Explaining Cosmetics Allergens
Did you know that anyone can develop an allergy at any age to virtually any substance? An allergic reaction is the body's way of responding to an "invader." When the body senses a foreign substance, called an antigen, the immune system is triggered. The immune system normally protects the body…
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Making Sense of Science
A recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer has triggered a flurry of misguided media activity and possibly consumer concern about a potential association between hair dyes/straighteners and breast cancer. The problem is, association does not equal causation - one does not necessarily lead to the other. The…
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The Safety of the Fragrances You Love
Scent is an emotional sense. I bet – without difficulty – you can conjure up any number of smells and attach it to a memory: your first perfume, your grandmother’s hand lotion, your father’s aftershave. The fragrances used in these products give pleasure to people around the world who use…
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Where Beauty Meets Science: The Role of R&D Microbiology in Product Formulation
The development of new cosmetics products is an iterative, collaborative, and highly technical process. In order for formulators to create products that deliver the benefits desired by consumers, scientists must first ensure the ingredients are safe. Once its components are determined to be safe and effective, chemists evaluate the physical…
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Counterfeit Cosmetics: Too Good to be True?
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the value of trade-related counterfeit goods amounts to $461 billion annually across the globe. The proliferation of counterfeit products is a very real problem, posing potential health risks for consumers who purchase and use these products from unreliable vendors. At a minimum, counterfeit…
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Reading the Label of Your Favorite Beauty Product
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a chemist to understand the ingredients in your everyday products. In fact, understanding product labels is easier than it seems. Let’s break down the ingredient label of a product you probably have on your bathroom shelf – lotion. Different beauty products have varying ingredient…
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