Fragrance and cosmetics manufacturing companies are responding to growing consumer demand for truly natural products. Terms like “green,” “sustainable” and “carbon footprint” are boldly making their way into the lexicon of the beauty industry. This is also good news for consumer safety. University of Genova scientists announced last week that they’ve developed the ability to make scented alcohols without toxic solvents, instead using the safer reducing agent sodium borohydride.
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In response to growing consumer demand for regulation of cosmetics and fragrances, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association has renamed itself the Personal Care Products Council. Chaired by the president of global strategy at Proctor & Gamble, the newly named PCPC plans to provide safety information about the contents and formulation processes in personal care products such as cosmetics and fragrances. The PCPC’s main vehicle for disseminating information is a web site: www.cosmeticsinfo.org. More at cosmeticsdesign.com
The cosmetics industry has been using essential oils for their fragrance, but many essential oils have other positive properties, such as antiseptic and anti-irritant properties. According to a recent study, even very low concentrations of fragrant materials exhibit anti-irritant properties, which could be effective in helping create milder cosmetic products. The study, published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, used human cell-derived skin models to test the effects of the essential oils. Irritation in the samples was induced via cosmetically relevant irritants such as UVB irradiation and antiperspirant salts. The presence of chemicals released in response to inflammation or infection was used to indicate irritated skin. The researchers then were able to identify 39 natural and synthetic fragrance materials that reduced the irritation. Read more at CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com