Thursday, 11 November 2010

Formulating natural cosmetics - Anthony C Dweck

one for the technical library

This reference provides a concise overview for both formulator and marketer of much of the chemistry of the natural world—the materials that inspire and aid the discovery of new product concepts and markets. This volume looks at the entire portfolio of natural raw materials and explains in simple terms the chemistry, the folklore and traditional uses that nature has provided.
For the first time, information has been assembled on almost 300 fixed oils, 200 essential oils and 600 botanical extracts, making this a useful handbook and companion for anybody who requires a quick overview of this subject.

There is also a wealth of toxicological information assembled in this volume. The extensive section on color brings together knowledge and chemistry that is comprehensive and detailed and rarely found in one place.

Topics include:
  • Natural vegetable and fixed oils
  • Natural butters
  • Natural waxes
  • Saponins (emulsifier)
  • Natural Preservatives
  • Minerals
  • Botanical extracts
  • Essential oils (fragrance)
  • Natural actives
  • Isoflavones, phytohormones and phytosterols
  • Anti-irritants
  • Natural color
  • Gemmotherapy
  • Legal Issues

Expert Review

“I have long admired Tony Dweck's combined chemical, botanical and medical knowledge. The comprehensive library of plant reference books he has authored, which are regularly purchased and read, along with his personal experience of working for the cosmetic industry, writing for cosmetic journals and conferences, and his famous Dweck Database, make him the author of choice for a book titled Formulating Natural Cosmetics.
The naturals are covered in 14 chapters that the Latin names of plants in alphabetical order followed by their respective trivial names. There is also a chapter on minerals and another that covers legal issues associated with formulation, followed by four appendices covering toxicity of essential oils (tabulated data); natural color review (tabulated data such as natural source, supplier, trade name, etc.); scrubs and abrasives; and finally a glossary of medical terms. There is an index and, where necessary, chemical formulae illustrate the text.
This is not a book given over to literature references; had these been required, the book would never have been finished. What we have is a comprehensive, easy-to-read and clearly classified reference book of value not only to those associated with the cosmetic industry, but to all those needing information about plants for any reason."
—Roland Hardman
BPharm BSc(Chem) PhD FRPharmS
Reader in Pharmacognosy, University of Bath, UK (retired)
"Formulating Natural Cosmetics is a brilliantly done work that is a great addition to every technical library.”
—Tony O’Lenick
President of Siltech LLC and author of Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists

1 comment:

  1. This is a great overview of your subject. Making natural cosmetics is much important since some cosmetics may harm the skin. People nowadays are more favorable to use the natural product than those made by chemicals.