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Gleams & Notions

Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
October 1, 2015
This month’s column covers a few news items from newspapers and magazines pertaining to the cosmetic industry—it is also my farewell piece. I have enjoyed writing Gleams & Notions for almost 27 years, but it is time now to retire. The…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman
August 3, 2015
New products are the lifeblood of consumer product companies, and suppliers feel the same way about new raw materials. Here are two that are said to be improvements over existing chemistries. A new addition to Lubrizol’s Carbopol line is Car…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
June 1, 2015
The New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ Suppliers Day was a success, as usual.  There were approximately 400 exhibitors and more than 5,500 attendees crowding the aisles. Among the masses, were the following exhibitors pr…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
April 1, 2015
You are what you eat, and sometimes what you eat can provide multiple benefits. This month’s column is based upon recommendations from Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sin…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
February 6, 2015
The ability to create stable emulsions is a cornerstone of a cosmetic chemist’s training. There are plenty of emulsifiers to choose from on the market, and one of the more interesting ones is Lipoid Kosmetik’s Herbamilk. The Newark, NJ…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
December 5, 2014
It is common to use antibiotics to kill bacteria both internally and externally on the human body.  But researchers say they’ve created a new category of personal cleansers. In an article in The New York Times Sunday magazine, author Ju…  Read More »
Beauty Devices Come of Age
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
October 2, 2014
Most of my columns are devoted to formulations, but with device sales growing into a billion-dollar category, it’s time to consider products such as toothbrushes and hairdryers. First, the simpler mechanism: the toothbrush. People have been cle…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
August 1, 2014
The term eczema is widely applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that may have one or more of the following symptoms: redness, skin swelling, itching, crusting, faking, blistering, cracking,…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
June 2, 2014
Happi anniversary to me! I’ve been writing this column for 25 years and have enjoyed the challenge of finding a suitable subject for a monthly discussion.  After a quarter century, it is fitting that this month’s topic is something t…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
May 2, 2014
Triclosan is an antibacterial that has been used in products such as detergents, soaps, skin cleansers, deodorants, creams and lotions, toothpastes and dishwashing liquids for nearly 40 years.  Simply put, chemically, triclosan structure consist…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
March 5, 2014
I just finished “Napoleon’s Buttons” by Le Couteur and Burrescon, published by Penguin. The subtitle is “17 molecules that changed history.” It is the story of how the desire for certain chemicals has affected and change…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
February 7, 2014
Most men love their hair. The more they have, the better they feel—when it’s on the top of their heads, that is! But body hair? That’s become a completely different, albeit controversial, story in 2014. More men and, of course, wom…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
January 1, 2014
Croda, Edison, NJ has developed a system called “Sensification” which attempts to provide quantitative analysis on 33 parameters of the sensorial attributes of a product such as appearance or feel on a scale ranging from 0-100. Using thi…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
December 3, 2013
If you look hard enough, you’ll discover that the general media covers the beauty industry on a regular basis. For example, a recent article in The Los Angeles Times detailed how neuroscientists sorted the complete range of scents that humans c…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
November 4, 2013
I thought it would be interesting to do some research to discover when certain cosmetic applicators were first used and, later, improved upon. The first is the lipstick container, but a short discussion of the history of the product is necessary. In…  Read More »