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Indulge in the wisdom of nature and receive our best-selling 25mL Skin Elixir FREE (valued at $34.95!) when you spend over $150 on our NEW Certified Organic Australian Botanical Skin Care collection.

NEW Certified Organic Skin Care collection includes:

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Benefits of Australian Botanicals in Skin Care – Part 1

Beautiful and resilient, the unique flora of Australia has survived the harshest conditions on the planet by evolving highly efficient processes to create and store the vital compounds required to sustain their life force. Ten precious native botanicals, all rich in antioxidants and bioactive phyto-compounds, are the heart of Perfect Potion’s Certified Organic Australian Botanical Skin Care. This reservoir of potent activity has been carefully harnessed to energise, restore, nourish, protect and hydrate your skin.

Over this ten-part blog series, we will explore the ten Australian botanicals that are at the core of our vegan and palm free Australian Botanical Skin Care collection, and discuss the improvements you can expect to see in your skin as a result of introducing Australian botanicals in your daily skin ritual.

Part 1 | Davidson Plum (Davidsonia jerseyana)

Origin: NSW coast rainforests

Key Benefits: Antioxidant | Calming | UV damage reduction

These gorgeous dark blue plums with vibrant red flesh grow in the rainforests of northern New South Wales on the east coast of Australia. Abundant in potent anthocyanin and gallic acid antioxidants, Davidson Plums support and protect the skin against oxidative damage, improve collagen production, and support the repair of damaged tissue with skin feeling firmer, smoother and calmer.

Due to its antioxidant potency, we have included Davidson Plum in our Replenish Cleansing Milk, Replenish Hydrating Solution, Replenish Ultra-rich Moisture Cream, Soothe Cleansing Gel and Sooth Moisture Cream to repair UV damaged skin and improve your skin’s moisture levels, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and rejuvenated.

Davidson Plum’s repairing and calming qualities are also beneficial to oily and combination skin types, making it an essential ingredient of our Purify Cleansing Gel and Balance Moisture Emulsion. Purify Cleansing Gel gently foams away excess oil, impurities, pollution and light-weight make up, leaving your skin feeling clean, fresh and vibrant. Balance Moisture Emulsion then moisturises skin without clogging pores, leaving it feeling soft, balanced and shine free.

We encourage you to call your local Perfect Potion store to book in for your FREE mini facial so that you can fully experience the potent activity of Davidson Plum as well as the nine other Australian botanicals in our new skin care collection.

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day: a day for education, awareness and support around mental health. While mental health is becoming a more frequent, open conversation, there is still work to be done to remove the stigma around mental health, so that people can seek the assistance and support they need. With one in five Australians being affected by mental illness, it’s important for us to start seeing mental health in a positive light and to find ways to promote more self-care in our everyday lives.

Aromatherapy is widely known as a holistic form of treatment for managing feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Research has shown a strong correlation between the use of aromatherapy and an overall increase in mood, anxiety and depression, making aromatherapy a valuable alternative to psychotropic drugs and muscle relaxants that are commonly used to treat conditions such as anxiety (Edge, 2003).

The powerful practice of aromatherapy gives us the ability to access relaxation, calm and comfort amongst a range of other positive emotions when we are feeling inundated. You can receive the benefits of aromatherapy by using essential oils found in Perfect Potion’s massage oils, balms, aromatic mists, essential oil blends, skin care, and bath and body potions in your daily self-care ritual.

A few of our most loved essential oil blends, balms and mists for maintaining a positive mindset and for bringing yourself back to the present moment are:

  • Relax: lavender, orange, geranium and ylang ylang
  • Chill Out: eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender
  • Happy & Calm: chamomile, frankincense, orange and lavender
  • Sweet Dreams: lavender, orange, chamomile and clary sage

A simple ritual you could incorporate into your day is pouring a nice warm bath with a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Inhale the aromas, and bring quiet to your mind as you create a space for relaxation. By incorporating aromatherapy into our daily lives, we find ways to navigate feelings of stress, anxiety and depression more efficiently, contributing to greater mental health.

We encourage you to check in with yourself and your loved ones today, asking what is needed to bring more calm, balance and positivity into fruition. It is our hope that you discover and explore the benefits of aromatherapy for your mental health and wellbeing.

Refill: Here’s our ‘why’.

Since the day we opened our doors in 1991, Perfect Potion has actively promoted reusing before recycling. As part of our ecoBiz 3-Star rating, in the past 24 months we have reduced our energy by 53%, our water intensity by 75% and our waste to landfill by 65%. More recently, Perfect Potion became solar powered, making our Head Office and labs close to being completely self-sufficient, often putting energy back into the grid. Since we began generating solar power, Perfect Potion has saved over 48,000kg of C02 emission, the equivalent of 162 trees planted.

To continue on our mission to save the environment and reduce pressure on recycling companies, we have recently reintroduced Deodorant Refill Stations in store, allowing you to reuse your glass bottles and save money at the same time. Based on our deodorant sales from 2018, if we were ALL to utilise the refill service, we would save approximately 16,000 deodorant bottles per year! Imagine the positive impact this would have on our environment and Australia’s recycling

companies. You can now take your clean, empty glass deodorant bottles with the label intact to selected stores to refill, and receive $5 off. To check refill locations and for terms and conditions, head over to our Customer Service page.  

We are so thrilled to be fully transitioning to glass and aluminium packaging for our products. Not only is glass 100% reusable and recyclable, 80% of the glass that is recovered after recycling is made into new glass products. A glass container can also go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days, making it the best choice for our packaging and refill service.

Thank you for supporting us in our mission to reduce plastic and landfill, and save the environment, one bottle at a time.


Source: The Guardian & The Glass Packaging Institute

The power of essential oils and Australian bush flower essences are combined in our unique range of mists.

Our aromatic mists are a beautiful synergy of harmonising essential oils and complementary Bush Flower Essences. Australian flowers have been used for healing for thousands of years to create balance at an emotional and spiritual level, and are created by imbuing a flower’s vibrational pattern into pure spring water to create a biogenic essence. 

Discover the relationship of essential oils and Bush Flower Essences in our range of aromatic mists.

Happy and Calm aromatic mist

Essential oils of orange, lavender, chamomile and frankincense to create a positive and calming space.
Bush Flower Essences such as Bottlebrush and Jacaranda to bring about peace, clarity and time for self. 

Relax aromatic mist

Essential oils of lavender, geranium and ylang ylang to promote serenity and relaxation.
Bush Flower Essences such as Angelsword and Waratah to dispel distress and incite courage.

Eros aromatic mist

Essential oils of patchouli, ylang ylang and bergamot to encourage playfulness and sensuality.
Bush Flower Essences such as Wisteria and Bush Gardenia to allow openness to passion and fulfilment.

Cool Mint aromatic mist

Essential oils of peppermint, lemon and spearmint to revive and cool the spirit.
Bush Flower Essences such as Bush Fuchsia and Paw Paw to promote clarity and focus.

Essential oils of lavender, chamomile and clary sage to induce stillness and calm the mind.
Bush Flower Essence such as Bush Iris and Red Lily to assist with psychic protection and access to higher self.

Essential oils of lemon, geranium and peppermint to invigorate and energise the mind and body.
Bush Flower Essences such as Banksia Robur and Fringed Violet to replace disorientation with balance and centered energy.

For a limited time only choose 3 aromatherapy mists or balms for $50!
* offer ends 13th October 2019 * on selected mists and balms only

Australian botanical skin care

Beautiful and resilient, the unique flora of Australia has survived the harshest conditions on the planet by evolving highly efficient processes to create and store the vital compounds required to sustain their life force. Ten precious botanicals, all rich in antioxidants and bioactive phyto-compounds, are the heart of Perfect Potion’s Certified Organic Australian Botanical Skin Care. Energise, restore, nourish, protect and hydrate your skin with the potent activity of these native plants.

KAKADU PLUM | DESERT LIME | LILLY PILLY | QUANDONG | DAVIDSON PLUM KANGAROO PAW | EMU APPLE | BANKSIA | FLAME TREE | LEMON ASPEN

Not only is the entire range 100% palm free and vegan, each product is also carefully crafted in Australia by the Perfect Potion team in our solar-powered lab, then packaged in recycled cardboard and amber glass bottles and jars.
Join us in celebrating the powerful life-giving energy of Australia’s unique native botanicals in your daily skin care ritual.

Shop NEW Australian Botanical Skin Care collection

Taking Action for Climate

Taking Action for Climate

We applaud everyone who is taking ACTION to prevent further global warming and climate change. Our ethos and values have always been connected to living harmoniously with nature and treading gently on the planet.

We know many Perfect Potion customers are taking action too; whether you have reduced your landfill, use of fossil fuels or coal fired power, decreased water usage, or have been planting more trees.  You may even support environmental organisations and certified organic farmers and businesses.

We are taking action too:

•            We compost our food waste, have installed energy efficient lighting and 294 solar panels to completely power our office and feed energy back into the grid;

•            We use sustainable packaging with all our dispatch and shipping;

•            We continue to convert our product packaging to glass and recyclable aluminium;

•            We use certified organic ingredients. Organic agriculture supports and enhances the health of the soil, plants, animals, humans and planet as one.

These actions contribute to change. In two years, we have reduced our energy consumption by 53.2%, we have reduced water consumption by 74.89% and we have reduced waste to landfill by 65.6%.

It takes commitment by all of the team at Perfect Potion to achieve these results. We are proud of their ongoing commitment to change.  

Make sure Australia’s politicians hear YOUR voice. If you haven’t done so already, write to your local member of parliament and let them know how you would like them to take action.

Regards,

Sal

A Simple Guide to Serums

Are serums sitting on a pedestal in your skincare cabinet? Or are you a member of the ‘wondering what a serum is and why you need one’ club?

While cleansers, toners and moisturisers form the foundation of a quality skincare ritual, serums are fast-catching up with them as the new must-have for a radiant complexion. Serums are currently boasting royal status in the skincare world. Their potent, complexion-enhancing powers have earned them a flower crown-worthy reputation. But rest assured they are worth the hype! Although they are still less famous than their foundational counterparts, their ability to help you reach your skincare goals make them worth exploring. Here’s an overview of what you need to know about these potent skin-lovers.

So, What is a Serum?

Serums are fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich skin treatments. They feature a concentrated dose of botanical actives made up of tiny molecules. What’s the benefit of tiny molecules? Their size allows them to easily penetrate the outer layer of your complexion and move much deeper into your skin to than many other skincare products. This ability to deliver intensive doses of active ingredients deep into your skin makes serums perfect for targeting specific skin concerns!

What Benefits Can You Expect?

Depending on their ingredients, serums can offer you a wide range of skin-enhancing benefits, including:

  • Shielding your skin from the effects of pollution and environmental stressors
  • Preventing and treating dehydration
  • Skin brightening
  • Improving elasticity and tone
  • Smoothing, plumping, firming and refreshing
  • Supporting concerns like rosacea, sun damage, dehydration and acne
  • Evening skin tone
  • Neutralising free radical damage
  • Stimulating skincell turnover

How to Use Your Serum

Your serum can be worn day and night underneath your moisturiser after cleansing and toning. When applying use gentle, upward motions to massage into your face, neck and décolletage then press into your skin to aid absorption.

Inside Sharon Woods’ Meditation Space

“I was finding my head was always busy and I was getting overwhelmed easily”.

We recently sat down with our General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Sharon, to peer inside her daily meditation practice (featuring her puppy Archer) which she says she can’t imagine going a day without. We also got a sneak peek into her beautiful meditation space!

We’re curious, can you walk us through your journey with meditation?

I started meditating about 10 months ago and I have experienced an amazing difference. My practice differs depending on the time I have. I try to meditate first thing in the morning when I wake up, but if I miss it, I do it just before I go to bed. I try to spend 20 minutes with a guided meditation, but if I haven’t got the time, I will just do a shorter 10 minute one. I begin by lighting some incense or putting a drop of essential oil in my diffuser and breathe deeply. I finish with a short journaling session.

Why is a meditation practice important to you?

I, like many people, have a really busy life. I was finding my head was always busy and I was getting overwhelmed easily. I also recognised I didn’t have a lot of time for me. My time was spent giving out to everyone else. So I started doing an online meditation course, and I really enjoyed the practice and now I can’t imagine not doing it daily.

What are the must-haves that make your meditation space special?

I love my little space, it has my essential oils, my diffuser, a few candles, incense, and crystals. I also have some of my books about meditation and a book to record my journaling in, and of course a comfy seat!

What advice would you give to people struggling to start a meditation practice?

I am no expert, but my advice would be to just stick with it. Find an online course or some free guided meditations to start and then you can progress from there (or stay where you are – because that’s perfect too!) Just allow you some time for yourself and enjoy!

The Inspiration Behind Sacred Space Essential Oil Collection

By Salvatore Battaglia, Founder and Director of Perfect Potion

Sacred spaces are a place of refuge and quiet retreat. They offer renewal and a sanctuary for the senses and can be places where we escape the pressures of the day to heal and comfort and cultivate a sense of harmony and balance.

Essential oils evoke powerful emotions and often awaken long lost memories of our favourite sacred spaces. It is with this in mind that we have created our range of Sacred Space Essential Oil Blends. These blends are very personal and we will all interpret them differently. I like to think of them as “our little spirit guides that connect us with the sacred elements of nature and our inner nature”.

Sacred Journey

Helps us to find comfort and guidance on our journey of discovery of the sacred within.

Inspiration:I feel a strong connection with this country every time I smell Sacred Journey.  There are so many unique Australian oils in this blend.

Recommended for: Everyone who appreciates the sacred. Those who are learning to trust their gut feelings and intuition.  Those who need to harness the courage to follow their dreams.

Benefits: Harmony and deep inner confidence

Smell description: So gentle, yet revitalising and balancing. It is a complex blend of fresh citrus, floral and woody oils. This can only be achieved by creating a blend with 17 essential oils, many of which are unique to Australia.


Sacred Knowledge

Inspiration: The forest and woods.

Recommended for: Anyone who likes spending time in nature. This blend is for the individual who wishes to reconnect with the wisdom of their soul and nature itself. The conifers have an innate ability to allow us to tap into the mysteries of nature. 

Benefits: Awakens your innate wisdom and connects with the knowledge held deep within your soul.

Smell description: A complex aroma that is magical and mystical. Deep conifer notes of spruce have been enriched with sage and basil, while white frankincense and cedarwood provide a complex resiny, woody note that awakens our innate wisdom.  


Sacred Dreaming

Become aware of your dreams and the messages they bring from your subconscious.

Carl Jung once said – The dream is a hidden door to the inner most recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night … all consciousness separates, but in dreams we put on the likeness of that more universal, truer, more eternal man dwelling in the darkness of that eternal night.

Jung did not believe that dreams needed to be interpreted for them to perform their function. Instead, he suggested that the role of dreams is to integrate our conscious and unconscious lives. He referred to this as the process of individuation. Individuation can be thought of as the mind’s quest for wholeness.

Inspiration: The power and meaning of dreams.  

Recommended for/Benefits: Allows us to escape into our subconscious and trust our dreams.

Smell description: Sweet, soothing and comforting. A balance of oils such as rosemary and peppermint delicately balanced with soothing oils such as vetiver, lavender, sandalwood and patchouli make this blend revitalizing, nurturing and balancing.  


Sacred Temple

Inspiration: Inspired by the soul of Japanese temples, this blend will help you to see the sacredness in all things. I have always wanted to make a blend with oakmoss – it has been described as an oil that encourages us to tap into the richness of the universe.

Recommended for/ Benefits: Those who appreciate the mystery of life. It helps us see the sacred in all things.

Smell description: This is such a delightful complex blend – exotic, spicy, mossy with rich woody and earthy notes. It has the warmth and spiciness of ginger, the refreshing scent of pine and hinoki and the excitement of bergamot and grapefruit. The heart and soul of this blend is oakmoss absolute.