• Good News and Bad News for the Cosmetic Industry

    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…

  • Try These Novel Emulsifiers

    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…

  • The Buzz on Insect Repellents

    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…

  • A Natural Preservative System

    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…

  • Creating Cosmetic Solutions for Eczema and Dermatitis

    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…

  • Some Cosmetic Solutions for Skin Care Problems

    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…

  • Fragrance: Past, Present, Future

    Fragrance: Past, Present, Future

    Harvey Fishman, Consultant March 28, 2008
    Fragrance’s Glorious Past and Its Exciting Future

  • New Concepts to Counteract Body Odor

    February 6, 2008
    A Couple of New Concepts to Counteract Body Odor

  • Cosmetic Uses of SiO2

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant April 20, 2006
    Silica, or silicon dioxide (SiO2), occurs in nature as sand, quartz, flint or diatomite. It can be a colorless crystal or a white powder that is odorless and tasteless, and insoluble in water. It has many industrial uses, including the manufacture of…