Extracts, Distillates, Hydrosols, and Tinctures – What are they and What’s the Difference?

Written by: | August 7, 2017 | 2 responses

Extracts, Distillates, Hydrosols, and Tinctures are effective and fun ingredients to use in your skincare. They can add color, scent, and can even replace water to add extra beneficial attributes to your formulations, but you may be asking yourself “What exactly are extracts, hydrosols, distillates and tinctures and what’s the difference between them?” You’re not […]

Hello Aloe! New Organically Preserved Aloe Gel Sample Packs!

Written by: | August 1, 2017 | one response

Aloe gel is one of the best known natural remedies for soothing skin. It’s so common, you will likely find it in almost every beach-goer’s summer bag. If you grew up anything like I did, your mom always had aloe gel handy if you happened to spend too much time in the sun. You might […]

Is that color really natural?

Written by: | July 11, 2017 | 8 responses

Color attracts attention and nobody uses it better than mother nature. In observing the world, we see how nature uses a colorful palette to draw the attention of insects to flowers. In the animal kingdom, the most brightly colored birds attract the attention of potential mates. It’s no wonder that people are also attracted to beautiful colors. […]

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Facts about acids used in skincare

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

Acids and skincare don’t exactly sound like a good pair. After all, look what happened to The Joker in Batman. But don’t worry, we aren’t talking about those kinds of acids. There are two different types of acids used in skincare; exfoliating acids and fatty acids. When used properly in your skincare routine you can see […]

Occlusive, Emollient & Humectant – Terms to know

Written by: | June 19, 2017 | 3 responses

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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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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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 […]

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. […]

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – The Gentle Surfactant

Written by: | April 18, 2017 | 2 responses

Surfactants have a bad reputation as being harsh and irritating to the skin, but sodium cocoyl isethionate is a completely different type of surfactant! Derived from coconut, this extremely gentle ingredient is fast replacing traditional surfactants in natural hair and skincare formulations. Biodegradable Naturally derived from coconut, sodium cocoyl isethionate is readily biodegradable. This makes […]

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