Privacy Notice/Terms of Use

At Beautiful Ingredient, (www.beautifulingredient.com) the privacy of visitors is important to us.  This Privacy Notice outlines the type of personal information that is collected and received by Beautiful Ingredient and how it is used.  By using any of the services at www.beautifulingredient.com, you expressly consent to the information handling practices described in this Privacy Notice.  

At Beautiful Ingredient, we are committed to protecting visitor privacy and will not sell or rent your name or personal information to any third party. We do not sell, rent or provide outside access to our mailing list or any data we store.  The personal information collected by Beautiful Ingredient is kept as confidential as reasonably possible, using administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect personal information.  Only authorized personnel have access to this personal information.  Beautiful Ingredient will keep personal information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes described in this Privacy Notice, and as required by law.

Any information you provide is used solely for the stated purpose unless you agree in advance to additional use (for example, you may be asked if you would like to be added to an email list). You may request at any time to be removed from our lists.

Beautiful Ingredient may release personal information if required by law, search warrant, subpoena, court order or fraud investigation. We may also use personal information in a manner that does not identify you specifically nor allow you to be contacted but does identify certain criteria about our Site's users in general (such as we may inform third parties about the number of registered users, number of unique visitors, and the pages most frequently browsed).

We reserve the right to modify this privacy notice at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will indicate the date of the updates here (below).  

Beautiful Ingredient may collect personal information in the following ways:

Log Files

Like many other websites, Beautiful Ingredient makes use of log files.  The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement around the site, and gather demographic information.  IP addresses and other such information are not linked by us to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Beautiful Ingredient uses a data tool called "cookie" - a small piece of data stored on the website visitor's hard drive containing information about that visitor.  The generic information collected by cookies is used only to assist in site management, marketing and development for statistical purposes and to best serve you.  Cookies are often used by websites to provide relevant content and marketing messages to visitors to better suit their needs, and can be used to store personal information about visitor preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user accesses or visits, and customize web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.  "Web beacons" help deliver cookies and help Beautiful Ingredient and any advertising partners determine whether a web page on the website has been viewed and, if so, how many times.  For example, any electronic image on the website, say an ad banner, can function as a web beacon.  Beautiful Ingredient and any advertising partners use cookies and web beacons on our website to deliver content specific to your interests based on your prior visits to the website and/or other sites on the internet.  Cookies, by themselves, cannot be used to disclose your individual identity.  A cookie will identify your browser, but not you, to our servers when you visit our website.  Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can disable cookies through your browser.  More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers' websites.  Please note that, if you do not accept cookies, you may be limited in some areas of our website.  For more information about cookies, you can visit:  http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/

Third Parties

Certain links on this site lead to websites controlled by other parties over whom Beautiful Ingredient has no control. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies, and we encourage you to read them.  Beautiful Ingredient makes no representation or warranty concerning the content or accuracy of third party information and therefore expressly disclaims any liability. Some of the links on this site are affiliate links. We may earn a commission through clicks or purchases made using that link. 

Some third-party service or advertising providers may be located outside the United States, therefore governed by laws according to their country.  By providing any type of personal information, you consent to possible use of your personal information outside of the United States.

Analytics

Squarespace Analytics and Google Analytics:  Google Analytics and Squarespace Analytics provide visitor demographics and a variety of information to help us understand how our website is being used in order to improve the user experience.  User data is anonymous.  The Squarespace Activity Log, which contains the analytical information, only shows activity over the past seven days.  Beautiful Ingredient can gain additional insight through Google Analytics, including age and gender.  Again, user data is anonymous and is used by Beautiful Ingredient to understand its visitors in the context of visiting the website for the purpose of providing a positive user experience.  After May 25, 2018, Google Analytics plans to have an opportunity for users like Beautiful Ingredient to delete data after a determined amount of time.  Beautiful Ingredient has chosen the minimum amount of time, 14 months, which will take effect after May 25th.  For more information, check out Google Analytics Help and Squarespace's information and example of their Activity Log.  Visitors can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising.  Users can completely block Google Analytics tracking using Google’s Opt-out browser add-on.

The following data may be collected through your device and browser:  your device's IP address (a numerical, anonymous format), device type, geographic location including city/state/country, preferred language used to display the webpage, pages visited, date and time pages were visited, referring domain, browser version.  This data is used by Beautiful Ingredient for the purpose of understanding website visitors and determining ways to improve their site visits.

Advertising

Our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site.  Advertising partners use technology so that advertisements and links function and appear on www.beautifulingredient.com and show up to your browsers.  They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs.  Other technologies like cookies, JavaScript, or web beacons may be used by third-party advertisers to personalize ad content and measure the effectiveness of their ads.

Currently, we have one affiliate advertising partner:  Amazon.  Information regarding Amazon's use of personal information can be found at their website. 

Newsletter

Mailchimp is used via Squarespace to collect information from visitors who indicate they would like to receive the Beautiful Ingredient Newsletter.  The information collected is only collected by visitors who consent to do so.  All of the information collected is used by Beautiful Ingredient to improve services to their visitors.  You can find more information about how Mailchimp collects such personal information by reading the Mailchimp Privacy Policy.

We encourage you to consult the privacy notices of any third-parties we use for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. 

Your Consent

By providing us with your personal information, you are consenting to its use as described in this Privacy Notice or as provided where you are invited to provide any personal information.  Persons under the age of 18 may only provide personal information with the consent of a parent or guardian, or as otherwise required by law.  We do not knowingly or intentionally collect personal information from or direct any advertising to children under 18 years of age.  By using the website, you represent and warrant that you are either at least 18 years of age or using the website with the approval and supervision of a parent or guardian.

The Beautiful Ingredient Shop

The Beautiful Ingredient Shop is run through Squarespace and processed through Stripe, so these third parties have access to information provided at the time of sale, including name, address, and credit card information.  Sensitive data and communication is encrypted with Stripe, which is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. To accomplish this, they make use of best-in-class security tools and practices to maintain a high level of security at Stripe. 

When you purchase something from our shop, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address as part of the buying and selling process. When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only. If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent, or provide you with an opportunity to say no. This site complies with all applicable laws and regulations.  Our site and site shop are hosted on Squarespace. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you. For more insight, you may also want to read the Squarespace Terms of Service here and Privacy Statement here and Cookie Policy here.

Returns & Exchanges

All orders are non-refundable unless your items arrive damaged or we accidentally sent you the wrong item. Please contact us at if your order arrived damaged.  Please keep in mind that monitors display colors differently. Colors on products you receive may vary slightly from the image you see on your screen.

Shipping & Handling

Most orders will ship within three business days unless otherwise noted within the product description or prior arrangements have been made directly with us. Orders placed around holidays may be subject to additional processing time, as we are processing a large amount of orders during those times. Once a package leaves our shop, we are unable to control how it is handled by the carrier. Should your order arrive damaged, please contact us immediately so that we can do our best to help resolve the issue. Please verify your shipping address is correct at checkout (through our shop AND through PayPal if you choose to checkout with their services) before submitting your order. We are not responsible for orders shipped to incorrectly submitted addresses.

International Shipping

Generally, shipping estimates and rates are based on domestic USA shipping only.  International shipping is not always available.  As an international buyer, please inquire prior to ordering.  International orders require extended shipping time, 6-8 weeks or longer, in some cases. Shipping times vary greatly based on your international shipping address. Please note import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility; please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing, and then contact us to find out if we are currently shipping internationally. Due to the added time and complication of international orders, we reserve the right to accept them on a case by case basis.

Copyright & Trademark

This site and all the information it contains, including, but not limited to, articles, blog posts, designs, drawings, illustrations, photographs, videos, opinions, text, guides, trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos ("Protected Information") are the property of Beautiful Ingredient, its contributors, and licensors and is protected from unauthorized use, copying, distribution and dissemination by U.S. Copyright law, trademark law, international conventions, and other intellectual property laws. All rights reserved. You may not use our Protected Information without Beautiful Ingredient's express written consent.

Disclaimer

The blog and recipes associated with this website are personally created based on the experiences of the Beautiful Ingredient author, and in some cases guest authors.  The Beautiful Ingredient author is not a nutritionist, doctor, or dietary specialist and does not claim to be an expert in these areas.  Any tips, recipes, or ideas presented on this website are not to be misconstrued as professional advice.  We encourage you to consult your doctor, nutritionist, and/or dietary specialist with any dietary changes you make.

The author/owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide a specific opinion on products, services, websites or various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the author's.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

Should you have further questions or concerns regarding Beautiful Ingredient's use of personal information, please feel free to contact us by email at kari@beautifulingredient.com.

Updated May 23, 2018