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Jul
12

Let’s Set the Record Straight – Cosmetics are Regulated

I frequently see statements in the press that in the United States cosmetics are not regulated and this is simply NOT TRUE. While the FDA does not require premarket approval of cosmetics there are regulations governing the safety of cosmetics in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  The FDA has published regulations explicitly prohibiting […]

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Jul
05

Lotion Serum Cream – What do they mean

Formulating cosmetics can be challenging, but convincing people to buy products can be even harder. The biggest challenge in getting consumers to pick your product is the fact that from a technology standpoint, it’s very difficult to stand out. If you have the right cosmetic formulator, any company can make a product just as good […]

By Paul Romanowski | Formulating
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Jul
03

Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid when formulating

It’s getting harder to be a cosmetic formulator these days. It used to be you could mix together any reasonable ingredients to get the performance you wanted and everyone was fine with it. Formulators didn’t even have to list the ingredients on the products!  But times have changed. Now, you need to not only achieve […]

By Paul Romanowski | Formulating
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Jul
02

Expiration Date of a Cosmetic Formula

One of the more frequent questions received here at Chemists Corner is about the expiration date of products. Formulators, and beauty product consumers alike, want to know how long a formula will last. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer but here are some guidelines to determining the expiration date of a cosmetic formula. What is […]

By Paul Romanowski | Formulating
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Creating a cosmetic – what is a concept

Learning the chemistry of cosmetics and how to formulate products is not actually the first step required in making a cosmetic product. The first thing you have to do is to create a concept. Once you’ve tested the concept and found something that appeals to your target consumer, then you can start making your formulas.  […]

By Paul Romanowski | Entrepreneurship . Formulating
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Jun
26

Cosmetic testing – in vitro – in vivo – ex vivo – and more

When evaluating cosmetic products there are some terms you’ll here in reference to specific types of testing. These include in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo. If you have a background in science you may have learned these terms. However, if it’s been awhile since you’ve been in school or you didn’t have formal scientific […]

By Paul Romanowski | Formulating
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Jun
25

Should you learn to make cosmetics?

I’ve been a cosmetic chemist for over 25 years and have come to love the process of creating personal care and beauty products.  It appeals to my interest in science, it lets me invent things, it leads to the creation of products that can be used every day, and those products make people happy. As […]

By Paul Romanowski | Formulating
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Jun
22

Testing Your Products on Hair Tresses – Types Of Tests And Tresses

This is a guest post by Preeti Gupta. There are a number of cosmetic formulators, hair shampoo manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of hair dye and hair care products of various brands, would no doubt need to test their products on human hair. A rigorous scientific testing process like this can be a critical factor to […]

By Guest Author | Claims
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New formulation club by the in-cosmetics Group announced

This may be useful for all the cosmetic formulators out there. 24 May 2018 – Its events are a trusted source of formulation know-how for thousands of R&D professionals around the world, and today the in-cosmetics Group has announced the launch of a new initiative. The all-new R&D Club will provide cosmetic chemists from the global beauty […]

By Paul Romanowski | Formulating
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Apr
17

How Shampoos Are Made

Shampoos are cleaning formulations made up primarily of chemicals called surfactants that have the ability to surround oily materials on surfaces and allow them to be rinsed away by water. While there are numerous types of shampoos the majority are low viscosity, solution formulas delivered from a plastic bottle. Often they are marketed towards different hair types or conditions.

By Paul Romanowski | Cosmetic Formulations
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