Recent in Methods & Processes (page 9 of 15)

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.

Horiba Patents Dry Particle Supplying Device

The World International Property Organization has granted a new patent to Horiba Instruments Inc. for a device that disperses dry particle samples into an elementary particle state during the introduction of the sample to a particle size measuring apparatus.

Pseudomonas–The Nemesis of the Cosmetic Industry

Several microorganisms have attained special significance in the cosmetic industry, either because they occur frequently in the manufacturing plant as house organisms and cause contamination of products, or because they create undesirable conditions when they cause or exacerbate skin disorders or cause health hazards. And, if one were to conduct a survey to see which microorganism caused the most problems, they would probably say Pseudomonas! Find out the most effective way to deal with these pesky organisms.

Comparatively Speaking: Ten Cosmetic Formula Types

Cosmetic formulas include solutions, creams/emulsions, lotions, ointments/pastes, suspensions, tablets, powders, gels, sticks and aerosols. Here, Tony O'Lenick turns to Perry Romanowski to discuss their differences.

EU Commissioner Calls for Improved Speed from Innovation to Product Creation

In an interview with EurActiv, Potočnik stressed that the EU needs to improve the speed with which it transforms research into commercial products.

A Green, Solvent-free Biocatalytic Method to Produce Cosmetic Esters

Cosmetic esters can be produced effectively via a solvent-free, biocatalytic method. This green process, described by the authors, involves combining two reactants and an enzyme, and is driven to high conversion by the removal of by-products through a nitrogen purge—in turn producing high purity materials directly from the reactor.

Researchers Initiate Automation of Skin Model Production

Instead of just a single layer skin model of a single cell type, the researchers have access to a patent-protected skin model that consists of two layers with different cell types. The researchers liken this model to a perfect copy of human skin and are in the process of developing the first fully-automated process chain for manufacturing two-layer skin models.

Comparatively Speaking: Epilation vs. Depilation

Both epilation and depilation relate to the removal of unwanted hair. Whereas depilatories remove hair at the surface, epilation is the removal of the entire hair, from beneath the surface.

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