Want more crystals in your life? With the popularity of crystals, they are appearing in more and more beauty products, and giving yourself a crystal facial is a great way to add crystals to your beauty routine along with organic, natural botanical products.
Step 1: Start with a clean, dry face.
Use your favorite cleanser and give your face a good washing. I like to use a Clarisonic cleansing brush - I've used one for years, and whatever facial cleanser I'm enjoying at the moment. Some to try include:
-Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Cleansing Soap (no crystals but a really nice soap).
-Pacifica Crystal Foam Sparkling Clean Face Wash infused with rose quartz
-Sjal Balans Gemstone Deep Pore Cleanser infused with pearl, silver, gold, and rose quartz.
Step 2: Use a crystal-infused mask.
There are a few of these available. Two of my favorites:
-Sjal Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask with gold, platinum, sapphire, and copper
-Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask with white tourmaline.
Rinse the mask thoroughly. If you want, rinse with water you've infused with rose quartz and clear quartz crystals.
Step 3: Relax with a crystal grid.
Lie quietly for 10 to 15 minutes with small crystals on each cheekbone, one your brow bone, on your third eye, on the ridge below your nose/above your lip, and on your chin. Try nontoxic crystals such as clear or rose quartz, amethyst, aquamarine, or citrine, all with anti-aging properties. Play some nice relaxing music, breathe deeply, and enjoy the space.
Step 4: Spritz with a toner.
Try one of these:
-Pacifica Micellar Gem Infused Micellar Water Tonic infused with rose quartz
-Herbivore Botanicals Green Tea and Jasmine Balancing Toner (no crystals but smells fabulous)
-Aquarian Soul Rose Quartz Toning Mist (infused with rose quartz)
Step 5: Add some facial oil or serum.
Use a facial oil lightly on your face, neck, and decolletage. Some favorites:
This is my favorite step, and I use both a gua sha tool and a facial roller every morning. I keep my facial roller in the freezer (it's lovely), and I follow a standard gua sha facial massage using light pressure on my face and neck. This massages in the facial oil or serum and helps drain lymph fluids and remove puffiness. It wakes me up and feels great.
Where can you get the tools?
You can use a gem-infused moisturizer or your favorite. Some I love include:
I like to keep my eye serum in the fridge so it's cool when I use it. My favorite?
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This is simbircite. It is a gemstone formed from ancient ammonite fossils from Simbirsk, Russia. It's a combination of pyrite, aragonite, quartz, and calcite, and it has a beautiful, warm energy. I love the open pyrite chambers and the incredible warmth of the golden calcite. It combines the quality of all of these gemstones, and also brings with it warmth, happiness, and a deeply spiritual energy supporting self-esteem, creativity, and personal growth.
If you're looking for crystals that will help you grow and change quickly, I recommend specific cuts (called Vogel crystals) developed by IBM research scientist Marcel Vogel. He held multiple patents for IBM and specialized in magnetics and liquid crystal systems.
Vogel's earliest research in the 1950s was dedicated to the energy interactions between humans and plants, measuring how plants responded to his own thoughts about them. From those studies, he reached the conclusion plants stored and responded to the energy of human thought, which led him to the realization the energy the plants most favorably responded to was love.
In the 1970s, Vogel began researching the energy of crystals cut in specific shapes and how the vibrations of those crystals could affect the vibration of the subtle body (energy system of living beings). In his research, he also studied how crystals affected water, noting the water behaved differently in their presence.
After retiring from IBM in the 1980s, Vogel formed his own lab, Psychic Research, Inc., where he dedicated his time to studying energy anatomy and crystals. His work focused on quartz crystals - primarily clear quartz - and he discovered how certain sacred geometric shapes and cuts affected the crystals' energy more strongly. He also did research demonstrating that when liquid crystals were cooling and solidifying, focus and thoughts could affect the shape of the crystal's lattice structure.
Vogel further explained that crystals, which grow from a single seed cell, contain all of the information necessary to continue crystal growth. When the crystal is fully formed, the intelligence matrix it contains from the original seed cell goes dormant and remains so until human interaction and intent reignites the intelligence of that matrix. Then, it interacts with subtle vibratory fields associated with living beings - in other words, with your energy anatomy. Likewise, science shows crystals can store information that can be retrieved and reactivated. So, Vogel viewed the crystal matrix as a way to store, retrieve, and transfer the energy of intent, thought, and creation.
During his research, Vogel start to experiment with faceting quartz and other crystals in specific, mathematically precise designs that reflected the mathematics and proportions of sacred geometry. He discovered that with precise faceting of the crystals, they developed powerful intentional energies that could affect the vibrational energy of living beings. He developed designs based on the Tree of Life (as in the wand above), the Star of David, and other shapes.
Vogel's faceting of crystals was highly precise and after his death, only a few (three) of his students continue the work in the manner Vogel prescribed. Each crystal must be cut on a certain axis (the C axis) with specific angles for each of the facets and tips. Very few people carry on his legacy of crystal cutting. Vogel crystals are hand-cut from natural quartz and some of its derivatives (such as citrine or smoky quartz) according to precise measurements, and they have a very powerful energy.
You will find wands cut according to Vogel's precise specifications are powerful tools. They are not inexpensive, and there are many faceted wands that are called Vogel style but lack the precision necessary to be a Vogel wand as there are three people in the world cutting them. Three places that sell authentic Vogel crystals include Luminary Studios, VogelCrystals.net, and Crystal Wings.
Properly cut Vogel wands have intense energy that can help focus healing energy. The number of facets (ranging from six to 38) determines the type of energy the cut brings, amplifies, and works with.
Tools for Evolution jewelry is also designed based on the principles developed by Marcel Vogel. These powerful tools have been transformational in my experience, and for many others, as well. The jewelry manufacturer uses the precise cuts, but with a number of crystals besides quartz, and they also have a powerful and sacred energy that can bring about change and transformation quickly.
I have worked with both the Vogel wand and the Tools for Evolution. They provide tremendous clarity and are highly transformative. I wear my Tools all the time, and I work with my wand in meditation and healing. To be honest, I almost don't want to put the wand down it is so powerful.
I believe Vogel crystals (and Tools for Evolution), like all crystals, choose you. Each is created for a specific individual, and the information about to whom they are to eventually come is stored inside of them. They come into your life when you need them, and they are there for as long as they can serve your growth and evolution. If you feel drawn to them, it may be that is because there is a Vogel crystal with your energy stored in it, just waiting for you to come along so it can choose you.
This is a polished goniatite ammonite that is between 250 million and 400 million years old. Goniatite ammonites are some of the earliest species of ammonites from the Devonian Period. Notice this specimen has a smaller ammonite in the fossil in the matrix, which is pretty cool.
For people who love fossils, ammonites are a great place to start your collection. There were hundreds of ammonite species spanning hundreds of millions of years, and they've been extinct for about 65 million years. They are plentiful, affordable, and many of the specimens are beautiful and in really good condition. Some have vibrant and flashy exteriors that shine like opals, while others may be covered in pyrite (fools gold) or other materials. Other fossils you can commonly find that are relatively affordable include fossilized coral, petrified wood, trilobites, and orthoceras.
Metaphysically, fossils are links to the past, and some people may use them as journey stones for astral travel or to view past lives in meditation.
In another example of just how cool nature is, check out pyritized fossils. This is pyritized ammonite (with some bonus ammonites and mussels or clams tossed in).
This is an actual ammonite fossil with the organic material replaced with pyrite, forming an internal cast of an ammonite. This occurs naturally with various minerals in fossils, something called permineralization. Along with pyritization, other forms of permineralization include silicification and carbonate mineralization.
In order for pyrite to replace the organic matter of the ammonite, it was buried rapidly in ocean sediment that didn't contain much organic material but was high in iron sulfide, and the seawater covering it was low in oxygen. This allowed pyrite to replace the material of the ammonite shell.
If you check out the back (below), you'll see there are bonus pyritized fossils. So. Frickin. Cool.
This is so cool! Many years ago, I bought a large lot of smoky quartz crystals that I used to give to others who needed positive energy as well as for placement on people's property who felt they needed good juju on their property and in their home. I love smoky quartz, so I kept two of the rough stones and put them in my bowl with smaller stones I keep.
Last night some friends were over, and I was digging through my small bowl looking for an appropriate stone for one of them when this caught my eye. I've seen this stone hundreds of times over the years and never given it much attention. Last night, however, I realized it had an aquamarine crystal embedded in the smoky quartz.
The moral of the story: pay attention to your crystals - they may contain a bonus.
Formed about 70 million years ago, septarian nodules (also known as dragon eggs because they look like they have scales) occurred when volcanoes erupted and caused dead sea life to form mud balls in nearby sediment. As they shrank in size, cracks were created and sea shells found their way into the cracks, eventually creating calcite crystals. Then, through the magic of mother earth, the mud balls tended to crack at 7 points, creating the scaled pattern.
Septarian is a combination of aragonite (dark brown), calcite (yellow crystals), and limestone (tan outer material). Metaphysically, it has grounding earth energy, brings the feng shui element of wood, and it is a great stone to have around when you need some calming energy.
You may find the nodules intact and smooth, or they may be like the one pictured with part cracked open so you can see the inner crystal structure.
Labradorite is one of Jim's favorite crystals; when I drag him to a crystal shop that's where he's immediately drawn.
Labradorite is a feldspar mineral that appears to be lit from within with flashes of colors such as deep or light blue, orange, or violet. This iridescence is called labradorescence (or schiller), and it comes from light reflection from tiny planes oriented in one direction in the crystal.
Labradorite has a triclinic crystalline lattice structure.
Metaphysically, labradorite is a stone of intuition and mystic journeys. It can aid in communication with the higher self or the Divine.
This is an aquamarine in quartz specimen. Aquamarine is a beryl and is related to emerald, morganite, and heliodor. It has a hexagonal crystal lattice pattern.