FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ORDERING & SHIPPING

How does Local Pickup work?

We are currently offering Local Pickup for O'ahu residents & visitors at two of our favorite island shops, Paiko in Kaka'ako & Protea Zero Waste in Kailua. Both options are available under the Shipping Method section at checkout ~ orders over $25 are waived of the $2 handling fee.

Once your order is at the store and ready for pickup, you will receive an Order Fulfilled notification email. Please make sure to arrive during open store hours and provide your name & order number to a shop attendant. If you bring your own bag, we'll reuse ours. 

PAIKO
Open Tues - Sat | 10:30a - 4:30p
675 Auahi St, Suite 127
Kaka'ako | Honolulu | 96813

PROTEA ZERO WASTE
Open Tues - Fri | 10a - 6p
Sat & Sun | 10a - 4p
35 Kainehe Street
Kailua | 96734

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping prices are based on weight, and therefore vary depending on what you order. 

Domestic orders typically cost around $4-5 for small orders and $8-10 for larger orders. You can see the exact amount on the checkout page. U.S. orders over $75 receive a free shipping option automatically.

International orders vary by country but typically range from around $18 for small orders and $24+ for medium-sized orders. 


When will I receive my order?

Most orders are shipped within 1 to 5 days of purchase, but in rarer instances within 6 to 10 days. Please note that if your order takes on the longer side to ship, we are currently in the process of producing & restocking at least one of your items so you will receive the freshest batch possible. We appreciate your patience in respecting our small batch, handcrafted way of business!

All packages are sent via USPS and, once shipped, usually arrive within 1 - 2 days to Hawaii residents or 3 - 5 days to U.S. mainland residents. Tracking numbers for all domestic orders are sent via a shipping confirmation email once your order is ready to be mailed. *Please note that due to issues surrounding Covid, USPS packages are taking longer than usual to be delivered.*

International orders are somewhat variable, but generally take 7 to 21 days in transit. If you are an international customer and want tracking, please contact me before you finalize your order as it will require an additional charge. 

If you need an order by a deadline (such as for a birthday gift), please email Deanna@indigoelixirs.com before you purchase to ensure that your requested items are in stock and can reach you by the desired date.

What should I do if I haven't received my order?

Please keep an eye on your tracking info when you are expecting a package. Once we drop a package off with USPS, all the information we can access is on the USPS tracking info page linked within your shipping confirmation email. You will receive additional emails (or texts) to let you know when your package is currently out for delivery and as soon as it has been delivered.

If you receive a delivery notification but cannot find your package, be sure to check everywhere a delivery person could have possibly left it ~ around the mailbox, on the front porch, by the back door. Check with your neighbors in case it was accidentally delivered to them, and if still no sign ask your postal worker if they have any insight or info. If the package has yet to turn up, contact your local USPS post office. 

If you've done all of the above, reach out to us at deanna@indigoelixirs.com and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your elixirs find you. Please keep in mind that we are a very small business with limited resources, so the more leg work you do before contacting us the more quickly we can troubleshoot and find a solution. 

What is the return policy?

If you are unsatisfied with any product, please email us immediately at Deanna@indigoelixirs.com. We can provide store credit or a refund for up to two weeks after you received the item.


PRODUCT SAFETY

Which products should be avoided while pregnant? 

Some of our products contain herbs or essential oils that should be avoided during pregnancy due to uterine-stimulating actions or potentially harmful effects on a developing fetus. Of the ingredients we commonly work with, this includes Cedarwood, Clove, Mugwort, Labdanum (Rock Rose), Myrrh & Thyme. 

Due to their inclusion of the aforementioned botanicals, please do not use the following products while pregnant: Lucid Dream Balm, Blue Moon Balm, Rose Quartz Crystal Elixir, Midwood Musk Perfume, Ritual Resin Perfume, and Neroli Nectar Perfume.


Which products should be avoided while breastfeeding? 

Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Thyme have all been found to reduce the supply of breast milk. Please use the following products sparingly or avoid using while breastfeeding, as they all contain one or more of the above oils: Head Tonic, Pain Healer Salve, Breathe Relief Balm, Don't Bug Me Insect Repellent, and Vanilla Mint Lip Bar.


SHELF LIFE

How long will elixirs last?

Like all natural products, ours should be used fresh while they are most potent. Please enjoy Indigo Elixirs within a year of purchase, unless otherwise noted. Help preserve your elixirs by keeping them out of light & heat, dipping into jars & tins with clean, dry hands, and avoid getting water into your items.

If unsure whether a product is still good to use, always trust your nose! Take note of the scent when you first receive an item, and if you notice any changes in smell or discolorations it is time to get a new one. 

When it comes to our "fresh" products - such as the Afterglow Potion and Citrus Cream Conditioner - please note that the suggested 'best by' date is just a suggestion. Think of these items like fresh food in your refrigerator: instead of just going by the date, use the look and smell to determine whether they are still good to use. Does the scent and texture appear the same as the day you received it? Still good. Is it emitting a funky blue cheese or rancid oil aroma, or does it have blotches that look like mold growth? Don't use it ~ add it to your compost instead! Keep in mind that fresh products can last long beyond they're 'best by' date, especially if you are using them regularly (or at least a few times a week). If you're going out of town and leaving your fresh products behind, the best place to keep them is in the fridge! 

My elixir changed consistency but still smells fine. Can I still use it?

Because we avoid synthetic emulsifiers in any of my products, we instead rely on good old-fashioned emulsifying that requires exact ratios and temperatures to blend well. This means that over time and with changes in temperature, items can eventually change consistency. Cocoa butter has a tendency to get a bad ‘temper’ ~ the temper refers to its proper crystallization. Salves and balms with cocoa butter may form streaks and odd (sometimes beautiful) patterns: these are totally harmless to the efficacy of the product, aside from the fact that it might change the smoothness. Shea butter can undergo something similar; if exposed to too much heat it may create tiny balls within the formulation. Again, totally harmless - just warm the mixture in your hands to smooth it out.

Whipped products, like the Whipped Love Butter and Savior Salve, are more sensitive to heat due to their buttery nature. Be extra careful to avoid exposing these to extreme heat. If they do melt, leave in the fridge overnight to re-solidify them. The texture won’t be as soft and delicate but they will still be just as effective. 


INGREDIENTS

Are your elixirs Cruely Free / Vegan / Organic?  

Every elixir is 100% cruelty free. None of our products or ingredients have been tested on animals. All of our materials have withstood the test of time, meaning that they have been used in a similar fashion for thousands of years and are considered safe in the proper context. 

All products in glass bottles and rollers are entirely vegan. The elixirs in tins (and the Seven Seeds) contain locally produced beeswax, which helps to preserve the botanical blends and carry them into the skin. Beeswax is a natural byproduct of the honey industry here in Hawaii, and therefore makes the most sense ecologically in terms of sourcing a wax for my balms. We source from only a few local beekeepers whom we trust for their conscious caring of the bees. 

While our products are not certified organic, we work with plenty of organic ingredients and these are denoted as such on the labels and product descriptions. We do prioritize sustainably grown local ingredients first and foremost, but many local farmers do not undergo organic certification due to the financial and paperwork burden. Several key medicinal herbs are grown in-house, and are nourished entirely with Manoa sun, rain & home brewed compost. 

INDIGO REWARDS

How does the Indigo Rewards Program work?  

Indigo Rewards allows you to earn points for discounts every time you make a purchase, write a review, share our content on social media and refer a friend to our site. See all the details about how this program works here.