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Aromatherapy: 7 Scents of Summer

Written by: | May 8, 2020 | Leave a Comment

7 Perfect Essential Oils for Sensational Summer Products By Kathy Steinbock, Cert. Aroma. R.A. The Scents of Summer Nothing brings back summer memories for me more than the smells of my childhood summers. Cut grass, citrus fruit trees in bloom, the buzz of summer critters and the bug spray used to outwit them. These are […]

Honey in Skin & Hair Care – Ingredient Spotlight

Written by: | April 14, 2020 | 7 responses

Honey is one of the most interesting ingredients in hair and skincare. The fact that honey is produced by bees, and can survive centuries in Egyptian tombs and still be edible (although I wouldn’t try it) is incredibly amazing, but what really makes honey such an interesting ingredient is how beneficial it is for hair […]

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Tips for Working With Gums, Thickeners, and Natural Polymers in Cosmetics

Written by: | August 16, 2019 | 12 responses

Cosmetic Thickeners and Natural Polymers add texture and help stabilize lotions and creams, and also create a wide variety of different gels. Although they all perform the same function in a lotion, cream, or gel, they each have unique properties and can change the look and feel of your final product. Selecting the right one […]

Decyl Glucoside – Ingredient Highlight

Written by: | August 2, 2019 | 8 responses

Surfactants are one of the most versatile ingredients used in hair and skincare products. They perform an important function in reducing the surface tension of water allowing all kinds of wonderful products to be made. Most of us think big foam and bubbles when we hear the word “surfactant” but the definition is much more. […]

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Kaolin Clay – Ingredient Spotlight

Written by: | February 22, 2019 | 6 responses

Kaolin clay is one of those ingredients growing in popularity and awareness, and we love using it in cleansing masks and facial powders. It’s a light colored powder that forms the main ingredient in porcelain, and it’s water- and impurity-absorbing characteristics make it a great ingredient for cleansing in skin care. Kaolin clay has a […]

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Ingredient Spotlight – Myrrh

Written by: | January 4, 2019 | Leave a Comment

Myrrh is one of those ingredients that is usually talked about only once a year around Christmas. But long before it was a precious gift offered to the newborn baby Jesus it was used by ancient Egyptians in skincare and embalming rituals, by the Chinese for good health, and even by ancient Greeks on the battlefield. […]

Cosmetic Glitter vs. Craft Glitter

Written by: | December 21, 2018 | 3 responses

Glitter is one of those ingredients that we love to use to bring a little flash and excitement to cosmetics. It can be used in lotions and cremes to add just a little shimmer, to lip gloss for extra sparkle,  or just directly on the skin for dramatic and eye-catching make-up effects. If you shop at craft […]

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Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare

Written by: | December 18, 2018 | 23 responses

Hyaluronic acid (HLA) was first discovered in 1934 by Columbia University scientists Karl Meyer and John Palmer, but it wasn’t used in skin care for many years. The substance was isolated from cow’s eye and derived the name hyaluronic acid from hyalos, meaning “glass” in Greek and the uronic sugar found in HLA. Hyaluronic acid […]

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Extracts, Distillates, Hydrosols, and Tinctures – What are they and What’s the Difference?

Written by: | November 30, 2018 | 21 responses

Extracts, Distillates, Hydrosols, and Tinctures are effective and fun ingredients to use in your skincare. They can add color, scent, and can even replace water to add extra beneficial attributes to your formulations, but you may be asking yourself “What exactly are extracts, hydrosols, distillates and tinctures and what’s the difference between them?” You’re not […]

Easy to Make Custom Liquid Foundations!

Written by: | November 20, 2018 | 9 responses

Essential Wholesale & Labs’ liquid foundations are truly unique. We have one-of-a-kind liquid makeup that is not only high in antioxidants Rosemary Extract but is also packed with nourishing ingredients for the skin. Soothing organic Aloe Juice, skin conditioning cold pressed Carrot Seed Oil, balancing Golden Jojoba, firming DMAE, smoothing and softening MSM and moisturizing Meadow Foam Seed […]