Common Cosmetics and their Ingredients

Lipsticks Lipsticks are generally made by combining a water-insoluble dye with wax and a non-volatile oil. The wax provides a stable base for the lipstick and the oil alters the texture and makes it easy to apply, while providing a shiny finish. Common waxes include beeswax, carnauba wax and candelilla wax, while popular oils include […]

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Commonly Used Chemicals in Cosmetics

A cosmetic may be a substance or preparation that’s designed to be used on any external part of the human body in order to enhance the odours of the body, to alter its look, cleanse it, keep it in condition, fragrance it or shield it. The type of cosmetics includes all products like shampoo, soap, […]

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Microbiological Safety of Cosmetics

Cosmetics can become harmful to consumers if they’re contaminated with harmful microorganisms, such as certain bacteria and fungi. Hence, the microbiological safety of cosmetics has to be closely examined. Cosmetic Safety Law Under the law, cosmetic products and ingredients, except for colour additives, do not need approval before they go on the market. However, they […]

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The versatile BHT

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is commonly used in cosmetic formulations as an antioxidant. In addition to personal care products and makeup, it is also widely used in plastics and foods. BHT (or 2,6-di-tert-butyl-pcresol) is a white to yellowish crystalline solid that prevents the oxidation of fats and oils, and helps to extend a product’s shelf-life. It […]

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