Essential Wholesale & Labs selects our product packaging for the purposes of shipping and short term storage. Our bases should not be stored in this packaging for an extended period of time.
When products are stored in the bulk packaging in which they are received they are less likely to keep as long as they might otherwise. Each time the container is opened and utensil are applied to scoop out some of the contents more microbes will be introduced to the product and as the product is gradually used up the headspace in the packaging increases, exposing more surface area of the product to the air. This will only accelerate the oxidation of the product, which often begins as pink or orange discoloration. Essential Wholesale & Labs works to minimize synthetic chemicals in our products and does not use the photostabilizers, such as Diethylhexyl Syringylidene Malonate, which are commonly applied to personal care products to prevent this effect.
We recommend that before buying in bulk you determine how you intend to pack the product. Plan ahead and have your packaging ready when your product arrives so you can pour off your bases as soon as possible. First determine how much product you are likely to use in one month period and select a packaging size that will accommodate that volume. If you project you will go through a gallon of crème in eight months, pack off the gallon into eight 16 oz. bottles. Essential Wholesale & labs manufactures remarkably stable products, but sometimes when being shipped through areas undergoing extreme hot or cold spells some separation of the emulsion or changes in consistency can occur. When you receive your products it is a good idea to immediately open them up, stir them vigorously and let them set up at room temperature for 24 – 48 hours. Once packed off, only open one at a time and store the rest in a cool, dark and dry place. This will help you keep your product fresh and free from contamination and oxidation for as long as possible so you get the maximum shelf life out of your base. In the event that you do notice the surface of your product beginning to dark as a result of oxidation you can try pouring a thin layer of lemon juice over the surface of the product. The lemon juice will work like a nitrogen cap, forming a protective barrier between the surface of the product and the surrounding air.
NOTE: We are happy to provide you with this list of alternative packaging, label, display and accessory supplier links to help you with your search, but we will not be responsible for their Customer Service skills or product quality. We just wanted to let you know about some of the suppliers out there. So if they do not perform to your standards, please don’t hold that against us. Hope it helps.