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Innovation Upgrade

Mar 1, 2015Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries

The cosmetics industry faces upgrading innovation to meet the high expectations of such digi-centric consumers. It’s a good thing cosmetic scientists are consumers, too, and following these tech trends, they’ve helped push the industry ahead in new ways.

Read the Label Online: Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

Feb 24, 2015Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting Inc.

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm promises “the ease of a pencil that applies like a balm and wears like a lipstick.” This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality and claims substantiation.

Improving the Sensory Properties of Lye Hair Relaxers

Feb 20, 2015Hans-Martin Haake, Halid Kader and Karine Kross-Maita, BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

Previous work found soluble silicates in lye relaxers to impart positive effects. Therefore, a compound based on potassium silicate, alkyl polyglycoside and glycerin was developed to improve the effects of lye relaxers on the mechanical and sensorial properties of hair. This article explores various benefits of this compound using variations of two lye relaxer test formulations.

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.

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

Jan 15, 2015Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting Inc.

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.

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.

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.

Evolving German Men's Skin Care Market Presenting Sizeable Opportunity

Dec 3, 2014

In the traditionally female-oriented skin care market, it is men who present a highly attractive opportunity in Germany, finds new report by Canadean; report also finds many consumers now believe there is little difference between premium branded skin care and private label alternatives.

Women Want Youthful Face More Than Youthful Body

Nov 11, 2014

Women desire a youthful looking face more than a youthful looking body, according to the results of a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Allergan Inc.

Sustaining Hyaluronic Acid Turnover

Nov 6, 2014

Sederma has developed a novel ingredient to sustain and optimize hyaluronic acid turnover in the skin.

Formulating Aftershave

Nov 1, 2014

Besides soothing and calming irritated skin, aftershaves are expected to refresh the skin, provide emolliency, reduce blood flow, tone skin, impart scent and antibacterial benefits, and prevent folliculitis, among others. Relevant ingredients for these functions are discussed here in terms of three categories of aftershaves: fluid transparent solutions, thick gels and fluid emulsion lotions.

Read the Label Online: St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub

Oct 27, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting Inc.

Unilever’s St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub takes advantage of two hot trends in the cosmetic industry by using natural exfoliants in the “brightening” category. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality and claims substantiation.

The Asian Male Skin Care Market: A Q&A With Florence Bernadin

Oct 22, 2014

The male skin care market in Asia, specifically in Korea, is on the uptick, according to Florence Bernadin, founder and CEO of Information et Inspiration. Here, she engages in an exclusive Q&A on the Asian male skin care market with Cosmetics & Toiletries. Hear more of Bernadin's expertise at in-cosmetics Asia in Bangkok.

Opportunities in the Vietnamese Cosmetics Market: Q&A with Le Chau Giang

Oct 13, 2014

The Vietnamese cosmetic market is a emerging market with huge potential, according to Le Chau Giang, special adviser to the president of the ASEAN Cosmetic Association and senior director and head of regulatory and medical affairs at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Asia Pacific. Here, she engages in an exclusive Q&A on the Vietnamese cosmetics market with Cosmetics & Toiletries. Hear more of Giang's expertise at in-cosmetics Asia in Bangkok.

Copolymer to Improve Pigment Dispersion in Lipsticks

Oct 3, 2014Giuseppina Viscardi, Monza, Italy; Nicola Garuccio and Parand Salmassinia, Induchem, Volkestwil, Switzerland and New York

Lipstick is formulated with pigments for the obvious reason of color, but formulators always face the same technical difficulties of pigment dispersion and final shade matching. The present article explores solving these two lipstick dilemmas with an amphiphilic copolymer to improve pigment dispersion and texture of lipsticks.

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