Air + Linen Spray. The warm fibers will lock in the scent as they cool + when your body temperature warms them back up, the scent will be released. I LOVE using our Sweet Dreams Essential Spray for sheets.

Natural Air and Linen Spray


3. Swap out toxic candles + air fresheners for a stovetop simmer pot

We all want our home to smell fresh + clean. But oftentimes, the products we are using to do so are anything but fresh + clean. Most air fresheners + candles contain synthetic fragrances added to the product which can be extremely harmful to our health. Those mood-setting candles are one of the biggest sources of toxic chemicals in our homes. When the windows are closed up (hot summers with the a/c on or cold winters with the heat on), they chemicals build up creating an extremely hazardous environment.

SIMPLE SWAP: STOVETOP SIMMER POT

Stovetop Simmer Pot

Also known as stovetop potpourri, this is simply a simmering pot of fruit, citrus, spices, and other ingredients that make your home smell amazing! Bonus: if you live in an arid climate, this is a fabulous way to add some moisture to your air.

These are very popular in fall and around the holidays but I love to use them year round. For summer, use lemon or grapefruit with a splash of vanilla extract. Or you can do herbs like rosemary + thyme. Or boil a few fresh basil leaves or springs of lavender. Yum!!!

Still want that candle? Well, good thing for you, there are healthy candle options on the market. When shopping for a new candle, look into the candle ingredients. Stay away from paraffin wax + opt for soy, hemp, bee or coconut wax. Then, check the fragrances. You want to burn candles that use essential oils or clean (phthlate-free) oils.

Fortunately for you, Pantry’s entire collection of candles are 100% soy wax, 100% phthlate-free, and feature clean burning wicks. So, you can have the comfort of a cozy candle without the cancer-causing chemicals.

Soy Wax Candle

Have you tried any of these swaps? What are some of your favorite simple swaps?

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Until then, be well!

Michelle

 

About Pantry Products:

Since 2015, Pantry Products has been handcrafting 100% natural plant-based daily essential + on-trend wellness products that support and contribute to healthy lifestyles…and a healthy planet. Pantry began when Founder, Michelle began creating healthy alternatives to toxic personal care products using ingredients pulled directly from her kitchen pantry.

 

Steam inhalation for cold and congestion

With a history of use that dates back at least 3,500 years—the first historical mention of this therapy was found on an ancient Egyptian papyrus scroll—steam inhalation is a long-standing home remedy for colds and sinus issues.

When you’re sick, sessions of inhaling steam from a vaporizer device or a bowl of hot water may help loosen up mucus in the lungs and sinuses, help with congestion, ease a sore throat, + improve voice hoarseness.

Medicinal Properties of Steam Inhalation

Primarily, the medicinal effect of this at-home therapy is to ease the symptoms of illnesses that cause congestion, runny nose, and sore throat, such as the common cold, sinus infection, croup, bronchiolitis, bronchitis, seasonal allergies.

Key Benefits for Cold + Sinus Issues

  1. As a sleep aid: Ensuring that you get enough sleep is essential for combatting colds + sinus infections. Your body needs rest as it fights the illness. Steam inhalation at night can be instrumental in getting you relaxed and ready for bed.
  2. Treat hoarseness: Your voice gets hoarse + haggard when your vocal cords are irritated. This can happen due to respiratory illness, exposure to smoke, too much singing, or loud talking. The steam enters these structures, rehydrating them + improving their mobility and function.
  3. Ease sore throat: The clinical evidence is mixed on whether steam inhalation actually relieves sore throat. However, it’s a long-standing technique to ease the pain and swelling caused by the inflammation of tissues in the throat.
  4. Manage  congestion: Inhaling steam may also help with congestion as it can loosen mucus in the lungs, throat, + sinuses. Getting rid of that mucus helps ease pressure + makes breathing easier.
  5. Rehydrate nasal passages: Dry + irritated sinuses, especially nasal passages, can also accompany common colds + other respiratory infections. In addition to discomfort, they can lead to bloody noses. Sessions of inhalation bring moisture to these areas, which helps relieve symptoms.

Steam inhalation for cold + congestion

Simple Steam Inhalation Recipe
(using herbs often found in your kitchen pantry)

1-2 Tablespoons for thyme, rosemary, basil, eucalyptus and/or peppermint
1-2 quarts boiling water
large bowl
towel for tenting

  • Add your selected herbs to the bowl + top with boiling water
  • Allow water to cool for 2-3 minutes
  • Then tent your head with the towel and lower your face over the bowl. DO NOT COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE WATER!
  • With your head covered, deeply breathe in the steam. Alternate between breathing through your nose + breathing through your mouth.
  • Steam for 10-15 minutes + repeat as often as desired.
  • You can also use these same ingredients to turn your bath tub into a vapor tub. 😍
How to Stay Cool in Extreme Heat

Seemingly endless days of 90-100 degree temps can take its own on a person. Both physically + mentally. To help ease the discomfort, we’ve compiled some scientifically-proven tips to help you keep cool.

1. Stay out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm

The sun is at it’s hottest during these times + can easily lead to overheating. If you must be out, cover up with a large hat or stay in the shade.

2. Drink your 64 ounces

Or even more! This is the minimum to keep you hydrated but, when temps soar, we sweat more. So, increase your intake, avoid alcohol + drinks with a lot of sugar. Feeling extra thirsty? Coconut water is packed with vital elements we tend to lose through perspiration.

3. Make meals with water-filled foods

Who doesn’t love a summer watermelon. It’s even better when you realize melons are about 90% water. Into cucumbers? They’re 96% water. Strawberries? 92% Lettuce is 96% So, make a fruit salad + eat your way to being hydrated + cool….as a cucumber.

4. When dressing, go for light + loose clothes

Lighter + looser clothing allows for air to circulate next to your skin speeding up evaporation + sending excess heat packing. Reach for outfits containing natural fibers like cotton, silk, linen.

5. Take a dip

The ultimate summer cool-off is a cool dip in a body of water. Whether it’s a lake, public pool, kiddie pool, or just running through the hose, dousing yourself is a fun + effective way to cool off. Don’t have access to these? Run your wrists under cold water or soak a washcloth + drape it over your neck to give yourself some reprieve.

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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.

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.

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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.

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