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Essential Labs, located in the Pacific Northwest, is a premium skin and hair care manufacturer with over 20 years of experience crafting unique and effective products. We provide exceptional natural and organic formulations to retail and wholesale companies that sell under their brands, as well as DIY makers and crafters.

We offer responsibly-sourced ingredients, stock bases to use as-is or modify, and a lab to create custom products exclusively for you. We focus on quality, sustainability, and science-backed formulas. As a full-service manufacturer we can fill, label, package, and ship your products to you or a distribution center. Please visit our Services page for a complete description.

Essential Labs values efficacy, safety, and sustainability and we’re proud to serve a diverse array of customers and businesses of all sizes. We craft all our bases and products onsite at our 70,000sq ft facility in Portland, Oregon, where we benefit from some of the cleanest and best water in the world. We’ve built a reputation for quality and consistency, and we believe everyone should understand what’s in their skin and hair care.

Our Histroy

Essential Labs was founded by an innovative couple in 2002 with the goal of creating custom products for their children’s complex skin care needs. It grew from a kitchen operation all the way up to our current 2-building facility, now with the goal to make premium wholesale skin and hair care available to all. We’re very proud to support thousands of businesses around the globe and are constantly inspired by how they creatively market and alter our bases or craft their own unique products.

Essential Labs was purchased in late 2011, becoming a majority woman-owned business with an even broader commitment to sustainability and excellence. We moved from our previous location in SE Portland to the historic Industrial District in NW Portland in 2012, and have recently added an additional 15,000sf of adjacent warehouse space to accommodate our growth.

Although our facilities are not open to the public due to confidentiality and manufacturing requirements, we remain accessible through our blog and video content, community events (prior to the pandemic), attending and presenting at conferences, and donating to both local and national causes close to our hearts.

Who We Are

Essential Labs is proudly staffed by a diverse workforce with decades of expertise across all departments. Our lab has our certified cosmetic formulators and licensed aestheticians, who also work both in the lab and across customer-facing positions. We have master multitaskers in compounding working closely with a full production and QC team to bring your products to life. Our shipping and warehouse management teams are efficient and reliable, ushering your products to you via our carbon offset shipping.

We’re a team of people working together to craft the finest skin and hair care available. All of us work hard every day to create and deliver products you, your family, and your customers can rely on.

Talk to Us

You'll find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. Breaking news, in-depth ingredient reviews, how-to-videos and of course, special offers and coupons are all there waiting for you to join the party.

You can also reach us at and through our blog. Your opinion matters to us and truly helps shape the next generation of products and services we offer.

If you're interested in joining the team please visit our Careers Page for current openings.