The Pendulum Potion
complete cleansing oil
100ml / $80.00
a catalyst for presence and a pause
hypnotic. sensual. grounding.
The Pendulum Potion
complete cleansing oil
100ml / $80.00
A sensorial feast of antioxidant-rich goodness cushions and lovingly cleanses skin, effortlessly melting away makeup and environmental debris, while softening and clearing congestion and dullness.
The Pendulum Potion is here to shift how you enter your cleansing ritual.
What if your first cleanse plucked you out of the whirlwind of your day and planted you right into the Now?
Often, we rush through our initial step, quickly wiping away makeup, sunscreen and the day’s pollutants with the most basic and purely functional of products before slowing down for any indulgence that follows.
With The Pendulum Potion, this changes today. This moment is yours, from your first and most intentional touch.
Revel in a complexion that is nourished, restored and thoroughly fed.
After shaking bottle, distribute 4-6 pumps into palms. Press into dry skin, then wet hands and gently massage. Follow by cocooning a warm, steamy face towel over face and neck, gently sweeping upwards. Hold, rinse and repeat until skin is soft and cleansed.
"Campfire. Spice market. Sex in a bottle. And my makeup came off like a dream! ¡Ay, Dios mío, she's done it again!"
"I've tried all May Lindstrom products and find The Blue Cocoon, The Clean Dirt and The Problem Solver to be my workhorses (all repeat purchases). However, The Pendulum Potion is special. It makes night-time cleansing enjoyable (which can be a challenge when you're tired), but more importantly, it leaves your face incredibly soft the next day."
"The Pendulum Potion is amazing - my skin has not looked and felt this good since I was a child."
"This smells in-cred-ible! I just stand here in the mornings massaging my skin forever like a loon because it smells so good and feels so nice."
"Wow, was this a surprise! I always labeled oil cleansers as not for me and don't do much for me. But The Pendulum Potion has changed that. The smell is the most intoxicating, invigorating, yet calming scent. I cannot wait to use it all over my body as a moisturizer and cannot wait to give to my hubby to use - mainly because I just want to smell it everywhere! I will definitely enjoy as a cleanser but I think mixing it with masks and all over the body is a must treat."
"a cleansing oil that will export you to your inner happy place."
"Heaven should and DOES smell like this."
"The new potion is wonderful. It is unlike any other cleaning oil I have tried, and I have used many."
"As always, all your products are 'heaven sent'....I totally don't understand how 'oil' can clean my face, but it did!!"
"OMG was that’s worth the wait!"
"The Pendulum Potion smells like campfire. I couldn't stop smelling my hands!"
"I am head over heels in love with The Pendulum Potion. Adding this to my routine has taken my skin to another level. A-MA-ZING."
"Love Love LOVE. Every evening, The Pendulum Potion is my go-to-bed ritual."
"I am so obsessed with this product. I have perioral dermatitis and The Pendulum Potion has kept my skin in the best condition. I cannot wait for my new order to arrive!"
"The Pendulum Potion is absolutely beautiful. And the scent? OMG. I cannot even begin to tell you how it speaks to me. Lightbulb moment: I may even dab some on my wrists and behind my ears and see how it develops throughout the day!"
"Another sublime creation from May Lindstrom! It smells gorgeous - kind of reminds me of an amaretto sundae. How I LOVE multi-purpose oils!"
"The most powerful magical item on earth."
The Pendulum Potion
WHAT DOES THE PENDULUM POTION SMELL LIKE?
The primary scent in The Pendulum Potion come from the Balsam of Peru oil, lending a slightly sweet, woody, and spicy note that is reminiscent of the raw honey and cedar notes in The Honey Mud. It has a smoky, green (a few clients have mentioned marijuana-esque!), campfire essence to it that pairs beautifully with our raw cacao, macadamia, sweet orange, ylang-ylang, and frankincense. The aromas of spice, earth, trees, and fire in this unique formula ground me like no other! It is no doubt distinctive, and in combination with a super steamy, soft cloth, the ritual is beyond addictive in both practice and results.
DOES THE FORMULA EMULSIFY OR DOES IT REQUIRE A CLOTH TO REMOVE?
As I wanted every single ingredient to be beautiful and vital for the skin and compatible even if left on (it's also a gorgeous treat for body and hair), I left out an emulsifier. In the mornings I will sometimes just rinse well while splashing and massaging with warm water, but in the evenings, grab the softest cloth you can find (I'm working on the perfect one!) and use it to gently steam the oil from the skin, taking the pollutants of the day with it.
WHAT ARE THE DARK DROPS IN THE OIL?
The little dark flecks and droplets sometimes visible in this unique formula are from our raw cacao oleoresin, contributing both the warm, chocolatey tone of this treasure, along with its potent dose of anti-oxidants. We love our cacao in its purest, most natural state for the ultimate benefit. Give your bottle a shake before dispensing to distribute this goodness, and then massage into your skin. The particles will dissolve beautifully, sinking deeply into your epidermis and delivering free-radical protection.
THE COLOR OF THE PENDULUM POTION SEEMS TO BE GETTING DARKER, IS THIS NORMAL?
Over time, our raw cacao oleoresin further integrates into the formula within your unique bottle, changing the overall color. Whether freshly blended or more "matured", the goodness is all there to enjoy.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PENDULUM POTION AND THE HONEY MUD? CAN I USE BOTH TOGETHER?
The Honey Mud and The Pendulum Potion are quite different, though very complimentary to each other. The Pendulum Potion is a cleansing oil, and I typically like to indulge in this as my first step in the evenings, removing any makeup before moving on to The Honey Mud as a second cleanse or masque treatment, feeding nutrition back into the skin.
CAN I LEAVE THE PENDULUM POTION ON AS A FACIAL OIL?
You may absolutely indulge in this beauty as a last step, allowing the beneficial ingredients to drink right into your wet face, neck and décolleté (and every other inch from head to toe) immediately after cleansing for beautifully balancing and nourishing hydration. This said, we would encourage the prioritization of The Blue Cocoon and The Youth Dew in your ritual for leave-on care as these were specifically formulated to meet the specific needs of delicate facial skin.
CAN THE PENDULUM POTION BE USED FOR HAIR OR BODY?
This treat is incredible for hair - a few drops smoothed through locks or blended with your conditioner adds luster and sends you off into the world softly emanating the most intoxicating of scents. I also love The Pendulum Potion on damp skin immediately following a shower, drizzled into my bath water, or worn on pulse points for the most grounding perfume to center me throughout the day. And watch out if you put this on a man - it does something totally sensual with their chemistry. ;)
*Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, *Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, *Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Domestica (Plum Kernel) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Oleoresin, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Essential Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Absolute, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, *Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, **Boswellia Serrate Gum (Frankincense) Oil, **Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam of Peru) Oil, + Limonene, + Benzyl Benzoate, + Linalool, + Benzyl Cinnamate.
*Certified Organic **Wild Harvested +Component of Essential Oil
A Closer Look
**Balsam of Peru
My dear friends,
Over the years, you’ve all gotten to know me for my obsession with quality and service, and my dedication to our beautiful, life-filled, truly natural ingredients. It is an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with your care and I do not take this responsibility lightly.
Today, I’m writing to let you know we are temporarily ceasing sale of The Honey Mud.
Recently, we've found ourselves confronted very directly with the challenging side of what it means to be an uncompromisingly plant-based, natural brand. Working with the world’s freshest, direct-sourced, food-grade ingredients in their least processed and most potent state is our foundation and with this comes both the benefit of these live enzymes and rich nutrient activity, as well as the potential for this "activity" to result in rare instances of bloom or mild fermentation - the same as that can happen in any fresh, organic food. We have now observed this occurrence within certain batches of The Honey Mud in our lab, which brings us to this conversation.
We are investigating a theory that previously undetected, dormant microbes within clay can be brought to life when fed with the nourishment of our raw honey. We are implementing additional pre-screens on “inert” individual ingredients like clay to further expand our visibility into the invisible. Further, I am exploring subtle variations on this unique formula, dreaming of ways to make it not only more stable, but even more extraordinary and beautiful for the skin.
I realize that for many of you, The Honey Mud is a part of your treasured daily ritual, as it is for me. It breaks my heart to not be able to share this for some undefined period of time and I know some will be upset as there is no opportunity to stock up. As much as I want you to have this special treat in your world, I want more to be always worthy of your trust.
Stability, the "nature of nature", and what happens when something goes wrong is an important conversation that is often skipped over, but is vital to this community's understanding around natural formulation and the ongoing trials that come with it. My commitment to always embrace an open conversation with you has never been stronger and this moment will no doubt provide a catalyst for even greater innovation within our in-house production team and the work we do. The Honey Mud will be back and will be more glorious than ever before! :)
I'll be in touch as we progress and have news on an updated version of The Honey Mud's availability, but know that my responsibility and priority is to proceed with my research, reformulation, and testing with thoughtfulness and thoroughness, and not necessarily speed.
I welcome any questions. It is always important to me to be an open book, and no subject is dearer to my heart than that of our precious fresh ingredients and the dedicated loving care of YOU.
With love always,