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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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Ingredients

Big Dollar Beauty: Why Some Ingredients Cost More

August 28, 2018
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INSIDER recently interviewed me about some of the world’s most expensive beauty ingredients; big dollar beauty that is said to do more than your average skincare. While they only used a snippet of what I said, I spoke to them in-depth about why some ingredients are literally worth their weight in gold.

Below is my insight into why some ingredients deserve their big dollar price tag…

What are the most expensive ingredients found in skincare products?

Highest quality essential oils including neroli, rose, jasmine, helichrysum and melissa will always be more expensive to buy. Not only because they are so effective when it comes to skincare, as well as emotional and physical wellbeing, but because it takes a lot of work to actually retrieve the oil.

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Specific to essential oils, when you break it down, the oil itself is a very small component of the overall plant from which it is derived—on average it’s between one and five percent. So, it stands to reason that many plants need to be used to source just a small amount of pure oil.

While some plants yield more oil, some do not, making them much more expensive. An example of this is with peppermint essential oil; it takes just one pound of plant material to produce a 15ml bottle. Meanwhile at the other end of the scale you could look at rose, which is a wonderful skincare ingredient. However, it takes 105 pounds of petals to produce just one 5ml bottle.

Just like rose, jasmine and Melissa, neroli is highly prized and highly priced due to the intensive labor versus the low yield for the effort.

So, if someone is selling a skincare product with any of these oils and the price tag is low, I would question the quality of ingredients used.

Helichrysum

Helichrysum is one of my favourite essential oils. It’s particularly great for lightening dark spots and discoloration, and as a soothing ingredient after shaving. It also has antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. As with all essential oils, they also affect our emotions. Helichrysum is a wonderful support if you’re emotionally wounded. As an essential oil, simply dilute with a carrier oil and apply to help reduce blemishes and the appearance of wrinkles. Its rarity means any product that contains pure helichrysum will naturally be on the pricier side. As a pure essential oil, you could expect to pay upwards of $100 for a 5ml bottle.

Rose Essential Oil

As mentioned above, it takes many rose petals to make a small bottle of pure rose essential oil, hence its expensive price. But it’s worth it considering its skin benefits, which includes balancing skin moisture levels, skin blemish reduction and overall creating a more even skintone.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine blossoms are extremely delicate and can’t be distilled as other flowers are. It takes 21,000 freshly picked petals to fill a 5ml bottle of jasmine absolute. Jasmine is wonderful for helping keep blemishes at bay and also giving the skin an overall healthy glow.

L-Arginine

This ingredient is an essential amino acid that gained popularity in protein powders specific to its ability help with muscle growth and weight loss. In skincare, it is said to act as an antioxidant and may help with collagen production and wound healing.  There is a fermentation process that is required to produce L-Arginine, which perhaps dictates its price.

White truffles

White truffles deserve their price thanks to their rarity. While the black variety are able to be mass-produced, white truffles may only be found in the wild, primarily in Northern Italy. You could expect to pay up to $10,000 for just one pound. Great for treating conditions such as pigmentation, white truffles help with diminishing wrinkles thanks to the high Essential Fatty Acid content.

24 carat gold

It’s probably obvious as to why skincare with this ingredient would cost more than your standard skincare product. Gold is a wonderful anti-inflammatory and it can also help brighten the skin when used consistently.

Other expensive ingredients include: koishimaru silk (not vegan), seaweed extract, caviar extract (not vegan) and water, and orchid extract among others.

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Are people more likely to buy products with expensive ingredients?

It depends on the person, especially when it comes to buying products with a heftier price tag. While some may understand what has gone into sourcing ingredients, and therefore understand the need for a higher price, they may simply not be able to afford to buy the product and therefore look at cheaper options that perhaps deliver similar results.

Gorgeous packaging may help with some decisions, while marketing that promises youth in a bottle may be irresistible to others. In my experience, skincare, regardless of price tag, can only do so much if our nutrient intake isn’t up to scratch.

Our skin’s health is determined by factors beyond what we put on it. Our internal health plays a huge part, as our skin—our body’s largest organ—is generally a mirror to what is going on inside. When we look at skincare holistically and start to care for it as such, that’s when we see the biggest results. The best skincare always starts from the inside out, and that isn’t determined by a price tag.

Would you say the extra cost is worth it for your skin’s health?

While I absolutely adore some of these ingredients for their purity, potency and effectiveness, you don’t always have to spend a fortune to experience positive results. Some less expensive ingredients may perform just as well, but they are easier to source so the cost isn’t as high.

If you’re buying a product because it’s more expensive with the belief that it will perform miracles, but are stressed out having to pay for it, any good the product would do is negated by the stress, which absolutely affects the health of our skin.

However, it’s also important to know that some cheaper products may be mostly made up of water and boast synthetic, health-disrupting chemicals, so it’s still a great idea to do your own digging to look beyond the label. It really does depend on your perspective, your beliefs about a certain product and its formulation and how you think it will work specifically with your skin type.

I certainly wouldn’t recommend buying an expensive product as a miracle treatment. If you can afford it and it makes you feel good, then absolutely go for it, as long as the company is sourcing their ingredients in an ethical manner.