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Product FAQ

What is a Body Stone?

A Body Stone is a solid body moisturizer that intensely nourishes dry skin. Solid at room temperature, it softens when it comes into contact with warm, dry skin. As you smooth it over your body, it melts and absorbs, leaving skin soft, supple, and glowing.

When used regularly, the Body Stone provides a welcome moment of self-care in even the busiest of lifestyles. It's everyday magic.

What's in a Body Stone?

Simple, powerful ingredients to give you moisturizing results you can see and feel. Each Body Stone starts with a core formula of cocoa butter and four nourishing base oils: sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, and fractionated coconut. That's it. From there, Kate adds pure essential oils that provide benefits for both body and mind.

Daily Stone: unscented cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil, rose, frankincense, and neroli

Sleep Stone: unscented cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil, lavender, and chamomile

Grounding Stone: unscented cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil, vetiver, and bergamot

Naked Stone: raw cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, and fractionated coconut oil

Mama Stone: unscented cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, and fractionated coconut oil

Our ingredients are listed in INCI format on our packaging, which is pictured on each product page.

How is a Body Stone different than a lotion bar?

Traditional lotion bars use ingredients like beeswax that are easier and cheaper to work with but feel sticky when applied. Our Body Stones glide on like silk - no rubbing or tugging on the skin.

How long does each Body Stone typically last?

This depends on how much you use your Body Stone, but on average a full-size Body Stone typically lasts 4-6 weeks. Our formula is water-free, with over 80% cocoa butter and nourishing base oils. By contrast, your average lotion bottle uses 2-3% cocoa butter and dilutes with tons of water. Consider us highly concentrated nourishment for your skin - a little bit goes a long way.

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 should not be used with water. Start with dry skin, preferably after you've taken a nice hot bath or shower.

Warm in your hands: 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 cocoa butter and nourishing 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: Take some time to massage the oils into your skin, and let your skin dry before putting on clothes. 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 that actually dries your skin out.

Finally, admire: Our Body Stones deliver deep nourishment to your skin that you can see – and inner benefits you can feel. Take an intentioned moment of self-care with your Stone. It's everyday magic that will help you come into your most grounded, content self.

How do I incorporate the Body Stone into my daily routine?

The Kate McLeod Team likes to apply the Body Stone right after showering, as you would with traditional lotion. Ensure that your body is toweled dry before applying, use sparingly, and give yourself some time to massage the oil into your skin before putting on clothes. 

How should I store my Body Stone?

We recommend re-wrapping your Body Stone in its linen wrap after each use and storing it in our signature Bamboo Canister, if you’ve purchased one. Bamboo makes an ideal storage environment for our 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.

What is difference between a full-size Body Stone and a Body Stone Mini?

Our full-size Body Stones are 3.5 oz and fill the palm of your hand. Our Body Stone Minis are 1.5 oz.

Body Stone Minis are a wonderful way to sample if you are new to the Body Stone and figure out which scent you love best. They are especially wonderful for hands, feet, and lips. However, treat yourself to the full-size Body Stone for the full experience.

My Body Stone just broke into pieces after multiple uses. What do I do now?

Embrace the broken bits - even the smallest Body Stone pieces can be worked into the body for magical effects. And when you get to the very end of your Stone, draw yourself a hot bath and toss in the remaining bits. They’ll melt, you’ll soak - truly, it’s glorious! You’ll emerge moisturized, rejuvenated, and unbelievably soft.

What is that white stuff on my Body Stone?

Have you ever seen a white-ish tint or shadow on chocolate? That’s fat bloom, a naturally occurring 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 yourself.

What is the difference between core ingredients and essential oils?

Our core ingredients are the base formula we use in every Body Stone. We use over 80% cocoa butter and blend in nourishing base oils. Base 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 thicker in texture.

Essential oils are extremely concentrated and possess medicinal qualities. They 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.

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.

Are Body Stones safe to use during pregnancy?

Our Mama Stone and Naked Stone do not contain essential oils and are safe to use during pregnancy. Kate does not recommend using essential oils on the body during pregnancy due to their potency. That said, we always recommend reviewing your beauty and cosmetic products with your physician to ensure these products align with their medical guidance regarding your pregnancy.

Where are Body Stones made?

Kate started making Body Stones at home in her Williamsburg kitchen. Kate still oversees the hand pouring of each Body Stone at our Hudson Valley production facility, which we affectionately call the “Butter Atelier” after our main ingredient, cocoa butter.