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  • Functional Ingredients | Personal Cleansers | Polymers | Skin Care

    A Natural Mixer from Lipoid

    The ability to create stable emulsions is a cornerstone of a cosmetic chemist’s training. There are plenty of emulsifiers to choose from on the market, and one of the more interesting ones is Lipoid Kosmetik’s Herbamilk. The Newark, NJ…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 02.06.15

  • Hair Today... Gone Tomorrow?

    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…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 02.07.14

  • Scent Categorization, Computers And Comics Are All in the News

    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…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 12.03.13

  • Clariant and Innovacos Offer Novel Materials

    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…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 09.27.13

  • Lipstick Smeared By Cal-Berkeley

    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.…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 07.10.13

  • In a Lather Over Hair Care Formulas

    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…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 01.22.13

  • More than Marketing? A Look at Ingredients

    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…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 06.16.11

  • Cosmetic Uses of SiO2

    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…
    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant 04.20.06