Greener Life Diamond

HSCG Vendor Spotlight Essential Depot

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In anticipation of their exciting new announcement regarding The Greener Life Diamond™, we recently caught up with Derek Hodges President and CEO of Essential Depot, Inc. to ask a few questions about the conceptualization and need for The Greener Life Diamond.

Q. How did you come up with the Greener Life Diamond concept?

A. It was a long process of looking at many options and certification programs, towards the end of this process we were fitting HAZMAT diamonds on our trucks and the idea hit me!

Q. What kind of positive impact do you see coming from the Greener Life Diamond implementation?

A. Consumers are more ready than ever to buy products from companies that value kindness and social responsibility. The Greener Life Diamond™ allows them to assess, compare, and make informed choices in the marketplace. Consumers will reward companies that make the ethical decision to lower their impact in the four quadrants of the diamond, with the ultimate result of improvement in the four areas of environmental concern.

If we get the press we are hoping for both here and in Europe, we expect it to advance consumer awareness and the Greener Life cause and help differentiate ours and our customers products in all sales channels. Find more here: white paper.


carbon footprint, animal friendly, eco-friendly, fair trade

“Deforestation, much of it to clear land for palm oil plantations, has destroyed more than 80 percent of the orangutan’s habitat over the last 20 years. The past decade has seen the wild population cut in half and these animals may very well go extinct in the next decade. (Source: GreenerLifeDiamond.pdf)


Q. How does an individual or business learn more about Greener Life Diamond™ and become qualified to utilize it within their own product labeling?

A. We will be releasing an extensive “greener life diamond labeling tools and resources” for this at the HSCG Conference in Tampa, FL – May 18-21.

Q. We understand that Essential Depot is holding a workshop May 16-17 in Sebring, FL for customers and suppliers to learn more about Greener Life Diamond™, can you tell us more about that event.

A. At the Greener Life Diamond Workshop we will present the final White Paper, for customers, suppliers and other key industry professionals, the workshop will fully brief them on all aspects of the Greener Life Diamond™ RED initiative. Videos of this event will subsequently be available to all at If you feel you would like to attend the Greener Life Diamond™ Workshop email and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Be on the lookout for more releases from the Essential Depot Inc. regarding this new concept. For more information on the Green Life Diamond find the first white paper on the Essential Depots site here

HSCG Vendor Spotlight Feature: Rustic Escentuals


Happy Friday Tracers! This week’s #HSCGVendorSpotlight goes to our lovely friends at Rustic Escentuals in Roebuck, South Carolina!

Having started out in 1999 with founder and owner Amy Pascoe filling orders in the middle of her laundry room, it’s quite impressive that now Rustic Escentuals has grown into a widely popular specialty warehouse that acts as a “one-stop-shop” for the industry!

Such a great color selection!

Such a great color selection!

Not only do they offer wholesale candle, soap, and cosmetic supplies, they also have equipment, packaging, learning resources and a book collective to help handcrafters improve their skills!   They pride themselves on offering high quality products at affordable prices, and strive to help business owners and hobbyists alike succeed!  And we of course can’t forget to mention their crazy-huge selection of fragrance oils – Whether you’re looking for a hunky-man scent, a fresh smell to copy the spring breezes, or a drool-worthy scent that brings you flashes of walking into a warm bakery on a cold day, you’ll be sure to find it under the search-by-category feature on their website!


Rustic Escentuals has always been a huge supporter of the HSCG since day one, and we couldn’t be more thankful to have them as a part of our community!

What’s your favorite RE product that you just can’t live without? Post in the comments below and be sure to follow them on Facebook!

HSCG Vendor Spotlight Feature: Mission Peak Soap & Supplies


Happy Friday peeps – you made it through another week!

And yes, it’s that time of the week again – We’re excited to let you know that this week’s #HSCGVendorSpotlight is going to Mission Peak Soap & Supplies! How beautiful are those castille soaps in the background image? (They let me in on the fact that they made them with nettle and safflower-infused oils and I just love the color gradient.)

Located in Fremont, California, Mission Peak Soap is a small, family-owned business that specializes in supplying the industry with materials for handmade soaps, bath bombs, lotions, lip balms, and other creations!

One of the many things that we love about these guys, is that they are soapmakers themselves! They pride themselves on only stocking supplies that they have tested and used themselves! (Talk about ensuring good quality to your customers!)


Who knew Palm Stearic Acid could look so lovely?

You may know them by their signature product, SoapQuick. This organic dream is a handcrafted blend of high-quality vegetable oils that are pre-mixed in the proper proportions to make mild, long-lasting, and lathery bars of soap!

That’s right – the sweet, time-consuming agony of measuring and melting those hard oils batch-by-batch is no longer necessary.  They’ve already taken care of it for you! As they put it, “just scoop what you need out of the bucket, add your accents and custom superfats, and you’re done!”

I know, I could kiss them too.

The creamiest shea butter that you ever did see!

The creamiest shea butter that you ever did see!

These folks really understand the  industry, and prove it through fast shipping times to their customers and sourcing their oils locally as much as possible.  Having been members of the HSCG for over 8 years and counting, we are so happy to have them as a part of our community! Don’t forget to subscribe to their site to receive special offers!

Are you a Mission Peak Soap fan too? What products of theirs have you used? Comment below to show the love!