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Alternative Uses for Organic Peppermint Facial Toner


IP and Your Indie Beauty Brand


Put your Best Cosmetic Label Forward

Written by: | October 14, 2016 | Leave a Comment

When you compete in a crowded marketplace, you need every advantage you can get. Having a great product just isn’t enough anymore. You need a great package design, a strong image, and the exact right words on your cosmetic label to inform and persuade your customers. You also need to be sure you’re adhering to […]

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MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | October 10, 2016 | 2 responses

We all desire a radiant, glowing complexion and we often equate healthy skin with good, overall physical health.  People have long ingested MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) in supplement form, but did you know that it is also a star ingredient in skincare products that aim to help our skin look radiant and beautiful? What is MSM? Simply put, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic form […]

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Ingredient Highlight – Colorants & Pigments

Written by: | October 7, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Color adds vibrancy to our world, affects our emotions and moods, and makes what may otherwise seem ordinary, extraordinary. As individuals, we’re drawn to certain colors and while you may not know exactly why, it probably has something to do with how that color makes you feel. With the powerful impact color has, it may be […]

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Essential Gets Leaping Bunny Certified

Written by: | October 6, 2016 | 4 responses

Are you a consumer who consciously supports companies that sell ‘cruelty-free’ cosmetic products? Maybe you run your own natural & organic cosmetics company and hope to gain cruelty-free certification for your business?  In either case, it is important to understand how to spot products that are affiliated with a legitimate certifying body, and how to gain a ‘cruelty-free’ certification designation […]


Creating Custom Skincare Products – What to Expect from Your Manufacturer

Written by: | October 3, 2016 | 14 responses

Think you’re ready to work with a private label or contract manufacturing house to create your custom skincare product(s)? Great! Now is the perfect time to ensure that you can afford both the time and financial commitment necessary to hire a third party to create and manufacture your products for you.  In this first blog of the three […]

Homemade skin exfoliant (scrub) of ground coffee and sour cream

Coffee – The Wake-Me-Up Elixir for Skin and Hair!

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In the Pacific Northwest, we’re a little fanatical about our coffee. We drink it morning, noon, and night. It’s pretty hard to go more than a few blocks without running into a coffee shop. After all, this is the home of Starbucks! Coffee helps bring us to life on rainy mornings, but it’s so much more! […]

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Konjac Powder – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | September 26, 2016 | 7 responses

Deep in the mountains of Southwest China you’ll find an unusual and distinctive flowering plant; Amorphophallus konjac. Also known as devil’s tongue, voodoo lily, and elephant yam, konjac is a versatile plant used for over 1,500 years as a mineral-rich food source and beauty product. It’s absorbent, gentle, and so soft that infant diapers and clothes are […]

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Social Media – Comments, Complaints, and Observations

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Navigating social media can be a challenge for even the savviest Social Media Manager, so it is not hard to imagine how much more difficult the task becomes for a small business owner trying to manage it all: running a business, creating original content for the company’s social media channels, and monitoring and responding to customer comments and complaints!  Most of you likely experience this already, and […]

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IP and Your Indie Beauty Brand

Written by: | September 15, 2016 | 12 responses

If you have built or are building your skincare or body care lines, you’ll want to understand how trademarks, copyrights, and IP affect your business, and also what you can do to protect yourself and your companies. I am not a lawyer, and nothing I write here should be considered legal advice. I hope, though, that […]

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Keratin – Ingredient Highlight

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Keratin is often touted as a very desirable ingredient in shampoos and conditioners, and is even offered as a professional treatment at salons.  But what is keratin, and what effect does it have on hair? What is Keratin? Keratin is a structural, protective protein in the cortex (inner core of the hair) that helps give hair strength and acts […]

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