Welcome to our Reference Room. Here you will find a variety of articles, links to articles and resources that we find informative and useful. We hope you will, too.
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Rules, Regulations and Guidelines
USFDA on Cosmetics Labeling -Cosmetic Labeling Manual
USFDA on Cosmetics Labeling and Label Claims
USFDA on Color Additives and Cosmetics
USFDA - Is It a Cosmetic, a Drug, or Both? (or Is It Soap?)
USFDA on Labeling for Topically Applied Cosmetics Containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids as Ingredients
Cosmetic Ingredient Review - The CIR has moved their links so these are inactive at the moment. We're working on it!
- Quick Reference Table
- Cosmetic Ingredients Found Safe As Used
- Cosmetic Ingredients Found Safe With Qualifications
- Cosmetic Ingredients With Insufficient Date to Support Safety
- Cosmetic Ingredients Found Unsafe For Use in Cosmetics
- CIR Zero Use Ingredients with Insufficient Data
- CIR Re-reviewed Ingredient List - through September 2010
- CIR Reference - Cosmetic Ingredients Prohibited/Restricted by FDA (11 total, through September 2010
European Cosmetics Directive
Specialized Search Engines and Databases
Formulating - The Basics and Beyond
Emulsions and the HLB System Maurice Hevey
Emulsification of Cosmetic Ingredients ICI Americas Inc.
Effervescent Technology Primer Allan Rau, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine article
Phase Inversion in Liquid-Liquid Dispersions Matar, Hewitt and Ortiz
Solubilization - Solubilized Systems ICI Americas Inc.
The HLB System Uniqema Inc.
Three Dimensional HLB Zenitech
Advances in the Use of Silicones in Cosmetics A. & E. Connock
Cyclomethicone and Essential Oil Testing Lotioncrafter
Cyclomethicone and Fragrance Oil Testing Lotioncrafter
Dr. Z. on Peptides Zenitech
Dr. Z. on Vitamins Michael W. King, Ph.D, IU School of Medicine, courtesy of Zenitech
Natural Oils In Cosmetics and Toiletries Elizabeth Connock BSc (Hons), A. & E. Connock
Petrolatum - A Useful Classic David S. Morrison, PhD
Pigments as Photoprotectants Jose Ginestar
Sorbic Acid and Potassium Sorbate as Cosmetic Preservatives Eastman