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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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Authentic Beauty: ZKIN ORGANIC SKINCARE

June 18, 2015

Zkin hits the nail on the head for me, in so many ways… from the packaging and messaging, to the products themselves, it’s a brand that just gets it right.

The good folks at Zkin kindly sent me a generous selection of their range, including products for sensitive, dry, and ageing skin (or as they aptly put it, “wiser years”). In this review I’m focusing on their range for oily or combination skin, plus, throwing their wrinkle cream and exfoliating scrub in the mix.

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If you’ve read my previous blogs you’ll know I’m trying to kick my epic adult acne by cleaning up my diet and using only 100% natural skincare.

Zkin is no exception, it’s COSMOS certified organic (the highest global standard for the cosmetic industry) and is chemical, sulphate and paraben free, vegan and animal friendly (sorry, your beloved pooch can use it) and it’s made in Australia – where I’m from!

It’s hard to cut through the BS and know what to believe when it comes to promises made by skin care and cosmetic companies.

They bombard us with outlandish claims about how their products can improve us, when, ironically, it’s the carcinogens and toxic ingredients in their products that contribute to the skin issues they claim to reverse.

And nowadays loads of companies are jumping on the ‘green-washing’ bandwagon and claiming to be ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ when they’re not. The only way to really discover the truth is to check the ingredient list and research the company.

Safe and Effective

After reading the personal story of Zkin Organic Skincare founder and CEO, Grace Culhaci (you can check it out here) and uncovering the lengths the company takes to ensure their products are safe and effective, I believe this is a brand I can actually trust.

Another reason to heart this company is that they have ‘Zero Tolerance to Dishonest Marketing’ and ‘Zero unrealistic photoshopping.’ Their brochure goes on to say:

“We do not adapt images of women in a manner that plays on insecurities. We do not alter the size or body shape of our models and do not use excessively thin women in any of our communications. We do amend minor imperfections in our model’s appearance and correct lighting. What you will see in all our images, is a natural honesty beauty as captured by the eye of a professional photographer”

Awesome, right? So, without further ado, on to the review!

Zkin’s collection for oily or combo skin has three products: Purifying Cleansing Gel, Clear Skin Toner and Rebalancing Lotion. Plus, there’s a couple of optional extras for skin that’s starting to age: the Line Smoothing Serum and a Clarifying Exfoliator.

Zkin Purifying Cleansing Gel

This aims to remove excess oil and restore balance without drying out the skin. Its key ingredient is Quillaja bark which apparently helps reduce shine and acne lesions. You cleanse your face with this bad boy morning and night.

I like that the directions say that if you’re wearing makeup (which most acne suffers do) to apply the gel to a cotton pad and wipe over the face to remove makeup before you cleanse. This is pretty helpful, because when you’ve got a face caked with makeup, you’ll cleanse it once and assume it’s clean, when it’s actually teeming with bacteria and your pores are as blocked as a sewerage system after a curry feast!

Speaking of sewerage, It’s slightly alarming when you pour the gel into your hand and see it’s the colour of…dirt, but I suppose that’s what you’d expect from an all-natural product. Either way, I love this stuff. It has brought meaning to the term ‘squeaky clean’, because I shit you not, my cheeks actually squeaked after cleansing with it.

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Zkin Clear Skin Toner

I’ll be honest, I’ve never bought into the whole ‘toner’ thing and have never used one in my life. I figured it was just an unnecessary time and money wasting addition to your daily routine. But after using this product – I think I’m swayed. It’s designed to refine your pores, which for someone like moi with pores as big as golf balls, kind of makes sense to prevent black heads. Its key ingredients are Witch Hazel and Willow Bark. The latter is said to enhance cell turnover and prevent skin infections and bacterial growth that can lead to acne.

You just wet a cotton pad, chuck the toner on and sweep it across your face, morning and night. Again, the good people at Zkin helpfully point out that it can also be used as a blemish treatment and applied directly, undiluted, to breakouts for one minute.

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Zkin Line Smoothing Serum, Anti-ageing treatment (Optional step)

The joys of having adult acne, you try and dry out your skin of excess oil to prevent breakouts and you end up getting fine lines and wrinkles instead – happy, happy, joy, joy! That’s why I’m giving Zk’in’s Line Smoothing Serum a crack. The packet says, ‘Natures Alternative to Injectables’ and I like this, but the realist in me says: ‘can it really make lines disappear!?’ You apply the serum directly to those cracks and expression lines and it apparently blocks the muscular contractions that cause them. Jury is still out on this one. The next time you see me, if I’m looking like Megan Fox, you’ll know it’s worked!

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Zkin Rebalancing Lotion

Unlike most moisturisers, this is designed to reduce shine and create a matte effect. I applied it in the morning and true to the packet’s claims, it reduced shine within one hour and lasted until the end of the day – winning! Key ingredients are EPS Seamat (derived from plant based marine biotechnology…whatever that means), Macadamia Oil, which has vitamin E and A to reduce inflammation and oil gland congestion, and it’s scented with natural fragrances like Mandarin, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang.

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Zkin Clarifying Exfoliator (optional extra)

Thought I’d give this one a whirl as I’d heard that it’s good for people with my skin-type to exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells. So glad I did, as this product is a coffee lovers’ dream!

When I read that it contains organic coffee beans I thought ‘cool’, but what I didn’t realise is it’s actually like scrubbing your face with ground coffee! It’s this key ingredient along with Collodial Oatmeal – so pretty much like putting your breakfast on your face – that’s said to relieve congestion, refine pores and improve clarity. I use it once a week and actually look forward to it! I’ve even busted my man using it a few times – and he isn’t even a coffee drinker!

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For more info on Zk’in, their products and prices, click here.

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