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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

Elixir

  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

Description

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.

References

  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!

Pure Aromatherapy Perfume Guide

NEW Pure Aromatherapy Perfume Elixirs now available.

Welcome to Perfect Potion’s pure aromatherapy Perfume Elixirs. They are the quintessence and embodiment of nature; awakening your imagination; enhancing your wellbeing; allowing you to express your personality; and arousing your emotions, feelings and passion.

Download your Pure Aromatherapy Perfume Booklet here and discover the beauty of natural elixirs.

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. 

Limited Edition Essential Oils

Defining the quality of essential oils

Whether for professional or home aromatherapy use, essential oils of the highest quality should be used.

How do we define the quality of essential oils? The main challenge is that essential oils are not just used for aromatherapy purposes. Essential oils are extensively used in:

  • food flavouring
  • perfumery and fragrances
  • pharmaceutical preparations
  • chemical manufacturing

Each of these industries has developed its own set of criteria for defining the quality of an essential oil. It has been suggested that the quality of an essential oil should be based on knowing whether an essential oil is going to work in a therapeutic way. This makes a lot of sense but it does open the door to a new set of challenges. What defines the therapeutic activity of an essential oil? If we strictly follow this guideline, we may be required to adopt the standards adopted by some of the pharmacopoeias such as the British Pharmacopoeia, which means that many of the essential oils may need to be blended or rectified in order to comply with the pharmacopoeia standards.

Therefore, it is not surprising that some essential oil companies have decided to establish their own internal standards such as ‘therapeutic grade’. Some in the industry suggest that this term is misleading, but claim it is a failure of the aromatherapy essential oil trading associations to issue guidelines for essential oils that has led to this situation.

I agree with Harris who suggests that the ideal definition of quality for essential oils in aromatherapy should be: (1) preferably but not necessarily organically cultivated, and (2) that is supplied with the full chemical analysis of its constituents1.

Holmes also suggests that essential oil users often ignore the documented evidence provided in certificates of analysis such as the results of simple analytical tests (e.g. specific gravity, refractive index and optical rotation).2 Even the most important sensory-based method of organoleptic examination is often overlooked.

I have always been passionate about sourcing the highest quality essential oils. Thirty years of experience as an aromatherapist, educator and supplier of essential oils has helped establish Perfect Potion as the leading specialist in its field. It is, therefore, very exciting for us to launch a new platform to help you understand our essential oils.

By simply going to the link below and typing in the batch number of the essential oil you have purchased from Perfect Potion, you can access the Certificate of Analysis (C of A) of that batch of essential oil.

http://www.perfectpotion.com.au/news/certificates/

The C of A gives you vital information regarding the correct identification of the oil – the botanical name, the country of origin, clearly identifying if it is certified organic and the method of extraction.

It also describes the appearance and organoleptic qualities of the oil as well as the specific gravity and refractive index. These analytical tests can be very useful to identify if the oil has been adulterated.

We also include a detailed chemical composition of the essential oil. For those who have studied essential oil chemistry, this will give you a good indication of the potential therapeutic qualities of the oil. In future blogs, I will provide more information on how to interpret the chemical composition of the essential oils.

 

 

Perfect Potion limited-edition essential oils

Occasionally, I come across essential oils that leave you breathless because they epitomise the flawless beauty of nature. Our most recent batches of certified organic Roman chamomile, clary sage, Bourbon geranium, neroli, vetiver and ylang ylang complete are such oils. While all of our essential oils are certified organic and of such discerning quality, these oils are so unique that I have decided to make them part of a limited-edition range.

It is no wonder that Fischer-Rizzi once described essential oils as heavenly scents that touch your heart, making you keenly aware of the beauty that surrounds you and opening the door to your soul.

Roman chamomile

This batch of Roman chamomile is so rich in esters. Esters provide the essential oil with a delightful fruity aroma, which is so soothing and relaxing. I have not smelt Roman chamomile that is so fruity and sweet for so long.

Botanical name Anthemis nobilis

Country of origin Morocco

Status ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This Roman chamomile oil is a pale yellow mobile liquid with a very diffusive aroma with little tenacity. It is a top note. This Roman chamomile oil has a sweet fruity and apple-like top note, a sweet and herbaceous body while its dryout is herbaceous and dry.

Chemical composition – Isobutyl isobutyrate 4.5%, isobutyl methacrylate 2.3%, α-pinene 6.45%, β-pinene 0.61%, isobutyl methyl butyrate 1.45%, isobutyl isovalerate 0.19%, isoamyl isobutyrate 0.63%, 2-methyl butylisobutyrate 3.01%, p-cymene 0.22%, isobutyrate angelate 12.65%, methyl allyl angelate 9.05%, butyl angelate 0.47%, trans pinocarveol 8.76%, methyl butyl angelate 4.58%, isoamyl angelate 8.28%, pinocarvone 2.74%, borneol 0.34%, myrtenal 1.04%, methyl amyl angelate 10.08%, germacrene D 0.52%.

Limited edition – 300

Size – 2 mL

Price – $49.95

Clary sage

There is such a pleasant, fresh, warm aroma to this batch of clary sage oil. It has the most euphoric and uplifting effect that I have ever experienced from clary sage.

Botanical name – Salvia sclarea

Country of origin – France

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This clary sage oil is a pale yellow liquid with a very diffusive aroma. It is regarded as a middle note. It has a fresh, fruity and amber-like top note, a floral and herbaceous body while its dryout is balsamic, dry and woody.

Chemical composition – α-pinene 0.1%, β-pinene 0.14%, β-myrcene 0.73%, limonene 0.3%, cis-β ocimene 0.31%, trans-β ocimene 0.5%, linalool 17.09%, α-terpineol 1.4%, nerol 0.29%, geraniol 0.76%, linalyl acetate 67.44%, neryl acetate 0.48%, β-caryophyllene 1.28%, germacrene D 2.38%, sclareol 0.82%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $34.95

Geranium, Bourbon

Geranium from Madagascar is considered the finest quality geranium and is also known as rose geranium oil. I am often asked “Why don’t we stock rose geranium?” This is a trade name that has no real meaning. I prefer to use the technical name for the oil, but if there were a rose geranium, this would be it.

This batch of Bourbon geranium oil has the most delightful, sweet, rosy and herbaceous aroma.

Botanical name – Pelargonium graveolens

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This batch of Bourbon geranium is green-olive coloured oil with a powerful diffusive aroma. It is referred to as a middle note.  It has a fresh, green and leafy top note, with a rosy, minty and herbaceous body, while the dryout is sweet and herbaceous.

Chemical composition – limonene 0.26%, linalool 4.28%, cis-rose oxide 0.78%, trans-rose oxide 0.33%, citronellal 0.09%, menthone 1.45%, isomenthone 6.4%, α-terpineol 0.23%, citronellol 22.33%, geraniol 15.28%, geranial 1.03%, citronellyl formate 10.13%, geranyl formate 6.57%, geranyl acetate 0.36%, neryl acetate 0.02%, β-bourbonene 1.13%, guaia-6,9-diene 8.26%, α-humulene 1.55%, germacrene D 1.14%, geranyl isobutyrate 1.09%, geranyl tiglate 1.51%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $29.95

Neroli

When I first inhaled this batch of neroli, I felt like I was walking on sunshine – it sends a tingle down my spine! The scent of this batch of neroli oil is so refreshingly divine – it rejuvenates and awakens the soul.

Botanical name – Citrus aurantium var. amara

Country of origin – Morocco

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This neroli oil is a pale yellow liquid with a light floral aroma with little tenacity. It is referred to as a top note. This neroli oil has a refreshing light, floral top note with a sweet, floral, herbaceous green body and a pleasant floral dryout.

Chemical composition – α-pinene 0.59%, sabinene 0.59%, β-pinene 8.08%, β-myrcene 2.35%, α-terpinene 0.21%, limonene 16.98%, linalool 38.4%, α—terpineol 5.13%, nerol 1.27%, geraniol 3.45%, indole 0.16%, methyl anthranilate 0.24%, neryl acetate 1.55%, geranyl acetate 3.13%, β-caryophyllene 0.72%, α-farnesene 0.23%, nerolidol 2.17%, trans-farnesol 1.42%.

Limited edition – 200

Size – 2 mL

Price – $89.95

Vetiver, Bourbon

When I came across this batch of vetiver, I almost cried. It took me right back to my childhood memories growing up on the farm. It has such a lush, rich earthy sweet aroma. For such an earthy oil, this was so surprisingly refreshing and rejuvenating.

Vetiver is one of the most chemically complex of all essential oils. This batch of Bourbon vetiver oil is very rich in sesquiterpene compounds, giving the oil its intensity, depth and complexity, reminiscent of roots and wet soil.

Botanical name – Vetiveria zizanioides

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This batch of Bourbon vetiver is an amber to brownish coloured viscous liquid. It is referred to as a base note. This vetiver oil has a sweet, heavy and woody top note, with an earthy and woody body while there is no change in its dryout.

Chemical composition – isoeugenol 0.49%, nootkatene 0.63%, γ-vetivenene 3.09%, α-calacorene 0.72%, β-vetivenene 3.09%, vetiselinenol 1.85%, khusimol 8.19%, isovalencenol 1.35%, β-vetivone 4.11%, α-vetivone 5.36%.

Limited edition – 300

Size – 5 mL

Price – $34.95

Ylang ylang complete

Now those of you who have attended my classes will know my signature essential oil – yes, it is ylang ylang. Even those who are not such big fans of the intoxicating and rich floral aroma of ylang ylang will fall under the spell of this batch of ylang ylang complete.

This batch of ylang ylang complete oil has a scent that is heavenly, sweet and floral. It epitomises the character of ylang ylang that is charismatic and sensual.

Botanical name – Cananga odorata

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – Ylang ylang complete is a yellow somewhat oily liquid with a powerful, intense aroma. It is referred to as a middle note. It has a powerful, intense, sweet and floral top note, followed by a rich, slightly medicinal and floral body while its dryout is pleasant, soft and powdery floral.

Chemical composition

α-pinene 0.2%, camphene 0.32%, methyl-p-cresol 2.9%, methyl benzoate 1.69%, linalool 8.88%, benzyl acetate 1.53%, geraniol 1.35%, linalyl acetate 0.02%, eugenol 0.46%, α-cubebene 0.12%, geranyl acetate 7.84%, methyl eugenol 0.03%, β-caryophyllene 14.61%, farnesol 1.21%, benzyl benzoate 5.47%, benzyl salicylate 1.55%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $27.95


References

1.Holmes P. Aromatica: a clinical guide to essential oil therapeutics – Vol. I. Singing Dragon, London 2016. 

2. Harris B. Editorial. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 2006; 16(2):55.

 

 

 

 

Natural Mama Therapy

Holistic Self Care Tips for Natural Mums

As a mother, finding time for you can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Feelings of stress and overwhelm are considered a typical side effect of parenting, possibly because stress and anxiety can result from not having enough time for self-care. We love to pamper our cherished mama customers. Below we share some helpful self-care tips and practical rituals from the author of Hippie Mama, Rita Balshaw. These tips are simple, affordable and don’t even require leaving the house!


Shower Sanctuary

After a long day, nothing beats a warm, cleansing shower. There is something very sacred about pure water running over your skin washing away the stresses of the day. It can often help make everything feel a little better.

You will need:

Place the candles in your bathroom and light. After undressing, turn on the shower and use your selected essential oil to place a few drops on the shower floor (tiled floors only to remain on the safe side). Acknowledge how the warm water feels on your skin and take a few rounds of deep breaths.

Enjoy the steamy, fragrant goodness. After drying, apply an aromatic, plant-based body oil such as Pure Rose Body Oil, Skin Elixir Body Oil or Chakra Balancing Massage Oil.They all contain feel-good essential oils to leave you nourished and blissful.

 

Foot Haven

A detoxifying foot-bath is a great way to release excess toxins from the body. This self-care ritual has been practised for thousands of years in ancient folklore medicine. Make your own detoxifying foot bath with pure green clay, purifying essential oils, and mineral salts. This foot haven can be experienced whilst your little one is napping or whilst you’re watching them play!

Add all ingredients to a bathtub or foot spa with plenty of warm water. Soak your hard-working feet for as long as desired. It is really important to drink an alkalising beverage after any detoxifying therapy. A large glass of warm lemon water with a pinch of turmeric powder is a great option.

 

Herbs for Health

When mums are feeling stressed, some common go-tos are wine, chocolate, and coffee! I would like to add a more nutritious support to the list. Herbs! Both in tea and extract form. Tea drinking is herbal medicine in its simplest form and can do wonders for your health and wellbeing.

The most appropriate herbal teas to take when you are feeling overwhelmed are those that are calming, sedating, and that balance the nervous system. Relax, Sweet Dreams, Vata, Pitta and Bon Appetite blends are my top picks.

 

Legs Up The Wall

Keep a yoga mat in your living room or child’s bedroom. Whenever you get the chance, lay on it! Viparita Karani yoga pose, also known as legs-up-the-wall pose, promotes circulation and a pleasant rebalancing effect. This restorative posture is especially beneficial if you are feeling stressed, fatigued, have lower back pain or are experiencing jet-lag.

 

Digital Detox

Feeling icky and disconnected? Start each day with a purifying beverage. Try a green smoothie, warm lemon water, or grapefruit juice to cleanse and hydrate your body. It is incredible to think that the average person spends about nine hours a day in front of a television or computer screen! Spend at least one hour a day in nature, ensuring you get the right amount of sunlight and fresh air. Boost your wellbeing by eliminating the use of all electronics at least two hours before bed and one hour after waking. You will sleep better and wake feeling clear and refreshed!

 

By Rita Balshaw

Author of Hippie Mamas, a guide to holistic parenting


Want to learn more?

We are very excited to announce certified doula, natural therapist and author of Hippie Mamas Rita Balshaw will be in store at Perfect Potion Warringah hosting a morning of Q&A, book signing and mini workshops on all things aromatherapy for mums and bubs!

If you have an interest in natural therapies and want to learn more about how to adapt these to all aspects of motherhood then this is the event for you.

Meet Rita personally in store and experience aromatherapy first hand through mini workshops and rituals.

All mamas and bubbas welcome!! Click here to find out more.