The scent of all Mae Botanicals products comes exclusively from the fresh plant material extracted in the base oils. We never use additional essential oils or fragrance oils. Our products simply smell like what the plants smell like. This is often a more delicate or light fragrance than is experienced in other products. This extraction method allows for most people with fragrance sensitivities to both use and be around those that have used Mae Botanicals products.
The phrases on our containers are prompts, they can be used as part of your ritual, as part of meditation, or simply as a reminder to notice this very moment.
I write these phrases after doing a pre harvest sitting meditation with each plant. I allow for connection and relationship, listen to what the plant has to say, then translate and distill this message to the best of my ability. These phrases are available to you as a route of connection to each plant and the land on which that plant was grown.
These phrases are fodder for your own rituals, they are prayers from the plants and to the plants, they are meditations, they are mantras, they are for you to use and modify and enjoy.
Mae Botanicals has a Container Reuse Program! This is a great way to reduce your impact when purchasing skin care items.
As we get returned containers, we clean, sterilize, and refill them. Then they are listed on our website at a 10% discount. A product listed as "New Container" is a brand new never used container, while a "Reuse Container" includes a returned and sterilized container and will automatically have a discount applied.
When you are done with your product, you can return your empty containers to any event that Mae Botanicals is vending at, or send me an email for how to mail back email@example.com.
If you have used commercially available shampoos and conditioners there will be a bit of a transition period where your hair will be a little more oily. This is part of a normal and expected rebalancing of the natural oils produced by your scalp. Store bought shampoos contain harsh detergents that strip all the oil from the hair and scalp; this creates the conditions where the scalp will overproduce oil to try and protect the hair. Mae Botanicals Shampoo Bars are gently cleansing and do not completely strip your scalp of natural oils. This soothes the scalp and creates the condition for a more moderate oil production.
Shampoo Bar are not formulated to use with dyed hair and should not be used with hard water. For best results, wash hair once a week, avoid silicone products, and brush dry hair with a boar bristle brush.
If you are using an acid rinse, you don't need to use conditioner, but can use a high quality hair oil once a month - send me an email for custom order.
Wet hair fully in warm water (not hot), then, starting at your roots, massage bar on hair to create lather. If you have longer hair, part hair into sections and massage and lather each section until you have completed your entire head.
Smooth lather from roots down into the rest of your hair, making sure not to tangle your hair. When done, rinse as usual, paying attention that your roots are fully rinsed. You may notice that your hair feels different than after using a commercial shampoo, that is likely due to the pH, and is fully expected. The next step to correct this is using an acid rinse. I prefer using apple cider vinegar diluted with water.
You can purchase a hair rinse from us or make your own (see below for recipe). Other common options are lemon water or citric acid.
Section off your hair again as you did when washing and spritz your hair rinse onto the roots and all the way to the ends of your hair trying to cover everything. Do not get in your eye or mucus membranes, it will sting. If you do get the rinse in your eyes, simply rinse well with water. Let the hair rinse sit in your hair for a bit. Then, do a final warm water rinse, and if you are feeling adventurous finish with a cool water rinse, this will fully seal your hair.
Make sure you gently dry your hair. An old tee shirt or microfiber towel are the best ways to prevent damage. Use a wide tooth comb to detangle and let air dry.
Shipping & Returns
Mae Botanicals Body Butters are temperature sensitive and during summer months will be shipped with an ice pack to minimize melting. If you order a Body Butter while there are high temperatures, it may arrive as a liquid, simply pop it in the refrigerator for 10 - 30 min and it will re-solidify. Depending on how melted the body butter is, you may have lost all the whipped in air bubbles. Your product is still usable and awesome.
Due to the small-batch nature and topical use, Mae Botanicals cannot offer returns or exchanges of any kind. In the rare event you do not love your product, we suggest you gift it to someone who would.
You can make your own hair rinse with any Apple Cider Vinegar (make sure to read the label, there are some tricky companies that sell dyed white vinegar). Find a container fill half way with ACV and the rest with filtered water. That's it!
There are 2 easy ways to use apple cider vinegar rinse: 1) Keep a pre-mixed spray bottle and simply spritz onto your scalp and hair after shampooing. 2) Use a drinking glass sized container with your diluted vinegar and dip the ends of your hair in, and then dump the remainder over your head and massage into roots and scalp.
Mae Botanicals makes a 50% diluted hair rinse, some people prefer 75% dilution. You can easily do this at home or send me an email and I’ll make you a custom order.