Frequently Asked Questions
All plants used in the Spa Technologies line are 100% certified organic or certified biodynamic. In the case of seaweeds and algae, we know our individual farmers and the certifier. Each ingredient is completely unrefined and we never use any chemical solvents at our laboratory for extracts, so no trace chemicals are left behind, unlike many commercial ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredients. We stand behind our vendor and certifiers for the best quality ingredients.
Why isn’t Spa Technologies organically certified with all vendors?
Spa Technologies would have to pay the USDA and other certifiers to use their symbol for marketing purposes. Certification includes oil and water testing for 5 years and the processing involved in harvesting.
We choose the ones that we feel are true.
Why is organic important when it comes to ingredients for my skin?
Organic plants have shown to have more antioxidants and other biological actives than conventional plants. Not only is the way a plant is planted is important, but how it’s grown provides healthier results-oriented organic skin care. It’s possible an ingredient not listed as organic, on a label, is not organic only because of the chemical processing it goes through before being made into skin care.
What does whole plant organic mean?
‘Whole plant organics’ means we are not using any ‘approved’ or ‘undisclosed’ chemical solvents when we work with our plants. Everything comes straight to us in its ‘whole plant’ form. It might go into a jar, a blender, an organic oil bath, or into isotonic seawater— but it’s not going into a chemical solvent to be manipulated for its constituents. We believe that the use of the whole plant or seaweed is the most powerful remedy for skin issues due to the synergistic action of their actives. One example is our use of Flower Acids from Hibiscus which naturally contains a synergistic blend of 4 AHA’s working with anti-inflammatory power antioxidants giving us a peel without the burn.
Do you use Bio-Active Extracts?
Yes. We believe that there are special occasions for the use of certain bio-active extracts. These include anti-inflammatories such as Omega-3 and Omega-7 fatty acids; antioxidants such as astaxanthin, polypeptides extracted from Irish Moss harvested off the coast of Greenland; DNA repairing enzymes extracted from plankton and more. These actives are clinically tested and work well in our organic soup of seaweed.
Do you test on animals?
Are Spa Technologies vegan?
Not all of them. We use honey, royal jelly, and beeswax.
Are your products gluten-free?
YES! There is absolutely no gluten nor any wheat derived ingredients
What are some things that make Spa Technologies different from other organic lines?
- Spa Technologies uses isotonic seawater (nature’s natural saline solution), NO ALCOHOL, and NO FILLERS in any products. Every formula is more active, by eliminating the use of inactive ingredients.
- Spa Technologies uses only WHOLE PLANT EXTRACTIONS. By using whole plants, our skin care line is more familiar to skin cells. Whole plants provide balanced amounts of vitamin c, vitamin e, selenium, copper, proteins, enzymes – and everything needed for healthy skin; without dissecting the plant in a toxic manner.
Are Spa Technologies products effective at producing anti-aging results?
Yes. In fact, in the short and long term – The algae in Spa Technologies products represent a diverse array of ocean flora. The ocean is the ultimate mineral water whose chemistry is virtually identical to that of the human body. These algae are concentrates of the ocean’s life force—minerals, trace elements, amino acids, beta-carotenes, phyto-hormones, enzymes and more—and all of which are naturally balanced and bio-available. There are some 30,000 species of algae that are divided according to their colors: green-brown, red, white and blue-green families. Their main benefits are to provide intense nourishment to skin and to restore it to a healthy glow..
How are the products preserved?
We use only organic plants, antioxidants and seaweed-based preservatives. No chemicals, no parabens, no; no phenoxyethanol. 50% of the line contains no preservatives; creams, lotions and serums that require preservatives are stabilized with leuconostoc—a radish root ferment which provides other benefits to the care of your skin.
Why do we use Liquid Oxygen in our anti-aging products?
Our skin needs to breathe. Oxygen instantly eliminates carbon dioxide from the cell restoring it to a clean environment and even more importantly optimizes cellular metabolism for faster cell renewal. (Incidentally, hospitals bathe human organs in liquid oxygen to keep them viable before an organ replacement and the U.S. Army has recently signed a contract to study its effect on the treatment of burns). However, Liquid Oxygen (a blend of Perfluorodecalin and Perfluorhexane) is not organic but we feel is vital for cellular health.
Which Spa Technologies products offer sun protection?
None of our products contain FDA approved sunscreen ingredients as of yet. However, all of our serums and moisturizers contain seaweed “solar photospheres”. These solar photospheres are a natural way the plant protects itself from “sunburn”. This works in the same way for our skin, and have all been clinically tested to show varying Spas, from 6-18. They also all contain an abundance of antioxidants which have been clinically studied for their ability to reduce, repair, and prevent sun damage. Chemical sunscreens have all been proven to have carcinogens.
Are Spa Technologies products safe during pregnancy?
We recommend discussing your skin care regime with your holistic health care practitioner. Every person is different, and responds differently to different foods and different plants during the time of pregnancy. Do we use any toxins of any kind? NO. Do we use a percentage of Essential Oils that is said to be harmful during pregnancy or breast feeding? NO. Do we have pregnant women who use our products every single day? YES. We encourage you to listen to your own body and intuition, as well as your practitioner when testing and choosing cosmetics. We also encourage you not to listen to the FDA and use carcinogens and endocrine disruptors that they say are safe while you are pregnant.
Spa Technologies products use all natural color and will have variations from batch to batch.
The colors found in our products reflect the antioxidant levels found naturally in our organic ingredients. That is why product colors can vary from batch to batch.
Is putting oil on my skin going to make me break out?
No. In fact, the lipid layer (top layer of sebum/oil on our skin) actually prevents breakouts, as well as aging. Many of our essential oils are antibacterial. Protecting our lipid layer is essential to having healthy, clear, and youthful skin. Removing it daily will only put the skin under duress and can lead to inflammation. In fact the use of oils for skin hydration has doubled over the past five years in the United States.
What if I have plant allergies or react to product easily?
Read the ingredients to see if you recognize any plants you may be allergic to. You also have the option of buying the product and doing a patch test on your arm. If you have an allergic reaction, you are free to return the product within 30 days. Allergic reactions are not common. If you have been using a more synthetic line for a long period of time, there may be a ‘transition period’, in which the skin may be pink or tingle, or even need to detox for a bit. Those reactions are also uncommon, but feel free to email us if you are concerned about a reaction you are experiencing. If the reaction is severe, of course, please stop using the product.
What about Iodine?
Most of our skin care is formulated with 70% seaweed rich in iodine. This trace element is vital for skin vitality and reproductive health (in fact in a recent study of 35,000 Americans, 95% of the subjects were found to have an iodine deficiency). Since 1991 when we launched our line, we have not experienced one return due to allergic reactions and our products have been safety tested. For more information on the role of iodine, check out our blog on Iodine: The misunderstood element.
What is the shelf life of your products?
We guarantee the life of our products for 1 year from their manufacture date. That date can be found on a sticker on the bottom of the bottle or jar. That said, the majority of our products like our serums, balms, masks, and cleansers are stable for much longer than 1 year.
Do you make products for men?
We do not formulate a specific line for men, but lots of men love our products. The cleansers can be used to shave with, the elixirs as after shave, and the serums as moisturizers. Some of our most popular products with men are the Shave Oil, Oxygen Elixirs, and the Calming Serum.
How fast will my order arrive?
We ship most orders within 24 hours of them coming through. We ship UPS priority for orders within the US, which takes 2-3 days upon request. International orders are shipped through UPS and Fed Ex, and can take 5-14 business days to arrive.
Who is your shipping provider?
For most orders we ship regular UPS. I you have a specific request please call our office, or specify during the check out process.
How do I qualify for free shipping?
The website will automatically calculate free shipping on orders over $50.
Do you take returns?
We do not take returns on opened items. We are confident in the efficacy of our products, and we recommend you reach out to us before your order regarding any skin concerns that you have to ensure you get the right product for your unique skin.
Do you offer samples?
We do include free samples with every online order.