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essential oils and natural scent ideas for summer lotions, creams, shampoos and more

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 […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cetearyl Alcohol in Skin Care

Written by: | April 17, 2020 | Leave a Comment

Cetearyl alcohol is one of those ingredients that pops up a lot, without being easy to remember what it is and what it does in skincare. It is often combined with Cetearyl glucoside, adding to the confusion. This ingredient spotlight covers what Cetearyl alcohol is, how to use it in skin and hair care, and […]

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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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What are Emulsifiers and Solubilizers?

Written by: | February 13, 2020 | 26 responses

Many industries have certain terms they use to help make communication easier. This jargon is great if you already understand the meaning, but it can be confusing if you’re just getting started. Emulsifiers and solubilizers are important ingredients in making hair and skincare products, so it’s beneficial to know what those terms mean and how […]

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Understanding How Sunless Tanners Work

Written by: | December 30, 2019 | 6 responses

We hope you’ve had a chance to try our Sunless Tanning Gel, but if not, now’s a great time to order a sample. It creates a light-to-medium tan on pale skin tones, and we love its gel feel and fast absorption (no more waiting around in a towel as it dries). Let’s break down how […]

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How to Use Allantoin in Skin Care

Written by: | December 17, 2019 | 2 responses

You might have noticed that allantoin is a popular ingredient in a range of skin and personal care products, ranging from toothpastes, sun care products, all the way through hair care and face creams. This blog discusses what allantoin is, why it’s such a versatile ingredient, and how you can incorporate it into your own […]

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How to Read a Cosmetic Ingredient List

Written by: | October 21, 2019 | Leave a Comment

By law, skincare products have to include comprehensive ingredient lists. But how do you read one? What are the important factors to look out for when you do? And are there any exceptions? Cracking these questions can be a bit more of an undertaking, but we’ve got you covered. Let’s start with some definitions and […]

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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 […]

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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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Grapeseed Oil: Amazing Antioxidant & Carrier Oil

Written by: | July 19, 2019 | 2 responses

Grapeseed Oil is a beautiful carrier oil that comes from the seeds of grapes, also known as the Vitis vinifera botanical. This oil has been shown to have strong antioxidant, emollient, and moisturizing properties making it a perfect ingredient for use in cosmetics and skincare products. This super lightweight, finely textured oil has a wonderful […]

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