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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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Cruelty-Free Beauty with Jen Mathews

May 10, 2018
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Natural, vegan and cruelty-free beauty. Three simple little terms that can actually require a decent amount of expertise, if you truly want to get down to the nitty-gritty of what’s really behind the labels.

While natural skincare and cosmetics is a minefield of mis-information and greenwashing, there’s also a lot of confusion around vegan and cruelty-free beauty. Did you know both aren’t interchangeable?

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Conscious consumers who want guidance on how to navigate this beauty maze look to cruelty-free beauty expert, Jen Mathews, an award-winning blogger and social media guru who shares tips, trends and how-tos at My Beauty Bunny. In almost 10 years, she has not only helped thousands of beauty buffs in their pursuit of the latest beauty trends, but also animals, as she educates readers on why it’s so important to choose products that haven’t been tested on anything living.

Jen is quick to explain My Beauty Bunny isn’t a vegan blog, but does have a vegan section for those who want to choose beauty products that don’t have animal ingredients (and aren’t test on animals, either).

As a fan of Jen’s work since she began, I thought we were long-overdue for a catch up to chat about the ins-and-outs of cruelty-free beauty… 

 

How did cruelty-free beauty become your passion?

I saw some undercover PETA videos when I was in college. After sobbing for hours, I decided I wanted to do something to change things. I still get upset when I think about some of the things I’ve seen. I know my blog is helping to make a difference, but I want to do more. Whenever I get upset, I make a donation to an animal charity. I recently donated to the Animal Legal Defense Fund for that very reason!

How have you seen the industry change since you started blogging in 2009?

One thing I saw early on was a negative. I saw formerly cruelty free brands (like Avon and Mary Kay for example) make the move into China, which means they were no longer cruelty free. But in recent years, I have seen a wave of support for cruelty-free and vegan products among consumers.

And, I’ve witnessed many brands either move out of the Chinese market or take steps to ensure the products they sell are not being tested. I have seen quite a few brands make the switch to 100% vegan in the last year or two as well.

Are you finding that many vegan products are starting to go all-natural, too?

I’ve seen a lot of brands jump on the “natural” bandwagon, but unfortunately that’s a term that is not regulated and doesn’t mean much. I think a lot of people don’t know the difference between cruelty free (not tested on animals), vegan (no animal ingredients) and natural (could mean anything – but generally means no potentially harmful additives).

A product could be accidentally vegan (meaning there was no reason for it to contain animal ingredients) but still tested on animals. Or a product could be cruelty-free (no animal testing) but contain collagen, honey, lanolin, or some other animal ingredient, which means it’s not vegan.

Of all the products you’ve tried and tested over the years, what would be your top five all-natural, all-vegan/cruelty-free ones?

Oh wow – that’s a tough question! I would have to go with Emme Diane skincare (completely changed my acne-prone skin!), Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (my holy grail foundation for the past few years), Tarte Tarteist eyeliner (there are several waterproof eyeliners from Tarte and they are the only ones that don’t smudge for me!), Milk Blur Stick (blurs out your pores and fine lines like a Photoshop filter), and my beloved Beauty Blender (so much better than using fingers or brushes in my opinion).

Are consumers becoming more cruelty-free savvy? And are brands caving to pressure to become cruelty-free?

Yes and yes! I think people are finally realizing that makeup doesn’t have to be tested on animals to be high quality. And they’re just saying no to brands that continue to torture animals. Brands go where the money is, so if consumers make a fuss, they have to listen!

What tips would you give someone who wants to swap out their make-up and skincare made by companies that don’t abuse animals?

Well first of all, don’t feel like you have to throw away the beauty products you already have. You already bought them, and there’s no sense in wasting them. Just start replacing things little by little. Don’t be hard on yourself if there’s a product you can’t find a cruelty free replacement for. It’s the bigger picture—the sum total of all your actions—that makes a difference.

What’s your insight into the beauty industry-China relationship, and the fact that China requires animal testing of all products sold there?

China’s animal testing laws are one of the main reasons why some brands are not cruelty free. Many brands don’t test on animals, but they sell in China, where animal testing is required by law. It’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s the gist.

China’s government is starting to see some backlash from brands who won’t sell there (like Urban Decay for example), and there is pressure from animal rights groups, like Humane Society International, so I think they will eventually change the laws. It may take a very long time, but I think it will happen. From what I hear, it sounds like some of the laws have already loosened up a little bit. So, I’m trying to stay positive!

Of brands that still test on animals, which ones do you think would surprise people most?

I love this question! I should do a whole blog post about this! The ones that tend to surprise people are Benefit, Origins, Aveeno, Oil of Olay and OPI nail polish.

For everything cruelty-free beauty, follow Jen at My Beauty Bunny on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.