Coloring the Cosmetic World: Using Pigments in Decorative Cosmetic Formulations

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In Coloring the Cosmetic World, Edwin Faulkner, a 40-year veteran of the color industry, offers a comprehensive look at what goes into selecting colors for decorative cosmetic products. Across 12 information-packed chapters, Faulkner covers topics ranging from Color Basics, to the stability and esthetics of Color Selection, to Color Dispersion and Measuring & Testing techniques. Furthermore, specific pigments groups are broken down individually and afforded focused attention with respect to chemical properties, regulatory concerns, applicability to various product developments, esthetic quality, and the economics of selecting colors for use in decorative cosmetics.

Additionally, most of the pigments under discussion are rendered in full masstone color, to give the reader a true appreciation of the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between them.

Coloring the Cosmetic World: Using Pigments in Decorative Cosmetic Formulations is your guide to the wide world of decorative cosmetic pigments. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of pigment chemistry or a novice stepping gingerly into cosmetic formulation, this book is a valuable reference source from an industry-respected authority on color that will get you moving toward successful pigment usage. Welcome to the world of decorative cosmetic colors!

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Edwin B. Faulkner is global business director of cosmetics and personal care for Sun Chemical Corporation, where his devoted 38-year tenure has seen him through numerous technical, manufacturing, administrative, sales and regulatory positions. His work with Sun Chemical has taken him around the world, from North and South America to numerous European and Asian countries.

Ed holds a degree in chemistry from Widener University, and is presently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches in the Cosmetic Science Masters Program. He is also an instructor for both the Center for Professional Advancement in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, where he also serves as the color expert on the Ask the Expert section of their website.


Could one imagine a fascinating, puzzling journey into the jungle of colors used in cosmetics, so charming that you are brought to read it in one gulp, including the tables and the methodology details? In Coloring the Cosmetic World, Edwin Faulkner leads us on an enchanting adventure, where the special cosmetic category of pigments is fully described.

The author takes a multi-sided approach, exactly like a formulator of color cosmetics should do. First, he describes the identity of the color ingredients from a definition point of view, followed by their chemical composition, disclosing all structures, which in turn support the next aspect to hurdle: stability. Faulkner s discussion of stability is rendered as a compendium of direct experiences in the field together with a clear explanation of why X could happen. The aesthetics of color selection are then described, which underlines to my eyes that color cosmetics are a form of creative art, and like any art form they combine technology with pleasure and communication. But the book continues to challenge our attention: it tells us how to get the maximum from our color materials; in other words, it teaches us the art of obtaining a masterful dispersion of pigments, avoiding the common traps and getting an optimum result. All that without the implication of mathematical formulae. Can an artist be unconnected with money? Even Michelangelo had his own accountancy booklet! In all the chapters, the economic considerations of pigment selection accompany the description of technical advantages of an ingredient or a process. Also, when color quality evaluations are described, the explanations are simple and attention-catching.
The book ends with two opposite overlooks: the recent present, signified by surface treated pigments and special pigments, as well as a very illuminating look at the gathered experience of the author, which presents his past journeys in the cosmetic villages of the modern industry and encourages us to dream of trying something similar.
One final point that the entire book is filled with tables, schema, and references that all serve as orientation maps through the scope of the book. Have a good reading! --Dr. Luigi Rigano, Director of Rigano Industrial Consulting & Research, and ISPE Laboratories - Milano

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