Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Phthalate?
A: Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products, such as toys, vinyl flooring and wall covering, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes and other fragrance preparations. You can’t see, smell, or taste them, but they’re in hundreds of products you use every day. They’re also in the food you eat. Phthalates (THAL-ates) are chemicals that make plastic soft and flexible. You can find them in:
- Cosmetics and personal care products, from perfume, nail polish, and hair spray to soap, shampoo, and skin moisturizers
- Medical tubing and fluid bags
- Wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastic plumbing pipes, lubricants, solvents, insecticides, building materials, and vinyl flooring
- Food, especially meat and dairy products and fast food
We do not use any phthalates in any of our products as we do not feel that they are beneficial or in any way helpful to the human body. We also feel that our products do a great job for what they are intended to do without them.
Q: What is a Paraben?
A: Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They are found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, suntan products, makeup, and toothpaste. They are also used as food preservatives.
We do not use any form of paraben in our products, which makes them have a shorter shelf life, ultimately. This is why we do a small batch production of each product and use natural preservatives such as salt and vitamin E to help our products have the longest shelf life possible.
Q: We say our products are Organic so why don’t they have the “USDA Organic” seal on them?
A: While all our products use as many organic products as possible, for us to be
able to have the USDA seal on them there is a very lengthy process to be able to get that certification, thus the seal. While we strive to achieve the goal of getting that seal on our products, you can rest assured any ingredient listed as “Organic” is an ingredient that came from a company with the USDA organic certification for it.
Q: What is the shelf life of our products?
A: This largely depends on the product. Our bath salts, as long as they are
stored in a cool, dry, dark place, have about a year before being deemed unusable. Bath teas, stored in their sealed air-tight containers, have about an 8-month shelf life. Body scrubs have about a 4-month shelf life. Body Butter should be used within 4 months but if it smells off, it has gone rancid. This would usually be due to being closed incorrectly or prolonged exposure to air or sun. At any time, if there is a question on whether or not a product is still safe to use, please contact us immediately!
Q: How often should I use the Body Butter?
A: Our body butter can be used as often as wanted or needed and has MANY
Q: Are your products Vegan?
A: Our products are all vegan. We use no animal products or byproducts in any of our skin care items. All our products are 100% plant-derived and NEVER tested on animals.
Q: Can I use your Products if I’m pregnant?
A: As with all questions concerning pregnancy, you should consult you healthcare provider. We do use essential oils and some of these can cause skin irritations, even if deemed “safe” for pregnancy. If this occurs, rinse immediately and wash the affected area with soap and warm water. There are specific products that should not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding: Our Herbal Bath Tea is one that should be avoided. The other is any of our products with sage, peppermint, comfrey or calendula. We encourage you to do your own research on the ingredients listed to see if it would be right for you as well as checking with your healthcare provider. We are happy to help you with this, just contact us!