About the Series
The Cosmetic Science and Technology series was conceived to permit discussion of a broad range of current knowledge and theories of cosmetic science and technology. The series is composed of both books written by a single author and edited volumes with a number of contributors. Authorities from industry, academia, and the government participate in writing these books.
The aim of the series is to cover the many facets of cosmetic science and technology. Topics are drawn from a wide spectrum of disciplines ranging from chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and analytical and consumer evaluations to safety, efficacy, toxicity, and regulatory questions. Organic, inorganic, physical and polymer chemistry, emulsion and lipid technology, microbiology, dermatology, and toxicology all play important roles in cosmetic science.
There is little commonality in the scientific methods, processes, and formulations required for the wide variety of cosmetics and toiletries in the market. Products range from preparations for hair, oral, and skin care to lipsticks, nail polishes and extenders, deodorants, body powders and aerosols, to quasi-pharmaceutical over-the-counter products such as antiperspirants, dandruff shampoos, antimicrobial soaps, and acne and sun screen products.
Cosmetics and toiletries represent a highly diversified field involving many subsections of science and "art." Even in these days of high technology, art and intuition continue to play an important part in the development of formulations, their evaluations, selection of raw materials, and, perhaps most importantly, the successful marketing of new products. The application of more sophisticated scientific methodologies that gained steam in the 1980s has increased in such areas as claim substantiation, safety testing, product testing, and chemical analysis and
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