Sebastian International has patented a method of treating hair to increase its thickness. The method entails pre-treating the hair by applying a high pH composition to the hair to lift cuticle layers of the hair and then applying a low pH composition containing a thickening agent to the pre-treated hair to make the thickening agent substantive to the hair and closing the cuticles to seal the thickening agent to the hair. The high pH composition is comprised, based on the weight of the high pH composition, of conditioning agent, solubilizer for the conditioning agent, rheology control agent, one or more preservatives, fragrance, water and a basic pH adjuster to bring the pH of the composition to 9-9.50. The conditioning agent is PEG-12 dimethicone; the solubilizer for the conditioning agent is polysorbate 20; the rheology control agent is PEG-90M; the pH adjuster is aminomethyl propanol; and the preservatives are a combination of phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben and propylparaben.
Protectant for UV-Induced Skin Damage
Patent No. U.S. 7,399,462 B2.
QLT USA, Inc., Fort Collins, CO, has been issued a patent covering a method for protecting against UV-induced skin damage. The method entails administering a composition that includes dapsone topically, transmucosally or transdermally.
Detergent Builder and Composition
Patent No. US 7,393,821 B2.
Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd., Osaka-shi, Japan, has been awarded a patent covering a detergent composition comprised of usual detergent additives, a surfactant and a detergent builder. The detergent builder is comprised of a copolymer obtained by copolymerization of monomer components containing a polyalkyleneimine unsaturated mono-mer and other monomers, wherein said other monomers comprise an unsaturated carboxylic acid monomer and wherein said polyalkyleneimine unsaturated monomer has an oxyalkylene group. The blending ratio of said surfactant is 10-60% by mass in the detergent composition being 100% by mass.
Dispensing Device for Laundry Care Composition
Patent No. US 7,398,787 B2.
The Unilever Home & Personal Care USA division of Conopco, Inc., Greenwich, CT, has granted a patent for a non-intrusive device that automatically doses a composition into an automatic laundry washing machine. The device, which is located along the water supply, has a dosing container for the laundry care composition, a sensor for determining water flow and a processing unit programmed with a machine-generic algorithm that controls the flow of the composition and determines the cycle of various washing machines without the input of precise cycle design, and doses the correct products.
Microemulsions for Skin or Hair Treatments
Patent No. US 7,399,479 B2.
Wella AG, Darmstadt, Germany, has been granted a patent covering a microemulsion with an aqueous phase and an oil phase. It is comprised of, by weight, 20-60% water; 3-20% of an oil phase comprised of hydrophobic oil that is liquid at 25°C and, optionally, dissolved lipophilic materials; and 20-60% of an emulsifier mixture that contains one emulsifier from the group consisting of ethoxylated castor oils and ethoxylated hydrogenated castor oils and a second emulsifier with an NRU50 value greater than 110 É μg/ml.
Sprayable Dry Wash and Wax Composition
Patent No. US 7,399,738 B1.
Clorox has been granted a U.S. patent for a sprayable dry wash and wax composition for simultaneously washing and waxing non-porous surfaces. The composition is comprised by weight of 0.04-0.12% of an acrylic-based polymer; 0.5-5% of a silicone blend that contains a polydiorganosiloxane fluid with a viscosity of approximately 0.65-60,000 centistokes (cSt) at 25°C and a polydiorganosiloxane fluid mixture having a viscosity of 500-2000 cSt at 25° C with a silicone resin; 0.5-3.5% wax; and at least 80% water.
J&J Patents Skin Care Composition
Patent No. US 7,396,526 B1.
This patent, assigned to Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, covers a composition that contains retinol; a dermatologically active acid selected from lactic acid, glycolic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, pyruvic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid, and ascorbic acid; and 2-dimethylaminoethanol. It has a pH of 5-6 and the retinol and acid are stable and active upon application to the skin.