FAQs

General product questions:

Do Purple Prairie products contain synthetic fragrances or artificial colors?
We use only pure plant derived essential oils and extracts for give our products their beautiful aromas. Most of our products have no added color. Some of the soaps are colored with natural mineral oxides just for fun.

Do your products contain parabens or other chemical preservatives?
No, we have never used chemicals to give our products an endless shelf life. Mother nature provides excellent natural alternatives including rosemary extract and black willow bark.

What are the benefits of the ingredients in Purple Prairie products?
Follow this link to learn more: http://www.purpleprairie.com/aromatherapy


Do Purple Prairie products irritate sensitive skin?
We cater to sensitive skin! It's one of the most important reasons why we are in business today and the ingredients we use reflect that. As with any skin care product, test it on a small area first.

Are Purple Prairie products safe for children and pregnant women?
Our skincare products are safe for children. Women that are pregnant can use most of our products with confidence but should educate themselves about which essential oils to avoid. Some essentials to avoid when pregnant include peppermint, rosemary, cinnamon and clove.

Do you test on animals? 
We are in compliance with Leaping Bunny the PETA statement of assurance. We do not test on animals and do not purchase materials from any company who tests on animals.

Are Purple Prairie products gluten free?
Yes. We use Certified Gluten Free Oatmeal in our artisan soaps

Are Purple Prairie products certified organic?
Although we use certified organic ingredients when possible, the finished products do not carry an organic seal yet. However, our products meet and exceed organic standards and will reflect this when we complete the organic certification procedure.

How do I store my products and what is the shelf life?
Purple Prairie products will be good approximately 18 months from open date when stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. It is best to avoid exposing products to extreme heat or cold. Generally, balms and soaps have a longer shelf life of 24 months.

Are the essential oils in the products therapeutic grade?
Yes and many are also organic.

Does the Palm oil you use in your soaps come from sustainable sources?
Yes, we would never purchase palm oil from sources that contribute to rain forest depletion.

Which products can help eczema and psoriasis? 
We have received regular feedback from customers that our products give relief from the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. However some products stand out more than others including: healing body balm, body butter, gardener's salve, and oatmeal soaps. Our products are not medicines or drugs, they are natural remedies that support and unite with your body’s ability to heal itself. 

What is your best product for dry skin? 
All of them!

How do I use the essential oils?
When mixing essential oils in a carrier oil, I recommend starting with a ratio of 1:10. This translates to about 20 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Use a high quality organic carrier oil such as olive, jojoba, sunflower or coconut. There are many other exotic oils available online as well or check your local co-op.
The mixed oils have endless uses. I personally use them for the medicinal powers and to help me sleep. My personal favorites are lavender, ylangylang, patchouli, eucalyptus,tea tree, rosemary and ravensara.
Its a good idea to educate yourself about the individual benefits of each oil online or with a good book.


My product looks different this time than the last time I bought it. Why? 
Because we use only natural ingredients, the end result can vary slightly from one batch to another but almost never noticable. Normal variance in sunshine, rain, or temperature from year to year or harvest time can all subtly affect natural ingredients. One year’s pressing of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil may be greener in color than another’s, or you may experience a stronger or subtler scent with an essential oil. These are all normal and to be expected with natural ingredients, and do not effect the quality or efficacy of the product. 

What about shipping, returns and payment?
Follow this link: http://www.purpleprairie.com/terms

What are EWG cosmetic safety ratings?
Skin Deep Safety RatingThe Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is an independent, non-profit resource that provides an objective evaluation of over 50,000 ingredients against 50 toxicity and regulatory databases. It is the world's largest and most popular product safety guide. Purple Prairie Botanicals is very honored and proud to be considered a Skin Deep CHAMPION!

The SkinDeep Cosmetic Safety Rating is a range from 0 (low hazardous score) to 10 (high hazardous score). All Purple Prairie products have earned the lowest possible hazardous rating of 2 or less. Here is a link to Skin Deep's website: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.

Sunscreen Questions:

Does it leave a white residue?
Sunscreen made with Z- Cote zinc oxide does not appear as white as traditional mineral sunscreens. It goes on slightly white but is easily worked in until the white disappears. 

Do you use nano size zinc?
We use a micronized zinc oxide which has an average particle size of 200 nm. Read more

Pick your sunscreen: nanomaterials or potential hormone disruptors.
The ideal sunscreen would completely block the UV rays that cause sunburn, immune suppression and damaging free radicals. It would remain effective on the skin for several hours and not form harmful ingredients when degraded by UV light. It would smell and feel pleasant so that people use it in the right amount and frequency.
Unsurprisingly, there is currently no sunscreen that meets all of these criteria. The major choice in the U.S. is between “chemical” sunscreens, which have inferior stability, penetrate the skin and may disrupt the body’s hormone systems, and “mineral” sunscreens (zinc and titanium), which often contain micronized- or nano-scale particles of those minerals.
After reviewing the evidence, EWG determined that mineral sunscreens have the best safety profile of today’s choices. They are stable in sunlight and do not appear to penetrate the skin. They offer UVA protection, which is sorely lacking in most of today’s sunscreen products.

What is the difference between between Mineral Sun Protection and Chemical Sun Protection:

Are the sunscreens waterproof?
We do not claim that the sunstuff is water resistant. The sunstick and lip balm are water resistant. 

What is the shelf life of your sunscreen?
It will be good approximately 12 months from open date.
Keep SunStuff Lotion in a shady and cool place when not in use.

Can the SunStuff be used on your face and under makeup?
Yes!

Does it smell?
No, its unscented. It does have a slight aroma from the organic ingredients and unrefined butters.

Is it greasy? 
No, but it very moisturizing.


Nothing makes Purple Prairie happier than to hear that we have pleased our customers. We wish you the best and hope that you continue to enjoy our store.


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