November 26, 2013 · Leave a Comment
by Cosmetics Info What is lead? Lead is a bluish-gray, heavy metal that occurs naturally in the Earth’s crust and is present in trace amounts in the environment, in numerous foods and in some natural products. Where does the lead come from? Lead is part of the Earth and occurs at an average level of 0.0013 % in the Earth’s crust (13 parts-per-million (ppm)). It is found in the air, water, and soil at levels that are usually below any concentration that would raise health concerns. Lead can be present in nearly all things we use and consume on a daily basis, including food and cosmetics. Should... [Read the full story]
October 3, 2013 · Leave a Comment
by Robert Tisserand Essential oils are happiest when cold. If you keep them refrigerated they will last twice as long, especially if you live in a warm climate. Essential oils are expensive, so you want them to stay active as long as possible! Cold good, oxidation bad With time, most essential oil constituents oxidize, and heat promotes oxidation. Once oxidation starts it’s difficult to stop, though it is a very slow process – it takes months. So if you accidentally leave your oils in a hot car for a few hours, don’t worry – they will still be fine. And, changing temperature either... [Read the full story]
Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 Mirrors Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Proposals, Would Greatly Expand FDA Authority Over Cosmetics
April 26, 2013 · 4 Comments
Published on The National Law Review Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 Mirrors Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Proposals, Would Greatly Expand FDA Authority Over Cosmetics Representative Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), with fifteen co-sponsors, has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to dramatically increase Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of chemicals in cosmetics and other personal care products. The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, H.R. 1385, includes a number of provisions also included in the Safe Chemicals Act of... [Read the full story]
December 3, 2012 · 1 Comment
The latest iteration of the EU cosmetic regulations come into force in July 2013, and they are a pretty major upgrade with lots of new provisions and innovations that will affect everyone in the business of supplying cosmetics and personal care into the European market. If you are doing so, you really should know all about them by now, but here is a quick whistle stop tour if you are just starting or if you don’t operate in Europe but are curious. EU cosmetic regulations There are 6 main new areas. Claims – it is now necessary to have data on file to support any claims you make for the product.... [Read the full story]
July 29, 2013 · Leave a Comment
Doug Schoon, M.S. Chemistry President, Schoon Scientific Dana Point, CA, USA Three scientific studies have been performed by different laboratories, all reaching the similar conclusions – UV nail lamps are safe as used in nail salons! Study 1 was performed by an independent laboratory, Lighting Sciences (July, 2010). This study measured the UV output of two widely sold fluorescent-tube style UV nail units (“UV nail lamps”). These results were presented in a paper that I co-authored  which concluded the following concerning UV nail lamps used in salons; UV-B output is less... [Read the full story]
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Interview from In-Cosmetics: Selling Personal Care Products in the EU under the New European Cosmetic Regulation, EC 1223/2009
May 8, 2012 · 2 Comments
Selling personal care products in the European market is about to become quite a bit more challenging for manufacturers across the globe, especially if they are located outside the EU. In a little over 1 year, the new European Cosmetic Regulation, EC 1223/2009, will go into force on July 11, 2013, requiring all manufacturers selling any product in the 27 countries that make up the European Union to follow a new set of guidelines if they want to keep their products on the EU shelves… I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Doram Elkayam, COO of Obelis, at The In-Cosmetics conference... [Read the full story]
by Robert Tisserand Essential oils are happiest when cold. If you keep them refrigerated they will last twice as long, especially if you live in a warm climate. Essential oils are expensive, so you want them to stay active as long as possible! Cold good, oxidation bad With time, most essential oil constituents...[Continue reading: Lemon On the Rocks: Keep Your Essential Oils Cool]
by Perry Romanowski Many people complain of being sensitive to chemicals or even having allergic reactions. So as a formulator you’ll want to avoid using ingredients that might cause a problem in a significant number of people. So what are those ingredients? Fortunately, most of them are not things that you would...[Continue reading: Top Causes of Skin Allergies]
As a beginning chemist, one of the most frustrating things for me as I started my career was the product ingredient lists. While all the products had cosmetic ingredient listings, the ingredient were rarely things that I learned about in college. The cosmetics industry just does not use the same naming system for ingredients...[Continue reading: Cosmetics Ingredients Are Not All the Same]
Time and time again I see arguments put forward for avoiding the use of petrochemical-derived ingredients in cosmetics. Leaving aside the nonsensical claim that they are all dangerous (fortunately, a view shared only amongst a small minority of ill-informed/naive people), there seem to be 2 main issues: 1) ...[Continue reading: Muddying the Waters or Fueling the Debate?]
In this article, I will cover two aspects of scare stories/claims made about cosmetic ingredients: 1) We are gradually creating a “toxic planet” (an actual claim made in a LinkedIn discussion!) 2) Modern synthetic chemicals don’t have the same history of human exposure/safe use I have chosen...[Continue reading: Toxic Planet]
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