FAQ

Our products are:  ✔ 100% Plant-based ✔ Vegan ✔ Cruelty free ✔ Biodegradable ✔ Safe & Non-toxic ✔ Gluten-free

Our products DO NOT contain: ✗ Parabens ✗ Formaldehyde-releasers                      ✗ Petroleum ✗ Phthalates ✗ Artificial aromas or fragrances ✗ Dyes ✗ EDTA, BHA or BHT

What is the shelf-life of your products?

We recommend to use our products within 1 year of purchase and 6 months of opening. 

What preservatives do you use?

Check our Green Chemistry  page for information on our naturally derived preservatives. 

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Are your products safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

The short answer is YES. 

Essential Oils:

The long answer is that the concerns for pregnant and breastfeeding women are completely valid because components of essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin and can easily pass through the placenta to the developing fetus. The question is whether these components can be harmful or disruptive.

Most essential oils are safe to use but there are a few which should be avoided entirely during pregnancy and breastfeeding. According to Robert Tisserand’s book, Essential Oil Safety, the following essential oils should not be ingested topically or internally during pregnancy or breastfeeding: Anise, birch, carrot seed, cassia, cinnamon bark, cypress, dill seed, fennel, hyssop, myrrh, myrtle, oregano, sage, star anise, tansy, and yarrow. Note: This is not an exhaustive list and there are other essential oils that are not as commercially available which should also be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

All the essential oils contained in Cocoon Apothecary products are considered safe to use during pregnancy.

Rosehip Oil

Another safety concern for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding involves Rosehip Oil because of its vitamin A content. The issues regarding vitamin A are focused on synthetic retinoids which are taken orally (e.g.: Accutane) and have been linked to miscarriages and birth defects. Findings from these studies have been taken one step further by cautioning against the use of topical retinoids, such as Retinol.

It is important to note that there is a considerable difference between transretinoic acid found in Rosehip Oil and the potent, synthetic versions which have inundated the anti-aging skin care market. The comparison is similar to taking Accutane versus eating kale, broccoli and spinach (all contain retinoids). 

Ingredient Advice

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be wary of synthetic musks and phthalates commonly used as fragrances in almost every chemical perfume and skin care product including hand soaps, facial creams, bath products. These toxic substances have been found in the bodies of newborn babies. Cocoon Apothecary products do not contain these ingredients.

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Shipping or Return Policy Questions?

Please check our Shipping + Returns page. 

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