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General
  • Cosmetics are substances used to enhance or protect the appearance or odor of the human body. Cosmetics include skin-care creams, lotions, powders, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail and toenail polishes, eye and facial makeup, permanent waves, hair colors, hair sprays and gels, deodorants, baby products, bath oils, bubble baths, bath salts, butters and many other types of products.
  • Cosmetics are mixtures of surfactants, oils and other ingredients. They are required to be effective, long lasting, stable and last not least safe to human use. The cosmetics industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. New brands of cosmetics to appeal to various population sectors are constantly being developed.

Process

  • Guar gum is normally undertaken by using process of roasting, differential attrition, sieving & polishing in the commercial production. The seeds of Guar are split and by sieving the endosperm & germ is separated from the endosperm. Through heating, grinding & polishing process the husk is separated from the endosperm halves and the refined Guar Gum split are obtained. Through grinding process the refined Guar split are then treated and converted into powder. Depending upon the requirement of end product various processing techniques are used.

  • The essential oil of roses is not obtained directly from the distillate. Rose water collected during the distillation is placed in shallow earthen or metallic vessel and exposed to the cold of the night air in the open, protected from dust with clean muslin cloth. Rose oils are in constant use as component of a wide range of flower and fancy perfumes and several of them are to be found in every cosmetics.

Technology

  • Lighting manufacturers already use micro particles in high-tech lamps, while pharmaceutical companies have long used plant extracts to enable the skin to absorb drugs.  So now the cosmetics industry is trying to build on research in other fields, in hopes of further proving that it offers more than hope in a jar.

  • Synthesizing semi-permanent and oxidative/permanent hair dyes at Clairol and American Cyanamid. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of the chemistry of these materials, the transition to formulator at American Cyanamid. The full spectrum of hair coloring products (temporary, semi-permanent and permanent), hair bleaches and permanent waves for retail and salon usage, and gained a thorough understanding in markets.

Market

  • The cosmetics industry is regionally based, and firms based in North America and in West Europe account for approximately 86% of sales: 43% for each region. Firms based in Japan and South Korea also have substantial market share at 14%.
  • Two West European cosmetics companies have the largest portion, 50%, in terms of number, but their average sales are the smallest, 960 million US dollars. Firms in the largest five countries (USA, UK, France, Germany and Japan) make up 93% of sales.
  • US demand for cosmetic and toiletry containers is projected to approach 25 billion units in 2009, valued at $3.8 billion. Advances will reflect healthy growth in cosmetic and toiletry pro- duct shipments and will also benefit from a steady rate of new product introductions with improved performance features and/ or appearance-enhancing attributes.

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