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Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
September 7, 2010
Testing the attributes of hair products can be quite simple. For example, to check the color of a newly formulated hair dye, both gray and brown humanhair swatches are dyed and the results are evaluated. To check foam height of a shampoo, I put 30g o…  Read More »
Making Sense of Your Sense of Smell
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
August 3, 2010
The sense of smell is said to be 10,000 times more sensitive than your sense of taste, although temperature and humidity affect the odor’s strength by determining the volatility of the odor from its source. A dog’s sense of smell can be m…  Read More »
Chelants Show Their Mettle
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
July 8, 2010
Although chelating agents are used in small quantities, a little goes a long way in keeping a formula stable. They do this by binding metallic ions in water or other chemicals that might adversely affect the color, quality or appearance of the formul…  Read More »
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 »