Skincare, Haircare and pH – What you need to know

Written by: | March 20, 2017 | one response

When making skin and hair care products, it is important to be mindful of pH. It’s easy to forget this important step, as we tend to focus on the more obvious product attributes, like smell and texture.  While it is important for a product to look, smell and feel good it is also very important to […]

Kids & Skincare – What’s Appropriate at What Age?

Written by: | March 14, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Skin is the largest organ of the human body and acts as the barrier between our bodies and the environment. Taking good care of our skin not only feels good, but is a matter of good health. If you, as an adult, don’t clean and care for your skin, it will most certainly show signs of distress. When we […]

5 Reasons Ashwagandha is Amazing for Hair and Skin

Written by: | March 13, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Ashwagandha is arguably one of the most valuable tools in Ayurvedic medicine and has been used to treat specific health conditions for about 3,000 years.  Over time, ashwagandha’s health effects have been tested and well-documented, but less has been written about its benefit to your hair & skin. Ashwagandha’s scientific name is Withania Somnifera but the common name […]

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Deionized Water – What is it and why it matters

Written by: | March 6, 2017 | Leave a Comment

What is Deionized Water and why does it matter? Unless you’re a scientist working on isolating ions in a lab, you may not be aware that there are many different types of water and each has different properties. While purity and mineral content are considerations in drinking water, there’s more to consider when using water in […]

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English Poppy Seed Oil – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | February 28, 2017 | 3 responses

Poppy seeds have long been hailed as a health food due to their high content of minerals, tocopherols and essential fatty acids.  References as far back in time as Ancient Egypt report their benefits toward improved health and well-being. The oil extracted from poppy seed also has a long history in food and nutrition as it is rich […]

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Kojic Acid – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | February 21, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Sake may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about skincare, however, this Japanese rice wine is responsible for one of the most popular ingredients in Asian beauty products! Kojic acid is a by-product of fermenting the malting rice used to make sake.  The name, Kojic, is Japanese and comes from […]

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Chocolate Bath Salts for Valentine’s Day

Written by: | February 5, 2017 | 2 responses

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what says Happy Valentine’s Day like rich, dark chocolate? If you have ever read the quote, “Forget love — I’d rather fall in chocolate!” and agreed, then we have the perfect product for you! Chocolate bath salts are pure bliss and even better, Essential’s chocolate bath salts are […]

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Certified Organic Cocoa Butter Wafers + DIY Recipe

Written by: | January 31, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Cocoa butter wafers are easy to work with and the results are heavenly. Cocoa has a long and passionate history. It is believed that either the ancient Olmec or the Maya were the first to cultivate fruit from the cacao tree around 1000 B.C.E.  According to one of the legends, cacao cultivation was initiated by the […]

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Brassica Glycerides – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | January 24, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Sustainability and responsible sourcing are cornerstones of the fast-growing natural beauty industry. Just last year, in response to the over-harvesting of palm, Brassica glycerides entered the market as an efficacious and sustainable alternative to palm. Brassica glycerides are derived from 100% vegetable sources and are a palm-free. This is great news to the orangutangs whose natural […]

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EWL Report on Indie Beauty Expo, LA 2017

Written by: | January 23, 2017 | 2 responses

One of the best parts of being in the beauty business is attending trade shows and events. Last week, Laura Badcock, EWL Vice President and Chief Formulator and I were able to attend the Indie Beauty Expo in Los Angeles, CA and, WOW! We were both impressed at the variety of products and the interesting […]