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Carrier Oils – Overview and Substitution Guide

Fall Harvest Ingredients for Beautiful Skin and Hair

Creating FDA Compliant Labels

Written by: | October 17, 2018 | Leave a Comment

To enter into the cosmetic market, it is important to create proper and compliant labels. The cosmetic label is usually the principal display panel of the product and needs to comply with labeling laws that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) lays out. The FDA standardizes cosmetic labeling laws under the authority of both the […]

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Bentonite Clay – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | October 16, 2018 | 6 responses

Centuries ago, ancient cultures of people around the world discovered the multitude of benefits natural clays provide skin and hair. Each type of clay has different properties–exploring the different types of clay and their effects on your hair and skin can be a fun adventure. One such clay is bentonite clay, a staple in Native […]

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Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – Foaming Face Wash!

Written by: | October 12, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Surfactants have a 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 and Gentle Naturally derived from coconut, sodium cocoyl isethionate is readily biodegradable and […]

Tips for Successfully Sending Product to Amazon FBA Warehouses

Written by: | October 9, 2018 | 4 responses

Amazon continues to create programs for Indie Beauty brands and many consumers go to Amazon before anywhere else to shop.  So if being part of the Amazon marketplace is part of your go-to-market strategy, we’re here to help as best we can. We can provide you with the documentation Amazon requests to un-gate your products […]

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Behentrimonium Methosulfate BTMS

Written by: | October 5, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Behentrimonium Methosulfate is an excellent emulsifier. Derived from Colza Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate or BTMS is key when looking to create amazing hair care conditioning products, which is why it is often referred to as the “Conditioning Emulsifier”. Gentle and effective, BTMS helps hair retain a springy bounce, volume, and silky smoothness.  Because it’s so mild, it’s […]

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Handling Price Increases & Tariffs in Cosmetics

Written by: | October 2, 2018 | 4 responses

Unpleasant though it may be, 2019 brings increases in ingredient prices from high demand and new tariffs. Given that these price increases are unavoidable, it’s important to take as many steps as possible to minimize any negative impacts on your business and for your customers—much as we are trying to do here as well. This […]

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Carrier Oils – Overview and Substitution Guide

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What Are Carrier Oils? We hear the term “carrier oil” a lot, but what exactly is a carrier oil? Carrier oil is a term used to describe a base or vegetable oil that is being used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin. They get this name because they […]

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Xanthan Gum – Natural or Not?

Written by: | September 28, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Xanthan Gum is a common ingredient found in both cosmetics and food products. It’s a thickening agent used to create gels. Essential Wholesale uses xanthan gum derived from the bacterial fermentation of wood pulp polysaccharides, not corn, and is certified non-GMO as per NOP rules of the USDA. It is manufactured using ethanol, not isopropyl alcohol. […]

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How to Name Your Product & Upcoming Name Changes

Written by: | September 25, 2018 | Leave a Comment

In October we are changing the names of several products for a few reasons, so we thought we’d explore why we’re doing it and offer some tips on naming your own products with the perfect product name. The main issues you’ll run into while naming your skin or haircare products are FDA regulations on claims, […]

Emulsifying Wax – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | September 21, 2018 | 2 responses

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.   Simply put, an emulsion is the suspension of one liquid in another liquid. There are more technical definitions, but for now, let’s stick with this simple definition. If you […]

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