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Organic vs Conventional Ingredients: What’s the Difference?

Occlusive, Emollient & Humectant – Terms to know

Written by: | June 19, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Every industry has jargon, and the beauty industry is no exception. We use jargon to quickly communicate the properties of a product, however, it’s easy to forget that not everyone knows what every term means. The terms sometimes get watered down through overuse in marketing or simply get used incorrectly. We often get questions about what the […]

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Market testing your next beauty product

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You are eager to launch your new beauty product and so far you’ve done everything right. At the outset, you created a buyer persona to identify your target customer, and used all of the ensuing information to develop a product you believe will fill a void in the beauty market. You feel confident in your cosmetic formula, […]

Feed your Face with these easy, DIY recipes!

Written by: | June 12, 2017 | 2 responses

Non-GMO, USDA-certified organic, locally grown, sustainable. These familiar certifications and designations signal to consumers that the food product we’re looking at was produced without conventional pesticides, using ecologically viable farming practices, and sold through an intentional, local market. These and other standards, like safety and food traceability, are the ideas behind the “Farm-to-Table” movement—a familiar concept […]

Phenoxyethanol and Skin Deep Ratings

Written by: | June 5, 2017 | 16 responses

I am frequently asked why Essential uses phenoxyethanol as a preservative in many of our “natural” cosmetics, when phenoxyethanol is a synthetic compound and is not rated as “safe” by the Environmental Working Group, Skin Deep. Today I’d like to cover this from a few different directions, and while I am doing so, please know […]

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Outdoor Adventure Essentials!

Written by: | May 30, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Summer is the small, glorious window of time when we try to fit in as much outdoor adventure as possible. Whether your summer includes camping and hiking, trips to the beach, or even a simple picnic at the park, it’s hard enough to pack all of the gear and food for your trips, let alone bottles […]

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Vitamin E: where does it come from and how is it used?

Written by: | May 23, 2017 | 2 responses

Vitamin E is a well-known and powerful antioxidant used often in natural hair and skincare formulations, and it exists in eight different chemical forms.  These include alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocotrienol. Alpha (or a-tocopherol) is the only form that is recognized to meet human requirements so it is the form that is […]

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Introducing: Zen Dragon Bath Soak!

Written by: | May 12, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) is a tropical fruit you probably know by its cactus-like, spiky outer shell and brilliant red or white flesh. Though widely cultivated in East and Southeast Asia, dragon fruit is actually native to Central and South America where it is either known as pitahaya or pitaya roja.  At one time considered “exotic” […]

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Papaya Benefits for Skin

Written by: | May 3, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. Trees and flowers are blossoming, birds have returned from their winter homes, and animals are busy foraging for food. Spring is also a time when nature offers ingredients for us to use to refresh and awaken skin. One such amazing offering comes from the papaya. We generally […]

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Organic vs Conventional Ingredients: What’s the Difference?

Written by: | May 1, 2017 | 2 responses

There is so much to consider when you choose the ingredients for your natural skincare formulations.  Perhaps the first decision you will make, though, is whether to source organic or conventional ingredients. Organic ingredients can be expensive, but choosing conventional ingredients could mean your strictly organic- seeking customers may not be interested in your product. […]

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Take Ecosuds on your next summer adventure!

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One of the best parts about life in the Pacific Northwest is our close proximity to wilderness & outdoor recreation–our home state of Oregon boasts over 350 state parks and 11 national forests! If you’re anything like us Portlanders, you’re already preparing your summer essentials checklist, and dusting off your camping and hiking gear in […]

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