Raw Materials 101: What They Are and How You Can Use Them

My Essential Business currently offers a small selection of butter, waxes, and carrier oils which are commonly referred to as Raw Materials. Raw materials are essential key ingredients you need to make your homemade lotions and potions! Each material comes with a variety of benefits; keep reading to learn about what they are, and ideas on how you can put them to use.

DIY Tip:

As a lot of you may know, oils and water do not mix. That's why it's extremely important to always use an emulsifier! You can dilute essential oils with a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) however if your recipe calls for water, adding an emulsifier will help your essential oils stay suspended and evenly distributed. Our favourite emulsifiers are Vegetable Glycerine or Witch Hazel.

Beeswax Pastilles

Anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic, antiseptic, antibacterial

If you’re a fellow DIY’er, you probably already know that beeswax is a highly popular ingredient for homemade recipes. That’s because beeswax is solid at room temperature, but has a melting point of 147 degrees Farenheight (64 Celcius). When integrated with creams, lotions, and balms– it creates a barrier that helps to seal moisture into the skin and thickens the texture of your recipe. Beeswax also contains vitamin A which can help with hydration and cell regeneration.

DIY Ideas:

  • Lip balm
  • Candles
  • Salves

*Our beeswax is available in pastille form, which is easier to measure and meltdown for DIY projects.



Organic Shea Butter

Anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, hydrating

Shea butter is very rich and thick in consistency which makes it the ideal natural ingredient for body butter, balms, and moisturizers. Shea butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) Tree and contains vitamin A, E, F, and natural UV protection SPF 6. It can also help bring anti-ageing benefits to the skin by producing fatty acids and nutrients that are necessary for collagen production.

DIY Ideas:

  • Body butter
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant


Citric Acid

Antioxidant, natural preservative, alkaline

Citric Acid can be found naturally in citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, kiwis, apples, strawberries, pears, and vegetables such as potatoes, mushrooms, peas, asparagus and tomatoes. Citric acid is found in many skin care products such as creams, serums, and face masks as it promotes skin cell re-growth, and also helps combat photo-aging, environmental damage, and oxidative stress. When you incorporate citric acid into your homemade recipes, it will help it last a little bit longer because it acts as a natural preservative!

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Castille Soap

Plant-based, biodegradable, gentle cleansing agent

There are so many different ways to use Castille soap, it’s hard to keep track! Castile Soap is made by combining very few natural ingredients such as vegetable oil (coconut, avocado, etc.) and caustic soda (A.K.A. sodium hydroxide) making it vegan-friendly and completely biodegradable. It’s a great base ingredient for DIY beauty, and homemade cleaning supplies. There is also quite the list of skin health benefits when it comes to Castille soap! It’s a very gentle cleansing agent without the toxins, can be used on all skin types, does not clog pores, and leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

DIY Ideas:

*Safe for babies and pets


Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO)

Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial

Fractionated Coconut Oil is made when regular (solid) coconut oil goes through a certain distillation process so that it will always remain in a liquid state, which is perfect for diluting your essential oils and mixing with your homemade remedies. FCO is one of the most popular carrier oils for blending because it helps “carry” the essential oils into your skin and allows them to be absorbed for a longer period of time. FCO can easily be incorporated into DIY beauty recipes, as it helps with skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, burns, scars, and much more.

DIY Ideas:

Jojoba Oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba)

Emollient, hypoallergenic, moisturizing, anti-ageing

Jojoba is another popular carrier oil when it comes to blending essential oils, but this gem really does shine all on its own! There are certain glands present in our skin that create an oily substance which is commonly referred to as sebum, and jojoba oil is as close as you can get to replicating that sebum which your skin produces naturally. This can come in handy because as we get older our skin doesn’t produce as much sebum– which is why our skin can often get dry and flaky.

DIY Ideas:

  • Skin serum
  • Face + hair mask
  • Hair growth serum
  • Anti-ageing cream


Vegetable Glycerin

Humectant, solvent, anti-inflammatory

Vegetable Glycerine is a liquid that is typically derived from the oils of plants and is completely colourless, and odourless with a syrup-like texture. Vegetable Glycerin is a natural humectant, which means it retains and preserves moisture, which is why you’ll find it in many skin care and beauty products today. Using Vegetable Glycerin on your skin will help improve it’s texture, hydration, and suppleness.

DIY Ideas:

  • Lotion
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo

Witch Hazel (Alcohol-Free)

Astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral

Witch Hazel originates from a shrub native to North America and contains a variety of helpful medicinal properties. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help soothe and disinfect certain skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It can also help neutralize free radicals which are unstable molecules that can build up in our body and damage us over time.

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If there is something we don't have that you would like to see on our shelf, feel free to reach out to us! Follow us on Instagram, and Facebook for DIY recipes, sales, giveaways, and more.


Gwen Johnson:

Just wondering if you will carry any natural clays esp french green and white clay…do you have Trauma oil and Aloe Vera gel??

May 09, 2019

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