Condimaniac Product & Shipping FAQ
Where are you located?
Our unit is in Chatham, Kent, though Condimaniac was founded in South London.
How long is the shelf-life of your sauces and seasonings?
Sauces: minimum 9 months
Seasonings: minimum 4 months
Pickles, Ferments, Preserves: minimum 3 months
Often longer, but these are the minimum timeframes before the BBE on product shown by the time we ship them to you. Due to the nature of our products, they have Best Before dates only - these aren't expiry or use by dates! It means the products stay safe to consume after the date - it's merely a guarantee of best quality before the date. So if you ever not manage to finish a product before the BBE shown (unlikely tbh), then no worries, it's totally fine to have it afterwards, it may very slowly deteriorate in flavour, but that's about it. Storing our products properly always helps them to keep their best quality - ie. seasonings in a cool, dry, dark place and sauces in the fridge once opened.
We do always try and buy ingredients with the longest shelf lives we can find - due to Covid & Brexit supply chains have suffered so it's sometimes been tricky.
Do I need to refrigerate your sauces?
Unopened our sauces are shelf stable – please store them in a cool and dark place, like a cupboard and use them before the best before date. Once opened, we do recommend you refrigerate them and we state this on every bottle, however, we know many people do not do this and it’s often not an issue as hot sauce is made with vinegar, so has a low pH. It is therefore unlikely anything bad would happen, but we don’t officially endorse this.
My sauce has separated/has gone a darker colour at the top – is it off?
This is completely natural as we do not use any additives. Just give it a good shake.
Are your products suitable for vegetarians?
Yes! All our products are vegetarian & vegan-friendly and we operate vegan premises, so no animal products are processed.
Are your sauces and seasonings gluten-free?
None of our products are certified gluten-free (as it's a legal term, meaning a product has to be proven to contain 20 parts per million (ppm) or less of gluten). Kyubi contains gluten ingredients due to containing soy sauce. Our Ramen soup mix & seasoning contains soy sauce powder which contains wheat and therefore gluten.
As a small business, we are not currently able to do the necessary testing to label our other products as gluten-free, but if we get into a position where we are, we definitely will.
If you have coeliac disease, we do not recommend you use our products.
Do you have any recipe inspirations I could use your sauces/seasonings with/in?
Yes! Check out the recipe section (we are always adding more)
Do you sell gift cards/vouchers?
Absolutely https://condimaniac.com/collections/main-store/products/gift-card and we also have a Physical gift card for custom hot sauce (though it's valid on any product in our shop): https://condimaniac.com/products/custom-hot-sauce-gift-card
What delivery services do you use?
Royal Mail and DPD.
Do you ship internationally?
As of early 2022, we have opened shipping to select EU countries and are always looking to add more. If we don't currently ship to your country, drop us a message or email and and we will add it to our list!
Brexit has certainly made things harder, but we will keep trying - Shipping costs are always as cheap as we could negotiate them and they vary country to country.
Do you offer express options?
DPD usually delivers within a day after dispatch (not guaranteed). For Ireland, DPD has a 2-day aim.
How long will my order take?
We aim to dispatch orders within 2-3 working days - this time is irrespective of shipping method selected.
UK SHIPPING ESTIMATES:
1st class takes around 1-2 working days to arrive
2nd class. takes around 2-4 working days to arrive
Tracked 48 takes around 2-3 working days to arrive (but is fully tracked)
DPD is next working day delivery (not guaranteed) with full tracking and 1-hour timeslot - DPD is only available on orders over 2kg in areas where available (for example, for orders from Northern Ireland we will use Royal Mail Tracked).
These times can increase due to bank holidays or other busy post times (Black Friday, Christmas...) - we do not guarantee shipping times!
We always include your parcel reference or tracking number with your order dispatch email, so please check this before emailing us as your parcel might be held at your local depot waiting for you :) If you still require help, please feel free to get in touch!
CUSTOM SAUCE ORDERS: Processing time for custom orders is one week + shipping, so from ordering to receiving your item(s), allow at least 10 days. If you order on a weekend, this time starts on the following Monday.
If you order a custom item with other items, everything will ship together - expect 10+ days.
Our standard shipping options 1st class and 2nd class are not tracked, but there will be a delivery confirmation once delivery was made or attempted.
Our tracked Royal Mail option (£5.95) is Royal Mail Tracked 48, which has a delivery aim of 2-3 days as well, however here you will get full tracking history.
DPD deliveries are also fully tracked and you will receive a 1-hour delivery window on the day either via text or email.
If you have questions about your order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist - please allow 24 hours for a reply and check your spam folder!
Our main aim is to securely wrap your items so they arrive with you in excellent condition. As the environment is important to us, we will, where possible, use recycled and recyclable packaging and as little plastic as possible. Any plastic packaging we are sent by our suppliers we re-use as we think this is the best way to minimise our waste as a business. If you can, please re-use and recycle our packaging.