• #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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Natural Beauty Brands

Made by Mother Nature: SCOUT COSMETICS

May 29, 2018
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From their breathable nail polish and superfood skincare to mineral makeup that delivers, there’s a lot to love about Australian beauty brand, SCOUT Cosmetics.

Founded by Sylvie Hutchings in 2008, it’s a company with a transparent mission and ingredient list to match, giving discerning natural beauty lovers a brand they know they can trust.

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Yet, SCOUT Cosmetics was really founded Sylvie’s family’s kitchen when she was a child, if you consider how her German mother and Italian grandmother greatly impacted her love for natural beauty, with their own love of herbal remedies and holistic traditions.

Scents of lavender, jasmine and bergamot were a childhood mainstay, with her grandmother crafting nourishing soaps and body scrubs from the family kitchen. Meanwhile, Sylvie’s aunt was responsible for sending her the latest European fashion trends—along with her very first make-up kit.

Fast-forward to 2018, and Sylvie Hutchings is at the helm of a thriving business, responsible for a beauty brand that has become somewhat of a cult must-buy, particularly for its toxin-free polishes. The latest collection of nail colours are infused with superfoods, example of how this beauty trailblazer is always formulating with Mother Nature, and the health of her fans, top-of-mind.

Despite SCOUT Cosmetics’ success, the company philosophy is, in fact, quite simple: products must be Australian-made from only high quality certified organic and natural ingredients; be formulated by experts and manufactured to Australian and international stands; and be highly effective for the skin, while being enjoyable to use.

The brand recently added COSMOS and Australian Certified Organic certifications to its suite of much-loved products.

I spoke with Sylvie about her passion for SCOUT Cosmetics and what is means to be an authentic, transparent brand in an often greenwashed market.

Congrats on your COSMOS and Australian Certified Organic certification. How stringent is the certification and what process did you have to go through?

COSMOS and Australian Certified Organic (ACO) are two of the most stringent certifications for cosmetics globally. Each certification requires various percentages of certified organic ingredients, with further requirements that there are no genetically modified or irradiated ingredients, no nanoparticles and no animal testing. Product packaging also has to meet sustainability requirements.

Our process of attaining both of these certifications included an initial application to an authorised certification body followed by a rigorous review of every element of our production cycle. Each product within our active beauty range has been reviewed to ensure they not only meet the accreditation guidelines but fulfil our promise of integrity, transparency and accountability as a natural cosmetics brand. We are proud to be one of the first Australia cosmetic brands to have earned both of these certifications.

Your family also had a love of natural and holistic beauty. Can you tell me a little bit about your grandmother’s influence on your life, and business?

My foray into the world of eco-beauty, colour and cosmetics was very much influenced by my mother’s very own holistic German traditions and use of established herbal remedies. In addition to this, my Italian grandmother would make soaps and body scrubs using available farm ingredients including, lavender, olive oil, jasmine and bergamot. I also had a glamorous aunt who lived in Europe whilst l was growing up and she would send me the latest fashion trends and also gifted me my very first make-up kit!

I think this culminated into my decision to start Scout with a significant focus on natural and organic beauty products. My upbringing really inspired me to unlock the combination of natural therapies, cosmetic science and traditional medicine training, with my love of colour and fashion, the philosophy of SCOUT was born.

As a cancer survivor, how important would you say natural and organic skincare and cosmetics is to our overall health and wellbeing?

I think natural and organic are extremely important not just for me as a cancer survivor but for anyone looking to make an eco-conscious decision about their skincare and cosmetics.  It is about effectiveness, quality and integrity and this is what makes choosing certified natural and organic products and ingredients so important.

Most people also forget that our bodies and skin are very absorbent; the ingredients within any skincare or makeup product we use are being absorbed into our bodies and having an adverse effect on our overall health and wellbeing.

Chemical toxins are very destructive whereas natural products, including natural plant and fruit extracts are better for your skin as they have nutritional value that help to support the skin. They have been researched to make sure that they repair, refine, and rejuvenate skin without potentially harmful side effects. By using natural and organic products, you know exactly what is going on and into your skin. You don’t have to worry about synthetic fragrances and chemicals and what they might do to your face & body.

Do you find consumers are savvy when it comes to understanding authentically natural and organic, or is there a constant need for education?

Consumers are become increasingly aware of what it means to be authentically natural and organic, but it’s still an area that needs continual education. As we have seen with the introduction of the new COSMOS certification in Australia, there are always further verifications natural cosmetics brand can obtain to showcase their integrity as validly natural or organic and this can cause confusion amongst consumers.

Most people also forget that our bodies and skin are very absorbent; the ingredients within any skincare or makeup product we use are being absorbed into our bodies and having an adverse effect on our overall health and wellbeing.

An easy way to find out if a product is 100% natural or organic is to check if it has been certified by a third-party organisation to ensure that the formula is naturally derived and free from synthetic chemicals. Another way to check is by simply looking at the list of ingredients.

SCOUT is well known for its vegan nail polishes. Is it possible for a nail polish to be all-natural? What considerations do you have to make when formulating?

Currently we are unable to manufacture a nail polish that is 100 percent natural, however, there are many ingredients within traditional polishes that we should be highly wary of and exclude from our formula. Our breathable super food infused nail collection provides women with the choice of vibrant, long-wearing fashion colours – all while being free from potentially harmful and unnecessary chemicals.

We recently updated our polish formulation to include key superfood ingredients including Broccoli Seed Extract, Bamboo Tree Extract and Camelia Seed Oil, to help nourish, hydrate and revitalise nails.

What do you recommend people use to take off their polish, without all the toxins of traditional remover?

Nail polish remover can have many of the same harmful chemicals as the polish we are trying to remove, stripping vital moisture from our skin and nails.

I recommend our nail polish remover with aloe vera and Vitamin E. We use a water based formulation infused with aloe vera, calcium, pro vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to soften the skin and strengthen the nails while removing all types of nail polish colour. The strengthening, healing and nourishing formula is vegan and both acetone and acetate free and non-flammable.

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Is there a particular SCOUT product that has become a customer favourite? If so, what is it and why do you think that is?

We find consumers really love our Blueberry Wash off Exfoliating Cleanser. I think the fact its smells and feels exactly like its ingredients and is also so good for the skin is what makes it resonate with our customers.

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Is the brand all-natural? What do you use as a preservative and why?

While there is no formal definition of ‘natural’, SCOUT products contain the best quality ingredients, including super foods, minerals and botanicals. We utilise preservative systems that contain natural ingredients and are also effective in maintaining product efficiency and shelf life. I always suggest customers be cautious about claims about products being ‘chemical or preservative free’ as nearly all cosmetics contain water and thus a preservative is required to prevent microbial activity over the shelf life of the product.

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 going on. What are your thoughts on this?

There has never been so much confusion in the industry when it comes to claims for natural and organic products. I think it is more important than ever that consumers are aware of what certifications are required to support these claims and can then make informed purchase decisions.

I think it is more important than ever that consumers are aware of what certifications are required to support these claims and can then make informed purchase decisions.

The best way to avoid ‘greenwashing’ tactics is to educate yourself and do your own research. Check the ingredients list and just don’t rely on the brand’s claims that their products are ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. You will find that natural or organic ingredients will often have a relatively short and understandable ingredients list. But a sure way of knowing is looking for certified natural or organic logos for certification bodies such as COSMOS and the ACO.

What is authentic beauty to you?

Authentic beauty is about confidence, charisma and character. My beauty vision has always been fairly simple, helping women find a heathier, active, natural choice for beauty.

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