Skin Care

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.

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.

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.

Read the Label Online: H2O Plus Oasis Men Ultimate 5-In-1 Facial Spray

May 27, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting, Inc.

On the H2O Plus company website, the description for the H2O Plus Oasis Men Ultimate 5-In-1 Facial Spray reads, “This multi-action facial spray for men provides 5 benefits to help hydrate, soothe, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give a smooth, clean-shaven appearance.”

Bruise Amelioration and Skin Benefits from Glycerin and Triglyceride

May 9, 2014C. Scott Danos, MPH Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA (Ret.)

Ameliorating the appearance of bruises can be accomplished by combining glycerin and triglyceride in a skin care formulation that functions both as a humectant and occlusive agent, as described here.

Kline Sees China as the Key for At-home Beauty Devices

May 9, 2014

Gathering research from six dynamic global markets, Kline & Company shows where opportunities are the greatest for at-home devices—China.

Symrise Launches Anti-aging, Fair Trade Ingredients

Apr 2, 2014

Symrise launched anti-aging, and natural and responsibly sourced ingredients for various applications during in-cosmetics 2014, held in Hamburg.

Naturex Builds on the Beauty of Flowers for Its New Collection

Apr 2, 2014

Naturex's new Super Flowers ingredients dip into the phytochemistry of flowers such as blue lotus, jasmine and more.

Read the Label Online: Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate

Mar 19, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting Inc.

While the benefits of minerals from the Dead Sea have long been touted, AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate features the company's Osmoter technology, a complex of Dead Sea minerals claimed to activate the natural cellular process to "rehydrate, illuminate and recharge the skin."

Soliance Debuts Customizable Mask Concept

Mar 18, 2014

At Cosmetagora, Soliance introduced a mask concept that is customizable to the user’s specific skin needs. Instant Mask begins by the formulator choosing a base—either cream or gel