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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5 Reasons You Need a Professional Facial

Written by: | July 25, 2016 | 3 responses

We all want to look our best and looking our best starts with a clear and glowing complexion. We buy skincare products to help our skin look its absolute best, we wear sunscreen to avoid sun damage, and do what we can at home to take good care of our skin. While these are all […]

Alcohol as a Preservative in Skin Care

Written by: | July 22, 2016 | 7 responses

Alcohol has received a lot of bad press when it comes to skincare, personal care & cosmetics. So why on earth would Essential Wholesale & Labs use it as a preservative in our premium quality Organically Preserved Bases? Well, I can tell you that it is with extreme fondness that we use this. Not only […]

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Managing your Back Bar for Maximum Impact

Written by: | July 7, 2016 | one response

It All Starts in the Treatment Room Managing your back bar inventory begins in the treatment rooms, one of the most important parts of the spa. In addition to the actual treatment and happiness of the client, this is where the seeds of the final sale—and repeat visits, are planted. Soft music, warm towels, and […]

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Selling Branded Skincare Products in Your Spa or Salon

Written by: | June 9, 2016 | 5 responses

Essential sat down with Laura Badcock, Senior Vice President,  Licensed Aesthetician and 20-year industry veteran to gather some tips for selling branded skincare products in your spa and salon. Q. How much money can a spa earn from selling retail products? A. When I was in the industry in the early 2000s, it was known that 75% of a […]

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Weight vs. Volume When Measuring Ingredients (Finished Products, too!)

Written by: | May 9, 2016 | 10 responses

Weight vs. Volume; What’s the Big Deal? Which weighs more; a ton of feathers or a ton of gold? You may have heard this riddle in middle school, and you may have even gotten the answer right. They both WEIGH a ton, however, your brain may have pictured a ton feathers and how you would […]

Go Green for Spring Cleaning

Written by: | April 26, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Spring is just around the corner, and here in the Pacific Northwest, it has already arrived! After a long and cold winter, the Sun is beginning to shine, the days are warming, cherry trees are budding and plum trees are in bloom. It won’t be long before Portland streets are lined with trees covered in […]

The Honest Company: A Manufacturer’s Perspective

Written by: | April 12, 2016 | 6 responses

  Do you know what’s in your bottle? You may have heard about the problems Jessica Alba and the Honest Company are facing. Due to what have turned out to be inaccurate claims in the Honest Company’s marketing materials, they are confronted with a potentially costly lawsuit as well as a dent in what had […]

The End of Citrus Essential Oils?

Written by: | March 28, 2016 | 3 responses

There is a terrible problem with citrus crops, and it could mean the end of affordable citrus fruit and citrus essential oils if it isn’t solved soon. Citrus Greening also known as HLB (HuángLóngBìng) or Yellow Dragon Disease, is a serious and fatal disease threatening citrus production in many regions around the globe including Asia, […]

The Quality Assurance Process at Essential Wholesale & Labs

Written by: | March 21, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Natural & Organic Product Quality Assurance Every product you purchase from Essential has been through a minimum of a seven-day quality assurance process to verify consistency in color, viscosity, scent, pH and of course, to ensure the product is free from microbial bacteria, yeast and mold (fungus). When you order your products and ingredients from […]