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September 1971

Formulation and Function of Cosmetics

Arch Dermatol. 1971;104(3):342. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000210116029

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The empirical compounding of cold cream dates back to the Middle Ages, but the scientific principles of formulation of ointment bases and cosmetics now fall in the province of physical and organic chemistry. This book comprehensively covers fundamental subjects including surfactants, disinfectants, aerosols, detergents, emollients, perfumes, pigments, and their application in deodorants, mouthwashes, sunscreens, industrial protective creams, hair dressings, bleaches, wave sets, depilatories, and preparations for enjoyment (in the bath).

The author's concepts of the physiology of the skin are sound except for appearing dated here and there, probably because this is translated from the 1966 German edition. But the translation is well done and unobtrusive.

It would be a dereliction of my duty to future residents not to suggest that it might be unfair of the American Board of Dermatology to use this book as a source for examination questions. The good old days of writing recipes are nearly

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