Fall is officially here, and in the Pacific Northwest, we’re seeing cozy sweaters and autumn tone jackets on the streets. Our umbrellas are almost out and ready for the rain. The air is thick with pine and cedar, and the markets have been full of red apples, squash, gourds, pomegranates, and walnuts. Don’t forget that […]
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 […]
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 — 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 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 […]
Contraversy surrounds the entire topic of essential oil grades. If you have ever wondered why then just do a little research and you will see that you get different information from various sources, much of which is inaccurate or simply there as a marketing tool. I always like to talk to Stephen who does all of our purchasing because he comes in contact with farmers, distributors, and experts in the field of aromatherapy everyday and he has been doing it for over 15 years. I asked him to address the issue of essential oils standards.
There are regulated standards of quality by which natural products are evaluated. The one that comes to mind first is “certified organic”. In the United States the term certified organic refers to a material or product that has been cultivated and processed according to the National Organic Program (NOP) standards as defined by the USDA. Various agencies, such as Oregon Tilth, work directly with growers and manufacturers to assure that NOP standards are being met by all parties using the USDA label. These agencies monitor their client’s activity and address issues when guidelines are being overlooked or ignored.
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.
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.
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 […]
Scenting with Essential Oils Scenting oils and lotions and other skincare products are a great way to introduce aromatherapy into your skincare and body care lines. (Note: Download our aromatherapy scenting guide and use it any time you need it.) While each of us have our own preferences, there are industry guidelines for scenting products […]
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 […]