Consumer Safety

Will you please grab the mayo from the fridge? It’s next to the shampoo.

By Stephen Foster, Jenna Blankenship, Rosanna Stokes Running after work has always cleared Paul’s mind. After a run, he looks forward to a post-workout shower followed by a quick meal. He grabs turkey and mayo from the fridge and makes his favorite sandwich. Before he can finish, his daughter pulls him away for a tea party-related crisis. The […]

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Protecting Products from Becoming a Microbial Meal

We use many personal care and cosmetics products every day to help us look our best. Virtually all of these products – including shampoos, conditioners, hair styling aids, facial/body lotions, color cosmetics, makeup wipes, etc. – contain a lot of water, which acts primarily as a solvent. The downside of water? Water is the lifeblood

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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 links between coloring/straightening treatments and

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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 and chemical stability of the

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7 Sunscreen Myths Debunked by Beauty Scientists

With temperatures steadily rising across the United States, many people are adding this seasonal must-have to their daily skincare routines and vacation packing lists: sunscreens. Whether it’s using a daily moisturizer and lip balm with SPF or applying a sunscreen head-to-toe before laying poolside, there are a few common misconceptions about sunscreen products that all

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Halloween Face Products: How to Choose Them and How to Use Them

With Halloween fast approaching, you might be considering the use of some face paint with your or your children’s costumes. Luckily, face paint is regulated the same as your everyday cosmetics – but there are some things to keep in mind when purchasing and using Halloween makeup in order to keep you and your family

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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 cosmetic and personal care products

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