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 […]

Mad for Facial Masks!

Written by: | January 31, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Sales of facial masks continue to rise in the US and across the world, thanks to their unique ability to deliver nearly immediate results on our skin.  As we reported in December, retail sales of both body and facial masks are outpacing all other skincare items by 28% and this explosive growth is expected to […]

Making Products your Own: Working with Our Most Popular Products

Written by: | December 12, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Most of us have a few hair, body, or skincare products that are essential to our daily routine. Below are some of Essential’s most popular items–each is a great product as is, or when customized. Looking to create something unique for your customers? We’ve also included a few ideas below to help guide you through […]

Coffee – The Wake-Me-Up Elixir for Skin and Hair!

Written by: | October 3, 2016 | Leave a Comment

In the Pacific Northwest, we’re a little fanatical about our coffee. We drink it morning, noon, and night. It’s pretty hard to go more than a few blocks without running into a coffee shop. After all, this is the home of Starbucks! Coffee helps bring us to life on rainy mornings, but it’s so much more! […]

Shea Butter – USDA Certified Organic & Wild Crafted

Written by: | April 4, 2016 | one response

African women have long known the powerful secrets of Shea Butter and have used it for centuries to protect their hair and skin from the dry, hot desert climate. In the ancient Egyptian days of Cleopatra, there are many accounts of caravans carrying jars full of shea butter for trade as well as cosmetic use. […]

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Hyaluronic Acid And Its Use in skincare

Written by: | March 22, 2016 | 2 responses

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most interesting ingredients in skincare formulations. If you’re new to this stellar ingredient, you may think that HA is an acid just like glycolic acid or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, but it’s much different. HA is a naturally occurring polymer found in connective, neural, and epithelial tissue […]

Spring Skin Care Essentials – Expert Skincare Tips for Warmer Weather

Written by: | March 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Spring is just around the corner and the birds are returning after a long winter and all those dormant plants and flowers are rising to greet the warm sun. After a long winter it’s time to rejuvenate, refresh and awaken that healthy glow to your skin! Harsh winter winds and freezing temperatures can often leave […]

Simple and Safe Alternatives to Talcum Powder

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Talcum powder has been used for generations as the go to powder to keep sensitive areas dry and prevent chafing. It’s the main ingredient in almost every body powder on drug store shelves. Unfortunately, it’s also a suspected ingredient linked to ovarian cancer and the recent subject of a sizeable settlement paid by Johnson & […]

Let’s Face It 101 Part 4 – Skincare with Masques, Oils, & Shaving Products

Written by: | March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Masques Aren’t Just For Mardi Gras Looking out from behind a mask is fun for Halloween or Mardi Gras or Costume Balls, but when you have fabulous skin, you won’t want to hide it! Using a facial masque on a regular basis will keep your skin soft, smooth, and oh-so-lovely. Use masques as advanced skincare […]

Let’s Face It 101 Part 3 – Clarifying Skincare for Oily Skin

Written by: | February 23, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Let’s Face It 101 Part 3 – Clarifying Skincare for Oily Skin Caring for oily skin doesn’t have to be confusing or complicated. Webster defines the word “clarify” as to be made clear or illuminated. Who doesn’t want to be in the world with clear purpose and an illuminated mind? Our skin wants to be […]