Blog/Partners - Peyton's Potion
Peyton’s Potion was co-founded by Jess Armstrong and her son, Peyton, when he was undergoing treatment for childhood leukemia at the age of ten. After much persistence, Jess received a detailed roadmap of what Peyton’s three-and-a-half-year journey would look like in regards to treatment and immediately went into research mode, looking into the drugs that would be used and what to expect. She quickly learned that these drugs were filled with potent doses of toxic chemicals that would be entering her ten-year old’s body to help him fight cancer, and she knew she had to make the rest of his environment as safe and nontoxic as possible in order to give him the best chance of recovery.
While researching, she learned that cleaning products are the most toxic product we use every day – not only are they made with VOC’s, parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates and other harsh chemicals, these ingredients aren’t required to be listed on the packaging so it’s difficult to know what you’re getting exposed to. Since people going through chemotherapy are very sensitive to smells, using vinegar or other standby-by cleaners weren’t an option; it would make Peyton nauseous. Just prior to Peyton’s cancer diagnosis, Jess had learned about essential oils and their incredible anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, so she knew she wanted to incorporate those into her own nontoxic cleaner. As a fourth grader, missing out on school while undergoing treatment, Jess turned this into a science project. Jess and Peyton would sit at the kitchen counter with various oils with powerful properties and experiment with formulas that smelled good to Peyton. After trial and error, Peyton created a formula that not only smelled good, but was uplifting for his mood. This formula became the basis of Peyton’s Potion as it’s known today.
Peyton’s childhood cancer journey was stressful and unpredictable – there were complications, infections, misdiagnoses, unexpected surgeries and changing of hospitals. His body went through more in a few years than most could imagine in a lifetime. As a parent, you do whatever you can to keep your child safe, healthy and happy, even in uncontrollable circumstances, which ultimately led to the creation of Peyton’s Potion. And after much encouragement from friends and family, we’re honored to offer Peyton’s Potion to the world as a safe, effective, uplifting and sustainable multipurpose cleaner.
Gold, proudly displayed in our logo, is the color of childhood cancer awareness. To show our support, Peyton’s Potion donates 5% of profits to CureSearch, an organization that has been instrumental in childhood cancer research. Also, in our logo is the Paper Crane, which is a symbol of hope and healing. In Japanese tradition paper cranes are given to those who are seriously ill in hope for recovery, and early in Peyton’s treatment a generous stranger folded 1,000 tiny paper cranes for him. Our Paper Crane Project, which aims to provide hope to other children going through cancer, is now part of Peyton’s Potion’s mission.
Further, Peyton’s Potion is a vehicle for Peyton to use his experience overcoming childhood cancer to help other children going through the same thing. Peyton is a mentor to other children with cancer, speaking at schools and community events, sharing his story and raising awareness. His determination and strength are an inspiration to other children overcoming childhood cancer and to all of us as we are presented with challenges in our lives.
Peyton’s Potion is free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, dyes, sulfates, phosphates and other harsh chemicals. Our Safe & Uplifting Multipurpose Cleaner is made of 100% organic essential oils and our specially formulated soap blend to create the safest and highest performing nontoxic cleaner on the market. We use organic essential oils because they are the most potent, create less environmental impact and are safe for adults, children and animals to use.
Peyton's Potion is bottled in glass and comes in multiple sizes and colors to meet our customers preferences. Our 8 oz and 16 oz spray bottles come with refill concentrates, and the spray bottles are reusable. A refill concentrate and water from your home is all you need to fill up the reusable spray bottle. Our glass bottles and refill concentrates cut down on waste, cut down on plastic, and are more sustainable. Every aspect of Peyton's Potion has been thoughtfully curated to bring our customers an effective multipurpose cleaner that supports children with cancer and a healthy planet.