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Frequently Asked Questions

Do your products provide SPF?

Our products do not carry sufficient enough SPF for the prevention of skin cancer.

What is the shelf life of your products?

By purchasing all of our raw materials in very small batches with production and expiration dates carefully monitored by our staff, we are able to maintain the highest degree of quality. All of our raw materials are tested by our suppliers for threatening food borne bacteria, mold, yeast, E. coli, Staphylococcus, Total Aerobic Bacteria, Yeast, Mold, and Coliforms. All botanicals used by Coastal Classic Creations® are free from chemical and pesticide residue and are certified by our suppliers to be free of up to 100 known and commonly found pesticides, organophosphates, and chemicals. Please visit our Ingredients and Preservatives pages for more information regarding shelf life of our component ingredients.

There are no regulations or requirements under current United States law that require cosmetic manufacturers to print expiration dates on the labels of cosmetic products. The FDA recommends, however, that shelf life for eye-area cosmetics is more limited than for other products. Due to repeated microbial exposure during use by the consumer and the risk of eye infections, it is recommended that mascara, for example, be discarded two to four months after purchase. If mascara becomes dry, discard it. Do not add water or any other ingredient to moisten it because that will introduce bacteria into the product. If you have an eye infection, consult a physician immediately, stop using all eye-area cosmetics, and discard those you were using when the infection occurred. Coastal Classic Creations® does not use paraben-based preservatives, but rather relies on alternative preservatives. However, the FDA states that, among other cosmetics that are likely to have an unusually short shelf life are certain "all natural" products that may contain plant-derived substances conducive to microbial growth. It also is important for consumers and manufacturers to consider the increased risk of contamination in products that contain non-traditional preservatives, or no preservatives at all. It also recommends that consumers should be aware that expiration dates are simply "rules of thumb," and that a product's safety may expire long before the expiration date if the product has not been properly stored. Cosmetics that have been improperly stored - for example, exposed to high temperatures or sunlight, or opened and examined by consumers prior to final sale - may deteriorate substantially before the expiration date. On the other hand, products stored under ideal conditions may be acceptable long after the expiration date has been reached. Sharing makeup and brushes increases the risk of contamination. "Testers" commonly found at department store cosmetic counters, for example, are even more likely to become contaminated than the same products in an individual's home. If you feel you must test a cosmetic before purchasing it, apply it with a new, unused applicator, such as a fresh cotton swab and keep all applicators clean.

Where are your products made?

All of our products are made and distributed by Coastal Classic Creations® in Montara, California.

Are your products non-comedogenic?

Comedogenicity refers to the chance that an ingredient or combination of ingredients will cause pores to clog. This results in blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads) or comedones. Comedogenicity is rated on a scale between 0-5. The lower the number, the less likely that the ingredient used by itself will clog pores. Comedogenicity is also heavily weighed upon dilution of the material. We use oils, waxes, and butters that rate no more than a 2 on the scale.

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes, however we are guided by the United States Postal Service rules regarding restricted nations.

Do you sell your products in stores?

We do not currently sell our products in stores.

Are your products gluten-free and wheat free?

Consumers will find ingredient listings within this website and on our packaging in accordance with United States and International regulations using names which are standard throughout the cosmetic industry. Due to the number of raw materials we use from different sources, it is not possible to guarantee that our products are completely free of any gluten.

Do your products contain nuts?

Coastal Classic Creations® uses raw materials from many different suppliers and sources. It is therefore not possible for us to fully guarantee that our products are completely free of ingredients that are appropriate for individuals with nut allergies.

Are your products vegan?

Our products are not certified vegetarian or vegan, however many of our products contain no animal derived ingredients. Currently, we include some products with goat's milk and beeswax, and ingredient listings for all products are found within this website and on our packaging.

What is vegetable-derived glycerin as compared to regular glycerin?

Vegetable glycerin is the by-product of another oil's production. Fats and oils of a raw ingredient (usually palm or coconut oils) are split into crude glycerol fats, under the combined reaction of water, temperature and pressure. The water absorbs glycerol from the fatty acid phase of the oil production. After this phase, the glycerol is isolated and further distilled to give a standard 99% glycerin product. Vegetable Glycerin is a clear, colorless, and odorless liquid, which has the consistency of thick syrup. It is used as an agent in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, herbal remedies, pharmaceuticals, and other household items. It has emollient like properties which can soften and soothe the skin and it assists the outer epidermis in retaining moisture. Other uses include its solvency action in the extraction of botanical properties from plant material without the use of alcohol. This is especially helpful for those with alcohol sensitivities as most liquid herbal extracts contain alcohol. Vegetable glycerin extracts typically have a shelf life of 14-24 months whereas alcohol extracts can have an extended shelf life of 4-6 years.

What is sodium hydroxide and how it is used in soap?

The term "saponification" is the name given to the chemical reaction that occurs when vegetable oil is mixed with an alkali solution. The term "saponification" means "soap making". The root word, "sapo", is Latin for soap. The products of the reaction are soap and glycerin. Water is also present; however, it does not enter into the chemical reaction. The water is only a vehicle for the alkali, which is otherwise a dry powder. The alkali used in modern soap is either potassium hydroxide, which is used to make soft soap or liquid soap because of its greater solubility, or sodium hydroxide, which is used to make bar soap. The common term for the alkali is "lye". Though lye is necessary to make soap, there is no lye in the final product. It has reacted with the oils to form soap and glycerin. Mass-produced soap created in factories does have a small amount of excess alkali in it. Also, it has had all of its naturally-occurring glycerin removed so it can be sold as a separate commodity. An important difference between most commercial soap and our hand-crafted soap is that the glycerin is left in, thus allowing it to retain its natural moisturizing capabilities. The oils used in our soap are carefully chosen for the character they impart to the final soap. Coconut oil creates a good amount of glycerin, makes a good lather, and is very stable. Olive oil and hemp seed oil have natural antioxidants, and the soap created makes a creamier lather.