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FAQS

Are your products natural?

Due to my studies and qualifications, I like to make it known that I do not consider Essential Oils natural.

Natural is defined as "existing in nature and not made OR changed by man."

Labels within the “complementary/alternative/holistic medicine” industry are often misused and misguided. I do not want to be one of those people. 
For example... DID YOU KNOW; Cocaine and Aspirin is derived from a plant -  think we can all agree that we don’t walk around calling them natural.
Therefore, Essential Oils are also not natural. Any grade (fragrance, aromatherapy, therapeutic) of essential oils are NOT natural. They derive from a natural substance (the plant) but once they become something different (the oil), they are no longer natural.

Essential Oils are a strong concentration of plant derived matter; and when concentrating anything - by the scientific and correct term that means “adding and changing something.”
Because of this, some of my products are all natural and some are not; simply due to the use of essential oils.

Are your products cruelty free/vegan?

The short answer is... Yes. All of my products are cruelty free, always plant derived, never tested on animals and created by a “Vegan.”
But. I also want to give you the long answer. 
For me personally, I feel like the word "Vegan" has become a marketing label with an entitled manner. In fact, Vegan companies are now self testing “Vegan” products to check if their status is true, because the idea of trusting a non-Vegan is apparently just preposterous. And with that comes, more money being spent, food and products are being wasted (for the sake of being a “tester.”) And I’m just finding myself to disagree with it all more and more.
There is still parts of our World, who suffer from homelessness, poverty and extreme danger. Or there are others who practice within their culture and also individual health circumstances; that being Vegan can only be seen as a privilege for some. No matter how much you say, “Vegan products are so easily accessible these days.” That’s not the case at all for a Worldwide point of view.
For me, being Vegan, never began over animal cruelty. Even as a Vegetarian, I had accepted that there would always be people amongst the human race with a “hunter” mentality. But, I didn’t enjoy the taste of Meat or the idea of it. And eventually I learned the effects that our large population was placing on the natural environment. I was selfish in a way of wanting to experience being a Mum. And so, my diet choices whilst having other positives, was also my way of giving back to the Earth and maintaining a smaller footprint; whilst also being privileged to make that decision.
I also feel that some see the word “Vegan” and assume many things. In some cases, not even reading labels further; and this goes into my work with the Essential Oil industry and the importance of reading entire labels and understanding every part - (Please refer to my IGTV videos and Essential Oil series.) My products will always be plant derived and I give thanks to working with nature as fast and as much as it allows me. But, I don’t want them as part of some preached, privileged, extra tested thing, that is only being categorised into “better or healthier.” Or whatever else that can be seen attached to the word “Vegan.” Because, there are many parts of the word that I don’t agree with or even associate with.
I want people to know that this a welcomed space to all. Please, be here. take a seat, let’s talk. I want people to know that if you are doing the best you can for your Earth, your family, yourself and/or beings. I see you. If you are eating for your health. I see you. If you are eating for your enjoyment. I see you. And if you are just getting through, I see you.

What Crystals do you use within your blends?

The main Crystal materials I use in my products are;

Clear Quartz - Clarity. Manifestation. Focus.

Amethyst - Trust. Intuition. Spirituality.

Rose Quartz - Unconditional Love. Forgiveness. Compassion.

Lapis Lazuli - Trust. Awareness. Wisdom.

Sodalite - Communication. Harmony. Trust.

Peridot -  Effervescent. Joy. Happiness.

However some of my products will come with added Tumble Stones. Extra information on these can be provided if you wish. 

What if I have a known allergy? E.g. Nuts.

When buying my products online, always read the ingredients used and the safety instructions of any product before purchasing. If you have a known allergy, please contact me via email and I may be able to remove it and use something else. E.g. Use Fractionated Coconut Oil instead of Sweet Almond Oil.

Are these blends safe to use during pregnancy?

Some of them. Two main oils that should be avoided during pregnancy (before 38 weeks) is Clary Sage and Jasmine. This is because they can stimulate and begin labour contractions. A herb to avoid whilst pregnant is Mugwort. This is because it is a natural hormonal stimulant. ALL ingredients are marked and labelled on all individual products. For any concerns, always contact your medical health professional to discuss your individual circumstances. We also have a specific Mother's range.

Are these blends safe when breastfeeding?

Yes and no. Breastfeeding Mum's should only use oils that they are happy to use on their child/ren. It is anticipated that 1% of Essential Oils used will pass through the breast milk. It has also been known that Peppermint can decrease the milk supply of breastfeeding Mums, so remain cautious. If in doubt, we have a specific Mum's and Bub's range. Please read all ingredients and safety instructions.

Where and how do I store these products?

It is important to store your oils in a cool place (usually room temperature or under 30° celsius), upright and with the lid screwed on. Always read the safety instructions, if in doubt please contact me for further information.

Can I use the products on my child/ren?

We have a specific range for small children. Any other products, please read the safety directions of the appropriate age before using.

What ages are your products for?

The products differ but the range of use can be suitable for the age of 3months and up.

I like to advise waiting until 3 months of age in children, due to the sensitivity of newborns. Always read the safety instructions and the appropriate age bracket for each product.

Is there any safety information we need to know before using any of the blends?

Some blends may have possible sun or skin sensitivity, and all products should avoid contact with the eyes. If pregnant or suffering with a medical condition you should always consult a general practitioner, if further concerned.

What happens in the unlikely event a reaction occurs?

In the unlikely event of any kind of reaction please discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice. Please always patch test when using any new products to avoid a reaction.

Do you ship internationally?

Currently, outside of Australia, I only ship to New Zealand and the United Kingdom. If your area is not available, please contact me so we can arrange it. I would love nothing more than for my products to be available to everyone.

Buyers would be responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. Please take into account the possibility of these charges prior to placing your order.

For any further questions or if still unsure; please contact me (Raine) via email,

thealternativemumma@outlook.com