How much does shipping cost and when will my order arrive?
Shipping is charged at a flat rate of $6 per order within NZ. Items are shipped using Go Sweet Spot or Pass the Parcel, normally within 2 business of payment clearing. Your order will then normally arrive within 2-3 business days after dispatch.
Do you use plastic for packaging or postage?
We love our planet! So use almost no plastic!
We post in compostable courier bag, or cardboard boxes, and use newspaper and cardboard to protect your goodies during transit. For rural or PO Box, we do offer the option of a plastic courier bag, as this does keep postage more affordable for you, but can ship plastic free.
Our glass spray bottle lids are plastic, however you can return these to us, and we will sterilise & re-use if possible.
Can I return my jars to you?
Yes absolutely! We will even give you $1 store credit for each amber glass jar returned!
Simply post to 338 Williams St, Kaiapoi, 7630 (Please wrap well to avoid breakages)
Or drop off to us at the above address. We also have a drop-off point in Silverdale, Auckland. Please message us for the address.
Are your products vegan? Do you do animal testing?
We never ever test on animals - only on our family & friends! Once we are happy with how the product is working on them, only then do we sell it.
Most of our produts are vegan, however a large proportion do contain beeswax to achieve a good consistency. If you get in touch with us, we can happily assist you in finding suitable products from our range, or even custom make some products for you!
Do you ship overseas?
Yes, we can ship to Australia for a flat rate of $16 untracked, or $25 tracked. For other countries, please get in touch with us, and we can give you a quote.
I have allergies - can you make me a custom order?
Yes! Just contact us, and we will let you know what we can do for you!
How long do your products last?
Most of our products are free from water, and therefore do not contain ingredients that 'go off'. The effectiveness may wear over time, and for this reason our sunscreens are generally best used within 12 months, and our other balms 2-4 years. You do however need to be careful that no bacteria is introduced into the balms, as this could cause them to go off earlier. If kept clean, and stored well, they can last years.
Our family has used sunscreen that was already 2 seasons old with no issues. This is a call for you to make, but we only guarantee for the season.
Being a natural product, if exposed to heat, your balms may melt & re-melt a little. This does not affect use, however your balm may become more clumpy.
How should I store my balms?
Balms should always be stored in a cool dark place. Avoid exposing to sunlight. If your balm is exposed, it may change the visual appearance, however will not affect use. Some seperation may occur if left in sun too long.
What rating is your sunscreen?
Our sunscreen has just over a 20% by weight zinc content, which puts it at the high end of zinc formulations.
We have had it professionally and independently lab tested in Australia, and this gave us a result of an SPF of around 20. This means that you can now stay out in the sun 20 times as long as you normally could without sunscreen. Ie. if you normally burn in 30 mins, you can stay out for 10 hours. However the Cancer Society recommendation is to re-apply every 2 hours anyway, with any SPF sunscreen, due to rub-off.
You may have seen an older Consumer NZ article where our sunscreen was reported to be an SPF of 12 - this is our older recipe (From prior to September 2018). We had since increased the zinc content and improved production techniques - which is how we got our new SPF value of around 20.
Are your Shampoo Bars pH balanced?
Yes! Our shampoo and conditioner bars have a pH close to that of the skin, which makes them super gentle.
The all over body bars have a higher pH however, which makes them more natural, but can mean they don't leave your hair as soft as our hair-specific bars.