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By default, we ship internationally via USPS. Our international shipping rates are weight-based and size - i.e. the larger and heavier your order, the more you'll pay for shipping.
International shipments usually take 7-21 days to arrive.
We are currently in talks with distributors in Canada, Europe, Australia, and the UK so you can get your products without needing to pay import/export fees or excessive int'l shipping. If you would like to see Elemental products in your country and you know or are a distributor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We offer free shipping for orders over $200. Free shipping as well as other great rewards are also offered through our Elemental Elite program. To learn more or sign up, just click the "Free Shipping" text on the header of our website.
Shipping rates are weight and size based. Shipping is so much cheaper for an item like utopia because it is small and only weighs 5 oz., while the other items in the product line are all above 1 lb.
As soon as you jump above 1 lb., rates increase dramatically through all carriers. While we know this is frustrating, rates do not increase proportionately after 1 lb., so making multi item orders will dramatically reduce shipping costs per item.
We are doing our best to offset this; one of the things that you'll notice is if you sign up for our rewards program you can unlock free shipping on future orders. Alternatively, you can consider our Elemental Elite program. To learn more about Elemental Elite, click "Free Shipping" in the header of our navigation bar.
Please contact us at email@example.com with all wholesale inquiries. Please include the products you are interested as well as the quantities (wholesale pricing begins at 50 units per product per flavor).
Yes, we are BSCG certified drug free! We begin by auditing any manufacturer we use, personally touring their facility, and completing a legal agreement guaranteeing they do not process or store any banned substances in their facility. In short, this means nothing ends up in one of our products which isn't on the label and intentionally included by us. In the 10 year history of both De Novo Nutrition, and now continuing with Elemental, we are proud to state that we have never had an athlete return an adverse test due to our products. This includes multiple IPF International level athletes who are drug-tested both in and out of competition (through both urine and blood analysis). We also third party test every lot of every product to prove their potency and purity. We are completely transparent with our test results and even provide information on how you can interpret analytical reports here.
While we would love to avoid sweeteners altogether, the reality is that most raw supplement ingredients taste pretty awful. Since we're all wired to like the taste of sweet, one of the best ways to have a pleasant experience when drinking your supplements is to use some form of sweetener. We pride ourselves on the fact that most customers are surprised our products "don't taste like supplements", but rather fruit juices, popular candies, and sports drinks.
In order to do this without adding unnecessary calories, sweet compounds which are indigestible must be used. While naturally occurring, indigestible sweet compounds do exist (like Stevia), you may be surprised to learn the body of evidence does not indicate they are safer than those which are lab synthesized. This is not a matter of opinion, but decades of scientific research. You may also be surprised to learn that artificial sweeteners are actually some of the most studied food additives in the food industry.
A review of why we use what we use is listed below. For those interested in learning more about specific artificial sweeteners, we encourage you to visit the FDA's website regarding high intensity sweeteners permitted in foods here.
"Toxins" and "chemicals" are blanket terms thrown around quite a bit in the fitness industry and popular culture by those more interested in spreading fear than knowledge. The reality is that everything you consume is made up of chemicals. To avoid chemicals entirely would mean certain death as it would require you to avoid breathing, eating, or drinking anything (including water). We better understand how specific chemicals influence our health through the field of toxicology, which is devoted to studying this relationship. Through it, we can distinguish the dosage range over which a compound produces desirable effects from the minimal dosage it begins to produce undesirable effects. The central concept upon which the entire foundation of toxicology is built (and the most important sentence of this passage) is that the dose of a compound is the most important factor in determining it's toxicity, or stated simply that "the dose makes the poison". Dosage is literally the difference between something like water being life sustaining or lethal, and between botox being a useful therapeutic and the most deadly substance known.
Now that we are on the same page about what makes something a toxin, we can review the following table comparing artificial sweeteners. From the research data presented, it is clear to see that Stevia actually has one of the lowest safe dosage levels (ADI), while Aspartame has the highest.
We opt to use artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame, and acesulfame potassium as stevia is not inherently safer, significantly more expensive, and produces a sweetness/flavor profile very dissimilar to sugar.
Flavor and Formulation
Those of you more detail oriented may notice we use different sweeteners for different products and flavors. This is due to the synergy of specific sweeteners in enhancing profiles of certain flavors and producing a sweet taste that much closer resembles the taste of sugar. Not only can this add unique dimensions to flavors which would be otherwise difficult to achieve, it also allows us to use lower amounts of sweeteners overall.
One of the core values at Elemental is the education and empowerment of consumers using the most valid and up to date supplement information possible. That being said, we always encourage you to get your information from a balance of reputable resources committed to education. For great overviews of supplement ingredients we recommend databases like Examine or ConsumerLab. For those interested in more in-depth mechanisms, pharmacology, or ingredient interactions some of our favorites are DrugBank, PubChem, and Chemicalize. MASS is also an excellent resource for research reviews.