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A Review of Gel Nail Technologies

Jan 29, 2015Frank C. Pagano, PhD, ACT Solutions Corp.

This article reviews the technologies behind gel nails and recent trends in them. The underlying photochemistry of monomers, oligomers and photoinitiators also is discussed, to give the reader a better understanding of the performance and challenges associated with gel nails.

What's Cooking in Color

Jan 29, 2015Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries

This collection of articles is focused on key technical challenges in developing color products; for example, formulating to improve pigment dispersion and shade-matching in lipstick. Research on progressive steps toward comfortable wear and transfer-resistance in makeup is described, as well as improvements in the durability, color and drying time of gel nails.

Bicosome Encapsulates Carotene and Antioxidants for IR/UV Protection

Jan 28, 2015

At in-cosmetics 2015 in Barcelona, Bicosome is launching a complex that boosts the skin's ability to protect against ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

Troy Corp. Launches IPBC-customized Broad-spectrum Preservatives

Jan 27, 2015

Troy Corp. created a series of customized broad-spectrum preservative blends for personal care applications.

Ashland Launches Fixative Polymer for Hairspray

Jan 26, 2015

Ashland introduced a hair fixative terpolymer for hairsprays with lasting hold, stiffness and humidity resistance.

Naolys Introduces Lilac for Hair Repair and Shine

Jan 21, 2015

Naolys is using lilac to repair and add shine to hair. Healthy Shine Lilac has a multifunctional effect on hair, acting on all three parts of the hair: the root, the scalp and the shaft.

Dow Corning Introduces Frizz Control for Water-based Formulations

Jan 21, 2015

At the 2014 Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Technology Showcase, Dow Corning unveiled a frizz control solution for water-based hair care formulations.

Read the Label Online: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Jan 15, 2015

BareMinerals launched Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream as “The best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer...with a 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week. This column will review the ingredient listing for claims substantiation.

Penford Develops Biobased Conditioning Polymer for Skin and Hair

Jan 14, 2015

Penford Products, a division of Penford Corp., introduced a biobased deposition and conditioning polymer for personal care.

Rahn Sources the Sea Floor for Natural Exfoliant

Jan 13, 2015

Rahn introduced a mechanical exfoliating agent derived from a sediment on the sea floor. Fossil Peeling Powder (INCI:Diatomaceous Earth) is a medium granulometry powder with good skin properties and compatibility.

Formulating Lip Gloss

Jan 12, 2015

Lip glosses combine the properties of color cosmetics and lip balm to offer high shine, lip enhancement and pleasantness, accompanied by protection and soothing benefits. To offer these properties, lip glosses must incorporate a complex blend of oils, waxes, thickeners and tackifiers. Various modern technologies allow the formulator to assemble sensorially enchanting lip glosses.

Uneven Skin Tone: Causes and Treatments

Jan 9, 2015Katerina Steventon, FaceWorkshops

Uneven skin is a common complain for women today; however, treatment for uneven skin will differ depending on the underlying causes. However, two approaches commonly used are personalized skin care and facial massage, which are adapted if the uneven tone is caused by redness, desquamation, pigmentation or lifestyle choices.

Mibelle Launches Encapsulated Heptapeptide for Cellular Defense

Jan 7, 2015

Mibelle Biochemistry created a heptapeptide that helps the skin protect itself from oxidative stress at the cellular level.

Formulating On Trend: The Melting Effect

Jan 6, 2015Ni'Kita Wilson, Aware Products

Cosmetics & Toiletries is excited to once again add Ni'Kita Wilson to its lineup with the new column, "Formulating On Trend." She previously authored the "Read the Label" column. In her new focus, Wilson will identify hot cosmetic trends and address how the formulator can utilize novel technologies to create these popular effects.

Evonik Launches Eco-friendly Hair Conditioning Agent

Dec 17, 2014

Evonik has launched a hair conditioning agent with an improved sustainability profile.

Read the Label Online: CeraVe Baby Wash + Shampoo

Dec 16, 2014

There are numerous “natural” personal care products for babies and children, but CeraVe Baby Wash + Shampoo is the first cosmeceutical that I have seen in this market segment.

Lasting Hair Conditioning via In situ Controlled Flocculation

Dec 9, 2014Tuttu Nuutinen†; Bert Kroon†; Emmanuel P. Everaert, PhD†; Roger McMullen, PhD*; Courtney R. Usher, PhD‡ and Xin Qu, PhD‡; Ashland Specialty Ingredients: †Zwijndrecht, Netherlands; *Bridgewater, NJ; ‡Wilmington, DE; and +Shanghai, China

A new cationic homopolymer-based technology was designed to provide long-lasting conditioning to damaged hair without product buildup. Its mechanism, in situ controlled flocculation, is described here, and its capability to restore hydrophobicity to damaged hair is shown. Techniques are detailed for measuring silicone deposition, conditioning performance, hydrophobicity and buildup on hair.

A Brief Review of Polymer/Surfactant Interaction

Feb 1, 2004Robert Y. Lochhead and Lisa R. Huisinga, The Institute for Formulation Science, The University of Southern Mississippi

In this article, the significance of parameters such as correlation length (blob size), micelle structure, comicellization, polymer adsorption conformation and coacervate structure are introduced with relevance to the conceptual appreciation of polymer-surfactant interactions and its bearing on recent advances in conditioning shampoos.

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Coloring the Cosmetic World

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Finally! A practical resource on cosmetic pigments in one book. Edwin B. Faulkner offers a comprehensive look at what goes into selecting colors for decorative cosmetic products. Order your copy today.