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Gleams & Notions

Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
May 28, 2010
The 2010 edition of the New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) Suppliers’ Day was another success. The event included nearly 600 exhibit booths and more than 8,000 attendees. Moreover, attendees took advantage of online pr…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
April 29, 2010
Bentonite is a rock composed of clay minerals formed by the alteration of minute glass particles that once were volcanic ash.The name is derived from Fort Benton in Wyoming where it was discovered. American pioneers moistened bentonite and used it to…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
March 31, 2010
It is time once again for my periodic media survey to uncover news, both good and bad, relating to cosmetics. First, the good news. A Japanese scientist has identified a gene linked to early hair loss in mice, raising the possibility of an eventual…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
March 9, 2010
Cosmetic packages come in many different sizes and shapes because cosmetics are sold in different forms such as solids (powders or gels), semi-solids (creams and lotions), liquids and gases (aerosols). All packages must contain and isolate a specifi…  Read More »
The causes and treatments of dermatitis and eczema.
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
February 4, 2010
Two month ago ("More on Skin Treatments," December Gleams & Notions), I wrote about acne. Other skin maladies are dermatitis and eczema. Dermatitis is any type of skin inflammation not caused by an infectious agent. Eczema is chronic de…  Read More »
Powerful New Roles for Fragrance Notes
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
January 4, 2010
Most products are sold based on their eye appeal, feel and claims.However, the sense of smell is also being used by marketers to attract customers.That trend is evident in a recent article in the St. Petersburg Times of Florida profiling Russell Brum…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
November 25, 2009
My June 2008 column, reviewed eczema and its treatment.This month, I will cover other skin problems.People with psoriasis develop patches of thick red skin covered with silvery scales which typically occur on the scalp, knees, elbows, legs and back…  Read More »
A Non-Paraben Preservative
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
November 9, 2009
Among the companies that have developed non-paraben preservatives is Schülke, which has U.S. offices in Mt. Arlington, NJ. Several of the company’s mixtures are effective against bacteria, yeast and molds. Euxyl K 700 (INCI: Phenoxy- etha…  Read More »
Shedding Light on Exfoliants
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
October 5, 2009
Physical exfoliants have abrasive qualities that can be used in skin care products to remove sebum, unclog pores and slough off dead skin cells. They are also called scrubs. Natural exfoliants include: • Ground nut shells a…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
September 3, 2009
Today’s safe, easy-to-use permanent wave systems were anything but easy to create. In 1910, K.L. Nessler, a hairdresser living in London, obtained a patent to produce permanent waves by heating hair wound on a mandrel with an aqueous alkali s…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
August 3, 2009
Collagen is the main fibrous protein of connective tissue in animals and is the most abundant protein in mammals, accounting for 25-35% of total body protein content. Collagen accounts for 1-2% of muscle tissue and 6% of strong tendinous muscles. Col…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
July 7, 2009
Changes are underway in the development of underarm deodorant formulas. A simple, standard deodorant ingredient label typically includes propylene glycol, water, sodium stearate, fragrance, triclosan and FDC dyes. The active ingredient is triclosan,…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
June 9, 2009
I have been writing this column for 20 years and have always enjoyed the challenge of meeting a deadline. One of my annual activities is to cover the NYSCC Supplier’s Day. This year, as usual, there was a huge attendance at the convention cente…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
May 1, 2009
Occasionally, I look through newspapers and magazines for unusual or humorous mentions related to our industry. The following is the result of my search. A woman from Miami, FL started growing her hair 20 years ago and now has hair that is longer th…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
March 31, 2009
Amaranth is a name applied to more than 50 species of annual plants. It is derived from the Greek amarantos which means unwithering. Because some of these plants do not fade rapidly, the name connotes immortality. Two of its common, but quirky names…  Read More »