Feb 21, 2014
Sunscreen sprays have gained momentum due to their ease of application. However, while they appear clear on dry skin, they often turn cloudy and white when applied to wet skin. Here, the authors present a formulating approach based on the dielectric constant of esters and level of alcohol in formulations to produce anhydrous sprays that appear clear on wet skin.
Feb 20, 2014
Recently, one popular avenue for formulation has been the development of emulsions using cold-process materials and techniques. Though this approach has many advantages, there are some specific areas to consider. This article describes these areas, including ingredient compatibilities, processing, pre-blended concentrates, high energy dispersion and others.
Feb 18, 2014
I used to think that scented nail polish was created for “tweens,” but not anymore with the launch of Revlon's Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, available in 24 scented shades. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality and claims substantiation.
Feb 18, 2014
At in-cosmetics in Hamburg Induchem is set to unveil a new anti-hair loss active based on regenerative medicine research.
Jan 24, 2014
The chromophores that generate appealing colors in nature can also function as natural colorants in cosmetics. Here, some specific natural colors are reviewed. In order to apply them, however, formulators must be aware of the commercially available materials and know which are allowed under local regulations; such restrictions also are described.
Jan 23, 2014
Cheek stains and blushes are intended for a lightly shaded color that is well-blended. Such formulations must provide a transparent hue as well as exhibit wear-resistance. Here, these requirements are described, as are formula approaches and commercial examples. In relation, recent research has mostly aimed at increasing the permanence of pigments on skin; such new ingredients are discussed.
Jan 22, 2014
Barbara J. Morley received the Stanley Allured Award for Lifetime Service from the Midwest SCC in November 2013. An emeritus member since 2007, she has held offices including chair, chair-elect, secretary (three terms) and treasurer (two terms), and has served on the newsletter, hospitality, social night, program and Teamworks committees, sometimes as chair. In 2008, she received the Midwest chapter Merit Award. Here, she describes her cosmetic career.
Jan 21, 2014
AmorePacific All Day Balancing Care Serum contains the company's Balancycle Complex, which utilizes white birch sap, musk mallow extract and other Asian botanicals to "balance the skin’s natural rhythm.”
Jan 15, 2014
This article reviews several of the latest nail polish trends including nail strips, textures, crackle, magnetic, breathable and color-changing effects. Also discussed are the underlying technologies and raw materials that produce these unique nail effects.
Jan 14, 2014
Where does the formulation chemist begin when facing a marketing request for a product stamped with a “natural” label claim? The first step is to identify the certifying organization or government under which the formulation is to be sold, followed by the choice of preservatives. The basic approach to composing natural products is outlined here.
Jan 14, 2014
L'Oréal Paris claims to have invented the “perfect nail polish” with Extraordinaire Gel-Lacquer 1-2-3 that delivers the long-lasting (up to 14 days!) manicure effects of a UV-gel manicure without the “harmful” UV rays or salon appointments.
Jan 13, 2014
The present article discusses facial powder containing specific layered color-travel pigments that give a color-flop effect due to light reflectance at different angles. In particular, layering a bluish silver pigment with a sienna pigment is shown to highlight the forehead, cheek and nasal bridge while shading the jaw, chin and alar base of the nose, consequently imparting a slim-looking appearance.
Jan 7, 2014
Philosophy Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas SPF 15 features “convertible” pigments that offer “buildable” coverage from light to heavy. Available in three shades, the foundation claims “to conceal, camouflage and protect” in an oil-free, talc-free and fragrance- free formula.
Dec 17, 2013
Sabinsa Corp. has introduced a line of dermaceutical composites that have a broad range of effects in personal care formulations.
Dec 5, 2013
Serving as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Pantone hue Radiant Orchid—a mix of fuchsia, purple and pink—has been named 2014's color of the year. In beauty applications, Radiant Orchid is a modern and surprisingly versatile shade—it enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.
Dec 4, 2013
One of the first mainstream temporary hair colors to come to market is the Bumble and Bumble's spraychalk. This product is a “wild, quick-dry tinted hairspray for a splash of color and style” that comes in various colors. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality.
Dec 3, 2013
At recent European and Asia-Pacific events, a number of speakers suggested that consumer behavior was becoming a major barrier to sustainable development in the beauty industry.
Dec 1, 2013
As I write this, I have just made a bold appearance in Rio de Janeiro; and no, this has nothing to do with topless beaches. At the 2013 IFSCC Conference, colleagues were surprised by my feisty new auburn hair color, formerly a light blonde. In fact, some did not recognize me. My bold appearance even made its way into a media demonstration at the L’Oréal Research Center, although to show hair damage, but still. . . Cosmetics & Toiletries' latest collection of articles is also all about appearances.
Nov 20, 2013
Lucas Meyer Cosmetics has introduced a collection of hair therapy formulations. Included in the set of hair formulations are: Radiant Repairing Shampoo, Radiant Hair Conditioner, Time Control Hair Lotion and CC Hair Cream.
May 1, 2013
First, if you haven’t noticed, Suppliers’ Day is themed “Project Trendway: Your Stage for Innovation.” This is appropriate considering the industry celebrities, press and scrutinizing eyes of would-be buyers that will be watching as exhibitors strut their latest and greatest on the Suppliers’ Day catwalk.