• Powerful New Roles for Fragrance Notes

    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…

  • More on Skin Treatments

    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…

  • A Non-Paraben Preservative

    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…

  • Shedding Light on Exfoliants

    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…

  • Birth of the Modern Perm

    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…

  • Collagen in Cosmetics

    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…

  • Carrubba Relies on Enzymes to Fight Underarm Odor

    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,…

  • A Great Supply of New Ideas at NYSCC Supplier’s Day

    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…

  • Rippped from the Headlines: Cosmetics Are in the News

    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…

  • Organically-based Secondary Surfactant Is New from Arch

    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…

  • Dying to Know the Truth About Oxidative Dyes?

    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…

  • Need a Natural Preservative? Try Naticide from Sinerga

    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…

  • Cationics Are Positive Additions to Personal Care Formulas

    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…

  • A Novel, Natural Humectant

    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…

  • A Useful, Multifunctional Cosmetic Ingredient

    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…