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Distributor Spotlight: Universal Companies


Universal Companies: one of the largest distributors in the Professional Beauty/Spa industry.

Ever wonder what an average day looks like at the company? About their history with Intrinsics? In an interview with Kelly Wilson, Universal’s Vice President of Strategic Vendor Alliances, we got the answers to all of those questions, and more! Here’s your inside scoop.



Kelly Wilson, Vice President of Strategic Vendor Alliances at Universal Companies

Tell us about the history of Universal Companies. About how many employees does Universal have?

Universal Companies, Inc. currently employs 135 associates across many departments and many states; this number includes our team in Shanghai.  Many of our associates are licensed estheticians and master estheticians, licensed massage therapists, nail technicians, and cosmetologists. Today Universal Companies is the leading single-source supplier to over 25,000 clients in the spa industry, providing thousands of products to help professionals manage and grow their businesses.

  • 1982 – The company was founded by Marti Morenings and her father, Dr. G. H. Morenings, to market a medical therapy unit designed by Dr. Morenings.
  • 1985 – The company patented and trademarked several devices that were sold to estheticians and medical practitioners, and began adding esthetic products, furniture, equipment, and sundry supplies to its offerings.
  • 1992 – The first catalog was developed, making it easy for estheticians to find everything they needed in one place.
  • 1999 – The company changed its name from Universal Esthetics to Universal Companies, providing all spa professionals their one-source spa solution.



The creative department at Universal Companies (via Facebook)

As the largest distributor in the Professional Spa industry, what’s an average day look like at the office?

Every day our primary focus is to be customer centric, and this extends to every department at Universal. Our Sales teams put the customer first in every aspect, and the warehouse team gives special attention to each order with careful selection and packing. Those in Receiving are constantly inspecting each Vendor’s delivery to ensure quality in both product and packaging.  

Product Development is comprised of licensed estheticians, massage therapists and nail technicians, each with in-spa/salon experience. This team constantly uses customer filters to ensure we are meeting--and anticipating--the needs of each customer segment.  

Creative Development emphasizes the language and messaging required to communicate with customers in the most effective and efficient manner.  

Our Education and Training department leads the way for all of us, as they are constantly sharing product knowledge and treatment protocols with external customers, as well as internal staff. This is so everyone can assist customers with questions and inquiries regarding product usage.



Lisa Sykes, UC Copy Director, and Sarah Tollie, UC Digital Marketing Manager (via Facebook)

What are the values that Universal Companies adheres to?

We have a passionate commitment to:

  • Exceed customer expectations.
  • Treat our associates as we want them to treat our customers.
  • Foster honesty and integrity.
  • Build profitable relationships with our customers, vendors, and associates.
  • Create fun and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.

Universal Companies is also committed to inspiring and empowering its employees, customers, and vendors to exhibit leadership and implement eco-friendly practices. We employ a Sustainability Specialist who carefully reviews and evaluates all earth-friendly products for: safety, toxicology, social responsibility, efficacy, third party certification, and overall sustainability. In addition, our website discloses all ingredients in all of the personal care products we offer. Universal Companies is also involved in outreach to other sustainability groups, as well as providing leadership assistance and support to our local Chamber of Commerce and tornado victims.

We are one source with many solutions to simplify the way you do business:

  • Extensive product collection
  • Universal spa equipment
  • Professional support
  • Great value
  • Training
  • Fast turnaround
  • Easy order consolidation and no minimum orders
  • Account management
  • Free web resources



Halloween 2017 at Universal Companies (via Facebook)

What’s your favorite part of working at Universals Companies?

Piggy-backing on our position of customer centric, the Vendors are our customers, and I feel are my first customers.  With more than 11,000 sellable SKUs and more than 350 Vendors, I have the opportunity to meet so many interesting people from such varied backgrounds who present a full array of products designed to meet the needs of our customers; whether that be day spas, corporate day spas, resort-hotel-destination spas, medi-spa, schools, salons, or independent practitioners.

I love being the advocate for the Vendors and the conduit between them and every department at Universal. I love being able to develop friendships with them and I really enjoy building business relationships that ultimately culminate in positive results for our spa and salon customers.  Sharing that common goal – what is best for our customers – is the foundation for strong bonds between Universal and its very valued Vendors.


How long has Universal been partnered with Intrinsics?

I have been with Universal since 2006 and the relationship was well established then.  I had to look in some of our archives and found that Universal began working with Intrinsics in November of 2003, so we are in our 15th year! And it has been a great partnership!


What do you think sets Intrinsics apart from competitors?

I think it begins with the Barnhardt family, their commitment to quality and to their customers.  The fact that it is still a family owned and managed organization is what sets Intrinsics apart.

In 2016 Anna Bralley, in her former role as Director of Product Development, and I visited Intrinsics in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had enjoyed a long standing relationship and had hosted visits from Intrinsics over the years, but this was the first time for us to visit in Charlotte. Dave Albers, as always was an incredible host and well prepared for our business meetings.

But the very best part of our visit was the tour conducted by George Hargrove. George is always so personable and such a pleasure to be around, but the depth of his knowledge. He detailed us on every single step of the processing of cotton and manufacturing of end products, it was nothing short of amazing. Anna and I were thrilled with all we were learning from George, and certainly gained a new appreciation for these wonderful products.

It was great to meet members of the Barnhardt family and get to know them better – you just cannot beat the face-to-face interaction and what it means to developing strong relationships.

In what sets Intrinsics apart I also do not want to fail to mention the Barnhardt family’s pride in all products they are able to make which are sourced and made in America. They, rightfully so, display the “Made in the USA” logo with our American flag on their packaging. They put their pride in our country right on the label of their products, and I believe this truly resonates with our customers.


Which Intrinsics products do you see heading out the door most?

Intrinsics provides the tried-and-trusted products that our spa professionals can’t seem to get enough of. The top sellers are the 2x2” and 4x4” Silken Wipes, 2x2” and 4x4” Cotton Wipes and 2x2” and 4x4” 12-Ply Gauze, the 3x9” pellon wax strips, the 2” cotton rounds, and the compressed sponges.



Universal Learning Center, in Torrance, CA

Universal offers more than just spa and salon products. What are some other helpful resources/services that you all provide?

I think what has always made Universal different is the owner’s commitment to the business success of each and every customer. Marti Morenings is the quintessential entrepreneur; Marti has demonstrated this over the years by not only supplying quality products, but by providing spas with treatment protocols, menu descriptions, marketing materials and education.  

Anna Bralley, who I mentioned earlier, is now the Manager over Education and Training. She not only ensures our Universal Associates are trained on each product, but she manages our trainers throughout the country.

In 2016, Universal launched the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center in Los Angeles (Torrance, California). The WBLC provides an easily accessible location where Spa Professionals can take a vast array of classes on every spa topic imaginable. Creating this educational resource on the West Coast demonstrates Universal’s partnership with and commitment to its customers.


What are some of the new beauty trends that you’re absolutely loving? And what are some areas/trends in the industry that you expect to see grow in 2018?

Lash and brow services are still very hot, as are trends in nail services – dipping powders and nail art.  I love that spa and salon customers are having so much fun with a greater range in color palette; I adore the actual art created on these little nail canvases!

Aromatherapy is huge as the consumer has gained great understanding in recent years of the benefits of essential oils. Salt is hot – from salt lamps to treatments to actual salt rooms. And unique spa retail gained from the spas’ websites is an avenue that has followed the boom in all online retailing.

Spas have returned to the core of their services, but I also think that health and wellness has taken center stage. I love the fact that consumers are now understanding the health benefits gained from their spa treatments and that these are no longer thought of as just luxury treatments.

At Universal we are constantly looking for those health and wellness product lines, and recently are proud to have gained exclusive distribution of the Moor Spa line. The benefits of these products are vast. We are excited to offer the line complete with easily accessible, understandable and affordable trial and success kits, of course with comprehensive treatment protocols.


What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?       

I do have my favorite local spas and salons that I frequent (not often enough – never enough, right?).  I am pretty religious about my nail and hair appointments. And I now see frequent massage as a necessity. I love my job and my family, but also understand that I can only be my best if I watch out for my own wellness. There is no denying that massage simply feels fabulous, but I feel the immediate and long lasting benefits of releasing the tension from my muscles. I swim a lot and that helps too, but nothing replaces a good massage.  

Other than that, I am in a great position for product testing, so I do “spa at home” a great deal.  This helps my understanding of how spas can retail “home care”, to not only further engage their clients in taking responsibility for their own wellness plan, and also how to partner with their clients for wellness management that is best served through a treatment plan that includes return visits to the spa

It is not a one-shot deal Yes, you will have immediate benefits, but it is the on-going maintenance that achieves the greatest results and the greatest level of well-being.  Again, I am happy that people now really understand the important role our spas and salons play in successfully attaining these wellness goals.

Trends in Men’s Skin Care



Skin care is something that everyone can enjoy.

And it’s no secret that skin care for men is becoming a huge trend. So what are some ways men can pamper themselves?


Via GQ Magazine, from Arrested Development, 20th Century Fox 


Masking is a huge trend across all facets of the skin care trend right now. Our very own Sales Director, Dave Albers, noticed this at the WBC show back in January 2018. He noted that Clubman Pinaud’s Charcoal Peel-off Mask was a huge hit amongst the attendees there. The Clubman Pinaud brand has been around since 1810, I wonder if they ever thought they’d be selling masks for men in 2018? Either way, these masks have been selling extremely well. There are also entire skin care lines, like Kiehl’s, catered to all the masking needs any man would ever need.



More and more barber shops are offering facials as additions to beard trims and hair cuts. But they’re not the only ones, estheticians are getting in on male-specific facial services too. Even skeptics are experimenting with this new trend. These facials are mainly tailored to men because they deal with problems that men may experience, like razor burn and acne, as well as ingrown hairs.




Here at Intrinsics, we are a huge fan of moisturizing. If you’re not moisturizing, you’re missing out. Though men have a higher collagen density than women, it’s important to note that consistently using a moisturizer can be beneficial for anyone. Just make sure you’re applying it with a Silken Wipe to refrain from wasting expensive product. Men love Silken Wipes too!



But why?

Men’s skin is 25% thicker than women’s, meaning it is also tougher. When a man shaves, his face experiences a fairly intense exfoliation, therefore leaving it more prone to breakouts if not treated correctly. Depending on how often you shave, this may irritate you more or less. In addition to all of these benefits, men need a good skin care routine. Skin care regimens will keep your skin healthy and allow for you to take some time on self care.

REVIEW: The Best Facial Cotton: Intrinsics

This is an unpaid review by blogger Heather of 

Check out her Instagram for more original posts, photos, and reviews. 

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What we use to apply our skincare products may not be something that we pay much attention to. Do you apply them with your hands? Do you use a cotton pad? Either method has great potential for wasting precious product, and in! I have personally used both ways to apply liquids to my skin. I stopped using cotton pads because too much product was being sucked into the cotton and not be distributed onto my face. Another reason I gave up cotton pads is because I was using aggressive treatments that made my skin very sensitive and the cotton felt too abrasive on my face. So I switched to using my fingertips to apply products. The liquid would often times drip between my fingers leaving excess product in a spot where it was hard to apply to my face. I eventually got smarter and started dumping liquids into my palm, doing a therapist swipe à la Caroline Hirons, and patting onto my skin. This was by far the best methods of all I had trialed thus far, until I discovered Intrinsics Silken Wipes by watching Liz Alaska use them in every routine she posted to Instagram.


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I wasn't sure where to purchase Intrinsics Wipes as they are professional use products, which only made me want them even more! If this cotton is good enough to be used in treatment rooms then why am I not using them on my face! I definitely needed them in my arsenal! Whenever I searched the Intrinsics website I found online stockists but all were for professionals. I did not even consider looking on Amazon, but that is indeed where they are found for us regular joes! When Intrinsics contacted me and asked me to try a few of their products, I felt like they were reading my mind!

Previously I used different brands of cotton varying from cheap drugstore cotton pads that crumbed before my eyes when wet, to Sephora Collection cotton rounds which are durable yet small and soak up a lot of product, to Shiseido cotton pads that everyone loves. Shiseido cotton is definitely soft but also soak up way too much product.


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Enter Silken Wipes

Intrinsics Silken Wipes are soft, gentle, and absorb the perfect amount of product. However, all of those things aren't their greatest selling point. It is their durability and size that makes them standout among the crowd. The Large Silken Wipes are 4" x 4" folded and unfolded 8" x 8".* There is nothing else like it on the market for us regular consumers who don't have access to professional products! They could even be cut into halves to prolong the package, which is already huge with 200 included cotton sheets.


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The Silken Wipes are their softest cotton and did not irritate my skin at all. They are very thin, but made with the softest cotton. I use them to apply toners, acids, basically anything that is in a liquid formation. I feel like such a pro using Silken Wipes! 😉 I even read a heart warming story the other day over on Instagram about a fellow #skincarecommunity member's baby who has extremely sensitive skin, she can't even use baby wipes on her tush. The only product she could find that work for her precious baby girl was, you guessed it...Silken Wipes! Intrinsics ended up sending her a box of goodies for her baby, and herself! Now that is a company I can support wholeheartedly!


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Silken Wipes are made with Intrinsics proprietary Med-Esthetic Soft Fiber Blend, it is truly magical. Silken Wipes have a Light Absorbency rating as to not soak up all of your precious skincare products. Intrinsics touts they are "less absorbent on purpose, long lasting, economical and strong." They are thin, yet durable, and don't leave cotton lint all over your face. Literally the perfect little square. Once you start using Intrinsics, you'll definitely be hooked!


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They also come in a 'Petite' size that is more like your traditional cotton pads. The wipes are size 2" x 2" and unfold to reveal a 4"x 4" cotton square.

Intrinsics has other options?

When I received my package from Intrinsics, I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning! It was a huge box filled with a variety of cotton products. How did I not know they made all these other products too? Their Silken Wipes are obviously their most talked about product on social media, but their other cotton option are definitely worth consideration as I have found all sort of odd jobs for them the past month! Since I had never considered a variety of Intrinsics products, maybe others do not know about them either? Well you will today!

The other options available to purchase on Amazon are the Large and Petite Cotton Wipes and the 12-Ply Cotton Gauze.


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Difference Between Cotton Wipes + Silken Wipes

The Cotton Wipes are enclosed in a resealable, plastic package with green markings and come in the same two size options as the Silken Wipes. When side by side, it is often hard to tell them apart, however they do perform different. The Cotton Wipes are made of 100% Natural Cotton and have a Medium-High Absorbency Rating. The texture is still soft yet will provide gentle exfoliation. Cotton Wipes are something you want to use when you are removing product, like a mask. It can also be used for the Cold Water Cleansing Method that is all the rage right now on social media. See @lizalaska's Story Highlights for more info on the Cold Water Method.


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The Large Cotton Wipes are what I use to remove my makeup sometimes with Bioderma Micellar Water. They do not feel abrasive on my skin and I don't waste cotton pad after cotton pad like I have in the past!


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Another job I have discovered thanks to an IG tip (sorry I don't remember whose post I read this on!) is to use a Cotton Wipe, add a small amount of an oil or balm cleanser to create a DIY makeup remover wipe! Simply genius! Much better than using most makeup wipes that contain a lot of fragrance, preservatives and other not-so-beneficial skincare ingredients for the sensitive eye area. Plus you can change it up every night if you want by using different cleansers.


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Cotton 12-Ply Gauze

Another option Intrinsics offeres is the Cotton 12-Ply Gauze that is used during Facial Treatments. It is Medical Grade Gauze that is made with 100% Naturelle Cotton and also biodegradable. The Gauze also comes in the Large and Petite sizing, but instead the Large opens to a 12" x 16" single-ply sheet. It has a Medium Absorbency Rating and has found multiple uses, the #1 being removing nail polish! I will never use a cotton pad to remove stubborn nail polish again, the gauze is just so much more effective and time saving! I also have used it for medical purposes. My 7-year old daughter burned her thumb recently on our gas heater, so sad. It blistered, she peeled off the blister without my knowledge or consent, and was left with a big patch of missing skin. Sorry for the gory details. I had to cover the wound so it would not get infected while she was at school or doing other ridiculous things that kids do. I placed a Large Gauze square on top of the burn then covered with cohesive wrap. When I changed the dressing I was relieved and very happy that the gauze did NOT stick to the wound. We have been using it during every dressing change since!


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Overall I am very pleased with Intrinsics products and will definitely repurchase with my own money. I have found uses for all three cotton options, and it has been very handy to have the different sizes for different skin tasks. I have been using them constantly and have barely made a dent in my packages! I feel like they are worth every penny. Intrinsics is a fantastic company that I can support 100%, they have great ethics and really care about their customers. They are a fantastic blog with different ideas on how to use their products that you should definitely read! If you are a professional you can check out their map here to find a stockist near you. Also, you can follow them on Instagram and see product updates, new releases, tips, etc, here.

Cotton Pads/Wipes may not be glamorous, but are necessary! If you are investing in skincare products, you should definitely consider investing in the tools that apply those products. You can thank me later! For those of you who already love and use Intrinsics Silken Wipes, I hope you learned a little more about other products that they offer, they are definitely worth a try!

Until Next Time...


Sea Salt vs Epsom Salt



When we think of salt, one of two things come to mind:

French fries and relaxation.

Wait, but aren’t those two things synonymous?


When it comes to relaxation, however, salts you use will not be your run-of-the-mill table salt (NaCl). Both sea salt and epsom salt can be used in the spa, and home, setting for some natural relaxation.


Why Sodium?

Nervous impulses and muscle contractions are a result of the electrochemical activity that is made possible by sodium. It’s also important to maintain the volume of our blood by retaining water and controlling plasma particles.



Himalayan pink salt

Sea Salts

Sea salt is produced by evaporating salt water, especially from the ocean. Sea salt is unprocessed, therefore it contains a bounty of minerals; some types actually contain all 84 minerals found in the human body.

There are different kinds of sea salt depending on where it was sourced from: Himalayan, Celtic, Dead Sea, Hawaiian, Flaky, and Fleur de Sel. These vary in color and flavor.

Using Sea Salts

Sea salt, by nature, has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore it can make a great pain reliever, especially for those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis and eczema. The alkalizing effects of sea salt prevent bacteria and viruses from thriving and the magnesium found in some sea salts can help maintain pH balance of the body.

You can also add these salts to your beauty routine:
  • Add sea salts to your toner to cleanse your pores
  • Balance oil production
  • Rid of any bacteria on the face
  • Combine with equal parts olive oil for a cultile refresh



Epsom salt, courtesy of Salt Works

Epsom Salts

Epsom salt is a natural alternative that has been used therapeutically for centuries.

It is actually magnesium sulfate and is made from a substance containing magnesium (often dolomite).

Using Epsom Salts

Like sea salt, Epsom salt is an anti-inflammatory. It’s used to treat cold and flu symptoms, sore muscles and joints, and itchy skin. When shopping for Epsom salt, look for USP epsom salts with a “drug facts” box. Why? Because it has been manufactured, tested, and made to meet FDA and USP standards. Be sure you’re using the certifiably good stuff.

You can also add Epsom salts to your beauty routine:
  • Mix some into cleansing cream for deep-pore purification
  • Use it to gently exfoliate your skin and face
  • Used in sensory deprivation tanks and float baths



Float tank, courtesy of Float UK


If you’re considering adding a float tank to your spa menu, be sure to use the correct materials so your pipes don’t corrode.

Whether you’re thinking of visiting a spa or doing an at-home session, salt is a great addition to your relaxation routine. Not only will salts balance your pH and soothe achy joints, but they will also leave your skin feeling soft and clean.

That’s A Wrap: WBC 2018


For the Intrinsics team, the New Year officially began when we exhibited at the 2018 Western Buying Conference in Las Vegas, NV on January 15th and 16th.

This may have been their 33rd annual show, but this was the busiest WBC show we’ve ever attended.

We got the two-day extravaganza off to a great start, as distributors and reps lined up to talk to us about our new products, promotions, and to place orders with us. The distributors were also very curious about what we saw as the upcoming 2018 beauty trends, as well as how our 2017 new product launches were going.


Our new Nail Tech's Choice Nail Wipes, Disposable Velcro® Headband, and Carbon Filter Face Mask were among Intrinsics' top players in 2017.

New trends for 2018 will focus on:

  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Nails
  • Barbering

The carryover trends from 2017 will continue to be balayage techniques and dimensional highlighting and coloring.


Our neat booth at WBC! Next to our friends, Godefroy.



Facials. Facials. Facials. We can’t get enough of them and, apparently, neither can anyone else. Facials have been one the most requested services at spas for the last two years. At-home facials are also becoming popular: check any beauty supply store and you will see hundreds of different kinds of sheeted facial masks. Everyone is aiming for that young, clean, glowing look and getting facials, using the right regimen, can deliver that for you.


Men’s facials have seen the biggest increase in this category. This is evident by the new products from American International Industries’ Clubman Pinaud® brand. Clubman Pinaud has been around since 1810, though I wonder if this men’s brand would ever guess they’d carry a charcoal peel-off black mask? They do and it’s selling really well. Many barbershops have even started including facials and manicures alongside cuts and shaves. The WBC event expanded on this growing theme with over 25% of the booths offering a new men’s product.



Our superstar sales director, Dave Albers, speaking with visitors at WBC.



Eyes continue to be a focal point from brow waxing and microblading, to eyebrow and eyelash tinting. One of our favorite beauty companies, Godefroy, recommends using 100% cotton products when working with their tints. For this process, technicians use Pillowettes™. Why Pillowettes? It’s because they are made of 100% pure, soft cotton with no lint. Our Pillowettes are easy to maneuver around the eyes because they have a soft pillow design, for comfort, and they are specially constructed to contain a slot for fingers.




If you polish your nails, you need to check out the new Polygel® from Gelish. Polygel is not an acrylic or a hard gel, but combines the best of both worlds for an all-in-one system. According to Gelish, Polygel is more flexible than acrylic, stronger than hard gel, and lighter than both. To get the best results, you’ll need to do a nail prep; during the prep, you must use a wipe that is completely lint-free. Yeah, we’re looking at you Lint-free Nail Wipe. Our nail wipes are made from special non-woven material called “melt blown”. Melt blown is soft and very absorbent, and is often used in medical settings because it does not leave behind lint.


It was great seeing everyone at WBC! Next stop for the Intrinsics team is at the IBS-IECSC show, taking place in New York City at the Javits Center on March 4th-6th. See you there.



Glycolic Treatments 101

Thinking about getting a glycolic treatment? You may have a few questions first, so we’re breaking down the process for you.


What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHAs. AH-what? Alpha Hydroxy Acids. AHAs can be derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes. They are made up of tiny molecules of hydrophilic and water soluble acids.


AHAs lightly exfoliate to help promote younger-looking skin, blood flow, collagen production, and overall skin health. They are preferred for sun-damaged, scarred, and dry skin, because glycolic acid improves moisture content.



The Peel

Each professional has slightly different techniques and, depending on the condition of your skin, may choose to use different strengths of the acid. Peels come in several classifications: mild, medium, and deep.


The word “acid” may sound terrifying, but the reality is that any pain experienced during this process is short-lived. Most people feel a burning sensation for about 5-10 minutes after the glycolic acid is applied, followed by some stinging. This can be helped by using a cool compress and taking pain-relief medicine, such as ibuprofen.


The Process

Deep cleansing

This goes without saying, but to prep for the feel, face needs cleansed to rid of any dirt, makeup, topical creams and serums, etc.


Apply glycolic acid

If you’re receiving a peel at a top-of-the-line establishment, they’re going to be using Intrinsics. More specifically, your professional will use our Glycolic Applicator to evenly apply the acid onto the face. Because our glycolic applicator has lightly absorbent tips it will not soak up the glycolic acid, allowing for it to be applied to more effectively.


Apply neutralizer

Like the name eludes, a neutralizer is applied after acid soaks on the face for a varied amount of time or passes. This is a necessary step to all types of peels, including a glycolic peel.


After the Peel

Like sunburn, a mild peel will essentially blister face, causing the outermost layer of skin to “peel” (ha-ha, get it?), flake, and fall off over the course of the week (3-7 days). Mild peels may be repeated in advised intervals to achieve the skin you want. It is strongly recommended to use broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen after a glycolic treatment because exfoliants can make skin photosensitive. It is also advised to avoid direct sunlight when possible.


Before scheduling an appointment, talk with your esthetician about what peel will be best for your skin based on your desired goal. At home chemical peels may sound enticing, but can be unsafe and result in a number of unwanted effects. Save yourself any mishaps and visit your local professional instead.

4 Tips for Winter Lip Care

Winter lip care is important.


During the winter, we tend to be so focused on our skin that we may forget to give T.L.C. to a major part of our face: the lips.

Want to keep your lips silky smooth all season long? Here are 4 tips for caring for your lips you should be following:

Image from Tarte Cosmetics

Eliminate Dead Skin

Cold wind can take a toll on our lips. Gently exfoliating with a lip scrub once or twice a day can make all the difference. There are many lip scrubs available to purchase in stores and online, but if you have some extra time, you can make your own too. Applying the lip scrub in the morning before putting on makeup will have your lips ready for the day. Using a scrub at night after brushing your teeth can rid your lips of any dead skin they accumulate over time. You may apply a scrub with a clean toothbrush, which may be harsh on sensitive lips. Partner your lip scrub with Intrinsics 12-ply gauze for gentle, but effective, abrasion.

Image from “How to Make Lip Balm...” by Shopify

Balm Before Bed

Apply a lip balm at night before bed to soothe any dryness you may experience while you sleep (or those times you’re so tired that you snore with your mouth wide-open all night). Think of it as an overnight lip mask. No more waking up with cracked lips!

PS: Did you know you can use aloe vera to moisturize your lips, as well as for a face mask? We love this idea.

Keep It Handy

We all have our favorites: Burts Bees, Chapstick, eos, Baby Lips. What good is your chapstick if it’s sitting on your vanity at home? Buy a 4 pack of your preferred brand and leave one at home, in your purse/bag, in your car, and one at your desk. This is a fool-proof way to always have access to relief when your lips feel like they’re on fire. Because nobody likes chapped lips.

Drink. More. Water.

If you feel like you read this advice everywhere, it’s because it’s true. Despite the fact that it may not be a sweltering, summer day, your body still needs water. Consuming your daily dose of H20 is beneficial for skin and lip hydration, and for your overall health. Get a glass/aluminum water bottle and stay hydrated throughout the day; your lips, skin, and body will thank you.


Textured Hair Looks for 2018

New year, new hair-do.


Aside from coloring, adding texture to your hair is a great way achieve a new look. If you’re looking for long-term curl, getting a perm from your local salon is the best route to take. For a look that lasts for two or three days, a no-heat method using cotton is a great way to go.




Unlike rayon, cotton is biodegradable and far more sustainable, therefore it is better for the environment. Taking the ecological impact into account is very important when it comes to choosing professional single-use supplies. As a professional, Intrinsics wants you to have options, so we offer our cotton coil in these varieties:



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The Perfect Perm

Before any perm solution is applied to the hair, it is vital that the face and eyes are protected with a barrier. Your first choice for this protector should be cotton; it will not only absorb a considerable amount of liquid, but the cotton actually gets stronger with use. Intrinsics offers cotton coils in multiple sizes, making it easy to snip off just the right amount so there is no waste.


No Heat, No Problem

For those who prefer a short-term curl, cotton curls will be your new overnight go-to. Because there are no bulky plastic rollers or paper towel that easily falls apart, you can wear the curls to sleep for maximum hold, with no problem or discomfort.


Here are the steps to achieving no-hassle, heatless curls:

  1. Start by sectioning your hair, leaving the part where it normally lies
  2. Lightly spray the section with hairspray and let it dry
  3. Simply cut off the amount of cotton you need
  4. Roll the hair onto the strip
  5. Secure the cotton with a knot or an elastic
  6. Lightly spritz with hairspray


Curls are the perfect way to add texture and spice up any hairstyle. What better time for a new hairstyle than a new year! The choice of a salon perm or no-heat curls is up to you, we know you’ll look fabulous either way.

Toners, Serums, and Moisturizers We Love (And How To Use Them)


What do toners, serums, and moisturizers all have in common?

They are vital components to any daily skin care routine. And we love ‘em! We want to spread the love, so we are sharing some of our favorite skin care products with the world. Do you use any of the brands on this list?



Using a toner in your daily skin routine will not only soothe irritated bumps, but it also removes any excess oil, dirt, and grime after removing makeup and cleansing. Think of this as an essential step to ensure your face is getting the deepest clean possible. Toners are used to balance your skin’s pH levels because your face becomes more alkaline after cleansing, which makes it more prone to damage and inflammation.


Toners can be applied straight to the face with our Silken Wipes. These lightly-absorbent wipes are the most effective way to make sure the toner is not soaked up in a generic cotton pad before it gets the chance to make it onto your face. The goal is to conserve your expensive product, not waste it.



Indie Lee, CoQ-10 toner, $32

May Coop, Raw Sauce, $33


Here is a list of some wonderful toners:

  • The alcohol-free CoQ-10 toner from Indie Lee balances pH levels using Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid. This toner also includes Chamomile, Sage, and Carica Papaya Leaf Extract among its impressive list of ingredients.
  • Raw Sauce from May Coop is a unique toner: it is made of 93% maple tree sap, along with fructan powder and fruit extracts. Why maple tree sap? According to May Coop, the sap serves as a base for better absorption.  



In the past year, the trend of using serums in daily skincare routines has skyrocketed. Serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate the face and seep into your pores. Using a serum regularly (once to twice a day, depending on your skin) can make your skin firmer, smoother, and brighter. Or as we’ve heard it called, plastic surgery in a bottle.


Because serums are so light, there are a few different ways to apply them. Applying a drop to your forehead, both sides of the face (under the eye), and on the chin area ensures that you are getting full coverage. Grab a low-absorbent  2x2” Silken Wipe and gently rub the serum in a circular motion. Like toners, professional serums can be pricey, so why waste it?



Jordan Samuel Skin, Hydrate Facial Serum, $29


T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $90


A list of a few serums we love:

  • Hydrate Facial Serum from Jordan Samuel Skin is a favorite amongst professionals and beauty bloggers everywhere. This miracle-in-a-bottle is packed with Hyaluronic acid, stabilized Vitamin C, and combined with gentle extracts like cucumber, tamarind, and passion flower.
  • The T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum from Drunk Elephant  is a 12% AHA/BHA night serum that helps refine skin for a smooth, radiant complexion. The Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric, and Salicylic acids are combined with raspberry extract, horse chestnut, and white tea to create balance.



Moisturizing is one of the most pertinent ingredients of your daily skin routine. Its purpose is to lock in and secure any toners and serums applied after cleansing. Because it provides the skin with nutrients and hydration, it can be applied both in the mornings and in the evenings for maximum benefits. Most moisturizers can be applied by putting a small amount on the tips of your fingers and evenly distributing it amongst your entire face and then the neck.


The great thing about moisturizers is that they are helpful to any skin type: sensitive, itchy, dry, oily, or combination skin. However, when selecting a moisturizer, one must research its ingredients. Does it have unlisted artificial fragrances and dyes, or contain alcohol? You may want to consider changing products if so.



Eminence, Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer, $58


Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care, $45


Here are a couple of moisturizers to look into:


  • Éminence Organics has a comprehensive line of moisturizers, specializing in range of properties such as: age-defying, mattifying, calming, probiotic, and more. Éminence provides a list of ingredients and expected results with each product; as well, ensures consumers that their products are completely organic, sustainable, and cruelty free.
  • Another notable moisturizer is the Vital Balm Cream from Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care. Like Éminence, Josh Rosebrook lists every ingredient found in this magic cream, labeling them by certified organic, wildcrafted, and non-GMO plant sourced. Its silky texture allows for breathability, so your pores will not be clogged after using this product.


There you have it! A list of some of the most sought after toners, serums, and moisturizers on the market today. Match any of these with our Silken Wipes and you’ve got yourself a lush daily skin care routine.

Give A Little Love This Christmas


It’s almost Christmas and you’re wondering what would make a great gift for your clients.

We’ve got your answer all wrapped up in one cute little package: Intrinsics pink heart-shaped cellulose sponges!


The pink heart-shaped cellulose sponge is all the rage this season. However, these sponges are available in both compressed and non-compressed sponge versions, as well as a variety of colors like white and natural (yellow). Because the pink heart sponges come compressed in a pack of 75, they are great space savers and make a practical and thoughtful, gift for all of your clients.




Here are some noteworthy things about our cellulose sponges:

  • Made in the USA
  • Soft and absorbent
  • Will not break apart
  • Reusable on the same client
  • Great space savers, when liquid is applied they quickly plump up to full size
  • Perfect tool for cleansing the face
  • Easy makeup removal
  • Works will to remove product, especially facial masks
  • Its heart shape works perfectly on contours of the face


If you’re the seeing-is-believing type, here is a great article from Woman.NG about the benefits of washing your face with a cellulose sponge.

How can you get your hands on these Intrinsics cellulose sponges? Visit a distributor near you via our interactive map. Supplies may vary by location. Call store for availability!

How to Match Your Eyebrows with Your Face Shape

The shape of your face is just as unique as you are, therefore the shape of your eyebrows should be tailored especially to you.

Before you pick up the tweezers, take this helpful advice into account when shaping your brows.


We found some great information from Eyebrowz on face shapes, as well as advice on how to shape your eyebrows accordingly.


The six basic face shapes and their characteristics:




  •      Forehead is wider than chin
  •      Prominent cheekbones
  •      Fairly narrow chin

Perfect eyebrow shape is soft angled shape, goes straight up and gently curves round the top and down





  •      Face is almost as wide as it is long
  •      Face is widest at the cheeks

High arch brow, shape should that follows a straight line to the peak of the brow





  •      Forehead, cheekbones, jawlines all about the same width
  •      Narrow, oval chin

Straight horizontal lines that stop the eye, flat brow can make the face appear shorter.





  •      Forehead, cheekbones, jawline are about the same width
  •      Squared jawline

Thicker, stronger color and shape can balance a squared jawline. A defined sharp peak at the top of the brow makes it appear stronger.




  •      Similar to oval, but the chin tapers to a point

Low arch rounded brows creates a natural look. Highly arched brow can create a more dramatic feel and add length to a shorter heart shaped face






  •      Not as common as other face shapes
  •      Highly angular
  •      Shorter forehead, face is widest at temples

Curved brows with a high arch or round brow with pointed arch


How to Measure Your Face Shape


Eyebrowz also provides a great graphic on how to identify which shape your face is along with detailed these steps:





After measuring your face to determine which shape most closely matches yours, you’re ready to start the process of shaping your brows to fit.

When shaping eyebrows from scratch, a stencil is an enormously helpful tool to use. Tweezers are great for touch ups, but shaping brows can be most easily achieved by different types of waxing.


Intrinsics waxing strips, made from nonwoven pellon, are pre-cut into 3”x 9” strips for easy access during wax treatments. Intrinsics also offers these waxing strips in the form of a 3” wide wax strip roll, for professionals to use as much or as little of the roll that they need. This high quality pellon leaves no residue and will not tear or stretch, ensuring a precise and clean waxing service.

Voilà! Your brows will be looking spectacular. Make sure to clean any waxed areas to prevent breakouts. 


Body Treatments and Tips for An Overall Glow


Now that cooler temperatures are influencing your wardrobe choices, it only makes sense that you adjust your skin care routine as well. Cold, dry weather can take its toll on skin that isn’t properly moisturized, leading to dry patches and inflammation. Luckily, there are measures that can be taken in the spa and at home.


Here are some of the best tips to ensure healthy, glowing skin throughout the harshest winter months:


Switch to a Hydrating Cleanser

Cleansing is one of the first and most important steps in a healthy skincare routine and skin should never feel dry after a wash. Skin contains natural oil that helps keep it moisturized and harsh cleansers can strip away that oil. Hydrating cleansers on the other hand, gently strip away the impurities without sacrificing moisture. If your client asks for your recommendations regarding which winter cleansers and moisturizers are right for them, advise them to avoid products with sulfates, alcohols, and parabens.


Speaking of Hydration…

Classic hydrating facials with gentle exfoliation are great during the winter. You might also want to consider lipid layer repair treatments, which work with the layers of the skin. Now is also a great time to do combo treatments for face and eye, since the skin around the eye is very sensitive to dry air this time of year. Our Pillowettes work perfectly with these types of treatments because they’re extremely soft and durable, but also come with a slip-case so you may slide your fingers in for easier control.


Sunny or not, always SPF

Whether it’s 8 or 80 degrees outside, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen. Even if the sun isn’t out, harmful rays can make their way through the clouds and for already parched skin, the extra damage isn’t worth it. Silken Wipes will be your go-to wipe when applying product because it’s lightly absorbent, so it won’t waste your expensive moisturizers and sunscreens.


Body scrubs

For the days you can’t make it to the spa, keeping a stash of your own homemade body scrubs at home will be a lifesaver. Our cellulose sponges are ideal for removing product, especially those with exfoliants.

  • Try a peppermint sugar body scrub to achieve a beautiful glow while also getting into the holiday spirit!
  • If you have dry skin, oatmeal body scrubs will be your best friend this season. Oatmeal is great for calming itchy and inflamed skin.
  • Coffee sugar body scrub is a great way to reuse your coffee grinds and keep your skin plump with minimal cellulite this winter.

Men and women of all ages can combat the signs of daily wear and tear on the skin and Intrinsics wants to help you in your efforts! In addition to offering informative, curated blog posts, we offer a full line of wholesale professional skin care products made from 100% USA cotton. For more information and/or to request a sample pack, visit our website.

The Difference is in the Details, try us and see for yourself.

We Are Thankful For YOU!

In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, the team at Intrinsics wants to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our loyal customers!


We simply could not do it without you. As a token of our appreciation, we wanted to put the spotlight on several of our talented supporters!

It’s no secret that Intrinsics is a favorite among professionals and enthusiasts in the beauty industry. We reached out to some of our favorite estheticians and beauty bloggers to find out why they love to use Intrinsics.



“I love Intrinsics for extremely gentle cleansing and application of my fave exfoliator! Nothing beats the effectiveness and affordability of all their Silken Wipes!

Angel, beauty blogger and makeup artist, @passportebeaute












“Whether I’m treating a client to a facial or at home doing my daily facial routine, I use Intrinsics. They’re the softest and best quality medical grade cotton wipes. I can apply and remove product, exfoliate, depending on which product from Intrinsics I use.”

Chrissy, Esthetician, @honeyanddewskin










“Intrinsics is a cruelty free way for me to pamper myself. I know that when I take out my 2x2” wipes, I’m going to get that spa-like feel and have a great routine. Next step: 4x4” for traveling!”

Megan, beauty blogger, @makeuplovermegan













“I love Intrinsics Esthetic Wipes because they’re gentle, perfect for sensitive skin in the treatment room and at home! Plus they hold their shape and won’t waste product like regular cotton pads.”

Sarah, Esthetician, @youglowgal,




“I discovered Intrinsics Silken Wipes after reading @youglowgal blogpost about them.  I had recently started using stronger retinol and my skin was so sensitized, I couldn't use washcloths.  Intrinsics saved my skin.  I still use them to this day and will not travel without them.”

Liz, beauty blogger, @lizalaskabeauty








“Intrinsics Silken Wipes have completely changed the way I cleanse my skin. They are a super soft and durable tool in my routine. I use these to wipe away creamy/milky cleansers with a beauty water, and no residue is ever left behind. My skin is never irritated, a major upgrade from a standard washcloth.”

Karen, beauty blogger, @skinkargoals










It is because of our awesome supporters that we are inspired to continue leading the way in creating your favorite professional single-use products. From your friends at Intrinsics, thank you! Have a great rest of the holiday season.

Growing for a Cause: No-Shave November


Put down your razors and clippers, ladies and gents.

No-Shave November season is upon us! It’s time to grow your hair and spread some awareness.


The official No-Shave November movement encourages men (and women) to donate money (that would have otherwise been spent on shaving related products and services) to the American Cancer Society. The goal of the No-Shave November Movement is to grow awareness about cancer by embracing hair growth, which many cancer patients unfortunately lose.




Movember is championed by the Movember Foundation, which was started in Australia in 2003. The organization donates its profits to causes related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and other men’s health issues. “Mo Bros”, as participants are called, agree to grow a mustache to facilitate conversation about men’s health issues.


Barbers and stylists are stepping up for both causes by professionals are offering free beard and mustache grooming services during November. New facial hair growth can be tricky for the inexperienced, often being itchy and downright unsightly. However, with a little help from your local pros, you can help the cause while still looking your best.  Your barber can recommend beard oils and moisturizers, as well as waxes, for your facial hair. The products will stop the itch, tame the barbs, and make you shine.




During the growing stage, you will need to use more moisturizers and deeply cleanse your face often. Intrinsics professional single-use products will help you achieve the best results for cleansing and moisturizing. To gently cleanse that new beard or stache, Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels are an excellent choice; no overpowering, perfume-y fragrance and virtually lint-free. To apply moisturizers, serums, and oils, use our 2x2” Silken Wipes; completely lint-free and lightly absorbent, so they won’t soak up a lot of your expensive product.


No matter which cause you support by growing a beard or a mustache, you are doing your part in helping spread awareness about men’s health issues. So start growing and Intrinsics will be with you every step of the way.

Intrinsics Beauty Recipe: Cucumber Rose Water Eye Mask

cucumber rose water eye mask

Simple but effective? Sounds like music to my ears.


Our Cucumber Rose Water Eye Mask (courtesy of HelloGlow), used with our Quilted Cotton Rounds, is the perfect way to give your under-eye area the refresh it needs now that Daylight Savings Time has ended! So why these ingredients?

  • Cucumber contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling–these acids prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes.
  • Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
  • Placing brewed Green tea bags on the eyes for a short time period allows the tannins in the tea to reduce swelling and tighten the skin around the eyes, as well as to treat puffy eyes and dark circles.


The use of Intrinsics Quilted Cotton Rounds will ensure that this liquid mask stays on in all the right places. And since these rounds will be cut into crescent shapes, it allows for the perfect under-eye placement and a no slip grip; just a few of these Cotton Rounds will make multiple crescent shapes, so you'll have plenty for later use. The permeable cotton allows all of the enzymes to reach your skin without having to worry about drips or clean-up!



Now, how do I cut those Quilted Cotton Rounds?



Cutting our Quilted Cotton Round is easy as pie! These don't have to be perfect crescents, as long as they form the general shape, you're good to go! Even though the rounds are packed with 100% fluffy, Purified Cotton, they cut crisply with absolutely no mess! After soaking them in the cucumber-rose water mixture, place them below your lash line and prepare for some major relaxation!

The Best Cleansing Towel for Wax Treatments


Have you been searching for the perfect cleansing towel to use during wax treatments?

Whether you do your own waxing or visit a professional at your favorite salon, we can all agree that choosing the right cleansing product for before-and-after care is vital.


Gentle Cleansing Towels from Intrinsics are widely used by wax technicians to cleanse the skin before and after waxing treatments.


Why Should I Choose Intrinsics?

Our Gentle Cleansing Towel is made of 100% cotton infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals. This hypoallergenic wipe is perfect for sensitive skin and sensitive areas, which makes it an extremely beneficial cleanse during any waxing service.

Our towels are completely free of any parabens, sulfates, artificial colors and artificial fragrances, so you can be assured that your skin is getting the best treatment possible. These are great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, because they will not cause any redness, irritation or swelling.

Wipes made from rayon leave an unwanted residue and lint, but our 100% cotton towels will leave the skin lint-free, feeling refreshed and squeaky clean. Cotton is durable and gets stronger when wet, so these towels will not easily tear when cleansing any area.


Where Can I Find These Wipes?

Beauty Store Business Magazine agrees, highlighting our Gentle Cleansing Towel in their November issue (p. 22).

In addition to our Gentle Cleansing Towel, Intrinsics also offers a comprehensive line of professional waxing supplies including Waxing Strips, Waxing Rolls, and even Disposable Bikinis and Table Paper, all made of soft fibers.

Want to try for yourself? Spa professionals can purchase this product at their local SalonCentric or find nearby distributors via our interactive map. These towels are also available on Amazon from PricePRO!


Here are the benefits of Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels listed:

  • Good for all skin types, especially sensitive skin
  • Made from 100% cotton, making it durable but gentle
  • No unwanted residue or lint
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals
  • No parabens, sulfates, artificial colors or artificial fragrances


Offering Facials in Your Barber Practice


Most barbers provide shaving services, so why not include a facial with it?


Face treatments are not only a relaxing experience; they also serve a purpose by improving the health and appearance of skin.

Even the most basic facial routine can help:

  • Brighten the skin
  • Prevent acne
  • Reduce the appearance of aging
  • Help fight sun damage
  • Reduce razor burn and dry skin


Skin treatments have many practical benefits as well, such as a smoother, cleaner shave when properly exfoliated and moisturized. Providing facial treatments are a fairly new territory for barber shops; some barber schools are even adding facial courses to their curriculum. Traditionally viewed as a salon treatment, high-end barber shops have begun offering facials for men.


Can You Offer Skin Care Treatments With A Barber License?

In most states, offering facial treatments falls within the scope of a barber license. However, there are some restrictions. So long as the services you provide are non-invasive and do not involve any chemical exfoliates or peels, only topical moisturizers and other natural agents, you should be in the clear to offer facials without any additional licensing. Please check your local state boards for any clarification.


esquire.facial.imageVia Esquire


Special Considerations When Giving Face Treatments

Your products need to be compatible for your customer. Consider skin types, age, and even the person’s occupation. You might consider offering a menu of facial services or just keeping it simple with a mask. And there are many resources that can help you choose the right products for your customers.

A great way to start is by identifying the products you’ll need to use in order to give your client the best possible facial. Intrinsics has you covered with our 4 Step Facial: Cleanse, apply, remove, and exfoliate. Our Gentle Cleansing Wipes (cleanse), 2x2” Silken Wipes (apply), 2x2” Cotton Wipes (remove), and Cotton-Filled Gauze (exfoliate) are a must when doing facials. These products will save you time and money, as help you achieve the results you are looking for.

Whether you call them facials, deluxe shave, or facial treatments, offering these can be a classy addition to the suite of services you offer in your barber practice. You are a trusted ally in a man’s grooming routine, they will trust you with their face too. Boost your business, be innovative, and start offering facials today!

9 STUNNING Fall Manicures!

 Oh my gourd, we love fall manicures!

It is no secret that we all adopt beauty trends that coincide with the seasons. Perhaps one of the most interesting forms of expression during the fall is nail art. Using seasonal colors with accents, Halloween graphics, and fall imagery are all great ways to jazz up any manicure during this time of year.

We took our search for the best fall mani trends to the virtual streets of Instagram and found some awesome examples of nail techs doing it right.

Seasonal Colors with (pumpkin) Spice

These are all prime examples of how to use traditional fall colors enhanced with sparkle and shine. Whether you’re sticking with one color like, using several harmonizing colors like katv865, or using one base color with a fantastic sparkle accent like renegade_studios, you’re guaranteed to get a second look with these nails.



Go Nude

Another fun trend is the ‘nude’ accent nail paired with a gorgeous, seasonal color. Beautifulnailsalways and doll_house_nails_and_beauty exhibit this perfectly. Nothin’ says classy like pairing a nude color with deep, rich colors like ruby red and forest green. These colors will perfectly match any fall outfit. Sweater dress season, anyone?!

doll_house_nails_and_beauty beautifulnailsalways@doll_house_nails_and_beauty                              @beautifulnailsalways


Dress Up!

There is no more unique way to say “Happy Fall!” like themed nails! A fellow Halloween-lover can opt for the illustrative route, like rachelglamm‘s spook-tacular rendition of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Now that’s a conversation starter! Or nailzealot, inspired by nature, who took these bare tree nails to the next level with a complementary brown base color.

 rachelglammnailzealot                              @rachelglamm                                     @nailzealot



If you happen to prefer a more minimal mani during the fall, nail designs like these are great for you! Black base with a colored gleam, gem-like accent nail from nailoholic_nina, says you’re feelin’ spooky, but you’re here for the party. Or even a light smattering of orange sparkle on a black base for a wicked awesome look, like in sj_kristina’s work.



sj_kristina @sj_kristina


These four fall manicure trends are only skimming the surface of all that Instagram’s most talented nail techs have to offer. We found brilliant colors paired with sparkles, shines, and seasonal imagery, which gave us inspiration for our own nail art this autumn.

Now go paint those nails, ghoulfriend!


And remember to remove it with your favorite professional nail tech supplies, like Gel Nail Wipes or Cotton Filled Gauze from Intrinsics, to ensure all that polish gets off...lint free. 😉

Spotlight On: Jeffrey and Neil Boss of Boss Beauty Supply

If there is such a thing as cosmetology and spa paradise,

Boss Beauty Supply is it.


Boss is a single-stop source forsalon towels, apparel, waxes, nail dryers and sundries, and name brands like TIGI Pro, Wella, Clairol, Conair, Ardell, Master Barber, and Intrinsics.

We had the opportunity to ask Jeffrey Boss, company president, and Neil Boss, vice pres., some questions about Boss Beauty Supply and their experiences as professional beauty supply distributors.

Jeffrey and Neil Boss


Q: Tell us about the history of Boss Beauty Supply.

A: We have been providing towels, apparel, and other supplies to the salon and spa industry since 1993. In 2015, we acquired Cameo Beauty Supply, enabling us to offer our customers significantly more items, as well as lower prices.


Q: What’s an average day like working in the wholesale beauty industry?

A: Every day in our industry is unique. Whether it be working with a customer, helping them find the right products for their salon, to making sure all orders are processed and shipped as quickly as possible. You can never be sure what the next day will bring.


Q: How long have you been partnered with Intrinsics?

A: Our relationship with Intrinsics goes back almost 20 years to the days of Carolina Cotton.

intrinsics inventory

Fully stocked Intrinsics inventory at Boss Beauty Supply! Oh my!


Q: What do you think sets Intrinsics apart from competitors?

A: Intrinsics takes pride in offering quality, professional single-use supplies to the industry, I cannot remember having any customers complain about an Intrinsics product, which is truly remarkable. The team at Intrinsics is second to none.


Q: Which Intrinsics products do you see heading out the door most?

A: The most popular Intrinsics products are the wipes: from the Cotton Naturelles™ to the Large Silken Wipes. We also sell a lot of Cotton Balls, Roll Cotton, Cotton Coils, and Wax Strips.


intrinsics inventory2

Boxes on boxes of Intrinsics! An esthetician’s dream.


Q: What are the values that Boss Beauty Supply adheres to?

A: We value our customers and know that they are the reason we are in business. We offer quality products and great prices. Boss Beauty Supply has a large in-stock inventory, allowing us to ship most orders within 24 hours with a 99.9% fulfillment rate. This ensures that we have the items salons want, when they want them, and at the best possible prices.

We pride ourselves on offering quality service and low prices, without any minimum purchase requirement. We are family owned and operated, primarily selling through catalogs, quarterly flyers, regular promotions, and on our website. When you call Boss Beauty, you speak to a person, not a machine.

Boss Beauty Supply staff


Q: What’s your favorite part of working at Boss Beauty Supply?

A: Boss Beauty Supply is a great place to work. The company is small enough that every employee has an important impact on our operations. The work environment is casual and flexible. Employees are given a great deal of autonomy allowing them to do what it takes to get the job done.


Q: What are some of the new beauty trends that you’re absolutely loving?

A: We love the trend towards using more vibrant hair colors and new application techniques. Pastel colors are continuing to be huge in salons and on social media.


Q: What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?

A: I enjoy a full body massage, preferably ocean-side in a tropic environment! A lot of our employees enjoy a new haircut, mani/pedi, or a fresh brow wax.

NW Nail Retreat 2017 Q+A

Best. Weekend. Ever!

The Northwest Nail Tech Retreat, also known as #NailCamp, is the first of its kind.

Imagine a weekend retreat where you are able to spend the entire time focused on practicing your craft, learning new things, and meeting people with similar interests.

The 2017 NW Nail Retreat is tucked away in the beautiful Camp Burton of Vashon Island, WA, where 144 lucky nail artists are surrounded by nature, friends, and NAILS. The event takes place October 13-16th, allowing nail technicians a fun-filled four day weekend. Not surprisingly, the tickets for the 2017 retreat sold out very quickly! With a ticket, each tech has access to a wide variety of professional-led classes and workshops, cabin lodging, and all-inclusive meals. Nail Camp may be held in the Northwest corner of the US, but techs from all over the country, as well as internationally, attend this retreat.

2017 nw nail tech retreat

We got a chance to sit down and talk more about Nail Camp with one of its founders, Jess Briarmoon. After attending many nail shows and workshops, Briarmoon and her friend Ellen Torchia noticed that other attendees were struggling to afford dinner due to attendance expenses. “We decided there needed to be an event where people didn’t have to worry about their meals or where to stay.” says Briarmoon, “The event is all inclusive, aside from a couple of optional workshops that are for instructors to try to earn back some of their expenses.

In addition to food and lodging, NW Nail Retreat includes:

  • Five 60 minute classes
  • One 3-hour workshop
  • Two 5-hour workshops

Classes are available to nail techs of any skill set. “We wanted a class schedule that was more like college, where you can pick which things you want to see and learn a ton over the weekend. So we found an actual camp and created Nail Camp!” Briarmoon stated.

2017 nw nail tech retreat

2015 NW Nail Tech Retreat attendees with their SWAG Bags!


Each ticket also includes the gift of a SWAG Bag. This gift bag containing over $400 worth of professional spa products and other goodies, is worth the ticket price alone. High quality cotton products from Intrinsics will be part of this bag, including our Pillowettes, Gentle Cleansing Towels, and Lint-free Nail Wipes. Briarmoon’s favorite Intrinsics product is the Toe Rope because she can use as much (or as little cotton) as she needs. She also uses Intrinsics for her client’s safety, “Sometimes clients have allergies and natural, purified cotton helps eliminate that worry.

2017 nw nail tech retreat

Some examples of classes are Sculpturing, Nail Art, Fantasy Art, Manicuring, Massage, and Pedicuring. The camp offers business courses like “Is Your Price Right?”, which allows nail techs to properly price their professional services. Nail Camp also hosts cash prize raffles, games, and competitions throughout the 4-day weekend. Notable nail techs and NailPro Cup champions serve as judges.

2017 nw nail tech retreat


Briarmoon says every tech should be at Nail Camp because, It’s an amazing event like no other, with 4 days full of nails, classes, competitions, and fun! The education, friendship, and style that the camp has taken on is like no other event in the industry.

2017 nw nail tech retreat

NW Nail Retreat organizers offer a full-ride scholarship every year. It is given in honor of their fellow founder, nail artist, and friend, Vicki Peters. They remember her as a kind spirit who helped establish the camp, but also someone would cheer others on and always offer help at no cost.

Intrinsics Beauty Recipe: Pumpkin Apple Face Mask

Fall is officially here, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the season into our beauty routine. This Pumpkin Apple Face mask (courtesy of Hello Glow), used with our facial gauze mask, is the perfect way to give your skin a little extra boost to help prepare for all of your fall activities.

Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids that help brighten and smooth skin by encouraging faster skin cell turnover. Apples are a great skin hydrator and help combat acne. We couldn’t ask for a better combo! And clean up is a breeze with our Intrinsics facial gauze mask. The permeable cotton allows all of the enzymes to reach your skin without having to worry about drips or clean-up!

Facial Gauze with Pumpkin Apple Face Mask

Want to try the Intrinsics facial gauze mask out for yourself? Click here to learn more about its design and find a retailer near you!

Keeping your Barber Supplies Clean

Asking the right questions about salon, barbershop, and spa sanitation can ensure your peace of mind.

The safety and sanitation of barber shops and barber supplies have been getting a lot of media attention lately, and you may be wondering what measures your stylist, barber, or esthetician take to ensure a clean, sanitary salon, barbershop and spa environment.

Sanitizing vs. Sterilizing

  • You may have wondered why some barber supplies are soaked in sanitizing solution while others are not.  Metal instruments are typically sterilized with dry or steam heat, while reusable items, like combs and hair clips, are sanitized in a special solution that kill germs and other contaminants.  

Single-Use Safety

  • Professional single-use supplies offer the highest level of sanitation—and peace of mind—by reducing the likelihood of cross-contamination simply because they’re used only once.  For example, disposable neck strips not only protect skin from being irritated by capes but also act as a germ barrier. Other single-use barber supplies include disposable towels, wipes, and even manicure items that Disposable towels and wipes protect the skin and hair from irritants and contaminants.  

Latex and Powder Allergies

  • An increasing number of people are allergic to natural rubber latex, and the barber, spa and beauty industry has responded by developing disposable synthetic gloves. These professional single-use supplies give you the peace of mind of knowing you nor your client won’t have an allergic reaction to latex gloves during a salon or barber treatment.  


  • Check to be sure your barbershop or salon displays up to-date licenses for all of their employees. Barber and Cosmetology licensing requirements vary by state, so be sure licenses are for your area.

You have every right to expect the highest standards of safety and sanitation. A barbershop or salon that goes the extra mile to ensure safety when it comes to barber supplies and sanitation cares about its clients and its employees.


Can Esthetic Wipes Create the Perfect Facial?

Skincare routines have grown increasingly complex over the years.  The beauty industry and its consumers understand that skin needs a variety of treatments to maintain that youthful glow. For example, not only have toners been added into the multi-step skincare regimen, but there are different types to target specific areas of concern. There are moisturizers for dry skin, cleansers for oily skin, and thousands of different serums.

So why are you using the same esthetic wipe for everything?!

If you want to personalize your skincare routine and the services offered by your spa, different esthetic wipes are essential to the process. We’ve come up with an easy-to-identify, color-coded system that helps you match esthetic wipes to a process.

Cleanse: Gentle Cleansing Towel

Our Gentle Cleansing Towels are a great tool for cleansing skin before a facial or any area of skin before waxing. 100% hypoallergenic and infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals, these wipes work with any skin type.

Apply: Silken Wipes

Only slightly absorbent, our Silken Wipes are best to use when applying precious treatments because the majority of the product is transferred to the skin, not left on the esthetic wipe. Another bonus: this Silken Wipe is non-linting, which means no residue left behind to clean up before the next product is applied.

Silken Wipes 2x2

Remove: 100% Cotton Wipes

In contrast to the Silken Wipe, the 100% Cotton Wipes are highly absorbent which makes them great for removing product without leaving trace amounts behind. They also provide a gentle level of exfoliation without being abrasive.

Exfoliate: Cotton Filled Gauze Wipes

Even more slightly abrasive, our Cotton Filled Gauze Wipes are the best tool for providing a more direct approach to gentle exfoliation. Whether you use it to remove product, rub in an exfoliant, or even remove nail polish, these wipes are a great addition to the finishing touches of any facial.

To learn more about our 4 Step Facial Process and the products involved, please visit If you’re interested in receiving a sample of each of the products mentioned above, simply fill out this form to receive your pack in the mail.


The Benefits of Natural Botanicals

The 25 Count Cleansing Cloth

Have you ever used a face wipe only to feel like you need to wash your face again? Yeah, us too. Fortunately, our Gentle Cleansing Towels don’t do that.

Gentle Cleansing Towel

One reason: natural botanicals.


Plants have been used for hundreds of years as a cure for many things including skin woes. For example, olive oil, derived from the wild olive tree, was used in ancient Greek facial masks and still serves as a great carrier oil today. In Indian culture, herbs like saffron and turmeric were incorporated into face creams.

Jennifer Hirsch, beauty botanist for The Body Shop, said it best to Best Health mag: “Plants are the most amazing chemists and engineers. It’s really exciting to understand how they work and the great things they can do for your skin.”

So when we set out to create the best facial wipe, we knew integrating natural botanicals was a must. Here are the ones you can find in our Gentle Cleansing Towels:

White Tea: Known for it’s high levels of antioxidants, white tea prevents age-related wrinkles and skin sagging. It also helps fight cancer and arthritis.

white tea botanical

Image c/o T.Tseng via Flickr Creative Commons


Bamboo: A fast-growing plant, bamboo is an eco-friendly way to inject your skincare routine with vitamin rich minerals and amino acids. Hello, hydration!

bamboo botanical


Cucumber: More than just a summer snack, cucumbers contain ascorbic acid and caffeic acid. These work to reduce swelling and skin irritation.

cucumber botanical

Photo by Harshal Hirve on Unsplash


Combining these natural ingredients with our premium cotton, we created a wipe that is  soft and gentle. Use it for daily makeup removal or cleansing before spa treatments. The possibilities are endless and the benefits are noticeable.

Find the Gentle Cleansing Towel at an Intrinsics provider or partner near you.


Why Intrinsics Cotton? The Difference is in the Details

Every salon and spa uses some form of single-use products in daily tasks. Whether it’s cotton balls, wipes, or a different product, you’ve quickly come to realize that some are better than others. Maybe one leaves little lint balls behind or one soaked up product before you could even get it to your client’s face.

But why do certain cotton products do this? They all kind of look the same, right?

One of the main differences in quality and sub-par products is the cotton fiber length.

Since cotton is a naturally occurring fiber, it’s a given that there will be some variation of fiber length, but simply put: the longer the cotton fiber, the stronger the product.

In Intrinsics products, we are committed to using longer cotton fibers in our products. They also have a high micronaire value. Curious what that means? Check out the definitions below.

Micronaire: A measure of cotton fiber quality

-Low micronaire values = Thin, immature fibers

-High micronaire values = thick, mature fibers

So why do those other products leave residue behind?

They’re made out of a lower cost, shorter cotton fiber called “comber”, which is similar to cotton lint or dust. (Think the stuff you pull out of your dryer trap). These are very short fibers that cause fly-aways, lint, and produce a poor quality product.

Take our 100% cotton coil for example.

100% cotton coil

When you use an Intrinsics 100% cotton coil around the hairline, you don’t have to constantly replace the coil or worry about particles getting stuck in your client’s hair. Why?

Because we use long, strong cotton fibers.

When it comes to cotton, Intrinsics doesn’t skimp on quality. The bottom line is this: We use long, 100% cotton fibers with no fillers such as comber, rayon, or polyester.  This means you’re getting the highest form of single-use cotton products on the market, saving you time and money and ensuring we have happy customers. Sounds like a win-win if you ask us!

To learn more about our long history creating quality cotton products and to see our numerous offerings, please visit