Eco Packaging

A drive towards greener packaging

Manufacturers and consumers are becoming acutely aware of the challenge we face in dealing with the current single use plastic epidemic. Demand from consumers and product manufacturers is starting to motivate packaging suppliers to provide solutions, however for many smaller cosmetic manufacturers these solutions are in some respects still very difficult to access. Minimum order volumes are high and require significant investment.

Island Essentials as a small Canadian manufacturer is transitioning away from single use virgin plastics, however the solution of choice is product dependent. We have spent a lot of time and money, to ensure the choices we make are viable. It is with you, the customers, support that we are able to take the next step forward, continue to monitor innovations and drive packaging to be greener and more sustainable.

Transparency

On each product page, we provide specific & clear information regarding the packaging used. Where we are still using virgin plastic a plan is in place to change this. Please be assured that we are dedicated to cleaner and greener options, with your continued support all of our packaging will switch over.

What We Have Achieved So Far...

100% Post-consumer plastic bottles

Our new bottles are made from 100% post consumer plastic. We believe that the cost of keeping plastic out of landfill is worth paying and that the consumer would prefer a more eco-friendly bottle.

The great news is that after use, the bottles can be recycled again!

Look for our 100% post consumer recycled plastic stickers.

Applies to products:

Castile soap 230ml – All scents

Castile soap 473ml – All scents

Castile soap 944ml – All scents

Shampoo 450ml – All scents

Conditioner 450ml – All scents

Aromatherapy Room Mist Unscented Refill 944ml

Soon to include: 

Lotions 450ml – All scents

Re-usable aluminum bottles

Our aromatherapy mist sprays are all packaged in re-usable aluminum bottles, with spray triggers. 

Completely recyclable, however we promote re-use rather than recycle by using our refill option.

Applies to products:

Aromatherapy Room Mists 230ml – All scents

Soap bar boxes from FSC card

Our soap & shampoo bars are now packaged in FSC certified sustainable cardboard boxes. Printed in BC with vegetable inks, they are both recyclable and readily bio-degradable.

Applies to products:

Bar Soap 97g – All scents

Facial Bar 97g – All scents

Shampoo Bar 97g – All scents

Glass jars with re-sealable lids

Our body butter is packaged in wide mouthed glass jars, re-usable in your home or recyclable the choice is yours!

Applies to products:

Whipped Body Butter – 95g

We Are Working Hard - In The Pipeline...

We are still working hard and have some exciting, new, and innovative eco-friendly packaging we are at various stages of testing. Here a sneak peek at the future.

Cardboard deodorant tubes ...
but not as you have ever seen before.

We have spent countless hours exploring various eco-options, from recycled plastic, to metal to cardboard and have until now not been happy with the options available … 

Until now. We can’t say too much as they are brand new to market but, it’s safe to say that we are excited!

Lotion tubes...

We are currently exploring options ranging from post-consumer recycled plastic through to plant based bio plastics from sugar cane.

 We are in the testing phase and look forward to getting more information on this in the near future!

Lip balm tubes...

We are currently exploring and testing options ranging from cardboard tubes, recycled post-consumer plastic & aluminum.

 Testing is the next phase and we look forward to getting more information on this in the near future.

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Refill Your Aromatherapy Room Spray

This natural aromatherapy room mist has been carefully formulated from natural but highly effective ingredients to enable you to refill your bottle, reducing the products footprint and saving you money!
 
Simple to refill

1. Purchase a 944 ml bottle of island essentials room mist unscented base.
2. Purchase a 15 ml or 30 ml bottle of island essentials essential oil blend.
3. Ensure bottle and trigger are cleaned thoroughly.
4. Add 236 ml of refill base (1/4 of 944 ml bottle).
5. Add up to the number if drops listed in the table below
6. Shake vigorously for 60 seconds.
 ml of Unscented refillAdd up to drops / ml of essential oil
Awaken Within236ml (1/4 of 944ml bottle)76 to 115 drops
2.4ml to 3.6ml
Bergamot Bliss236ml (1/4 of 944ml bottle)76 to 115 drops
2.4ml to 3.6ml
Cardamom Cream236ml (1/4 of 944ml bottle)76 drops
2.4ml
forThave's chai236ml (1/4 of 944ml bottle)76 to 115 drops
2.4ml to 3.6ml
Jasmine's Kiss236ml (1/4 of 944ml bottle)76 drops
2.4ml
Serene Dream236ml (1/4 of 944ml bottle)76 to 115 drops
2.4ml to 3.6ml
Smudging Sage236ml (1/4 of 944ml bottle)76 to 115 drops
2.4ml to 3.6ml
West Coast236ml (1/4 of 944ml bottle)76 to 115 drops
2.4ml to 3.6ml
If you are blending Island Essentials essential oils other than in the table above work to the lower numbers (76 drops / 2.4ml)

 

Please note some essential oils (other than our specified blends) may not stay solubilized, depending on purity and other factors. In our tests all of our blends stayed solubilized.
 
Shake each time before use.

 

 
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Switching to natural deodorant

 

Conventional deodorant and especially antiperspirants are known to block pores, in the case of antiperspirants aluminum is typically used to block the sweat ducts.
Initially when moving to a natural deodorant, you can find for the first few days that you seem to sweat more, this is due to the pores slowly unclogging from the commercial antiperspirants.

 

Once the detox period is completed you should find that your body adjusts and our natural deodorant keeps your underarm dry and fresh. The great news is that in our experience our natural deodorant works better the longer you use it.

 

Using the natural deodorant

 

Ensure that your under arm is clean and dry.
The deodorant applys best when warm, apply the stick to your under arm, allow to warm for a few seconds then apply a small amount with a single glide, repeat just once more if needed.
Applying too much will reduce effectiveness, and possibly result in staining on clothing. Trying to apply without warming can causing irritation due to the drag.

Reed Diffuser Usage

If scent needs increasing remember to flip the reeds, and swirl the liquid around.
Usage Option A:
  1. Pour 120ml of fractionated coconut/MCT into your container.
  2. Add 40 drops of your choice of essential oils (Check scent strength and increase as needed at this stage).
  3. Stir until the carrier oil and the essential oils are completely mixed.
  4. If you notice any separation, periodically swill around liquid.
  5. You can add 1 to 2 table spoons of everclear or vodka to increase diffusion.
  6. Flip reeds every few days to refresh scent.

Cautions:

Keep away from children, pets & OPEN FLAMES. When the scent drops, clean out and start again. Reeds can be used for around 6 months. Ensure surfaces are protected.

Usage Option B:
  1. Pour 50ml of Everclear grain alcohol into your container.
  2. Add in a minimum total of 30 drops of your choice of essential oils (Check scent strength and increase as needed at this stage).
  3. Stir until the alcohol and the essential oils are completely mixed.
  4. Add in 50ml of hot water (around 40°C).
  5. If you notice any separation, periodically swirl around liquid.
  6. Flip reeds every few days to refresh scent.

Cautions:

Keep away from children, pets & OPEN FLAMES. When the scent drops, clean out and start again. Reeds can be used for around 6 months. Ensure surfaces are protected.  Mixing additional essential oils after the water has been added can lead to separation. Ensure surfaces are protected.