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  • #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.
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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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Natural Beauty Brands

An Iconic Kiwi Beauty: LINDEN LEAVES

December 12, 2017

Linden Leaves was one of the first brands that I was introduced to as a beauty editor—way back in 2005. It’s also one of the few that had an early impact on me.

With its family roots, attention to detail and ethical philosophy, Linden Leaves has always felt incredibly authentic—and importantly with products that deliver on their promise. It also didn’t hurt that they looked divine, with nature right there floating in the bottle, from gold flakes to lavender sprigs.

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So you can imagine I was excited to hear the brand had released a Natrue certified line, featuring a complete beauty routine with utterly no nasties; that is, all natural, all nourishing and no animal testing.

It’s not often a brand makes it into my regular beauty routine, because the sheer amount of products I’m regularly trying. However, the Linden Leaves Nature range has me besotted.

My favourite right now being the Balancing Toner with Pohutakawa and Chamomile (see below). After cleansing, simply spritz over the face and neck. It leaves skin feeling refreshed and hydrated It also boasts a delicate scent that I’m completely in love with (you’ll see what I mean when you try it).

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Mother and daughter team, Brigit and Juliet Blair both have so much passion for and dedication to the brand that started in the family kitchen in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1995—initially to help care for Brigit’s two children who suffered severe eczema and allergies.

Back then, natural and effective products that were kind to sensitive skin were hard to find, and so “out of necessity”, Linden Leaves was born.

Brigit began harvesting and freeze-drying roses; blending fruit and flower oils with the unique scent of essential oil blends. It became a labour of love for Brigit, who set out to create beautiful, effective and quality handmade natural products that were kind to the skin.

From that humble family kitchen operation, Linden Leaves has expanded into an internationally recognised brand known for its natural everyday luxury handmade products.

Devoted to effective, natural products created from the best quality ingredients, Brigit’s vision for Linden Leaves has always been focused on beautiful, effective and gentle products to nourish the skin and soothe the soul.

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I recently caught up with Brigit (pictured above) to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of my favourite beauty brands.

If you’ve been lucky enough to try the Linden Leaves Natrue certified range, please leave your experience in the comments!

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Brigit Blair

What is a typical day like at Linden Leaves?

Enjoyable, challenging, busy, rewarding and setting the platform for the next day! I enjoy the privilege of an inspiring team, a culture of striving for quality performance across the brand and customer satisfaction, so keeping motivated is no problem.

I’m based in the Christchurch office which is our production and despatch centre for domestic and export orders and there is plenty of activity. I regularly co-ordinate with our CEO, marketing and product design which are based in our Auckland office. Effective communication is significantly important.

What are the majority of your customers looking for with skincare?

To have a radiant, healthy, youthful looking skin. While we all age and should do so gracefully, our skincare range offers a personalised daily solution for delaying the ageing process in a natural and sensible way. Our customers are looking for an uncomplicated, effective range that can be used for daily maintenance or as a treatment range for specific challenges.

How do you separate family and business time?

There are no defined lines. As my children have grown up with the business over the last 20 years they are interested and knowledgeable and I enjoy their thoughts and perspective. It is just one of many topics we discuss and there is always time for my husband, children and grandchildren to share fun and experiences together with no mention of business.

How has the family influence helped define the brand?

My initial interest in ingredients and products was from a desire to find natural alternatives to the harsh pharmaceuticals that were prescribed for two of my children who had very sensitive and challenged skin combined with many allergies and eczema.

I guess we have always been a family interested in pushing the boundaries, exploration and with a strong sense of design and aesthetics. These traits have been melded somewhat subconsciously into the brand.

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What process does a Natrue Certified product go through?

A detailed and lengthy process examining every ingredient and particularly how the extract, oil or juice is obtained from the seed, stem or leaf.

The European standard Natrue Certification gives confidence that the finished product is 100 percent natural and contains no synthetic fragrances, no petroleum derived products, no silicon oils or derivatives, no genetically modified ingredients, no irradiation of botanical ingredients or end product and no products are tested on animals.

Are all the products formulated in New Zealand?

Yes. All our products are formulated and made in New Zealand. This is an important part of our story.

What are the benefits people could expect from the Natrue Certified range?

A nourished, healthier, more youthful skin through gentle, natural ingredients that nourish, heal and protect the skin from sun damage and premature ageing.

There are a range of carefully selected active ingredients to help minimise collagen loss and elastin fibres, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, clear clogged pores and balance the skin. The benefits enhance a youthful, vibrant, healthy looking skin giving confidence and happiness.

What are your favourite Natrue certified products from the range and why?

Our miraculous facial oil is my “go to” favourite. Our organic white tea infused rosehip and evening primrose oil is rich in anti-oxidants to neutralise and protect against free radical damage and protect the proteins of the skin matrix.

I use it daily in the mornings by blending a drop into my moisturiser and 3-4 times a week at night by massaging a few drops into my face and neck. It definitely keeps my skin in good condition.

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It is hard to choose favourites but I am loving the results of the Regenerating Elixir. The rich concentrate of organic white tea and kiwi fruit extract helps combat dehydration and the first signs of ageing. It feels to be well absorbed, giving my skin a lovely glow, life and energy.

It is magic when you want tired and dull looking skin to disappear! I either add it to my moisturiser, instead of or with the drop of facial oil, and 1-2 times a week add a drop to my night facial oil treatment.

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Find out more about Linden Leaves here.