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Formulating with Naturals—Skin Depigmentation

The skin care industry strives to formulate products based on nature’s remedies. However, formulators of such products seek more scientific guidance to determine whether a particular natural material measures up to its synthetic counterpart.

Detoxifying Skin With Mud and Clay

Cocoon Apothecary has launched a 100% natural blend of therapeutic mud, clay and pure essential oils. Ancient Mud Facial Mask is said to detoxify, tighten and exfoliate skin.

Sustainability Endures

Are we tired yet of the word sustainability? I know I am (although I blatantly used it in the headline). Colleagues from the Midwest Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and I recently debated this as we planned an education session and considered this topic.

The Grass is Greener

While I have always recycled and pride myself on a relatively low carbon footprint, I never considered the environmental impact of my sometimes lengthy shower regimen, but a recent trip to In-Cosmetics in Milan taught me otherwise.

A Protein Approach to Solvent-free Extraction

Nearly a year and a half ago, Ilya Raskin, PhD, a professor II in the department of plant biology and pathology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, stumbled upon a possible solution to creating an efficacious, cost-effective natural product using plant proteins commonly found in food when he isolated the beneficial compounds in blueberry juice while leaving out ancillary materials.

Alternative Ingredients for Sustainable Shampoo Development

In this article, several ingredients are reviewed for development of sustainable shampoo formulations. Some of the functional ingredients reviewed are plant-based alternatives to existing, petro sourced ingredients while others are mild, sulfate-free and/ or ethoxylate-free alternatives to existing surfactant systems, thickening solutions for challenging media based on naturally derived polymers and efficacy boosters that reduce the use of non-renewable actives with equal benefit for the consumer.

Natural or Not: The Story of a Mineral Oil Molecule

This amusing tale of the life cycle of a mineral oil molecule raises questions as to how the industry perceives and markets ingredients as being natural.

Sizing Things Up

There’s been a lot of talk lately about particle size, especially in reference to nano. On the consumer front, medical advances based on nano-sized tools regularly appear in the news.

Formulating with Naturals—Hair Care

Today, hair care formulators aiming to formulate for the natural market are in a quandary as the performance of modern products is driven more and more by the use of innovative new synthetic materials.

Formulating with Naturals—Skin Care

Editor’s note: Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine recognizes that the consumer demand for natural products has impacted cosmetics R&D. In response, this new column, “Formulating with Naturals,” has been added to the regular lineup. Look for it quarterly to learn tips for developing products for this market.

Read the Label Online: Kiss My Face Brightening Day Crème

Due to its overwhelming popularity in print, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine has added a separate, online-only edition of its "Read the Label" column, which will be featured monthly in the e-newsletter. This column reviews the labels of finished products to discuss their formulation benefits and drawbacks.

Local Ingredients, Reformulation Drive Growth in Naturals

The natural personal care market has grown more than the overall personal care market, recovering more quickly from the economic recession than other personal care segments, according to a report by Kline and Company.