About us

OR: the alternative

Thank you for visiting OR: the alternative!

This is the home of a small business from Cleveland, Ohio. Please take a peek at our natural skin care + body care products – there’s a little something for everyone.

Hope you find something you like, but if not, feel free to email us + maybe we can whip it up for you!


Check out where you can find OR near you and where we will be next on our EVENTS + STOCKISTS page!


OR’s mission is to remind people everyday that better, all-natural alternatives exist. We endeavor to create your new favorite body care products by perfecting all-natural recipes that are developed by OR & approved by our customers.


Listening to our customers

You are what makes OR: the alternative possible! Please tell us what you like or don't like or ideas for new products. Your feedback means EVERYTHING to us!

Real ingredients

NO fillers or artificial anything! We only use the best oils, butters, clays + essential oils for our products. With the exception of local beeswax + local honey, our products are vegan - look for our vegan symbol in the product description:


We believe in taking care of our resources, so we make every effort to reduce our negative impact. Virtually all of our packaging is biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable.


This was just another “bad idea” Lorraine had – “I’m going to start making homemade, all-natural facial cleanser & lotions!” The primary focus at that time was clearing up her breakouts and doing it naturally. After a few trial recipes for oil facial cleansers, she was acne-free & thought about dabbling in some other homemade body care products.

Soon, Lorraine was creating tester kits for some close friends and family to try the recipes she whipped up in her kitchen. A few more tweaks here and there & BAM! Wonderful all-natural body care products!

One thing led to another and here she is – creating her own website & selling her creations online! WHA WHAT?!


Customers often ask, “What does ‘O.R.’ stand for? What does it mean?” Simply put, “OR” is not an acronym, but the conjunction used to show alternatives. In terms of our business, OR is the alternative to harsh man-made chemicals that we encounter in so many body care products. 


Lorraine is the creative, yet logical, founder/designer/product developer/photographer/marketing expert/Queen of Hats of OR: the alternative. Since childhood, she has experimented with different forms of creativity to express herself. Currently, Lorraine loves to bake and try new recipes. She brings a touch of personalization to every order and a passion for making useful stuff.


Elmer beagle blue heeler

Elmer is the ever-loyal, adorable helper puppy who enjoys basking in the sun and being around people. Although his lack of thumbs isn’t always ideal for hands-on activities, Elmer continues to charm (& grumble) his way into hearts.


OR natural skin care + body care products are made in small batches using the best oils, butters, clays + essential oils to make your favorite stuff.


Have a couple questions? Just wanna chat? You can reach me here: hello@orthealternative.com