What are the forms of payment you accept?

We accept United States based cards: credit, debit, and gift cards. These must be issued with the Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express logos.

Do you accept PayPal?

Yes, we do accept PayPal.

I received an error message that my order cannot be completed but I was still charged. Why?

When your card is reviewed and declined, the funds are placed on hold instead of completing the transaction. This may be due to the payment information being entered is incorrect or an invalid payment option is being used. Your funds will return to your card in 3-5 business days. If you do not see the funds back in your account after that time, please contact your card company for further information.

Do you accept debit cards?

Yes, we accept United States debit cards. They must be issued with the Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express logos.

Do you accept gift cards?

Yes, we accept United States gift cards. They must be issued with the Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express logos. Please ensure a billing address is associated with the account. All orders require a valid United States billing address to process an order.

If you accept PayPal, can I use my PayPal account which has an international card attached to it?

No, it must use United States currency tied to a United States billing address to process an order.

Do you accept money orders?

No, we do not accept money orders. Please see above for the forms of payment we accept.

Can you provide me a discount code for my order?

Our discounts are applied during promotions. Please follow us on our social media pages or sign up for our Newsletter for announcements on upcoming promotions.


After I place my order, when will my order ship?

All orders have a 1-2 business day lead time upon receipt of order. Shipping method applies after order has moved from our fulfillment center then shipped by the carrier.

Orders placed during a holiday or promotion will have an approximate lead time of 2-4 business days upon receipt of order. Shipping method applies after order has moved from our fulfillment center then shipped by the carrier.

How come the tracking number isn’t working?

If your package just shipped, please allow at least one to two business days for the carrier to update their site with all tracking information.

Can I pick up my order instead of having it delivered?

Not at this current time. We can only deliver.

I have a rush order. Can it be delivered Saturday?

Shipping times are based on Monday - Friday deliveries.

The tracking shows the package was delivered but I didn’t receive my package. What if I have a lost or stolen package?

Once an order has shipped, Design By U is not responsible for lost or stolen packages confirmed to be delivered to the address as entered for the order. The customer must enter a safe and accurate address when entering their shipping address. Please contact the carrier for any information regarding the delivery. Have your tracking number available to provide to the carrier to assist with the investigation.

Once an order has shipped and tracking becomes available, we recommend the receiver be available on the estimated date of arrival of the package or the receiver to contact the carrier to schedule a pick up at the holding facility.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we do. This comes with additional fees. Please review our shipping policies.

Do you ship to PO Boxes?

Yes, we can ship to PO Boxes.

Do you ship to military locations (APO/FPO/DPO)?

Yes, we can ship to military locations.

How do I receive Free Shipping on my order?

To qualify for Free Shipping, your order must reach $50.00 before tax or shipping is applied, and after any discounts have been applied. The discount to shipping will be shown when calculating the total of the order.

How fast is Free Shipping?

Free shipping will be delivered within 2 business days.

When I enter my shipping address, I am receiving an error that my address is invalid?

Our shipping is tied directly to the carrier’s website. An invalid address error will appear if the carrier is able to ship to that location or is unable to find that location in their database. The carrier will require a valid United States or International address.

How do I update/cancel my order?

Email us at info@designbyuessentialsinc.com. Have your order number ready. If the order has already been provided to our fulfillment center, we are unable to cancel the order.



Are the waistbeads one size fits all?

No. Every strand is designed & made specifically to fit each client; which is why you have the option of ordering your by your waist size in inches. in inches. Standard sizing goes up to 45". We can customize waistbeads for you more than 45”. This is when your order becomes a customized set of waistbeads.

Should I order waist beads even though I'm losing weight?

Absolutely! Many women attend our workshop and purchase them for that very reason. There is nothing like watching and managing the progress of your weight loss journey. When you lose enough weight that there is 3 -5 inches of extra string available for retying, you can simply cut the strand in one side of the knot (making sure to secure the unknotted end with your finger tips, and remove the excess beads, to even out the beads on the strand and re-tie it. If your beads are on fishing wire, you can follow the same process, with the exception of resetting the closure at the end.


Can I use African black soap every day?

Yes, you can; but if you feel that it is drying out your skin, use less (instead of twice a day, use it once). If you have sensitive and dry skin, start out by using it only once every day or two. Depending on your skin type, it is very important to use a moisturizer, hydrating serum or oil afterward. For those with oily and acne-prone skin, African black soap can be a miracle product.

Does African black soap lighten your skin?

Does African Black soap lighten skin? No, it does not lighten your skin. African Black soap is able to brighten your skin, while maintaining its natural beauty. Because it is a natural exfoliator, it is able to remove dead cells on the skin surface while allowing important nutrients, such as (vitamin A and E) in. So it may appear that it lightens because your skin will visibly be brighter in a short time after usage.

How long does it take for African black soap to clear acne?

By using black soap once or twice a day, you can clear your skin in 1 to 2 weeks. The time it takes depends of course on the degree of severity of your acne or other skin issues you may have. It may not clear your skin fully but can help minimize and prevent acne.

Does African black soap expire?

Authentic African Black Soap has no expiration date. Because of it’s natural ingredients, It has a very long shelf life. Store it in a cool dry area.

Does black soap fade dark spots?

This pure, organic African black soap is gentle, yet extremely effective at healing skin issues like breakouts and eczema. Cocoa butter helps fade spots and scars. Use it for your face and

Why does my face burn after using African black soap?

It can be a number of things. You may be allergic to one of the ingredients in the soap or you may have left it on your body for too long. Authentic African Black Soap is not the type of Soap that you should leave on your face or body for a long period of time. It is suitable just to bathe with. When used properly, after a few days the PH levels of the skin will balance out which is why it is good for both dry and oily skin.


What happens if you buy tickets for one of your events and it gets Postponed or Cancelled?

Design By U guarantees that the buyer will be issued a full refund. If the event perhaps is postponed for a new date and you cannot attend that new date; Design By U will also be issued a full refund.