F A Q
Is everything you make natural?
Yes! Ananda offerings are expertly blended using the highest quality organic and wildcrafted plant derived ingredients and are packaged in recyclable, reusable and locally sourced packaging. All products are free of artificial fragrance, artificial colour, synthetic preservatives, petroleum, palm oil, synthetic emulsifiers, formaldehyde, and parabens.
Are your products vegan?
Our entire product line is vegan with the exception of our lip balms. Our lip balms contain beeswax that is locally sourced in Alberta. All products are tested on humans.
Are your products safe to use during pregnancy?
Generally speaking, essential oil use is not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy. Following the first trimester, use no more than a 1% concentration of select essential oils. Essential oils that should be avoided during pregnancy include but are not limited to basil, bay laurel, clary sage, clove, helichrysum, juniper berry, lemongrass, rosemary and vetiver. Essential oils generally considered safe during pregnancy include tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, geranium, roman chamomile, rose, jasmine, ylang ylang and lavender. All Ananda products indicate whether or not they are safe to use during pregnancy.
What is the shelf life of your products?
Ananda products are truly all-natural and do not contain any synthetic preservatives. We use Vitamin E in most of our products, which acts as an antioxidant and natural preservative. Our products have a shelf life of typically 12 months. If products are stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight, they will stay fresher longer.
How do I use body oils?
Moisturizer: Massage into the skin prior to bathing or showering as the increased body heat will allow the oils to absorb more readily. Can also be applied to damp skin after bathing or showering.
Massage: Ananda body oils work wonderfully as aromatherapy massage oils.
Bath: For a decadent bathing experience worthy of Cleopatra, blend two tablespoons of body oil with one cup of whole milk and one tablespoon of honey.
Do your products contain any nut oils?
Yes, select products contain sweet almond oil and hazelnut oil. We recommend consulting your doctor first if you have a nut allergy.
Are your products registered?
Yes! The Notification of Cosmetics has been submitted (or is in the process of being submitted) to Health Canada for most of our products. What this means for you is that Health Canada has reviewed each product for potential concerns including unknown ingredients, safety issues, improper classification, and more.
We are also Leaping Bunny Certified. Leaping Bunny works with companies to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine indigenous to India. Ayurveda comes from the sanskrit term meaning “science of life.” Ayurveda was first recorded in the Vedas and has be practiced for over 5,000 years!
What is dinacharya?
Dinacharya is essentially a daily routine. According to the science of Ayurveda, a daily routine is necessary to bring change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance. There are many ways to start a daily routine. Personally, mine includes scraping my tongue with a tongue scraper, dry brushing my skin, abhyanga, yoga, and meditation.
What is abhyanga?
Abhyanga is the practice of anointing ourselves from head to toe with oil. Daily self massage with oil is a profound practice of loving self-care. It has countless benefits including calming the nervous system, promoting healthy circulation, stimulating the internal organs of the body, assisting in elimination of impurities from the body, moving the lymph aiding in detoxification, and softening and smoothing the skin. Using positive affirmations during self-massage is a great way to set your intentions for the day! Ananda body oils were created with this practice in mind.