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Why Some Products Can Never Be Organic–We’re looking at you, Water

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When it comes time to find organic ingredients and products, you’ll quickly see that there are a few things that are never (and won’t ever) be classified as organic. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to certify your product, but there’s no getting around the scientific reasons that prevent things from being classed as […]

How to Balance Sustainability & Business Decisions

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Sustainability is the next frontier in beauty, or so believes Linda Wells, chief creative executive at Revlon.  Compared to other beauty trends, “it’s going to be harder and more expensive” said Wells at last week’s Beauty X Summit in Los Angeles. And we certainly agree.  Sustainability is a worthy and necessary goal in cosmetics, but […]

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Affirming Organic Spa Sampler Pack

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Love yourself fully, and love your skin with the new USDA certified Organic Affirming Spa Sample Pack. With a beautiful, bright, and clean scent profile of grapefruit and rosemary, this four-part collection is everything you need to treat yourself. Grapefruit is heralded as an energizing top note, and rosemary complements it with a grounding but […]

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Demystifying Organic Certification

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Meeting the Increased Demand for Certified Organic Products The demand for certified organic ingredients and certified organic products seems to be getting greater by the day. At Essential Wholesale & Labs, we receive an almost constant stream of questions about organic ingredients, about formulating organic bases and about labeling and marketing organic products. It’s no […]

No Rinse Hand Cleanser – t’is the Sneezin!

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With the changing of the seasons to cooler temperatures, it’s time to be aware of germs and keeping hands clean so we keep our bodies healthy. If you ask my kids, they would tell you my favorite sentence is “Did you wash your hands?” I’m sure I’m not the only parent who asks this question, […]

3 easy tips for more mindful buying

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Today’s consumers know it’s possible to feel good about looking good.  As such, there is an escalating demand for more eco-friendly, cruelty-free, local and organic products. Consumers’ growing interest in being a ‘mindful’ buyer should translate into how companies formulate and market to fit this ‘mindful’ and eco-friendly desire. So how do you know for […]

Go Green for Spring Cleaning

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Spring is just around the corner, and here in the Pacific Northwest, it has already arrived! After a long and cold winter, the Sun is beginning to shine, the days are warming, cherry trees are budding and plum trees are in bloom. It won’t be long before Portland streets are lined with trees covered in […]


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Essential Wholesale & Labs is here to help you start the New Year with a bang! Expertly designed by General Manager, Laura Badcock, these seven new USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC products make it easy for you to meet the increasing demand for organic hair and skin care. Your customers will be thrilled by the way your […]

Go Green! Sustainability IS Good Business.

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Want to be inspired? Meet Rachel Hestmark and other Sustainability businesses in Portland. The Go Green Conference is a full day of sustainability learning for business and government decision-makers. I was lucky enough to attend this year and came away thoroughly energized and motivated by presentations from inspiring speakers, panels of small business owners, and […]

4 Summer Vacation Essentials

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Essential’s Natural and Organic Summer Vacation Must-Haves   School is out and you and your family are getting ready to head out on summer vacation. Whether you have planned a luxurious vacation by the pool or a camping adventure, we have some summer vacation essentials that you don’t want to leave behind. No. 1: Room/Car/Tent/Body Spray […]

USDA Certified Organic – Does it Matter?

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Essential Wholesale & Labs recently launched several new USDA Certified Organic products. You may have even purchased the organic sample pack to give them a try. Our entire team has been excited about these new products not only because we love using them, but we’re also celebrating the success of creating new products with USDA […]

Mother’s Day Reflection – What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

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“I believe in Love at First sight, because I’ve loved my mother since I opened my eyes” – anonymous Running around last minute trying to get a card and gift for mom, it suddenly struck me; what is the meaning of this day? Sure, it’s a day to call or visit mom and maybe give […]