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Read the Label Online—Wei East Firming Chestnut/Black Soy Arm Smoothing Treatment

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Wei East Firming Chestnut/Black Soy Arm Smoothing Treatment

Wei East Firming Chestnut/Black Soy Arm Smoothing Treatment

Summer is almost here, and many women (and men) are getting their bodies in shape for swimsuit season.This may be one of the first products I have seen that addresses the issue of upper arm sagging. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality and claims substantiation.

The formula is an o/w emulsion with butylene glycol, glycerin and honey as the humectant moisturizers. The emulsifiers are isocetyl stearate, isostearyl stearoyl stearate, potassium cetyl phosphate and sorbitan stearate. The cream is stabilized with cetyl alcohol, carbomer and xanthan gum as thickeners. Talc and aluminum starch octenylsuccinate help to minimize the greasiness of the formula.

The emollients are the silicone derivatives cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone, as well as Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter. The bioactive or cosmeceutical ingredients are Camellia sinensis (red tea) leaf extract and Castanea crenata (Chinese chestnut) shell extract, which have firming and toning properties. Ascorbyl palmitate is a stable vitamin C ester, but it is not featured in the claims. Fermented black soy is featured prominently as one of the firming ingredients, but it is not included in the ingredient listing.

Tromethamine is the pH adjuster, which neutralizes the carbomer. The preservative system includes methylparaben, propylparaben and DMDM hydantoin and is boosted by chelating agent disodium EDTA.



Ingredients: Wei East Chestnut/Black Soy Firming Arm Smoothing Treatment

Water (aqua), Isocetyl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Talc, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Stearoyl Stearate, Camellia Sinensis (Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Castanea Crenata (Chinese Chestnut) Shell Extract, Honey, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tromethamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May contain (+/-): Blue 1. Red 4, Yellow 5.

Biography: Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting

Susan Raffy

Susan Raffy, president of Susan Raffy Consulting, has more than 25 years of experience in the personal care industry, including a number of positions in personal care R&D. Her first position after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, in 1982, was developing pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements for American McGaw. She also briefly worked as a research assistant in pulmonary medicine at the University of Texas’s Health Science Center/Veterans Administration Hospital before making her foray into cosmetic formulation as associate scientist in the Allercreme Cosmetics division of Alcon Laboratories Inc. in 1985. After a few years at Alcon, Raffy continued formulating at Physicians Formula Cosmetic Inc., where she was a scientist responsible for new product development using innovative raw materials and advanced technology for hypoallergenic skin treatment. In 1990, she joined Aware Products Inc. as director of research and development/quality assurance. Her experience then transitioned to business, with positions as VP of business development/technical sales for GAR Laboratories Inc. and technical sales representative and industry specialist for Lipscomb Chemical Company Inc. Raffy went back to formulating as the director of product development for the beauty division of Guthy-Renker Corp. At the same time, she began teaching at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she was named Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Following, she was president of CTF Concepts Inc. and senior sales manager and technical director for Randall International LP before beginning her consulting business in 2008. Raffy is an active member Society of Cosmetic Chemists, where she has served as chair, summer event coordinator and newsletter editor for the California chapter. She is also an active member of the American Chemical Society and Beauty Industry West.

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