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By Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd
Published September 1, 2015
In a world of inadequate sun care options, who decides which sunscreen products are available to you? In the US, the Food and Drug Administration seems to have absolute authority over the approval process that results in sunscreen products on store s… Read More »
Face Valued
By Christine Esposito, Associate Editor
Published May 1, 2015
Skin care formulations that promise to protect a prized possession—one’s appearance—are always in demand. Read More »
By Nadim Shaath, Alpha Research & Development Ltd
Published April 1, 2015
The FDA has decided to move the goal post. It has declared that to approve a new UV filter you must surpass the requirements of a New Drug Application (NDA).  The new hurdle set by the FDA is that all such ingredients must pass the stringent req… Read More »
Pierre Fabre Expands in India
Published March 2, 2015
Pierre Fabre, the French dermocosmetics company, has renewed its partnership with Abbott Healthcare. The move ensures that Pierre Fabre's line of skin care products will continue to be available in one of the largest consumer product companies in… Read More »
Natural Alternatives for Cosmetic Preservation
By Eric Schmitt and Kathleen Norris, Active Concepts
Published February 6, 2015
Extracts, organic acids, enzymes and antimicrobial peptides all have a place in a cosmetic chemist’s toolbox, according to researchers at Active Concepts. Read More »
Sheltering the Skin from Reactive Species
By Alicia Gimenez, Cristina Davi, Elena Canadas, Juan Cebrian, Raquel Delgado , Lipotec S.A.U.
Published January 12, 2015
Pollution and other daily aggressors are constantly attacking the skin. Read More »
Published January 6, 2015
The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) and American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) will develop a cosmetic program for the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases, which will be held May 3-6 in Orlando, FL. The agreement came after both societ… Read More »
Published July 2, 2014
The New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers’ Day has grown over the years, attracting attendees from around the globe. This year was no different as attendees came from 47 countries to this two-day event, which was held May 13-14, 2014… Read More »
Save the Date: NYSCC Suppliers’ Day 2015
Published June 4, 2014
May 12-13 in Edison, with India focus for May 11 seminar. Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published February 7, 2014
Most men love their hair. The more they have, the better they feel—when it’s on the top of their heads, that is! But body hair? That’s become a completely different, albeit controversial, story in 2014. More men and, of course, wom… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published January 1, 2014
Croda, Edison, NJ has developed a system called “Sensification” which attempts to provide quantitative analysis on 33 parameters of the sensorial attributes of a product such as appearance or feel on a scale ranging from 0-100. Using thi… Read More »
Scent Categorization, Computers And Comics Are All in the News
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published December 3, 2013
If you look hard enough, you’ll discover that the general media covers the beauty industry on a regular basis. For example, a recent article in The Los Angeles Times detailed how neuroscientists sorted the complete range of scents that humans c… Read More »
Amplify Nature To Accelerate Beauty Benefits
By Sonia Dawson and Denise Gabriele and Robert Dal Toso, Ph.D., Sederma Inc, Instituto di Ricerche Biotecnologiche
Published December 3, 2013
Properly leveraging plant cell culture technology can maximize cosmetic efficacy, according to researchers at Sederma and the Institute of Biotechnology Research. Read More »
The Role of Antioxidants In Dermtological & Cosmetic Formulas
By Mohinder Singh, PhD, Consultant to Blistex Inc
Published December 3, 2013
Free radical oxidation is the basis of the aging process because it causes permanent deterioration of the skin cells and supports structure by decreasing elasticity and resiliency. Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published November 4, 2013
I thought it would be interesting to do some research to discover when certain cosmetic applicators were first used and, later, improved upon. The first is the lipstick container, but a short discussion of the history of the product is necessary. In… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published September 27, 2013
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of products are promoted at Society of Cosmetic Chemist Suppliers’ Days throughout the country. Here’s a look at two that were on display at the New York Chapter’s event, which was held earlier this year… Read More »
Published September 4, 2013
Cosmetic formulators find it very challenging to protect and stabilize formulations like high SPF sunscreens, nonionic emulsions, shampoos and shower gels. To address these needs, Symrise has developed a genuine multifunctional ingredient—SymSa… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published September 4, 2013
Sensient Cosmetic Technologies, www.sensient-cosmetics.com, has a product called Color’N Cap Sil that encapsulates a dyestuff in a silica matrix. It results from a combination of silica sol-gel chemistry and a spray-drying process. The sol is… Read More »
Multiple Benefits for Cosmetics
Published August 22, 2013
Numerous options with SymSave H. Read More »
Cosmetic Chemist l
Published August 20, 2013
BASF has an opening for Cosmetic Chemist to join our Personal Care team in Tarrytown, NY reporting directly to the Group Leader, Global Development and Technical Service Effect Pigments. The ideal candidate should be self motivated, driven and innovative, with an interest in cosmetic formulation, testing analysis, research and documentation. Read More »
Published August 5, 2013
Polymers represent one of the major classes of materials used in cosmetic formulations. There are a wide variety of polymers used in a broad range of functions and a basic understanding of polymer structure–property relationships is an essentia… Read More »
Published August 2, 2013
Polymers represent one of the major classes of materials used in cosmetic formulations. There are a wide variety of polymers used in a broad range of functions and a basic understanding of polymer structure–property relationships is an essentia… Read More »
By Navin M. Geria, Senior Technical Advisor and Principal Doctors Skin Prescription
Published August 2, 2013
The anti-aging category certainly isn’t showing its age. Global sales of anti-aging products are expected to grow 26% from 2011-2016 to reach $28 billion, according to a study by Euromonitor International. During that time, US sales of anti-agi… Read More »
Heavy Mettle
Published August 2, 2013
Fall 2013 color cosmetics are packed with both style and substance. Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published August 2, 2013
Before getting to this month’s subject, hair color, a bit of background on melanin, the natural hair colorant. Melanin is derived from the Greek word melas, meaning “black,” and it is a pigment found in most organisms. It is a deri… Read More »
Lipstick Smeared By Cal-Berkeley
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published July 10, 2013
A recent study by researchers at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health found that 32 lipsticks sold in drugstores and department stores contain small amounts of lead, chromium, cadmium, aluminum and five other metals.… Read More »
Supplementing Beauty
By Melissa Meisel, Associate Editor
Published July 10, 2013
Nutritional products round out personal care routines. Read More »
Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry
In the Internet Age
Published June 10, 2013
NYSCC course is June 12. Read More »
Published June 7, 2013
• AAK Personal Care has received Natural Product Association (NPA) certification for Lipex Sheasoft, Lipex Cocoasoft and Lipex Genova. These performance emollients, which are derived from the renewable sources of shea, cocoa and palm, are specia… Read More »
Innovations Fill the Aisle At NYSCC Suppliers’ Day
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published June 6, 2013
Once again, the annual Suppliers’ Day, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, featured a range of novel products from the leading suppliers to the industry. The exhibition hall featured hundreds of booths and att… Read More »
Where the Action Is
By Happi Staff
Published June 6, 2013
Small percentage, big results. Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published May 3, 2013
More moisture. Skin craves it and suppliers are delivering it. One of them, CP Kelco, Atlanta, GA, offers two moisturizing ingredients under the name of AquaMax. The INCI name for AquaMax HM is sodium glutamate or natto gum; for AquaMax LM, it is pot… Read More »
$cent Marketing
By Harvey M. Fishman , Consultant
Published April 3, 2013
According to a recent article in Smart Money, “scent marketing is becoming as ubiquitous as Muzak.” The author suggests calling it “Smellzak.” Read More »
Published March 14, 2013
• US Patent No. 8,357,382 B1; Bethany L. Hilt of Cleveland, OH has patented a cosmetic formulation. It is comprised of water; glycerin; a provitamin of vitamin B5; allantoin; white tea extract; blueberry extract; acai extract; at least one UVA a… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman
Published March 13, 2013
This month’s discussion is focused on two Dow Corning silicone-derived products. One is for hair use and the other is for skin formulas. The hair product is Dow Corning CE-8411 Smooth Plus Emulsion (INCI name: Bis-isopropylamino-PG-propyl… Read More »
Published February 28, 2013
New discussion on how to encourage responsible consumption. Read More »
Fine Fragrance as High Art
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published February 12, 2013
The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City is currently presenting “The Art of Scent 1889-2012.” The exhibit opened in November and closes later this month. Fragrance can be a dramatic thing.… Read More »
Published January 29, 2013
EMD Chemicals’ performance materials division recently launched RonaFlair Boroneige functional fillers for cosmetic applications in the US. RonaFlair Boroneige functional fillers consist exclusively of boron nitride, a powder substrate with a… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman
Published January 24, 2013
Hyaluronic acid (HA)—also called hyaluronan or hyaluronate—is an anionic, nonsulfated polymer of disaccharides with a molecular formula of (C14H21NO11)n. The name is derived from hyalos, which is the Greek term for vitreous, and uronic… Read More »
Published January 23, 2013
Evonik has rolled out several new ingredients for cosmetic formulators. Tegolon Eco10-10 is sald to improve tactile properties in cosmetic formulations. As it is plant-sourced, Tegolon Eco10-10 allows claims such as “natural,” “gree… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published January 22, 2013
The primary purpose of a shampoo is to clean hair. However, a good shampoo should also have the following attributes: Enough viscosity that it does not drip excessively; Good foaming ability–especially on the first lather; Easy rin… Read More »
The Show Must Go On for SCC
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published January 21, 2013
The Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ headquarters were flooded by Superstorm Sandy, but SCC executive director Bill Cowen and his staff rose to the occasion and the Annual Meeting took place without a hitch. Read More »
The Anti-Aging Benefits Of Hyaluronic Acid
By Navin M. Geri, Senior Technical Advisor and Principal Doctors Skin Prescription
Published November 21, 2012
Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean looking old Read More »
On the Wild Side
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published November 21, 2012
The IFSCC Congress is held in Johannesburg, South Africa, marking the first time that the Congress is held on the continent. Read More »
Published November 20, 2012
Functional fillers for color cosmetics. Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published November 6, 2012
Rhodia Inc., Cranbury, NJ has a product called Rheomer 33 (INCI name: Polyacrylate 33), a milky white liquid with a solid content of 27.5-30.5% which was designed to provide efficient thickening, shear thinning rheology and good suspension properties… Read More »
Recent Patent Applications for the Use of Polymers for Hair Care
By Robert Y. Lochhead , The Institute for Formulation Science, The School of Polymers & High Performance Materials, The University of Southern Mississippi
Published November 6, 2012
Recent Patent Applications for the Use of Polymers for Hair Care Read More »
Published October 31, 2012
Evonik rolls out its latest developments. Read More »
Lipotec Debuts Novel Peptides
Published October 1, 2012
Lipotec Debuts Novel Peptides Read More »
A Closer Look at J&J
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published September 28, 2012
As I scanned newspapers and other media looking for cosmetic industry news, I found two interesting stories. The first, from the Associated Press, included the headline “J&J vows to be toxic free.” Underneath was the subhead, “… Read More »