Do you know what this symbol means? Have you even noticed it before? You will find it on most, but not all, of the personal care products in your bathroom.
In the EU, it is a legal requirement that all cosmetic products carry a symbol telling the purchaser how long it will last after it has been opened.
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.
Anyone can develop an allergy to anything anytime. Allergic reactions vary in severity, but in rare cases some can kill you. So when you make it to your bed tonight you can thank providence for sparing you for one more day.
I have seen people commenting online that they want cosmetics safe enough to eat. Well they have pretty much got their wish. Not many cosmetics would suit the pallets of ladies or gentleman of a fine and delicate taste to be sure,
In a typical lab you don’t often get much time to just play around. But you snatch the odd moment to indulge yourself from time to time, and I always enjoy spreading the emollient oils on my skin to get to know their individual characters and personalities. One long standing favourite is isopropyl myristate which has a soft silky feeling, a bit reminiscent of velvet.
Preservation is a tricky business. All formulations that contain a large amount of water need to be preserved and all preservatives have some kind of drawback. Potassium sorbate has been used for a long time but has recently been very widely used in products that have some kind of natural story about them. How natural is it?
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) is a water soluble white which occur in flakes, pellets, granules and powders. Sodium Hydroxide is commonly used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, shampoos and shaving products.
Rats are often used in laboratory experiments. The Office of Technology Assessment estimates that between 3.4 and 3.7 million rats are killed annually in research laboratories, and estimates from other sources range as high as 23.6 million every year. Rats differ markedly from humans in many respects, making rat experiments difficult to extrapolate to humans.
Well here is a challenge. Can I write an interesting post about a very basic raw material? Glyceryl monostearate is one of the names you will see cropping up on ingredient lists pretty often, especially for creams. Its official name is glyceryl stearate. What is it?