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. […]

Spring Flower Inspired Botanical Body Lotion Recipe

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

Spring Flowers Inspire this Botanical Body Lotion I love Spring. It is my second favorite season after Autumn. In addition to the heady scent of flowers, new grass and sunshine, I have vivid memories of my first real experience of Spring. I left the virtually season-less Los Angeles for the snowy winters in Spokane, Washington when I went […]

Making Lotion: What is an emulsifier and how does it work in cosmetics?

Written by: | October 9, 2015 | Leave a Comment

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. 

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Silky Luminous Lotion is Here!

Written by: | July 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Introducing our Newest Product: Silky Luminous Lotion Every once in a while a product comes along that everyone flips for. The over-25 crowd swoons about how this lotion makes their skin look and feel. The champagne color is delicate and fun. Created specifically for mature skin, but anyone wanting to get a little extra glow […]