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Botanical ingredients are interesting for their unique and complementary chemical diversities yet they are criticized for these very traits, which make quality assurance, reproducibility and good phytochemical characterization—required for successful high throughput screening, difficult. This article discusses these challenges as well as the benefits of large-scale screenings of botanical extracts that are currently used or developed for cosmetic product development.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and global cosmetic manufacturer L’Oréal announced a research collaboration to develop animal-alternative toxicity tests to ensure product safety.
As many formulators know, creating an efficacious cosmetic formulation can be problematic, which is why Johann Wiechers, PhD, is launching a new software platform based on his “Formulating for Efficacy” strategy.
A new software platform has been designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of chemical and materials research to increase research productivity and decrease time-to-innovation.
The company's software uses images captured by a small flatbed scanner pressed onto the skin.
Molecular modeling has been used in the pharmaceutical industry for years to predict how a new molecule may work based on research conducted with molecules of a similar structure. The cosmetics industry has also begun to use this technology to predict the behavior of new molecules on skin and in skin care applications.
Changes in the macroscopic nature of aqueous or colloidal formulations can lead to changes in the odor, appearance or feel of a product. Data presented in this article demonstrates ultrasound scanning to determine formulation shelf life and monitor product quality.
Researchers at Rensselaer, the University of California-Berkeley, and Solidus Biosciences Inc. have developed a biochip that can mimic the effects of metabolism and analyze materials for toxicity.
Will a flourishing category ever chance revealing this truth behind naturals to consumers? Perhaps so, as the naturals market becomes more saturated and key manufacturers seek ways to drive consumer interest into new areas.
Informatics techniques have been developed that are capable of manipulating huge data sets that underpin modern formulation—from mining for information, to analyzing vast amounts of data. This article highlights how the use of computer technology can increase the efficiency and efficacy of formulating.