One Hand Washes The Other- Decadent, Vegan, Bath & Body

Beaufort, South Carolina

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Note from shop owner The OHWTO etsy shop is now closed. Any outstanding orders will be shipped out by 11/13/17. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Last updated on Nov 10, 2017

The OHWTO etsy shop is now closed. Any outstanding orders will be shipped out by 11/13/17. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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OHWTO- Don't Smell Like A Jerk™

Hi, I'm Becca, I make things smell, and I like shiny things. I don't really know what all to write here, so in the meantime, let's treat this like a FAQ section!

*I want to buy _______ perfume oil/solid scent/other things but I can't find it in your shop when will you have more?
-You can buy pretty much every fragrance I offer using the "choose your scent listings I have in the shop; these should never be out of stock except maybe during very busy times of the year. Here's a couple for starters:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202485890 <---solid scents
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202497635 <---perfume oil
And the rest can be accessed via this link:

*Do you sell samples?
-I sure do! I sell 2mL mini vials of all my "private stock" (still trying to come up with a better name for that list after all these years) fragrances, and I also try to always include AT LEAST one sample (usually a solid scent perfume sample) in every order. Feel free to request a couple fragrances in the "notes to seller", and IF I have them on-hand at the time of filling your order, I'll be more than happy to send them to you!

*What is the shelf life of ______?
-I can't really say for certain exactly how long a product will last- it all depends on the final storage and usage of said product. The products I offer are mostly, if not all, natural, so their shelf life will not compare to the products made by laboratories with immortal petroleum products and filled with preservatives. I use antioxidants to extend shelf life and stave off oil rancidity, and I do use preservatives when necessary, but part of the appeal of indie is the lack of unnecessary preservatives that really only comes with buying freshly-made small-batch cosmetics. A company which needs to produce 10,000 units/month can't (and shouldn't) get away without using them, but us little guys can :) An unused, unopened lip balm that's only ever been in your bedroom and stashed in a drawer will last longer than one which has been used a few times and left in your car and brought to the beach, etc. In optimal storage conditions, meaning, "a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight", you can expect your unused, unopened OHWTO products to last at LEAST this long, if not longer:

~Solid Scents: 1 year
~Lip Balms: 9 months
~Bar Soaps: 1 year
~Cream Soaps: 1 year
~Snake Oil/National Treasure: 1 year
~Perfume Oils: 5 years
~Body Butters: 1 year
~Scrubs: 1 year
~Flower Balm/Cuticle Balms: 1 year

These products will likely last longer than stated with proper storage, and you can also extend their shelf life by putting them in the fridge or even the freezer, but the times listed are the **minimum** shelf life you can expect from my goods though they will most likely last a whole lot longer. I have a Solid Scent I made in 2010 which I still use occasionally and which has not gone "off" despite less-than-optimal storage, so, you know... always assess your older products before using, but if a balm or oil goes bad, you'll know it; it will have a rancid "old french fries" kind of smell that makes it unbearable to use. It won't hurt you, but don't use it anymore if you experience this. Bar soaps may occasionally display what's called "soap bloom" which looks like mold, but it is not mold. I don't put anything in my soaps which could grow mold (mold needs organic material to grow on), and the soap itself keeps that kind of thing away. Soap bloom occurs when water in the air (yes, even in a wrapped bar of soap) reacts with trace salts and minerals in the soap and then this solution "crystallizes" on the soap's surface. It is completely harmless and should rinse right off. There's also the matter of "sweating", which is just the glycerin in the soap attracting water in the air to itself. It will look like your soap has just finished running a marathon, and in the case of Black Magic soap, the sweat tends to be yellow because of the calendula infusion. Again, this is completely harmless and will rinse away. If a product you purchased from me goes off ("off" as in "it smells like something died in rotten fryer oil", not "I just don't like the way it smells anymore") before its estimated shelf life is up, please contact me at once to discuss a replacement.

Shop members

  • Becca

    Owner, Designer, Maker Of Smelly Things (tm)

    Becca has been here on Etsy since 2007 in one capacity or another and is always doing something creative.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 2, 2017
OHWTO strives to provide products for your body that are as fun to use as they are good for your skin. Thank you for taking the time to check out my shop.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please review item descriptions and photos carefully before purchasing.
Online Bath & Body product sales presents an interesting challenge, as I can't accept returns on them but you can't try them out before you buy them; if you're not fully satisfied with your purchase, please contact me and I'll do my best to make you a happy customer :) I try to keep samples of many products available, but they tend to sell out quickly.

Requests for order cancellations made prior to an order shipping will be honored promptly, but if you paid with Paypal, the fixed fee Paypal charges me will NOT be refunded to you. Right now it's $.30, so you should be aware that your refund due to your request for order cancellation will be short by $.30 because of this. It's not right to expect small merchants such as myself to cover the costs, however small, of your shopping mistakes or changing your mind or what have you. If this policy does not sit well with you, please do not shop with me; this policy is more than reasonable on my part and was only added due to certain individuals repeatedly requesting refunds and then reordering, which in the end only costs me money. Think of it as a "restocking fee" if it makes you feel better :)
OHWTO currently accepts Paypal, credit cards, and Etsy gift cards for payment. As always, I never see your actual payment info, only: your name, shipping/billing address, and email address.
Shipping will always be via USPS. I ship all orders to the address listed on your Etsy invoice. If you give me an incorrect ship-to address, and I ship there because that's where you told me to ship to, I can't be held responsible when you don't get your package- PLEASE double-check your address before submitting your order. If you need to ship an order elsewhere, whether it's as a gift or because you've moved, or for any other reason, PLEASE let me know with an Etsy convo ASAP. I can change a shipping address with no problem *before* an order's been shipped, but once it's left here, there's nothing I can do.

Orders are shipped via USPS either via First Class or Priority Mail, depending on the package's size and weight.

I make every attempt to get orders out in a timely manner, but please remember I am only one person and in addition to OHWTO duties, I have many outside responsibilities as well. I do my best to get your orders made, packed, and shipped, as fast as I can without compromising quality. Current order turnaround time is stated in business days at the top of the shop's home page. "Business days" excludes weekends, holidays and days where the post office isn't open, of course (for anyone who may be confused: "turnaround time" means the time it takes for me to get your order, print it, make it, label it, package it, and mail it- it does not include the time it takes the postal service to deliver to you and it does NOT include holidays or weekends).

Want to know where your order is, or when it's shipping? Check out your receipt (find it here: https://www.etsy.com/your/purchases), in the upper right-hand corner is an "estimated ship date"- this is my estimation of the date your order will ship by, at the very latest. If it's been shipped, your tracking information will be there for you to click on as well. EVERY order receives tracking information, and I don't print shipping labels until an order is ready to go to the Post Office, so if that tracking information is there, your order is either already en route, or will be shortly. Tracking doesn't always update right away for various reasons beyond my control, but rest assured, I'm not going to print a shipping label for your order and then sit on it for 3 weeks- that's ridiculous, and I hate when it gets done to me, so I would NEVER do that to YOU <3 Updated tracking info is generally available on the USPS website within 24 hours of you receiving the email with the tracking # in it.

International (non-US) customers are responsible for any and all customs fees/levies/taxes/tariffs/whatever they call them in your respective country. These fees are not included in your item cost, so keep that in mind when ordering. I ONLY mark International packages as "merchandise" on the Customs Forms- I will NOT mark packages as "gifts" unless they truly are being sent for free, as actual gifts. I state the actual dollar amount paid, less shipping, on customs forms and will not fudge this because doing so is mail fraud which is punishable by a sizable fine, so please don't ask me to do it. Thanks for your understanding!

I recycle the styrofoam peanuts and other packing materials my vendors use to ship me my supplies, so if you see some in your packaging please don't freak out about me killing the environment- I'm RECYCLING them, not purchasing them new. All mailers/boxes, however, are new and unused.

I stopped including paper invoices with orders as of August 2014 to reduce paper waste (and save a little bit of money). All orders are placed online, so accessing the invoices online for reference shouldn't be an issue. However, if you absolutely NEED a physical copy of your invoice, just ask in the "notes" section during checkout and I'll be more than happy to print it out for you and include it with your package.

I cannot be held responsible for items damaged in transit; orders are packed to ensure your items arrive safely and are not damaged during normal handling, but sometimes, bad things happen to good packages. To protect your purchase from the unpredictable, I can add extra insurance to your order, just contact me after purchase and let me know and I will invoice you for the additional cost if necessary. It's usually under $2, so if you're placing a large order, you might want to consider it. Priority Mailers already include insurance, free of charge.
Additional policies and FAQs
Full scent lists can be found at OHWTO.blogspot.com