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Who is the Green Goddess?

Who is the Green Goddess?

You might have heard us talk a lot about the ‘Green Goddess/God’. But have you ever wondered who the Green Goddess/God truly is?

The Green Goddess is on a journey of self-discovery. We believe there is a Green Goddess/God in all of us!

When you embody the essence of a Green Goddess/God you embody positivity, thoughtfulness, empathy and creativity. You strive to be more socially and environmentally aware. Our Green Goddess/God essence encourages us to lead a life nurtured by nature and our respect for the delicate balance of the environment deepens.

It inspires passion within us to support sustainability and cruelty-free living. When we live in harmony with our inner Green Goddess/God we feel inspired.

Whether it’s through sourcing the highest quality certified natural and organic ingredients, or through our certification with Choose Cruelty Free, at Perfect Potion, we strive to consistently live by the Green Goddess/God qualities.

Our commitment to living lightly on the planet is reflected in our ongoing efforts to reduce plastic and ensure sustainable packaging and through the incorporation of recycled timber and natural building elements in our stores. Complete with sustainable, energy efficient technologies, our Brisbane-based head office also beautifully reflects our nature-loving ethos!

Not only do we embody the green goddess philosophy in the processes and delivery of our products – we have gone the extra step by dedicating a range of products dedicated to awakening and embracing the Green Goddess within. This range epitomises the spirit of all Green Goddesses. It nurtures and comforts, promotes self-awareness, wellbeing and encourage connection with the beauty of nature.

The Story Behind Green Goddess Blend

The Story Behind Green Goddess Blend

In 2011, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Perfect Potion, Sal dreamed of doing the incredible – of creating the ‘perfect’ Perfect Potion signature scent. He wanted to create a blend that epitomised the essence of Perfect Potion and of our customer – the Green Goddess. From Eros to Happy and Calm, Sal had plenty of aromatherapy blending experience, but the task of creating the Green Goddess Blend ignited waves of nerves and hesitancy.

He decided to ask the Perfect Potion team for help and began a team competition. The brief given? To create a blend that represents the heart of Perfect Potion!It is incredible what happens when so much love is poured into a single blend. Over 39 entries flooded in. Each filled with mesmerising beauty and potential. After analysing and testing the blends, it became clear that picking just one would be impossible! It was in the middle of the night when Sal decided to merge all the entries together. The Green Goddess Blend became a fusion of all the essential oils chosen by each team member, creating a blend that was truly a team effort!

Green Goddess Blend captured the spirit of all green goddesses and the Perfect Potion team. The synergy of pure essential oils encourages you to appreciate the essence of nature, it nurtures, comforts, and promotes self-awareness and wellbeing. Originally designed as a limited edition blend, Green Goddess became so well loved, that we had to make it part of our permanent range. Since its launch, the blend has been incorporated into a luxurious body wash, body lotion and gorgeous, heart-warming perfume.

The Star Ingredients Behind our Nourish Range

Cherish your skin, nourish your soul.

Make the act of moisturising about more than just preventing winter skin woes– let it become a sacred time for Nourishing body, mind and soul.

 


Why Nourish Range should be part of your moisturising routine…

Nourish Double Cream, Hand Cream and Lip Balm are some of our richest, most luxurious skin lovers. Nourish is designed to help with all your winter skin woes – cracked lips, dry hands, parched skin. The range also features a beautiful array of uplifting essential oils to turn your top-to-toe moisturising routine into a sacred ritual of love, mindfulness and nourishment.

The star ingredients and how they benefit you…

Apricot Kernel Oil: Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in oleic acid and linoleic acid, both of which are valued for their ability to soften, smooth and revitalise. This skin softener also boasts high levels of vitamin E to enhance your skin’s elasticity, clarity and suppleness.

Nabali Olive Oil: Olive oil has been adored for generations as a deeply healing moisturiser with powerful regenerative abilities. If your skin gets dry and scaly in winter, turn to nabali olive oil for incredible smoothness and softness.

Avocado Oil: Avocado oil is an absolute winter skin saviour! It’s thick enough to provide your skin with a protective barrier, but its nutrients still penetrate your skin’s deepest layers. It contains powerful levels of antioxidants, in particular vitamins E and C, which neutralise free radicals and gift glowing radiance.  Avocado oil also contains sterolins – a natural steroid said to soften and hydrate the skin and leave it feeling silky smooth to the touch.

Shea Butter: Extracted from the nut of the mystical African shea tree, luscious and dreamily indulgent shea butter is an unparalleled moisture-boosting miracle! It leaves skin supple, soft and protected against dryness and the elements. Shea butter also possesses potent antioxidant compounds to help fight free radical damage, slow the signs of aging and improve the overall radiance of your skin.

Rosehip Oil: This healing oil is like a supercharged, antioxidant-packed, multivitamin for your skin! Rosehip oil is overflowing with replenishing essential fatty acids to soften, hydrate, regenerate and improve the condition of dry and damaged skin.

Sage Essential Oil: Sage essential oil is reputed to be highly regenerative in skin care. It’s known for its wealth of stimulating, softening and healing properties.

Frankincense Essential Oil: Regenerative and healing, frankincense essential oil is a deeply spiritual and sacred oil that is also said to improve skin tone and help heal wounds.

Petitgrain Essential Oil: The sweet floral scent of petitgrain revitalises the spirit, it’s reminiscent of orange blossoms and is known to have a beautifully balancing effect on one’s mood.

Sweet Orange: Certified organic sweet orange essential oil opens the heart to a bubbling spring of pure joy, light heartedness and radiating warmth. It’s suitable for delicate skin and its cheery scent brings delight and a hint of deliciousness.

 

 

 

Create Your Own Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend

Sal prepared three aromatherapy diffuser blend recipes for you to try…

Positive Vibe Blend

1 drop Lemon Myrtle
2 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Bergamot

Space Cleansing Blend

2 drops Lemon
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Fragonia
1 drop Juniper Berry

Calming Blend

2 drops Lavender
1 drop Ylang Ylang
2 drops Sweet Orange


Method:

Fill your aromatherapy diffuser with water and add 5 drops of essential oil.

Return to the aromatherapy blending and essential oil safety page.

Create Your Own Massage Oil

Sal prepared three body massage oil recipes for you to try…

Aching Body Massage Oil

5 drops Black Pepper
20 drops Kunzea
10 drops Rosemary
10 drops Ginger
100mL Sweet Almond Oil

Love Potion Body Massage Oil

20 drops Ylang Ylang
10 drops Patchouli
20 drops Bergamot
10 drops Ginger
100mL Sweet Almond Oil

Tranquility Body Massage Oil

20 drops Lavender
20 drops Sweet Orange
10 drops Geranium
10 drops Ginger
100mL Sweet Almond Oil


Method:

Combine 50 drops of essential oil with 100mL sweet almond oil in a 100mL glass bottle.

Return to the aromatherapy blending and essential oil safety page.

Create Your Own Aromatic Mist

Sal prepared three aromatic mist recipes for you to try…

Relaxing Mist

10 drops Lavender
5 drops Geranium
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Ylang Ylang
40 drops Essential Oil Solubiliser
50mL Spring Water

Skin Hydration Mist

5 drops Lavender
1 drop Rose Otto
40 drops Essential Oil Solubiliser
50mL Spring Water
5mL Warm Water
45mL Rose Water

Energising Mist

5 drops Geranium
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops May Chang
10 drops Lemon
40 drops Essential Oil Solubiliser
50mL Spring Water


Method:

Combine 25 drops of essential oil and 40 drops of essential oil solubiliser in a 50mL spray bottle. Add 5mL of warm water and mix well. Finally, add 45mL of water and shake well to combine.

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Create Your Own Roll On Pulse Point

Sal prepared three roll on pulse point perfume recipes for you to try…

Focus Roll On Pulse Point

3 drops Rosemary
4 drops Lemon
3 drops Patchouli
10mL Jojoba Oil

Uplifting Roll On Pulse Point

4 drops Bergamot
3 drops Geranium
3 drops Lemon
10mL Jojoba Oil

Creativity Roll On Pulse Point

3 drops Lavender
3 drops Mandarin
3 drops Ylang Ylang
10mL Jojoba Oil


Method:

Combine 10 drops of essential oil and 10mL of jojoba oil in a roller ball bottle.

Return to the aromatherapy blending and essential oil safety page.

Aromatherapy Blending

Create your own aromatherapy potions with the following blend recipes create by Sal!

Aromatherapy Perfume

Aromatherapy Massage Oil

Aromatic Mist

Aromatherapy Body Cream

Aromatherapy Roll On Pulse Point

Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend

Helpful Blending Tips

% Dilution 10mL 50 mL/gm 100mL
1% 2 drops 10 drops 20 drops
2.5% 5 drops 25 drops 50 drops
5% 10 drops 50 drops 100 drops

• 1mL of essential oil ≈ 20 drops

• For babies, skin care and sensitive skin use <1% dilution of essential oils.

• Most skin irritations occur because essential oils have oxidised, take care to check the expiry dates and store the essential oils in a cool, dry and dark place away from heat and light.

• For detailed information on individual essential oils please refer to ‘The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy’ by Salvatore Battaglia.

Important Safety guidelines

There are some precautions that must be followed when using essential oils:

• Oils should be stored out of reach of children.

• Do not take essential oils internally unless under the strict supervision of an aromatic medicine professional.

• Keep essential oils away from the eyes. If you do accidently get oil in your eyes, splash immediately with tepid water and seek medical advice if discomfort persists.

• Discontinue the use of essential oils immediately if you suffer an allergic reaction.

The following can be used as a guide to the possible contra-indications that may occur when using essential oils:

Many aromatherapists consider it sensible to avoid the use of the following oils during pregnancy – basil, clary sage, cypress, hyssop, juniper, sweet marjoram, myrrh, nutmeg, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, thyme.

Many aromatherapists consider it sensible to avoid the use of the following oils by anyone with hypertension – hyssop, rosemary, thyme, sage.

The following oils may cause the skin to burn if exposed to strong ultra-violet light from sunlight or a sun bed – bergamot, cold pressed lime, bitter orange, lemon.

The following oils may cause skin irritation to people with sensitive skin. (Sensitivity varies from person to person and from oil to oil) – basil, lemon, cinnamon bark, clove bud, lemongrass, thyme and tea tree.

Interview with an Aromatherapist

Interview with an aromatherapist

We interviewed one of our resident aromatherapists, Manuela, about her experiences with essential oils, how aromatherapy has changed over the years and how the everyday person can integrate aromatherapy into their life.

 

When did you start with aromatherapy? What drew you to it?

At the time I fell in love with aromatherapy I was the trainer for another company which was also aromatherapy based. My previous background was pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and sales, training and management, and I felt I needed to seriously study aromatherapy to complete my full understanding of the product and the culture. It was the beginning of much study within the Remedial therapies realm, but also a personal development expedition. Once you begin the journey of discovery of essential oils and how they affect the mind, body and soul you can never go back to a time when everyday life rituals and solutions to everyday issues don’t involve essential oils in some way. The attraction for me was that once you understand the individual essential oils and how they affect the body and mind, you can solve so many issues without resorting to nasty drugs and chemicals, whilst loving the experience along the way. Aromatherapy is a feel good solution to life’s woes, in every sense of the concept.

I love that the academic knowledge base that exists for aromatherapy practices are time tried and proven and generally testing is not necessary as the effects have been proven over and over again and with humanity being the way it is if something doesn’t work it doesn’t not get passed on. Evidence based medicine (modern accepted standards) also incorporates historical empirical results and practices.

There is an almost seamless overlap between the natural health modalities models that becomes apparent with further study into each modality (Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Western herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Chakra therapy, Crystal therapy, colour therapy, Light therapy, etc..) and raises a sense of awareness that each model is not different or separate, but simply described in their own way. I loved this discovery and you will too, but I will leave that up to you. The pieces of the puzzle will become apparent along the journey.

 

What are your favourite essential oils and what do you use them for?

Needless to say, I have many. However, I love the aroma of vetiver, bergamot and peppermint eucalyptus as individual oils; they make me take a deep breath and smile all the way to the core.  I feel that that is the one essential thing essential oils should do for you, and everyone should have a couple of go to essential oils that do just that, because when this happens your brain releases feel good hormones! We all need that on demand.

 

Since you started in the aromatherapy industry, what kinds of changes have you seen?

Lots! When I started studying aromatherapy back in the mid-1990s, which is so last century. Aromatherapy was booming, and aromatherapy classes were full to the brim! I went on to teach aromatherapy at university level for nine years and in that time the Health training packages changed to exclude aromatherapy in Natural Health Degrees which reduced the number of Natural Health Science students exposed to this modality of health care. Having said that, health care facilities and mainstream hospitals today use essential oils diffused in the wards more than ever before, I know because I see the orders coming in, so we must be getting somewhere in mainstream medicine acceptation on a practical level.  However, there are not as many aromatherapists being trained today, unfortunately. Clinical Aromatherapy treatment practice is in danger of decline as less fully trained aromatherapists enter the industry. However, there are more products out in retail land claiming aromatherapy status, regardless of whether they are pure essential oils or not, which makes the word ‘aromatherapy’ more of a household word but may not be attached to real aromatherapy.

On a different note, real Aromatherapy has also gone down the Certified Organic road which is brilliant! Meaning that not only do we have pure essential oils available to us in the industry but we also have the Certified Organic quality oils. Making the quality of the tools we use so much more pure and effective.

Another ubiquitous change which is a major concern to me and to most trained Aromatherapist is the MLM buzz which promotes ingestion of essential oils. Any fully trained, even part trained Aromatherapist would never suggest essential oil ingestion for safety purposes. I will leave this one right there as it would go on for pages on end…

 

For someone who has never used aromatherapy before, where do you advise they start?

For a newbie aromatherapist, I would suggest that they begin with a few single oils that they absolutely love the aroma of, this is very important to train your brain to begin with. The oils you select will have aromas very specific to you and you need at that time and based on your previous experiences of those aromas. You will only like aromas that have a positive effect on how you feel. Forget for now the aromas you don’t like and don’t make you sing.

You will select aromas which make you feel good, this is ideal, you want to get excited when you smell it and it should make you smile and take a deep breath involuntarily. Don’t analyse your choices too much in the beginning, let your nose and brain do the choosing, and run with that. You should go home feeling so excited that you can hardly wait to get started.

Start with one essential oil, smell it while you read all about it. This will store that aroma in your brain with the information you are reading (the limbic system is the place which is responsible for memory, emotion, mood and learning). You can do this whilst smelling just the essential oil out of the bottle, or if you like the fuller experience diffuse the oil in a diffuser and have it going through the space you are in. Smelling it straight out of the bottle is stronger.

Then each time you smell that aroma you will remember all the information you read, truly!!! This can be applied to studying incredibly successfully.

Use a chosen oil for each subject you are studying, inhale it or diffuse it whilst you are working on that subject and when you have to retrieve the information you have just learned in the presence of that aroma, you can do this by smelling that essential oil. Try this in an exam situation it is magical. Use it whilst it is still legal.

To get you started I suggest trying these single oils, but remember that it is best if you love it!

Lavender for relaxation and sleep, Lemon for focus and clarity, Orange for joy and communication, Tea Tree for purifying, Rosemary for memory improvement, Geranium for balancing emotions, Peppermint for clarity and tension, Ylang Ylang for sensuality.

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!