By Sal Battaglia
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Create Your Own Sacred Space Blend Competition earlier this year.
Our sacred space is a personal space where we can retreat when we need time to clear our mind, to be revitalised, time to dream or time to simply be you.
Smells have the power to arouse our memories and feelings, and that most special of places – our own sacred space. Many of your blends have perfectly recreated those sacred spaces.
The sacred space blends that you entered took me away to Bali, India and Greece. I was reminded of the vibrant energy of the Australian bush, luscious herb gardens and the Australian outback. Some of us found solace in our own home, while others found refuge in our minds.
Thank you so much for sharing your sacred spaces with us.
Choosing a winner was difficult. So difficult that we ended up choosing two winners!
However, I am pleased to announce that everyone who has entered the Create Your Own Sacred Space Blend Competition is a winner. All participants of the competition will soon receive an email inviting them to visit their nearest Perfect Potion store to pick up a complimentary Sacred Space Blend – Umi or Wisdom.
So what does it take to be a winner of Create Your Own Sacred Space Blend Competition?
A good nose, lots of creativity and imagination, and most of all a passion for essential oils and life!
Please come into a Perfect Potion store today and experience Umi and Wisdom Sacred Space Blends.
Create Your Own Sacred Space Blend Competition Winners:
Umi Sacred Space Blend buy kamagra online
The fresh vibrant citrus aromas of bergamot, sweet orange and petitgrain have been infused with the rich herbaceous scents of basil, lavender, geranium, peppermint and sweet marjoram and the intoxicating floral aroma of ylang ylang. These oils have then been elegantly layered over the deep rich base notes of Atlas cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver and Australian sandalwood to create the most vibrant aroma of the ocean.
When I first read the blend, I was a little concerned that it would be too complex for an essential oil blend. However, it was what Ayako said that intrigued me;
“I can feel the wind and the wave, and the sun shining in daytime. I can see the sea changing to a warmer colour. I love the smell of peppermint, cedarwood and bergamot. I can arrange my ideas and worries from these smells. These smells reflect the sea in the early morning. The smell of patchouli and vetiver remind me of my childhood and playing on the seashore. So this blend covers a whole day experience around the ocean.”
I was so wrong, this blend is light and fresh, vibrant and rich all at once. The oils beautifully blend together to truly recreate many people’s favourite sacred space – the ocean.
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There was something very interesting and intriguing that immediately caught my attention when I first saw this blend. It is such a simple blend with only four essential oils. Chelsea has used fragonia – a most intriguing and delightful Australian essential oil. To fragonia, she has added some ylang ylang and then layered this over the rich earthy aromas of patchouli and vetiver. This blend is magic. It immediately reminded me of Archives, an old second hand bookstore just around the corner from our first ever Perfect Potion shop in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. Yes, I love the smell of old books. Chelsea has perfectly recreated another special sacred space – the library.
I would also love to share with you some of the other divine blends that were finalists. They are truly exquisite blends. Once again thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Create Your Own Sacred Space Blend Competition.
The Finalists and special mentions:
Ubud, Bali – by Akiko Takamatsu
Ylang Ylang – 2 drops
Lemongrass -1 drop
Vetiver – 2 drops
Tea Tree – 2 drops
Citronella – 1 drop
Cedarwood, Atlas – 2 drops
“There is a sweet smell of flowers in the air, it is tropical-like. Ubud is a Balinese village in the mountain area and well known for its performing arts. Ubud is surrounded by rice terraces and dark green trees. This blend awakens me to such a beautiful Ubud experience. My mind and body is light and clear as I idly spend time with a cup of lemongrass herbal tea in Ubud.”
The Harvest Blend – by Bhuvaneswari Pranatharthihari
Rose Otto – 3 drops
Jasmine absolute – 2 drops
Cardamom – 1 drop
Australian sandalwood – 2 drops
Frankincense – 2 drops
“The Harvest Blend evokes the spring harvest festival celebrated in my sacred garden. Millions everywhere celebrate the harvest festival to thank the life-giving Sun for its bountiful blessings that feed the people of this beautiful planet. On this festive occasion, we prepare a sweet dish, “Chakara Pongal,” made with rice, lentils, cardamom pods, cane sugar and clarified butter and cooked in an earthen pot so that the aromatic vitality of cardamom fills the air. Family and friends apply sandalwood paste on their foreheads to cool their minds and warm their hearts. Strands of intoxicating jasmine and roses, plucked from the backyard garden, adorn the home and hair of women and young girls to remind them of their inner goddess. The sacred celebratory ambience is complete with the smoky swirls of frankincense. This mesmerising synergy of aromas – rose, jasmine, cardamom, sandalwood and frankincense – forms the essence of the Harvest Blend. It is, at once, a blend of the sacred and the celebrated, of Nature’s generosity and of counting our blessings.”
Oku Kumano – by Miho Takahashi
Patchouli – 1 drop
Vetiver – 2 drops
Frankincense – 1 drop
Marjoram, sweet – 1 drop
Lavender – 1 drop
Geranium – 1 drop
Petitgrain – 1 drop
Orange, sweet – 1 drop
Basil, sweet – 1 drop
“My sacred space is Oku Kumano, a place in the southern part of the Kii Peninsula in Japan. Here, it is said to be the land where the Gods live and the land of resurrection. When I visit Oku Kumano, I feel gently wrapped in the kindness of its people and beautiful mountains. However, the devastation caused by last year’s typhoon still leaves some scars. I made this blend to pray that nature will be kind and to heal the Oku Kumano land and its people, returning it back to its original state as soon as possible.”
Meditation and Dreams – by Caroline Josephine
Cinnamon bark – 4 drops
Peru Balsam – 7 drops
Palmarosa – 5 drops
Nutmeg – 3 drops
Petitgrain – 4 drops
Cypress – 3 drops
Mandarin – 5 drops
Lime – 5 drops
Grapefruit – 7 drops
Cedarwood – 7 drops
“My sacred space is a place I visit in meditation and dreams. In this place of love, I am given healing by my spirit guides, along the beach in a tranquil cavern. I calmly sit on the beach, listening to the voice of the ocean and feeling the warm sensation of the sun’s rays, waiting for a sign that I may enter this place of healing. It may be just a piece of driftwood or a shell, brought to me with the tide, which heartens me to enter the sanctuary. Once within I am shown a table, carved from rock and laden with a warm rug, and ushered to lay there. My spirit guides do not utter words to me but I feel their love as they gently sweep my body of toxins and sadness and replace it with heartfelt love. My spirit guides call upon the ancients and summon nature spirits to assist in my healing.
The blend I have created is infused with Oriental and American Indian influences which depict the aromas in the cavern whilst it also has a crispness and clarity reminiscent of the ocean spray and the clean beach air.”
The Taj Mahal Love Blend – by Rebecca Willis
Star Anise – 4 drops
Cinnamon Bark – 2 drops
Rose Absolute – 2 drops
Turmeric – 1 drop
Nutmeg – 1 drop
“India, home of the olfactory nirvana. One may think that they have smelt love before – the lingering scent of mother’s perfume on a scarf, or that lovely hint of aftershave left on your lover’s pillow. Never had I experienced the true scent of love before I stepped inside the Taj Mahal, Agra – a monument built on the memory of love for a lost soul mate. Death may signify something cold and inanimate, but the warmth radiating from within this temple awakened the heart with smoldering star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg incense.
All who entered the monument were anointed delicately with a dab of rose oil and earthly turmeric, as a reminder of the love that continues to exist between the Lady Mumtaz Mahal and her doting husband. To this day, these five Ayurvedic scents reawaken the true meaning of love for me – that which can exist between spiritual plains and endure the eternity of time.”
Mystic Awareness – by Adam Wright
Cosmic – 3 drops
Insight – 3 drops
Haru – 2 drops
Air – 2 drops
Thai Fusion – 1 drop
“I use Mystic Awareness when meditating. There is no physical sacred space because this blend takes you to a sacred place that can only be held in your mind. I have found that by incorporating the Air blend into the formula, it carries the entire blend into every corner of the room. So it really does live up to its “air” name. Air blend has only been a recent but important addition to complete the blend.”
Adam, this was an ingenious way of using some of Perfect Potion’s existing exquisite blends to recreate a really amazing complex blend.