Frequently asked Questions

 

Shipping

Why hasn’t my order shipped yet?

Some items take 3-5 business days to be processed.

How long will it take my order to get to me?

It depends on the shipping method you chose at checkout.

What if I need to change or cancel my order?

Please, contact us right away via phone or email if you would like to alter your order in any way.

Summer Shipping

During the summer months, May 25th to September 20th a handling fee of $5 will be charged, as all orders are shipped on ice to help prevent melting. We do not formulate our products with the use of synthetic stabilizers, fillers, binders or waxes.  Although we use organic beeswax in our organic body butters we do not formulate our body butters with large amounts of beeswax. This makes them prone to melting.

Why is my body butter soft and slightly melted? Is it still good?

During very warm weather, products may soften or even melt in transit as they sit in warm mail trucks, mailboxes, planes etc… Yes, your body butter is still good and will re-harden. However, if it is a whipped butter it will not become whipped unless you do so with a hand mixer.

Note: Since melting is a natural reaction to heat and we have no control over the conditions during transit or delivery, please understand that we cannot be responsible for melted products. Therefore, we cannot issue refunds simply because your products melted.

International Customers: Summer melting is especially a problem for international customers. Orders travel far distances in warm trucks and cargo holds.

What To Do About Melting

On sunny or warm days it is best to refrigerate BEFORE opening the jars.  If you open items to check if melting has occurred, they may spill out and make a mess!

**Please be assured the quality and healing properties of our products are not affected by melting.**

Whipped Butters: Place it in the refrigerator. The melting will not affect the quality of the whipped butter as a great moisturizer, but the whipped consistency will change. It will become more like a body balm.

Whipping adds tiny air bubbles (just like whipping cream) that increase the size, lighten the density and change the texture, making the butter light and fluffy. If a whipped product melts, the air bubbles are collapsed, so the volume is decreased. So although the jar was filled to the top, if the butter melts, there will be less volume in the container.  The container may actually look half full. 

What We Are Doing To Help The Problem

During hot weather, we do our best to protect our products from melting in transit.

        We check every product before it is packed for shipping

        We have switched from shipping in envelopes to using boxes that allow more padding for cool insulation

        We wrap our delicate products in bubble wrap or another padding to add another layer of insulation

As a result, most products shipped in warm weather arrive without melting, but please understand, there is no way that we can ship products to completely control for the high heat temperatures of summer, trucks, and mailboxes.

What You Can Do As A Customer

  • If you have whipped butter or body butter in your order we recommend not picking any shipping method longer than priority shipping.
  • We recommend paying the extra 5 dollars to have your items shipped on ice. The fee pays for two ice pack.
  • If we are out of the timeframe of summer shipping, and you live in a warmer climate we recommend buying the ice accessory so that your items are shipped on ice to prevent melting.

 

Packaging

Do your containers contain BPA?

No, our containers are PET, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate, is a form of polyester (just like the clothing fabric). It never has and never will contain BPA.

Are your containers safe to be reused when the product is finished?

Yes, bottles can be reused for other purposes after being washed thoroughly.

Are your containers recyclable?

Absolutely, PET containers are recyclable and highly sustainable. They can be recovered and recycled again and again.

General Product Questions

Are your products USDA certified organic?

Most of the ingredients we use in our products are USDA certified organic.

The product descriptions mention that you use food grade ingredients, does that mean your products are safe for human consumption?

We do use food grade ingredients in our products, so nothing would happen to you, or a small child, if a small amount of product is accidentally ingested. However, we don’t recommend that you eat our products as a substitute for food.

What’s the allergy information for your products? Are they soy-free, gluten-free, vegan etc…

All allergy information can be found in the description boxes of each product’s webpage. You can also search our website by allergy i.e soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free etc…To find the right products for you. If you have a question about a specific allergen that isn’t listed please contact us for more information. We are not medical professionals so you should consult your doctor if you think you will be allergic to one of our products.

Body Butter

Why is my Hot Chocolate a different color from when I ordered it last time?

One of the ingredients in our lotion is beeswax. Beeswax can range from white to a dark deep yellow. Beeswax made by bees is initially colorless and the color is altered by the amount of pollen the worker bees bring back to the hive. So the color is always different depending on how much pollen the bees add to the wax. We also, use 3 different suppliers located in different states to source our beeswax in case one supplier is sold out or doesn’t have enough inventory. Due to this, the beeswax will vary in color giving Hot Chocolate a slightly different color depending on which supplier we use for each batch.

Some of your products say they have in “Herbal Infused Oil” what does that mean?

Herbal infused oils means that dried herbs were placed in a jar, covered with an oil and left to soak so the properties of the herbs can be infused into the oil over the course of 8-12 weeks.

Why does my body butter have chunks in it and is sometimes grainy?

Our products do not contain artificial stabilizers or binders to keep the consistency of the products. So in extreme hot or cold temperatures, the body butter will melt slightly or get harder. So, our product consistencies will not always return to the intended consistency we created during the manufacturing process. This is especially a concern in the summer months with long shipping times.

Why is my lotion so greasy?

With our body butter, a little bit goes a LONG way. We wanted to create a moisturizing body butter that you didn’t need a lot to keep your skin hydrated. We intend our body butters to last our customers for a long time, even if it means they won’t purchase for awhile. So you only need a dime-sized amount when moisturizing sections of your body. 

Body Scrubs

Your products are infused with real fruits, does that mean it needs to be refrigerated?

No, the manufacturing process we use to infuse the fruits in our products gives them an eight-month shelf life or longer. So your products will not go bad if they are not put in a fridge. Just store them in a cool dry place.

My products changed colors, has it gone bad?

No, your products are perfectly fine. When exposed to direct sunlight the products will begin to lighten, as it is not an artificial color. This is the only change that occurs.

Some parts of the scrub seem drier than others?

Before each use shake your scrub bottle up or mix with a spoon.   

Face Mask & Scrubs

How do I mix my clay mask?

With a wooden spoon or plastic one mix one teaspoon of the mask with a half of liquid. You can add more mask or liquid depending on how thick you want your face mask to be. If you ordered our bamboo spoon with your purchase add three spoonfuls of mask with two of water. 

How often should I use my face scrub?

This all depends on the type of skin you have and how sensitive it is. Old Fashion is a nonabrasive scrub and can be used every day if you desired to do so. Whereas, Black Velvet is more abrasive and we only recommend it to be used 2-3 times a week.

The Black Velvet scrub will not come off of my face with just water, what do I do?

Get a clean washcloth and soak with warm water. Squeeze out the extra water and use it to remove the extra Black Velvet that remains on your face.

Shelf Life

Qutie and Anita handcrafted their products with Anita in mind, and people like her, who are allergic to artificial preservatives found in commercial skincare and bodycare products. Qutie’s Body Bar is committed to using safe, simple and, most importantly, the best ingredients available for purchase. All of the ingredients used to make our products are USDA certified organic, food grade and all natural. Our products do not contain petroleum based chemicals, chemical emulsifiers, chemical preservatives, propylene glycol, artificial colors, stabilizers, or synthetic fragrances.

Due to not having synthetic preservatives in our products they are not made to sit on store shelves for several months. This is why we make our products in very small batches and make to order. So you are always receiving the freshest product possible.

Natural Preservatives 

We do use in our products what many consider as ‘natural preservatives’ but they aren’t nearly as potent as synthetic ones. For them to do the same job you would have to use large amounts of them to be effective.

We use the following natural preservatives: 

  • Glycerin
  • Honey
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Rosemary
  • Beeswax

Shelf Life

As a product begins to age it starts losing its defining qualities. Products with essential oils scents might gradually fade in scent, our sugar scrubs when exposed to direct sunlight the color changes, our coffee scrub gets drier etc…The moment you start using your products, whether it’s using the sugar scrub in the shower or scooping out a handful of lotion, you introduce bacteria and other contaminants.

Product Listing Suggested Shelf Life

Provided below is the shelf life for our current product offerings. Every item will be under their category name unless a product is listed specifically. 

Note: For best results, use our products within suggested the listed time frame. After such time, product warranty is lost.

Body Scrubs & Foot Scrubs

  • Use Within 8 Months of Purchase
  • Use Within 6 Months of Opening

Face Scrubs

  • Use Within 8 Months of Purchase
  • Use Within 6 Months of Opening

Body Butters

  • Use Within 10 Months of Purchase

Lip Balms

  • Use Within 2 Year of Purchase

Facial Oils & Facial Serums

  • Use Within 1 Year of Purchase 

Facial Toner

  • Use Within 1 Year of Purchase 

Clay Face Mask

  • Use Within 3 Years of Purchase 

Body Oils

  • Use Within 3 Years Of Purchase 

Keep in mind that these are recommended used by dates. Products might lose their efficacy sooner or last longer depending on several factors like temperature, exposure to contaminants etc.. These time frames were carefully chosen after a consultation with a microbiologist to ensure the safety of our customers.