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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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Natural Perfume, Made by Hand: ONE SEED

August 10, 2011
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Ah, the glorious smell of fragrance. It can take us back to years past or bring on hopes of attracting a forever love. 

But what many people don’t realise is that most mainstream marketed fragrances (perfume, cologne, deodorants etc) are nothing more than toxic concoctions, luring consumers in with synthetic aromas designed to mimic the pleasurable scents found in nature.

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These chemicals, when sprayed onto the skin, enter the blood stream and disrupt the natural functioning of the body — and long term potentially manifesting as dis-eases such as cancer.

Add to that animal cruelty, with a great deal of designer (and otherwise) perfumes tried and tested on unwitting animals trapped in laboratory cages. The facts certainly take the gloss of an oft-thought of glam industry (for a list of companies that do test on animals, click here).

Yet, not all companies are cutting corners and resorting to cruelty in the name of a great-smelling scent.

Liz Cook, founder of One Seed natural perfume, is a boutique perfumer who relies only on nature for her natural perfume collection. With names such as Courage, Freedom, Grace and Hope, the range is gathering a loyal following of beauty lovers who want to smell pretty without forsaking their health.

I caught up with the talented Aussie to find out more…

What’s the difference between One Seed natural perfume and those we’d find at the local department store?

One Seed is a natural perfume line, created in small batches from completely natural ingredients; mainstream brands use an almost entirely synthetic formula. We use no synthetics or animal ingredients (except beeswax and honey in some fragrances) at all.

A natural perfume is, by nature, deeper, richer and more complex, with subtle nuances that mainstream fragrances don’t have. Our perfume is more intimate and lingers in your personal space, and is not overpowering. You’ll also notice that our perfume evolves on your skin over time, slowly unfolding to reveal a new layer of the story.

We use traditional perfumery methods to create our fragrances, and blend and bottle each by hand. We approach perfumery as an art, rather than as a science, and aim to create fragrances with a story.

What sort of ingredients make up a mainstream fragrance? How can these be detrimental to our health?

Mainstream fragrances contain a cocktail of potentially toxic ingredients, from denatured alcohol to synthetically produced fragrance, UV filters, preservatives, plasticisers to fix the fragrance to the skin, and many others. Unfortunately, price is no indicator of what percentage of toxic ingredients may be in the fragrance, and both the cheap knock-offs and high-end or boutique fragrances contain very similar ingredients.

Some of these ingredients may have immediate effects on your body, with symptoms such as itching, sneezing, headache, asthma, and dermatitis, and others have accumulative effects and have been linked to sperm damage, birth defects, hormonal disruption, some cancers and more. There are also many ingredients being used which have not been assessed for their safety. And many of these chemicals have been detected in human body fat and breast milk.

What ingredients do we need to look out for — those that can be most harmful to our health?

There are so many of them it’s hard to make a list! The biggest issues is that up to 50 percent of the ingredients in those fragrances will not be listed on the packaging. The only way to avoid these ingredients without sacrificing the pleasure of a beautiful scent is to choose a fragrance made from entirely natural ingredients. The natural perfume industry is still in its infancy in Australia, but there are a handful of companies with beautiful natural perfumes, including One Seed, of course!

We don’t want to be just another perfume company. We want to be a seed for change. We believe that the perfect beauty of nature need not be corrupted by synthetic interference. And that beauty is defined by knowing who you are, and being able to see beauty around you. So care more deeply. Share more of yourself. Live inspired. Make a difference.

If you absolutely must use your favourite perfume, the best advice in order to limit exposure is  to use it less frequently, spray it on your clothing rather than on your skin, and limit the number of products you use which contain synthetic fragrance.

For those interested in finding out more about this subject, there is a great article at www.ewg.org/files/SafeCosmetics_FragranceRpt.pdf

Do you think most of us realise what we’re spraying on ourselves when we use unnatural fragrances?

Definitely not. Firstly because most of us assume anything that’s harmful would not be allowed in our stores, and, secondly, because these companies use such clever marketing. The multimillions of dollars spent on advertising for these fragrances are designed to make us feel more sexy, more desirable, more in style, more cutting edge, and so we are subconsciously lured toward those messages, and very rarely consider what is actually in the bottle.

The other issue is that our natural response to something that smells good is a sense of pleasure, regardless of the actual ingredients. If the end result it a beautiful aroma, its attractive.

Can you talk me through what ingredients make up One Seed perfumes?

Our list of ingredients is very simple: natural alcohol from sugar cane or grapes, a blend of natural fragrance extracts (which includes essential oils, absolutes, resins and tinctures), and distilled water. We don’t include anything artificial at all, and use creative blending techniques and specific extracts to make a formula that lasts on the skin, and has enough sillage without being overpowering.

Our natural perfume range includes anything from 10 up to 22 different fragrant plant extracts, including some costing over $20,000 per kg, such as ambrette seed (a natural musk), iris root and tuberose. And we are always on the lookout for the latest natural extracts.

Some of our most exciting recent discoveries are raspberry extract and apricot absolute which, just a couple of years ago, were impossible to produce. New techniques for extracting plant materials have made is possible to use soft fruits, specific parts of a plant and even dirt and seashells! My palette is rapidly expanding – it’s so exciting!

Can you tell, simply by smelling, the difference between a natural perfume and a synthetic one?

With practice, you can detect synthetic ingredients in any product, whether it is washing powder or perfume. But it does take practice. Some perfume houses are very good at creating scents that are very close to nature, whilst others are very obviously synthetic.

How was the brand conceived? Have you always been interested in fragrance and aromatherapy?

I have been involved in the organic  beauty industry since 2001, when I opened my first store, Out of Eden, in Adelaide. Over the next eight years I opened two more stores, and developed our own range of body care products, and fell in love with blending along the way.

When I sold the business in 2008, I kept the formulae for the fragrances I was working on, seeing a gap in the perfume market which I thought I might enter one day! Three months later, I began working on our first three fragrances, and in May 2009, One Seed was born.

I think I really developed my “nose” for perfumery with Out of Eden, working with aromatherapy oils every day. The field of perfumery is so vast with so many opportunities for creativity and a new extract or formula around every corner. I have a passion for all things organic, for business and for creating, and natural perfumery is my art.

My desire has always been to create a natural perfume range that is about more than the product itself, and a business that is a catalyst for inspiration and social change. Our company statement sums it up: We don’t want to be just another perfume company. We want to be a seed for change. We believe that the perfect beauty of nature need not be corrupted by synthetic interference. And that beauty is defined by knowing who you are, and being able to see beauty around you. So care more deeply. Share more of yourself. Live inspired. Make a difference.

At the end of the day, it’s not the profit that really counts.

Why do you think perfume has become such an important part of most women’s beauty ritual?

Perfume has been part of our beauty ritual for thousands of years, in fact.

Our sense of smell is so powerful sense because it is linked to memory and emotion, and so we can change the way we feel just by making ourselves smell better. In ancient times, women would use extracts from flower petals, incense and woods to do that, but in modern times we have the privilege of such a variety of aromas.

We can ignite our sense of nostalgia with fragrances that smell like our childhood, lift our mood with effervescent fruity scents, or install a sense of calm or comfort with florals. And we can even travel the globe with one spray, visiting oriental destinations with the aromas of Indian spices, island fruits and flowers or Asian blossoms.

Scent has a way of making us feel more connected, more free, more desirable or more beautiful.

What are your plans for One Seed?

We will be releasing another four fragrances this year, and working on a new addition to the natural perfume range. Next year, we will be looking at international markets. But my aim is to always keep One Seed a boutique brand; to keep it artisan, and to continue creating our fragrances by hand.

I would love to see One Seed develop a cult following! That would definitely be a great achievement! I would also love to be nominated for a Fifi Award or Jasmine Award (fragrance industry awards) sometime in the future, but that will be a really tough competition!

The big brands put a huge emphasis on packaging, with much of what the consumer pays actually going toward the bottle and the marketing. How do you approach your bottling?

Keep it simple, but beautiful. I think great packaging often makes or breaks a product, no matter whether it’s a natural product or not. I think this is where a lot of natural products fall over, because they assume consumers will find them and try them just for the natural aspect. I don’t agree.

I think first you need to be eye-catching and make a statement, especially in an age of uber-competition in the beauty industry. Great packaging is really important to our products, but our perfume is our main focus, so we use our packaging like a picture frame for our art, and use most of our budget to source the best natural ingredients money can buy.

What does your natural beauty routine look like? What’s one beauty essential you could never go without?

My natural beauty routine is pretty simple: cleanse, mild exfoliant and moisturise twice a day, and a clay mask once a week. I have an occasional microdermabrasion facial, which I love, and it makes my skin absolutely glow for a few weeks after!

As far as makeup, I love to play but for the most part I wear a mineral makeup, mascara and lip gloss. And I only ever buy natural beauty products, of course! There are so many good ones these days! The one beauty essential I could go live without is concealer. It covers a multitude of sins!

What are your favourite scents from nature and why?

I absolutely adore complex florals like magnolia, jasmine and boronia. There are so many complex notes in just one single bloom! I love going for a run when the jasmine is in full bloom, and I have been known to bring home more than a few springs a keep my nose in it for days! Boronia season is so short, but I adore it. The smell of boronias fills my home for a few weeks a year.

Being a perfumer has definitely given me a love and passion aroma, and taught me to really savour the scent of every blossom, fruit or seed. I have a reputation for lingering over the scent of a freshly picked lemon before I use it in my cooking, and for taking way too long to brew chai tea for my visitors, which I insist on making from scratch every time!

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  • Ulyana
    August 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I have searched everywhere for natural fragrance of this kind of quality! Great post!

    • Eco Beauty Editor
      August 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

      So glad I could help Ulyana! It is hard to find a genuinely natural fragrance. Liz has created some beautiful perfumes, and she’s releasing more in the near future. I’ll let you know when the new one/s are released x

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