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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.

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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.


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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.

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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

Intrinsics Beauty: Soothing Aloe Mask

Aloe vera is the powerhouse when it comes to healing properties. Made of 95% water, the aloe cactus is also easy to grow. For your skin, it can help address many challenges. In acne prone skin, aloe helps fight bacteria on the surface of the skin. For those with oily skin, it acts as a natural, non-greasy moisturizer.

It’s also great for sun-damaged and dry skin, especially after spending a summer in the sun. Try this mask designed by celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy to help hydrate your skin, but don’t forget to cleanse with our Gentle Cleansing Towels beforehand. The natural botanical will leave your skin feeling fresh and ready to make the most of your aloe treatment.

Soothing Aloe Mask


Removing your mask with a traditional washcloth can be too abrasive for sensitive skin. Instead opt to remove your mask with our Intrinsic Cotton Wipes. They’re pure heaven in a 100% cotton wipe. Try it and you’ll see the difference.

Must-Have Microblading Supplies

One of the newest trends in the beauty world is microblading.

A form of semi-permanent tattooing, microblading gives those with sparse eyebrows a fuller look. Although the idea of tattooing your face might sound extreme, microblading offers pleasing results as long as the esthetician is trained correctly and using the right supplies.

Here are the basic supplies you will need to begin microblading. And don’t forget clean up! Intrinsics 2x2 Cotton Wipes and Vinyl Gloves are essential to the microblading process.

Pen: Your microblading pen is what will hold the various types of blades. Make sure your pen has a good grip to ensure smooth strokes and easy handling.

microblading pen

Blades: There are a variety of blades that achieve different hair strokes. You want to have a good selection at hand to customize each client’s treatments, but there are two main types of blades you need be aware of:

  • Hard Blade: For bold strokes, a hard blade is best handled by an experienced microblader because ink tends to sink deeper into the skin with less pressure.
  • Classic Flexible Blade: This is ideal for all skin types, but work really well with thin or aged skin.  With this blade, you get softer strokes.

Pigment: As your client list grows, you’ll want to have a large enough assortment of colors to suit a variety of skin types.

With any salon or spa procedure, clean-up is always necessary, but those supplies are also incredibly important. You don’t want to compromise a top-notch job with stray lint or excess ink that wasn’t picked up.

Intrinsics Vinyl Gloves are powder free and latex free, making it ideal for clients with sensitive skin. They also come in four different sizes.

vinyl gloves

Intrinsics 2x2 Cotton Wipes are great for removing product due to their absorbent and gentle nature.

cotton wipes


Find both products on our website to assist you as you start your journey into microblading. Still interested in learning more about microblading? Check out this great video tutorial!


Refresh Your Eyes with Intrinsics Pillowettes

For those wishing to make the most out of short summer months, burning the candle at both ends happens. This can lead to dark circles and puffiness around eyes, making you look tired. Not necessarily the summer glow you wanted, huh? Luckily the skin around your eye area can be refreshed using Intrinsics Pillowettes.

Intrinsics Pillowettes will be your best friend by summer’s end. Known for being incredibly soft, the Pillowettes are wonderful for the eye area. With a small slip-case for fingers, you have greater control over the cotton pad when removing eye-makeup or using them during procedures. Many estheticians enjoy using our Pillowettes to cleanse before and after microblading, but we recently heard of a trick we had to share.

Intrinsics Pillowettes

Placing cucumbers on your eyes is synonymous with a spa day, but the rind and seeds aren’t exactly luxurious. Simply insert a cucumber into a moist Pillowette to make the experience more comfortable for the client. You could even soak the Pillowette in cucumber juice for additional cooling relief. The ascorbic and caffeic acid in the cucumber will help reduce water retention in the eyes, eradicating that pesky puffiness.

So next time a client comes in complaining about their tired, don’t forget this neat trick! You and your client will love these little pillows for your eyes.


What is a Carrier Oil?

When combined with other ingredients, including the always essential Intrinsics Gauze Facial Mask, carrier oils provide an array of benefits for your skin, but what exactly is a carrier oil?

Named for their ability to carry other essential oils into the skin, a carrier oil comes from a vegetable based source. It doesn't have a specific scent like essential oils. Even alone, a carrier oil is a great way to moisturize your skin, but choosing the right one depends on the treatment. Massages require heavier oils while facials are best with lighter oils full of essential fatty acids.

While you can use a carrier oil on its own, many spas and salons blend essential oils and other ingredients to create a winning beauty treatment. Below are some of our favorite carrier oils.

What is a Carrier Oil?

Argan Oil: A wonderful oil for clients seeking anti-aging treatments, argan oil helps to reduce fine lines and tighten the top layer of skin. A lightweight oil, it doesn’t leave an oily residue, making it great for a hydrating facial.

Coconut Oil: This carrier oil has experienced a recent surge in popularity due to its versatility and long shelf life. It’s also incredibly gentle, making it ideal for most skin types and overall hydration, including hair masks.

Jojoba Oil: With a similar makeup as the sebum our own skin produces, jojoba oil is fantastic for those with acne-prone skin.

Rosehip Oil: High in fatty acids, rosehip oil is ideal for facials that are seeking to treat scarring or to curb the signs of aging.

Other carrier oils our favorite spas and salons enjoy include sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter. Use any of these in combination with our Detoxifying Sea Salt Scrub or the Exfoliating Coffee Mask. Our Gauze Facial Masks are the key ingredient in a quick clean-up too!


Intrinsics Beauty Recipe: Chamomile Mud Mask

If your client is looking to treat aging, sun-damaged skin, this chamomile mud mask is just the right treatment. The chamomile helps calm the skin while the Dead Sea mud assists with exfoliation. The consistent steaming process opens the pores, allowing each product to penetrate into the skin. Just be sure to ask if your client is allergic to daisies, ragweed, asters or chrysanthemums. This mask might be irritating to them.

Chamomile Mud Mask

Intrinsics 4x4 Cotton Wipes are ideal for removing product from a client’s face, offering a gentle exfoliation as one of the last steps of treatments. We also recommend offering a hot cup of tea after this treatment to allow the client time to unwind after this relaxing facial.

Intrinsics Cotton 4x4 Wipes


How to Survive a Spa & Salon Trade Show: Tips From a Pro

Do trade shows make you nervous?

Trade shows are a great opportunity to grow your professional circle, see new trends in the spa and salon industry, and get the word out about your product or skills. From IECSC to Premiere Orlando, Intrinsics has traveled throughout the country for nearly two decades bringing our products to everyone from estheticians to massage therapists. As a side effect, we’ve also become pretty efficient at navigating a trade show.

Intrinsics at Cosmoprof Las Vegas 2017

Booth set-up and take down? A breeze.

Getting stuck with a dying phone? Not us.

We’re at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas this week so we thought it would be an ideal time to share our seasoned tips and tricks for navigating a beauty trade show.

Before the Show:

  • Make travel and hotel reservations early to maximize on discounted rates.
  • Stay at a hotel closest to the convention site to save on traveling, give you a place to rest, sort through information gathered, and refocus your energy.
  • Know your inventory needs before the show. More efficient purchasing will save you money by grouping your orders to take advantage of discounts and special offers, as well as keeping you within budget.
  • Contact your Bank or Credit Card Company to let them know you will be purchasing at a show.

At the Show:

  • Some trade shows make their own smartphone application. These apps have event schedules and floor plans, which helps plan your day and prioritize your route.
  • Try to have a friend or co-worker attend the show with you.
  • Take plenty of business cards to avoid filling out forms.
  • Pack comfortable shoes and clothing to wear on the show floor.
  • Always bring a battery backup for your cell phone.
  • If you’re bringing lots of product, carts or luggage with wheels will be your best friend.

With a little planning and the right attitude, a successful trade show is easy to achieve. Not only will you head back to your business feeling focused and inspired, but you’ll likely walk out of there with some new friends too.

What’s in a Label? Decoding Sunscreen Bottles

One of the biggest health and beauty mistakes you can make is not wearing sunscreen. On a daily basis, you’re exposed to harmful UV rays from the sun, but just like any beauty or health product, it can be difficult to know which sunscreen is right for you.

To help you properly celebrate the holiday week and summer kickoff, we’ve decoded sunscreen labels so you can confidently choose your next bottle.

sun rays

From the Sun:

UVA: Ultra Violet A. These rays are harsh. Penetrating to the dermis, or the second layer of skin, they can cause wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. UVA rays can also penetrate clouds and glass!

UVB: Ultra Violet B. These rays from the sun are the ones that pierce your epidermis, the top layer of skin, and are responsible for those nasty sunburns you get when you don’t wear sunscreen.

On the Bottle:

SPF: Sun Protection Factor. The higher the SPF, the longer it takes to burn. For example, SPF 15 will protect for 15x longer than someone not wearing sunscreen at all. While that sounds pretty good, SPF 15 only blocks 93% of UVB rays compared to SPF 50, which blocks 98%.

Broad Spectrum: This sunscreen protects against UVB and UVA rays. If you aren’t using a sunscreen labeled broad spectrum, those harsh UVA rays could still be reaching your dermis.

Water Resistant or Sport: The FDA regulates that sunscreens must pass a variety of tests before being labeled Water Resistant 40 minutes or Water Resistant 80 minutes. This means that for40 or 80 minutes in the water or sweating, your sunscreen is still working. After that, reapplication is needed.

Baby: This label means the only active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are less likely to irritate a baby’s sensitive skin.

Sensitive/Hypoallergenic: In addition to the above referenced active ingredients, sensitive sunscreens don’t contain parabens, fragrance, oils, or other chemicals that could irritate skin.

Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval: A symbol of safe and effective sun protection, the seal is granted to products that have been tested by an independent committee.

Once you start to understand what’s in your sunscreen and how it affects you, take a look at other products you use on a daily basis. Some ingredients are more harmful than other, but whenever you’re using Intrinsics single use products, you can be confident you’re getting quality products made with quality materials.


Happy National Beautician’s Day!

Beauty Trends Through the Ages

For National Beautician’s Day, we first want to thank all of the amazingly talented hairdressers, nail techs, spa employees, and makeup artists who work to make every day more beautiful! Without you, the world would be full of clogged pores and unibrows. Thank you! To commemorate just how far we’ve come, we put together a history of beauty trends throughout the years.



moon manicure, 20s beauty trendsvia

Inspired by the different colors of cars, nail polish is widely manufactured and Revlon finds its foothold in the beauty industry. The moon manicure, where the tips of the nail are left unpolished, is popular.



jean harlow, 30s beauty trendsvia

Plucking one’s eyebrows becomes a mainstream practice and people go a little overboard. Thin, arched eyebrows are in vogue and brow pencils are used to carry the line to the end of the eye.



rancho la puerta, baja california


Rancho La Puerto, founded in Baja California, Mexico by Edmond and Deborah Szekely, becomes the first destination spa and fitness resort, touting a mind-body-spirit approach to healthy living.



50s beauty trends

Everyday beauty routines include Pond’s Cold Cream and cotton wool. You better like your curlers too, because sleeping in them was commonplace to achieve the curls popular at that time.



60s beauty trends


Waxing strips are introduced to the public for the first time and multi-product beauty routines, including cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, are introduced to the market.



70s beauty trendsvia

The FDA approves the ingredient necessary for self-tanners and the bronzed look remains popular today (although ingredients are safer and tans are less streaky). Other trends from this era, like wavy hair and the middle part, also managed to stand the test of time. 


80s beauty trends

Day spas begin to pop up all over the country, offering a variety of services to primarily wealthy female clients, although men begin to warm up to the idea.

1990s - present

As personal care becomes more important, wellness becomes a household term. Massage therapy goes mainstream, estheticians offer a kaleidoscope of facial and body treatments, makeup artists work wonders, and nail techs come up with new ideas for manicures and pedicures every day.

national beautician's day


What a wonderful time to be a beautician!




Hard or Soft: Which Wax Goes Where?

Now that you know the difference between hard wax and soft wax, you might be wondering which type of wax is best for the different body parts? We’ve got you covered.

Legs and Arms

Because of the large surface area, soft pre-made waxing strips are your friend. However, if you’re working with someone whose hair has no sense of direction, hard wax might be the best way to conserve your resources and make the client happy.

leg and arm wax


The hair that grows in this area is more coarse than say, your leg or arm hair, so it requires a different approach. Hard wax is going to be your go-to. You’ll avoid the awkwardness of trying to pull off waxing strips with your opposite hand and hard wax is also easier on the sensitive skin.

underarm wax

Bikini Line

Up until 1994, no one in the States had tried waxing their bikini line. Today, it’s one of the most popular requests at salons across the country and hard wax is the choice of many estheticians. Not only does it catch smaller hairs with ease, it also acts as an exfoliator, reducing your chances of an irritated bikini line following your procedure.

bikini line wax


Whether it’s your eyebrows, upper lip, or jaw line, waxing your face requires precision. Soft waxing strips are most useful because they allow you to cut down strips to a desired size and make hair removal simple. Just remember that certain medications and beauty treatments can thin the skin, so another form of hair removal might be a good idea.

face wax

For salons that want to specialize in waxing services, reliable, high-quality single use products are a must have. When you’re working with sensitive areas of the body, ensuring your client has a good wax every time is of the utmost importance because you want her or him to return to you and ideally bring in more customers. With that in mind, we highly recommend browsing Intrinsics wide line of waxing single-use products. From waxing strips and rolls to table paper, we provide top-notch products to complement your skillset and put your client’s mind at ease.


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Intrinsics Beauty Recipe: Detoxifying Sea Salt Scrub

Containing over 26 minerals including magnesium, potassium, and calcium, the benefits of sea salt are wide-reaching. In addition to relieving certain skin conditions, sea salt helps combat stress, slow skin aging, prevent water retention, and relax muscles. Whether used as a scrub or in the tub, sea salts are a must have for your beauty cupboard!

Detoxifying Sea Salt Scrub

While you could simply rinse the scrub off of your body, we recommend removing it with Intrinsics 4x4 12 Ply Gauze wipes. Not only does this keep extra oil from going down the drain, it gently exfoliates the calloused skin to add to the post-scrub glow. And since our wipes are non-linting, you don’t have to worry about stray fibers being left behind on your skin.

Whether you’re offering the sea salt scrub as a treatment in your spa or doing it in the comfort of your own bathroom, the benefits of this beauty recipe can be felt inside and out.

Spotlight on Marlo Beauty Supply

In an effort to help our customers understand more about Intrinsics, we thought that highlighting some of the wonderful people we work with would be a great way to give you an insider look. Below, Ingmar Korstanje, President of Marlo Beauty Supply, talks about our long partnership, changes in the beauty industry, and company values in this month's interview. Enjoy!

marlo beauty supply logo
Tell us about the history of Marlo Beauty Supply.
We have been in business over 35 years. We started with professional stores in the 80s and added direct/online marketing in the late 1990s. In 2007 we sold our store division so we could completely focus on becoming a national distributor selling to professionals across the USA. We are family owned and operated with an amazing team helping us build one customer as a time.

What's an average day like working in the wholesale beauty industry?
The only constant is change. No day is average. Beauty Professionals are some of the hardest working people in business - they have long hours, physical careers, and most are small business owners. We come to work everyday prepared to help our customers succeed in their trade and business.

When you're surrounded by so many beauty products, how do you choose which ones to incorporate into your personal routine?
We're fortunate to work with many manufacturers who have been in the business as long as we have. Zotos/Shiseido, Wella, American International, Fromm, Intrinsics/Barnhardt, and more - we get a LOT of great samples of new items to try!

How long have you been partnered with Intrinsics Naturally?
We have represented Intrinsics for decades. The brand is the leader for spa related products and is the gold standard among skin and nail professionals.

What do you think sets Intrinsics apart from competitors?
Intrinsics, like us, is family owned and operated. They work extremely hard to understand what their products need to do for the customers using them. Their factory is on site with their sales and marketing offices - we've toured the plant - it's amazing what the people at Intrinsics knows about cotton, cotton fiber, and the end products they turn them into.

Which Intrinsics products do you see heading out the door most often?
We sell a lot of boxed cotton, cotton rounds, and cotton wipes!
marlo beauty supply warehouse

What's your favorite part of working at Marlo Beauty Supply?
Supporting our team who in turn supports tens of thousands of beauty professionals - on an average week we will ship to salons, spas, and barbershops in over 40 different states. Knowing we are supporting 1000s of small business owners and their families is very rewarding to us.

What are the values that Marlo Beauty adheres to?
We are here to help other succeed in business. Honestly, loyalty and focused on always improving.

What are some of the new beauty trends that you're absolutely loving?
Honestly, we are enjoying how beauty professionals are becoming more and more educated on how to run a great business.  Learning how to sign smart leases and market their businesses with social media, continuing education, and learning new trends themselves to offer to their clients.

What are some of areas of the beauty industry experiencing growth right now?
Waxing services, lash/brow services, and color color color.

What's your favorite way to pamper yourself?
Well, for me, that would be a proper shave. For my colleagues, it would likely be a different service!

The Manicures Every Client Will Be Asking For This Spring

Spring and summer are all about having fun so it’s only appropriate that manicures match the attitude, right? We’ve rounded up some of spring’s hottest trends that clients will surely be asking for as the weather continues to warm up.


Let your fingers shine bright like the sun!

Metallic manicures(@bangbangnails/@cassmariebeauty)

High Impact

Whether it’s bold colors, geometric patterns, or both, this manicure is the life of the party.

high impact manicure(@misspopnails/@nailallie)

Earth Tones

Take a cue from Mother Nature with a muted shade that says “relax.”

earth tone manicure(@so_nailicious/@laurenslist)


Take your favorite shade, add a matte top coat, and admire the transformation.

matte manicure(@cndworld/@karengnails)


What could be more spring than pastels? Modernize sweet colors by giving them a graphic punch.

pastel manicure
(@bonjourzoe wearing @tenoverten/@wahnails by @anouskaanastasia)

Whether you’re testing out these trends on yourself or tending to your favorite client, your focus should be on your art, not your tools. Your tools need to be reliable each and every time, which is why we only make, quality durable disposable products.

From our Intrinsics Pillowettes to Intrinsics Nail Tech’s Choice, our products perform the way they’re supposed to, making your job easier and your clients happy.

Find all of our top-notch nail supplies on our website.


Hypoallergenic Products: Are They Right For You?

Hypoallergenic products are made for everyone!

hypoallergenic products work for all skin types

Whether you have oily skin or aging skin, everyone can reap the benefits, but what exactly are the benefits of hypoallergenic products?

  1. Inflammation Prevention
    When your skin makes contact with an ingredient it doesn’t like, small reactions happen under the surface causing redness, dry patches, or acne. Hypoallergenic single use products remove the culprits that cause inflammation.
  2. Redness Reduction
    Redness is a sign that something is irritating your skin. By using gentler products, you should notice a significant difference in your overall skin tone.
  3. Prevention of Dark Spots
    We all know we shouldn’t pick at our face, but it’s just so satisfying. Unfortunately, this also leads to scarring. Hypoallergenic products can prevent future breakouts by providing a great base for any lightening products you apply.
  4. Increased Moisture
    When you smile or even talk, does your face ever feel tight? Certain ingredients in non-hypo products rob your delicate facial skin of its moisture, causing it to overcompensate in the oil department and we all know what happens at that point.
  5. Consistency
    When your skincare consists of hypoallergenic products, you can truly start your skincare journey and find the most effective products for your skin.

Switching out your go-to products can seem daunting, but take it slow. One great place to start is your facial wipes. Removing your makeup at night is incredibly important, but you don’t want to further irritate your skin. Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels are made for sensitive skin and contain natural botanicals that soothe the skin. Get your pack today!