Info sources

Hi All,
Do you have any tips on where to go for accurate scientific knowledge and studies on various ingredients.  I’m not talking about specific Ingredients made by one supplier but more general ingredients eg a natural oil?
in the absence of being able to pay for subscription to most journals and apart from google scholar,  has anyone got some tips on your go to trusted source (ie they use references to back claims)?
-anyone used knowde? 


  • BelassiBelassi Member, PCF student
    People make magical claims all the time, eg for Argan Oil, or Rosa Mosketa, or .... or .... it's a fashion. If you can't find it with Google it probably doesn't exist.
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • ?exactly @belassi it amazes me how putting a simple blend of vegetable oils on your skin is suddenly an amazing anti ageing serum that is full of claims about smoothing wrinkles, promoting collagen synthesis (the list goes on). That’s why I’d like a trusted (few) resource(s) backed by science as my go to when researching ingredients to use in formulations. 
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Abstracts on Google Scholar is your best bet.

    I like for collecting information about raw materials but they essentially publish things they collect from suppliers.

    In truth, there is much less good information about the function of most ingredients than you might imagine. Most of the information that is published is the result of small studies with non-repeated or dubious conclusions. 
  • Thanks @Perry that’s also been my experience thus far.
  • DoreenDoreen Member
    @Biochemist @Belassi
    Exactly. It's amazing how much benefit people think they get from specific oils. Prickly pear oil for example, insanely expensive and therefore its powers must be magical, nearly divine, even more so than argan. IT'S JUST OILS for heaven's sake, not a miracle drug. Just oils with a different fatty acid profile, a very low level of oil soluble vitamins and that's about it.
  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    Subjectively speaking, I had this divine feeling of washing myself ASAP after trying few of these oils in my lab to know the feel.
  • @Biochemist go to a botanical ingredient online shop & use wiki for the INCI names as you must put the specific species on label
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
  • Thanks @drcatherinepratt I’m all good for INCI names and ingredients lists.. I was after tips on people’s go to source(s) for reliable scientific sources / studies on ingredient efficacy 
  • @Biochemist yes you would have to subscribe to Science Direct. If you get anything free on google you usually get a paper from an Indian University.
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
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