Gleams & Notions


  • Maximum Moisture In Personal Care

    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…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 05.03.13

  • $cent Marketing

    $cent Marketing

    According to a recent article in Smart Money, “scent marketing is becoming as ubiquitous as Muzak.” The author suggests calling it “Smellzak.”
    Harvey M. Fishman , Consultant 04.03.13

  • A Tale of Two Silicones From Dow Corning

    This month’s discussion is focused on two Dow Corning silicone-derived products. One is for hair use and the other is for skin formulas. The hair product is Dow Corning CE-8411 Smooth Plus Emulsion (INCI name: Bis-isopropylamino-PG-propyl…
    Harvey M. Fishman 03.13.13

  • Fine Fragrance as High Art

    Fine Fragrance as High Art

    The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City is currently presenting “The Art of Scent 1889-2012.” The exhibit opened in November and closes later this month. Fragrance can be a dramatic thing.…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 02.12.13

  • High on Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic acid (HA)—also called hyaluronan or hyaluronate—is an anionic, nonsulfated polymer of disaccharides with a molecular formula of (C14H21NO11)n. The name is derived from hyalos, which is the Greek term for vitreous, and uronic…
    Harvey M. Fishman 01.24.13

  • In a Lather Over Hair Care Formulas

    The primary purpose of a shampoo is to clean hair. However, a good shampoo should also have the following attributes: Enough viscosity that it does not drip excessively; Good foaming ability–especially on the first lather; Easy rin…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 01.22.13

  • An Efficient Thickener Available from Rhodia

    Rhodia Inc., Cranbury, NJ has a product called Rheomer 33 (INCI name: Polyacrylate 33), a milky white liquid with a solid content of 27.5-30.5% which was designed to provide efficient thickening, shear thinning rheology and good suspension properties…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 11.06.12

  • A Closer Look at J&J

    A Closer Look at J&J's Reformulation Plans

    As I scanned newspapers and other media looking for cosmetic industry news, I found two interesting stories. The first, from the Associated Press, included the headline “J&J vows to be toxic free.” Underneath was the subhead, “…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 09.28.12

  • Gleams  Notions

    Gleams Notions

    A Cold Process Emulsion System
    08.31.12

  • Novel Personal Care Formulas, Part II

    Novel Personal Care Formulas, Part II
    Harvey Fishman, Consultant 08.01.12

  • Water, Water Everywhere...

    Water, Water Everywhere...

    Rising temperatures are melting the polar ice caps and releasing water into the oceans. A long time ago, I was testing the chemical knowledge of a former girlfriend by asking if she knew what H2O stood for. “Water,&rd…
    Harvey Fishman, Consultant 06.29.12

  • Novel Ideas Fill the Aisles During Suppliers' Day

    There were more than 360 exhibitors and thousands of attendees at the 2012 NYSCC Suppliers’ Day, held May 15 and 16 in Edison, NJ. To save time and bypass the long lines at the registration booth, it was advisable to preregister for the event o…
    Harvey Fishman, Consultant 06.04.12

  • Novel Cosmetic Formulas For Your Consideration

    Looking for some new ideas? I’ve got a few that I’ve been working on, but they are not finished formulas ready to go into production. Viscosity and pH adjustments may need to be done, fragrances added, stability tests should be run (room…
    Harvey Fishman, Consultant 04.30.12

  • Spanning the Globe For Natural Ingredients

    Interest in natural ingredients continues to grow and in recent years, suppliers have scoured the earth in search of effective, exotic materials. Two ingredients that are becoming more popular with formulators are argan oil and monoi. Both materials…
    Harvey Fishman, Consultant 04.02.12

  • A Solution for sensitive skin

    Rahn Cosmetics, a Swiss company whose products in the US are distributed by Kinetik Technologies, Hazlet, NJ, is promoting an ingredient for sensitive skin called Defensil (INCI name: octyldodecanol, echium plantagineum seed oil, helianthus annuus (s…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 03.01.12

  • The Benefits of Agarose In Skin Care Products

    Lonza Rockland Inc., Rockland, ME, is promoting a product called SeaPure Agarose (INCI: Agarose) for use in cosmetics. Agarose is a neutral gelling polymer derived from red seaweed (Rhodophyta). A study published in Tissue Engineering (Volume 11, 200…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 02.10.12

  • Take a Closer Look At Cellulose Thickeners

    Take a Closer Look At Cellulose Thickeners

    Some of the most useful thickeners for aqueous systems are cellulose derivatives. They also furnish other qualities. In the construction industry, they control the water binding ability of cement, gypsum and fillers. They perform the same function…
    Harvey Fishman, Consultant 01.10.12

  • Find Out What's So Special About Amphosol CDB Special

    Stepan Chemical, Chicago, IL, produces a secondary surfactant for cleansing products such as shampoos and body washes called Amphosol CDB Special (INCI name: Cetyl betaine). This clear liquid is 30% active with 37% solids and contains no dioxane, PEG…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 11.30.11

  • Another Natural Preservative And Much More in the News

    It is time for my semi-annual review of various newspaper articles relating to the cosmetic industry. The first item is about a possible new preservative to prevent bacterial contamination—oil from coriander seeds. This spice, widely used in As…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 11.10.11

  • Functional Ingredients | Sun Care

    HallStar Provides a Boost To Sunscreen Protection

    SolaStay S1 (INCI Name: Ethylhexyl methoxycrylene) is manufactured by HallStar, Chicago, IL, and is a clear, yellow-orange, viscous liquid that functions as an emollient, sunscreen active stabilizer and sunscreen solvent. It is insoluble in water, bu…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 10.18.11