Some practitioners of magic are drawn to subjects of a thoughtful nature. The Obsidian Potion Kit is tailored towards matters of the mind and heart - potions for missing loved ones or preparing for a performance. Myths and herbs are based on traditional plant medicine and celestial themes. This is a great kit for an older potion maker - ages 10+.
Two different style boxes are made from leatherette, wood and velour. "The Mandala" box is embossed with golden scrolling while "The Portal" is adorned with silver moons. They are filled with ingredients like "Cosmos" and "False Belladonna", that when prepared as instructed make potions for "Good Vibes" or "Thought-be-gone". The deck of cards comes in shades of grey with gold foil embossing and a silver organza bag.
A card deck of 15 cards with recipes, ingredient histories and mythological learnings
4 celestial liquid potions in glass droppers
3 unusual dry ingredients in glass vials with corks
4 teeny tiny mini-potion bottles to hold completed potions
Beginner's Book Box - $32 Around the size of a regular book (9 x 6 x 2 in.), it comes with The Obsidian Potions and:
1-2 curiosities like a polished stone or lost key
Enchanted crystal spoon
For a total of 25 components including cards
Practitioner's Book Box - $58 Around the size of a large book. It comes with The Obsidian Potions and a set of potion making tools:
Ceramic Mortar & Pestle
Large glass potion bottle with a cork
Extra empty dropper and vial
Potion bottle necklace on a black silk ribbon
Enchanted crystal spoon
2-4 curios like feathers, crystals and found treasures
Extra set of tiny potion bottles (for a total of 8)
Book is sized at 11 x 8 x 2.75 inches
A deck of 15 unique cards comes with each set of potion ingredients. Potions and spells are rooted in age-appropriate traditional folkways, magical history (yes, the Philosopher's Stone is a real thing!) and growing emotional intelligence (like how to manage a thought that won't go away).
Using their potion recipes and included ingredients and tools, as well as some simple household items like salt or honey, the recipe or spell is made.
Most potions take several simple steps to complete, a wonderful exercise in following multi-step directions. Adult supervision is not usually required to complete a potion (and in our opinion, that makes the perfect toy).
Potions are used in non-consumable ways. For example, it maybe droppered into the potion necklace or put on a piece of paper and left under a pillow. All require imagination and intention, which captures the spirit of keeping magic alive through childhood! Kids really can run faster and sleep better after using their potion.
We have found that kids, once they have used their kit ingredients, quickly venture out into the yard and cupboards to come up with their own potions. This is the most exciting part! Kids use the potion kit as the starting point for even more imaginative and magical thinking.
Small parts, glassware, spills and motor skills make potion kits unsuitable for children under five.
Potion and ingredient cards are written at a 3rd - 5th grade reading level, younger children will need help reading their cards. Recipes have been created with accurate herbal and mythological references - what a fun way to start exploring plant medicine and myths!