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Harvey M. Fishman
March 13, 2013
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…  Read More »
Fine Fragrance as High Art
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
February 12, 2013
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.…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman
January 24, 2013
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…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
January 22, 2013
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…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
November 6, 2012
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…  Read More »
A Closer Look at J&J
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
September 28, 2012
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, “…  Read More »
Gleams  Notions
August 31, 2012
A Cold Process Emulsion System  Read More »
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
August 1, 2012
Novel Personal Care Formulas, Part II  Read More »
Water, Water Everywhere...
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
June 29, 2012
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…  Read More »
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
June 4, 2012
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…  Read More »
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
April 30, 2012
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…  Read More »
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
April 2, 2012
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…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
March 1, 2012
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…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
February 10, 2012
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…  Read More »
Take a Closer Look At Cellulose Thickeners
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
January 10, 2012
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…  Read More »