As Perfect Potion celebrates our 30th Anniversary this year, we look back with fondness of how we have blossomed, and the beautiful connections we've made along the way.
One such connection is with our beautiful customer Angela, who came into our store the other day with a bottle of Aphrodesia perfume she bought 27 years ago.
Her story is one filled with love and nostalgia, and it filled our hearts with the sweet memories.
Read Angela's story below...
"When I wear it, it brings back memories of being 16, I just love how a scent can do that! It's like having my own personal time machine."
The Never-Ending Perfume
By Angela Shone
I'm from Newcastle, and 27 years ago when I was 16, I came to Brisbane and my friend brought me to a Perfect Potion store. It was a huge deal for me at the time to spend money on ANYTHING, especially perfume, but I bought a tiny bottle of Aphrodesia perfume oil and I treasured it.
I adored it and used it so sparingly.
My friend, who was also my flatmate, pinched it off me and was using it, and I busted her when I found my precious bottle in her bedroom - I was so mad at her!
She came back to Brisbane a few months later and bought me another much larger bottle of Aphrodesia.
I used it all YEARS ago... I always kept the tiny bottle I bought myself because I am a tragic sentimental heart and I couldn't bear to use it all up!
I returned to Brisbane this year, travelling from Goulburn NSW to celebrate both my birthday and my first eight-and-a-half years of being a mama to three beautiful little girls: I've been calling it my little "mamahood trip!"
I still have my tiny bottle of Aphrodesia, and I was talking to my beautiful friend the other day before I came and reminded her of the story!
Despite her stealing my perfume all those years ago we've stayed close and she's the godmother to my first-born.
I brought my tiny bottle with me in my handbag and I was telling my friend I couldn't wait to show whoever was in the store the bottle, hoping they would love seeing such a relic. I was NOT disappointed - the two lovely ladies were so excited! They made my day with their reaction to my story.
I still wear my precious Aphrodesia on special occasions and will be devastated when it's all gone...when I wear it, it brings back memories of being 16, I just love how a scent can do that! It's like having my own personal time machine.
When I went into THE Brisbane store that was the beginning of it all, it felt like a really beautiful full circle to make another perfume purchase in person, so I bought the Green Goddess perfume and have worn it every day since.
Now, every time I wear it, it's going to remind me of my mamahood!
I don't think I'm ever going to be able to use up the entire bottle of Aphrodesia.
I think I'll keep it for the rest of my life.
It'll be my never-ending bottle of perfume.