You might be thinking...what?! How can this be true? Isn't this the same gal selling facial care products! The truth is that I want the facial products to work optimally for your skin and from experience I know what worked BEST for my face. I use to suffer from inflamed red skin, cystic acne, eczema patches all over the corners of my nose, allergic skin reactions (hives and itching were a regular occurrence), and reddish bumps on the back of my arms. It made me feel less confident and frustrated. It seemed like no matter how much money I threw away on the most expensive, high end products, I still couldn't correct my skin. In fact, the more I spent, the worse it seemed to get! I complicated things and naively thought that a bigger price tag a fancy name brand meant better results.
I started to educate myself and learned that those "high end" brands were made with poor ingredients, chalked full of garbage (toxins and other fillers too difficult to pronounce). I realized I was paying top dollar for the label, marketing and extensive overhead costs that big companies have to shell out. The smallest part of what I was actually paying for was the ingredients used... How backwards does that seem?? So, first I started buying natural products with healthy ingredients and noticed a skin improvement. Not too long after that, I started to formulate and test my very own recipes made with the most premium ingredients Mama Nature has to offer. I got really good at perfecting the recipes and before long my skin was 100% different than it used to be. I didn't take pictures of my face when it was at it's worst and so the picture above doesn't showcase the true skin change.
Flash forward to today and I have not purchased a product for my body or my face in years and I now no longer have ANY of my previous skin issues, unless I occasionally indulge in dairy (which triggers acne).
The Facial Ritual Kit, is the end result of what worked for me. Using this kit is the trick to effectively break the viscous cycle of stripping your facial skin of all the healthy oils with harsh face washes, followed by your skin then having to respond by producing an excess amount of oil to make up for it.
I use to think that simply washing my face with water in the morning would mean I would have even worse skin conditions than I was already suffering from. Interestingly enough, when I started to rinse my face with warm water in the morning, followed by simply applying the Facial Toning Elixir and Organic Facial Serum, my skin dramatically improved! And I mean big time! It is like it literally became younger looking and feeling. Allowing my skin to rebalance itself required letting the natural producing skin sebum to do it's thing. Applying a harsh morning face wash can strip your skin of the healthy amount of sebum and then kickstart that viscous cycle leading to acne and/or dry skin.
I still do use (about 2 times a week) a very gentle and hydrating skin cleanser as a base to mix the masks and polishes when I apply them. This is called the Hydrate & Cleanse (mask & polish base). Other than that, it is plain old warm water with a wash cloth for me followed by the Facial Toning Elixir and Organic Facial Serum in the morning and before bedtime. If you are worried about how to remove your makeup (and any excess dirt and grime) effectively at night time, I suggest removing as much as your can with a warm wash cloth and then applying a few dabs of coconut oil to the mascara residue around your eyes. Then spray the Toning Elixir onto a cotton pad and gently rubbed across the entire face, neck and eye area. This very effectively tightens pores, removes dirt, excess oil, all makeup and leaves the skin with a luminous glow. Follow this step up with a couple drops of the Organic Facial Serum and Bam! ...Radiant & Glowing Skin!
Check out the Facial Ritual Skin Kit here!
This Facial Ritual Kit turns your facial care routine into a sacred self love & care ritual that is truly enjoyable! This ultimate green beauty kit covers the entire facial protocol. The products in this line work synergistically with each other to ensure r e s u l t s.
Bodycherish turns 2 years old on November 1st, 2017!!
But let me tell you, well before this company became a reality, my life was in a completely different place. You see, about 4.5 years ago my life was...really, really shitty (going through a divorce, unhealthy drinking habits, losing my house and a traumatic brain injury resulting in the loss of my smell).
It was that chaos that triggered me along my journey of self-development, exploration and most importantly SELF-LOVE. Programs, courses, workshops, you name it and I was in it. The more I invested into myself, the better my life got. I started to believe in possibilities that I never-ever even dreamed of before.
This new belief system allowed me to move forward on my inspired idea to create a high vibrational skincare line (made with the healing power of crystal essences). This idea came to me on November 15th, 2014, while in Sedona during a nature-filled road trip. Bodycherish launched 1 year later on November 1, 2015, followed by my energy healing practice in May 2016 and my empowerment coaching in March 2017.
I share this story to show you an example on how ideas CAN & WILL come to LIFE if you believe it is possible. I could have come home and brushed the idea aside and convinced myself that is was silly and too far-fetched. Thank God I did not allow my ego/fear to win because otherwise I would still be trapped in my soul-sucking corporate career and not living up to my true potential and life purpose.....and guess what?
We all have UNLIMITED POTENTIAL within us, including YOU reading this. If you are alive and breathing, you have a purpose & a reason for being here. Not only that, YOU DESERVE to feel joyful, inspired, happy and FREE!
Here's a video sharing details of the new program "Become a Soulpreneur Success" which launches March 2018!!! Make sure to sign up for the newsletter to be the first in the know when this life changing program is ready to be unleashed.
Have you heard of Saturn Returns? To sum it up, this will feel like an early life crisis as you turn 29 and head into your 30's. It comes around every 29 years or so and you'll feel it again as you approach 60. The more out of alignment with your highest possible path, the more you will feel it's effects.
Things just don't feel right. You sense that something is off which leaves you feeling anxious & like something is missing. You try to make it better by racing to the expected next step, by societal norms that is, only to find out once you get there, that you still are not satisfied.
I'm not gonna lie. If you're still reading this, there is a very high probability that you are going through or just went through "Saturn Returns" in your birth natal chart. This happens when you are around the age of 29 and 30 and you will continue to feel effects from it well into your 30's. It can be one rip-roaring hell of time! It's influence (returning to it's position when you were born) can really trigger you to question who you are, where you are going & is it the best path. It can cause a stir of unease (often labeled as anxiety or early life crisis).
This is the point in your life (like many do), that you can ignore that feeling and try to shrug it off. You know, brush it aside and just keep trudging along in the same autopilot cycles.
But for the brave and fierce lightworkers of this world, who are willing to question this off-feeling and dive a little deeper, a shift will start to take place. A deep desire to experience more out of life. A desire to feel peace, joy & happiness each day. To wake up and go to bed at night feeling calm & at ease. To no longer feel lost, raw or confused.
You see, Saturn Returning to our natal charts, as we enter our 30's, can leave us feeling like we just went through a washing machine and are now being left out to dry. Where do we go from here? How do we heal and step forward into a life of deep meaning and purpose life, the kind we have only dreamed of?
I am here to tell you with 100% certainty that there is a way.
I believe I have "cracked the code" so to speak on how to get there. I never believed my life could feel this way. I couldn't have even dreamt of the way it has turned out. The deep sense of fulfillment I feel being connected to my source (my Higher Self's calling) in my life is priceless. Nothing (no-thing) in the outside world can provide this same satisfaction to me.
I believe you can get here too by following a strategic sequence of steps offered in the EYL program and by literally raising your energy (vibration) to a new set point. That mixed with mega mindset shifts and changes in perspective will get the ball rolling and you will become the architect of your dream lifestyle. You will get connected and aligned to your deepest passions and purpose and once there, that is where you will feel true fulfillment.
Now my question for you is, what would you be willing to do in order to experience, within a short period of time (just 12 weeks), the desired life you have been craving & yearning for?
The one, where you walk through life with an unwavering sense of confidence & assurance that you are in alignment with your higher purpose & exactly where you should be. To have that inner voice of guilt replaced with a sense of calm & ease. A trust and knowing that you are on the fast track to an extraordinary life. The bonus? Not just liking yourself but finally LOVING & ACCEPTING YOURSELF, wholly, wildly and completely.
If these client testimonials sound like something you too would like to experience, I invite you to connect with me further through the client application found here:-)
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS FROM ELEVATE YOUR LIFE
"I just completed the 12 Week Holistic Empowerment Coaching with Christine. And I can’t even begin to tell you how happy that I did! What I gained from her I will carry with me forever, she guided me in finding my true passion, confidence and voice. I was just finishing up school and was living in a state of “ Why am I not on this life journey that so many friends and women my age are on?” She guided me into finding my own peace with in myself to turn that into the fire that I carry in my business and life.
She is kind, honest, and dedicated to guiding you in whatever life journey you are on. I can't say it enough this has been a life changing experience for me and I really look forward to continuing working with Christine. The added bonus to the program is the constant support, encouragement, In person/ distance Reiki sessions, and all the wonderful added bonus content that is provided is absolutely amazing! Be prepared to be awoken from the old you that is stuck in your head to a new Empowered Goddess!" Shauna Schwindt, Health, Wellness & Nutrition Coordinator @ firstname.lastname@example.org, Insta: humblyuniquewellness
"I am incredibly lucky to have Christine as my holistic empowerment coach - my life would not be the same without her! Her coaching was the start of my journey into taking my photography business to the next level as she provided me the foundation for 10x growth and success! My business has catapulted after she changed my perspective on what is possible for my life and work, and trained me to become a money magnet!
More importantly I have become more empathetic, caring and loving in all of my endeavours, especially my current relationship. Every week I look forward to the 1-on-1 calls with Christine. She is a JOY to chat with and carefully listens first, then shares her wealth of experience, unique insights and ideas to ponder.
The energy healing she provides is a fantastic value-add and just what I needed to help the healing process of my past inner wounds. Ever since Christine opened my eyes to the world of self love & care practices, the way I feel about myself has radically changed - I now love all aspects of my life!
Thank you Christine for putting your heart and soul into what you do, I am sure you will continue to inspire and empower other women to live an incredible life aligned with their purpose and passion!" Jean Mao, Professional Photographer @ www.jeanspiration.com, Insta: jeanspiration, Twitter: @jean_mao
Looking back now, my path was aligned to connect with Christine. It didn't take me long to decide that I needed to invest in myself and sign up for her truly remarkable unique holistic coaching program. I knew I needed to get my ass in gear, as all my reading and mentors I followed on FB wasn't enough to step up my game and really change my life. I literally said to myself , I need to stop Dickn around and do something awesome for ME. This was a huge decision as I'm currently on mat leave. However, I put my excuses aside and invested in myself spiritually, mentally, emotionally and financially. Best decision ever!
Christine's natural insight, warm personality and intuitive mindset was truly remarkable. The course content led me on a fun, rewarding and inspirational journey. I received so many helpful tools and found what resonates with me which I now incorporate into my life daily.
When we are connected and aligned to source energy, its so amazing what positive changes and remarkable experiences occur! It's natural . Each and everyone of us has gifts to share with the world and it starts with working on ourselves. How empowering!! It was truly life changing for me and would highly recommend anyone thinking about investing in themselves to trust the timing, trust your curiosity and be willing and open, the rest falls into place!
The world has so many possibilities and opening up to the unlimited abundance out there is the best feeling ever! I'm very grateful for this coaching course and for Christine's enlightened vision to help soul sisters be the best versions of themselves! She is a true gem. I am extremely grateful." O. Williams, Insta: evacharley_collection
"I am on cloud 9 today! I laid in bed last night and focused on breathing (while receiving the distance Reiki). Totally felt more effects last night than ever before"
"That was awesome. Just did my first round of Emotional Freedom Technique (from Week 3's video tutorial). Mind blown. Problem Solved. Feeling empowered. Thank you." Coaching Client
"Christine’s coaching program was exactly what I needed to pull me out of the darkness that I was living in for months. I had been struggling, looking for a solution to the stirring that I felt in my heart. I was feeling unhappy with my life and experiencing breakdowns every few months. I knew there was more to life than my corporate 9-5 job, my “perfect” life which just empty, dark and depressing. I felt frustrated that I was not feeling fulfilled with my life, unsure of where to turn to determine how to find happiness.
Her program helped my find my light, it helped me understand what my limiting beliefs were, and how to discover what my true desires are!
You can feel her energy in the 1 on 1 calls, the weekly homework was manageable with a full time job, children and a marriage to balance. I love having a basket of tools to use when I am feeling stuck, tapping, yoga, meditation, self-talk and practicing gratitude! I have learned to shine my light , and I am currently laying the foundation for my own business and leaving my corporate job at the end of the year.
If these client testimonials sound like something you too would like to experience, I invite you to connect with me further through the client application found here:-)
Feel free to check out more details of this life-changing program here!
Reiki is an alternative healing technique that promotes and awakens health & well-being to the individual receiving this healing energy. Reiki (also known as Universal life force energy) dates back to ancient times when it was used to stimulate the body's own innate healing powers by bringing balance and harmony to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Reiki is the energy that gives life to all living things. In some cultures it is known as Ki or Chi; while in others it is referred to as Prana or even the Holy Spirit.
The Reiki practitioner doesn't send or direct this energy from themselves, but rather they act like a conduit which allows this healing life force energy to flow through them and their hands. Reiki then goes where it needs to go. It is not the practitioner that heals the client but actually the client receiving the Reiki, who is able to tap into their own innate healing abilities. This allows for one to come into harmony with their truest potential in all facets of life.
What are some of the benefits of Reiki?
The person receiving the Reiki remains fully clothed during the session while lying comfortably on the bed, covered with a blanket. Bolsters and pillows are available as well. Sessions usually last between 45 minutes up to 1 hour and can be done with a hands on or hands off approach, depending on the comfort level of the recipient. During the treatment, the clinician moves their hands into specific positions on (or off) the body, during which time the recipient may feel warmth, tingling, or an energetic pressure change. Often times the recipient with drift off into a deep meditative state or lucid dream state. Some people on the other hand may fall asleep. You will still receive the benefits of Reiki if you are asleep. Reiki has no contradictory side effects and requires no concentration or effort by the client.
Blissful music, tranquil nature sounds, aromatherapy and crystals may also be included as part of this restorative service to further enhance the healing experience.
Many people incorporate Reiki into their monthly self-love and care regime just as they would with massage therapy or acupuncture. This avoids health crises from arising, while creating consistent results and a higher vibrational living.
What to expect after a Reiki session
The therapeutic effects of Reiki will continue to take place for several days (and even longer) after the treatment has taken place. This is your body continuing to restore itself back into harmony and balance.
BODYCHERISH has expanded and now offers holistic empowerment services which will include Reiki, Crystal Healing and Chakra Balancing; all to inspire higher vibrational living. Click here to learn more!
Welcome back Green Beauty Babes! In a previous post I shared ideas on what to avoid or limit, but this week's post is a lot more fun to implement. This week's post focuses on what we can add or increase to our diet to create healthy & radiant skin using a truly integrative approach. While topical products help, looking at the health of your skin from the inside out can really help you achieve beautiful & luminous skin for good. Not only that, you will find an improvement in your overall health and wellbeing – increased energy and vitality felt from the inside out!
Which foods to increase:
Hope some of this information helps and if you are curious to explore more non-toxic and healthy facial products, please click here to see BODYCHERISH's Facial Ritual Line
P.S. Eventually I will include all the Skin Transformation Series blog posts into a pretty online Ebook. Stay tuned Green Beauty Babes!
By now you've probably heard about vision boards and the term "the power of manisfestion," which is often discussed on social media sites involved with the new age movement. You may be wondering, is this all hype or does a person actually have the power to manifest and create their future experiences or desired outcomes in life.
The answer is... hell YES!
When you are visualizing and actually seeing daily reminders that invoke a feeling that you desire to experience, through the law of attraction, circumstances are brought toward you that gradually bridge the gap between where you are now and where you would like to be in the future. The key here is to pick images, words & colours (whether digital or paper) that actually trigger a FEELING response within you.
The truth is that we have creative control over our lives. We have the power to live our lives on purpose, rather than letting life "happen to us." When we practice deliberate thought and visualize experiences that offer a positive feeling response, we change our vibrational offering.
I encourage you to create a vision/mood board through an easy and free collage program found on www.picmonkey.com. That is how I made the above example. Or you may wish to create one with magazine clippings for a more tangible option. I promise you, this is an effective & efficient way to get the ball rolling and bring your dreams into your reality! Happy visualizing!
Part of my story with how BODYCHERISH came to be is that adversity (and what may have seemed like a major barrier to creating my skincare line) was actually a blessing in disguise. That so-called "barrier" is that is that I fell down my staircase, lost my consciousness, fractured my skull, sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost (still to this day) 100% my sense of smell. This happened in August 2013 on my 29th birthday because I was drunk (as per usual back then). This was the same summer of chaos in which I got a divorce, lost my house, had friendships fall away but most importantly...lost my sense of identify of who I was in this world...Talk about some BIG life changes!
...but what happened next is quite interesting. As I started to get my life in order and practice radical self-love & care, my sensitivities to the energies around me also started to heighten. Specifically, my draw to the elemental kingdom (aka healing crystals & gems) increased at an exponential rate, along with my spiritual awakening for that matter! It was as if my body had to make up for the loss of one primary sense (smell) by enhancing & strengthening another sense (my energetic sense) in how I now choose to show up & navigate my life this world.
At the same time of these changes my inner guidance system strengthened and I developed the ability to "just know" the right ratios and which ingredients to use (without ever even smelling them). I learned to open myself up to receive necessary guidance and trust that the right answers would always come in - which by the way always lead me to the next best step decision in my life and in my company. It's funny how the Universe works isn't it? I mean, who decides to create a skincare line (which of course has to smell divine) AFTER losing 100% their sense of smell?! I do and it's been wildly successful thanks to something greater and bigger than just myself. Some may (and do) joke that it's someone who hit their head too hard falling down the stairs. I say, Fuuuuck That. From first hand experience, I know it to be true that it is the contrasting life experiences that actually serve us by being the necessary catalyst to propel us into a new, brilliant and bright future.
I share this story as proof that when you listen to your inner guidance system (what your soul is calling you to do) the Universe will conspire in your favour and open up doors that didn't exist before. Trust me, you will be brought the success you deserve when you follow your heart and your divinely, inspired life path...NO MATTER WHAT may appear like a major barrier along the way! Hopes this inspires you & feel free to click here to explore the holistic lifestyle empowerment coaching!
My video interview with Caroline Stewart, from inspirED me, In this we discuss the value of self-love & care; my own positive transformation from a very difficult time; finding your inspiration (including resources + tips to help) and last but not least...why pursuing your desires is essential well-being & awakening to your purpose. This video is chalked full of juicy topics ~ I hope you enjoy!
Caroline's vision of inspiring others is brought to life in this video series where she interviews InspirED community leaders to reveal how they find and share their inspiration. If you are curious to learn more, please explore Caroline's website here full of valuable content!
If you have been living somewhere cold, it is tempting to quickly expose of all our skin when the summer sunshine first hits. However, to ensure our skin does not burn and stays healthy & youthful (less wrinkles and sun spots), below are 5 simple steps to follow:
1) If you wear foundation or mineral makeup, look for one that already includes an SPF in it. This is an incredibly simple way to ensure your face is always protected. Make sure to use a natural and cruelty free makeup as well. Make-up that is tested on animals is always full of toxins that are harmful to our body (that is why it is necessary to test them on innocent animals in the first place). I personally use and adore Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage which you can find here. This product contains a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF of 25. I wear this even in winter as UVA/UVB rays are still present and can reflect off the white snow.
2) Use a toxin-free sunscreen line. Many popular sunscreen brands have been found to have harmful ingredients that negatively impact not just our skin, but our internal organs and endocrine system as well. Finding the right sunscreen that is safe for you and your family can be overwhelming so I suggest using an excellent website from the Environmental Working Group. All you have to do is input your product name and it will tell you exactly what is inside of it and what it actually means to your body and families' health. Access their wonderful website here!
3) Put your sunscreen or sun cream on before you go outside. Most products recommend 15-20 minutes to ensure the protective ingredients adequately saturate your skin. This means you will be protected from UVA and UVB rays the second you step outside, decreasing your chance of burning and aging your skin more rapidly. BODYCHERISH just launched a Natural Sun Cream which contains organic ingredients and an estimated SPF of 20-25. If you'd like to learn more, click here.
4) Hydrate your skin after every bath or shower with a natural or organic body oil or butter. This step is important in summer and not just in winter when skin tends to get dryer. This provides your skin with nourishing ingredients that are chalked full of anti-oxidants and age defying properties (this means supple and soft skin year round). BODYCHERISH has an excellent selection of luxury, organic beauty butters and oils. You can explore them here.
5) Remember to reapply and cover up! Unless specified, most sunscreens are not waterproof or heavy sweat proof. Also, there is such a thing as too much sun and so whenever you know you will be outside for a longer length of time, be sure to adequately pack. Items such as hats, sunglasses and swimsuit covers can be wonderful for protecting us from skin damage (deep wrinkles and leathering looking skin); especially when worn during peak UVA/UVB levels, which is often between 11 AM and 3 PM.
That's it Green Beauty Goddesses! Hope you are able to get outside and enjoy this summer sunshine in a happy, healthy and safe way :)
If this post caught your eye, it is probably because you've heard about Mercury Retrograde which has a bad rap in mainstream media these days. Well, this post is to assure you that when Saturn goes retrograde there is nothing to fear! It is also important to clarify that this is not the same as when "Saturn Returns." That is a whole different ball game in which I am actually writing a book about (stay tuned!).
The reason this planetary retrograde is favourable for us is that it triggers us to dive a little deeper and explore what it is that our soul truly yearns for us to do, be and experience in this lifetime. When this retrograde cycle comes around it lasts about 4 months at which time we are given an opportunity for self-discovery and contemplation.
This delicious period literally speeds up the rate at which we can discover and unlock our purpose in this life or incarnation.
If you've been feeling a little lost lately or out of sorts, then this is your time to go within so that by August you come out feeling sparkly and bright, connected and aligned to who you truly are and meant to do. Introspection, journaling, alone time (especially in nature) is excellent during this time. If it is difficult to find alone time or get outside, trying bringing nature's elements to you. You can do this by working with healing crystals (placing in your pockets, holding during meditation or reading or wearing as jewelry). Essential oils (sourced from the plant kingdom) are also great to accompany you. Diffusing or nebulizing them in your home is a sure fire way to bring Mama Nature's healing energy into your home.
So I hope you feel excited to hear of this planetary cycle and look forward with eagerness to where you'll be and how you'll feel come August! This is also an incredibly powerful and effective time to enrol in a self development course or study group. I happen to have an 12 week holistic empowerment program up and running that is called Elevate Your Life & Become an Energetic Match to Your Deepest Desires.
This holistic empowerment program is for you, if you're in your late 20's to mid 30's, who did what society expected of you, and despite that, you are:
Become an Energetic Match to Your Deepest Desires is a Signature Coaching System unlike anything else on the market. It is a truly unique & multi-faceted approach to reaching high levels of success & fulfillment. This offering is for 1:1 coaching for 12 weeks that will take your through a step-by-step sequence, with key milestones, which will unleash & activate your highest potential. Although an effective system is in place, there is also flexibility & flow to ensure service is custom-tailored to your unique needs. This signature sequence ensures you move through & experience positive transformation so that you leave feeling wildly obsessed with life (& elevated to your new energy set point or vibrational frequency). Once this happens, your life will just keep getting better and better. The sky is the limit with no goal too big or out of reach.
April enrolment is sold out but you can still reserve your spot for May enrolment right here:-)