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Dangerous Nanotechnology?

A lot of fuss about nothing

The media have always been delighted to spread panic about the use of nanotechnology in cosmetics. Now it's the Soil Association that is keen to ban nanomaterials from cosmetics. COSSMA editor Angelika Meiss asked Dr. Gerd Nohynek, a recognised world authority on nanotechnology and Scientific Director Global Safety at L’Oréal, whether consumer fears are in any way justified.

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From classic actives to nanotechnology

Liposomes that are able to penetrate deeply into the skin may well be nano carrier systems but are quite different from the type of technology currently causing controversy in the media (see page 14 ff). Dr Gabriele Blume and Sarah Teichmüller of Rovi Cosmetics explain how nanotechnology can be used in conformity with the require-ments of natural cosmetics, taking the example of their liposomal carrier systems which have been established in the market for many years.

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Adding the finishing touch

Cap designs are becoming more and more demanding, especially in the prestige sector. Transparent caps and extravagant decoration still dominate the cap designs selected for high-end products. The latest developments in the field of tube closures focus mainly on tamper evidence and environmentally friendliness.

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Mascara for your mobile phone

Product Development: International launches

This month Amanda Lintott of Mintel has picked out the following innovative products from the company’s Global New Products Database, GNPD:

Oriflame’s Visions V* Casual Cutie is a fragrance leveraging the strong trend towards customisation and individualisation.
La Ric’s Lips & Nails moisturises the lips and strengthens the nails,
and Mini Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara is a mini mascara that can be attached to a mobile phone.

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Product Development

Holistic beauty for body and soul

Health, wellbeing and beauty are becoming inextricably linked in the mind of the consumer. Cosmetics and toi-letries companies are responding to this trend by developing products which go far beyond the functional and seek to satisfy the mind, body and spirit. Imogen Matthews, consultant to In-Cosmetics, looks at what holistic beauty means for the beauty industry, and at the development of nutricosmetics.

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Laboratory technology

Measuring the viscosity of cosmetics products

Creams, lotions, lipsticks and soaps must all be submitted to rheology measurement as part of the QA process. The rotational rheometer is the most widely used technique. It is based on sound scientific theory and is easy to use. Nevertheless certain questions arise in practice. What, for example, is the appropriate measurement system to use? Or, how does one define the measurement protocol?  Jutta Gehm, head of proRheo supplies some ans-wers to these questions which are not device-dependent.

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Personal cleansing

Our formulations special in this issue brings you some exciting new ideas for personal cleansing products. The Rain Forest Body Wash from Croda and the Body Polish India from Impag sound very exotic. The Cookies & Cream Skin Polishing & Slimming Cream from Lubrizol, on the other hand, sounds positively mouth-watering. If the formulations do what they promise they will fulfil many of the consumer's wishes.

The very varied mix of basic formulations that have been specially submitted for this issue by ingredients manufacturers can be downloaded free of charge from our web site. You will find your access codes on the Internet button on page 3 and 51 of the printed edition in March.

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Dangerous Nanotechnology? A lot of fuss about nothing

Reference List >>

Soil Association: Press Information and background info on nano materials (English) >>

The right active for the right age: Anti-ageing cf better-ageing

Sample Formulations using the actives mentioned in the article, i.e.:

Skin Firming Cream with Ambiaty >>

Instant Tightening Serum with Easyliance >>

Eye Contour Gel with Redens'In >>

Anti-Aging Cream with San Qui Extract >>

Products of the Month: International Launches

Productinformationen Visions V* Casual Cutie,
Lips & Nails ,
Glamour Mascara Mini Bourjois >>

Laboratory technology: Measuring the viscosity of cosmetics products

Scient. version with charts (German version)>>

Chart: Viskositätsmessung bei Cremes (German version)>>

Chart: Scherraten verschiedener Prozesse (German version) >>

Formulations: Cleansing Products

Formulations supplied by
Croda Chemicals Europe Ltd.

Rainforest Bodywash >>

Body Scrub with Crodamazon Castanha do Brazil >>

Facial Scrub with Cromage Passiflora >>


Formulations supplied by
Lubrizol Advanced Materials
Noveon Consumer Specialties

Clear Gentle Moisturizing Facial Cleanser >>

Cookies & Cream Skin Polishing & Slimming Cream >>

Immaculate Skin Cleansing & Conditioning Potion >>

Pearlized Mild Body Wash >>

Shimmery Pomegranate Body Polisher >>


Formulations supplied by
Univar GmbH

Antiageing Creme For Men (Vevy codex 58.4837) >>


Formulations supplied by various other suppliers:

Shower Gel with Olive Oil >>

Claryfying Face Mask (O/W) >>

Jelly – Super Foaming Shower Fun >>

Liquid soap for Hand and Body >>

Shower & Cream >>

Facial Cleansing Gel >>

Gentle Essence - Exfoliating & Moisturizing Body Wash >>

Natural cleansing lotion TW1766-1 >>

Shower Gel Ocean Blue >>

Matifying Gel-Emulsion with EVERMAT™ >>

Exfoliating Facial Cleanser for Problem Skin with Australian Myrtle Extract >>

Moisturizing Body Wash >>

Body Polish India >>
Trends in Hair Care as seen by Laboratoires Sérobiologiques >>


Further formulations see formulations special >>

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