Gleams & Notions

Novel Personal Care Formulas, Part II

By Harvey Fishman, Consultant | August 1, 2012

Novel Personal Care Formulas, Part II

Skin and hair care formulas dominate the roster of most cosmetic preparations. But there is demand, albeit a smaller one, for products that do more than cleanse hair and skin. In my May column, I detailed several unique formulation ideas. This is part II of some novel formulas that I have worked on previously.

The first one is a moisturizing nose gel that is inserted in the nostrils.

Nose Moisturizer
Ingredients %Wt.
Part A  
Polyacrylamide (and) C13-14 5.0
isoparaffin (and) laureth 7
Part B  
Olive oil 0.2
Vitamin E acetate 0.1
Part C  
Water q.s. 100
Aloe vera 1.0
Glycerine 3.0
Methyl glueth-20 1.0
PEG-12 dimethicone 1.0
Part D  
Propylene glycol 5.0
Methyl paraben 0.2
Propyl paraben 0.1
Allantoin 0.5

Procedure: With constant stirring, Mix part B ingredients together and add to part A in the batch tank. Dissolve part C ingredients in the water and add to batch. Dissolve part D ingredients in the glycol by slightly heating and add to batch. The pH is about 6.8.

The next item is a sunscreen.

Sunscreen Stick
Ingredients %Wt.
Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate 7
Benzophenone-3 3
Ethylhexyl salicylate 3
Canola oil (and) silica (and) zeamays (corn) starch 20
Aloe vera 4
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil(and) zea mays (corn) starch 2
Canola oil 38
NF cetyl alcohol 15
Carnauba wax 8

Procedure: Heat all ingredients with mixing to 80-85°C. Fill into sticks at 80°C.

Following is a formula to clean a toothbrush by saturating the bristles with the solution and rinsing under running water.

Toothbrush Cleaner
Ingredients %Wt.
Water q.s. 100
Certified dye solution q.s.
Benzalkonium chloride NF 0.2
Propylene glycol 17.0
Alcoholic flavor solution 60.0

Here is a formula for a rigid ringing gel, which means if you bang the sides of the container with a spatula, it will vibrate.

Hair Conditioning Ringing Gel
Ingredients %Wt.
Part A  
PEG-25 soy sterol 8.00
Polyquaternium 11 7.50
POE-24 cholesterol 5.75
DEA oleth-10 phosphate 5.75
PEG-40 hydrogenerated castor oil 4.00
Oleth-3 5.00
Oleth-10 7.25
Mineral oil 5.00
Cyclomethicone 1.00
Part B  
Water q.s. 100
Glycerine 3.00
Propylene glycol 8.00
Propylene glycol (and) diazolidinylurea (and) methyl paraben(and)propyl paraben 1.00

Procedure: With constant stirring, heat past A in batch tank to 75°C. In separate container, heat past B to 80°C, and add to part A. Add preservative after batch is cooled to 55°C. Use paddle stirrer after part B is added to part A.

Last but not least, is a very thin moisturizing lotion with a viscosity of 125cps.

Flowing Moisturizer
Ingredients %Wt.
Part A  
Water q.s. 100
Glycerine 3.0
Aloe vera 0.5
Methyl paraben 0.2
Disodium EDTA 0.1
Part B  
C12-15 Alkyl benzoate 5.0
Cetearyl alcohol (and) ceteareth-20 1.0
Glyceryl stearate (and)PEG-100 stearate 1.0
DEA oleth-10 phosphate 0.5
Propyl paraben 0.1

Procedure: With constant stirring, heat part A in batch tank to 70°C. In separate container, heat part B to 70-75°C, and add to part A. Cool to room temperature. QS with water at 50°C to bring to correct volume. Stir until it is filled at 40°C. The pH is 4.6.


Harvey Fishman has a consulting firm in Wanaque, NJ, specializing in cosmetic formulations and new product ideas, offering tested finished products. He has more than 30 years of experience and has been director of research at Bonat, Nestlé LeMur and Turner Hall. He welcomes descriptive literature from suppliers and bench chemists and others in the field.