What is Baltic amber, and how does it help?
Baltic amber is a natural fossilized tree resin (like sap) which formed over 40 million years ago from the Baltic Sea region of Europe/Asia. It contains the highest quantity in nature (3-8%) of succinic acid, which produces its anti-inflammatory properties. When worn on the skin, body heat causes the amber to release an oil containing succinic acid, which, when absorbed into the skin, works like a natural ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
What is the anti-inflammatory succinic acid?
Succinic acid, or amber acid, has been used in Europe as a natural antibiotic and general cure-all for centuries. Baltic amber is also known as succinite, as its succinic acid is a powerful antioxidant, helps boost the immune system and energy drained in the body and brain, heightens awareness, concentration and reflexes, and reduces stress. It can contain as much as 3-8% succinic acid by weight, more than any natural element on Earth. Succinic acid is an alkalinizing acid, so it won't add to your body's acidity but will actually help neutralize and lower the body's acidity, making it very compatible with hazelwood.
Does amber ever stop working?
No, it will never stop producing succinic acid. You do, however, need to keep it free of residue so it can work its healing magic. Please visit How to Care for Your Jewelry for more info.
Is it safe for my baby?
Amber is safe for all ages. We do not recommend leaving a child under the age of 3 unattended with a necklace on. We do make other jewelry options besides necklaces, so everyone can benefit from it. Please visit our SHOP to see how we can help you heal.
Can my child wear their necklace while sleeping?
The law advises that no child under the age of 3 be left unsupervised while wearing jewelry of this type. Please refer to our SAFETY FEATURES page to learn more. We also make the majority of our products so they can be worn around the child ankle while they sleep so they still get the healing benefits while they rest!
Can I wear it in water?
To get the most longevity out of your jewelry, we do not recommend you wear it in water. However, if you do decide to bathe in it, we recommend you do not use any harsh soaps or shampoos and lotions. Although amber has been around for millions of years, the cord and clasp used to make the jewelry has not and will wear over time with use in water. We also recommend keeping it out of chlorinated pools.
How do I tell if amber is real or fake?
We test every batch of amber that we receive! Please refer to How do I know it's real? All of our Baltic amber comes straight from Lithuania and our hazelwood from Canada, their places of origin! Watch this short video!
What if my jewelry breaks?
All of our jewelry has a 30-day money back guarantee. Please contact us so we can figure out how to get you a new piece as soon as possible!
When do I replace my Hazelwood?
Hazelwood will eventually have to be replaced when the inside wood turns a dark color. The bark may flake off from normal wear and tear, but this does not ruin its ability to absorb acid. Many find they will have to replace their first necklace sooner than later because it is absorbing a lot of excess acid. The next piece will most likely not darken as fast because you have already aided the body to rid the excess, and it is more for maintenance!
Can I wear amber, hazelwood, and crystals at the same time?
Yes, amber and hazelwood both complement each other. They both want to help neutralize and heal the body. Like everything in this world, crystals are energy and will do their thing regardless of what else is hanging around in their area.
What does the Hippie Hoopla logo mean?
What is the gratitude symbol? You might have noticed a theme running though our company and website design - that of a “G” within a circle, which is known as the universal gratitude symbol.
For my last birthday, I decided I wanted my first tattoo. I knew exactly what I wanted after thinking about it for months - a small heart on my hand. I was always drawing one on it, so why not make it permanent? The day of the tattoo, I was thinking about maybe getting something else on my wrist on the same hand, like the word “love” or “thank you.” I was playing around with different fonts and seeing how it looked in different languages, but nothing stood out. Then I thought, “Well, maybe there is a symbol for 'thank you,'” and that's how I came across the G symbol. I immediately loved it and found a version that I knew I had to have as a tattoo. So I planned and plotted a small heart tattoo for months but was able to say YES to the gratitude symbol the day of the tattoo without hesitation...that was sort of huge!
The week before this all went down, I had been playing around with logo design for my new company but coming up short. Right after this symbol was permanently placed on my skin, I new that was it. I worked with a designer to come up with the right design that I am in love with. From there, my brain has been working nonstop, thinking of all the things I want to do with such a powerful message. The words “Grateful Life” came to me, and it's now my mantra. I like how it is sort of a play on the band Grateful Dead (life being dead's opposite)!
So if you Google “gratitude symbol,” you will find many versions, but all come back to the same G within the circle design. No matter how you draw it, the message is still the same and a constant reminder that gratitude is first...because without it, you have nothing!