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By Harvey Fishman, Consultant
Published April 30, 2012
Looking for some new ideas? I’ve got a few that I’ve been working on, but they are not finished formulas ready to go into production. Viscosity and pH adjustments may need to be done, fragrances added, stability tests should be run (room… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published March 1, 2012
Rahn Cosmetics, a Swiss company whose products in the US are distributed by Kinetik Technologies, Hazlet, NJ, is promoting an ingredient for sensitive skin called Defensil (INCI name: octyldodecanol, echium plantagineum seed oil, helianthus annuus (s… Read More »
A Novel, Natural Humectant
By Harvey Fishman, Consultant
Published 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… Read More »
IFSCC Meets In Argentina
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published November 3, 2010
The latest technical advances are on display and discussed when cosmetic chemists from around the world meet in Buenos Aires. Read More »
A Colorful History
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published January 18, 2013
For 50 years, chemists have searched for a formula that provides complete coverage, yet still remains gentle to the hair. Read More »
Gleams  Notions
Published August 31, 2012
A Cold Process Emulsion System Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published November 30, 2011
Stepan Chemical, Chicago, IL, produces a secondary surfactant for cleansing products such as shampoos and body washes called Amphosol CDB Special (INCI name: Cetyl betaine). This clear liquid is 30% active with 37% solids and contains no dioxane, PEG… Read More »
All About Hair... and the Lack Thereof
Published January 7, 2011
This month's column could be subtitled, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Hair, But Were Afraid to Ask.” Hair comes in various sizes and shapes: stiff and short on the eyebrows, long and soft on the head, and almost invisible on mo… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published 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… Read More »
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published June 2, 2014
While searching for a ballgame on my AM dial, I tuned in to one of those radio call-in shows just in time to hear an 85-year-old gentlemen ask the expert host about liver spots and what could he do to get rid of them. I forgot about my Mets for a mom… Read More »