Wellness buyer beware: Counterfeit Castor Oil Packs are on the rise!
Written by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Victoria Williams R.H.N.
Victoria is Head of Operations at Queen of the Thrones®. Victoria obtained a Pre-Health Science Certificate with Honours from Georgian College, which ignited her passion for natural wellness and nutrition.
Medically reviewed by: Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, N.D. (inactive)
Est. reading time: 6 minutes.
How to spot imitation
Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs before you buy
They say imitation is the best form of flattery.This might be true, but quickly turns to concern when imitation Castor Oil Packs put your wellbeing at risk.
You may be a wellness queen with years of experience using Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs (and if you are, we’re grateful for your loyalty). Or maybe you’re testing the waters of your new wellness awakening and wondering, “How do I choose a Castor Oil Pack when there’s so many options?”
Does this sound like you? If so, read on!
You’ve probably noticed that Amazon and other online retailers seem to have countless varieties of Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs at varying prices. Each brand claims to be the best for one reason or another, and the number of choices available is dazzling!
If you’re like most people, you’re understandably cost-conscious and simply trying to practice solid self-care without breaking the bank. Makes perfect sense, agreed?
Some of the advertising promises the “perfect” product at a “perfect” price, but here’s where caution is needed. Why? Let’s take a closer look.
Does the “perfect” less mess Castor Oil Pack exist?
Nothing is ever really perfect, is it? I mean, something might seem perfect, but if we’re honest, we begin to see how balance always prevails. Everything has imperfections. Dark always balances light, and so on. But without waxing philosophical, let’s just say that anyone who promises pure perfection is most likely leading you down the garden path.
On the other hand, admitting your weaknesses can help you improve, and that’s exactly what we pride ourselves on here at Queen of the Thrones®.
You might have noticed that we like to be transparent in our advertising. We tell our customers where and how we would like to improve our Castor Oil Packs, and we enjoy being honest by telling you up-front how our packs might not be perfect. They are better than they were, and they’re a lot better than DIY packs, but there is always room for improvement! Agreed?
How we want to improve our packs
If you’re familiar with Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs, then you also know that we’re proud of the less-mess design. But we’re careful to make sure everyone understands that the packs could leak, and that’s why we choose to say ‘less-mess’ and not ‘mess-free’. Honesty really is the best policy.
The material that makes these packs less-mess is polypropylene that is heat-bonded to a layer of organic cotton flannel. But here’s the thing, while heat bonding is a cleaner alternative to chemical-bonding, and while polypropylene is considered one of the healthiest plastics (it’s what food containers like yogurt cups are made from), it’s still a type of plastic.
We would love to find a way to create an organic, plastic-free outer layer to keep the packs convenient and less messy, but for the moment, the safest and cleanest option is polypropylene. Sure, it ain’t perfect, but it’s the best design we’ve created so far.
And who knows, we might be on the brink of a whole new design, but in the meantime, we like to be honest with our customers so they know exactly what they’re buying.
We’d also like to find a way to improve on our nylon straps.
In the beginning, the straps were made of organic cotton, but we received tons of feedback that the cotton straps weren’t stretchy enough and would dig into the skin uncomfortably. Ouch! So we decided to redesign the straps using nylon.
With these new soft, stretchy straps, the packs are comfortable enough to sleep in, but we’d prefer that they were made of a more natural material. Again, it ain’t perfect, but it’s the best compromise we could make. Still, we are always innovating and improving, so let’s hope that we’ll find that ideal solution sometime in the near future.
Our promise to you
We’re committed to researching, experimenting and innovating our products based on customer feedback, always striving for the cleanest materials presently available on the market.
Our aim is to bridge the gap between time honored ancient cleansing practices and modern day convenience so you easily find moments of self-care in your daily life.
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So, what’s the problem with imitation Castor Oil Packs?
With the use of Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs gaining in popularity, there are, unfortunately, some imitation Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs on the market.
This is why we want to educate and empower you on how to spot phonies from the real deal.
Imitation brands made with cheap, synthetic, and chemically treated fabrics are often blended with what sounds like healthy fabrics. The imitation Castor Oil Packs may even have a label that says it’s organic, when it’s not. This is known as greenwashing.
Unfortunately, we can all be fooled into purchasing a less-than-premium product if we don’t know what to look for. See the screenshot below? This was taken from amazon.com of another Castor Oil Pack company that imitates the Queen of the Thrones® design.
As you can see, their image is almost an exact copy of Queen of the Thrones®, but their pack is manufactured with very different fabrics. Plus, the pack is placed on the wrong side of the body.
Less expensive becomes more expensive
Your help is needed so we can put an end to Queen of the Thrones® imitations. It’s worrisome as a consumer that there are brands out there not telling you the full story about the products you trust.
Companies may make substitutions for cheaper materials thinking that’s what you want. Also, lack of knowledge, on their part, could lead to a less-than-promised pack, that may do the very opposite of what they are meant to do.
But the less expensive alternative ends up being more expensive in the end, especially if your wellness suffers for it. Not good, right?
We understand that with all great things there will always be a few bad apples in the bunch who try to make a quick buck with poor quality products that don’t have your wellbeing in mind, only their bottom line.
So how do we help you, our trusting and well-meaning consumer, avoid buying something that isn’t Queen of the Thrones® quality? Well, we came up with an idea that might be exactly what you’re looking for.
5 ways to spot a FAKE or IMITATION Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack or Castor Oil product
1. Synthetic materials
Many imitation packs are made with synthetic fabrics and materials that contain chemicals.
Beware of “organic bamboo” and other materials like cotton velour that are most often blended with plastic fibers or highly processed with chemicals.
Some may even have regulatory symbols stating that they are “healthy”. But the definition of healthy may be very different for manufacturers compared to natural wellness practitioners.
2. The words eco-friendly”, “green”, and “natural” – do not always mean health-friendly.
Yes, we want to help the environment and be eco-friendly, but not everything that is good for the environment is good for you.
This is a great example of the marketing tactic mentioned earlier called ”greenwashing”.
3. Castor Oil bottled in plastic and not amber glass
Castor Oil is known as the best carrier oil, but when it’s bottled in plastic, it can leach contaminants from the plastic bottle. This is why we choose to bottle our Castor Oil in amber glass. The amber color protects the oil from light and the glass prevents leaching plastic-chemicals. Basically, if it’s not packaged in glass, it’s not the best quality.
4. Check the Castor Oil label for “hexane-free” and “100% pure”
Castor Oil can be extracted 2 ways:
- Mechanical extraction (pressing)
- Solvent extraction (typically with hexane)
With mechanical pressing, the nutrients are maintained instead of being separated from the bean with chemicals (like hexane). Look for bottles that say “hexane-free” and either “cold-pressed” or “expeller pressed”
5. Prices that are too good to be true.
Everyone understands that “you get what you pay for” with quality products, right? If the price is lower than the brands that you know and trust, there’s a reason for it.
6 ways to spot AUTHENTIC Queen of the Thrones® products:
1. The Label
Every Queen of the Thrones® product has a fabric label with our logo, website, and registration number on it.
2. The Material
Every Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack is made with an inner layer of organic cotton flannel (the part that touches the skin directly) and manufactured with the cleanest standards possible.
For hygienic reasons we suggest replacing your compress approximately every 2 months.
Note: Bamboo material will feel extremely soft to the touch because it’s been broken down with chemicals that may not wash out completely. In addition, pthalates are often used to make the material softer.
3. The Oil
Castor Oil is a premier carrier oil that can permeate deeply through the upper layers of your skin. Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil is always 100% pure, certified organic, hexane-free, extra virgin and hexane-free.
4. The Bottle
Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil is always bottled in amber glass to avoid the potential of chemicals from plastic bottles contaminating the oil.
5. The Face Behind the Brand
All Queen of the Thrones® products are designed by a naturopathic doctor and homotoxicologist with a designation in environmental medicine. She created these packs for her patients, her family, and her personal wellness practice.
Look for the “Verified Buyer” badge on product reviews. Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs have been used for years and have received tens of thousands of reviews from people who love and are loyal to the brand.
Would you love to know what to look for and what to avoid when you’re shopping?
Queen of the Thrones® Triple Purity Promise
Again, Queen of the Thrones® is consistently innovating our products based on customer feedback and striving for the cleanest materials presently available on the market while being transparent about our manufacturing processes and materials standards.
As a result, we have built a loyal customer base who trust the brand, providing you with the Triple Purity Promise:
- Professional Customer Support
- Practitioner Partners
- Premium & Pure as Possible
When in doubt, you will always be in good hands and may reach out to our customer support team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Here’s to smart shopping, to a healthy lifestyle, and to you!
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