Frequently Asked Questions
All our wonderful products are completely natural. We only use preservatives where absolutely necessary, and only natural or food safe varieties.
HANDMADE IN ENGLAND
Everything is lovingly handmade on our farm, in the beautiful English countryside of Devon. Lola’s Apothecary is a British brand, and we strive to support local, ethical suppliers.
Despite media promotion, organic does not always mean the best, and getting certified can be a very expensive process for farmers. We prefer to source quality ingredients from responsible producers who care for not only the produce, but also people and the environment. Most of our ingredients are pretty much organic by definition even if they are not certified.
Although we use only naturally derived ingredients, we do not formulate our fragrant things specifically with vegans in mind. Whilst most of our products can be considered vegan, Queen of Roses Bath Milk contains buttermilk, and we will be using beeswax and honey in our future recipes.
We formulate our products to be gentle yet effective, with sensitive skin in mind. However, it is always a good idea to test any new product on a small patch of skin before using it liberally. If any undesirable effect occurs, stop using immediately and consult a medical professional.
Essential oils are potent things and our products contain lots of them. There is much debate about the safety of using essential oils during pregnancy. We are no authority on the matter, but as a rule of thumb, it is best to avoid essential oils during the 1st trimester.
Our products are formulated to be safe and embracing, so far we've been delighted to hear from happy pregnant customers and no one reported any reaction. However, we strongly recommend any expectant mother to consult their midwife before using products that contain essential oils, including ours.
Our glass bottles and jars are widely recycleable, but why not reuse these pretty things at home? They make sweet vases, oil bottles, spice jars, and more. Get creative and share a photo on social media - don't forget to tag us @lolasapothecary with hashtag #selfcareritual!