Saturday, February 4, 2012
Where do I get my information?
What are my resources? The Handbook of Cosmetic Science & Technology (3rd edition), Chemistry for Pharmacy Students, Surfactants in Personal Care and Decorative Cosmetics, Poucher's Perfumes, Cosmetics & Soaps (10th edition), as well as Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry and Surfactants, Essential Oils - Science, Technology, and Applications, and other texts. I refer to the web (scholar or books) for more information, and use Ebsco and the search engine at the university and library to access journal articles. I also refer to the manufacturer's data bulletins. I supplement my research with visits to various cosmetic science sites.
You'll notice more references and things like "related posts" at the bottom of posts. This is to provide you with all the information you need if you wish to read more about the topic or check up on my science!
HOW TO RESEARCH INGREDIENTS (original from June 7, 2010)
Do I need more information on this ingredient? If I did, I might do a search in Google books - choose only those books with limited or full preview (there's a link on the left hand of the screen so you can choose just that type of book). I generally put the word "cosmetic" with any ingredient that might have other applications. For instance, if I put in "olive oil", I really want to add "cosmetic" or "cosmetic chemistry" in the search box or I'll get tons of Mediterranean cooking recipes! The books you'll find here are textbooks relating to cosmetic chemistry, although there are some magazines and other types of books that might not be as reliable, it's still a good resource.
You can also do a search in Google scholar (make sure the "patents included" box is unticked!) for studies on this ingredient or use EBSCO host through your local library or university (this is an awesome search engine, and you can access magazines like Drug & Cosmetic Industry for free!)
keep a notebook - in fact, keep several of them! I prefer graph paper books and I have different topics in different notebooks so I can find things more easily!
Have fun formulating!