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Sustainable Ingredient Science: Amazonian Aguaje and Pequi Palm Oils

Apr 1, 2015Giorgio Dell’Acqua, PhD, Dell’Acqua Consulting, Jersey City, NJ USA

The food and nutrition supply chain is often the first entry for “super plants” from the Amazon to the market, but other applications are increasing, especially in personal care and cosmetics. The present article profiles two Amazonian palm oils, aguaje and pequi, in terms of their sustainability, chemistry and application.

Patent Picks—Vibrating Mascara; 'Fracking' Polymers; Thickening Oil Phases; and More 'Rheology' Patents

Mar 18, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to rheology and thickening: from vibrating mascara to improve its viscosity during application, gel networks to thicken oral care, and natural oil polyester thickeners, to a "fracking" rheology modifier, composition to thicken ionic oil phases and more.

Patent Picks—Queen Bee Anti-aging; Modulating Microbes; Astaxanthin Gene Expression and More in Skin Treatments

Mar 2, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to skin treatments, including queen bee venom for anti-aging, a method to modulate the microbiome, plant extraction techniques, astaxanthin for gene expression, double-stranded oligonucleotides for improved delivery, sirtuin modulators, sunscreen photostabilizers and more.

Atopic Dermatitis—Part I: Early Research and Causes

Mar 1, 2015Rosa Marie Andersen, MD; and Howard I. Maibach, MD, University of California at San Francisco University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, USA

This column is the first in a two-part series on atopic dermatitis (AD), a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease. Here, the authors will review early research and delve into causes of AD to support a future column on AD criteria and investigation.

Research Suggests a Need for After-sun Sunscreen

Feb 24, 2015

According to a report from Yale, the damage caused by UV radiation continues hours after the sun exposure occurred. In the described study, melanocytes generated CPDs both immediately and hours after UV exposure had ended. This may suggest the need for “evening-after” sunscreen, designed to block energy-transfer.

Patent Picks—Lipstick Gloss, Probiotics, Anti-acne, Cosmetic Films, Heat Shock Proteins and More for Skin

Feb 18, 2015Cosmetics & Toiletries editors

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to cosmetics and skin care, including heat to improve lipstick gloss and probiotics for oily skin, as well as heat shock proteins, FABACs, improved vitamin C derivatives, an anti-acne blend, a skin-smoothing cosmetic film and a photo-initiated filler from the medical field.

Alternative Hair Cleansing

Feb 17, 2015

New approaches to hair cleansing range from dry powders and sprays, to creamy cleansers that skip shampooing altogether. In fact, according to Mintel's NPD Database, an increasing number of consumers favor dry shampoo. Carmen Castillo Bucci, of L'Or<é>al USA, will discuss these new approaches to hair cleansing during the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Researchers Link Skin Cell Molecule with Immune Response

Feb 11, 2015

Researchers from Melbourne, Monash and Harvard Universities published new findings on how immune cells in the skin sense foreign invaders and react with inflammation or alergic reactions to protect the body.

Patent Picks—Thickening, Microbiome, Low Active/High SPF, Imaging, Anti-acne and More in Skin

Feb 2, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions related to skin and skin care, including reducing skin thickening, restoring skin balance, imaging skin, improving the skin barrier and reducing acne, characterizing the microbiome, UV protection, increasing skin formula stability and more.

Two Decades of Transfer-resistant Lipstick

Feb 1, 2015Robert Lochhead, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi; and Margaret Lochhead, PhD

It has been two decades since Revlon revolutionized the color cosmetic market by debuting transfer-resistant lipstick. Innovations in transfer resistance and long wear makeup have continued apace, and it certainly appears that advances in this field will continue for the foreseeable future. This article reviews the literature to show the evolution of chemistries and concepts in this prominent market.

Patent Picks—Ice-binding, Illumination, Anti-glycation, Color-change, Probiotics and More in Makeup

Jan 21, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions that relate to makeup and skin care, including compositions to increase skin radiance, improve product sensory properties, impart probiotic benefits, provide interactive and color-changing abilities, protect skin through ice binding and more.

Modeling the Dynamics of Hair Movement

Jan 16, 2015

The dynamics of hair movement are of particular interest to product developers because they are important to consumers. In relation, computer animation and 3D modeling expert Norman Badler, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss ways to model the dynamics of hair movement during the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit.

Patent Picks—Autophagy for Skin, Hair Color; Luster Pigment; Depigmenting Compounds and More in Color and Coloration

Jan 7, 2015

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions that relate to color cosmetics and skin coloration, including autophagy to regulate skin and hair color, layered and luster pigments for cosmetics, mineral powder with high dispersion, approaches for depigmenting and evening out skin tone, and more.

ROS Suspected to be Beneficial to Wound Healing

Jan 2, 2015

Free radicals might not be all bad, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego. Andrew Chishold, PhD, and his fellow researchers found reactive oxygen species (ROS) to be beneficial to wound healing.

Formulators Can Avoid Quality Disasters

Dec 10, 2014Howard Baker, Product Integrity Laboratory LLC

There are a number of things that cosmetic chemists can do to avoid problems in production and ultimately in the marketplace. In the laboratory, almost anything is possible, but production life is very different.

The Balancing Act of Multifunctional Cosmetics

Dec 5, 2014

The success of BB creams is undeniable, and it has launched an alphabet-heavy trend in both skin and hair care. However, what challenge does this pose for formulators? During the C&T Summit, Prithwiraj Maitra, PhD, will discuss the challenges of multifunctional products and their components from a material scientist's perspective.

Patent Picks—Silicone Effects Booster, Sweat-absorbing Complex, Coated Nanoparticles, Polysaccharide Extender and Other Aids for Product Efficacy

Dec 5, 2014

Patent Picks are compiled by the editors from publicly available sources. This edition features inventions that aid in formulating to improve product efficacy; including a sweat-absorbing complex for deodorant, coated nanoparticles to localize thermal treatments, a complex to improve adhesion in fillers, a non-silicone means to boost silicone effects, and more.

Sunscreen Across the Spectrum?

Dec 1, 2014

Newer to the scene are products that protect skin against infrared radiation, as well as research on the effects of high energy visible and visible light. In response, at the C&T Summit, Jürgen Lademann, PhD, will present "Should Sunscreens Protect Across the Whole Solar Spectrum?"

Exploring Solutions Through Asymmetrical Thinking

Nov 26, 2014

Cosmetics have inspired innovations in hair care, and this market is looking to more categories for new ideas. In relation, national security expert Jeffrey Baxter believes the ability to improvise in your thinking is essential to finding answers—a topic he will address during the C&T Summit in June 2015.

Exploring Parallels Between String Theory and Cosmetic Science

Nov 20, 2014Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries

Professor Brian Greene, world-renown physicist and string theorist at Columbia University, admits there’s no concrete connection between string theory and cosmetic science, and that we shouldn’t try to make one. However, the following discussion aims to exercise readers’ minds in hopes of revealing parallels between the two.

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