Application/Category

Silicone Elastomer Technologies for Feel and Performance

Nov 1, 2014Peter Tsolis, The Estée Lauder Companies, Melville, NY USA; and Peter Marinelli, Grant Industries, Elmwood Park, NJ USA

Obtaining the desired feel and performance in a formula has been greatly simplified by the evolution of silicone chemistry. Silicones have been popular cosmetic ingredients for decades, and have led to innovative textures in skin care and makeup. Though they began as basic linear polymer systems, technologies have evolved to develop various forms from these main backbones.

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.

Read the Label Online: Bliss Multi-‘Face’-Eted All-in-One Anti-aging Clay Mask

Sep 24, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting Inc.

I am always skeptical when a brand claims to have “the only” product in its category, and Bliss' Multi-‘Face’-eted All-in-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask does just that, claiming to be “the only flexible clay mask that helps correct all six visible signs of aging.”

Formulating Facial Masks

Sep 18, 2014Luigi Rigano, PhD, Rigano Laboratories

Facial masks have undergone a makeover in recent years. They now often offer multiple skin benefits, incorporate innovative ingredients and provide immediate efficacy. However, the formulation strategy for facial masks is quite simple and does not differ greatly from that of standard cosmetic creams. Here, gel, emulsion and suspension mask formulations are discussed and divided into peel-off and wash-off subcategories.

Impact Colors Releases Color Trends 2016+

Sep 17, 2014

Impact Colors has released its color trends report for 2016 and beyond. The seventh annual Color Trends 2016+ highlights four distinct trends: Artland, Enchanted, Cosmos and Rendezvous.

Peptide Approach to Enhance Anti-wrinkle Efficacy Between Injections

Aug 28, 2014Marta Rull, Cristina Davi, Elena Cañadas, Núria Almiñana and Raquel Delgado, Lipotec S.A.U, Gavà, Spain

Facial injections with botulinum toxin are trending but regular applications are necessary to maintain their efficacy. Six months is recommended between sessions, necessitating topical anti-wrinkle cosmetics that can fill this gap. Described here is a topical combination of peptides that is shown to complement such procedures with anti-wrinkle efficacy.

Read the Label Online: Pacifica Sea Change Future Youth Serum

Aug 25, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting Inc.

Does your anti-aging serum have “super powers?” Launched in May 2014, Pacifica Beauty’s Sea Change Future Youth Serum is designed for both day and night use with “supernaturally effective ingredients for the best youthful, bright skin."

Blurred Lines: The Growing Influence of Cosmetics in Hair Care Innovation

Aug 12, 2014

Hair care is seeing a boost in the personalization of its products, a trend that is heavily influenced from the color cosmetic and skin care beauty categories.

Corrections Regarding NPA Standards: Letter to the Editor

Aug 3, 2014Corey Hilmas, MD, PhD, Natural Products Association

After reading this article, I found inaccuracies in some of the statements regarding the Natural Products Association (NPA) Natural Standard.

Researchers Propose Coloring Hair with Nano-Patterning

Jul 29, 2014

Researchers from the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratories have reported nano-patterning a diffraction grating on human hair with a focused ion to allow the hair to reflect colors in the spectrum to produce a hair color pattern with a flat iron.

Read the Label Online: Nexxus Color Assure Pre-wash Primer

Jun 17, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting

This primer is formulated with exotic white orchid extract, to help seal and protect each hair strand; repelling water to colored hair remarkably vibrant. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality and claims substantiation.

Author Response to 'Improved Antioxidant Penetration' Letter to the Editor

Jun 12, 2014

A recent Letter to the Editor called to question some details in the logic presented in an April 2014 Cosmetics & Toiletries article. Following is the author's response to this letter.

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