Are big cosmetic companies more trustworthy?

On the Internet, big cosmetic corporations frequently get labeled as evil and there is the implication that they are trying to harm their consumers. Small companies don’t seem to experience that kind of scrutiny which is baffling to me because they are much more likely to make labeling errors, make misleading claims, and produce unsafe […] Read More

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interview starts at : 14:10 Satish Nayak is the Director of Research and Development for Kemin Personal Care. He joined Kemin in 2008 as a Scientist for Kemin Industries Discovery Research group where he was the project manager for Chemistry and Biochemistry projects. Currently in his position, Satish is responsible for innovation, quality control and customer laboratory support […] Read More

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Sun Damage in the Dark – Yes, in the Dark

Here is some surprising research that suggests a new angle to explore in the formulating of skin care and sunscreens. Contributing authors - Meaghan Lee-Erlandsen and Dr. Nora Khaldi of Nuritas Guest post We at Nuritas have always thought that sun damage occurred during sun exposure and ended immediately after returning indoors. To our surprise, […] Read More

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This post was written by Jane Barber The Natural & Organic Products Europe Show in London (19-20 April 2015) was packed with independent retailers, buyers, distributors, wholesalers, importers, exporters and, a couple of cosmetic chemists!  The Show was divided into sections - food and drink, beauty and spa, health and living. Over 200 natural beauty, […] Read More

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Does alcohol cause skin irritation?

I recently received an email asking me about why a company would include alcohol (denatured) in their skin care formulas.  They were under the impression that alcohol caused skin irritation.  They are not the only ones as the folks at Paula's Choice list alcohol as a skin irritant.  I had heard this same claim over […] Read More

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Interview:  Robert Tisserand starts at 2:00 Robert is an international speaker, educator and industry consultant who has helped to bring widespread professional and public recognition to aromatherapy. In the past few years, he has inspired live audiences on 4 continents, including, in 2014, Prague, San Paulo and Beijing. He tracks all the published research on […] Read More

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Claims for your natural cosmetics

I spoke at the Twin Cities Holistic Seminar last month and then attended their companion trade show.  That's where a number of cosmetic industry raw material suppliers were showing off their latest "all-natural" cosmetic ingredients, or at least ingredients that could be incorporated into natural cosmetics. In going through the literature I collected I was […] Read More

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5 Steps For Getting Replacement Raw Materials

There are a number of reasons why you might want to find a replacement for a raw material you currently using.  It could be because the supplier can't get you the ingredient, you can save money on your formula, the product is no longer stable, or for marketing reasons you want to change.  This is […] Read More

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Biochemistry Terms that Cosmetic Chemists Should Know

When I was in high school I learned about cloning and thought it would be a great idea to clone myself.  I wasn't particularly serious about it however, it was the basis for my choice to study Biology in college.  Clearly, I could have used the services of a better career counselor.  Anyway, Biology was […] Read More

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Which cosmetic ingredients are animal derived?

When the INCI Dictionary was first published there were about 2000 cosmetic ingredients listed.  The latest edition has over 14,000 ingredients.  Hundreds of new raw materials are added to the INCI dictionary every year, so cosmetic chemists always have something new to try.  This is fortunate because there are a number of ingredients listed in […] Read More

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