On one summer day, a friend took an industrial brand deodorant spray out of her bag and used it. As I hadn't used this type of deodorant for years, the smell disgusted me. I couldn't ignore it, it was so unpleasant. She then opened a bottle of hair mask and ran it through the ends of her hair. Another strange, sweet, artificial smell invaded the room.
I asked her to let me read the label on the mask and was surprised by the amount of harmful ingredients in the product. How was it possible that this friend, who takes such good care of her diet, health and body, could use this type of product?
No, it's not nonsense, nor am I being radical. I am a demanding person when it comes to what I use on my skin and in my hair.
I explained that the mask had dyes, silicones and petroleum by-products. She was shocked: "What? That's disgusting! What do I do now? I want to start using natural products.”
A new world opened up for her. I sent her articles explaining the damage that many ingredients in everyday products can cause. I explained to her that the exfoliant she so enthusiastically and proudly showed me contained plastic microbeads that can contaminate the oceans and be ingested by fish. I recommended that she use exfoliants made of sugar or salts, such as the Per Purr exfoliant or even exfoliant recipes using coffee.
I explained to her that it was a gradual change for me, especially because it takes time to find an ideal natural shampoo for your hair, a facial cream that suits your taste and, most importantly, your wallet.
My advice is to start by changing 3 everyday products: soap, deodorant and toothpaste. These products are easy to find in their natural versions, and making those adjustments is already a significant change. After adapting to these products, I recommend trying plant-based oils and/or clays.
I'm a big fan of coconut oil, for example, which can be used as a makeup remover, moisturizer, aftershave, and can even be used in a natural deodorant recipe. Clay can be used as a face mask or exfoliant. At Per Purr, we have developed a clay shampoo that is incredible!
It’s important not to make a radical change, and instead switch to buying natural products gradually. Try out different products and options. One suggestion is to try the mini samples that many brands offer: at Per Purr, you can buy a sample pack with all the Per Purr products so you can try out each one.
When we start using natural cosmetics, I think we understand our bodies better. Much of our skin is just a reflection of what we eat and use. When you swap your shampoos, conditioners and masks for natural ones, you’ll discover what your hair really looks like.
Keep in mind that when cosmetics are replaced by natural alternatives, the effects may not be immediately clear. Each person’s skin/hair/body reacts differently, and there’s no way to predict this when we don’t know the characteristics of that person. So, be patient!
High-quality raw materials and natural active ingredients are more expensive than synthetic ones.
In fact, you end up saving. For me, I tend to see long-lasting results with natural cosmetics, and I see this as an advantage. For example, I wash my hair less often if the shampoo is natural and of superior quality. When I use Per Purr's shower gel, I don't have to use a body moisturizer every day.
I'm sure many of you don't know this, but the composition of natural cosmetics makes them versatile.
Per Purr's natural soaps can be used on both the body and face. Our conditioners can also be used as a hair treatment mask or a leave-in conditioner. Per Purr's orange and ginger facial oil has an anti-wrinkle, anti-acne and toning effect. In other words, over time you’ll discover how to enjoy the versatility of each product.
Once we realize how getting back to the natural world positively affects different aspects of our lives – our health, our wallets and the environment – we can see that it’s not a trend, it’s a matter of urgency. When we see the boost we get from this process of transition, we can’t put a price on that.
SLS has been used as an ingredient since 1930, commonly used as a cleaning agent in household disinfectants, laundry detergents or dishwashers, as well as in shampoos, body washes and toothpastes.
Today, sodium lauryl sulfate is frowned upon for unfounded reasons. There is a current narrative in which SLS is a threat to human health, with claims that it can cause cancer, hair loss, disrupt biological systems, etc. These claims are not scientifically supported and therefore should be considered false and misleading.
It turns out that SLS is a great inexpensive surfactant with a high cleansing capacity, and it also creates a rich foam. But it is not the best choice for everyone. Because of its strong astringent action, it has a more abrasive effect, which can cause irritation for some people. Today, there is a new generation of gentler surfactants with an excellent cleaning capacity.
Biotechnology allows these new cleaning agents, natural plant-based (surfactants), to perform their functions gently. This technology also means they are biodegradable, and all of their components are derived from renewable and sustainable natural resources (plant-based).
They say: "You don’t need foam to get a good wash."
It’s true. But at Per Purr, we love foam and we don't want to do without it. Foam is a fundamental part of a pleasant shower, helping to achieve a soft, silky and natural look.
SLS-free shampoos are known for not creating foam or lathering. At Per Purr, we use extremely mild sulfate-free surfactants (detergents) that provide a deep and long-lasting clean feeling, and create a rich, dense lather.
The sense of smell is one of the oldest senses we possess. When an intense and penetrating fragrance reaches our nose, it undoubtedly creates an instantaneous impact that, through our brain, pervades us with different sensations, called "olfactory memories" which evoke our feelings and bring us to the past, since they remains deeply etched in our memory.
Historically, the rose has always been regarded as "the queen of flowers", considered as the flower of love in different cultures and religions. For the Greeks, the Rose was the flower of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. For mystical Christians in the Middle Ages, the rose was the flower of the Virgin, a symbol of purity.
The rose is the quintessential symbol of beauty. It accompanies us during important moments in our lives. It is a symbol of welcome at our birth, a symbol of luck when we get married and accompanies us on our final journey.
Cleopatra used rose essential oil to evoke adoration in an intense way, from impregnating the sails of the ship that transported her through the Mediterranean with its scent to announce her arrivals at port, to adding roses to her fountains. She even covered the floor of her bedroom with petals, thus bewitching her lovers, including Marco Antonio. It was Cleopatra herself who made rose-based perfume fashionable in ancient Rome.
Pure rose essential oil is the most remarkable of all essential oils. It is distilled using traditional techniques to preserve its unique characteristics and properties.
To this day, many countries produce essential rose oils; among them Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, India, Bulgaria, and the most well-known producer of all, France (in the Provence region).
The petals are always collected one by one, by hand and at dawn. A shocking 5,000 kg of fresh petals are required for the extraction of 1 kg of finished oil.
The essential oil is obtained through distillation, using steam to extract the oil from the petals. It is a very complex oil and is made up of more than 275 molecules.
On balance, one drop of essential oil contains approximately the essence of 30 roses. However, not all roses provide perfume. The Damascus rose (or Damascena) is one of the most perfumed and for this reason, it is the most valued rose in traditional perfumery.
It is an ideal ingredient for all skin types. Cosmetic treatments with this essence are powerful and delicate at the same time. It possesses numerous cosmetic properties, including antioxidant and anti-wrinkle effects.
Other properties for the skin:
It is difficult to describe the intoxicating fragrance of rose essential oil. It invites us into silence and the accompanying feeling of peace that it evokes.
Rose essential oil is very beneficial in restoring emotional balance.
Certainly, its high price can cause us to hesitate when purchasing it, however, it is an important, powerful and valuable essential oil. It can cost between €5,000 and €6,000 per kilo.
Right now is a good time to use it. It’s not only in the form of essential oil, which can be expensive and difficult to find, many cosmetics contain it. At Per Purr, we have the Silky soap bar and the Flower Cure bath salts that contain essential rose oil, creating a boost for both your skin and your mood!
Hair hygiene is a very important step for your beauty and health. Although washing hair is a simple task that many do on a daily basis, sometimes some habits can be harmful without you noticing.
Knowing your hair is essential to understand its needs. In the case of scalp diseases, it is important to consult a dermatologist so that he can recommend specific treatment.
Water temperature, the amount of shampoo and conditioner, or how water excess is removed after cleaning can have a positive or negative influence on the appearance and health of hair.
The frequency with which you wash your hair can also influence. The different hair textures directly influence the number of times it must be washed. For some types, such as curly or greasy ones, for example, it is not recommended to wash them too often.
We share some tips and techniques on how to wash your hair effectively, step by step, so you can take advantage of all the nutrients in the products you use:
Moisturizing, nutrition and reconstruction are also very important in the hair care process. Therefore, applying a hydrating hair mask, at least once a week, or also the famous coconut oil, usually helps to have healthier, shiny and lively hair.
We know that there is no universal way to wash your hair. It is important to try different shapes and products to find out which ones work best for you.
The needs of each hair can be different, but in general, with this step by step and using hair products with quality ingredients, such as low poo shampoos, you will notice a great result.
A cosmopolitan place for culture and excitement
In the heart of Madrid, surrounded by the most elegant boutiques and big names in fashion, Tótem combines the luxury and energy of the neighborhood. Its sophisticated air, with luxurious and clever interior design, makes it the perfect place to stay when visiting this bustling Spanish capital city.
Its common areas are eclectic, with a mix of elegance and avant-garde. Its contemporary and minimalist furnishings were carefully selected to create a relaxed atmosphere, free of clutter. Amenities, you ask? At the request of the hotel, Per Purr has created the fragrance “Clementine Black Tea” which brings to mind the sophistication of tea ceremonies.
A favorite among Madrileños and visitors alike, Tótem Madrid offers a welcoming and modern vibe. There's no better way to start your evening off than with a drink from the wide selection at their cocktail bar!
Calle de Hermosilla, 28
28001 | Madrid
(+34) 914 260 035
Pedro Subijana's three-Michelin star restaurant now has a 5 star boutique hotel. Located in the Bay of Biscay, with views of San Sebastian's coastline and a modern but cozy design, this is the ideal place for food, wine, art and architecture enthusiasts alike.
Its inviting design uses natural materials that blend in with the surroundings, which were the inspiration for the amenities Per Purr designed: the smell of the Cantabrian Sea, the moist, cold earth, and green, woody scents.
Immerse yourself in nature!
Padre Orcolaga, 56 (Igeldo)
20008 | San Sebastián
(+34) 943 311 209
NOA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
New luxury in Galicia
Noa Boutique Hotel is proof that rural getaways don't have to be devoid of avant-garde design. With spectacular views of the bay and the Castle of Santa Cruz, Noa is a hotel with a local and sustainable mindset. It uses renewable energy, generates minimal plastic waste and has low levels of water and paper consumption.
In any of its 32 rooms, you will wake up with gorgeous sea views, surrounded by clean and timeless decor, with an abundance of natural light complemented with neutral woods. The amenities Per Purr created for Noa are held in beautiful, large black bottles in each of the rooms. You can even purchase them to take home with you. An opportunity to immerse yourself in the aromas from your days in paradise.
Avda. Concepción Arenal 51
Santa Cruz | Oleiros
15179 | A Coruña
(+34) 881 244 144
GECKO BEACH CLUB
The best-kept secret in Formentera
On the magical island of Formentera, Gecko Hotel & Beach Club is an homage to the summertime glamour of the jet-setters of the 1950s, while respecting the protected surroundings.
The rooms are decorated with an elegant mix of neutral colors, with a splash of omnipresent cobalt blue. The amenities have that amazing mix of scents that you'll find in the Mediterranean: lavender, rosemary and grapefruit.
An innovative experience that unites passion for the island, beach style and the elegance of a bygone era, with vintage touches in every corner of the hotel.
Playa de Migjorn, Ca Marí
07860 | Balearic Islands
(+34) 971 32 80 24
Stay in the most iconic palace of Malaga!
Located in the Judería neighborhood, in front of the famous church of Santiago and steps away from Picasso Museum and the cathedral, the Palacio Solecio is the best place for discovering the beauty and history of Malaga step by step.
The complete restoration of this 18th century palace is breathtaking. It honors the original architecture and artistic style while incorporating a classic and modern air.
Its cozy and elegant rooms have been designed to optimize rest after an intense day enjoying the city. Soft tones dominate in the decor, giving a special majesty to a unique space where comfort is king, creating a balanced and serene atmosphere that is complemented by the amenities that smell of sweet figs and citrus fruits.
Calle Granada, 61
29015 | Malaga
(+34) 952 222 000
The award-winning Arantza Hotel is engulfed in nature in the heart of Navarra. The natural surroundings, visible both from the rooms (equipped with the so-called "best bed in the world" made by the Swedish brand Hastens), and from the sauna in the private spa, are quite impressive.
Throughout the year you can observe the change of seasons and colors from the huge windows and terraces, listen to the sounds at night, eat the best of the region's cuisine and indulge yourself in the spa.
Per Purr amenities can be found both in the bathroom and by the bathtub, carefully positioned to relax while you take in the spectacular views.
Aientsa Auzoa, 10
31790 | Arantza | Navarra
(+34) 654 318 949
LA VELLA FARGA
Charming hotel one and a half hour from Barcelona
La Vella Farga is a secluded Catalan farmhouse that stood out for its architectural elements and the buttresses supporting its thick walls. It is located on a large esplanade overlooking the four winds. The great variety of rooms, halls, bedrooms, stables and wine cellar make it a great place to stay.
After a careful renovation that was completed in 2015, preserving old elements and structures, the owners have taken on the task of decorating all the rooms of the hotel, reflecting a contemporary and sophisticated style while carefully restoring the most significant pieces of furniture.
The result is an exclusive hotel for travellers who seek out nature, open fields and forests and nights filled with silence, calm and comfort. Of course we recommend an invigorating shower in the morning with our lavender, rosemary and grapefruit Shower Gel or a relaxing night bath with our Relax Soap.
25283 | Lladurs Solsona | Lleida
(+34) 973 299 212
Living surrounded by concrete at a pace that is not natural promotes anxiety and causes many symptoms that are the opposite of the physical and mental well-being we all seek.
This rural complex is surrounded by sustainable forests and very close to a beech tree forest, ideal for the Japanese practice of "shinrin-yoku", or "forest bathing", an activity that, according to recent research, has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and is the basis for a profound change towards a much more balanced and harmonious life.
Take a long bath with Per Purr amenities in the beautiful Artea room, next to the fireplace while you have some tea.
Do you identify with this philosophy?
Calle Real, 7
Astúlez | Álava
(+34) 607 38 37 47
Izal Landetxea is located in the municipality of Bergara, in a privileged natural setting surrounded by nature. Bergara is located in Alto Deba, the geographical center of Basque Country. It is great for nature lovers, as it is near beautiful places such as Aizkorri Natural Park or the surroundings of the Urkulu reservoir.
There's nothing like discovering the local gastronomy, which keeps a sweet secret, its traditional handmade pastries. Dulces rellenos and dulces tostones are two famously delicious pastries, if you have a sweet tooth make sure to try them!
Guided tours, hiking routes, bicycle routes and horseback riding are a few activities that you can do in this nature lover's dream.
This friendly, cozy space is in a spectacular location and is carefully decorated, so every corner breathes the past and present of the farmhouse. Open, minimalist spaces, filled with harmony, where you will feel at home.
A charming place where every detail is taken care of. A perfect place to disconnect. A natural environment to become one with nature. You will have a great time at Izal.
An experience in which you will be immersed in a micro-world of which Per Purr is a part. Our amenities translate all the philosophy of Izal into unforgettable scents.
Barrio San Juan, 58
20570 | Bergara | Gipuzkoa
(+34) 606 962 380
If you don't like to travel in the winter, after reading this post you might change your mind. Apart from visiting museums or having something hot in a cozy café, what else is there to do on a trip to Germany in the wintertime?
The truth is that it doesn’t matter when, Germany always has beautiful places to visit and explore anytime of year. Not to mention that the Germans have a special interest in issues that are also very important to us: health and well-being.
With that in mind, we selected tips from two of our favorite German cities, so you can discover the best they have to offer and decide what your next destination will be this winter!
Treat your body and soul well in Berlin
If there is something you must do in Berlin, it is spend a day at the Vabali spa. This "oasis" of well-being is a gift to yourself in every way. The place transports you directly to Bali, inviting you to a well-deserved rest in the heart of Berlin.
The spa has two floors and has approximately 20,000 square meters, offering everything you can imagine for a day of well-being: heated pools, jacuzzis, saunas, massages and treatments, rooms with fireplaces, as well as a restaurant with great food at fair prices.
If you are a plant lover like us and if you like cozy places to have breakfast or enjoy a flavorful tea, we recommend the House of Small Wonder restaurant and café. Directly from Williamsburg, New York to Berlin.
With a spectacular atmosphere and great decor, its culinary concept has numerous Japanese influences: homemade food with organic and local ingredients. Homemade bread, croissants and freshly baked cakes are freshly made throughout the day.
In wintertime in Germany, it is very important to plan where you’re going and how long you will be walking outside on the streets. For this reason, the Markthalle Neun is a good option, it’s an indoor market you can stroll through, offering many options of local gastronomy and shelter from the cold weather.
The market has a special concept: "eat and buy in a different way." Suppliers are local producers who know the history behind their products. An artisanal bakery, a small brewery, typical German cake kiosks and a wide variety of Turkish, Arabic, Greek, and Italian cuisine.
In addition, the market offers space for projects that address issues relating to nutrition, agriculture, biodiversity and the environment.
Healthy Fast Food + Day Spa in Munich
Munich is full of good surprises. One of them is the exclusive day spa in the center of the city: Organic Luxury, a place well-worth the visit, where you can even find Per Purr products among other niche brands.
Focused on sensory and wellness experiences, both in the treatments and in the products offered in the store, Organic Luxury shows that taking care of yourself with high-quality products, combined with the desire to use products without synthetic additives, is no longer a luxury, but part of the routine of many people also concerned about what they’re using on the skin.
There is nothing better than warm soups and broths in the winter, and Germany is the ideal place to have delicious soups. We recommend Urban Soup: a super authentic place they like to call “Healthy Fast Food” in Munich.
All soups are made with high-quality regional and organic products, and they also offer take-out, ideal for those who are travelling and do not want to waste time. And what we like: the soups are served in recyclable jars that you can return there or reuse them yourself.
We also would like to recommend a visit to the beauty center Cremebar Beauty & Wellness, a space with a pleasant atmosphere that offers facial and body treatments, as well as advice from their team of experts.
Cremebar also has an online cosmetics shop where you can find Per Purr products in Munich.
Enjoy these tips, and don't forget to take a Per Purr travel kit with you on your next trip!
Hearing that Christmas has become more commercial because of the gifts is a common cliché. But we bet that if you receive a present this time of year, it will make you feel happy and grateful.
Have you ever asked yourself where the tradition of gift giving comes from? There are several possible stories about its roots. Some historians say that the origin of exchanging gifts dates back to ancient Rome, where before they celebrated Christmas, they held the festival of Saturnalia between December 17 and 24. Want to know more? Keep reading!
It’s said that the tradition of giving a gift to loved ones at Christmas originated with this Roman festival, although some relate it to the gifts the Three Wise Men gave to Jesus: the gold, frankincense, and myrrh they brought to Bethlehem.
So you won’t have to face the long lines and crowded malls, we'll give you our TOP 3 gift list for this holiday season.
Facial Oil - our new (star) product! It's perfect for all skin types because it adapts to your skin’s needs, leaving it completely balanced.
Travel Kit - perfect for travel, this summer hit is still popular. A practical organic cotton bag with four basic Per Purr products: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and body oil. Plus, an added bonus! This holiday season you can customize it: just write us a note with your order to let us know which oil you want in your travel kit: Skinny, Sporty, Antiox, Detox or Relax. The perfect gift for any of your loved ones.
Packs - we have packs for moms and babies, a pack for your friend who's been obsessed with her cellulite lately, a pack for sporty dads. And for your mother-in-law? We're sure she’ll love the Antiox pack.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail, phone, WhatsApp, or our online chat.
PER PURR WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The most common feedback we hear about our products at PerPurr is “they smell so good!” We hear that a lot. We receive emails. Our customers tell us. Our partners say it. The delivery man who picks up our packages every day comments on it...
We get the message: it’s your favorite part about Per Purr, the first thing that jumps out at you, and we are super proud of this! Want to know why smell memory is so strong?
Our sense of smell plays an active role in our lives. It alerts us of danger, it evokes memories and emotions. It seduces us... In fact, we can distinguish among a billion different aromatic notes. Wow!
You could say that an aroma is worth a thousand words. Aromas precede us, define us, and change us: fragrances are part of who we are, they tell our personal history. They are an emotional connection, memories associated with a specific moment, and can set off an emotional blast from the past.
The only undeniable fact is that as humans, we like to relieve the nice moments in life.
Unfortunately, life is not just full of good memories. A smell associated with a bad experience is usually immediately rejected - that’s how strong our brain’s reaction is.
Whenever we create a product, we try to make it evoke a sensation.
Like being in a dense, dewy forest.
A sunny Saturday morning.
The smell of citrus after the rain.
Moments that evoke happiness, this is what our ‘5 minute reset shower’, philosophy is based on. All you need is 5 minutes under the water with aromas that have the power to energize you, to reset your mood or unload a day’s stress. Are you in?