General FAQs

*Please allow 24 hours for responses to all inquiries*

About our Dyes

Our natural dyes are textile grade products and suitable for use with textiles to dye, paint or print only. Our dyes are not suitable for the following applications:

  • food products
  • food, alcohol or beverage coloring
  • cosmetics, soaps and hair products
  • body paint or tattoos
  • spray tanning
  • coloring commercial products such as soaps, candles, medicinal tinctures, solutions or other preparations.

We are unable to answer questions about these types of applications and cannot be held responsible for their use in this manner.

If you would like the safety data sheet for any of our dye products, please fill out this form and we will get back to you.

Shipping Guidelines During COVID-19 

We are shipping during the pandemic but please be aware the nearly all the carriers (USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL) are no longer guaranteeing delivery times. We are quoting up to 10 business days for your order to ship, but are endeavoring to ship more quickly than those guidelines. Our supply chain is also experiencing delays as the rest of the world is not fully vaccinated. We appreciate your patience during this uncertain time.

Shipping snafus, partials and incorrect addresses

  • Our order system ships to the address that you specify on your order.
  • If the address is not recognized by the US Postal Service for US or international addresses, we will contact you for clarification prior to shipping which can add to your processing time.
  • If the address you specify is incorrect and your order is returned to us, we will contact you to correct the address and request that you pay for additional shipping costs to re-ship your order.
  • If we make an error on your order we will ship any missing or damaged items to you at no additional charge.
  • We sometimes ship items on your order separately (things like the Color Wheel which requires a tube) and will usually note that on your order.

In Stock, Out of Stock, and Backstock

In stock means we have the product and can ship it.

Out of stock means that we do not have the product, and are not expecting more. This happens mostly with items like one-of-a-kind items, dye seeds or seasonal dyes.

Backstock means that it is temporarily out of stock but we are expecting more. If you have a multiple items in your order, we will often ship the in stock items to you and send the backstocked item when it becomes available.

How to Redeem a Gift Card

Our Gift Cards are virtual. You will not be sent a physical card in the mail. You must enter in the email address of the person who will be using the card and an automatic code will be emailed to that address with further instructions for use.

Use of Plastic Packaging

We are very happy to report that the majority of our packaging is compostable. (Please see here for more information.) It is meant to be composted in an industrial facility so disposing of it in municipal composts is recommended. This packaging is not meant to be thrown in the garbage or recycling. Some products will remain in plastic bags. We have found that these items do not ship well in our eco-packaging.


Our products are are grown in fields, wild harvested, or come from small agricultural producers and are subject to the rhythms of nature. Many of the dyes are seasonal or have limited availability. In regards to this: if we we run short on a dye that is included in a kit, we reserve the right to substitute a similar type dye until our supply is replenished. An example would be if we run out of Osage Orange extract, we would substitute Fustic extract. Updated instructions are provided with any substitutions.

Workshop and Class Information

We try to keep the rules short and sweet – please review these and contact us if you have any questions.

  • Please register early as our classes fill quickly. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration plus a materials list (if applicable) and any special instructions about 3 weeks before the start of class.
  • Class check-in begins 30 minutes before the class commences.
  • Please do not bring children to classes unless they are also registered - contact us for details.
  • Many of our workshop venues do not allow pets. We thank you for respecting this policy.

Class and Workshop Cancellation Policy

  • You will receive a full refund if Botanical Colors cancels this class.
  • Your registration is non-refundable if you should cancel. If we have a waiting list and can fill your spot, we will return your registration less a $100 administration fee. Cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start of a workshop are not refundable and we cannot guarantee that class handouts or materials will be available. Please contact us immediately if you are unable to attend the class.

Social Media

  • Many of our teachers have dedicated years to their art and techniques, and teaching is a vital way for them to support themselves and their projects. Many do not want you to video their teaching without express written permission. Please respect their wishes regarding class photos, videos, audio recording, written handouts, and their proprietary methods. Some may allow photos but no social media posting or sharing.
  • As well, students may not wish to participate in social media posts  Please ask if you are planning to take photos. If someone does not want you to take their photo, respect their wishes.

Privacy Policy

Botanical Colors LLC collects personal information as required to fill orders and ship goods. We do not disclose or share any personal information with any other party. We use a secure online ordering system through Paypal.

Botanical Colors LLC maintains a mailing list and makes periodic mailings to individuals via an electronic newsletter. Each mailing has an “unsubscribe” button if you no longer wish to receive our electronic newsletters.

More information on order and shipping policies can be found here

9 replies on “General FAQs

    • Kathy Hattori

      Hi Diane,
      Our shipping charges are dynamically calculated by USPS, so you can select among First Class and Priority Rate options, but these are all based on weight, dimensions and distance to ship. So if you have an item that is relatively low in cost, like 500 grams of whole madder root, the shipping will be high because the madder root is bulky and requires a larger box and is charged by dimensional weight and distance sent. If you ordered 500 grams of madder extract, the shipping would be less as it fits in a smaller box which carries a lower cost. It’s not exactly intuitive, so we do try to offer a couple of options when possible, but each shipping class has a set of parameters that our products have to follow. All of the carriers that we use have raised their prices at least 5% from 2018, so those charges are reflected in the shipping estimates as well. Thank you for asking – Kathy

  • lala2mom

    Hi. I live in Seattle and I would very much like to help out with getting some of your indigo seeds in the ground. However, I cannot fathom spending $15 for shipping of the seeds. Is that a correct amount? Or isn’t there some way that I can pick up the seeds?

    I’d really really like to plant indigo!

    Thank you,

    • Amy DuFault

      Hi Laura,

      If you don’t put in your ship to address the system automatically defaults to $15. Sorry you missed it! At this time we cannot have people come to the studio so they will have to be shipped. Let me know if you have any problems with checking off that button.


  • Kathy Tamai

    I made my first fructose 1-2-3 vat (yay, using your products, of course!), and I’m noticing that my fabric is quite stiff after multiple dips, even when I rinse in between dips. Have you noticed this? It makes sense since I’m basically dipping in sugar syrup, but I wanted to hear your views. BTW, I’m totally happy with the result and the beautiful deep blue color.

  • beverlyhornibrook1

    i thought i had seen something on your post about the dyeing with green powder, commonly used in asia for henna. Do you have a recipe for dyeing with this green? or does it work with the 1-2-3 method? I am sure you have come across this at some time…..can you help?

  • Natalia Stockler

    What is the country of origin of your Aluminum Acetate? Also, is production of Aluminum Acetate ecologically sound? I love using it as a mordant for cotton, but I want to know if using it is really eco-friendly and where it’s coming from.

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