All ingredients come from local and
regional small businesses when possible
All ingredients are the product of
sustainable, eco-friendly practices
Products are made with only
all natural and vegan ingredients!
The prefix "speleo-" is derived from the Ancient Greek σπήλαιον (spēlaion)- meaning "cave".
Speleotherapeutics products are not just inspired by caves, each of these hand-crafted products is specially
formulated using naturally filtered cave mineral water that is sourced directly from a karst spring!
Cave mineral water hosts a multitude of invaluable health and therapeutic benefits. Speleotherapeutics products
are made, first and foremost, with health in mind. Oh sure, they smell great...but not unlike a cave they are far more complex than they appear. Cave water is combined with plant extracts, essential oils, and other natural ingredients
to create unique, one-of-a-kind aromatherapy products that act to enhance psychological and mental wellbeing.
Click here to learn more about the benefits of aromatherapy.
I also offer a wide variety of organic, Amish-grown herbs for use in herbalism
as well as mineral specimens and crystal grids commonly utilized in crystal healing.
Commonly asked questions and pricing information can be found below. Happy browsing!
Commonly Asked Questions
Q: Wait. So the cave water comes from a spring? Why not just get it directly from inside the cave?
A: I'm glad you asked. A common phrase in the caving community is, "Take Nothing but Pictures. Leave Nothing but Footprints. Kill Nothing but Time." Caves themselves are not only incredibly delicate features, they are also host to a variety of rare and vulnerable ecosystems. Upsetting just one factor that contributes to a cave ecosystem is often detrimental to hundreds, even thousands of organisms! Many of which are too small to even see but have an integral role nonetheless. Water derived from a karst spring is still cave water. It is just cave water obtained in a sustainable, non-invasive manner. Click here to learn more about cave conservation.
Q: Gee, Melissa! This all sounds flippin' awesome! Can your products be found locally?
A: Why yes, enthusiastic page viewer! Speleotherapeutics products can be found in an ever-expanding list of local stores, including: Gustonian Gifts in Williamsport, Ashworx in Lock Haven, Penns Cave in Centre Hall and soon the Green Drake in Millheim. I am also a regular at craft fairs and markets.
Like my facebook page to see updates regarding show participation.
Q: Oh drat. I would love to purchase your products but I am too cheap and/or poor to do so.
Do you barter?
A: I am sorry for your misfortune and/or excessive frugality. I am certainly willing to entertain this. Approved methods of payment may include: books, tattoos, crystals/mineral specimens, historical memorabilia, and beer.
Q: Vegan soaps!? Oh pish posh... Have you ever even TRIED goat's milk soap? You are robbing yourself and alienating potential customers by not making it!
A: Yes. Vegan soaps.
Q: Do you use your own products?
A: Every day. Constantly. I have been making and using aromatherapy products long before birthing Speleotherapeutics. The products I have chosen to sell are among my favorites- each of which I personally swear by and use on a regular basis.
Q: Can I touch your hair?
A: What? That's not even relevant. No.
Q: Do you offer samples of your products?
A: Indeed I do. If you are interested in sampling a soap prior to purchase you are welcomed to do so. Simply ask me at a show. Mailed samples are also a thing granted you provide the postage fee which typically ranges from $.50 to $2.50 depending on the size of the desired sample.
Q: Where are the prices? When prices aren't listed it is typically because the items are either free or outrageously expensive! So, which is it..?
A: Neither! Online prices can be found here, but these prices strictly apply to online orders. Sales, discounts, and special/seasonal prices can only be obtained when you buy through me directly from markets and shows. Furthermore, if products are purchased wholesale by groups or stores they have the option of altering prices as they see fit.
Q: I am interested in a customized soap order! You'd be willing to make whatever I want, right? *maniacal cackle*
A: Uh... wrong. Learn more about that here.
Q: What if my question was not addressed here?
A: Go ahead and contact me! I will get back to you within 24 hours.