• The Last Word

    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…

  • Two New Ingredients To Improve Formulas

    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…

  • Just Some of the New Ideas Discovered at Suppliers’ Day

    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…

  • Hard as Nails? Or Soft as Silk?

    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…

  • A Natural Mixer from Lipoid

    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…

  • Bacteria-Based Formulas Offer a New Way to Clean

    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…

  • Beauty Devices Come of Age

    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…

  • Itching for Effective Eczema Treatments?

    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,…

  • Put a Few New Wrinkles in Your Anti-Aging Regimen

    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…

  • Triclosan Remains Under Fire

    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…

  • How Molecules Changed The World We Live In

    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…

  • Hair Today... Gone Tomorrow?

    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…

  • Croda Tries to Make Sense Of Sensorial Attributes

    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…

  • Scent Categorization, Computers And Comics Are All in the News

    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…

  • Applied Science

    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…

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