Can I just say how stoked I am that the 80’s are back? I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve become seriously bored of all the “nude” makeup trends. While I love a classic, nude look, I love makeup because it allows me to have an artist outlet. A BIG part of that is being able to play with fun colours! Thankfully, the 80’s were all about colour- the brighter the better! Here’s some inspiration to feed your spring fever. Simply click the image to shop these items.

Spring makeup trend

Featured in this image: Batty’s Bath Mineral Bronzer, Nature’s Veil CC Cream, Pressed Eyeshadow Refills in Whirlwind, Amaryllis & Grape Gathering, Lipstick in Watermelon

 

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Why natural?

Well, hi there! We’re guessing you’re joining us on this post because you’re at one of two places in your journey…

  1. You’ve already unearthed your all-natural path and enjoy sharing in like-minded perspectives
  2. You’ve been contemplating if the natural corridor will lead you to be able to achieve your goals

The choice to “go natural” is a choice that only you can make for yourself. Your reasons for adopting a naturalist lifestyle will be as unique as you are, but when it comes down to it, we’re just happy you’re here! This is an article that has been a long time coming, and while we’ve always believe in harnessing Mother Nature’s gifts, it’s time to put our energy out there for the world to perceive.

Over many discussions, we’ve determined two main purposes behind adopting of a naturalist lifestyle. While your interpretations, influences and life experiences will vary, the principal remains the same. We’d love to share our thoughts about both, so let’s have a look!

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Avoiding chemicals & toxins

Society has begun to embrace the idea that evolution and knowledge don’t necessarily mean we need to forget where we come from. We’re a fast society; It’s easy to get wrapped up in the latest inventions, technologies, and gadgets. With our ‘new’ and ‘next best’ blinders on, we tend to forget how valuable the materials that surround us already are. While we would never deny science the deserved triumphs it’s made in terms of healthcare and other aspects, experts are realizing the toxic effects of our chemically dependent and burdened existence.

When you take a moment to reflect about this unhealthy relationship, things begin to click! We, as well as 1000’s of other living species, have existed in harmony for centuries. We’ve evolved together to adapt to the changes in our ecosystems and the environments we live in. Everything is connected in a manner that supports and unites us.

It wasn’t until we started to introduce unnatural solutions to the mix that things started to fall apart. Climate change, toxically provoked illnesses, extinction of species, these are all realities we now face. While we’ve been so intensely focused on what’s next, we’ve ignored the fact that our bodies aren’t able to evolve at a speed, or built to handle the hardships, we are throwing at it in such rapid paces. Sudden we are a chemically troubled society in desperate need of a change.

But what if we could restore balance? Civilizations have been successfully using natural solutions since the dawn of time. Ayurveda medicine has been employed for over 3,000 years, and there’s a reason people continue to incorporate into their lives… because natural works! As humans, we have a responsibility to understand and continue our quest for knowledge, but we also have an accountability to preserve our existence (and by ‘our’ we mean the earth as a whole). We’re finally coming to terms with the fact that we can progress without causing harm to ourselves and the world around us by taking a closer look at the healing powers that already exist.

Let’s take a broader perspective for a moment. You can agree and appreciate that nature has a purpose in our lives: trees provide oxygen, we need water to live, the sun provides energy, etc. What’s to say that everything else our earth provides doesn’t have a purpose as well? Natural solutions are everywhere. They exist for a reason; some we know and others we have yet to discover. Nature has already proven itself and all that’s left to do is excavate its power.

While we aren’t able to control every aspect of our own lives, we can make a conscious effort to minimize the effects of toxins in our day-to-day actions. Be it for your health, the environment or whatever reason aligns with your calling, making the move to a more naturalist lifestyle is taking a stand to ensure future generations will have the ability to experience all the wonder and awe this planet provides.

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Cruelty-free solutions

Harmony: a relationship between two objects, concepts or matters that are mutually beneficial to produce a congenial outcome.

The concept of harmony imparts a common theme throughout this post. Just as important as living in parallel with nature, we want to ensure we are also living in unity with other species. More and more, people are becoming more conscious consumers, and for the betterment of ALL living things. We don’t want to see anyone, or any anything harmed in the making of goods and materials, especially when it can be avoided.

No pet owner ever wants to imagine their family member(s) locked in a cage at some testing facility, but this is the reality for many animals all over the world. Slowly, countries are beginning to ban together against animal cruelty in the name of science. We are beginning accept that although other species may not be as evolved as we are, we share in a conscious existence that blesses us with the ability to feel. If this is the case, then why should any living being be forced to feel hurt, loneliness, pain, and/or hate when it can be avoided?

The use of natural ingredients in products means we can eliminate this type of testing because natural solutions already exist and have proven to be effective through centuries of use. While millions of other uses are sure to still be discovered, we already have the groundwork for success thanks to history.

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So, why natural when it comes to skin care?

Our skin is no exception in this philosophy. There is a harmony that exists between it and nature that is undeniable. Our skin has evolved through the centuries alongside nature and in a manner in which they can communicate and understand each other. What our skin needs, the earth provides.

You’re telling me our skin talks? It sure does! Just like we come to understand how dogs communicate through barking and tail wagging, we have discovered that our skin has its own way of communicating with us. Breakouts and other skin conditions are our skin’s own form of “Morse Code” to let us know when it’s upset or unhappy. Scientists and other experts have even been able to pinpoint correlations between breakout patterns and other internal issues our bodies are facing. For example, did you know that chin and jawline acne are a very common sign of a hormonal imbalance?

Needless to say, one thing that our skin (and bodies as a whole) is quick to tell it’s not happy with is chemicals and toxins. Not only do they cause issues on the surface level by clogging our pores and irritating our delicate coats, we absorb them into our bloodstreams where they do even more damage to our internal systems. One of the main purposes of our skin is to alleviate our waste removal systems by providing an alternative departure through sweat and oils. When chemicals and toxins are expelled through this manner, they are, once again, provided the opportunity to disrupt the delicate balance.

On the other end of the spectrum, our skin recognizes natural ingredients and welcomes them like long, lost friends. It knows what to do with the ingredients and how to put them to work in healing our bodies. They have a mutually respectful relationship, but just like any relationship, it can become tarnished. If our actions (suppling our skin with ingredients that leave it hurt and in constant defence mode) have been at odds for expanded periods of time, the trust in the relationship is broken. The good news is, with hard work and dedication, that trust can be rebuilt! We can start working WITH our skin (not against it) to find mutually beneficial solutions and your skin will start communicating is change of heart with you in radiant ways.

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A final note to keep in mind

No matter your reason(s) for going natural, or where this journey takes you, we applaud you. This process is one of learning and exploration, and we know it can be confusing and overwhelming from at times. We are blessed to be among the many amazing companies in this industry that share in our beliefs. You are already making a conscious effort to make positive choices, but we want to encourage you to be just as conscious about the brands and products you support. While there are tons of wonderful, naturally-based companies out there, there are just as many attempting to dupe you into believing their products are “natural” by throwing catch phrases on their labels and in their ads. Be resourceful. Be eager to learn, and most importantly, be true to you.

With that being said, Batty’s Bath promises to always produce skin care products that uphold the highest standards of natural skin care. We don’t just believe in using natural ingredients; we believe in using natural ingredients with purpose! That means your skin will only be receiving ingredients that are carefully and thoughtfully chosen to meet your skin needs and help you achieve your own radiance.

We will continue to be transparent in all that we do and provide you with information and resources that you can use to ensure you’re making choices you can be proud of and stand behind. Knowledge is power, and nature is just as beautifully and effectively fierce!

With love & radiance,
Love from Batty
& the Batty’s Bath Team.

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Avoiding breakouts during a cold or the flu- part 2

Previously, we talked about ways you can prevent/minimize breakouts when you feel a cold coming on, but what about when those breakouts have already happened? Sometimes it’s just unavoidable. One day you’re feeling fine and the next you’re cocooned in bed with a nasty cold and some new breakouts. Right now, you can barely lift your foggy head, but as soon as you start to gain some energy back, here’s Batty’s list of things you can do to speed up the healing!

  • Start your usual skincare routine as soon as you can. The trick is to be extra consistent (yet gentle) until things calm down again. Your skin is usually at it best when it can trust in your actions.
  • Start doing the Cystic Acne Mask daily (in the shower or while soaking in the tub) until things calm down. I also like to use the Cystic Acne Mask as my P.M. hydrator during the healing period.
  • Give your skin a heaping dose of healing plant oils as part of your evening routine, by using a serum over top of the Cystic Acne Mask. In this case, I usually opt for the Balance Serum, Bloom Serum or Acne B.O.P. Serum. These serums are the strongest for helping eliminate the excess sebum, bacteria, and secretions that our body pushes through our skin when we’re fighting off a cold.
  • Be extra careful about avoiding food sensitivities for the next couple weeks. I have a ton of them, but if you haven’t been tested, stick with avoiding foods that are inflammatory for everyone. These include sugar, dairy, processed foods. For some, wheat, yeast, and eggs also need to be added to the list.
  • Increase your zinc intake for short term. I usually take 25 mg daily, but I’ll increase this for a couple days. Once my breakouts have cleared up, I’ll skip zinc for a couple days to make sure I’m not throwing anything off balance. Just be careful if you’re taking over 30 mg a day, because it can deplete your copper.
  • Increase the amounts of probiotics you take. I take a pretty strong daily supplement since I can’t eat a lot of probiotic foods because of my food sensitivities. I opt for a probiotic supplement, but when I need a boost, I’ll take my usual probiotic plus an extra one or two different ones. This ensures I’m getting different strains and a higher dose overall.
  • Start taking an antioxidant supplement! This is a must for me, even though I eat a diet that’s super high in them already! This is because people with autoimmune disorders need a higher amount AND those with acne do too. Acne prone people use up a lot more antioxidants than other people to stay clear. If you’re not getting a big, healthy dose, your body doesn’t have enough left over to keep you clear. My antioxidant supplement of choice is NAC. It was shown to reduce acne by approximately 50% in research studies. My boyfriend’s supplements of choice is a grape seed antioxidant.
  • I use Raw Radiance Moisturizer in the morning and Patchouli Moisturizer in the evening.  Sometimes I swap them and use them in the opposite order, but it’s always one of each every day. However, when I’m trying to clear current breakouts, I switch to Patchouli Moisturizer for both.  The Raw Radiance Moisturizer is great at reducing new breakouts and does a decent job of helping current ones clear up, but for my skin, the Patchouli Moisturizer clears up current breakouts like a superhero!
  • I also make sure I’m exfoliating with an enzyme exfoliator, every day until things clear up. I like to use the Pure Amore Gel Cleanser in the morning and our Pineapple Facial Scrub at night. Oil cleansing with one of our serums is a good alternative in place of the scrub if that’s too much for your skin. Our Green Tea and Pineapple Cleanser also is an enzyme exfoliator.

Most importantly, be sure to take care of your needs! Ensuring you’re taking the proper time to heal and get better, will always get you further in the long run. This goes for when you’re sick and even when you’re not. Our bodies are amazing and resilient, but we also need to give it the care and love we expect in return.

If you want to read the first part of the series click HERE.

Until next time, stay radiant!

Love from Batty

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Ever wonder what happens behind the screen at Batty’s Bath. Here’s a sneak peak at what goes on once you’ve clicked that “place order” button!

 

Behind the scenes at Batty

There’s never a shortage of activities and flurries happening in the Batty’s Bath realm! When your order comes through, it’s printed and taken to the studio where Studio Sidekick Christine (and Momma Batty when things are extra busy) start to pull your goodies from the shelves. After they’re double checked, they get packed, labeled and sent off to their new, forever homes.

But that’s not all that happens!

Even before your order comes in, we’re in the studio mixing up our magical potions, bottling products and putting labels on the individual jars. This process alone keeps Batty and Studio Sidekick Christine buzzing around the studio at top speed!

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s always a ton happening directly behind the screen. Batty’s wheels are always in motion planning new business ideas, and ensure the company is running as smoothly as possible. On top of that, there’s a whole team of VA’s (virtual assistants). Momma Batty creates all the postage for your orders and handles our bookkeeping and accounting. Sister Batty handles the majority of emails that come from our Radiant Rebels and keeps us organized with her spreadsheet wizardry. VA Lauryn is busy looking at ways to get our products out there in the limelight and handles outreach initiatives. Then there’s VA Karla who is busy creating graphics, developing content, writing feature pieces, and helping manage the social media channels.

Just like any small business, it’s all hands on deck, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for filling our days with love, nature and radiance!

Until next time, stay radiant!

P.s. Wonder who everyone is on our team? No problem – hop over here to check out our team profile page. 

 

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My Radiant Rebel Story: Angela

We’re so thankful to have spent 7 wonderful years with all of you Radiant Rebels. Let’s celebrate with another story!

On the docket today, we have Angela’s story…

“Before discovering Batty’s Bath, I bounced from one product to another in an attempt to try and find something that would work for my acne; some products worked but would dry out my skin to a desert plain, while others wouldn’t and would cause a massive influx of oil and acne.

When I finally crossed paths with Batty’s Bath the fact that the products didn’t contain ingredients likeAngelaparabens, petrochemicals, and dyes made a lot of sense to me. Instead, of relying on chemical ingredients, they were made with Mother Nature in mind. I truly care about the earth and what we are doing to it, just like I care about the things I put on my skin, the largest organ of my body. Neither need to be subjected to harm when natural solutions exist and work.

Like many Radiant Rebels before me, I started with the Detox Skin Care Kit. It’s now been 6+ months and my routine hasn’t changed much, but my skin sure has! It feels better, smoother and cleaner than ever before. Oh, and my acne breakouts are fewer and farther between. For my AM and PM routines, I prefer the Charcoal CP Soap as my cleanser. A few times a week, I’ll switch it out for the Mild Jojoba Facial Scrub to ensure I’m exfoliating. My favourite moisturizer is the Daily Detox (Primer) Facial Moisturizer, and I like to ensure I do the Dry Clay Mask once a week to help keeps things balanced.

If there’s one piece of advice I could pass on to other Radiant Rebels, it would be to stick to the product use descriptions. Sometimes, if you have moments of laziness (like me) and skip steps, you’ll definitely notice a difference and so will your skin. When I’m consistent in following my routine and the directions, my skin feels like it’s clean and breathable. This is a big part of my journey moving forward, as I hope to become most consistent with my skin care habits. One day I also hope to start repairing some of my acne scars too.

I think I have always been a bit of a rebel; I always did my own thing and never really followed the crowd. On the other end, radiance is about allowing your true beauty to shine through and allowing others to see it too. I also know I’m not alone in the fight, with the likeminded community that Batty’s Bath provides.

When it comes to Batty’s Bath I say – TRY IT! From day one, your skin will thank you and you certainly won’t ever regret it. In no time, you’ll notice major changes in your skin, just like I did.”

–     Angela, Radiant Rebel & (soon to be) retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces. 

If you have a story like Angela’s that you think other Radiant Rebels need to hear, don’t be shy! We’d love to hear them! Simply click the link below!

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My Radiant Rebel Story: Kathleen

Since February is our birthday month, we wanted to share a bunch of Radiant Rebel Stories. To get the ball rolling, we’re starting with Kathleen’s story…

“I’ve suffered from rosacea for as long as I can remember. Before Batty’s Bath… well, let’s just say I had given up, completely. I also felt like chemicals and toxins were behind my rosacea, and hoped for a more natural solution.

Besides the fact that I figured I had nothing left to lose, I was immediately drawn to the community ‘feel’ thatKathleensurrounded Batty’s Bath. The product descriptions hooked me, but I was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that the line included products that were meant for my rosacea.

I started with the Detox Skin Care Kit (plus, the Rosacea Serum to add a booster to my routine) based on the Batty’s Bath recommended course of action. I was immediately sold. My skin and I were in a happier place for the first time in a very long time. After my 3 weeks of detoxing, I switched over to the Rosacea Skin Care Kit. I can honestly say that my redness has gone way down, looks much healthier and even the texture is improving. Most of all, I have a renewed sense of self-confidence.

Here’s a look at my current routine. In the AM, I cleanse with the Soothing Cleanser followed by Soothing Eye Gel, Hydration Mist, and Hydra Healing Gel. I top off my morning routine with the Daily Detox Facial Moisturizer. In the evening my routine is fairly similar, but I prefer the Charcoal CP Soap and Forever Young Moisturizer instead. I also like to boost my routine with the Rosacea Serum for overnight healing.

As a seasoned Radiant Rebel, I’d love to share a few tips:

  1. A little dab with your finger is all you need for both the Soothing Eye Gel and Hydra Healing Gel.

  2. I don’t wear makeup every day, but when I do, you know it’s all Batty’s Bath products. I really enjoy using the Mineral Foundation, and find that using a stippling brush to apply the Mineral Concealer has been the gentlest and easiest way for me to blend it out on my sensitive skin.

3) Don’t wear the Dry Clay Mask on a hot day; you’ll end up eating it – LOL!

I’m still focused on my rosacea for the time being but would love to work at improving the texture of my skin and minimizing the appearance of large pores. Slowing down any signs of aging would also be a bonus too. For now, I’m happy knowing that I am part of a community of people who have similar challenges to mine. I can feel like I’m not alone and the word ‘rebel’ really resonates with me; it brings to mind other words like ‘conqueror’ and ‘kick ass’. Both of which bring me confidence not only in my skin care journey but life as well.  

If I can leave you with one message it would be- What are you waiting for? You will love the genuine, natural ingredients. You will love the community feel, and I have all the faith in the world that you will find something that works for you when all else has fails. Batty’s Bath products are half the cost of other brands that proclaim the same kind of results, but with them, you know your skin is in loving hands. “

– Kathleen, Radiant Rebel & Fair Weather Lover

If you have a story like Kathleen’s that you think other Radiant Rebels need to hear, don’t be shy! We’d love to hear them! Simply click the link below!

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Hey Batty & Team!

I need help with applying my Mineral Makeup Foundation on my oily skin. My face is too glowy and I feel like a glow stick! I tried using the Oil Absorbing Setting Powder before and after I apply the minerals, but I still look greasy. Am I doing something wrong? Should I be using a different foundation like the Nature’s Veil CC Cream instead of the Mineral Makeup Foundation? I find that the Whipped Foundation doesn’t last on my face all day once my oils start to break it down, and I really want to use all natural foundation. Help!?

Hey There!

Batty applying mineral foundationA woman after my heart! I totally understand the pains when it comes to getting the hang of mineral foundation. For
years I avoided this foundation type, for the same reason- I just couldn’t seem to master the application. Coming from a history of oil-skin makes finding a foundation particularly tricky, but it can be done. Now that I’ve got my technique down, I love reaching for a mineral foundation because it really can help combat my mid-day oiliness.

Here are a few tips that I’ve found to help me get a flawless finish with mineral foundation on my oily skin.

  1. This one is likely the most obvious, but using skin care products that help balance oil production will go the longest yard. It’s taken me time to figure out my routine, but not that I’ve got a set of products that help me tackle oil and congestion, the other challenges (like the one you’re having with the Mineral Makeup Foundation) seem to fall away. I still experience small influxes in oily, but for the most part, my skin is healthy and balanced.
  2. I love our Mineral Makeup Foundation in the summer as that’s when it’s most likely for my oils to spike. That being said, on days I plan to use a mineral foundation, I wait until my moisturizer is completely absorbed. If it’s not, the minerals just tend to stick to where the moisturizer is still soaking in. I like to apply my moisturizer immediately after I get out of the shower. I then go about other parts of my morning routine (like getting dressed) to give it a solid chunk of time to absorb. I also find that the Raw Radiance Moisturizer tends to be the fastest at soaking into my skin. I love the Daily Detox (Primer) Moisturizer but prefer to use it when I’m pairing it with our Whipped Foundation or Nature’s Veil CC Cream.
  3. Your brush- Hopefully, you’re using a kabuki brush. My personal preference is to use a flat-top kabuki that is SUPER dense with bristles. They should still be super soft, but that stiffness really helps to buff out the product. I save my rounded kabuki for things like mineral blush and bronzer because I find they’re better at diffusing colour. My all time favourite kabuki is the F80 from Sigma Beauty. While it’s a bit of an investment, mine lasted me for what felt like decades before I had to replace it. Ecotools also makes an affordable alternative.
  4. It’s all in the application! I find that the lighter the layer I apply, the better it blends. It takes some practice and patience, but I find that this goes a long way for avoiding that “metallic” look that can happen when you start with too much. You can also mix in a little bit of the Oil Absorbing Setting Powder right into your cap with the Mineral Makeup Foundation when loading your brush. This will help to mattify and make sure the powder can help prolong your wear and minimize your oil all day. It’s translucent so it won’t affect the colour of your foundation and it helps to set the foundation right from the start.

Hopefully, these tips will help you master the challenges of mineral foundation for your oily skin. Let me know how it goes!

With Love & Radiance,

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