We are launching our Smoothing Facial Polish this month so we thought we'd highlight one of the sweetest ingredients of all: Rapadura sugar. A.K.A. Chancaca, Panela or Piloncillo depending on its country of origin.
Phew... sugar is confusing! Not only are there many varieties but also many misleading names. For example, did you know that most "raw" sugars aren't actually raw?
Before we get into the benefits of Rapadura, here are 3 refined sugars you could consider avoiding:
RAW vs. REFINED
Refined... we consider this a word for the dirtiest of sailor mouths. Let's take a peek at a few refined sugars and what that means.
1. "Sugar in the Raw"
This sugar has surely gone in your coffee, and it looks so Earthy. But it is, in fact, a refined sugar. Read more HERE.
What does that mean? In short, refined sugars are meddled with by silly humans for a number of reasons.
They are heated to a high temperature, clarified often with chemicals then dehydrated until sugar crystals form. The crystals are then spun in a centrifuge to separate them from the molasses.
Sounds sweet right? Wrong. Molasses is all the good stuff! Truly raw sugar in Nature's intended state is packed full of vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, plus small amounts of Vitamins A, B-1, B-2, B-6 and niacin. It is also rich in iron. Just 1-teaspoon of rapadura sugar has 11 percent of your daily iron! And all this goes with the molasses.
So when the molasses is removed, refined sugar crystals empty of Nature's already perfect nutrients are left behind! Empty crystal carbs.
Some consider refined sugars as being closer to a drug considering they are highly addictive, contain no nutritional value and inhibit us from absorbing beneficial nutrients we are otherwise consuming.
2. "Refined white sugar"
White sugar is processed similarly. It is often processed with damaging chemicals like sulphur dioxide, phosphoric acid, bleaching agents & viscosity reducers.
3. "Brown sugar"
Brown sugar is just refined white sugar with some molasses added back in. A bit better, sure. But Rapadura sugar still has 5 X more minerals than brown sugar!
TRULY RAW, TRULY SWEET RAPADURA SUGAR!
This natural, non-crystallized sugar isn't separated from the molasses so it maintains its nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It is also processed 100% chemical free and never reaches damaging high temperatures.
Rapadura sugar is processed in a traditional and beautiful way that really sounds (and tastes) close to Mother Earth.
The sugar cane juice is simmered at a very low temperature to evaporate off the water. Meanwhile it is gently stirred with paddles. It is then ground through a seive to produce a grainy sugar as Nature intended.
WITH REGARDS TO SKINCARE
Just as it is healthier to consume rapadura sugar than refined sugars, it is also more beneficial for your skin! On top of being more nutritious and chemical-free, rapadura sugar has more of a grainy texture than refined sugars. Since it is smooth vs. crystallized it is less abrasive and much safer for use on your pretty face! And sugar is naturally hydrating, so you'll definitely feel the difference.
Plus, it is safe for our water systems unlike plastic microbeads used in conventional exfoliators.
TRY IT THIS MONTH!
This month (May 2018) we are releasing a new product: Sugar Calendula & Blood Orange Smoothing Facial Polish! We will be sending a DISCOUNT COUPON to our Blossom Newsletter Subscribers once it launches so if you haven't already, subscribe HERE.
We love you as sweetly as rapadura sugar! Peace and love.
Do you have any favorite sugars you'd like to share with us? Let us know below!