illustration of a beautifying lotionConsumer Perception of the Cosmetic Industry

By Louise Hidinger
September 15, 2017

Gaining consumer trust and loyalty is a major issue for any industry, but particularly the cosmetics industry. Cosmetics use and manufacture is deeply entwined with the frailty of the human condition. Taking advantage of this, the history of cosmetics is littered with examples of harmless “hope in a jar” at best, and toxic concoctions at worst. Over the past decade, the negative perception of the cosmetics industry has greatly increased. During this time, the cosmetics industry has come under fire from environmental groups, who have successfully played on consumer fears, by portraying conventional cosmetics and personal care products as being “dirty”, contaminated with toxins, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors. In light of these issues, how is the cosmetics industry currently perceived by consumers?

illustration of a woman with moisturizerGlycerol as a Smart Moisturizer

By Gopinathan K. Menon
September 15, 2017

We all know that glycerol (glycerine) is great for our skin in winter. Many skincare products that have superb feel and moisturizing properties contain this time-tested ingredient. This ingredient is also made by your skin through the breakdown of oils by enzymes in the skin. Its production is one of the key functions of the oil glands (sebaceous glands) of skin, helping to keep skin hydrated.

illustration of a man and woman putting together a light bulbThe Cosmetic Chemist Crossword Puzzle Mania

Win a $50 gift card!!! The subject of this month’s crossword puzzle is Acne Vulgaris. We will give out a $50 gift card to the first person who sends us this month's crossword puzzle with the correct answers.

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illustration of sustainability of the EarthResearch Group in the Spotlight – Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design

This month's research group comes to us from the University of Toledo. Dr. Baki’s main research focus lies in the area of topical delivery for active ingredients and cosmetic actives, and sensory testing of cosmetic products.















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