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Comparatively Speaking: Lowering Surface Tension in Water vs. Oil

Industry expert Tony O'Lenick discusses the differences between lowering surface tension in water vs. oil phases, noting that formulators should consider surface tension and its role when choosing ingredients for either phase.

Storage Studies of Preservative Solutions in Commonly Used Plastic Containers

In an interesting article published in this journal recently, Armstrong reviewed work done on the uptake of preservatives by plastic packaging materials, a subject of importance to both the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Comparatively Speaking: Cold- vs. Solvent- vs. Heat-Processed Oils

As the demand for natural and/or sustainable personal care products increases, the popularity of formulating with natural oils has grown. Here, Tony O'Lenick illustrates how choosing the right oil process method can yield a different result for the formulator.

Comparatively Speaking: Evaporation vs. Boiling

Industry expert Tony O'Lenick explains the difference between two types of vaporization: evaporation and boiling, for the benefit of novice formulators.

Recycled Hair Being Used for Oil Spill Cleanup

Human hair swatches are frequently used in the hair care industry to test product efficacy and color deposition; however, after testing, they may have an additional purpose—as human hair is being collected for oil spill cleanup.

Comparatively Speaking: Naming Cosmetic Raw Materials

In this excerpt, Tony O'Lenick looks to Perry Romanowski to explain how cosmetic raw materials are named for the benefit of novice formulators.

Research in Cosmetic Valley

R&D is essential within Cosmetic Valley. It combines actors from large industrial groups with teams from universities and smaller companies.

Product Benchmarking: Lip Service, Window Dressing or Competitive Advantage?

In a fast-moving marketplace, few would disagree that product performance benchmarking is critical to achieving an industry-leading position. However, is this statement just lip service in the current environment?

L’Oréal Creates Carbon-neutral Hair Dye Plant

L’Oréal has turned its plant in Libramont, Belgium, into a carbon-neutral site using 100% green energy. L’Oréal Libramont utilizes a biomethane centre that was developed by Eneco and Bio Energie Europa, employing technology to transform biomass from local farmers and the agro-alimentary industry into methane gas, which provides electricity and heat to the plant.

Comparatively Speaking--Analytical Methods: The mg KOH/gm System

This is the first of several columns that will examine key analytical methods used in quality control to discuss their application to raw materials. The mg KOH/gm system is the most commonly used system to analyze surfactants and it originally was developed by chemists in the soap business.

Testing Device for Powder Characterization

Brookfield Engineering continues to celebrate its 75th Anniversary with the introduction of its Powder Flow Tester (PFT). This device analyzes powder flow behavior in industrial processing equipment.