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Dinner with Cade McConnell

Posted by Samara Macchia on

We were very lucky to be treated to a delicious organic, vegan meal prepared by our good friend Cade at the Byron concept store last week. Here are some photos of the event...   Charcoal Dinner Plate Maibashi Brass Chopsticks     Menu by Cade McConnell   Shae, Ryo & Jasmine   Photo by Isabel Sasse   Photo by Isabel Sasse   Charcoal Dinner Bowl Photo by Isabel Sasse   Blackware Cooking Pot    Charcoal Dinner Bowl   Charcoal Dinner Bowl   Flowers by Anamundi Studio   Photo by Isabel Sasse   Photo by Isabel Sasse   The gang Left...

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Daiyo: Japanese Candle Makers

Posted by Samara Macchia on

On a recent trip to Japan, I was invited to visit 100 year old family candle making factory Daiyo in Takashima. I was shown through their workshop and introduced to the incredible artisan process for creating their traditional botanical sumac wax candles.   Here is a brief photo journal of my experience: Satoshi lighting one of Daiyo's traditional sumac wax candles.   Inside the factory.     Satoshi's 92 year old grandmother, Miyo still works in the factory hand rolling the wicks using rush cone (plant used for a tatami mat) wrapped around washi (Japanese paper).      Sumac Wax     Candles are dipped in sumac...

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In the Garden with Alchemy Plant & Sun

Posted by Samara Macchia on

Aromatic magic from Nature, alchemised & bottled for your Soul. Last Saturday I ventured out into the stunning Byron hinterland to visit the beautiful home and garden of Hannah, creator of Alchemy Plant & Sun and many of our Shackpalace Rituals lotions, potions and skin healing remedies.  Here are some shots of her garden, where she grows and harvests many of her ingredients.  Calendula Balm Infusing in the winter sun The Alchemist herself. Native Goddess Body Oils InfusingLocal Organic Beeswax   Let thy food be thy medicine; and thy lotion and potion be thy food for your Soul.   Shop all of Hannahs creations here....

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Designing Your Own Personalised Beauty ritual

Posted by Samara Macchia on

Be Your Own Alchemist. The philosophy behind all our products and rituals is to encourage you to slow down, be your own alchemist and go back to using first principle ingredients, blending exactly what you need, on a daily basis. The benefit of this self-experimental journey is that it not only helps activate your own inner intuitive guides, empowering you to calm, heal and energise yourself, but also facilitates a more mindful & happier way of living. Creating your own personalised beauty ritual, helps you to pare back the products that you have in your bathroom to the essentials and organise everything...

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Carrier Oils: Jojoba Oil

Posted by Samara Macchia on

A big part of our philosophy at Shackpalace Rituals is about empowering us all to be our own alchemists in our everyday lives, blending exactly what our bodies need internally and externally everyday. This is why we have recently added a selection of certified organic carrier oils to our collection.  Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils for optimal topical use. They maximize the effectiveness of essential oils on the skin by hindering evaporation and keeping them on the skin longer. I will provide information on all our carrier oils, but today I would like to explore the powerful benefits of...

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