Hand Saniters

Hand Sanitisers

Hand sanitisers are a popular product line at all times, given that people are constantly exposed to potential contamination. But naturally there is a lot of interest in them when there is a big public health issue in the news. I am writing this on the 3rd of March 2020 where the UK Prime Minister has just been on television in the morning talking about the Corona Virus and specifically mentioning hand sanitisers. By this afternoon the price of the main alcohols used in hand sanitisers has tripled. Polymers often used in them also seem to be in short supply. Needless to say shops that haven’t already sold out are not likely to have stock for much longer. The shop above which my office is located sold its last one half an hour ago.

Material Safety Data Sheets

MSDS Sheets
MSDS Sheets are a feature of the modern world

Material safety data sheets are one of those things that sound like a good idea – indeed an obvious one.  If you are supplying a raw material you are required to provide the information the person who is going to use it needs to handle it safely.   Makes sense. Continue reading “Material Safety Data Sheets”

Itchy Vaginas – A Sensitive Subject

Here’s a blog post for the kind of person who knows all sorts of surprising and interesting facts.  These are the kinds of people who can be the source of both entertainment and education, but who for some reason rarely find it easy to get others to talk to them at parties.  It’s a mystery.  (Incidentally, I am above average at coming up with factoids.  And yet I have a below average number of friends.) Continue reading “Itchy Vaginas – A Sensitive Subject”

What Is A Cosmetic? – EU Cosmetic Product Categories

EU Cosmetic Product Categories

I don’t think that many people in the cosmetic business ever stop and think about what actually constitutes a cosmetic product.  Most of us are too busy working on them to philosophise about them.  But there is a definition, and it can be found in Article 2 of the EU cosmetic regulations EU 1223/2990.  It reads –

‘cosmetic product’ means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protect­ ing them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.

So basically anything you put on yourself to make yourself look, feel or smell good.   But there is also an actual list of the categories in the preamble.  It looks pretty comprehensive, and might come in handy if you ever get into an argument about what kind of product you are working on.

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Making An Emulsion Without High Shear Mixing

I am writing a book on advanced formulation techniques.  It is a long way from being completed, but a question about order of addition for emulsions came up on a Facebook forum and as there was a section that answered the question, I thought I would use an extract from it as a blog post.  If you are interested in the book itself, you might have a long wait but you’ll hear about it first if you sign up for my newsletter. Continue reading “Making An Emulsion Without High Shear Mixing”

Brexit and Cosmetics

Brexit and Cosmetics

Well Brexit is still in the news and looks like it will stay there for some years to come. Whatever we might think of it we will now have to cope with it. What does it mean for those of us who work in the cosmetic industry? The cosmetic industry is a particularly international one and for those of us based in the UK there are some potential risks ahead, and given the size of the UK market there will be plenty of companies around the globe that supply into it who will be looking on with interest and maybe a little worried about the ways any upcoming changes might affect business. Continue reading “Brexit and Cosmetics”