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  • Hair Today... Gone Tomorrow?

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant || 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…

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

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant || 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…

  • Applied Science

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant || 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…

  • 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…

  • Fine Fragrance as High Art

    Fine Fragrance as High Art

    Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant || 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.…

  • High on Hyaluronic Acid

    Harvey M. Fishman || 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…

  • 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…