• #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Bronzite Stone is a protective and grounding mineral that helps to restore harmony in your life. It strengthens your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or powerless. Bronzite healing properties help to alleviate any feelings of doubt or indecisiveness. This particular bronzite meaning makes this a very beneficial stone to use when considering plans for the future.

Bronzite stones help you to take responsibility for your actions, while balancing, grounding and stabilizing your energy body in the process. Bronzite healing properties not only repel, but send back the negative energies to the sender. They instill the inner strength and courage to follow through with your actions to pave way for your dreams to come true.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Selenite wand (pictured) is the ideal energy tool for all types of energy cleansing. Everyone needs one in their home. It is one of the the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. Place one on each of your windowsills to protect your space and raise its vibration. Selenite crystals also greatly magnify the energy of anything that is placed upon them. Place your tumbled stones on top of them to clear their energy. 💎
Selenite is one of our must-have crystals—it’s one that we both wear each and everyday. It is a mineral that holds a very, very high vibration, working on many different energetic levels to cleanse, purify and clear your body of any negativity or energy blockages. Selenite crystals dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.
Unknown to many, Selenite also promotes fertility as well as unlocks any creative blocks. It is excellent for healers, light workers and people in the public to wear, as they act as an energetic shield surrounding your aura. Some even believe that its' natural ability to cleanse, purify and create energy flow throughout the entire energy system will help to restructure and regenerate cells. It is often used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing, including cancer treatment and tumor reduction. 💎
Wearing a selenite necklace also shields and protects you from lower energy frequencies, especially energy vampires, spirits or ghosts. Selenite is a form of liquid light that infuses your aura and spirit with white light when worn or held.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} An Andalusite stone is very powerful for psychic protection, grounding and motivation. Carry it with you when you are feeling anxious, stressed or fearful to help you feel more secure and protected.

Since ancient times, Andalusite stones have been used for protection. They believed that the Andalusite meaning as a sign from God, as it has a very unique, natural black cross within it. Andalusite stones carry a very highly protective vibration, especially for psychic protection. In ancient times, it was used to ward off the evil eye and any negativity directed at them. An Andalusite Stone is a powerful healing stone for focus and grounding, helping to strengthen all of your chakras so that you feel more balanced. It increases your motivation and willpower, so that you are fully focused on your task or goal. The andalusite metaphysical properties include having a deep connection with the Earth. When you hold these stones in your hands, you will feel a spiritually grounding and comforting energy. It helps you to change any negative energy into positive, fostering harmony and peace. Andalusite stones are also wonderful stones to carry when you are feeling fearful, depressed, anxious or stressed, as it helps to relieve stress and leaves you feeling more secure. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Peacock Ore’s (also called Chalcopyrite) rainbow color surrounds you with light to inspire positivity. It is a stone of creativity, innovation and blessings that helps to increase creative energies and stimulate new ideas. Hold it in your hands and say: Negative energy will not enter my space. I am surrounded by light and peace. This will amplify its properties for peace and protection.

Chalcopyrite is a wonderful meditation stone because it breaks up energy blockages to open up the crown chakra. It is also believed to be one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, as it has the ability to align every chakra when placed upon it. Using it in body layouts causes a transformative experience that removes negative energy and replaces it with strong, positive energy. Meditating with them on a regular basis increases your intuition and helps you to become more in tune with the universe. It is also said to help us overcome the idea of “perfection,” encouraging us to embrace who we are and accept ourselves. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Tourmaline is one the ultimate protection crystals. If you are looking to clear, cleanse and unlock any energy blockages in your home, place a piece of Black Tourmaline in each of the 4 corners of the room or at the 4 corners of your property. This creates a protective shield of energy to ensure that no negative and harmful energy permeates your space. The human body is constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. When you come in contact with people everyday, you often pick up some of their energy. To maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit, you want to make sure that your energy is 100% your own, so knowing how to remove negative energy from your energy field is key. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} One of the oldest stones on the planet, Shungite is a must-have for any crystal collection. All gemstones have healing qualities, but in the case of this super stone, the unique purifying and cleansing properties of shungite make it unlike any of the other protection crystals. Found only in Russia, shungite has been a source of healing since long before the discovery of fullerenes within the stone. The natural fullerenes within this carbon dense stone have the ability to reduce the concentration of free radicals. That's why we always recommend setting shungite protection properties on your desk, to shield against the free radicals cast off by your tech devices. It's also great to place shungite in a glass of water to create a healing elixir. The high-carbon content within shungite acts as a filter. Modern water filtration systems use active charcoal carbon for the same reason. In Karelia, Russia, where shungite is found, they've been using shungite in their water for centuries! 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Onyx is one of the best crystals for protection because it facilitates better decision making. In connecting with a black onyx protection crystal, you can work to shield your energy from regressing into negative habits or patterns. It's ideal for releasing tension, and guides you to find grounding within. Use black onyx to find stability during times of turmoil in your relationships. The self-confidence this stone imbues you with comes from that sense of balance within. It will encourage you to pursue your dreams without fear. Wear it as protection crystal jewelry and always have a bodyguard to shield your inner spirit from unwanted intrusions. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Energy is your most precious human resource. Your energy makes you, you. Your physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy all contribute to how you feel and show up to your life on a day to day basis. 
Your mind, body and spirit are constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. Even when you do your best to maintain a positive mindset, you are still susceptible to the energies of others and your surroundings. When your co-worker or loved one is stressed, you may pick up that energy and take it on as your own. If you walk into a room where an argument just occurred, your energy field picks up the energetic residue left in the space. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prioritize protecting your energy.

When you feel safe, secure and energized on all levels, you just feel good. You are grounded, calm and able to make better decisions. Your performance at work sky rockets. Your relationships become easier. And your home feels like a safe, harmonious haven.

So what can you do to protect your energy? That’s where crystal energy comes into play. Throughout this week on the @ecobeautyeditor feed, you’ll learn what crystals are best for protection of your space and your energy.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK This week’s @ecobeautyeditor feed will be guest edited by Heather and Timmi from (my all-time favourite) crystal house, @energymuse The women are going to be talking about crystals for energy protection — one of the most overlooked health and wellness subjects on the planet IMO. We are actually first and foremost energetic beings, so it makes complete sense that we would need to put certain protocols in place to protect (and nourish) our energy reserves. If you’re a crystal lover like me, stay tuned to find out what ones Heather and Timmi recommend, and why.
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  • #NATURALMASCARAWEEK @w3llpeople claim their Expressionist Mascara is a “boundary-breaking formula that creates big, bold, fluffy lashes instantly”… and they’re absolutely spot on. I know a big frustration when trying natural formulas can be the lack of volume, the crumbling and the like—you don’t have to worry with this one. This botanical blend boasts pure mineral pigments, which deliver jet-black lashes, all the while the injection-moulded rubber brush helps to separate and define. 100 percent cruelty-free, petroleum-free, paraben free, gluten-free, coal tar-free, aluminum-free, fiber-free, and clump-free.

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  • #NATURALMASCARAWEEK Winner of the Green Bible Beauty Award, @lilylolousacanada ’s vegan mascara is formulated with organic botanicals, which work as an anti-bacterial—a super handy fact when it comes to mascara, where bacteria can quickly grow. Expect volumizing and defining, thrown in with a good dose of lengthening. Definitely a natural mascara must-have.

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June 13, 2018
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If you haven’t noticed the beard (and beard oil) trend, just check out the almost two million Instagram posts with the hash tag #beardstyle. You’ll see men are starting to take a dedicated interest in caring for their facial hair like never before.

With demand creating supply, a multitude of beard grooming companies have swung open their doors, selling products to coif and maintain beards long and short. However, with the amount of businesses springing up, how many of these are natural and do more than sell oil in a bottle?

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In my hunt for truly authentic men’s grooming products (see my men’s round up post next week), I came across the California Beard Company and its founder Chandler Sterling, a cartographer by trade but a “lover of beards by birth”.

Becoming frustrated by the cosmetics industry after searching for a high-quality, natural beard oil, Chandler formulated his own. The rest, as is said, is history, with the beard-preneur fulfilling orders to whet a global consumer appetite. His company also gives back, with one tree planted for every person who signs up to the California Beard Co newsletter.

I asked Chandler to tell me more about the California Beard Company, his beard oil products and why he wanted to ensure his business gave back.

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What prompted you to start California Beard Company?

The desire to use a product that was all natural and made with care.

Many popular men’s grooming brands cut corners by using cheaper synthetic alternatives. I prefer to keep it real with the products I use and I think my customers appreciate that. It’s a product that I would personally want to use based on its ingredient list.

Why was formulating natural and organic products important to you?

Natural and organic is important to me because we don’t necessarily know the long-term impacts of using synthesized materials in cosmetics and grooming products. I prefer to use natural products over ingredients like silicones, which are popular ingredients in grooming products. Natural ingredients are great, however, they can still be sprayed with pesticides. That is why organic ingredients are very important—they have not been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.

Finding good quality men’s skin and haircare is a lot harder than it is for women. What did you find interesting when developing products specifically for men?

I’ve tried very hard to resist the ‘manly’ cliche found among other brands marketing. I prefer to focus on how we can give back through planting trees, or how we can design natural products in recyclable packaging.

Why beards and beard oil?

In 6th grade my nickname on the basketball team was Mr Hairy Legs. The beard came shortly after. I’ve had to live with a beard for half of my life and I’ve become somewhat of an expert.

Do you see beard care being a trend or a grooming habit that’s here to stay?

I think beards ebb and flow in popularity. However, hair growing out of men’s faces is here to stay. Some men will continue to grow beards to help them look good. One study found that the 10-day beard is most attractive length for men to attract mates.

I love how you give back. What was behind the decision and what response do you get from consumers?

I’m a very suspicious consumer. Corporations do terrible things to our environment and then don’t accept responsibility for the damages. Basically, my goal is to run this company as a company that I would personally want to support.

I want to be a sustainable enterprise that gives back to the world so our existence is a net-positive for the customers, the company, and mother earth.

What ingredients were non-negotiables when formulating?

Ingredients were carefully researched before beginning the formulation process. If the ingredient was not originally derived from a plant, or not naturally occurring, it would not be considered for inclusion in a formula.

Being 100 percent natural, what do you use as a preservative and why?

A preservative in our oils is essential oil. For example, tea tree is great because it adds a cool scent and helps keep the beard oil from spoiling. Organic grain alcohol is the preservative in our aftershave. It’s actually used as a preservative in organic witch hazel, which is the primary ingredient in our aftershave.

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The beauty industry is awash with natural and organic claims, yet when you study the ingredient labels it quickly becomes evident there’s a lot of greenwashing. 

Yes, exactly! As mentioned earlier, I am a suspicious consumer and am distrustful of marketing and packaging. The use of colors, phrases, and designs can trick us into thinking a product is eco-friendly when it isn’t.

We need to raise consumer education about what natural and organic really mean. I encourage everyone to read the label of every product you buy.

What is the difference between each beard oil you sell?

All the beard oil scents are 98 percent the same base of organic jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. The other 2% is the essential oils, which are used to provide different scents to the blend, and also for their added benefits. We also provide an unscented beard oil for those who just want the nourishing properties without any of the scent.

For someone who has a beard, but has never used an oil before, can you explain why they would need it?

Does your beard ever itch, flake dandruff, or break out with ingrown hairs? Beard oil is a leave-in conditioner for your beard that softens your beard to help reduce itch. It also hydrates the skin under your beard which helps reduce dandruff.

When you wash your face with soap you strip the naturally occurring oils from your face. Our beard oil contains organic jojoba oil, which is an oil that is very similar in chemical composition to the naturally occurring oil. Put beard oil in your beard after you shower or wash your face to replenish the layer of protective oil on your face.

What do you see the future of the men’s grooming industry as being?

It’s becoming more socially acceptable for men to take care of their appearance. I think the men’s grooming industry is going to continue to grow as men begin feeling more comfortable buying grooming products.

beard oilWhat’s next for California Beard Company?

I’m working on some new formulations of beard oil and beard balm. I took input from real bearded Santas to develop a beard oil that smells like Christmas and won’t turn a white beard yellow. Yeah, some beard oils are so golden that they turn white beards yellow!

The santas are actual working santas like you see in movies and at the mall. Being close Hollywood has introduced me to some pretty interesting folks!

I’m also working on a new blend inspired by the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The idea is to include essential oils from plants that grow in the mountain range, like oak, cedar, and pine. I have a deep love for that part of the country and want to create a beard oil blend to reflect that.

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