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TEMPTRESS APOTHECARY.

Temptress Apothecary was born out of the desire to create natural and potent botanical blends that are symbiotic with nature and that can be used in everyday ritual, reverence and pleasure in the home. Our artisan formulas, utilise ancient healing herbs and plants that can be applied and have been studied. Our brews and blends draw on the insights of the ancient schools of Ayurveda, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Western Herbalism and from immersing ourselves in traditional cultural remedies.

Our mission is to preserve the botanical alchemy used in ritual and ceremony for wellness, longevity and communion. In doing so we draw from herbal history, and bring a wide range of blends to our community. Within our formulas you will find wisdom that has been revered and preserved by medicine people across the globe.

Our Temptress Apothecary Brews (Woke and Velvet Underground) are our morning go to, and to be frank, I’m cranky if I don’t get it. This is for a couple of reasons: firstly, this brew (or variations thereof) has become a ritual akin to a sacrament for my partner (aka: bestie and lover) and I before the kids arise from their slumber. We share a beautiful connection with each other while drinking this wonderfully energising and nurturing brew, with its rich and earthy flavour, spiked with warming notes of Maca, Ginseng or beetroot and Gota Kola. Secondly, I make this brew ‘bulletproof’ (see directions on packets) and get fortified with good fats such that I can get through my morning mothering roles with clarity and ease and can grab some breakfast once the kids are off to school. I’ve never been one for breakfast, my stomach doesn’t really wake up until mid-morning, but I find this brew suffices until then. It tells my body that I am nourished, cared for and have the endurance to get the day underway. In this, we pay homage to adaptogenic, nootropic, nervine and energy boosting plants that have both culinary and medicinal benefits.

Our Packaging

Environmental sustainability and business (even ethical businesses) don’t always go hand in hand, especially when it comes to product packaging. Sometimes it’s a good product but bad packaging. And it’s a minefield of greenwashing and eco claims that just don’t add up to environmental sustainability.

Our designers have not only bought their creative wiles, but also their knowledge and commitment to sustainable inks and functional yet biodegradable packaging. The packaging we use for our Temptress Apothecary are biodegradable under specific conditions.

Important note: Our bags are compostable when disposed of in a composting environment containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms.

Temptress Apothecary

About our Temptress & Sacred Women's Way Packaging Artists & Designers

The creative force behind our packaging comes from a few remarkably talented local artists and designers who have brought their creative wiles to this project with integrity and humility. It’s been an honour to work with them and call them our dear friends.

The Temptress packaging was designed to evoke a sense of otherworldliness, reverence, ritual and a little bit of uplifting fun. In crafting these designs our artists were inspired by crop circles, esoteric symbolism, and of course the benevolent ingredients contained within.

Forever Spiced:

The starting point here is star anise – possibly the prettiest spice on the rack. The star shapes add a Christmas flare, with scattered elements to say ‘hey, this is a party’. Simple shapes denote cinnamon sticks, orange wedges, cloves, hibiscus – a cacophony suggestive that a band is playing or lots of conversation all play together to make this brew. The circle at the bottom is to represent the element of ether.

Moon Dance:

Plays with the moon phases as she ‘dances’ across father sky. The water symbols conjure up a delicious dream state.

Velvet Underground:

Symbolises an ‘awakening’ feeling much like Woke but more grounded. ‘The beetroot and it’s earthiness was my main ally here’, says the designers. The bottom bulb of the beetroot with its downward point and the linear T symbol represent a grounding earth symbol, balancing the upward motion of the plant tops and sunshine elements.

‘Woke’ Energy Brew:

Embodies the morning sun, awakening and getting amped for the day, using leaves that hint of a traditional headdress, circles reference the Reishi mushroom, and the upward facing triangle at the base represents the element of fire.

Ceremonial Cacao – Spiced Temple:

Our ceremonial cacao is rich in nutrients and chock-full of antioxidants, with a lively, rich chocolatey aroma. A tantalising touch of cayenne invites bioavailability of the plant medicine, while cinnamon and turmeric add a sensual spicy depth. This celestial beverage is a luxurious delicacy that can be enjoyed in everyday ritual or in larger amounts for sacred ceremony. 

Ceremonial Cacao – Queen of Hearts:

Our ceremonial cacao is rich in nutrients and chock-full of antioxidants, with a lively, rich chocolatey aroma. A tantalising touch of cayenne invites bioavailability of the plant medicine, while cinnamon and turmeric add a sensual spicy depth. This celestial beverage is a luxurious delicacy that can be enjoyed in everyday ritual or in larger amounts for sacred ceremony.