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13 recipes to customise your masks and exfoliants

Natural foods, raw minerals and pure essential oils work together in a multitude of ways, helping to heal and nutritionally support the health of the skin. A wholesome composition of natural antioxidants, essential fatty acids and pure essential oils give your skin all it requires for a healthy, flawless glow.

Perfect Potion’s just add water masks and exfoliants make the perfect to base to create your very own interesting and therapeutic skin care concoctions.

The Fresh Faced Mask and Bare Faced Exfoliant were mindfully created to express an exceptional product range that is as close to its unaltered, natural state as possible. Using an array of incredibly beautifying ingredients; purifying clays, healing herbs and pure essential oils, these two bestselling beauties always reveal fresh, soft and smooth skin by:

  • cleansing the skin
  • absorbing excess oil
  • removing dead skin cells
  • eliminating blackheads
  • healing damaged skin
  • stimulating cell regeneration
  • moisturising, hydrating
  • soothing skin
  • improving skin tone

We have asked our team to share their favourite recipes for enhancing the mask and exfoliant with pure, fresh ingredients and other healing ingredients. We would love to hear how you customise your favourite products to suit your skin’s needs as well!

13 way to customise your products

For all of these recipes, add just enough of each ingredient to create a smooth paste. Apply to your face and neck, avoiding the eyes and mouth, and allow to set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and follow with your normal moisturising routine. We recommend creating a weekly ritual for glowing results!

Softening facial exfoliant

A deliciously creamy synergy of soothing and calming ingredients that come together to deliver a skin softening, luxurious and nourishing exfoliant. Your face will be smooth and sublimely radiant.


Nourishing mask for depleted skin

Heal, rejuvenate and repair your skin with this beautiful combination of perfect potions. When used together these products will nourish and restore depleted skin, leaving your face feeling healthy, supple and glowing.


Healing exfoliant for dry or damaged skin

This creamy and super rich exfoliating treatment uses the finest essential oils and mineral-rich plant extracts to nourish and heal dry and damaged skin. A recommended facial treatment application to strengthen and restore depleted and fatigued skin.


Exfoliant for dry, sensitive skin

This dynamic skin healing, anti-inflammatory and tonifying combination of bestsellers is nothing short of a miracle. It will alleviate most dry and sensitive skin types.


Fortifying, vitamin rich exfoliant

Enriched with nature’s finest vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, we have a deluxe exfoliating treatment that is fortified with an abundance of cell feeding, skin softening and biologically repairing ingredients. A good treatment for those wishing to even out skin tone and effectively repair dehydrated and damaged skin.


Breakout-prone skin mask

This mask is wonderful for treating and rebalancing oily, congested and breakout-prone skin. Infused with powerful antifungal, antibacterial ingredients, this treatment will leave your face looking and feeling renewed and sparkly clean.


Just add fresh fruit

Adding fruit to your exfoliants and masks will add nutrients and antioxidants to your treatment ritual. Treat overactive sebaceous glands by adding mashed strawberries in your exfoliant for their soothing and toning properties. For added exfoliation, add mashed paw paw to your face mask to help remove dead skin cells!


Just add floral water

Fresh Faced Mask and Bare Faced Exfoliant both mix beautifully with floral waters – replace water with your favourite floral water for added nourishment and luxury.


Mineral-rich antioxidant face mask

A high antioxidant and mineral rich facial mask, perfect for treating inflamed acne, rosacea and deeply congested skin. The healing combination of gotu kola, green clay and pure green tea extract work together to heal and soothe the most problematic skin disorders.


Yoghurt ginger face mask

This gently stimulating, nutritionally abundant mask, is fortified with natural yoghurt for additional protein and skin restorative healthy bacteria, along with ginger powder to effectively stimulate and detoxify. A wonderful mask if you wish to achieve a dewy, fresh-faced look!


Green clay detoxifying bath

Generously apply Fresh Faced Mask to your face, shoulders, and chest. Run a bath while you allow your mask to set for 15 – 20 minutes. Wash off the mask in the bath water. Green clay is wonderfully detoxifying and soothing while gotu kola cleanses the blood. Echinacea adds moisture and hydration and is anti-inflammatory to soothe inflamed, red skin.


Luscious face and lips treatment

Mix Bare Faced Exfoliant with Replenish Fine Tuning Solution and Replenish Cleansing Milk. Gently massage this into your face, neck, décolletage and gently massage onto your lips. Wash / exfoliate off with tepid water. Your skin will be left feeling soft and clean, looking plump, radiant, and soothed.


Silky lavender hands exfoliating treatment

Mix Bare Faced Exfoliant with Calendula Infused Hand Cream and a dash of Lavender Water. Massage this nourishing mixture into your hands. Rinse off, leaving your hands will feeling soothed and clean. You will notice they look hydrated and even-toned. Finish with a little more hand cream.


Foot and leg treatment ritual

Mix together Bare Faced Exfoliant, Soothe Double Cream and Neroli Water. Massage your feet and legs with this luxuriously creamy exfoliating creation. Rinse and follow with a relaxing soak in Sweet Dreams Bath Soak  and finish with a foot massage with the Sweet Dreams Balm and allow yourself to drift off into a relaxing sleep.

Strengthen your resolve with aromatherapy

Make a conscious decision to start your year off with the strongest resolve by opening the door to new opportunities and make that important commitment to stay on the path to continual self-improvement. Use these special blends when your resolve is challenged – just add 5-7 drops into your oil burner or diffuser and enjoy a boost, helping to see you through the transformative commitments you’ve made. Here’s to a happier, more in touch and calmer you!

Purchase theLifestyle Essential Oil Kit here.

I resolve to feel uplifted and energised

‘I want to wake up earlier each day’
‘I want to sit less, and move more’
‘I want to have more energy’

Let your senses come alive with a delicate and revitalising bouquet of lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange essential oils. Add 5 drops to your oil burner or diffuser when feeling weary, sluggish or when you’ve been sitting for too long. Lead a more active lifestyle, gain additional motivation, and replenish dwindling energy levels.

Purpose – To feel more alive, vibrant and energised. 


I resolve to enjoy the Australian outdoors

‘I want to spend more time outdoors’
‘I want to escape the city more often’
‘I want to see more of what’s in my own backyard’

Allow yourself to be transported to the great outdoors from wherever you are with this diverse blend of Australian bush oils including peppermint eucalyptus, tea tree, iron bark, eucalyptus and lemon myrtle. Great Outdoors blend is especially suited to capture the essence of the great Australian bush from within the walls of any home or office.

Purpose – To feel more connected with the outdoors and the natural world.


I resolve to enjoy a happy and calm lifestyle

‘I want to focus more on the positive’
‘I want to worry less and take the pressure off’
‘I want be more grateful for the good in my life’

With an array of soothing chamomile, cheerful orange, and relaxing lavender essential oils, Happy and Calm blend will allow you to stop, refocus, and reposition your frame of mind to a more positive perspective. Make a conscious decision to not stress and to recalibrate your outlook. Begin to appreciate the good in everything around you by letting the pressure fall away, allowing yourself to look at the lighter side.

Purpose – To feel calm, content and less stressed.


I resolve to celebrate everyday

‘I want to find the fun in the everyday’
‘I want to enjoy myself more’
‘I want to treat every day as a special event’

Turn the seemingly routine day-to-day into an occasion in its own right and celebrate each win, no matter how big or small.  Accompany your day with a blend of ylang ylang, palmarosa, rose and lemon myrtle essential oils and get back to feeling festive and fun loving, no matter the day, week or month.

Purpose – To feel celebratory, and to turn the routine into an event in it’s own right.


I resolve to relax and revive each day

‘I want to embrace yoga and other meditation techniques’
‘I want to spend more time on me’
‘I want to stop more often, and just be’

Let the day dissolve and completely unwind with your own relaxing blend of powerful essential oils including lavender, sweet orange, geranium and ylang ylang. Even as the frenetic pace of the outside world continues, Relax blend will remove you from all that’s going on around you, whisking you away to a state of blissful tranquility and allowing you to take a moment just for you.

PurposeTo feel relaxed, tranquil and at peace.


I resolve to sleep better and wake up well rested

‘I want the bedroom to be a device-free zone’
‘I want to develop a consistent sleep cycle routine’
‘I want to train my body to better fall asleep’

A good day starts with the right night, and Sweet Dreams blend will provide the perfect ambiance to create a dreamy paradise, setting the mood for a deep restful slumber. With aromatic chamomile, petitgrain, sage and lavender known for their properties to create a feeling of calm and induce sleep, Sweet Dreams blend allows you make a commitment to a better night’s sleep – and to better days.

Purpose – To create a relaxing environment, to prepare the mind and body for sleep.

Soothing Sensitive Skin

Treating sensitive skin begins with identifying what is causing the problem. Take a look at your routines and rituals and assess when and why you may be experiencing sensitivities. Pay attention to the details, because it really could be any number of things such as allergens, food choices, household cleaning products, solvents, sunburn, wind, plants or animals you may have touched, your skin care products, hormonal changes, big weekends (yes! this can cause skin problems), stress, fabrics or even your jewellery!

Once you have a grasp on what could be causing your irritation, start by avoiding or eliminating the irritant. When it comes to caring for your skin you will want to prevent any aggravation by avoiding facial scrubbing, using skin care products containing alcohol as well as products containing perfume or fragrance.

Use the most gentle of cleansers such as a gel, or a milk if your skin is also dry. Rose and neroli floral waters will cool, soothe and hydrate, while facial oils containing soothing essential oils will treat redness and irritation. Hydrating and cooling masks with aloe vera will help calm your skin and improve moisture levels. Keeping your skin moisturised with a specially formulated moisture cream containing soothing essential oils, shea butter and calendula infused oil and protecting it from the sun will go along way in treating sensitivities.

Essential oils for sensitive skin

When purchasing products for your skin, look for pure, plant-based products that do not contain synthetic chemical additives, alcohol or perfume/fragrance. The pure essential oils listed below are gentle, soothing and calming and when used properly can go a long way in soothing sensitive skin

  • chamomile helps reduce redness and irritation
  • lavender cooling and calming, helps reduce itchiness
  • neroli often recommended to reduce redness and irritation and to help with broken capillaries
  • rose great to soften dry and sensitive skin. May reduce redness and irritation

Vegetable and infused oils for sensitive skin

If you are looking to treat sensitive skin with a facial oil, it is recommended to use light, skin softening oils. Options include

Products for sensitive skin

Perfect Potion’s Soothe range of products is a great choice for skin sensitivities of all kinds. Find the right product for your skin troubles.

  • Soothe Cleansing Gel this foaming cleanser is gentle enough to remove impurities without causing irritation. It has been formulated with aloe vera, chamomile and lime blossom extracts to leave your skin feeling soft and calm.
  • Soothe Fine Tuning Solution Pure essential oils of lavender, neroli, and chamomile soothe and calm your skin while neroli water and rosewater cool and hydrate your skin. Great to spray over your skin after cleansing or throughout the day.
  • Soothe Oil The perfect solution to dry, red, itchy skin. This comforting oil of chamomile, lavender, and neroli in apricot kernel and calendula oils can be used alone or under your moisturiser for a deeply soothing treatment.
  • Soothe Cream – A lightweight cream specially formulated to restore calm to sensitive skin. Made with pure essential oils of chamomile, lavender, and neroli it leaves your skin feeling soft, calm and hydrated.
  • Soothe Double Cream This rich double cream is one of our most popular products for people with extremely dry, sensitive skin. Formulated with shea butter and apricot kernel oil it softens and protects the skin while essential oils of chamomile, neroli and lavender and infused oil of calendula calm and sooth. Great for treating extremely dry, itchy, red skin.
  • Pure Plant Hydration Mask Moisture therapy for your skin this gel mask contains rosewater, aloe vera, and marshmallow extracts cool and hydrate your skin along with essential oils of neroli, sandalwood and lavender soothe and calm your skin

Essential Oils to Reduce Stress

stress down for lifeline

It is hard to talk about stress in terms of one broad emotion or state of mind. Stress comes in many shapes and sizes and is caused by any number of things. That said, never fear – there are ways to manage stress, no matter what is causing it.

Aromatherapy is a tried and tested holistic means of treating some of the manifestations of stress. In this article, we will specifically address which essential oils may help to calm an overactive mind, in dealing with depression or anxiety, with letting go of issues and to strengthen your confidence.

How to choose essential oils

Our brain distinguishes aromas as positive or negative (sometimes, if you have not smelled a scent before, you may not have an existing memory so you will probably feel neutral). When choosing essential oils for yourself, choose one that you absolutely love, something that you can get excited about and will put a smile on your face. If you don’t like the smell of an essential oil or you are not sure about it, choose another one. You always want to feel a positive effect from an essential oil or blend. When making your own blend, feel free to choose your favourite oils from each category to achieve a multifaceted positive effect.

Relaxing and calming an overactive mind

If your mind is racing and you are finding it hard to calm your thoughts, your best option would be grounding, comforting, calming essential oils. These oils will take you out of your head and plant you back on the ground. Try a blend of two or three of your favourite scents from the below list and sit in a quiet corner away from distractions. Take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to release any stressful thoughts.

Try any of the below oils:

Depression or anxiety

It isn’t always easy to bring ourselves out of a state of depression or anxiety and it does often take a lot of work to change the situations that may be creating this problem. Aromatherapy can help to uplift you emotionally, energising you and giving you a sense of harmony. Blend a couple of your favourites from the list below while doing something you love and makes you happy.

Moving on and letting go

Often times something is said, or something happens that we find difficult to move on from. This could be anything from the death of a close friend or family member, the loss of a job, a mean comment by someone and we just can’t stop thinking, worrying – we get stuck. Juniper berry is known to purify and drive away negative influences and thoughts. Blend a few drops of juniper berry with an essential oil associated with any other emotions you might be feeling.

Try Juniper berry with Frankincense or Sandalwood to help with accepting a situation and moving on.

Confidence and heartache

Heartbreak feels endless – the loss of a friend or family member, a break-up, empty nest all pull at our heart and can leave us feeling insecure and unmotivated.

Strengthen your heart chakra and build your confidence again with the high vibrational energy of rose, jasmine and ylang ylang essential oils. These beautiful florals will help to balance your heart chakra and are uplifting and euphoric to comfort you when your heartaches.

Bergamot is great for confidence and performance. When you need to speak up or go for an interview, inhale deeply straight from the bergamot bottle.

Creating a blend

If you are thinking the above descriptions are all applicable on some days, select your favourite oil from each category and make your own unique blend in your diffuser. Just remember, stronger smells require less drops to prevent overpowering the blend. For example, you may only need 1 drop of patchouli to 10 drops of sweet orange so the 2 oils blend together in harmony. In fact, try thinking of blending essential oils like a musical harmony, no one voice should be too much louder than any other – they should sing together as one new voice.

One last aromatherapy tip – when choosing many different essential oils for your new blend, try including bergamot. Bergamot is known as the great blender, it beautifully brings together the other oils, making them mingle harmoniously into one new aroma.

Enjoy blending and creating a more calming, stress down day!

Aromatherapy for pregnancy

Natural Mother

For many women, having a baby is one of the most amazing things she’ll ever do and being pregnant is just the start of the whole experience. All pregnancies are different – while some women breeze through radiantly in blissful health, others find they are faced with a myriad of discomforts that leave them physically depleted and emotionally drained.

Aromatherapy has so much to offer in alleviating problems that may arise as well as simply offering a natural remedy for relaxation and stress management.

Essential oils for pregnancy

Below is a list of essential oils which are generally safe for use during pregnancy. If you have any concerns, please consult your health practitioner.

Lavender – antidepressant, relaxing, calming, soothing, aids sleep, anti-inflammatory, mild antiseptic, alleviates headaches, relieves aches and pains. Good to aid with stress and anxiety. First aid oil for minor cuts, stings and burns. May help with eczema and dermatitis.

Neroli – alleviates anxiety, antidepressant, uplifting, anti-inflammatory. Very calming and uplifting. Great to use on sensitive skin. Petitgrain may be used as a cheaper alternative to pure neroli essential oil but is not an anti-inflammatory. Neroli 3% in jojoba oil is also a cheaper alternative.

Mandarin – helps relieve grief, aids digestion, alleviates hiccoughs, creates a happy mood, useful for preventing and treating stretch marks.

Roman Chamomile – relaxing, calming, soothing, helps relieve frustration, disperses anger, relieves aches and pains.

German Chamomile – relaxing, soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory for skin conditions, relieves aches and pains. German Chamomile 3% in jojoba is a cheaper alternative to the pure essential oil.

Geranium – balancing, relieves fluid retention, relieves sore breasts.

Spearmint – cooling, helps relieve nausea


Essential oils to avoid during pregnancy

Below is the short list of essential oils which are generally contra-indicated during pregnancy. We recommend avoiding the following essential oils if you are pregnant.

Basil, Cedarwood (Atlas and Virginian), Clary Sage, Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Myrrh, Sweet Marjoram, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Sage, Thyme


Essential oils to use with caution

There are some essential oils that may be beneficial to use during pregnancy, but need to be used with caution. Please consult with a qualified Aromatherapist before using the following essential oils.

Cypress, Juniper Berry, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary


Methods of application

There are many simple and effective ways to use essential oils:

Oil burner or aromatherapy diffuser

Add 5-7 drops of your favourite blend to an oil burner or aromatherapy diffuser to help reduce tension and anxiety, relieve insomnia, headaches and mental fatigue.

Massage

20 drops EO100mL Carrier Oil
10 drops EO50mL Carrier Oil
5 drops EO25mL Carrier Oil

Regular massage helps reduce tension and anxiety, helps relieve insomnia and headaches, prevents stretch marks and aids oedema (fluid retention). Create your own massage oil or use a Perfect Potion preparation for at home treatments. Please note – when creating your own pregnancy massage oils,  dilutions should never exceed 1% – use the ratios below as a reference:


Treating common pregnancy ailments with aromatherapy

Nausea

During your pregnancy you may find yourself feeling ill or generally under the weather. We’ve listed a few natural remedies to help you with these common problems.

To help with nausea, create a blend of the essential oils below and add 5 – 7 drops to your aromatherapy diffuser. To use as a massage oil, create a dilution as indicated above. Massage the belly lightly in a circular motion. Compliment with a herbal tea for maximum benefits.

Digestive Problems and Constipation

Create a blend of the essential oils below and mix into a massage oil dilution as indicated above. Massage the belly lightly in a circular motion.

  • Essential oils: Spearmint, Sweet Orange, Black Pepper, Ginger

Heart Burn

Reduce the pain of heart burn by creating a blend of the essential oils below and mixing into a massage oil dilution as indicated above. Massage the chest lightly in a circular motion.

  • Essential oils: Mandarin, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Spearmint

Stress and Anxiety

Take time to wind down every day – designate a quiet time to reduce stress and anxiety. Create a blend of the essential oils below and add to your aromatherapy diffuser or mix into a massage oil dilution as indicated above. Massage the body using long, firm strokes – or have your partner do it for you!

  • Essential oils: Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Neroli, Roman Chamomile
  • Perfect Potion’s Relax Essential Oil Blend may also assist in reducing stress levels.

Aches and Pains

To relieve aches and pains, create a blend of the essential oils below and mix into a massage oil dilution as indicated above. Massage the body using long, firm strokes – or have your partner do it for you!

Preventing Stretch Marks

Create a softening and nourishing oil for stretching skin with a blend of essential oils and vegetable oils listed below. To determine the correct dilution, refer to the dilution ratios above. Gently massage stretching skin after a shower or bath.

Please note: We recommend consulting your health care professional prior to using any of the above remedies while pregnant.

ALBERT ST: Kei

A treatment with Kei…  

Is based on Sweedish massage. From which she has developed her own style throughout the past 10 years. Her goal in every single treatment is to give the client an amazing experience.

Qualifications


Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Treatments offered


Aromatherapy facials, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, pregnancy massage

Please contact Albert St Perfect Potion or click here to inquire about an appointment with Kei (only available Saturday)

BONDI: Indira

Indira Massage Therapist Bondi

A treatment with Indira…

is nurturing. She combines remedial, Swedish, sports and tui na massage therapies into one complete treatment for each of her clients.

Qualifications

Certificate IV Massage Therapy, Swedish massage, remedial massage, sports massage, tui na (traditional Chinese) massage

Treatments offered 

Pregnancy massage, aromatherapy massage, aromatherapy facials, facial massage, lymphatic drainage massage

Please contact Bondi Perfect Potion or click here to inquire about an appointment with Indira.