In the six years since the last edition of Preservatives for
Cosmetics, the field has changed and there are now more players with
bigger concerns. The scope is now even more international than it has ever been
In this third edition, David C.
Steinberg's coverage of the contemporary usage of cosmetic
preservatives has been expanded to more than twice its original length, giving
deeper and broader coverage to areas including alcohols, halogenated compounds,
diols, and several others. Even greater depth has been added to discussions of
preservatives' many forms and applications, alongside expansion on topics that include preservatives as active ingredients, HACCP and
cGMPs, and non-traditional preservatives. Finally, an entirely new final chapter addresses international regulatory guidelines and restrictions for
respective preservatives geographically, with regions or blocs including the European Union, ASEAN, Japan, and Canada.
Preservatives for Cosmetics: Third Edition is a hands-on, usable reference to cosmetic preservatives that delivers a plethora of information in
a succinct, approachable style. Reference textbooks need not be dry and impenetrable. In his customary voice known for decades to the readers of
Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, David Steinberg has opened even wider the gates of formulative knowledge and application.
Written for: Cosmetic Chemists, Cosmetic Marketers, Detergent and Soap Formulators, Microbiologists, Dermatologists, Pharmaceutical Chemists,
Suppliers, Fragrance Chemists, Natural Cosmetic Formulators, Toxicologists, anyone interested in regulatory!
Highlights/ Key Topics:
- Deeper and broader coverage includes alcohols, halogenated compounds, diols, and several others.
- Attention is paid to preservatives as active ingredients, as well as
HACCPs and cGMPs, a topic new to this volume.
- A chapter that addresses geographically significant preservatives with
regard to application and allowance/restriction/regulation.
- ASEAN—Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
- European Union
- Mercosur—Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, with Chile and Bolivia
- United States
"David Steinberg has done an outstanding job making the topic of preservatives both topical and understandable. The organization of the updated book makes it highly useful for both the cosmetic chemist seeking an answer to a specific question and to the cosmetic chemist desiring a broader knowledge. I highly recommend it!”
President of Siltech LLC
"I have quite a library of cosmetic science books in my home, and some make their way to my office desk because they are the ones I use the most. Preservatives for Cosmetics: Third Edition by David C. Steinberg is one of those books, kept within arm’s reach and consulted at the start of every formulation project. One of the most enlightening sections is the description of the “ideal” preservative. Steinberg lays out twelve important criteria and it later becomes clear all twelve are hard for a single preservative to meet. This reinforces the challenge in ensuring adequate preservation of cosmetics and the need for multiple preservatives.
The third edition of Preservatives for Cosmetics is the perfect preservative reference book for cosmetic formulators. Steinberg’s writing is to the point and is filled with colorful anecdotes from his experience in the industry. The addition of a chapter on global regulations is an invaluable asset for developing formulations for multiple markets. I’m retiring my second edition to make way for this new book at my desk."
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—Kelly A. Dobos, MS
Research Scientist/Cosmetic Chemist
Skin Beauty Research Laboratories
"Steinberg, a consultant who taught cosmetic chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson U. and has worked in marketing, technical service, and regulatory affairs in the personal care industry, describes the use of cosmetic preservatives. He examines preservatives in each category and sub-category, with information on specific regulations, chemistry, ingredient review, non-cosmetic approvals and uses, producers, purity and available combinations, solubility, activity, inactivators, methods of incorporation, analyzing finished formulations, and safety ratings. He then considers preservatives as active ingredients; non-traditional preservatives, fragrances, and "natural" preservatives; measuring water activity, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Current Good Manufacturing Practices; and chelating agents and antioxidants. Along with some reorganization, this edition has a new chapter on international regulatory guidelines and restrictions for regions like the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan, and Canada. It expands the chapter on non-preservative ingredients that act as preservatives."
— Eithne O'Leyne
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"I found that David Steinberg's Preservatives for Cosmetics was a useful reference because it presented a great deal of information on
preservatives in succinct, easy-to-understand text and tables. Besides updating preservative material in the second edition, Mr. Steinberg's inclusion of
personal experiences and insights brings the subject to life and helps the reader understand the interplay between scientific and regulatory issues."
—Don Orth, PhD
"I fully support this effort to update the monograph on the general subject on preservatives. It is vital that formulators and regulators learn about these
substances. This book should be a welcome reference work for all participants in the cosmetic industry."
—Martin Rieger, PhD
Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine contributor
"David Steinberg has taken great care to ensure that this volume is an excellent read. It is well indexed, and so functions as a ready reference
manual. The author's sense of humor is allowed to come through without diminishing from his scholarship. Highly recommended!"
—Trevor G. Blease, PhD
Uniqema, Wilton, UK