Karena's Essentials

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 6 Sales


Karena's Essentials

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 6 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Karena Thurston

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Karena Thurston


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Last updated on December 13, 2011
Why Natural

Karena's Essentials are handmade with 100% plant and earth based ingredients. The skin absorbs what we put on it, and body tissues have the ability to store nutrients and chemicals alike. Chemicals add up. When an ingredient has been identified as potentially harmful, I feel it is safest to avoid it altogether. The less harmful chemicals we use, the more optimally our bodies and our planet are able to function. This is why I am committed to using safe, natural ingredients in all of my products. Our planet and our bodies are only as healthy and pure as the choices we make every day.

What You Will Find

Here you will find soaps, cleansers, moisturizers, special treatments, and bath soaks made with high quality therapeutic ingredients. This includes organic herbs and oils that are sourced from the United States when available, and are never tested on animals. I avoid using any ingredients that are produced or extracted using harmful processes or are manufactured in ways that alter the naturally occuring molecular structure of nature-based ingredients. These qualities positively affect the energy of the plants harvested and the land they're harvested from, and yield healthy ingredients for a purer you.

Our Ingredients

Healthy, fresh ingredients also have a fragile shelf life as the energy from the plant diffuses over time. Preservatives are sometimes necessary to maintain the freshness and integrity of plant ingredients and to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. The preservatives I use are exclusively from fruit or vegetable sources. These types of preservatives are not as strong as some of the more toxic or synthetic options available, and for this reason some of my products are made-to-order to ensure you are getting the freshest quality. This also allows me the freedom to adapt my products with certain ingredients customized to the end user. Please ask for more information if you are interested in a specialized product.

My items also make great gifts and I can customize gift baskets or produce larger quantities for special events like parties, weddings, etc. I offer both product discounts and combined shipping costs for gift baskets and larger orders. Please contact me for details.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal
Returns and exchanges
All sales are final to maintain quality and integrity of products. Every effort has been made to describe each item completely. Please email me with any questions prior to your purchase.
Payment must be received before items ship. I accept PayPal, as that is the most secure and quickest form of payment for both myself and you as the buyer. Pricing for custom orders may vary so please contact me for additional information.

I am also open to barter/ trade for items, so please contact me and we can discuss.

Please see the Shipping policies regarding additional information that can affect total cost.
At this time I only ship within the U.S. As noted above, payment must be received before items ship. All items are shipped via USPS Priority mail with delivery confirmation. If you would like your item to be shipped via First Class or Express mail please contact me for information regarding additional charges and time expectation.

Note: Insurance on your package is optional. There is an additional fee for insurance and this fee will be added to your shipping cost. Insurance fees are based on the specific value of the item and in most cases are minimal. I recommend that you purchase insurance as I will not be responsible for lost or damaged items that occur during delivery. Please email me for more information about insuring your package.

Orders shipped within the US generally take 2-3 business days to arrive.

Custom orders will ship according to the specific terms outlined in each individual order.
Additional policies and FAQs
Most items are made-to-order and require at least 1 day for your item to be created and shipped. If you place a large order the exact lead time may be longer and the specifics will be discussed as part of the order. Items that are ready-to-ship are mailed within 1 day of payment.

© Karena's Essentials 2010, all rights reserved. All content, product photographs and descriptions in this shop are protected by copyright belonging to Karena's Essentials. They may not be duplicated, copied, reproduced and/or republished without permission.