Handcrafted Organics for Skin, Body, and Hair

Maryland, United States · 2947 Sales


Handcrafted Organics for Skin, Body, and Hair

Maryland, United States 2947 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   purist all natural * organic ingredients * high performance * handcrafted from scratch by Priya
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Last updated on Aug 3, 2016

purist all natural * organic ingredients * high performance * handcrafted from scratch by Priya
> > small luxuries to help you care for the body you live in < <

Priya Narasimhan

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Priya Narasimhan

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R on Aug 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I waited till I had used this product to review. Priya took the time to customize it for me and the product is very rich, great for overnight usage.

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The Mud shampoo is perfect for outdoor bathing and backcountry use -- just clay and herbs, no surfactants or synthetics that burden lakes and rivers and their inhabitants.
Hiking essentials! Keeping the biters at bay in the Adirondacks.
A few woodland things, with balsam fir ready for the tincture jar.
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Radiant beauty without compromise.

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 that I infuse in various ways.

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!)

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!

Questions about shipping? Feel free to contact me! If you would like extra services like signature confirmation, 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!

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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.

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

Questions? Contact me via an etsy convo or email me at priyameanslove -at- gmail -dot- com

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  • Priya Narasimhan

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Formulator

    Always a lover of nature, of tinkering and concocting, of the delicious and the sensual, Priya was doing post-grad work in math in Chicago when fibromyalgia stepped in, sending her on the path to handcrafting healthy organic skincare and haircare.

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Last updated on April 5, 2016

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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When you place your order, you'll see a "ship by" date. Should you need your order sooner, let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

Your order will be packed in recycled paper boxes and mailers, using reused cushioning and bubble wrap wherever possible.

I ship via insured USPS. If you'd like additional services like signature confirmation at an additional cost, please let me know. IMPORTANT: if your delivery location is prone to theft, please either let me know, or request signature confirmation.
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the personal nature of my products, I'm unable to accept returns. If you've received an item you believe to be defective, or if for any reason you are unsatisfied with your order, please let me know right away, and I will work to make it right.