Authors: W.A. Mowers, M.C. Berg, N. Suddaby, D. Bercovici and D. Soane
Affilation: Soane Labs / Cosmetica, United States
Pages: 180 - 181
Keywords: cosmetics, self-assembly, polymer, pigments
Cosmetica develops and applies nanotechnology and advanced polymer chemistry to create novel products for the cosmetic industry. We achieve this goal by controlling the spontaneous self-assembly of polymers or colorants at surfaces. Current research projects include new hybrid special effects pigments, hair color, hair hold, sun protection and conditioner. Many of today’s commercial coloring products involve reactive precursor blends, which cause staining and other undesirable effects. In contrast, hybrid pigments can be deployed to impart both desired physical attributes and enhanced color. Self-assembly of polymers and biopolymers can also be used to produce hair styling formulations and conditioning agents. A diverse range of polymers with differing physical properties which synergistically combine to stabilize the form of hair impart both styling and conditioning effects. Finally, self-assembly of a network forming polymer delivered in an aqueous solution can be engineered to produce a fabric softener, offer UV blocking, and stain protection without the use of fluorine.