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Recent Articles from the Prospector Knowledge Center
03 Aug
The Differences Between Leave-on Conditioners and Hair Masks
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The Differences Between Leave-on Conditioners and Hair Masks

Woman washing her hair - learn how the pH of shampoo influences its efficacy in the UL Prospector Knowledge Center.
Do you know the formulation differences between a leave-on conditioner, compared to a regular rinse-off conditioner product, compared to a more intensive hair mask? A hair mask needs to be a highly viscous product that gets applied to the hair, … Continued

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20 Jul
Assessing Preservation Needs for Your Cosmetic Product
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Assessing Preservation Needs for Your Cosmetic Product

Photo of several beakers and testtubes
It is undeniable that the preservation system is an important part, if not the most important part, in formulations that require it. There are a plethora of cosmetic preservatives and preservative blends available to today’s product development chemist. But with … Continued

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15 Jun
Retinoid Mimics, Derivatives, and Efficacy Boosters
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Retinoid Mimics, Derivatives, and Efficacy Boosters


Retinoid mimics and derivatives are currently hot ingredients that claim equal or better skin benefits than Retinol without having undesirable skin effects. Retinol is the best current OTC skin repair ingredient and the gold standard for treating the signs of … Continued

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