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What are BODY STONES made of?

All of our BODY STONES are made using the same five core ingredients: cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, and fractionated coconut oil. The base oils lower the melting point of the cocoa butter, making our BODY STONES melt on contact with skin in a way you have to feel to understand.

The NAKED STONE and MAMA STONE are composed of our five core ingredients only. No essential oils. They are safe for use both on and inside your body (i.e., as a sensual lubricant, for use in perineal massage, or as a nipple balm during breastfeeding). The NAKED STONE uses unrefined (i.e., non deodorized cocoa butter) and has a raw cocoa butter scent. The MAMA STONE uses refined (i.e., deodorized cocoa butter) and has no scent - perfect for sensitive noses.

Our DAILY STONE and SLEEP STONE contain essential oils. Our best selling DAILY STONE contains rose, frankincense, and neroli. Our SLEEP STONE contains chamomile and lavender. While these BODY STONES have aromatherapeutic benefits, they should only be used on the body’s surface, and they should never be ingested or used inside your body (i.e., they are not appropriate as a sensual lubricant, for use in a perineal massage, or as a nipple balm during breastfeeding).

You can learn more about the benefits of our five core ingredients and the essential oils we use here.

What is the difference between base oils and essential oils?

Base oils (also known as carrier oils) are mild, unscented vegetable oils derived from the fattier parts of the plant (i.e., seeds, kernels, nuts). These are the types of oils you can eat and cook with. In general, base oils are mild and typically a bit thick and oily in texture.

Essential oils are extremely concentrated and possess medicinal qualities. They are typically thin, non-oily, and possess strong but beautiful aromas. They should always be diluted in a base oil; they should never be applied in pure form. Essential oils are distilled from the "essence" of the plant (i.e., leaves, bark, roots, stems, flowers). And it is believed that this essence passes on benefits to the user. For example, frankincense oil, which is distilled from tree sap, heals and restores our bodies and minds just as it heals the tree’s bark.

Where are BODY STONES made?

Kate started making BODY STONES at home, in her Williamsburg kitchen. We recently moved out of her kitchen and into our new Butter Atelier in DUMBO, Brooklyn, which doubles as a production facility and showroom. Kate still hand pours each batch, supported by our team of amazing kitchen assistants.

The Butter Atelier is currently available by invitation or appointment only. We host private essential oils workshops and offer individual consultations for bespoke "black label" BODY STONES that integrate my favorite "black market" ingredients (i.e., indica). E-mail atelier@katemcleod.com for rates and information.

Are your products vegan?

Yes, our products are 100% vegan, with absolutely no animal testing. We are certified cruelty free by Leaping Bunny. You can learn more about Leaping Bunny certification program here: https://www.leapingbunny.org/

Are your products gluten-free?

Yes, our products are gluten-free.

Who may be sensitive to your products?

Please do not use this product if you have, or think you may have, a nut allergy or a chocolate allergy. Our products contain nut oils and cocoa butter and should not be used by consumers with nut and / or chocolate allergies.

How do I apply my BODY STONE?

BODY STONES can be applied in five easy steps:

Start with dry skin: Our BODY STONES may look like soap, but they shouldn't be used with water. Start with dry skin, preferably after you've taken a nice hot bath or shower.

Warm in your hands: Our BODY STONES have a melting point that is roughly equivalent to human body temperature. This means that they melt on contact with skin in a way you have to feel to understand. Prep your stone for use by warming in your hands for a few seconds before applying.

Stroke once or twice: Our BODY STONES are packed with hydrating base oils, so less is more. Use sparingly for a smooth application - one or two strokes on each body part will get your skin the loving care it needs.

Massage into skin: Our BODY STONES are totally sober. We don't add alcohols to our formulas, as they can be drying and increase skin’s oiliness over time. This makes us different from the majority of lotion makers, who add alcohol to produce a "quick dry" effect. Long term skin health matters more to us than short term convenience. So take some time to massage our formula into your skin - and get to know your self.

Finally, admire: Applying a BODY STONE is like putting on armor, a self-care body shield. It's about taking care of your roots - holding yourself, feeling safe, and knowing who you are in your own skin. It's magic. Confidence boosting, power-fueling magic. And that's what this is all about.

How do I incorporate my BODY STONE into my daily routine?

The Kate McLeod team likes to apply the BODY STONE right after showering, as you would any other lotion product. Ensure that your body is completely dry before applying, use sparingly, and give yourself some time to massage the oil into your skin before putting on clothes.

How long does each BODY STONE typically last?

This depends on how much you use your BODY STONE. The BODY STONE typically lasts 4-6 weeks. Our formula is anhydrous (i.e., no water), with over 80% cocoa butter. By contrast, your average lotion bottle uses 2-3% cocoa butter and dilutes with tons of water. This means that we give highly concentrated nourishment. Our customers rave that they can often feel the moisturizing effects for 1-2 days after application!

What is the shelf life of a BODY STONE? Are there any special storage requirements?

Our BODY STONES have a 2 year shelf life. However, we recommend using within 6-12 months (just like we would with any other beauty or cosmetic product).

We recommend re-wrapping your BODY STONE in cheese cloth and storing in your bamboo canister after each use. Bamboo makes an ideal storage environment for our BODY STONES, as it provides insulation from water and protection from heat. BODY STONES should not be placed in direct sunlight or exposed to extreme heat. BODY STONES should also be kept dry and should not be used with water. Our formula is anhydrous (i.e., doesn’t contain water), as water can have an adverse effect on our product and can in rare instances cause the product to produce mold or bacteria.

Are BODY STONES safe to use during pregnancy?

Our MAMA STONE and NAKED STONE do not contain essential oils and accordingly are safe to use during pregnancy.  That said, we will always recommend reviewing your beauty and cosmetic products with your physician to ensure these products align with their medical guidance regarding your pregnancy.

What is that white stuff on my BODY STONE? Is it mold? Should I be concerned?

Have you ever seen a white-ish tint or shadow on chocolate?  That’s fat bloom, a naturally occuring property of cocoa butter. Just like cellulite or stretch marks, this is a natural imperfection you should embrace - both in your BODY STONES and in your self.

My BODY STONE just broke into pieces after multiple uses. What do I do now?

Embrace the broken parts - the smallest BODY STONE pieces can be worked into the body to magical effect. Even better, run a bath and toss the remaining bits into the tub - they'll melt, you'll soak - truly, it's glorious! You’ll emerge moisturized, rejuvenated, and unbelievably soft.

Refund Policy

What is Kate McLeod's refund policy?

Due to the nature of our products, Kate McLeod does not accept returns or exchanges.

However, your satisfaction is our top priority, and we will do everything we can to ensure your happiness with every purchase. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at support@katemcleod.com at any time if you are unhappy with your order.

We will consider refunds on a case-by-case basis (i.e., if a product arrives damaged or is defective). In order to apply for a refund, please reach out to us at support@katemcleod.com within 15 days of purchase. If your refund request is approved, your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment.

We are not responsible for any additional shipping costs for refunds, and we do not assume responsibility for reimbursement or compensation of returned packages lost in transit without proof of delivery to Kate McLeod.

Shipping

US Shipping

Items ordered and paid for will ship after 2-5 business days, unless otherwise noted in description of the product (i.e., pre-orders). We primarily ship through USPS. After leaving our facility, USPS typically delivers in 2-5 business days. You will receive an email notification from us that contains tracking information once your order has been shipped.

Once the package has left Kate McLeod and is in the hands of the shipping carrier, we are not responsible for delivery delays or if a package is not able to be delivered due to address errors.

International Shipping

International (non-US) customers are responsible for payment of any associated fees, customs, duties, and taxes. Unfortunately, taxes associated with shipment from, for example, the US to the UK can be substantial, so we urge you to take this into consideration before placing an international order.

All prices are listed in USD. We recommend international customers check the current exchange rate to get the best idea of what they will be charged.

Order Cancellation

How do I make changes to or cancel my order?

We work hard to help you get your orders as quickly as possible. So as soon as the payment is accepted and the order is confirmed, it is immediately in process for shipping. This means there is only a very small window of time where we can catch your order before it is shipped out.

Unfortunately this means no changes can be made to your order once it is placed. There may, however, be time to cancel your order all together so you can start fresh. Please e-mail us at support@katemcleod.com as soon as possible with the subject line “Cancellation” and your full name and order number. We’ll do our best to help you!