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Welcome to the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ new blog where we aim to provide you with valuable scientific information and insights into the industry. The material published by the SCC Blog has been contributed by highly recognized professionals within the cosmetics and personal care industry.

The topics are of interest to a wide audience and will range from technical information on In Vivo Testing Methods, Nail Structure and Dermatological research to Techniques/Hints and Tips on Product Formulation, the Latest Trends in Haircare and various ‘How to’ Articles.

If you are interested in contributing to this page, please submit your unique blog post to for consideration.

How much do you really know about Fats and Oils?

Fats and oils are ubiquitous in personal care and cosmetic formulations. Here we’ll go through a brief overview of how the molecular structure of triglycerides, and the fatty acids that comprise them, determine the interdependent properties of oxidative stability, melt profile, and compatibility of different oils and fats.  Knowing how these properties determine the unique characteristics of particular oils and fats can help us to make better choices for different product applications.

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Confessions at the Beauty Counter

Despite our best efforts to “educate” consumers, they will use the wrong products. In this month’s blog post, read how one consumer’s skincare routine is a BIG no-no!

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Tension at the Interface

Navigating the interfacial tension between a formulation chemist and a salesperson – when navigated successfully, this relationship can benefit everyone.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Introducing the QSAR Paradigm to the Cosmetic Sector (Part 1)

A curious and personal tale of how one organic-medicinal chemist, originally steering towards a career in the pharmaceutical or agricultural chemicals industry, found himself, instead, seeking a path to introduce the QSAR Paradigm to the cosmetic industry and, later, to the cosmetic regulatory environment at the U.S. FDA.

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Viscosity, Rheology and Rheology Modifers

Viscosity, Rheology and Rheology Modifiers

The physical form of any personal care product is one of the first attributes that potential customers evaluate when considering purchasing a product, along with color and fragrance. If the form doesn’t allow for easy access from the package or smooth application, customers may not purchase or repurchase. Even the way a product flows while in the package can impact this perception. Another reason to measure this is to ensure that your products are uniform and reproducible. Although this is commonly referred to as viscosity, the accurate scientific term is rheology and there is more to it than simple viscosity.

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USDA BioPreferred® Program

Sustainability and the USDA BioPreferred® Program

A widely-accepted definition for the term “sustainable” comes from the Brundtland Report which was commissioned by the United Nations in 1987. It defines “sustainable development” as development that, “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” So, how to achieve sustainable development? According to the Shelton Group survey, 56% of respondents said certifications make products more reputable. This validation from a reputable third party that a product is green makes a strong case with many consumers.

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How To Maximize The Bioactive Efficacy Of Your Formula

Bio-actives in your formula drive the claims that you will be able to make in your advertising copy. In order to build a successful product that gives your customer the desired results, your goal is to make sure you are delivering the highest efficacy from your formulations… How do you go about choosing which ingredient or combination of ingredients to use to support the claims you want to make on your new product(s)?

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Colors in Cosmetics – The Importance of Dispersion

The incorporation of color in cosmetic and personal care products is part art and part science. What seems like a simple and fun exercise in pigment blending is reliant on a complex set of decisions. Factors such as the regulatory environment, cost, and stability as well as physical and chemical properties of each colorant all play an essential role in determining success in product development. Dispersion is one most important processes in utilizing pigments to create color cosmetics.

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