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  • Lipstick Smeared By Cal-Berkeley

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant || 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.…

  • Innovations Fill the Aisle At NYSCC Suppliers’ Day

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant || 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…

  • $cent Marketing

    $cent Marketing

    Harvey M. Fishman , Consultant || 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.”

  • In a Lather Over Hair Care Formulas

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant || 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…

  • More than Marketing? A Look at Ingredients

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant || June 16, 2011
    In recent decades, various ingredients from natural sources have been highly promoted in the cosmetic industry for their unique properties.A discussion follows describing some past and present so-called “marketing ingredients.” Roya…

  • The Clay’s the Thing: A Look at Bentonite

    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…