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Natural reflections- The Tea Plant

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Meaghan Hipkin | 0 comments

The Magick of Tea

We all love our tea don’t we? Whether enjoying a steaming cup of it on a rainy afternoon after a hard day of work, or on a bright Sunday morning stewing in the serenity of not having anything to do that day. It is a warm blanket to ease our souls on days of hardship and a quiet celebration to conclude days of  starry-eyed accomplishment. But the plant that we prepare this magick beverage from is good for more than just a drink, it is a balm for the soul and the body.

The Camellia Plant

The leaves of the tea plant have been brewed for centuries, infused and decocted into warming beverages since the stone ages. Thought to have originated in china, the history of this plant is steeped in legends of nobility, Providence, and early discoveries of science and medicine.

Today this plant is coveted across the world as a warming, comforting beverage that we consume for relaxation and, often, for the powerful antioxidants that are abundant within it. Antioxidants, particularly the flavonoid variety that the tea plant contains, can be powerful warriors in the fight against heart disease, various forms of cancer, neurological disorders and a variety of other destructive illnesses. The reason these potent molecules are so effective is because as ANTIoxidants they war against free radicals, reactive atoms and molecules that can cause damage to the living body. Luckily, with the help of different forms of antioxidants existing in our diet and skincare regimes, we are able to keep these destructive rebels at bay.

 

The oil

The oil extracted from the seeds of the Camellia plant (the tea plant) is incredibly moisturizing and gently nourishing for the skin. When applied it has a velvet- like softness that feels wonderful and decadent, and yet it absorbs quickly and thoroughly into the tissue’s layers. It has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, allowing your skin to heal more evenly and with less discoloration, while fading any scars from past wounds. The antioxidants this oil is comprised of help to slow down the aging process, brighten the complexion and even allows for a small amount of sun protection (effective when used in conjunction with your daily SPF).

Drink it up. Slather it on.

If you have ever had any doubts about your obsession with this earthy, evocative plant and the brew that is extracted from its leaves then you must know now, this is a plant worthy of obsession. Drink up my friends. Make it piping hot, sip it on a cold day or a warm night, close your eyes and feel it as your body eases into the warmth of this potent, healing gift. 

 

may your spirits burn as brightly as the leaves that are falling during this wizened season of fire.

wishing you love, light and plenty of wonder,

Meg <3

Posted in conscious consumerism, Flower Power, green beauty, Skin Care, vegan

The Magick of Flower Waters

Posted on September 01, 2016 by Samara Hipkin | 0 comments

There is nothing quite like the experience of distilling flower waters. The simplicity of the gleaming copper still and the intoxicating scent of the steam are enough to make it a magickal experience, but both are overshadowed by the beautiful liquid that flows enchantingly from the radiant copper. At first glance it may look simply like distilled water, but in the sunlight it is pearlescent, shimmering almost, unlike any kind of liquid I have ever seen. It has transcended our life giving water, and become something sublime and beautiful and healing.

Flower Waters, or Hydrosols, are similar to essential oils, imbuing the same therapeutic properties but to a gentler degree, and even being produced by the same process- excluding a single step. Often, hydrosols on the market are by-products of essential oil production, which means they have been distilled for long periods of time, destroying their quality. Our Hydrosols are produced in small batches for the flower waters themselves, and are extremely high quality, preserving the healing properties of the herbs and extending the shelf life.

Now, to clarify, no two hydrosols are the same. The therapeutic properties range between herbs making them suitable for different things: Roses are softening and beautifying, Lavender is calming and cleansing, Chamomile is soothing and healing, and on and on. Thus our Radiance Nectars- or Hydrosol based Toners- have been formulated to address different skin concerns using potent blends of different hydrosols to target the issue and gently heal them. So whether you are looking for something for acne-prone skin (She-Dragon/Sylvan Sage), Damaged Skin (Warrior Queen/Sylvan Sage), Mature Skin (Wise Woman) or even Sensitive/Normal skin for a little extra glow (Faerie Maiden), we’ve got you covered.  Let us show you the meaning of Flower Power.

 Glow on Babies

With Love, Light, and Plenty of Wonder

Sam and Meg

Posted in conscious consumerism, ethical, Flower Power, green beauty, Hydrosols, Skin Care, vegan

Consume with Love

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Meaghan Hipkin | 0 comments

Hello Earth Warriors!

For this post I wanted to approach a topic a little heavier than just luscious skin care, I want to talk about conscious consumerism, and what exactly that means to us.

Here at Skinchantment we strive to be better every day. We are a conscious company that wants to show you how effective and luxurious simple, natural, plant based skincare can be. We are committed to the ethical production of our body treats, and for us that means causing the least amount of harm possible to all three facets of the natural world as we know them; Animals, Humans, and the earth. We are driven by our compassion for life in all of its forms, therefore we commit to the highest standards available to us. We are completely vegan, palm free and gluten free and the majority of our ingredients are certified organic and/or fair-trade, with the intention of being 100% organic and fair-trade in the future. Our vision is to be able to source our ingredients directly from the producers so we are able to have full access to exactly how our ingredients are being manufactured on all levels, and subsequently offer that transparency back to our customers. We also strive for this so that we can feel comfortable that our high ethical standards are being met.

Why?

It is virtually impossible to be 100% harmless, so if none of us can ever be perfectly compassionate in our actions, what is the point?

Well, in our opinion, it is better to do something than nothing at all. Every compassionate choice made everyday makes our world just a little bit better. But you cannot fully act on your compassion until you are aware of the awful truths that exist because of Human impact.  In contrast ignorance, as a choice, is one of the most destructive (if not THE most destructive) mindsets that we can choose to adhere to.  When we consciously decide to blind ourselves to the dark sides of different industries for the sake of convenience, fashion choice or flavour we allow every abusive, grotesque industrial behaviour to continue. But, if we actually decided to open our eyes and bear witness to these horrors, the vast majority of us would be making different choices.

It is not about being ‘vegan’, ‘paleo’, an ‘environmental activist’, or a ‘green consumer’; these are all labels we place on ourselves based on certain decisions we make once we realize something needs to be better.  If you can immerse yourself in the knowledge that surrounds our daily consumption habits, and feel perfectly alright about the choices you have made, with no inclination to change, than that is your prerogative.  However, this is rarely the case.

The question is, once you remove the safety blinders, how will your choices alter?

 As part of an ever-consuming society, we owe it to the world to ask this question, and to discover its answer.

If you are ready to change, and even if you are not sure you are, here are some links to help kick start your conscious evolution. Do your own research, be open to all sides, and you will find your own form of conscious consumerism.

 

Here is a great article with tips and tricks on how to shop consciously:

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/05/10-steps-to-becoming-an-ethical-conscious-consumer/

 

vegan/ factory farm links

https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet

https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/factory-farms

 http://www.animalalliance.ca/campaigns/farm-animals.html

 

Palm oil Links

http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/Whats_the_issue.php

 

http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/saving_the_natural_world/forests/palm_oil/

 

 Fair trade links

https://peopleandplanet.org/fairtrade

 http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/coffee-fairtrade-not-fair-enough

 

 

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