The Secret New Beauty Ingredient
Top brands around the world have been using a secret new beauty ingredient you may not know about: intention. Today hospital surgeons, psychologists and even biochemists, are welcoming the art of mindfulness and blessing into their workplace. Even if you are questioning why one would use uplifting intention while making a beauty moisturizer, the simple fact is, this positive act certainly can’t do harm.
The Beauty of Natural Polarities
Some of the top international beauty brands are putting more care into your products than you may think. Loved by Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett, Dr Hauschka skincare range has maintained a reputation for their outstanding quality since 1935. What you may not know is their products go beyond being bio-dynamic and organic, they also use the rhythm of the elements. Dr. Hauschka developed a procedure for preserving medicinal plant extracts without using alcohol as a preservative. He used the power of natural polarities, the rhythmic alternation of darkness and light, warmth and cold, movement and rest, to create stability and sustained preservation in all of his products.
Messages from Water
Since the publication of the book “Messages from Water” by Dr Masaru Emoto, scientists have begun to look at the impact of intention upon matter. Using distilled water Dr. Emoto showed the physical effects of prayer and sound by photographing the frozen water crystals. The results revealed extreme variations. The positive expressions of words and music created beautiful snowflake patters, where negative expressions showed a chaotic effect void of beauty.
“I think of those water studies, the effects of positive words and positive intentions you can see in the water molecule. This is what energizes us, and it makes a difference in your skin on a cellular level.” Annee de Mamiel told Goop. Combining her wisdom as a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and aromatherapist, de Mamiel followed her passion and founded of the world-renowned botanical beauty company De Mamiel,
“We play music to the oils and essences in the blending area, and carry out a chant of thanks to all who have worked to bring the oil to this place,” de Mamiel said in an interview with Bathing Beauty, “We have added flower essences to each of the oils to work upon the body’s acupuncture meridians too – grounding, balancing, soothing and healing us. So the oil is at its most vibrant and potent when it reaches you… With each formulation I look at the vitality of each individual ingredient as this contributes to the efficacy of the oil. How it looks, feels, how the skin responds to it and how it affects us emotionally.”
Sodashi skincare is the first 100% chemical free, botanical beauty range to be used in top international spas. Not only do Sodashi use quality ingredients but they also put a blessing in every bottle. Employees spend time meditating with each batch before they leave the factory. “We want to ensure that the energy going into making the product is the best it can be,” founder Megan Larsen told Goop. After her extensive training in biochemistry, aromatherapy, naturopathy and Ayurveda, Larsen finds the intention behind the production as important as the ingredients themselves.
Responsible Beauty With Nature and People
Their tradition still praised by Victoria Beckham and Adele, Weleda have used an anthroposophical understanding of the close relationship between people and nature to achieve balance of the body, mind and spirit since 1921. Anthroposophy doesn’t separate science and spirituality the two are used synergistically in the creation of Weleda products. “Responsible dealings with both nature and people have always formed part of our business, ever since Rudolf Steiner articulated his vision of a company completely at the service of human beings and the world as a whole. Whether it’s through fair trade, biodynamic cultivation or the supportive development of our employees – sustainability is part of our roots.”
Loved by Kate Moss and Natalie Portman Ila, has taken the holistic concept beyond just good intentions. After going through a powerful healing journey in Mexico,. the founder Denise Leicester and her husband spent a few years traveling the globe looking for people that were still growing and harvesting medicinal plants the traditional way. She says, “We work with the Kayapo in the rainforests, we work with the Hunza tribe in northern Pakistan, we work with the Berber’s in Morocco and we work with the Vedic farmers in India.” Today Ila supports the tribes providing them with sustainable work, while being privileged to the most exquisite quality herbs, flowers and oils.
Leicester was also influenced by Emoto’s research. In the gorgeous barns where Ila is made by hand, employees use meditation and Ila’s own sacred music to infuse the products. “Our peaceful, consciously converted blending rooms exude an atmosphere as pure as our ingredients. Inside, the scent of essential oils mingles with the gentle sound of eastern chanting while products are blended by hand in small, fresh batches using simple techniques. Our production processes are based on an intuitive and heartfelt approach, grounded in a deep respect for humanity, purity and the earth. By combining ancient traditions, ethical processes and untainted natural ingredients, we are able to harness nature’s purest vibrancy in each and every product.”
Doesn’t it make a difference to know your cream is made with care and love instead of being shoved through machines along a factory conveyor belt? That alone can inspire appreciation for the nurturing qualities of your products, encouraging a little extra time and enjoyment to be taken during your morning beauty ritual. Maybe this start to your day can uplift your mood and your skin.