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By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published April 1, 2015
You are what you eat, and sometimes what you eat can provide multiple benefits. This month’s column is based upon recommendations from Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sin… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published February 6, 2015
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-b… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published December 5, 2014
It is common to use antibiotics to kill bacteria both internally and externally on the human body.  But researchers say they’ve created a new category of personal cleansers. In an article in The New York Times Sunday magazine, author Juli… 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 »
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 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 »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published November 10, 2011
It is time for my semi-annual review of various newspaper articles relating to the cosmetic industry. The first item is about a possible new preservative to prevent bacterial contamination—oil from coriander seeds. This spice, widely used in As… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published July 7, 2011
This year’s New York Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’Suppliers’ Day, which was held in May in Edison, NJ, was well attended as usual. Total attendance reached 7,200, an increase of nearly 20% over 2010. The number of exh… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published 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… Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published 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… Read More »