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Comparatively Speaking: Biopolymers vs. Polymers

According to industry expert Tony O'Lenick, polymers are compounds made from monomers that are joined together in a chemical process. There are many different types, of which biopolymers have gained increasing interest.

Trend for Natural Ingredients Prompts 'Year of Biodiversity' Declaration

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2010 as the "International Year of Biodiversity" to raise awareness for the importance of biodiversity, thus calling attention to natural ingredient sourcing practices.

Building Natural Products

Since the cosmetics and personal care industry is not regulated, various organizations have offered conflicting positions on standardized guidelines for natural and organic claims. To improve communication on this topic, it will therefore become important to dissociate claims regarding the naturalness of ingredients from the perception of safety.

Whole Grain Antiaging Active

P.L. Thomas has introduced a wheat-derived antiaging active to the North American market that provides skin and hair benefits via its lipid and ceramide content.

Vernix Caseosa: The Ultimate Natural Cosmetic?

The present review summarizes the current knowledge of vernix caseosa and discusses the underlying principles by which vernix caseosa operates; this can be applied in moisturizing and barrier-enhancing products, although the proteolipid biofilm itself cannot be used directly on the human body. The most important characteristic of vernix caseosa is its controlled degree of occlusivity—neither too much nor too little.

Lush Reformulates with Palm-free Soap Base

Lush Cosmetics has reformulated its soaps with a palm-free base in effort to eliminate palm oil from its products. By reformulating using a palm-free soap base, the company reports it will reduce the amount of palm oil it uses by 133,000 pounds/year.

Hold the Fertilizer

Fresh from the SCC Annual Scientific Seminar in Chicago, I sat down to write this piece with tinted glasses. Cosmetics R&D has expressed a growing weariness of natural and green-not for the design of products that are eco-compatible, but for the claims that often accompany them, fertilizing false perceptions that ultimately have grown this market segment.

COSMOS-standard Published

After six years of intensive work and an international public consultation over three months, the European Cosmetics Standards Working Group has published the COSMOS-standard.

Organic Lip Balm for Moisture

Organic product company eos has launched a line of three organic lip balms that are formulated for moisture and packaged to avoid germ transmission.

Natural Cherry Powder Exfoliant Launched

Laboratoires Expanscience has launched a natural cherry powder exfoliant for skin care derived from the pits of the Montgomery cherry.

Botanical Actives Outpace Other Specialty Actives in Personal Care

Due to an aging population and a growing desire for more natural ingredients, botanical actives has seen growth in the personal care market, according to a study by Kline & Company.

California EPA Publishes Green Chemistry Policies

As part of its Green Chemistry Initiative, the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its six policy recommendations to strengthen the protection of public health.

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