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 […]

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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