Encyclopedia of Shampoo


By Anthony L.L. Hunting, 1983

215 x 280mm, 8.5" x 11"

Hardback, 480 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9608752-0-7



Encyclopedia of Conditioning

Rinse Ingredients

By Anthony L.L. Hunting, 1987

215 x 280mm, 8.5" x 11"

Hardback, 506 pages

ISBN: 978-1870228-02-2



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Together, these books form a complete encyclopedia of surfactants, covering between them the major types -- e.g. foaming agents and anionic surfactants, principally used in shampoos, and emulsifiers and nonionic and cationic surfactants, mainly used in conditioners. Other ingredient types are dealt with in depth (e.g. natural ingredients, preservatives, viscosity control agents), and details regarding the manufacture and properties of all these materials, as well as the reasons for their use in hair products, are provided.
The chemistry of each ingredient is discussed in detail, as are the requirements of each marketing segment (“protein” shampoo, “baby” shampoo, “moisturizing” rinse, etc.) Very few new major ingredients have been developed since these books were compiled. They contain, in order of use, the ingredients used in nearly every shampoo and conditioning rinse on the market at that time.

Some reviews of Encyclopedia of Shampoo Ingredients and Encyclopedia of Conditioning Rinse Ingredients:

Although a few years old now, the books are not dated because most shampoos and creams use the same basic chemicals. For the lay person, the books give information about what goes into these toiletries, and why, and for the professional they provide a complete background on anionic, cationic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants, as well as much other information on all types of ingredients. No laboratory involved in preparing emulsions or foaming preparations should be, as they say, without these books.

Amazon website, dated 23 Feb 2002, (article accessed 3 Feb 2010)

I congratulate Mr Hunting.... The encyclopedia will make a worthwhile addition to the cosmetic library and should prove to be a very valuable reference guide.

Cosmetics & Toiletries

Fills a gap in the needs of the shampoo formulation chemist and will be useful to both experienced and novice shampoo formulators.

Journal of the American Chemical Society

An authoritative, interesting book, one containing an assortment of information useful to shampoo manufacturers, formulators and raw material promoters.

Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists

What’s in a shampoo, indeed? A lot of different kind of things, as this fine book reveals....This is about as definitive as one can get in this field....

Chemical Marketing Reporter