Since coming out of the lockdown we all went through, we’ve updated SAL's Decoration and Lifestyle website (www.sal-shop.com). This new situation led to the restructuring of the business that existed as a physical store from 2015 to 2020, which has now embarked on a new stage: online sales.
With this change, SAL has embraced a freer, broader, and more global world. And this freedom is reflected in the brand’s new concept, inspired largely by nature. It appears in the shapes, textures, and patterns, in the curation of exclusive, handmade products manufactured in a more sustainable way, and in the choice of works of art – that space where freedom is fully expressed!
In our online store, you can find designer ceramics, paintings, photography, and sculpture, including works by Portuguese artists and designers, along with decorative pieces, jewelry, perfumes, and body lotions. Our most recent additions are furniture and lighting items that, in line with SAL’s concept, are produced with an emphasis on sustainability and concern for the environment.
Because salt is powerful and valuable. In ancient times, it was a bargaining chip that was worth even more than gold. Because salt cleanses, purifies and refreshes.
Because we love the salty sea and the maritime lifestyle, and because we know that a
“well-seasoned” life is far more interesting.
Have you heard about the benefits of bath salts? At Per Purr, we’ll give you some very useful ideas to get to know and use a product that will benefit your daily routine.
You've probably already taken a super relaxing bath with your Natural or Herbal Per Purr shower gel. But what if you add a little more? Bath salts have been used since ancient times. With a high content of magnesium, calcium and minerals, they were used to treat several bone, joint and skin problems.
When you add them to your bath water, the steam from the water will release the smells of the salts, causing a stimulating or relaxing effect (depending on the aroma).
At Per Purr, you can find a wide range of original bath salts for your daily routine:
Start off autumn invigorated and choose your favorite salts from our Autumn Essentials.
Many guys find skincare routines a bit tiresome. But times are changing, and so is demand. Today, lots of men are concerned about skincare, and I consider myself one of them.
For years I tried different brands, products, and styles of creams. I didn’t understand that mixing different products could make my skin duller and more sensitive.
After I turned 30, my skin completely changed, becoming more sensitive to the sun and pollution. I get lots of breakouts on my forehead due to sweat and creams, and because I touch my forehead a lot to brush back my hair. Aside from this issue, I started to notice that my cheeks were getting redder and very sensitive. I tried using the best creams for sensitive skin, but since I have combination skin, it was a problem.
Dermatologists and skincare experts tried to sell me more and more products, but I didn’t want to waste my time applying so many creams and serums in the morning. Per Purr has changed the way I take care of my skin. First of all, it’s so easy. Their range of facial products includes everything you need for your skin, so you don’t have to use multiple products. It’s fast and you don’t even have to think about it.
I was skeptical of this oil at first because I have combination skin, but it has the advantage of being a serum too (so you get two skincare products for the price of one). It also works as an aftershave, nourishing the skin without causing irritation.
You might be wondering if this facial oil makes my skin greasy. The answer is no! This oil has mattifying properties and a high percentage (80%) of MUFAs + ceramides, and monounsaturated fatty acids (especially gadoleic acid and erucic acid) similar to the skin’s lipids that have hydrating properties. Since I have been using it, this product has left my skin well-nourished with a healthy glow and never shiny. Also, it doesn’t have a strong fragrance, in case you don’t like creams with fragrances.
That’s how easy my daily skincare routine is! Give it a try and tell us what you think in the comments section.
Done! My skincare routine finished, and I’m ready to start the day.
I believe that all of us, in the midst of the chaos and months of confinement and seclusion, experience different emotions and feelings. Some weeks were filled with extreme worry, anxiety and sadness.
But I can say that I have also had happy, creative, productive days full of good energy. It was a privilege to be able to take a forced break, from home, and create a daily routine of yoga, cooking, eating well, reading, watching movies, taking online courses, watching “lives”, cleaning the house, taking care of my skin, hair and body.
With time to spare, I had fun doing several days of "home spa"! I was able to try out face mask recipes, moisturize my hair with coconut oil, use my dry brush. I drank lots of water, herbal teas and, many days, managed to get the 8 hours of sleep I deserve. Of course, as the weeks went by, I noticed some good results.
Since I like to try new experiences and it had been a month since I left home, I underwent a 7-day detoxification treatment with green smoothies, which turned out to be a wonderful experience for my body, my soul and, of course, my skin. I can tell you that spending 7 days alone with smoothies is not easy and I do not recommend it to just anyone.
But the "most radical" habit change, with the most surprising result, that I set out to make in this quarantine was to do away with the daily use of makeup once and for all in my life. This was unimaginable for me, since I started having acne-prone* skin at the age of 30 and I had not spent a day in my life without using at least one makeup base on my face to hide my acne.
And it is this liberation (or would it be a victory?) that I would like to share with you. I can say out loud and with great pride that:
I'm a "MAKEUP FREE" woman and I want to celebrate that! Because in the times we live in, that's not easy, it's not for just anyone. With so many impositions from society for us to be "superwomen" or "women with perfect skin and bodies", who dares or who manages not to wear makeup?
That doesn't mean that I don't like to wear makeup and that I'll never wear makeup again. I'm a professional actress and, many times, in plays, movies or TV, wearing makeup is part of the job.
How has the pandemic helped improve my acne-prone skin?
When I couldn't leave the house, I ended up spending days and days with a basic facial care routine: cleansing my skin with a toner and moisturizing it on some days with Per Purr's facial oil and on other days with my mixed-dry skin moisturizer.
After going 3 months without using a drop of makeup on my acne-prone skin (I can already say: my skin is no longer acne-prone), the result is really amazing. I never imagined getting rid of makeup (Could makeup be an addiction? A way of hiding ourselves?) Nor did I imagine the difference its daily use would make to the health of my skin.
Anyone with acne-prone skin knows what I'm talking about. Some spend years and years in the incessant struggle of fighting pimples, trying all sorts of products and treatments people recommend, going to countless different dermatologists and almost never having satisfactory results, or any hope.
Well, the truth is that it seems it has taken a pandemic for me to discover alone and confined to my house that the combo food + what you do or don’t put on your skin is your "secret tip" to having healthy skin and no acne.
Now that we are slowly returning to the rhythm of before, but with (perhaps) a change in mentality, a desire to do things better and a real thirst to stick to the new habits cultivated in lock-down, it is time to put our plans into action.
The truth is that everything I'm talking about is related to the notion of constancy. Experiencing doing something every day. Even if it's just a little, but sticking to it, until the action becomes a part of you and eventually it doesn't require any effort.
I can already tell you that for me it takes no effort to eat well, do yoga and not wear makeup every day. They are just simple, constant daily tasks.
So, I invite you to try a new habit that makes you feel good. But take your time. Don't forget that as long as a little day-to-day practice makes a difference in your mind or body, you have to embrace it and practice it.
*One of the causes of acne in adult women is "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome", which can also cause a hormonal imbalance. In this case, changes in diet and the use of cosmetics may not have the same effectiveness. We encourage you to consult a medical specialist.
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!
Hello Per Purr readers!
After much resistance from me about recording a video (yes, I'm shy and I don't like cameras at all), I finally did it! What a boredom quarantine makes, right?
What led me to record it was to see bunch of brands and influencers that do not explain well how to apply a facial product, be it an facial oil or a serum type.
In 99% of the videos you see on social networks, or on the brands pages themselves, the model takes the dosing pipette and applies a massive amount of product to her face touching the skin with the tip of the pipette! WRONG!
Never do that. Although a 100% oil product should not be contaminated, since it does not carry water, and serums that carry water also contain preservatives, when the pipette touches the skin indeterminate times and you put it back into the product that can leave little particles inside your product. Reason enough, right?
The application method (with the pipette) is used so product does not come into contact with either the fingers or the skin, keeping it better for much longer time. Furthermore, with the correct application we avoid possible contamination and product waste.
As you will see in the video, I used 6 drops of Per Purr’s Orange & Ginger Facial Oil for my entire face and neck. I have super dry skin, so if you have normal, combination or oily skin, with 3 or 4 drops you have more than enough for one application.
STEPS TO FOLLOW FOR A BETTER RESULT:
First and very important: clean your skin!
Either with your usual product, with a shower gel (those from Per Purr are super soft and reinforced with oat protein, so you can wash your face with them) or with a mild soap bar. I am currently using the Per Purr Relax Soap, which contains lavender and extra virgin olive oil. I made the foam between my hands and washed the face vigorously but carefully, giving an initial massage to increase circulation.
Dry the skin with a towel dedicated exclusively to the skin of the face. Do it with a light touch without dragging it on the skin. If you use any toner, now is the time to apply it.
In the palm of one of your hands deposit the number of drops of oil according to the type of skin you have. In my case it was 6 drops. Warm it lightly with your fingertips before applying it to your face. Apply a little to each area and then massage gently. Don’t forget the jaw, eye contours and lips. You can always finish the neck with upward movements.
If you realize, just with the application of the oil and a light massage, the skin is left with a perfect soft glow for the use (or not) of makeup after. Unified and nourished skin in one step!
In the video you have not seen me passing the sunscreen, but it is an essential step at all times of the year. The UV index for April is coming in at 4-5 even on rainy days. So protect yourself!
"Sleep is a virtue, We must honor and respect the virtues of a good night’s sleep. Our immune, nervous and muscular systems rejuvenate while we sleep."
A good night's sleep is essential to perfect skin, we all agree. Now what many forget is that what we need is quality, true rest – ideally for many hours! It will do wonders for your health.
While we sleep, our bodies produce growth hormones, these are important for cell renewal, our immune and nervous system, and they help repair tissue - including skin.
Cells have a life cycle, they are created and they die, and with repeated unsatisfying nights of sleep, cells fail to rejuvenate. Therefore, people who sleep poorly age more quickly, in addition to developing other health problems.
We know that the stress of your day makes it impossible to dedicate time to quality sleep, especially for eight hours straight. But we have good news! Even just 6 hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep can also have repairing effects.
Sleeping well does not mean sleeping many hours on the weekend, or that you like to sleep. Sleep is a daily exercise, we need to create a routine. Many envy those who can sleep a lot!
Do you know what the most beneficial schedule is for your body? Sleeping from 10 pm to 6 am. We must remember that our body is governed by the sun.
We sleep better during the nighttime, that’s when our bodies release melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland that induces deep sleep, this hormone decreases as we approach 30 years.
Tricks for better sleep:
1. Try to go to bed every night at the same time, it is essential to create a routine.
2. Lights should be off, avoid running the washing machine or strange background noises, silence is important.
3. The temperature in your room has to be comfortable, not too cold or too hot.
4. Do not bring your laptop, iPad or mobile to bed. They will keep you awake with their light and sounds.
5. Try these tricks for one month, you will see the difference.
Some people are genetically predisposed to skin that produces more sebum throughout the day. The word "sebum" should not have a negative connotation, because without it, your skin would be completely unprotected.
Sebum production or "oil" on your skin can vary according to climate, age, stress and other factors - including poor choice of personal hygiene products regardless of skin type.
Do you know the difference between hydrated skin and oily skin?
Hydration = retention of water molecules in the skin.
Oil = excess sebum produced by the skin.
The fact that women spend so much money on expensive cosmetics does not mean that they get the most out of them. What many women (and men) do not know is that daily facial care must extend to your neck and chest, two areas that are just as sensitive and thin as your face.
These areas are affected even more than your face by the sun and other external aggressors, in addition to age. But strangely enough, we don’t take care of them with the same dedication as we do our faces.
That is why we see women with a tight face and perfectly smooth skin, but as they weren't careful with their neck and chest, their age shows through with the wrinkles and spots.
Many women between 50-60 years old complain about this detail. They say that for decades they did not devote the same care to these areas, they simply forgot.
Everyone knows that honey is an excellent food, it can replace sugar and also be used as a bactericide and antiseptic, therefore it is a natural antibiotic with no contraindications.
What many people do not know is that these properties can be harnessed for the skin too, for any kind of problem.
It is excellent for healing scars, helps prevent infection in wounds and burns and is anti-inflammatory.
For those with acne, the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of honey help your skin respond well to treatment, even better than many cosmetics.
For skin with allergies, irritation or burns, it has a soothing effect, relieving redness. For dry skin it hydrates and brightens, leaving your skin bright and lush. Another one of its amazing qualities is that for oily skin it has an astringent effect and controls unwanted shine.
Honey is perfect for all skin types, is a star home remedy. Even if your skin does not have any symptoms, if you are perfectly healthy, you can use honey in your care.