Essential Oils for Winter + Aromatherapy Guides

Written by: | September 25, 2017 | 3 responses

Fall is officially here, and in the Pacific Northwest, we’re already seeing pumpkin spice lattes in hand, cozy sweaters and autumn tone jackets on the streets. Our umbrellas are almost out and ready for the upcoming rain. The air is thick with pine and cedar, and the markets are full of red apples, squash, gourds, […]

Scenting Secrets of an Aromatherapist

Written by: | October 20, 2016 | 5 responses

Using essential oils to scent your skin and body care products is the simplest way to make them your own. It’s also a great way to extend your product offerings by changing the essential oil (EO) blend in a best-selling base. For example, you can start with our Thick Hair & Body Wash and market to men by […]

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The Magic and Joy of Jasmine Absolute

Written by: | August 18, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Often called the King of Flowers, the heady scent of jasmine in the cool night air is unlike anything else in the world. Along with rose, the Queen of Flowers, and orange blossom, jasmine absolute is considered one of the very finest of scents and has enticed and delighted people from different cultures and regions […]

Essential Oils — Beyond the Pleasing Aromas

Written by: | May 2, 2016 | 14 responses

Essential Oils — More than Just A Pleasing Aroma Essential Oils are fabulous. We all love them for their amazing power to uplift, calm, delight, and fascinate our spirits. We blend them together to get a unique scent profile for ourselves, and even for our pets! I love using our Pet EO Blend of Cypress, […]

Essential Oils for Winter Gifts (and Pampering)!

Written by: | November 13, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Essential Oils for Winter Gifts In the Pacific Northwest, winter has us all reaching for great hydrating oils, crèmes, lotions, and balms to keep our skin, feet, and hair feeling and looking their best. Many of us are using diffusers to freshen our homes and banish that ‘stale’ feeling when windows and doors shut tight […]

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

Written by: | October 9, 2015 | 3 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.  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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Ask the Aromatherapist: Distilling Your Own Essential Oils

Written by: | August 22, 2015 | 5 responses

Distilling Your Own Essential Oils   Distilling Essential Oils – The Quest for Beauty As an aromatherapist, I think about the hows and whys of scents. A lot. I love working in my garden and imagining how essential oils and herbs were used by men and women in the centuries before me.  I often wonder […]

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Aromatherapy Scenting Guide

Written by: | July 23, 2015 | 26 responses

Industry Guidelines These are industry guidelines for scenting bulk bases with Essential or Fragrance Oils. It’s best to start scenting with a portion of your base so you can get an idea of how strong you will want the final product. It’s easier to add more scent than it is to remove it. And as […]

Ask the Aromatherapist: Crafting Signature Scents by Blending Essential Oils

Written by: | June 19, 2015 | 9 responses

Creating a unique blend to match your brand, your mood or your intended scent profile is both rewarding and fun. It’s also easier than one might think once you’ve had a little practice. I like to remind myself blending oils is a little bit science and a little bit art and a lot of personal […]

Aromatherapy: Scents For Men

Written by: | April 30, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Aromatherapy for Men by Kathy Steinbock, Cert. Aroma. R.A. Did you know there are a number of great essential oils whose scent are perfectly suited to a man’s temperament and sense of style? We’ve had chemical-based scents for ages. The over-flowing men’s product shelves at the grocery store confirm this; think Old Spice and Axe […]