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A New Approach to Saving Water – 1 Head at a Time

A New Approach to Saving Water – 1 Head at a Time

Liquid Shampoo – a Concept of the Past? The first product ready to be launched by a beauty startup features an “Out of this World Amazing” concept: waterless shampoo. Kailey Bradt, an entrepreneur from New York, founded OWA Haircare, and is developing revolutionary products to change the category of hair care. The startup has decided to go waterless, reducing the implications of water-based products on the entire product life cycle. The new powdered hair wash, called “OWA Moondust Hair Wash” will not just be saving water, but will also require less volume of plastic to package the product, reducing its weight and fuel consumption during the manufacturing and delivery stages.

The first product ready to be launched by a beauty startup features an “Out of this World Amazing” concept: waterless shampoo. Kailey Bradt, an entrepreneur from New York, founded OWA Haircare, and is developing revolutionary products to change the category of hair care. The startup has decided to go waterless, reducing the implications of water-based products on the entire product life cycle. The new powdered hair wash, called “OWA Moondust Hair [...]


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Hurdle Technology: A Paraben-Free Approach to Cosmetics

Hurdle Technology: A Paraben-Free Approach to Cosmetics

With the recent consumer hype of seeking paraben-free products, cosmetic manufacturers are faced with the challenge of creating new products that are still safe and free from harmful microorganisms. One solution to this might lie with hurdle technology.

Parabens have been used for decades as antimicrobial agents that can be easily incorporated into makeup, moisturizers, hair products, and other cosmetics. However, the publication of studies in the early 2000s alleged that parabens have estrogenic effects and suggested a link to the chemicals playing a role in breast cancer. This concern was escalated in 2004 when researchers further alleged the accumulation of parabens in human breast tumors. Many credible scientific experts have fully refuted these allegations.

Regardless of the accuracy and validity of the studies presented by researchers, the hype has led to consumers keeping their eyes open to the potential risk associated with paraben cosmetics, causing manufacturers of these products to seek an alternative solution.

Inolex is taking on a new approach to conquering this challenge: Hurdle Technology. Instead of using a single powerful preservative, such as parabens, Inolex is employing a variety [...]


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US FDA to Launch Cosmetic Allergens Survey for Consumers

US FDA to Launch Cosmetic Allergens Survey for Consumers

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Release outlines the launch of a web-based survey to gain consumer insight on allergens in cosmetics such as fragrances, hair products, makeup, nail products, and skin care products.  Pending Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval, it is the first survey conducted by the FDA on consumer sensitivities of cosmetics since 1975.

According to a Federal Register Notice, the purpose of this survey is to gather consumer information with the intent of making decisions regarding the purchasing of specific products or avoiding certain cosmetic ingredients altogether. Thorough labelling of cosmetic products is crucial to avoid leaving customers in the dark about potentially allergenic ingredients.

The European Union (EU) is far more proactive in clear labelling of cosmetic allergens than the US or Canada, who do not mandate full allergen labelling under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or Canada’s Food and Drug Act. Many cosmetic allergens can be masked by generic terms such as “fragrance,” or “parfum.” One example of the regulation difference between the EU and the US [...]


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The Green Winds of Change: The Revolutionary US Hemp Farming Act of 2018

The Green Winds of Change: The Revolutionary US Hemp Farming Act of 2018

The Hemp Farming Act is another victory in the world of cannabis. As of December 12, 2018, the Farm Bill passed through both houses of congress and is on its way to for full presidential approval. It is suspected that the Bill will be signed in the near future by the president of the United States. As cannabis and its many derivatives continue to lose their stigma and new and innovative uses are discovered, legal reform is essential to assure that industry can continue to flourish. The Hemp Farming Act aims to make clearer distinctions between hemp and other more well-known cannabis derivatives such as marijuana and CBD. Unlike these other common derivatives of the cannabis plant, smoking or consuming hemp does not have a psychoactive effect. Originally hemp was classified as a Schedule I drug by the United States federal government as per the Controlled Substances Act.  With a signature by President Trump, hemp will break free from its shackles of illegality once and for all. The Act not only provides a workable definition for hemp but it also will have impacts on both agriculture and non-agriculture industries.

What is Hemp?

There’s no denying that Apple has made great strides in the areas of technology, leaving consumers clamoring at the doors of just about every store whenever a new release is made. The pinnacle of innovation, their sleek designs intricately coalesce with a complex interface capable of being perfectly tailored to the desires of the consumer.  There are many things that come to mind when someone thinks of Apple, but none more ground breaking than the iPhone and its apps. Now an extension of the iPhone, the Apple watch shares ground-breaking developments with remarkable accessibility. In times where the digital world is growing exponentially, the saying “there’s an app for that” has never been truer. As of September 2018, Apple introduced two new apps aimed at tracking the heart health of wearers. A simple and trendy way to keep track of irregularities in heart function, this added function helps not only promote awareness but encourages individuals to take control of their personal health. Furthermore, there have been several other studies showcasing the utility of the Apple watch as a health monitoring device.

Heart Disease

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