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Gleams & Notions

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 »
Dying to Know the Truth About Oxidative Dyes?
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
March 3, 2009
Most dyes are direct dyes, meaning that they have affinity to the surface on which they are being applied such as cloth, skin, hair or paper. The color of the dye solution also indicates the final color of the substrate.      This…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
February 5, 2009
These days, marketing people are constantly looking for a natural antimicrobial that does not have to be listed as a preservative, so they can call the product “preservative free.” Wouldn’t it be convenient if this “non-pres…  Read More »
Cationics Are Positive Additions to Personal Care Formulas
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
January 7, 2009
Hair conditioners traditionally contain cationics as their active ingredient. Their positive charge makes them attracted to and substantive to the anionic sites on hair. This, in turn, furnishes good wet combing and manageability, and helps to overco…  Read More »
A Novel, Natural Humectant
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
December 1, 2008
Humectants are hydroscopic, they attract and retain moisture from the atmosphere. The most common ones are polyhydric alcohols with structures shown in Fig. 1. DuPont and Tate & Lyle formed a joint venture in 2004, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio P…  Read More »
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
November 7, 2008
When an ingredient performs more than one function in a formula it serves as a very useful tool for the cosmetic chemist.  Multifunctional materials help chemical inventory, likely lower the cost, and certainly simplify the formula.  An off…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
September 30, 2008
When I read a newspaper or journal, I note articles pertaining to cosmetics or cosmetic chemicals. In recent weeks, several researchers, primarily those linked to universities, have issued results—some good and some bad—for the industry a…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
September 3, 2008
Kemira Specialty, Inc., Northvale, NJ, has created Kemira NanoGel, an ingredient that produces a nanoemulsion at room temperature using only a blade propeller or even a spatula. When it is added at three times the amount of any oil or oil-soluble ing…  Read More »
August 4, 2008
An insect repellent  is a substance applied to skin, clothing or other surfaces that discourages insects from landing or climbing on that surface. While there are products that emit ultrasound to repel insects, this column is devoted to repellen…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
July 1, 2008
In the continual search for natural preservatives, Active Micro Systems (AMS), Piscataway, NJ, offers a line it calls “alternative preservative solutions.” One of the them is AMS Leucidal Liquid (INCI: Leuconostoc/ radish root ferment fil…  Read More »
Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
June 2, 2008
Last month’s column provided details on acne. More maladies are dermatitis and eczema. Dermatitis is any type of skin inflammation not caused by an infectious agent. Eczema is chronic dermatitis and may result from a family history of asthma, h…  Read More »
Some Cosmetic Solutions for Skin Care Problems
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
April 30, 2008
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and can be affected by many different maladies or diseases.  This month, I’ll detail the problems associated with acne and provide a couple of formulas to treat it. Acne is one of the most co…  Read More »
Fragrance: Past, Present, Future
Harvey Fishman, Consultant
March 28, 2008
Fragrance’s Glorious Past and Its Exciting Future  Read More »