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Living an Organic Lifestyle

To celebrate Australian Organic Awareness Month, Sal Battaglia discusses the importance of organic products in aromatherapy and the significance organic means for Perfect Potion products.

Living an Organic Lifestyle – by Sal Battaglia

Many people turn to organics for their health and wellbeing. Whether it is the food we eat, the products we inhale or the products we put on our skin –  chemically processed products increase and enhance the risk of potentially harmful toxins entering body that increase the risk of creating potentially harmful free radicals that can be carcinogenic or pro-inflammatory.

Using organics is therefore such an important step in maintaining our health and wellbeing.

Just as important is the health and wellbeing of our planet. When we make the decision to use organics we are playing a vital role in supporting those farmers who utilize farming practices that will not pollute or harm the environment or wildlife. Organic farming is often done on a much smaller scale and essential oils produced from organically grown plants are often a little more expensive, however this does represent the true cost of growing high quality, chemical free products. Also what value do you put on your health and that of your family.

As an aromatherapist, I am also asked what is the difference between a conventional commercial essential oil and a organically produced essential oil. Well number one is the fact that most commercial conventional essential oils are chemically adulterated. This is unfortunately something that happens all too often in the essential oil industry and most essential oil traders turn a blind eye to it – providing all sorts of excuses such as improved pharmacology and better aroma by rectifying or adulterating the oil. What a load of goobly dooks!

I decided to have our organic lavender tested in Japan at a laboratory that uses Kirlian photography and GDV (Gas discharge voltage) technology to test the energetic qualities of the oil.

The proof is in the results. Our organic lavender oil not only had a stronger energetic qualities, it also had a much wider and active bandwidth. This clearly goes to show that when we produce an essential oil or be it food organically it has a stronger energetic quality or dare I say “lifeforce”.

Unfortunately contemporary science is not advanced enough to understand such concept of lifeforce, however in traditional healing systems such Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lifeforce is integral to promoting health and wellbeing.

I firmly believe that not only is the lifeforce of the plant is enhanced when the plant is grown organically, the lifeforce is destroyed when the plant is cultivated by conventional non-organic means.

So by supporting organics, we are securing a better and healthier future for ourselves, our children and our planet!

Rita Balshaw’s Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness & Aromatherapy

By Rita Balshaw

Anyone can have a mindfulness practice. Any activity done with pure intention and complete presence is meditation. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fit you are, if you’re religious or not…mindful meditation is available to us all.

Meditation is all about internal self-connection; by cultivating a deeper connection to ourselves we inevitably gain more understanding into the workings of our bodies, minds and human experiences. In a high pressure society we see more and more people suffering with stress related illnesses; adrenal fatigue, skin conditions, onset obesity, high blood pressure and chronic insomnia.

Mindfulness practice teaches us to literally be mindful – mindful of our thoughts, and mindful of the whole interrelated self; mind, body and spirit.

Historically, meditation forms the foundation of the ancient Indian Ayurvedic approach to healing and balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. By maintaining an open and healthy flowing energy through the body we can free ourselves of the physical and emotional disturbances that essentially may cause chronic stress and illness.


Meditation + Essential Oils

It is said that smells influence how we feel more than any other sensory experience. Essential oils enhance the energetic vibration of our own unique energy field that almost instantaneously transports you to a place of peace and calm. The tradition of using essential oils and aromatic incense resins which are conducive to meditative practice continues to be embraced in today’s contemporary world, bringing relaxation and awareness to the lives of many.

The essential oils I like to use for meditation are frankincense, rose absolute, petitgrain, jasmine, neroli, juniper berry, rosemary, jatamansi, lavender, sage, basil and lotus. These aromas effectively promote a clear mind and joyful heart, leaving me to feel grounded, balanced and in complete harmony.


How do I Meditate?

The best time to start meditation is now! That’s right, right now. Switch off your computer and mobile phone. Just sit. Close your eyes. Breathe. Take deep inhales and slow exhales. Relax your shoulders, softening with each gentle exhale. Notice how your physical body is feeling. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Observe how deep or shallow your breath is. Bring your awareness into your heart and enjoy a few moments to connect with your true self. First thing in the morning is a great time for meditation; it will help keep your body feeling energised and your state of mind positive. You will discover how meditation gently takes you into the present moment and towards self- actualisation.


DIY Meditation Mist

This Meditation Mist is an exclusive blend of essential oils that will help to rebalance and harmonise the energy centres within the subtle body. Use this mist any way you please; before meditation, to clean your yoga mat, as an aromatic mist to promote relaxation.


50ml glass spray bottle 

Purified water

20 drops essential oil solubiliser 

6 drops sage essential oil

6 drops rose essential oil

6 drops frankincense essential oil 

10 drops lemon essential oil


Add all ingredients to a clean glass spray bottle and gently shake to combine. Always label and date your homemade aromatherapy products.


Meditation Extras

Allocate a quiet and clean space, decked out with comfortable cushions, an aromatherapy diffuser, candles and anything spiritually symbolic to help you to commit to your daily practice. Listening to tranquil, euphoric or tribal music whilst meditating will help to enhance your level of relaxation, guiding you towards stillness. Sipping on our Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Tea prior to mediation is a great way to promote serenity and spiritual expansion.


By Rita Balshaw

Natural Therapist
Dip. Holistic meditation
Cert. wellness coach, facial therapist,
doula, herbalist & restorative yoga teacher  


Want to learn more about Mindfulness and Aromatherapy from Hippies In The City author Rita Balshaw? Book in now for her final Mindfulness and Aromatherapy workshop for this year. This beautiful workshop will be held at Perfect Potion North Sydney on the 26th July. Get in quick! Spaces are limited!

Book now!

Perfect Potion and the Environment


Perfectly Certified


Our earth is beautiful and powerful and respecting this delicate balance means taking responsibility for the way in which we live in this world.

The demand for products holding certifications identifying them as organic, natural or cruelty free is increasing every year with consumers becoming more savvy about what they buy and how this effects their bodies and the environment.

At Perfect Potion, we’re so proud to hold certifications that mean we use ingredients that support the environment, communities and animals.

Since the beginning, owners and creators Sal Battaglia and Carolyn Stubbin have been passionate about bringing customers products that are natural without compromising the environment.

We often receive questions from customers asking what the benefits of having these certifications means and, why organic is better than non-organic?

To us, having organic, natural and cruelty free ingredients epitomises the Perfect Potion ethos: we want to create beautiful aromatherapy products that adhere to a holistic way of life. A holistic way of life is the belief that all parts of the world are intimately connected.

Often in today’s society we can feel detached from our environment, but we want our customers to feel that connection again, and we believe this can be achieved through knowing what you buy, where it comes from and how it was grown.


Certified organic ingredients mean that we are looking after the environment. Most organic certifications prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. This means that farming biodiversity remains and the land will be rich and viable into the future.

Perfect Potion holds two organic certifications: COSMOS and Australian Certified Organic (ACO). COSMOS is the result of five leading European certification bodies working together to develop a worldwide cosmetics certification scheme.

COSMOS recognises certified natural and organic cosmetics have been made using natural and organic ingredients that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. This certification is used in Perfect Potion’s skincare and body care, ensuring what you put on your skin is natural.

When sourcing our ingredients, to comply with COSMOS, each ingredient must be free from GMOs, nanomaterials, irradiation and animals testing. Australian Certified Organic or ACO is the local accredited certification body for the COSMOS standard and requires that products and ingredients are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertiliser or GMOs.

Australian Certified Organic is the strictest organic certifying body in Australia and audits Perfect Potion annually. ACO declares that certified organic products are not only better for your health and well being; they are better for the environment.

Cruelty Free

To make sure we look after the environment and all its creatures, Perfect Potion has also been accredited by Choose Cruelty Free. This means we hold the licence to bear the bunny logo on all our products. Cruelty Free demonstrates that all of our ingredients have not been tested on animals. For our vegetarian and vegan customers, we’ve got you covered. All of our products are vegetarian, with most being vegan.You can find lists of our products in store and on our website that identify the small number of items which may contain beeswax or honey.



Charlie is a member of the Perfect Potion family and helps out in the office by eating ‘spare’ food and giving us cuddles. We would never test our products on Charlie or any of her fur brothers and sisters, except perhaps our Furry Animal Shampoo on bath day. 



Choosing to support certified organic and cruelty free products means supporting organic farmers as well as ethical producers and processors who are doing the right thing for the earth.

We love all of our customers and we thank you all for choosing Perfect Potion. By being part of the Perfect Potion family, you’re ensuring a natural way of living and environmentally conscious way of living is available for all.



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The Chakra Diet (A Hippies in the City blog post)

The Chakra Diet – By Rita Balshaw

When you think of Chakra balancing you probably don’t think about food! And, assumably your mind directly wanders to the more obvious Chakra healing methods of colour therapy, certain yoga poses, crystals, essences or perhaps the Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Range. Balancing the energy centres within the body (aka the chakras) can be achieved by including and excluding certain foods, working on the premise that every food commodity has a certain energetic healing vibration and frequency.



Since ancient times, it was known that people who took care of themselves holistically lived healthier and longer lives. Acknowledging our physical and emotional health via the energy of the 7 chakras allows for a successful mind body connection. This is something that has been held of great importance in Ayurvedic healing traditions. When the body is in balance and we are physically and mentally healthy everything just seems to fall into place. Health is an expression of balance, and Ayurveda views disease as an expression of imbalance within the body. The Ancient System of Chakra Balancing and its wise philosophies will provide insight into your true self, empowering you to heal and manage all dimensions of your being.



Here we discover how certain food groups can be used to effectively restore and harmonise each unique Chakra.



Base/Root Chakra

The journey through the chakras begins with the base chakra. The base chakra is concerned with survival, security and basic human needs. This chakra reflects our connection to life-force energy and helps us to stay grounded and embodied. The foods to promote healthy base energy must be nourishing and grounding, such as: root vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beetroot, onions, garlic and protein-rich foods like organic eggs, lean red meat, beans and tofu.



Sacral Chakra

This particular energy field is very much associated with creativity, fluidity and sexual energy. Enjoying sensuality and pleasure all assist in enhancing the vitality of the sacral chakra.  Enjoy sweet and light foods; mango, mandarin, papaya, passionfruit, raw honey, maple syrup, dates, figs, almond, cashews and fresh coconut water.




Solar Plexus Chakra

This one all is about empowerment and transformation. The solar plexus is healthy when we feel confident, assertive and free from feelings of anger and resentment. To keep this chakra healthy, one must embrace a diet that includes yellow, high enzyme foods that allow for good digestion. Things like, pineapples, bananas, squash, lemons and spices like ginger, mustard seeds and turmeric. Brewing up a spicy ginger, cinnamon and turmeric latte, based on almond milk will serve the digestion greatly.



Heart Chakra 

The heart chakra is concerned with forgiveness and compassion. We experience unconditional love through the heart chakra and it is where we develop true self-acceptance. When this particular chakra is in balance it encourages feelings of positivity, openness and connection. The heart is said to be the core of immunity, vitality and inner strength, this is often why people become sick and weak when they experience conflict or grief. A diet full of nourishing green vegetables, fruits and super foods is a great way to heal this chakra. Be sure to include plenty of spinach, zucchini, basil, kale, broccoli, beans, peas and asparagus. Enjoy kiwi fruit, green apples, cucumbers, avocado and limes, wheat grass, matcha powder and green tea.



Throat Chakra

The throat chakra deals with communication, truthfulness and creative expression. Imbalances within the throat chakra can result in indecisiveness, lack of creative expression, inability to accept criticism. Swollen glands, thyroid issues and a sore throat can be a physical manifestation of blockages within this energy field. Although blue foods are rare, having plenty of blueberries and blackberries are your best bet to assist with healing the throat chakra. Try a soothing blueberry smoothie, using almond milk, raw honey, steamed purple sweet potato and chia seeds.



Third Eye Chakra 

Often referred to as the center of intuition, imagination and mindfulness, this chakra is concerned with trusting your inner knowing rather than over analysing situations. The sixth chakra is the gateway into a high realm of consciousness, where we develop connection to the spiritual world. The good news is that raw chocolate is one of the best foods for the third eye chakra; raw cacao stimulates mental clarity and raises the human vibration making you feel blissful and present in the moment. Raw chocolate also contains MAO inhibitors (monoamine oxidase) which allows more of the feel good serotonin to circulate in the brain. Intuitive and mindful eating is governed by the third-eye chakra and it is best to eat lots of food that support brain function. Sustainably caught fish, walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds and flaxseed oil are wonderful sources of essential fatty acids, that contributes to a healthy and happy brain.


Crown Chakra 

The Crown Chakra is our highest energy centre, located at the top of the head. It represents freedom, deep understanding, spiritual enlightenment and union with the higher self. Opening or balancing your Crown Chakra can bring a profound awakening, a connection to your spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness, and a deep understanding of universal love. To support the frequency of this chakra it is important to eat and drink commodities that are considered healing and sacred. Gotu Kola, ashwaganda, tulsi basil, ginseng and bramhi are helpful herbs to promote clarity and spiritual connection. Fasting and cleansing programs is said to purify the body and mind, leading to Crown Chakra awakening.

To learn more about the chakras and how you can feel balanced and harmonised, book into one of Perfect Potion’s Chakra workshops, here.


D.I.Y Calamine Lotion

By Rita Balshaw, author of Hippies in the City

Some store bought calamine lotion brands contain nasty ingredients, including synthetic fragrances and parabens. I speak to many health conscious mothers across our Perfect Potion stores. A popular subject of interest is how to treat common aliments for children, these include natural remedies for skin conditions, heat rashes, chicken pox, burns and bites. The following natural “Calamine Lotion” recipe is an easy to make homemade, natural remedy that works a treat to alleviate itching, redness and inflammation.


2 tbs pink clay

2 tbs bicarb soda

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops tea tree essential oil

1 tbs 50ml rose water


Use a teaspoon to mix all the ingredients in a small dish, slowly add in the rose water until a smooth paste consistency is achieved. Transfer the paste to a clean jar and refrigerate to keep for 3 to 5 days. Apply this soothing lotion to the affected areas and allow to dry before rinsing in a warm bath using Top To Toe Wash. Applying an additional healing ointment like the Protect and Repair Balm is an absolute genesis for helping to further soothe and heal skin irritation.

To learn more D.I.Y recipes book into one of our D.I.Y Skincare workshops.


D.I.Y Skincare Workshop 

Our skin reflects the state of our internal health and our emotional well-being. In our hands-on D.I.Y Natural Skincare discovery night you will:

  • Learn to formulate skincare that comes from the natural world
  • Discover the best essential oils to benefit your skin and how to use them in your skincare products
  • Be given guidelines and recipes on how to make: cleansers, toners, moisturisers, masks, ointments, balms, scrubs and bath products
  • Take home a D.I.Y skincare product

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#everydayaromatherapy – Treating your Tresses

Treating your Tresses

Hair has been an important aspect of beauty for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians scented and treated their hair with essential oils and nourished it with selected vegetable oils.

Thousands of years later, our hair is still an important aspect of how we look and feel. We all want the feel of soft and nourished hair billowing on our shoulders or the feeling of shiny locks as we run our hands through it, but what do we have to do to achieve this?

Beautiful hair doesn’t have to come at the price of using non-natural ingredients. Achieving hair that feels silky smooth and has a beautiful vibrant shine is simple: aromatherapy!

Perfect Potion’s range of haircare products integrate aromatherapy to help you achieve soft and shiny hair and a nourished scalp, naturally!

What’s so good about it?

Our range includes a variety of shampoos and conditioners, as well as an oil elixir, balm and beard oil. But how do they work naturally?

Rosemary essential oil is a key ingredient in our Rosemary Shampoo and Conditioner as well as our Hair and Scalp Elixir. The rosemary in these products helps to avoid dandruff and an itchy scalp. Massaging your scalp with either the Rosemary Shampoo or Hair and Scalp Elixir will stimulate and rejuvenate hair follicles by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. We’ve also added geranium, ylang ylang and lavender to these products as well as to our Hair Balm. Essential oil fragrances are heat activated, therefore the heat from your scalp activates these essential oils so you enjoy the therapeutic scent. Geranium dispels anxiety, ylang ylang is incredibly uplifting and lavender is calming, all to contribute to making you feel as shiny and wonderful as your hair looks.

Similarly, we have added Roman Chamomile essential oil to our Chamomile Shampoo. Roman Chamomile has a wonderful fruity scent; it is uplifting and helps to give us a sense of purpose. Roman Chamomile essential oil combined with German Chamomile herbal extract is what gives our Chamomile Shampoo the chamomile kick you need. German Chamomile herbal extract is used for the relief of symptoms of eczema and dermatitis by soothing rashes and irritated skin, making our Chamomile Shampoo and Marigold Conditioner perfect for those with sensitive scalps still wanting soft and beautiful hair.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for using our products to give your hair an extra boost of radiance naturally.

For dry, brittle and damaged hair… in a bowl mix Rosemary Conditioner and our Certified Organic Coconut Oil. Apply generously to dry hair and let it nourish for 30 minutes or longer. Shampoo and condition as normal. For a dry and itchy scalp… use a dropper to part your hair and coat scalp with our Hair and Scalp Elixir. Let the oil nourish for the scalp for 30 minutes or leave overnight. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Do you have any tips and tricks for using our hair care products? If so, take a photo and tag us with @perfectpotion and #everydayaromatherapy. We always love seeing our products in action!

To learn more about the benefits of essential oils, visit Sal’s Essential Oil Monographs for a new essential oil monograph every month.



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Meet the Presenters QLD: Mel Smith

Introducing Mel…

This year’s Perfect Potion presenter lineup boasts a diverse range of presenters experienced in the field of aromatherapy and more. If you’re a budding aromatherapist or interested in beginning your aromatherapy journey, we have a range of Introduction to Aromatherapy workshops in QLD, NSW and VIC. Our workshops and discovery nights are centered around introducing you to the wonders of aromatherapy and combining aromatherapy with meditation, chakras and D.I.Y skincare.

Melinda Smith is our beautiful QLD presenter and wonder-woman.

If you haven’t yet booked one of our workshops, get in quick because spaces are filling up fast! Secure your spot in:

BrisbaneSydney or Victoria.

Melinda Smith (QLD)

Melinda Smith is a clinical aromatherapist of women’s health. She Specialises in pregnancy massage, active birth and baby massage.

Throughout her 25 year career, Mel’s passion has inspired thousands of people to embrace aromatherapy in their daily lives.

Melinda began her traineeship with Sal Battaglia and Perfect Potion in 1992 by working in the shop, clinics and then teaching his courses for introduction or practitioner training in Massage and Aromatherapy.

Mel is passionate about the smooth transition of girls into womanhood and is a member of the Celebration Day For Girls Association. She uses her knowledge from being a natural fertility counselor to educate girls, teenagers and women about their hormones and their body’s wisdom in signs and symptoms and teaches how to bring balance using aromatherapy.

Based in Byron Bay, Mel has “Fragrant Goddess” an aromatherapy for women clinic. She also designs aromatherapy recipes for companies, tutors and practitioners to use essential oils in their products.


The Magic of Crystals and Aromatherapy

Guest Blogger Paola Milani gives us advice on combining crystals with aromatherapy

Having worked as an aromatherapist, I have enjoyed seeing and working with the connections between the plant, mineral and animal kingdoms. Crystals have worked their way into aromatherapy and I have loved seeing the connection they give each other as their energetics are very similar.

Using essential oils and crystals is a wonderful way of empowering mind, body and spirit.

How to use crystals and essential oils

For my chosen crystals, I recommend waiting for a full-moon and making a Crystal Elixir. This can be done by soaking a crystal in a bowl of water overnight and combining essential oils in a spray bottle along with a Essential Oil Solubiliser. When soaking crystals be careful not use ones that dissolve in water like Selenite.

There are many other rituals that involve crystals; you can lay them on your body or wear them as jewellery. To involve aromatherapy for these methods you can use an essential oil based spray, mist or perfume and omit the crystal-soaking step.

In this blog I’ve picked my top four crystals (I have so many favourites, so picking four was difficult) and outlined which essential oils are associated with them. These four crystals are not only my favourite go-to’s but are also the ones that I believe are most relevant to the majority of people.

Amber and Sweet Orange

Amber encourages laughter and joy in life; it empowers, transforms and helps in the search for new pathways in life. Sweet Orange is warm and uplifting; it doesn’t take things too seriously. Sweet Orange reduces people’s fears of the unknown and conveys a sense of happiness. Both Amber and Sweet Orange are wonderful to use when you are feeling ‘stuck’ in life.
Perfect Potion blends:
Happy and Calm Harmony Chakra BlendRefresh

Labradorite and Pine

Working with Labradorite helps strengthen freewill and allows space for original thought. It inspires imagination and balances intellectual thought blended with intuitive wisdom. Pine is uncompromising and represents the free spirit.
Perfect Potion blends:
Wood Five Elements Blend

Fluorite and Rosemary

Fluorite is a powerful stone to use in balancing the brain and speaks of the power of thought. It increases focus and cultivates trust in mental ability. Rosemary strengthens the nervous system and provides support in stressful conditions. Both are beneficial to work with when you need a clear mind when studying or working.
Perfect Potion blends:

Boji and Vetiver

Boji allows one to become more grounded and connected to one’s body. It encourages direct communication between the mind and the physical body. Vetiver is likened to the smell of a damp forest floor and reminiscent of the scent of Mother Earth. Vetiver is nourishing, strengthening and balancing. Both Vetiver and Boji are wonderful to use to help balance and ground the mind, body and spirit.
Perfect Potion blends:
Balance Chakra Blend

Let us know how you use essential oils and crystals via our Facebook or Instagram pages. To learn more about Paola, one of our Perfect Potion’s artists, click here.

Happy blending!


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Discovery nights: Discover the world of Aromatherapy

Knowledge is power, but it also can make our lives easier. If you’re interested in aromatherapy, chakras, making your own skincare or natural cleaning products but don’t know where to start, then our discovery nights might just be for you.

Introduction to Aromatherapy Part One

We will take you on an exciting two hour journey into the art and science of aromatherapy. You will discover the fragrant world of essential oils and how they can naturally enhance your wellbeing. During this workshop you will:

  • Discover the correct way to use essential oil in baths, massage, inhalation, compresses and vaporisers
  • Learn how to use essential oils safely and the importance of using only quality essential oils
  • Be given guidelines on use of 20 of the most popular essential oils in aromatherapy
  • Learn how essential oils can be used for conditions such as headaches, colds and flu, sinusitis, indigestion, stress and anxiety and other common ailments
  • Create your own aromatherapy take home blend

Please click here for more information on Introduction to Aromatherapy discovery nights

Introduction to Aromatherapy Part Two: Blending

This workshop will give you the confidence to create aromatherapy blends using essential oils for yourself, your family and friends. At the end of the workshop you will have a chance to create your own personal blend. During this workshop you will:

  • Learn the relationship between scent and emotions
  • Discover the association of between aromas and personality types
  • Learn the basic techniques used by perfumers to create aesthetically balanced essential oil blends that you can use as a perfume to enhance your personality and emotional well- being
  • Be able to choose the best base for your aromatherapy blend – vegetable oil, cream or perfume alcohol base
  • Have the confidence to create your own personal aromatherapy blend.

Please click here for more information on Aromatherapy & Mindfulness discovery nights


Chakras and Aromatherapy

Do you have difficulty concentrating? Perhaps then your Third Eye charka is out of alignment.

Are you lacking creativity? Your Sacral Chakra could need working on.

Do you search for answers outside of yourself? Maybe your crown chakra needs realigning, but unless you are a chakra guru you wouldn’t know. Through our Chakras and Aromatherapy discovery nights you will:

  • Discover the meaning of the seven chakras (base, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown)
  • Be able to understand the relationship between your health and chakras
  • Learn what happens when your chakras are out of balance
  • Discover the benefits of using aromatherapy to balance your chakras
  • Learn how to balance your chakras with essential oils

Please click here for more information on Chakra and Aromatherapy discovery nights

Aromatherapy & Mindfulness

Many people have made meditation and mindfulness part of their daily ritual. A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve our mental and physical health. In this workshop we will explain why we should all practice mindfulness and how aromatherapy can be used to enhance our mindfulness practice.

  • Discover the benefits of mindfulness
  • Learn how aromatherapy and mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety
  • Learn how essential oils can enhance your mindfulness practice
  • Examine the most effective essential oils for mindfulness practice
  • Have the opportunity to perform a short mindfulness session
  • Create your own personal meditation blend

Please click here for more information on Aromatherapy and Mindfulness discovery nights

D.I.Y Natural Skincare

Our skin reflects the state of our internal health and our emotional well-being. In our hands-on D.I.Y Natural Skincare discovery night you will:

  • Learn to formulate skincare that comes from the natural world
  • Discover the best essential oils to benefit your skin and how to use them in your skincare products
  • Be given guidelines and recipes on how to make: cleansers, toners, moisturisers, masks, ointments, balms, scrubs and bath products
  • Take home a D.I.Y skincare product

Please click here for more information on D.I.Y Natural Skincare discovery nights

Clean and Green

Live green, clean your home naturally and join the living green lifestyle and environmental movement. In this discovery night you will:

  • Learn how to protect the earth’s natural resources by using cleaning products free of harsh chemicals
  • Discover which products can replace your harsh chemicals and can be found at a grocery store, wholefoods store or at Perfect Potion
  • Be given guidelines and recipes to clean your home naturally

Please click here for more information on Clean and Green discovery nights

Everyday Aromatherapy: aromatherapy and feeling good

The Happiness Mission: aromatherapy and feeling good

Last week we introduced you to our movement #everydayaromatherapy and this week we’d like to continue the conversation. On Monday we celebrated International Day of Happiness, so this week that’s what we’re all about (no Wiggles pun intended).

Often people don’t associate aromatherapy with happiness, but there’s a concept called scent memory, perhaps you have heard of it, or maybe you haven’t.

Our nose is the strongest sense in our body and therefore often our sense of smell is the first thing that connects us to our memories, even if we can’t put the scent into words. Certain essential oils evoke joyful memories, though everyone’s will be different. Which essential oil holds happy and joyful memories for you? Maybe you need more of it in your life.

Scent memory is powerful, but if you can’t think of an essential oil these are some common essential oils that are reminiscent or associated with happiness.

How to be Happy

We don’t actually have a tell-all answer for this one, but we can suggest some essential oils and how to use them that we associate with happiness.


Citrus oils

We’re talking lime, lemon, mandarin, sweet orange and grapefruit or for a quick-fix blend use Happy and Calm blend. These citrus oils are uplifting and relieve anxiety. Sweet orange in particular conveys a sense of warmth and joy, energising everyone who smells it.
How to:
Add five drops to a diffuser or oil burner during the day to create an ambience of joy to make you feel uplifted.


Roman Chamomile

Roman chamomile has sedative and calming properties, and a calm person is a happy person. The delicate scent of Roman chamomile is harmonising, serene and peaceful, promoting spiritual awareness and inner peace. If you’re after a blend containing Roman chamomile, try our Five Element Water blend to feel tranquil and happy.
How to:
Add five drops to a diffuser or oil burner Roman chamomile by itself or mixed with other essential oils.
Put a few drops on a tissue or handkerchief and place under your pillow for a happy and mellow night’s sleep.


Ylang Ylang

The rich and floral scent of ylang ylang is euphoric, passionate, sensuous and uplifting. This amazing essential oil is said to dispel anger, leaving space for happiness and joy. If you’re after a blend containing ylang ylang, try our Five Element Fire blend to express joy and happiness. If you’re in a balmy mood, trying our Relax Aromatherapy balm containing ylang ylang.
How to:
Add five to seven drops to a diffuser or an oil burner or add it to your skincare and body routine.
Alternatively, put a few drops on a tissue or handkerchief, or our Relax Aromatherapy balm, and keep in your bag or pocket for when needed.


We hope you all find happiness this week, be it in the realms of aromatherapy or in your everyday life.

Happy Happiness Week to all of our customers!


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