Hell Notes for Beauty


5 D.I.Y Aura Spritzers Using Essential Oils


As an empath, a person who can intuitively feel other's emotions (extensively!), I'm always finding ways to balance, protect & purify (reset) my aura.  The aura is an invisible energy field that surrounds people & objects. Thoughts and emotions we carry and pick up from people and places can affect the balance of our energy field.

The state of your energy field can be determined by colors according to those who can read auras, but you don't need to be an expert aura reader to know when someone or something is "just off" or "not right".  Constantly feeling drained, tired or out of focus can be indicators that your Aura may need a quick pick me up.

One way to really reset your energy field is to take an aura bath with flowers, perfumes and many other magic ingredients (check out some here & here).  However, we can find ourselves in situations where we can't always do a ritual on the spot so a quick aura spray can help you do that on the go. Aura sprays are not only for your person, but also for objects and places.  Every place or thing has an aura or ambiance. Some places may feel stuffy or heavy making it difficult to find it comfortable. Aura sprays are great for those types of spaces.  

Depending on the energy of the place & situation and mood you're in, an aura spray can be just what you need to enliven your senses.  Below I will show you 5 of my favorite aura spray recipes for any situation.

Anatomy of a Spiritual Altar


What is an Altar?
An altar is a sacred space that you can dedicate to a specific energy/entity for ritual, spiritual manifestation & development. Shrines and altars have existed since the beginning of time and are central to many ancient cultures & religions even to this day.  An altar is a place of self-contemplation, meditation, prayers, a place of honor for those we love and respect.

Ultimately, an altar is a focal point where you comfortably “Altar” your consciousness. Your altar is a place where you’re able to not only recognize the 10% of your brain that you use, but also activate the subconscious mind, the other 90% of the brain you don’t use which is your spiritual, higher self.

Who can use an altar?
Anyone can set up a spiritual altar.  You do not need to be an advanced occultist or initiated into any group for you to set up an altar & be successful with your altar.  It is a personal space where you can build relationships with your inner self and the divine world around you. It's about building intuition and self trust.

Ganesha Prosperity Spell + Solar Plexus Activation


▼ What You Will Need ▼

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□ Yellow Candle

□ Ganesha Photo or Charm

□ Essential Oils
  ○ Clove Oil
  ○ Cinnamon Oil
  ○ or Oil of Choice

□ Herbs
 ○ Ruda
 ○ Chamomile
 ○ Sunflower Petals
 ○ Sunflower Petals

□ Honey

□ Sesame Seeds

□ Yellow Citrine Crystal

□ Fire/Heat Proof Plate

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Herb to Know: Rhodiola Rosea + Why it's my Favorite Adaptogen


Herb to Know: Rhodiola

Scientific Name: Rhodiola Rosea
Species: Rosea
Other Known Names: Golden Root, Arctic Root
Plant Uses: Roots & Flowers
Origins: Siberian Mountains

You already know...yes another adaptogen.

Venus Rising + Planetary Influences Ritual


Venus is the Roman Goddess of love, fertility, beauty, success.  Working with her personally, I've been able to overcome many bad habits and learn how to be led by my intuition.

Silver represents the moon goddess and is very healing to the physical body due to its conductive nature. Receptive Energy: Attracting, quiet, calming, soothing, promotes meditation, spirituality and inward reflection. Grounding and peace energy. Psychic awareness, promotes love.

Beauty Note: Caudalie Instant Foaming Face Cleanser


Born from the potent ingredients found in grapes, Caudalie may seem new to us at Sephora, but in the ultra fine French skin care world, they've made a name for themselves for over 20 years. Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser ($28) was an impulse buy at Sephora. I hate to admit it, but I'm a sucker for those bins at the check out lines where they always seem to get me with one sample/mini product of some kind or the other.

Happens all the time!

At the time I had been dealing with a lot of irritation & inflammation on my face and although I had switched my moisturizer, I was still experiencing some irritation and suspected my face cleanser.

I had been meaning to purchase a cleanser at my holistic skin care store, but never got around to it, I impulsively picked this up in hopes that it would work. At fist I was skeptical about this cleanser's claims because I wasn't too familiar with the brand or reviews but what had me sold was that the bottle indicated it was free of parabens & does not include irritating ingredients like sulfates and others.

Caudalie's skin-care line is based on the polyphenols in red wine, distinctively the compound resveratrol which has been proven to help beat the effects of aging, such as dry & dull skin, wrinkles and premature aging due to sun damage and it's also a powerful antioxidant.

The Brand & its ingredients

How to use Hemp for Health & Beauty


Hemp has got to be the most demonized and misunderstood plant on the planet.  You would never think that with the strong ban against this plant that the United States at some point thrived economically, due to Hemp aka Marijuana production.

Hemp was grown throughout the United States for industrial purposes from fabric, food, bio fuel and many more essential uses.

 It is also said that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper and farmers were encouraged to cultivate and grow hemp due to its varied uses and durability from ropes and building structures among many medicinal uses as well. It also got the U.S. through WWII.

 So why the aggressive ban on such a self sufficient & fruitful plant?

Social, political and monetary reasons, contributed to the worldwide ban of cultivating this plant which led the  misinformation about not just hemp as a drug, but other medicinal plants as well.

Today, a lot of information is resurfacing about hemp and how we can use it in virtually everyday products you can imagine from the foods we eat, beauty products we use and even the clothes we wear can all be derived from this one plant.

What is Hemp Protein & will I get High!?

D.I.Y Grapefruit + Cocoa+ Vanilla Sea Salt Body Scrub


D.I.Y body treatments with Salt doesn't get much notice considering its use in skincare dates back to thousands of years where even Cleopatra indulged in Salt beautifying treatments due to its healing properties.

Beauty Note | Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer


Foundation primers are a recent discovery for me and a makeup favorite of the moment. As you all know, I'm on a mission to discover new, natural, organic & toxic free beauty & personal care items. Luckily, Juice Beauty has become a very reliable brand when it comes to those qualities.

For the longest time I steered away from foundation primers because I always felt like it was an unnecessary step, too many questionable ingredients and might make my skin look too "cakey". After receiving a sample primer & trying it out for some time, I realized the purpose of having a good primer under your makeup wasn't so unnecessary after all.

Primers smooths out your skin, improves texture and helps my makeup last longer with little to no touch ups. Although its not a step I do everyday, it is something I make sure I incorporate during those special events where I may wear more makeup than usual.

What is it?                      Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer $36.00 for 1 fl oz./30 mL

Ingredient of Note PHYTO-PIGMENTS
Antioxidant-rich vegan makeup powered by an organic base of botanical juices, waxes & powders infused with natural whole PHYTO-PIGMENTS™, age-defying serum and cold-pressed oils to deliver vibrant color, illuminate skin, smooth lines & wrinkles and blur imperfections for a flawless complexion and naturally beautiful radiance. 

Organic • Vegan + Cruelty Free • Silicone Free •  Paraben Free •  Fragrance Free • Free of Artificial Dyes

Why are there Toxic Chemicals In my Feminine Care Products?


A few weeks ago I came across this article where Johnson & Johnson awarded a woman’s family $72 Million dollars due to the many years of using the company’s baby powder which contributed to her ovarian cancer and death.  Turns out Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder (among many powders) contains Talc, a known carcinogen.

And that stuff is for babies?

I've also read a few articles where hundreds of lipsticks that were tested for heavy metals were found to contain high levels of lead, a neuro toxin and aluminum among other questionable chemicals.

So…all these toxins.…who’s regulating and who’s benefiting?

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