• Water, Water Everywhere...

    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…

  • Novel Ideas Fill the Aisles During Suppliers' Day

    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…

  • Novel Cosmetic Formulas For Your Consideration

    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…

  • Spanning the Globe For Natural Ingredients

    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…

  • A Solution for sensitive skin

    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…

  • The Benefits of Agarose In Skin Care Products

    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…

  • Take a Closer Look At Cellulose Thickeners

    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…

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

    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…

  • Another Natural Preservative And Much More in the News

    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…

  • HallStar Provides a Boost To Sunscreen Protection

    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…

  • Taking a Closer Look At Weird Cosmetics

    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…

  • There's Nothing Fishy About this Material

    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…

  • A Wide Array of Ingredients At NYSCC Suppliers' Day

    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…

  • More than Marketing? A Look at Ingredients

    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…

  • In the Thick of It

    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…

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