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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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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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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Take Ecosuds on your next summer adventure!

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One of the best parts about life in the Pacific Northwest is our close proximity to wilderness & outdoor recreation–our home state of Oregon boasts over 350 state parks and 11 national forests! If you’re anything like us Portlanders, you’re already preparing your summer essentials checklist, and dusting off your camping and hiking gear in […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Carrot Seed Oil

Written by: | April 24, 2017 | one response

Most of us are quite familiar with the carrot, or Daucus carota, and its usually orange, edible taproot.  However, you may not be aware that the seed of the root vegetable is also a highly sought-after ingredient in natural skincare. Carrot seed oil is the cold pressed extract from the seed of the carrot plant and has many […]

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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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Growing seasons and essential oils: a guide

Written by: | April 4, 2017 | Leave a Comment

It’s finally spring here in Portland, and those long winter months of near-constant rain and chilly temperatures have paid off in the form of a city of flowers in full bloom. We’re affectionately nicknamed the “City of Roses,” after all! In Essential’s Northwest neighborhood, floral scents abound as magnolias, cherry trees, tulips, dogwoods, lilacs, and […]