Where to get supplies in America? (Updated 2018)

There are so many great suppliers in the States, and as with the other “where can we get supplies” posts, I encourage you to add your favourites with your opinion of their selection or service. If you get specific ingredients from these retailers that are hard to find, please note that as well.

Lotioncrafter: You know how much I love Lotioncrafter and the owner, Jen, and I can’t recommend them enough. They carry all kinds of things for making high end or luxury ingredients, and every day, they’re adding ingredients to their inventory. They’ve branched off into surfactants, and I cannot recommend enough taking a look at that section if you want to make anything like shampoo bars, facial cleansers, and more. I know I’m biased here, but I love how committed they are to the science of our ingredients!

As a note, most months, $10 subscribers get a coupon to save money at Lotioncrafter! Thanks, Jen!

Formulator Sample Shop: I mention this company a lot around here as they have wonderful things, from extracts to emulsifiers to all kinds of high end ingredients. Again, can’t recommend them enough as they’re just great.

Wholesale Supplies Plus: I’ve been shopping here a lot lately as they have some awesome fragrances.

Making Cosmetics: This is a great store for finding interesting ingredients, like extracts, emulsifiers, esters, and other neat things. I shop at this one a lot, too.

The Personal Formulator: Unfortunately, they’ve gone out of business recently, which is tragic as they had all kinds of weird and wonderful things!

Brambleberry: I understand the retail store, Otion, is gone, which is sad as I love their fragrances so much, and the shipping it brutal to Canada. They have an awesome web site full of soap recipes and other formulas, and have a great selection of micas and molds.

The Herbarie: This is a great place to get a ton of different emulsifiers, preservatives, and surfactants. I have an ongoing wish list at the Herbarie because there’s so many awesome ingredients! I’ve purchased from her before, and my only complaint is the minimum order for Canadians ($100) and the handling charge ($25), which you can get around by having it shipped to the border if you live close enough (and 80% of us apparently do!). If you’re American, though, I guess this isn’t an issue.

Ingredients to Die For: I haven’t ordered from this site, mainly because it ate my shopping cart after an hour of choosing things, but they have a ton of interesting preservatives, emulsifiers, and organic ingredients, as well as some interesting cosmeceuticals.

From Nature with Love: They run the Natural Beauty Blog, and carry some interesting ingredients. I’ve never ordered from them.

Majestic Mountain Sage: I haven’t ordered from them either, but they are well regarded. Their lip balm recipe is fantastic, and is a staple for most of us when we’re making our first one. They also have a blog where they share information and formulas.

Please share all about your favourite suppliers in the comments and let us know what you think. When sharing, please make it less an ad and more about your experiences with the supplier. It’s okay to share when you’ve had a negative experience, but please refrain from name calling or swearing.

There are a few comments over on the Canadian suppliers’ list about US suppliers, to pop over there to take a peek at those. 

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  1. I had been a loyal customer of ITDF since 2010 and I have been patient with them through many mishaps. I placed an order for essential oils based on their claim to have "therapeutic grade" essential oils. When I received the oil that I ordered I immediately got a headache when inhaling it and I asked for proof of there therapeutic grade claims. They said that it is too expensive to test oils and they could not show any lab tests that their essential oils were therapeutic grade and I had to just trust them. How can a company even know if their oils are therapeutic grade without testing? I decided I wouldn't order from them again. I was in a pinch when I was staying in Austin and needed to place a quick order of ingredients outside of essential oils to pick up. After a full week I still had not received a pick up confirmation and when I checked my account it said my order was cancelled. However my bank account showed that a charge was made to the account. I sent an email asking if there was a mistake made and they sent a response saying they cancelled my order because I didn't agree with their policies the last time I placed an order. Really? They aren't allowing me to order from them because I don't agree that they should make scientific claims without the evidence to back them up? And more importantly they didn't send me a refund or let me know that they were cancelling my order. I have never seen such unethical business practices like this before. It's unbelievable.

  2. Hi Faith! Wow! I'm sorry you've had such trouble with Ingredients To Die For. Thank you so much for sharing your experience so others might use it to make purchase decisions.

    I hate to break it to you, but there is no such thing as therapeutic grade essential oils. There's no certification process, and anyone selling essential oils can call them therapeutic if they wish, but there's no definition for it. See more here on this topic. Or here. Or here. (This last one is the most in depth and interesting one, in my opinion…)

  3. Hi, I want to give a shout out to Duda Diesel http://www.dudadiesel.com for supplying Lye NAOH – Sodium hydroxide and KOH – Potassium hydroxide at good prices and fast shipping. I also purchase my calcium carbonate there. They have other assorted items you might want to browse and compare with your present suppliers.

  4. http://www.naturesgardencandles.com is another good one that seems to get overlooked. I actually live near them. My favorite is Ingredients to Die For. (To all: Please don't let ONE person posting all over the net be the deciding factor as to whether to buy from a company or not. None of us would appreciate someone doing that to our business, especially when only one side is told…)

  5. I've ordered from New Directions Aromatics and the costs are low but shipping, well, it will cost considering you do have a $100 minimum fee and the weights add up. I've been VERY pleased with the essential oils, carriers, and butters that I've ordered. So far almost everything is lower priced there so it kind of makes up for the shipping. I've had no problems so I don't know how their customer service is.

    I also can't push LotionCrafter and Wholesaleplus enough! WSP is the main place I've ordered small jars & pump bottles from. So far, LC and WSP have shipped pronto and it has taken less than 2 weeks to get orders and I live in the midwest.

    Essential Depot is another fab site, in fact I ordered 1kg Argan oil for under $30! They have great deals on plastic jars of many sizes, too. My go-to for 4 & 8 oz jars for creams and body butters as well as dropper bottles and rollers.

    I'm so glad this posting was done, I've now added more sites to my "arsenal" of suppy options! Thank you everyone and have a great day!

  6. Hi. I know I'm very late to this party–but wanted to add another supplier to the list. It happens to be a local company called Bulk Apothecary (bulkapothecary.com). They have bulk oils (common and not so common), high quality essential oils–extensive list, fragrance oils–extensive list, and VERY reasonable prices on bottles/closures and jars. Excellent service. They don't have supplies like Lotioncrafters–but for what they DO have–prices are amazingly reasonable. Bought Argan and Grapeseed oils and large amount of Aloe Liquid 1X for excellent prices.

  7. I haven't see this one as of yet, so I thought I would share: http://www.bulknaturaloils.com. They have a large variety of oils in their products list. Their shipping costs are average, and they have no minimum purchase amounts that I'm aware of. I've never had any issues with any of the several orders I've placed with them.

    I've also ordered from From Nature with Love, Making Cosmetics and Mountain Rose Herbs. All I've had positive shopping/shipping experiences with.

    Thanks for this post! A lot of good information provided.


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