Posted by & filed under Business, Great People, Great Business, News & Stuff, Organic Family & Lifestyle, Sustainability.

Want to be inspired? Meet Rachel Hestmark and other Sustainability businesses in Portland. The Go Green Conference is a full day of sustainability learning for business and government decision-makers. I was lucky enough to attend this year and came away thoroughly energized and motivated by presentations from inspiring speakers, panels of small business owners, and… Read more »


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It is common knowledge that oil and water don’t mix under normal circumstances.  In cosmetic chemistry the solution to blending two immiscible (unblendable) liquids are emulsions.  Oil simply can’t form a strong bond with water on its own. 

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Emulsifiers work by forming a sort of skin around small droplets of oil which allows the oil droplets to remain suspended in a solution of water in an oil-in-water (O/W) formula.  The opposite is true in a water-in-oil (W/O) solution.

Emulsifiers have a large lipophilic end (attracted to oil) and a hydrophilic end (attracted to water).  These lipophilic and hydrophilic ends create a game of tug-of-war between the oil and water which keeps the oil suspended in a water solution.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary an emulsifier is: one that emulsifies; especially: a surface-active agent (as a soap) promoting the formation and stabilization of an emulsion.  And to emulsify means:  to disperse (as an oil) in an emulsion; also: to convert (two or more immiscible liquids) into an emulsion

At Essential Wholesale we use a bundle of emulsifiers to create safe and stable formulas.  We use and/or sell Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol NF, Carbomer 980, Lecithin and for our water based formulas like toners, astringents and sprays we used Polysorbate 20 and/or Polysorbate 60 and/or Polysorbate 80.  In our newest Nature Certified lotion and creme we are using Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate and Palm Stearic Acid as emulsifiers. 

Creating stable emulsions is critical to formulating stable and safe cosmetics. 


Posted by & filed under Business, Essential Info, Manufacturing, Private Label.

We sat down with Shane Burns, Production Manager and Kathy Lines, Filling Supervisor to get behind the scenes insights into the filling, labeling, and shipping of bottles, jars, and tubes. With these guidelines in mind, you’ll save money, time and bring a great product to market. As always, if you’ve got questions or comments, please… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Compliance, Essential Info, Organic News, Product Reviews, Product Spotlight.

Essential Wholesale & Labs is happy to bring back the USDA Certified Organic Sample Pack! Expertly designed by master formulator and General Manager, Laura Badcock, these seven USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC products make it easy for you to meet the increasing demand for organic hair and skin care. Your customers will be thrilled by the way… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Business, Compliance, Organic News, Private Label, State & Federal Regulations.

Navigating USDA Certified Organic Requirements for your Brand Securing the USDA Certified Organic seal for your skin care, bath and body care, hair care, and cosmetic products is a process, and can sometimes be challenging. Essential has done the work to acquire and retain our standing as a USDA Certified Organic, and Oregon Tilth Certified… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Aromatherapy, Business, Essential Info, Ingredients.

I work with a lot of companies who are just getting started with their initial line or are trying something new to extend their existing product offering. Scenting one of Essential’s existing bases is often a great first step to quickly and affordably bring a new product to market. One of my clients is bringing out… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Compliance, Health & Beauty, Ingredients.

  Synthetic vs. Natural Vitamins in Cosmetics The majority of vitamins used in the personal care and cosmetic industries are synthetic and by “the majority” I mean virtually all of them. The value of natural vs synthetic vitamins in regard to our bodily health is debatable and controversial and ultimately beyond the scope of this… Read more »


Posted by & filed under Business, DIY, Essential Info.

Filling your products into packaging can be fun but also challenging. We get a lot of questions about methods and best practices. One question that comes up often is whether to sterilize or sanitize packaging before filling. In the world of cosmetics, the requirements are sanitization, not sterilization. Think more food preparation and not surgery…. Read more »