How is Azurlis® Natural Skin Care different to any other skin care range on the market?
Azurlis® Natural Skin Care was developed with a holistic approach to skin, body and soul care by integrating knowledge gained through scientific research on ingredient properties, with ancient principles that stood the test of time. The revitalizing benefits of botanical extracts in our products are enhanced with lapis lazuli and Reiki energy, creating a skin care that is inspired by Nature to enrich the skin and calm the soul.
Are there specific ingredients that are not used in Azurlis® Natural Skin Care?
Definitely! Our products do not contain: petrochemical derivatives, mineral oils, silicone, parabens, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, polyethelene glycol (PEG), polypropelene glycol (PGG), phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic coulours and fragrances, animal by-products.
What are the key ingredients in Azurlis® Natural Skin Care?
Key ingredients in Azurlis® Natural Skin Care include oils of borage, camellia, cocoa, coconut, evening primrose, flaxseed, jojoba, macadamia nut, peach kernel, pomegranate, rosehip and shea (Karite); extracts from aloe vera, bilberry, chamomile, cranberry, cucumber, liquorice, NZ lemon verbera, NZ tea-tree, rose and vanilla; essential oils of carrot seed, chamomile, geranium, lavender, lemon tea-tree, palmarosa, petitgrain, rosa damascena; lapis lazuli gem essence.
These ingredients are excellent sources of essential fatty acids (omega-3, omega-6, GLA), vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, folate, niacin and pantothenic acid, as well as trace minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.
How does Reiki energy work?
Reiki is a Japanese word that translates as “universal life energy”, from “Re” meaning universal and “Ki”, life force energy. According to this and similar ancient Eastern philosophies, Ki is the vital living force that flows through everything in the universe. This flow of energy can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety. This can result in restrictions or blockages of its flow, which in turn can manifest as physical or psychological imbalances.
Reiki healing energy encourages the maintenance of an energy balance and flow in our lives and environment. As the universe is made up of energy, the intentional transfer of uplifting, loving energy has a positive impact on living and inanimate objects, and thus Reiki can be used on everything.
Reiki as a form of energy healing was re-discovered by the Japanese doctor and Zen Buddhist Dr. Mikao Usui, in the earlier part of the 20th century. The value of this energy to heal both physical and psychological conditions became particularly evident after the 1923 Kanto earthquake, and led to the opening of numerous Reiki healing centres in Japan. Reiki healing was, however introduced to the Western world during the 1930’s, by Mrs Takata, a pupil of Dr Usui. Since then its teachings and practices have spread globally.
Scientific research studies in the last 15 years have shown that Reiki energy has a positive impact on the mood and physical conditions of patients*. Of interest were the positive changes in brainwave patterns of those patients being treated with Reiki**.
How is the Reiki energy part of the product?
The products are exposed to Reiki energy during the manufacturing and packaging process. This happens in a quiet moment during which Reiki energy is transmitted to the products through the hands of the manufacturer, either by holding the container with the product or simply by cupping hands around the product.
What is lapis lazuli gem essence and how is it used in Azurlis® Natural Skin Care?
Lapis lazuli gem essence is produced in house by exposing spring water to the lapis lazuli rock, under controlled conditions, using the indirect gem essence manufacturing method. Lapis lazuli healing energy is known for its calming and soothing effects on the mind and soul. Lapis lazuli gem essence is a key component of the aqueous ingredients of our products.
Do naturally produced ingredients work as well as chemical synthesized ingredients?
Naturally produced ingredients work as well or better than synthetically produced equivalents. Large-scale production of synthetically manufactured ingredients generates cost savings and facilitates standardization of manufacturing pipelines.
To achieve this, chemists break down the components of individual ingredients so that each component can be manufactured separately. Then, they are combined again in ratios that approximate the original ingredient composition.
In the process of synthetic manufacture of these components not all the properties of the original ingredient are retained. Furthermore, sometimes in the synthetic manufacturing process waste products are also produced that could have a negative impact on the ingredients or the environment.
Although a bit more costly it makes more sense to use the oils extracted in the natural way, whether for skin care or any other application.
What results should I expect to see?
The condition of you skin should improve from day one. You’ll feel great and look amazing!
How long do I need to use the products before I notice results?
Although you might see some immediate benefits with Azurlis® Natural Skin Care, normally improvements in skin texture are seen after 3-4 weeks of use. This is because it takes 28 days for skin cells to move from the germinal layer to the surface of the epidermis.
What tests are done to validate the integrity of your products?
The products are tested for micro-organism contamination, as well as for shelf-life stability.
Can I use this range if I have sensitive skin?
Sensitive skins always have to be considered with great care. Just because a product is natural it may still be allergenic. Therefore, those with very sensitive and hyper allergenic skins must test the products prior to purchase. This can easily be done on the inner forearm. If you notice a sensitizing reaction, wash the skin with cold water straight away until it dissipates. If you are already using a hypo-allergic range that works for you, then stick to it, but do contact us if you want to test our products.
Are the products tested on animals?
None of our products are tested on animals, but rather on human volunteers. Animal testing is not necessarily advantageous because there can be significant differences between human physiology and immune systems, and those of other mammals. Animal testing is a practice that we do not support. Consistent with our views, we do not use any animal by-products. Hence, our approval by the NZ Vegetarian Society. All ingredients have been carefully selected for their independently and scientifically researched properties, benefits and safety.
What is Ethical Skin Care?
Ethical Skin Care is about knowing that all the ingredients in your products truly support Beauty without Cruelty and a sustainable environment.
Do you use any preservatives in Azurlis® Natural Skin Care?
Yes, otherwise the products would have an extremely limited shelf-life. We use only preservatives that are approved by BioGro, EcoCert, Natrue for personal care products. These preservatives include the Geogard 221, Geogard Ultra, and potassium sorbate.
These preservative families have been used in food and personal care for decades, with excellent safety profiles.
Do your products have artificial scents or colours? Aren’t natural products scentless?
No, we do not use any synthetic scents (fragrances) or colours!
The scents in our products are derived entirely from the natural scents of the essential oils, oils and extracts.
Natural products are most definitely not scentless, otherwise it would be impossible to tell the difference between the scent of a strawberry and a banana.
Those “natural products” that are scentless have been modified with “scent neutralizers” or “white scents” to mask any natural scent. It is always advisable to familiarise yourself with the ingredient list of any product, prior to purchase.
Synthetic products can be scentless if the synthetic ingredients used do not have a scent. So, don't be fooled to think that if a product is scentless that it is natural. In fact often synthetic scents are added as "white scents" to mask existing scents.
*P. Miles and G. True, “Reiki—review of a biofield therapy history, theory, practice, and research,” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 62–72, 2003.
**D. Bowden, L. Goddard, and J. Gruzelier, “A randomized controlled single-blind trial of the effects of Reiki and positive imagery on well-being and salivary cortisol,” Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 81, no. 1, pp. 66–72, 2010.