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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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 […]

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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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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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Quinoa Protein for Gluten-Free Hair Products

Written by: | April 10, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Many people avoid gluten nowadays- whether due to serious allergies or personal preferences. Recently the gluten-free trend has even made its way from food to cosmetic products. Meeting the demand for gluten-free skincare products can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. One solution: switch from using hydrolyzed wheat protein to hydrolyzed quinoa protein. Originally harvested by the Inca, quinoa (pronounced keen-WAH) is a staple ingredient mostly […]

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Non-GMO corn starch: 8 Amazing Facts

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

Corn is ubiquitous in our American lives–it’s present in our food, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products– even textiles.  In fact, more than 20 different cosmetic ingredients are derived from corn,  from oils to extracts to powders, and more. Essential sources non-GMO corn starch and spends considerable time and effort selecting our ingredients to make sure they are safe, effective, and sustainable so you can be […]

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Vitamin C in Skincare

Written by: | March 28, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Vitamin C is known for its beneficial effects on skin, but did you know that it comes is more than one form? Ascorbic acid and ascorbyl palmitate are the most common forms used in skincare. Citric acid is not vitamin C, but is often mistaken as vitamin C. Let’s explore the different forms and how […]

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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 […]