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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.  

5 Steps to Balanced Chakras

Health is often equated with eating well, meditation and exercise. But have you ever considered the health of your subtle body?

Ancient esoterics have long said it, and now quantum physicists agree. You are made of energy. Everything around you is made of energy. This subtle energy might express itself as a desk, diffuser or human being, but nonetheless, it is all subtle, vibrating energy. According to energy healing expert, Barbara Ann Brennan, subtle energy is what underpins and informs our physical body. It is a matrix for cellular growth. It is what is there before your cells develop. So if you want true, holistic wellness, you need a healthy template! This is where subtle energy healing modalities like chakra healing and aromatherapy can be helpful. To learn more about what the chakras are, click here. Read on to discover your charka healing ritual…

Your Chakra Balancing Ritual
This ritual will cleanse your chakras and reconnect you to your individual resonance. Regular me-time cements an inner foundation that will support you in your day to day life.

What you will need

The Steps

  1. Set the scene

Gather all you need from the list above. Remember, this is your time and you want to make the most of it. Look at how you can enhance the atmosphere to make it conducive to total bliss. Light some soy candles, play soothing music, switch on a salt lamp and be sure to grab some cushions and blankets. Lay the relevant crystals (see chart below), essential oils and chakra balancing potions near where you will be sitting for your ritual.

  1. Create your intention

Get clear on your intention for this ritual. What do you want to achieve? How would you like to feel? Try an affirmation, prayer or incantation. Think of it as plugging a destination into your GPS. It will make your journey smoother and more seamless. Spritz Chakra Balancing Mist around your space whilst repeating your chosen intention.

  1. Centre Yourself

Find a comfortable seated position, supported by the comfort of cushions and blankets. Take a pea-sized amount of Chakra Balancing Balm. Massage it rhythmically into your temples, shoulders and behind your ears. Feel tension melting. Breathe slowly and easily. Eyes closed. Now imagine a vacuum energy moving its way around your body absorbing all energies that no longer serve you. Once complete, see a luminescent white light entering through the crown of your head. Watch as this healing white light floods your entire body until you are completely immersed. Bathe in this healing light as long as needed until moving onto the next step.

  1. Cleanse and Charge Your Chakras

Hold your base chakra crystal in your left hand and Balance Blend (cap off) in your right hand. Hold it under your nose so that you can smell the aroma. Close your eyes and breathe slowly and easily. Soften and relax your body. Visualise a glowing red gem at the location of your base chakra spinning in an anticlockwise direction. The spinning draws out any dark spots or heaviness. Continue visualising the slow spinning until you feel your chakra is completely clear. Now to charge your base chakra, imagine breathing in the colour red from the tips of your toes up to the crown of your head. Let it fill your entire body and expand out until your entire being is cocooned in an aura of vibrant red light. Repeat the affirmation “I am grounded” silently. Bathe in the red light as long as you need. Move through this process for each chakra using the relevant chakra location, colour, crystal, affirmation and aromatherapy blend for each.

  1. Sip for serenity

Once your chakra cleansing and charging ritual is complete, seal it off with a pot of Chakra Balancing Herbal Tea. Sip slowly and move through your day in balance and bliss.


How Chakra Healing Transformed My Life

“Working with the chakras has enabled me to get to know myself deeply but also to find out which wounds still need healing.”

How the Chakra System Helped Sharon Bolt Heal.

– An interview with Shaman and Chakra Warrior, Sharon Bolt

You have probably heard of the 7 key bright, concentrated spirals or ‘wheels’ of energy known as chakras and understand how they work, but for Shaman and civil war survivor, Sharon Bolt, working with the chakras was life-changing. In this interview, Sharon shares her personal experiences with the benefits of energy healing. She also lets us in on how she keeps her chakras balanced.

Perfect Potion: We know what makes you so amazing, but could you share with our readers a bit about who you are and what you do?

Sharon: I am a curious consciousness explorer and lover of nature, plant spirits, esoteric practices and ceremony.  I am also a multi-disciplinary therapist (kinesiology, hypnotherapy, family constellations, shamanic clearing, chi kung) and I also train and mentor other facilitators and teachers in shamanic space holding and ceremonial protocol. I am an avid researcher and love learning! I have been studying nonstop for the last 16 years.  A full list of the courses I’ve undertaken are here. However, it’s the ‘non-official’ experiential training that has proven my greatest teacher!  I was an apprentice to a Taoist Master for 2 years, this required me living with my Taoist Master and maintaining a rigorous training routine as well as “chopping wood and carrying water”.  I have also traveled across the UK and to Peru, Bali and the Australian desert to learn from local medicine men and women.  I have worked with witches, magicians, Druids and esoteric practitioners.  I believe the best way to learn is by working one on one with masters of their craft.  My partner and I have combined all our learning into a unique training system that encompasses ancient wisdom, esoteric teachings, animism, shamanic practice, and Qi Gong into a unique system.  We call this Shamanic Energy Training.

Perfect Potion: In addition to your reputation as an incredible Shamanic Energy Trainer; you’re known as a bit of chakra goddess here in Australia, what was your first exposure to the world of the chakras?

Sharon: My Taoist master introduced me to the Dan Tien system first and then the chakra system.  My chi kung training focused on developing a strong lower Dan Tien in order to remain grounded during spiritual work.

Perfect Potion: There are so many descriptions of the chakra system. Could you explain it from your perspective for those who may not be familiar with it?

Sharon: Our view of the chakra system keeps evolving. For now, they appear to be the energetic interface that enables our endocrine glands and spine to interact with the universal energy field.  It is also the energetic template that stores our karmic and life experiences. You can think of the Chakras as the ‘organs’ of your body’s energy system, where every aspect of health is connected to one or more chakra.

Energy flows in and out of our bodies in a never-ending exchange with the universal energy field. Each of the seven major chakras acts as a conduit for a particular form of energy, assimilating and distributing it to specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual functions.

The chakras are vitally important to the growth of the soul, as they contain the energetic mechanisms that enable us to reconnect to our divine nature and the completion of our soul’s Journey. Each of us has all of our life lessons and developmental stages within us, simultaneously making demands and providing perspective, insight, and wisdom. These are all stored in our chakras and energy system.

As we grow and evolve, we go through discernible stages of understanding and development, which are physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual.

Imbalances in our energy centres tend to manifest as unhealthy behaviours, character traits or disease. Any limitation or challenge that you experience in life can also be recognised as an imbalance in the associated chakra.

Perfect Potion: Was there a time in your own life when you knew one chakra, in particular, was significantly out of balance?

Sharon: Absolutely! Due to a civil war, I had to leave my birth country Nicaragua at age 8… we then moved yearly between many countries.  My root chakra was seriously out for a long time! I had no grounding, sense of belonging and community.

The root chakra enables us to energetically connect to Mother Earth.  This bond is the foundation of our relationship with the divine feminine. It also contains the lessons that enable us to develop trust of ourselves and others, autonomy and initiative.

If we are able to feel safe, loved, and nurtured in our early years (which is not possible in war), then these qualities are more difficult to develop – we tend to not trust ourselves or others, feel fearful or shameful about our desire to explore our environment, instead of a sense of adventure; and since we are not able to develop a healthy sense of self, which enables us to initiate activities, express our creativity and embrace responsibility; we tend to then experience a lot of punishment and guilt for our attempts at independent activity.

I had to do a lot of chi kung work to get my root chakra back on track. This didn’t happen until my late 20s.

Self-trust is developed through the validation our parents give to our feelings and responses to life, letting us know that those feelings and responses are real and understandable. To balance and heal the first chakra we need to address a number of issues to do with birth trauma; trusting others and ourselves; our relationship with our bodies and nature, and our connection to the divine feminine.

Perfect Potion: What have you gained from working with the chakras?

Sharon: As an energy worker and therapist, it is imperative to be familiar with my chakra system so that I do my best to maintain a balanced energy field for my life and my work.  Working with the chakras has enabled me to get to know myself deeply but also to find out which wounds still need healing, keep a close eye on the state of my energy system in terms on cleanliness and care.  Negative entities and thought forms tend to take over people’s chakras.  We regularly cleanse ours for that reason. It’s important to note that chakra work is essential for everyone!  It opens doors to a greater understanding of who you are energetically and provides an ongoing feedback loop to how you can improve your energetic condition.

Perfect Potion: Do you have any favourite ways to balance your charkas?

Sharon: Energy therapies, chi kung, meditation and working with vibrational medicine – essential oils of course! Flower essences, herbal tinctures, crystals, sound eg tuning forks, singing bowls, gongs, affirmations etc.  I find out what each chakra needs for balancing by pendulum dowsing what is right for that chakra.  This has proven very accurate and beneficial and I teach people how to work with the pendulum in a sovereign and grounded way.

Perfect Potion: You mentioned essential oils, we have to ask, do you have a favourite Perfect Potion chakra product or favourite way to use Perfect Potion chakra products in a little ritual or in your workshops?

Sharon: Yes! I love the Perfect Potion Chakra Essential Oils Kit and we work with them in our workshops. We give participants a few drops of the relevant chakra oil we are working with before class to comb over their energy fields, we also use a diffuser with the chakra oils.  It’s my favourite Perfect Potion kit as I use it with clients all the time. We incorporate essential oils into all the work that we do.

Learn more about Sharon here.

Discover our Chakra Range here.

Why we’ve been confirmed as a CCIQ ecoBiz Energy, Water and Waste Star Partner

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan.

Our ethos and values have always been connected to living harmoniously with nature and treading gently on the planet. As an innately eco-conscious company, we are overjoyed to have been confirmed as a CCIQ ecoBiz Energy, Water and Waste Star Partner!

Since we first opened our doors in 1991, we have held strong to our vision of creating the most sought after experience in the world for our customers, our purpose of naturally enhancing people’s lives and our core values of treading gently on the earth, loving the world we live in and thriving on enriching it, nurturing and inspiring, delivering with consistency, certainty and quality, loving what we do and having integrity in all that we are.

These values underpin every product we make and every action we take. We have used recyclable materials and natural building elements since the earliest of days (our first Perfect Potion sanctuary was actually composed of recycled kitchen cabinets!). But, in recent years, we have been on an unwavering mission to deepen our commitment to sustainability. We have created a company head office that is truly aligned with our core, nature-loving ethos and the values that shine so brightly in our stores and products. To make our footprint smaller, we made big changes. In two years, we reduced our energy consumption by 53.2%, water intensity by 74.89% and waste to landfill by 65.6%!

This transition was made far more seamless with the support of the Brisbane City Council and CCIQ ecoBiz team. We began implementing an energy neutral strategy, meaning we are harvesting energy from nature to power all our head office operations including our manufacturing facilities, and we’re often supplying more energy back into the grid! We’ve started composting, installed energy efficient lighting and 294 solar panels to completely power our office and feed energy back into the grid, among other exciting measures.

In the last 12 months, we’ve also been working hard on new sustainable packaging innovations and reformulations that help reduce waste and are even more environmentally friendly! We are essentially overhauling the packaging of our entire range and are thrilled to be making this very important shift away from plastic.

It is our 2019 goal to reduce the use of plastic in our packaging, through our conversion to post-consumer waste plastic packaging, glass, and aluminum. You may have already seen some of these changes rolling out, and there will be many more exciting changes appearing in the coming months.

By truly embracing sustainable innovation and seeking out creative solutions, we have been able to further implement our values to help look after our oceans, animals and the planet as a whole while creating natural products that support your wellbeing.

Even small changes can make a big difference and we couldn’t be happier about our contributions to this beautiful planet.

The Creative Process Behind Your Aromatherapy Perfume Elixirs


  1. An alchemic preparation formerly believed to be capable of transmuting base metals into gold, or of prolonging life: elixir vitae or elixir of life.
  2. A sovereign remedy; panacea; cure-all.
  3. The quintessence or absolute embodiment of anything.

– Macquarie Dictionary, 2003.

Welcome to Perfect Potion’s Pure Aromatherapy Perfume Elixirs; alchemical creations for heart and soul. These elixirs are the quintessence and embodiment of nature. They represent a desire to return to nature, authenticity, health and wellbeing and a more holistic way of living. Scent has the invisible power to penetrate our consciousness, to shift our awareness fully into the present moment whilst simultaneously touching us, moving us and transporting us to ethereal, hidden realms of memories and sensations.

Spritz Elixir of Vitality to evoke the sunny lemon groves of Sicily or breathe in the essence of Elixir of the Earth to discover the revitalising energy of mother earth. To encapsulate such magic and allow us to breathe in worlds of experiences in a single spritz, it takes a poetic, almost spiritual process.

In this blog, I discuss the creative perfume process. I describe how the art of perfumery is like combining colours on a pallet. Although blending essential oils is a fun, playful aspect of aromatherapy, it is also an art and science. Like any art, it requires a balance of practice, skill and imagination.

Creating these perfumes was not just about creating a mixture of pleasant smelling aromatics. It was about balancing the dualities of intellect and intuition, the conscious and unconscious, the conventional and unconventional, complexity and simplicity. A perfume must meet a number of technical requirements. It must be sufficiently strong, it must be diffusive. It must be persistent and it must retain its essential character throughout its period of evaporation. It must also be chemically stable as an end product. Below Sal demonstrates how his process maintains heart and avoids synthetics to keep the true essence of nature alive in your favourite perfume creations…

How to create your perfume

Define the objective of your perfume

Step one is to clearly define the objective of the perfume you are creating. The purpose of forming the objective is to identify the smell of the perfume before running off to the lab to start choosing raw materials. This is the most difficult part of the creative process and requires the greatest discipline. Anything less than 50 words is insufficient.

Select your essential oils

Basic essential oils: The first group of oils are the subject – the noun that forms the main theme of the objective and will be reflected in the title.

Modifier essential oils: The second group of oils are the adjectives. Modifier oils are defined as those oils that smell different from the subject (the basic essential oils). Modifiers will add the style, character, naturalness, freshness or diffusion to the perfume.

Blender essential oils: The third group of oils are the blenders. These are the conjunctions; the words that connect the nouns and aid the flow of words. When two materials of different odour notes are blended there should be a harmonious transition from one note to another. This is the job of the blenders, whose role it is to smooth over or bridge the differences.

Fixative essential oils: Fixatives are the materials that form the prepositions and their objects in the sentence. Fixatives are materials that fix the fragrance or note in time or place. Fixatives in perfumery are often described by default as the materials that make a perfume last longer. Dowthwaite states a far better way to think of a fixative is as a material that provides the setting for the perfume – materials that complete it, that make it perfect and whole. They generally have a lower impact on the blend.  In term of odours, they will ideally be materials that display some of the characteristics of the basics and modifiers and have the desired dry out of the perfume.

The blending process

Make sure you add drops from a standardised dropper or pipettes.

Step 1: Form the basic structure or the heart

In this step, you select only two or three materials from the list of ingredients. If you are not sure where to start, mix equal proportions, smell and evaluate the combination. It should be apparent if one of the ingredients is incorrect, over- or under-dosed, and then simply replace, increase or decrease each component until the required effect is obtained. This basic mixture may form an accord in which synergy or harmony exists.

Dowthwaite warns against adding too many materials too soon as it will make it difficult to track future problems such as lack of diffusion or disharmonies.2

Step 2: Modifying step – decorating the basic structure

In this step, choose just one material from the list of modifiers. It is best to start with modifiers in order of importance, which may well be in the order in which they occur in the written objective. The perfumer must choose one material for fresh, one for clean etc. As modifiers tend to be the highest impact materials, they should be added drop by drop until the required effect is achieved. Perfumers should smell each addition before moving on to the next modifying material and must start again in the case of an overdose. Each sample should be labelled and kept for reference. If appropriate, the perfumer should rearrange the order of adding the modifiers. It is imperative to take notes at each step so that you can learn from each step.2

Step three: Blending step – harmonise the composition

You should choose one material from your blender list. Add blenders drop by drop and mix and smell until the required smoothing effect is obtained. For example, lavender has a fresh note that goes well with citrus, green or herbal notes. It has a floral and slightly woody background which means that it acts as a bridge between fresh top notes and the floral heart of many perfumes.2

Step four: Fixation step – adding background and depth

The perfumer should now pick one or two fixatives. Although fixatives are usually base notes they will be present throughout the life of the perfume. They add depth to the composition, transforming a flat two-dimensional smell to a perfume with a third dimension. Fixatives should be added to the blend drop by drop, then mixed and smelled until the required effect is achieved. If you overdose your blend with fixative it may cause the blend to become flat and lifeless.2

Elixir of the Earth

Sal explains how he used this process to create Elixir of the Earth


Elixir of the Earth epitomises the scent of vetiver – the scent of mother earth. The scent of vetiver is very complex – it has a heavy, earthy, spicy, musty, smoky and woody aroma. I find the scent of vetiver nurturing, nourishing and revitalising. At the same time, it is mysterious and grounding. The scent of Elixir of the Earth has to reconnect us to the vitality of mother earth.

Select your essential oils

Basic essential oils

The heart and soul of Elixir of the Earth is vetiver. To enhance the earthy notes of vetiver I added buddha wood, carrot seed and patchouli.

Modifier essential oils

To enhance the natural earthiness of vetiver I added galbanum which provides a delightful green note. The herbaceous floral note of clary sage enhances the mystery and intrigue, while a dash of ginger and clove bud provide a delicate warm and spicy note. To this, I added rose absolute which further enhances the warm and nurturing qualities of this blend – but not too much!

Blender essential oils

While bergamot, lemon and sweet orange are often added as top notes, in this case, they are used as blenders. This means that they provide balance and harmony to the rich earthy aromas used in this blend. A dash of lavender provides further harmony and balance to this blend.

Fixative essential oils

You could say that vetiver is the perfect fixative on its own; however, I decided to add some amyris, Santalum spicatum and benzoin which helps Elixir of the Earth to last longer without impacting too much on the overall aroma of the perfume.

Remember, as highlighted by Mandy Aftel, who gives us some excellent advice in her book Fragrant in the chapter entitled – The zen of perfume making; it is important to have an orderly system as the narcotic sensual influence of smelling essential oils can make it difficult for you to keep track of what you are doing. Here are the principles that she follows:3

  • the entire process should be beautiful
  • adhere to a strict budget
  • write down everything you do while you are blending
  • experience the perfume on the skin. (However, I always suggest giving the final perfume some time to rest for up to 48 hours before applying to the skin!)
  • plan on failing and redoing
  • be real – let go (sometimes a blend will just not work out)
  • spend money to create something good
  • creating perfume mirrors life

Want to learn more about the blending process? Join Sal on the 6th of April in Adelaide for his Blending Masterclass! Suitable for anyone with a passion for essential oils and aromatherapy. Click here to learn more about the incredible knowledge and skills this masterclass.


  1. Jellinek S, Calkin R. Perfumery – Practice and Principles. John Wiley & Sons, USA, 1994.
  2. Dowthwaite S. The grammar of perfumery.Perfumer & Flavorist. October 2004; 29:76-87.
  3. Aftel M. Fragrant – the secret life of scent. Riverhead Books, New York, 2014.


5 Ways to Make Your Pure Aromatherapy Elixir Last Longer

Obsessed with the luxurious and addictive scent of your Pure Aromatherapy Elixir? Here are 5 tips on how to make your favourite elixirs last longer.

1. Store your perfume properly

If you want your fragrance to last longer, avoid storing it in damp, warm locations or in direct sunlight. It’s said that heat, light, and humidity break down and decrease the quality of the perfume. Try storing them in cool, dry spots away from natural light instead.

2. Apply after showering

When your perfume is applied is a secret to creating that oh-so-divine lingering effect! According to the experts, clean, damp and hydrated skin actually helps lock in scent for longer by giving the smell ‘something to hold on to’. For optimum staying power, try spritzing your perfume on after you’ve stepped out of your shower while your skin is still slightly damp to touch.

3. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

As mentioned in tip two, moisturised and hydrated skin is key when it comes to making scent stay! Fragrance molecules actually bind to the oils on your skin. So whilst showering will help hydrate, priming your skin with a moisturiser (or Body Wash or Aftersun Rescue Gel applied to pulse points) first, will give your fragrance a superior surface to bind to. The result? It will last longer than if you were to spray it onto dry or un-moisturised skin. The concept is much like how primers create a base for foundation. Tip: opt for an unscented body lotion/moisturiser to avoid a scent clash! Or as mentioned before, add After Sun Rescue Gel strategically to your pulse points and layer the perfume on top of that. Being a humectant, it will help hold the fragrance to the skin. Another option? Dive into layering for a more intense signature scent. Use a synergistic Body Wash and Body Lotion for fragrance layering.

4. Apply strategically

The best places to apply perfume are the pulse points of your body (wrists, neck inside of elbows, behind the ears, base of the throat, behind the knees etc). These are places where your blood vessels are closest to the skin and are therefore warmer parts of your body. The warmth helps emanate the fragrance across your entire body, enhancing its sillage. Another quick tip… Spraying fragrance directly onto the hair can dry it out. Instead, spritz the scent through your hairbrush before running it through your hair to lightly scent it.

5. Avoid rubbing your wrists together

Contrary to popular belief, rubbing your wrists together after spritzing with fragrance is actually one of the quickest ways to hinder fragrance longevity! The friction caused by rubbing actually crushes the top notes of the perfume.

There you have it, 5 ways to keep that luscious scent lingering longer! Discover our range of pure aromatherapy perfumes here and apply these tips to carry the scent of the most divine certified natural and organic aromatics wherever you go!



Your Self Love and Rose Infused Ritual

Craving a replenished, supple complexion? Then this ritual is your skincare fairy godmother! Whether you have a decadent date in mind or are spending Valentine’s Day with the most important person in your life (you!), this self-love and rose-infused facial will fulfill all your skin wishes. Use it to treat your complexion to luxury and leave your soul feeling nourished. Get ready to turn your attention inward and indulge in time dedicated to soul love, self-care and replenishment…

Here’s your self-love infused facial at home, inspired by rose, the symbol of love, and Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation…

1. Set the Scene

Assemble everything you need first to set the scene. This will help your pamper session flow seamlessly and keep you floating through your ritual in bliss. To create the perfect ambiance, allow spa-inspired music to play softly in the background, light some soy candles and diffuse a soul-hugging essential oil blend. Free your face from your hair with a ribbon, towel or headband. Spend a few moments with your eyes closed, slowly and deeply breathing in the essential oils to transport your senses into a dimension of love and peace.

2. Ritualistic Skin and Soul Cleanse

Remove makeup and wash away the effects of the day with a slow, mindful cleanse. For this step, we suggest Replenish Cleansing Milk for its abundance of self-love promoting rose essential oil (or use the cleanser best suited to your skin type). To begin, gently press your face with a warm, damp cloth. Using clean hands, slowly massage a small amount of cleanser over your face and neck using gentle, upward circular motions to enhance circulation. Take your time to remove your cleanser using a damp cleansing sponge or cloth. As you wash your cleanser away, visualise removing not only the cleanser and skin impurities, but also washing away any traces of self-limiting beliefs.

3. Fragrant Facial Compress

Elevate your cleansing ritual with a fragrant facial compress. An effective compress is said to improve circulation, soften your pores, aid deep cleansing and impart a luscious glow to your complexion. Fill a small bowl, or your bathroom basin, with 200ml of warm water and 3 drops of rose essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil. Agitate the water to disperse, then dip a small clean cloth or towel into the water. Remove from water and lightly squeeze to remove excess water. Place gently on your face. Once it has cooled off, redip and reapply up to 2 more times. This little ritual will infuse your mind with harmonising, comforting, gentle vibes and your skin with extra love!

4. Remove impurities

Sometimes you need more than a deep cleanse to counteract the pollution your skin endures throughout the day. This is where exfoliation works its magic. By drawing out impurities hidden beneath the top layer of your skin, it takes your cleansing routine to a whole new level. Bare Faced Exfoliant stars white clay and rice flour to lift off layers of dull, dead skin cells, absorb impurities and help unblock your pores to reveal the fresh, clean skin beneath.

To use, combine one teaspoon of Bare Faced Exfoliant with one to two teaspoons of Rose Water until a smooth paste is formed. Massage over your clean, damp face, neck and décolletage using gentle circular movements. Rinse to remove. (Side note: You can also use this as an absorbent mask by leaving it to dry for approximately 15 minutes before removing and rinsing well).

5. Soothe and Refine

After exfoliating, spritz your gleaming skin with a Fine Tuning Solution or floral water to tone, hydrate and refine your complexion, help restore your skin’s acid mantle and refresh your senses.

6. Experience Multivitamin Magic

After clearing out impurities, infuse your skin with total replenishment with a serum. Serums possess tiny molecules that move deep into your skin to convey potent healing properties directly to the deepest layers of your skin for maximum effect. They’re an intensive skin treatment; a supercharged multivitamin for your complexion! Replenish Serum is perfect for a Valentine’s Day themed ritual. It blankets your skin in a world of healing actives, extracts and phytonutrients for skin that is supple and recharged from the deepest level. Its suruplus of replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants work to soften and regenerate. It helps neutralise free radical damage, promote the formation of news skin cells and enhance suppleness. Gently massage a small amount into your face using upward movements, then press gently into your skin to aid absorption.

7. Lock in Moisture

Moisturising is the icing of your skin loving nourishment cake. It helps prevent dehydration and dryness and creates a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss. Perfect Potion moisturisers are infused with pure, aromatic essential oils. So while your skin drinks in all their therapeutic properties, your spirits are also replenished and uplifted by the subtle qualities of aromatherapy. Given it’s a Valentine’s Day-inspired ritual, we suggest Frankincense and Rose Moisture Cream.  Massage gently into your face, neck and décolletage using upward movements, then press into your skin to aid absorption and leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and enriched.

8. Come full circle

Time to complete your ritual. Add 1 drop of the essential oil or essential oil blend used in your diffuser at the start of your ritual to your palms. Rub your palms together and hold your hands 5-10cm in front of your face. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for 3 slow breaths. Your ritual is now complete. Drift off and enjoy the rest of your evening remembering to hold only the most loving thoughts about your beautiful self!

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Discover Listen to Nature Range

NEW Listen to Nature Range

Have you noticed the moon lately?  When was the last time you lay on the grass and watched the clouds float by?

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock, The Use of Life.

It takes time to slow down and untangle our busy mind from our hectic daily schedules and just stop and listen to nature. I am sure you have noticed that you feel better after spending some in nature.  Researchers have actually found that as little as 20 minutes exposure in nature can have profound therapeutic effects.

My inspiration to create the listen to nature range has come from two beautiful terms Shinrinyoku and dadirri. The Japanese word Shinrinyoku – which literally means ‘forest bathing’ or ‘taking in the forest’. Bathing in the forest refers to taking in the forest through all our senses. Dadirri, is an Australian Aboriginal term which means deep listening and quiet still awareness. It refers to ‘tuning in’ and connecting with nature in a spiritual and meaningful way.  Dadirri is from Ngan’gikurunggurr and Ngen’giwumirri languages of the Aboriginal people of the Daly river region, 220 km south of Darwin, NT.

Both these terms understand the unique biophilia that exists between nature and ourselves.

Essential oils can also have a profound effect on our psyche and play a very important biological, emotional and spiritual role in reconnecting us with nature. They can touch our heart and make us more keenly aware of the beauty around us.

Allow these five beautiful essential oil blends to awaken your awareness and connection to nature.

Walk in the Forest Blend
… and into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. – John Muir.

Feel awake, invigorated and as you experience the vitality of the forest when you take a walk in the forest. Allow the revitalising aromas of lemon, bergamot, sweet orange, geranium, lavender, rosemary, sage, Virginian cedarwood and Siberian fir CO2 to rejuvenate your energy levels and bring strength to each new day.

My heart leaps to my mouth at the sound of the wind in the woods. I whose life was but yesterday so desultory and shallow suddenly recover my spirits.
 Richard Higgins, Thoreau and the Language of Trees.

Listen to the Rain
Pluviophile (n) a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Soothe your restless soul and find harmony and tranquility when you listen to the rain. Take time to pause and feel the calm energy of the rain when you inhale the musty, woody and earthy aromas of Atlas cedarwood, patchouli, Santalum spicatum and vetiver and the revitalizing aromas of grapefruit and lavender.

Some people feel the rain, others just get wet. – Bob Marley.

Watch the Clouds Float By
A parade of clouds and little puffs behind them, they follow as their mother. – Julia Hartwig, Spojrzenie

Allow your mind to drift away into a dreamy landscape as you watch the clouds float by. The fresh aromas of grapefruit, Atlas cedarwood, fragonia, frankincense, Bourbon geranium, lemon, petitgrain, rosemary, and spearmint essential oils allow you to drift away and surrender your conscious awareness to your dreams.

What is eternal is the cloud drifting slowly out of sight. – Mary Rubin

Bask in the Sunshine
I am alive, and drunk on sunlight. – George R.R Martin, A storm of swords.

Allow the joyful vitality of the sunshine warm and gladden your senses as you bask in the sunshine. Infuse yourself with the warm, sunny and effervescent qualities of bergamot, ginger, pink grapefruit, may chang, mandarin, petitgrain and sweet orange essential oils that will cheer your soul and gladden your heart.

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air of your imagination. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Gaze at the Moon

Selenophilia (n.) loving the moon and finding it soothingly captivating.

Allow yourself to feel pensive and reflective as the moon enchants and captivates your soul. This intoxicating blend of Atlas cedarwood, clary sage, lavender, lemon, myrtle, petitgrain and rosemary essential oils will illuminate the mysteries of the soul.

The moon stared at me through sprinkled night time stardust and alone I smiled. – Jay Long.

Listen To Nature features 5 x 10mL pure essential oil blends available as a kit or individually.