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INGREDIENTS & PHILOSOPHY.
Priya Means Love is a one-woman business, started by me, Priya, after chronic illness forced me to leave my post-graduate studies in math. I found delight and inspiration in playing with these beautiful ingredients, in discovering herbalism, and in becoming a part of the indie crafting scene in Toronto, where Priya Means Love started -- and in the process, I created products that eased my chemical sensitivities and made my skin and hair happier than ever, all using only radically all-natural, responsibly grown ingredients that I was proud to buy.

My intention is to continually educate myself on ingredients with an open mind, but I craft like an ideological ingredient purist: every single one of my ingredients is hardcore natural and minimally processed, and nearly all are certified organic or ethically wildharvested. They are ingredients you would be…

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  • Joined September 28, 2009

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clays, marshmallow root, myrrh, calendula, lavender, borage oil, helichrysum essential oil, pomegranate oil, vetiver, nilotica shea butter, all the organic wild and local things

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About

INGREDIENTS & PHILOSOPHY.
Priya Means Love is a one-woman business, started by me, Priya, after chronic illness forced me to leave my post-graduate studies in math. I found delight and inspiration in playing with these beautiful ingredients, in discovering herbalism, and in becoming a part of the indie crafting scene in Toronto, where Priya Means Love started -- and in the process, I created products that eased my chemical sensitivities and made my skin and hair happier than ever, all using only radically all-natural, responsibly grown ingredients that I was proud to buy.

My intention is to continually educate myself on ingredients with an open mind, but I craft like an ideological ingredient purist: every single one of my ingredients is hardcore natural and minimally processed, and nearly all are certified organic or ethically wildharvested. They are ingredients you would be proud to eat, plus clays and specialty oils. This means that no Priya Means Love products will ever contain petroleum products, parabens, sulfates or synthetic fragrances. I also avoid ingredients of natural origin that have been so heavily processed, they may as well be synthetic in my book, e.g. emulsifying wax, grapefruit seed extract, sodium lauryl sulfate, and cocamidopropyl betaine.

I have chemical sensitivities, especially to synthetic fragrances and pthalates, so you can be sure my products never contain them; the wonderful scents come only from the fragrant whole ingredients used to make them: virgin beeswax, coconut oil, essential oils, and from flowers, herbs, and spices infused in various ways.


TESTING & ANIMAL INGREDIENTS.
My products are all vegetarian (like me!), and many, but not all, are vegan. The only non-vegan ingredients I use are beeswax from local farmers, natural lanolin (extracted from sheared sheep's wool), and powdered milk. Most of my products can be made vegan on request - please feel free to convo me! I am personally against animal testing, and I will never test PML products on animals. To be cruelty-free, a company's ingredients must not be tested on animals either. Part of the reason I use simple, natural ingredients with a long history of human use is that they sidestep the supposed "need" for animal testing, because they're already known to be safe. When I have time to do the paperwork, I intend to obtain Leaping Bunny certification documenting that PML is cruelty free. (But given that I am a one-woman operation, time for paperwork is scarce!)


PACKAGING RETURN PROGRAM.
I try to avoid bringing more packaging into this world as much as I can! Glass packaging can be returned to me for a refund of $1 per piece. Convo me for my mailing address!


SHIPPING.
I charge my actual shipping cost + $0.25 to $0.50. If for some reason you end up overpaying for shipping (e.g. if you buy multiple items), I will refund you the difference via PayPal right away. Questions? Feel free to convo me!

I try to keep shipping prices as affordable as possible; if you would like extra services like tracking or insurance at an additional cost, just let me know!

Your order will be packed in 50% post-consumer recycled mailers or in boxes with clean, repurposed packaging (bubble wrap and pack paper) from my suppliers. Please recycle or use this packaging again yourself!


THANK YOU
for stopping by, for your purchase, and for your feedback and vibes! It's a delight to be able to spend my days concocting good stuff, and it thrills me to no end when my creations bring other people pleasure too.


P.S.
Priya does actually mean love (in Sanskrit). :)

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I recently moved to Baltimore from to lovely Toronto, where Priya Means Love started. You can find Priya Means Love in Toronto at...

* GRASSROOTS (Annex, Greektown) http://www.grassrootsstore.com/
* FREEDOM CLOTHING COLLECTIVE (Bloor & Ossington) http://www.freedomclothingcollective.com/

My goodies are also at PLANT EMPIRE, a fabulous new shop in Merrickville, Ontario - http://www.plantempire.com/


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You can contact me by sending me a convo via Etsy or by writing me directly at priyameanslove [at] gmail [dot] com.

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