AJ Apothecary Frequently Asked Questions

AJ Apothecary Botanical Body Care Products

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Yes, I do!  If you are interested in carrying AJ Apothecary products in your retail space or online store please send an email to amanda@ajapothecary.com for details.

My commitment to offering safe products not only pertains the natural ingredients in each product, but also the safety of the product once it is packaged and shipped to you.  Every product that contains water-based ingredients or that may come into contact with water needs to include a broad spectrum preservative in order to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.  There is a common misconception that essential oils or other natural oils can be used to extend the shelf life of personal care products.  However, antioxidants, such as Vitamin E Oil and Rosemary Oil Extract, and antimicrobials, such as grapefruit seed extract, do not fully protect a product from mold and bacteria.  Only a broad spectrum preservative will keep personal care products containing water-based ingredients safe for an extended period of time.  I use Optiphen Plus and Liquid Germall Plus in the few products hat require require preservatives.  These two safe broad spectrum preservatives prevent the growth of mold and bacteria in a safe manner.  While I would love to not have to include preservatives, your products are safer by including them.  In most formulas the appropriate percentage of preservative to be effective is less than 1% of the total product ingredients.  This is a very small amount of preservative, and it is well worth that small amount to ensure your product remains stable and safe.

I create my products in small batches because that ensures the product stays fresher longer.  The average shelf life of my products is 12 months.  I could make large batches of product, but then the product would spend a large portion of its life on my shelf rather than yours.  My aim with AJ Apothecary is to provide you with luxurious, natural, and safe body care products, and that includes making sure that the products stay fresh and stay safe for you as long as possible.  Additionally, creating products in small batches allows me the opportunity to give more attention to the detail of each product.

AJ Apothecary products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind.  I wish I could accommodate every skin condition and allergy, but I realistically cannot.  Every product listing includes a complete list of the ingredients in each product.  Please review these lists prior to purchasing to ensure they are safe for you to use.

Yes! Quite a few AJ Apothecary products are vegan friendly. Please visit the product listings for a complete list of each product’s ingredients.

No animals are involved in the testing of AJ Apothecary products.  However, myself, my daughter, family members, and volunteer testers try the products before they are released to the public.

For the best experience please enjoy your products for 12 months.

The ingredients I use are all natural, and some are certified organic.  I use a variety of herbs, unrefined carrier oils, unrefined butters, essential oils, and botanical elements that have not been synthetically processed.  I do not use any synthetic fragrances or artificial color agents.  AJ Apothecary products do not contain any parabens, phthalates, sodium laureth sulfates, 1,4-dioxane, or other harmful, toxic chemicals.