Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Pirouette products "vegan" and what does that mean?
First of all, vegan means we don't use animal products of any kind. We feel this honors our commitment in creating 100% cruelty free, earth friendly products. 
Why do natural products seem to cost more?
Simply put, the ingredients cost more. However, you get what you pay for. Products made from natural ingredients are much higher quality, they are healthier for our bodies and the sustainability of our planet. We believe this is an investment well worth making.
What is the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils?
Fragrance oils are created from industry-safe synthetics. Essential oils are extracted from natural botanicals and have therapeutic aromatherapy benefits. Botanical aromas can also be obtained by tincturing (extracting in alcohol), infusing (extracting in oil) and with natural resins.

All of perfumes are created using 100% natural essential oils and botanical extracts. We also create our soap and lotion aromas almost exclusively from essential oils and natural plant aromas, only supplementing small amounts of phthalate-free fragrances (averaging less than 1% of a finished product) in a few blends, where essential oils are not available to create certain notes or far exceed reasonable costs, as we understand you probably don't want to pay $35 for a bar of soap.

ABOUT OUR NATURAL PERFUMES

  • Why Natural Perfume?
    First of all, you just have to smell the difference. The high quality, essential oils we use not only smell amazing but have so many benefits, most prominently their wonderful aromatherapy properties. Our senses more readily receive natural aromas, so they are preferable for those with fragrance sensitivities - as a growing number of people have become allergic to or are unable to tolerate synthetics. Pirouette perfumes create a signature aroma for each individual, as natural oils respond to the body’s chemistry. We recommend sampling first, to discover which blends are most harmonious for you.
  • What's the difference between a natural, artisan perfume and department store brands?
    Well, its sort of like comparing apples and oranges. First of all, although department store perfumes might contain some natural ingredients, few to none are a hundred percent natural. If its 100% natural, it should clearly say - but watch for misleading language which is very popular these days in both descriptions and even ingredients listings. Fragrance notes are a great example, if sandalwood is listed, it doesn't necessarily mean it contains any real sandalwood. The base of most commercial fragrances is developed from aroma chemicals instead. Why is this? For starters, essential oils are FAR more expensive. There are more challenges in consistently sourcing natural materials, and some desired notes simply don't exist in nature. Overall, naturals require more time, resources and expertise to master making them less appealing for mass market producers.
  • Do natural perfumes last as long as synthetics?
    Our natural perfumes don't contain chemical additives to 'trap' the aroma on your skin like a lot of synthetic fragrances do. We strive for excellence with our perfumes longevity by using the finest quality ingredients, and incorporating certain essential oils in every blend that double as fixatives, effectively extending the life of an aroma naturally. Because of this, our perfumes are impressively long lasting and beyond that, its up to mother nature. A couple tips: First of all, perfume lasts the longest on your clothes and hair. So, be sure to give a nice range to your spritzing for maximum coverage. Also, instead of spraying onto the underside of your wrists, spray the tops. This prevents it from absorbing onto the many surfaces your wrists touch and rest on through out the day.
  • Where do their colors come from?
    From the colors that naturally occur in the essential oils and botanical extracts we use. Plant oils can range from nearly clear to dark opaques.
  • What's the difference between a toilette, perfume, cologne etc?
    These terms refer to concentration. Generally, you can go by these percentages:
        *Eau de Cologne (EDC) 3-8%
        *Eau de Toilette (EDT) 5-15%
        *Eau de Parfum (EDP) 15-30%
        *Perfume, Parfum or Extrait: 30+%
    All of our perfume/cologne sprays are Eau de Parfum strength and beyond (ranging 20-35%). Our perfume/cologne oils are Extrait (ranging 65-80%). Although we refer to our Wild Spruce and Tobacco as a Cologne (for descriptive purposes), it is actually the same strength as our perfumes.
  • Aging and Storage
    Natural perfumes often become richer and more complex as they age, you may notice more depth 6-12 months after you purchased one. The aging process will only enhance the aroma. To ensure the life of your perfume, always store the bottle upright, with the cap securely on and away from direct heat, humidity or light. For best results use natural perfumes within 2-3 years of purchase. They wont necessarily "go bad", however, top notes (such as florals and citrus), which are the most delicate and fleeting, can eventually fade offsetting the blend.
  • Patch Testing
    Its always recommended (as with any perfume) to do a patch test first. Patch testing is as easy as dabbing a small amount on your skin, waiting an hour, if no irritation, you are good to go. If you develop a sensitivity at any point, then discontinue use.

ABOUT OUR NATURAL SOAPS and LOTIONS

  • What are clay soaps and how do I use them? And, wont clay dry my skin?
    We've added clay to several of our soaps because of its high mineral and nutrient content. Clays are only astringent if applied directly on the skin without any moisturizers, like mixing straight clay powder with water and applying it as a mask, which is never recommended anyway. When combined in a rich, moisturizing base like our soap, they simply condition your skin. You don't have to do anything special, just lather per usual. You might notice the added silky texture and how nice your skin feels after.
  • Can I use Pirouette soaps and lotions on my face?
    Our soaps and lotions are intended for the body, facial care products are generally formulated a little differently. However, if you decide to venture out and try them on your face, and they work for you, then go for it.
  • What is the shelf life of your lotions?
    Our formula includes natural ingredients to extend shelf life and prevent rancidity, but we still recommend using lotions within a year of when you purchased it, just to be safe.
  • How long does a bar of soap last?
    Generally, bars last about 20-24 showers.
  • Why is the texture of the soap slightly softer than some others?
    Most soaps on the market contain palm oil, which yields a very hard bar. Unfortunately, the palm industry is unsustainable. If you've heard the sad news about orangutans becoming endangered, its a direct result of the massive deforestation of oil palms in Indonesia, its major producer, leaving no habitat for our orangutan friends. For this reason, we've made the conscious choice to go palm-free.
  • What is the Soap Oracle?
    Its like a fortunate cookie for soap! We've created a fun way to share our passion about self care, by including a Soap Oracle card with our 4oz soaps. Each card comes with a helpful idea that you can use to take better care of yourself. It is our hope that every message you receive, will hold special meaning for you.
SCENTS and SENSIBILITY
Above all, please use your common sense along side your nose. Although our products are in line with a healthy lifestyle, we make no medical claims as to their abilities or benefits. Those seeking medical assistance should always contact a doctor immediately. Pregnant or breast feeding women are cautioned as some essential oils may be contraindicated. All products are for external use only and should be kept out of reach of children and animals.