Formulator Forum

  • Functional Ingredients | Hair Care | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care | Surfactants

    Natural and Palm-Free Personal Care Formulas

    Have you noticed how frequently you hear about palm oil or palm kernel oil and its effects on deforestation? In the eyes of many consumers, palm oil and deforestation have become more or less synonymous. Many formulators, including myself, are asked…
    Dr. Barbara Olioso, 02.01.18

  • Functional Ingredients | Hair Care

    A Natural Alternative To Hair Relaxers

    The growing trend for natural hair care products not only relates to consumer demand for more sustainable, ethically-sourced ingredients, but also encompasses a shift toward embracing natural hair texture. As a result, there has been a dramatic decli…
    Jari Alander, AAK Personal Care 05.01.17

  • Functional Ingredients | Skin Care | Sun Care

    The Value of Fair Trade Certification

    As consumers embrace socially responsible purchasing choices, corporations seek to accommodate this ethos by attaining Fair Trade certification. This trend is particularly pronounced in the natural products industries where farmers are the producers.…
    Scott Meadows, Concentrated Aloe Corporation 12.01.16

  • Functional Ingredients | Skin Care

    The Challenges of Formulating Natural Products

    The demand for natural and eco-friendly beauty products is on the rise, with recent reports indicating the category is growing faster than the overall market. Consumers seek products that are natural, sustainable and ethically sourced, promising bene…
    Jarek Tabor, AAK Personal Care 11.02.16

  • Meeting the Challenges of Sulfate-Free Formulating

    For many years, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) have been the mainstay surfactant base in personal care cleansing formulations. Increasingly, however, there is a move to replace these and other sulfate-containing surfact…
    Samantha Brown, Tony Gough and Virginia Kropac, Innospec Performance Chemicals 03.04.15

  • Functional Ingredients | Polymers

    How to Select Emollients For Stable Emulsions

    Emollients are the biggest component, after water, in an emulsion system.  The functions of emollients are to soften, moisturize, lubricate, protect, film-form, condition, solubilize and disperse.  Even if emollients play such a pivotal rol…
    Anna Howe, Evonik Corporation 11.03.14

  • Sulfate Free Shampoos and Conditioners

    The term “sulfate free shampoo” is not new; it has been used for many years by a few rogue companies. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, when all shampoo formulations were sulfate-based, clever cosmetic chemists were always looking for new and…
    Dan Beio 09.03.14