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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?
My mission is to create luxurious, all-natural, eco-friendly soap infused with my own essential oil blends, transforming your shower into a vacation destination, while giving back to national parks.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE HIPPIE CANDY?
I've spent months formulating the perfect soap recipe and creating my own custom in-house essential oil blends, so you won't find any other soap that smells like Hippie Candy. My soap is a work of art, is long-lasting, creates a luscious bubbly lather and uses naturally moisturizing ingredients, leaving your skin silky soft, nourished and lightly scented – all while giving back to our National Parks. I use all natural, non-toxic, clean ingredients from nature in plastic-free packaging. My goal is to transform your shower into a vacation destination through my brand experience what more could you possibly want?!

WHY DO YOU DONATE TO NATIONAL PARKS?
I've always enjoyed nature—and in 2015, when my husband, Howard, and I sold most of our possessions to buy an RV and explore the country, we quickly fell in love with national parks. Together, we toured 28 states, covering 30,000 miles and visiting: Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Park, Redwood National Park, Yosemite National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Glacier National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park! My favorite park was Yosemite, Dry Tortugas and Arches – although all are amazing.

 My travels restored my connection with nature, and reminded me how important it is to take action to protect our natural resources. Thanks to the thoughtful actions of earlier generations of Americans, our national park system now protects more than 52 million acres—and now, we have an opportunity to aid in the preservation of these precious lands for the future, by supporting and advocating for our National Parks. We hope you’ll join our mission.

 WHERE IS THE SOAP MADE?
I hand-pour every loaf of Hippie Candy in the beautiful mountains of Taos, New Mexico In a room that dates back to 1795.

DO YOU HAVE A GUARANTEE?
I offer a 100% money back guarantee. I'm proud of what I make, but I understand shopping on-line without trying a product can be intimidating, so no, it doesn’t matter if the product has been used (in fact I hope you’ve tried it). I will happily refund you for your purchase, just shoot me an e-mail.

IS HIPPIE CANDY, VEGAN?
Yes, always! I'm an animal lover and choose not to use any animal products in my soap, including honey or any sort of milk from animals. So no, I don't make goats milk soap.

WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF A BAR OF SOAP?
Keep your soap stored in a cool and dry place and it should easily last one year, unopened.

HOW LONG DOES EACH BAR OF SOAP LAST?
This really depends how many showers you take per day and how you care for your bar of soap. Using a draining soap dish prolongs the life of a bar of soap. A bar should easily last 1 month or longer. 

DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONAL?
Not yet but possibly in the future.

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF A BAR OF SOAP?
Since each bar is handmade and hand cut, it varies per design, roughly: 3.5" x 3.25" x 1.0625" /  weight: 6-7 oz.

WHY DOES MY SOAP LOOK DIFFERENT THAN THE PHOTOS?
These are handmade items, and while I try my hardest to duplicate batches, it is not always possible, so please allow for slight variations in color and texture.

CAN I CUT THE BAR DOWN TO A SMALLER SIZE?
Yes! These are rather large bars, so feel free to cut them in half for easier handling, as well as, the opportunity to switch scents sooner! 

WHY DON'T YOU USE PALM OIL?
I choose to be an eco-conscious company, and while palm oil has good properties for soap making and is affordable, it has been and continues to be a major driver of deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests.

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE OILS YOU USE?
Olive Oil:
Very mild and nourishing, good for for sensitive, elder and baby skin.
Coconut Oil:
High cleansing ability.
Shea Butter:
Very moisturizing.
Avocado Oil:
High in vitamin E, it adds conditioning and moisturizing properties.
Castor Oil:
Boosts lather, creating luxurious bubbles.

ESSENTIAL OIL VS. FRAGRANCE?
Simply put, essential oils are derived from plants and fragrance oils are mystery concoctions of undisclosed synthetic chemicals. Essential oils are volatile plant extracts made from steam distilling or cold-pressing flowers, bark, stems, leaves, peel, roots, seeds, resins, or other parts of a plant (SO AMAZING). Synthetic fragrance is one of the top cosmetic ingredients to avoid. You will find it in every single natural beauty expert's list of toxic cosmetic ingredients to avoid. So that's why, enough said!

WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE PATCHOULI?
It is called Hippie Candy after all, but I get it, patchouli isn't for everyone. Dirty Hippie is my only soap that is very heavy on patchouli – think Woodstock. I like to use patchouli as a base because it adds a nice woodsy / earthy element. Base oils make up 5%-20% of a blend, whereas, the middle and top notes make up the rest and will be what you smell the most. Base oils hold the entire scent together, and 
are good for slowing the evaporation of the other oils.

WHY ISN'T YOUR SOAP BRIGHT COLORS?
Again, as an eco-conscious company, I choose to color my soaps with ingredients only from nature / plants (clays, herbs, spices) vs. synthetic colorants like micas or glitters. Your skin will thank you, trust me – and so will the environment.

DOES BAR SOAP CLEAN AS WELL AS LIQUID SOAP?
Yes! Bar soap and liquid soap are equally effective. It's also important to remember that antibacterial soap is not necessarily more effective at killing germs than regular soap.

WHY DO YOU MAKE SOAP?
Honestly, after trying several different soap brands, none of them made me excited and I was tired of the ingredients I couldn't pronounce. So I began the quest of making the perfect bar of soap and Hippie Candy was born! I also love to bake and soap making is a very similar process, without the calories. After making my first batch of soap, I was hooked! It makes me excited to shower and I think it will you too!