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Formulating with sweet almond oil

Formulating with sweet almond oil

Since before the time of ancient Rome, sweet almond oil has been an effective moisturiser and beauty treatment. These civilisations prized beauty at least as much as contemporary populations and the purity of their skin oils, salves and lotions quite literally set the standard for the unadulterated, natural ingredients we use today.
Regulation of cosmetic products in US

Regulation of cosmetic products in US

This article aims to give an overview of how cosmetics are regulated in the United States of America. It looks at the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, adulterated and misbranded cosmetics, colour additives, sunscreen products, and the role of the Food and Drug Administration

Into the red storm: fighting the effects of inflammation

Skin redness is a true cosmetic concern. Redness is an indication that there is inflammation in the skin and blood is rushing in to try to heal it. Red has never been a synonym of calm and tranquility. Redness is skin's default reaction to any number of conditions but the three most common are rosacea, allergies and skin sensitivity.

Natural and synthetic: bridging the gap

This article will outline the development process of new preservative solutions by Sharon Laboratories: Sharon™ Amplify, and SharoSense™ Plus. The industry analysis that led the decision to develop two new concepts ‘less is more’ and ‘synthetic-naturals’ as well as review the product efficacy and compatibility for the personal care industry.

Sulfate-free surfactants: what about sulfonates?

Sulfate-free or not sulfate-free? That is the question when customers are studying the INCI list of personal care products and find ingredients like surfactants based on sulfoacetates or sulfosuccinates. In fact, the discussion linked to that question is rather fruitless but one by one….

Biomimetic emulsifier with cashmere touch

Most personal care products are emulsions which can be defined as stabilised fluid systems of liquids that do not normally like to mix, like oil and water. The peacekeeper in such systems is called an emulsifier. Emulsifiers combine a water-loving head holding to the water phase and a fat-loving tail that clings to the oil phase.
Active lifestyles need fine-tuned formulations

Active lifestyles need fine-tuned formulations

There are regular news stories circulating about how people need to avoid settling into a sedentary lifestyle in order to prevent serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Beauty for everyone: where we are and where next?

Beauty for everyone: where we are and where next?

Over the past few years, the awareness of gender and its increasing non-correlation with the sexes has soared. Generation-Z has driven us towards the belief that gender is in fact a spectrum made up of behavioural, psychological and cultural traits. It is different from person to person and for some people it is different day to day.
Keeping pace with changing lifestyle trends

Keeping pace with changing lifestyle trends

Humans are tribal, and as such have a tendency to align themselves to a set of ideals and connect with other similarly minded people. As part of a tribe, people will seek to ensure as many aspects of their life conform to their particular ideals, shaping the world around them.
Ingredients, formulations, education & networking

Ingredients, formulations, education & networking

The 39th Annual NYSCC Suppliers’ Day will be the anchor of a Beauty Week in New York that will bring the entire industry together and provide unparalleled innovations and opportunities for the beauty and personal care industry.
Eco-friendly glitter tackles pollution

Eco-friendly glitter tackles pollution

Launched by cosmetic glitter supplier Ronald Britton, the new Bioglitter brand is the first legally compliant, naturally degradable glitter, to hit the market. It will give new options to formulators of glitter cosmetics, offering an eco-friendly product that will help tackle the problems of microplastic pollution in the environment.

The safety assessment of cosmetic products

Article 3 of EU Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products (‘the Regulation’)1 states that: “a cosmetic product made available on the market shall be safe for human health when used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use”.

Innovative approach to control acne-prone skin

Excessive sebum production can give rise to oily skin, shiny appearance, enlarged pores and favour the development of acne lesions. The care of acne-prone skin involves the use of harsh molecules, wash out and multi-step products that irritate the skin and limit user compliance.

100% natural protection against blue light

Skin ageing is a multifactorial process that involves outdoor and indoor environmental factors. Outdoor stress factors, such as UV radiation and air pollution, have been already recognised for their role in accelerating skin ageing. The role of indoor factors has not been well highlighted yet.
Minimally disruptive skin softening formulations

Minimally disruptive skin softening formulations

Several key changes have occurred in the personal care industry over the last twenty years. Firstly, there are fewer chemists working on the development of new formulations, due in part to consolidation and downsizing of the industry. Secondly, the lead time for new products has contracted. Thirdly, the regulatory requirements have expanded considerably. These changes have forced the formulator to work in a more efficient way, minimising the steps needed to commercialise a product.
The natural attributes of waxes

The natural attributes of waxes

The desire for natural cosmetics and personal care products has taken the industry into an exciting and challenging direction over the past few years. Indie brands and startups are now seen as proactive pioneers.

Rebalancing for lighter, less oily hair

Because oily hair comes from a functional imbalance in the hair bulb, this needs to be corrected through targeted action on the production of oily substances, and also on the general protection of the hair.

Protein hydrolysates guard against heat damage

The prolonged use of heat styling devices may lead to cumulative effects on the hair fibre. These involve various physical and chemical changes of hair cuticle and cortex structure that seem significantly linked to a gradual protein thermal denaturation after exposure to high temperatures
Brightening via fucoidan and marine polyphenols

Brightening via fucoidan and marine polyphenols

Marine organisms are rich sources of structurally diverse biologically active compounds with great cosmeceutical potential.1 Fucoidan – a complex polysaccharide naturally found in the cell walls of brown seaweeds – is a specialised compound rapidly growing in recognition for its unique cosmetic properties.
Marine ingredients focus: latest innovations

Marine ingredients focus: latest innovations

It is generally believed that life began in the sea. All known life in the universe probably developed in or around hydrothermal vents deep in the early Earth’s oceans. The vents provided all the needed energy to promote reactions in the sea’s chemical soup that sparked life billions of years ago.

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14-15 May 2019

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Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square, London
4-5 June 2019

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26 - 28 June 19

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