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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 »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
November 30, 2011
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…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
November 10, 2011
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…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
October 18, 2011
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…  Read More »
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
August 29, 2011
Perusing the internet, I came across the new products and services, detailed below, that I’ll just call weird cosmetics. I list the name of the product, the price and what it is supposed to accomplish. I will not comment further on them, except…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
August 11, 2011
In yet another nod to the power of serendipity, Norwegian salmon hatchery workers noticed that their hands became soft and felt smooth after exposing them to cold hatching fluid from the salmon. Healthy hands are unusual, as swollen, red chapped sk…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
July 7, 2011
This year’s New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’Suppliers’ Day, which was held in May in Edison, NJ, was well attended as usual. Total attendance reached 7,200, an increase of nearly 20% over 2010. The number of exh…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
June 16, 2011
In recent decades, various ingredients from natural sources have been highly promoted in the cosmetic industry for their unique properties.A discussion follows describing some past and present so-called “marketing ingredients.” Roya…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
May 3, 2011
Need a new thickener for your personal care formula? Noveon Consumer Specialties, a product line of Lubrizol Advanced Materials Inc. in Cleveland, OH, is promoting a new efficient rheology modifier for hard-to-thicken surfactant systems. Novethix L…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
April 5, 2011
Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are the most commonly used surfactants when formulating hair shampoos due to their excellent foaming ability and the ease of viscosity adjustment. However, when formulating a body wash or body shampoo,…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
March 11, 2011
Hydroquinone (dihydroxybenzene) at a 2% concentration is still a common skin lightening agent in the U.S., even though it is banned in Europe and some Asian countries. Other skin lighteners include kojic acid and magnesium ascorbal phosphate. Labor…  Read More »
Think Outside the Bottle For Sun Protection
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
February 17, 2011
The Environmental Working Group, a non-government organization, voiced concern last year about the use of oxybenzone-based sunscreens on children and babies. Even though the FDA approves it for use, the body may still absorb oxybenzone and certain…  Read More »