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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 »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
September 27, 2013
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of products are promoted at Society of Cosmetic Chemist Suppliers’ Days throughout the country. Here’s a look at two that were on display at the New York Chapter’s event, which was held earlier this year…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
September 4, 2013
Sensient Cosmetic Technologies, www.sensient-cosmetics.com, has a product called Color’N Cap Sil that encapsulates a dyestuff in a silica matrix. It results from a combination of silica sol-gel chemistry and a spray-drying process. The sol is…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
August 2, 2013
Before getting to this month’s subject, hair color, a bit of background on melanin, the natural hair colorant. Melanin is derived from the Greek word melas, meaning “black,” and it is a pigment found in most organisms. It is a deri…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
July 10, 2013
A recent study by researchers at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health found that 32 lipsticks sold in drugstores and department stores contain small amounts of lead, chromium, cadmium, aluminum and five other metals.…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
June 6, 2013
Once again, the annual Suppliers’ Day, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, featured a range of novel products from the leading suppliers to the industry. The exhibition hall featured hundreds of booths and att…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
May 3, 2013
More moisture. Skin craves it and suppliers are delivering it. One of them, CP Kelco, Atlanta, GA, offers two moisturizing ingredients under the name of AquaMax. The INCI name for AquaMax HM is sodium glutamate or natto gum; for AquaMax LM, it is pot…  Read More »