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Head to Toe Launches Meet Demand for Whole Body Care

The Group Technical Centre (GTC) recently reported on several launches formulated to meet consumer demands for natural products to treat the entire body.

Navigating the Challenges of Formulating with Naturals

Formulating with natural botanical extracts poses unique challenges to formulators such as color issues, ingredient instability, poor absorption of actives, dispersibility problems, and quality, safety and efficacy concerns. Following are some answers to these challenges.

Cultivating the Complexity of Naturals

Today’s personal care consumers view themselves as knowledgeable. They seek product labels that offer potent ingredients to stave off the effects of aging. However, today’s formulator must consider two important elements before hitting the bench and mixing naturals and botanicals. The actives in many of these naturals allegedly possess anti-inflammatory, free radical scavenger and skin-healing properties—all anti-aging buzzwords. Though centuries-old folklore regale the healing benefits of many botanicals, most involve reports of items being ingested, not applied directly on the skin. This is an important factor to consider when formulating a natural product: Do the studies indicate that the reported properties are as effective when applied topically? The second question to ask: Does the active in the natural work alone? By L. DiBerardino

Naturals Encyclopedia

Cosmetics & Toiletries features the 2006 Naturals and Botanicals Encyclopedia, a collection of key ingredients appearing on the labels of today's natural products. Consumer demand for natural products continues to rise and formulators are discovering new and interesting sources for raw materials to meet this demand.

Natural Products Gaining Ground, Says Report

Natural personal care products are gaining ground in the UK with sales almost doubling between 2002 and 2005, according to research by Organic Monitor.

Enhancing the Stability of Natural Oils and Butters with Rosemary Extracts

Use of rosemary extracts to provide oxidative stability to various natural oils and exotic butters offers a way for formulators to reduce the use of synthetics and chemicals in skin care products.

Petrolatum and Vegetable-Based Alternatives in Natural Cosmetics

The authors examine the meaning of the term natural and assert that it applies to both petrolatum and petrolatum’s vegetable-based alternatives. They further assert the advantages of petrolatum as a safe, well-established moisturizer.

Biodegradable Chelating Agents to Gain the “Green” Advantage

Chelating agents are rarely used in large volumes, but cumulatively they are a potential source of environmental damage. A recent but now well-proven alternative is trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate (EDDS).

Formulating with Natural Ingredients

Plant materials can provide the active ingredients and excipients for a range of skin-care products, and their phytochemistry enable them to provide genuine skin-care benefits.

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