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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 »
$cent Marketing
Harvey M. Fishman , Consultant
April 3, 2013
According to a recent article in Smart Money, “scent marketing is becoming as ubiquitous as Muzak.” The author suggests calling it “Smellzak.”  Read More »
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 »