Harry's Cosmeticology 8th edition,

By Dr Martin Reiger, Editor, 2000

Hardback, 2-volume set

2nd impression 2009*

ISBN: 978-0-8206-0002-4



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* The ninth edition of Harry’s Cosmeticology (Editor-in-Chief Meyer R. Rosen), published in September 2015, is available as a three-volume set or in individual volumes, both in hardback and e-book versions. The new edition features over 150 authors and contains more than 2600 pages. Please contact the publisher: Chemical Publishing Company, Inc., 1722 Armacost Avenue, #3, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA. Tel. +1 888.439.3976; website: www.chemical-publishing.com

Harry’s Cosmeticology is regarded as one of the top technical cosmetic formulation books available today and as an essential reference work for cosmetic chemists, cosmetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons. This eighth edition is a completely updated version of the classic reference source written by Ralph Harry and first published in 1940 in one modestly sized volume under the title Modern Cosmetology. The eighth edition has been written by an international team of experts in different areas of cosmetic science and describes current formulation and production processes in the cosmetic industry.

The first section covers in detail the physiology of the skin, hair and nails, as well as the eye and mouth tissues, and thus provides the foundations for the cosmetic formulation approaches and methods analysed in the subsequent sections. These deal with the principles of cosmetic product development, regulatory requirements for the main world markets, patents, specialized ingredients and processes, formulation and performance of cosmetic products, and, finally, their manufacture and packaging.

The late Dr Martin Rieger was well known in the industry as an award-winning cosmetic chemist. He formulated and developed a number of mass-market products, including shampoos, moisturizers, anti-ageing products and make-up, as well as other skin care products.


Section I: The Physiological Substrate. Skin; Hair; the Nail; the Eye; the Mouth

Section II: Formulation Approaches and Requirements. Principles of Cosmetic Product Development; Regulatory Requirements; Patents

Section III: Specialized Ingredients and Processes. Surfactants; Emulsions; Viscosity-controlling Agents; Antioxidants; Humectants and Moisturizers; Preservation; Botanical Extracts; Specialty Lipids; Aerosols

Section IV: Formulation and Performance. Skin Care Products; Specialty Skin Care Products; Sunscreens; Antiperspirants; Antiacne; Face Packs and Masks; Skin Cleansing Products; Shaving Preparations; Facial Make-up; Manicure Preparation; Specialty Nail Products; Shampoos; Hair Setting; Hair Colorants; Permanent Waving, Hair Straightening and Depilatories; Oral Products; Safety and Performance; Stability

Section V: Production. Manufacturing; Packaging