Preservatives for Cosmetics: Third Edition

David C. Steinberg

Format Details

  • Hardcover
  • 291 Pages
  • Published 2012
  • ISBN-13: 9781932633948
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • Author Information
  • Expert Review

Latest Edition

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 before.

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
    • Canada
    • China
    • European Union
    • Japan
    • Mercosur—Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, with Chile and Bolivia
    • Mexico
    • United States

David C. Steinberg, FRAPS, founded Steinberg & Associates, a consulting firm based in Plainsboro, NJ, USA, in 1995. Co-founder of the graduate program in cosmetic sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he lectured for 18 years on cosmetic chemistry, Steinberg has more than 35 years of experience in marketing, technical service and regulatory affairs in the personal care industry. In addition, he was president of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists in 1991. Steinberg is a frequent speaker worldwide on cosmetic regulations and preservation as well as sunscreen and cosmetic ingredient chemistry. In 2009, he was honored as the first regulatory expert in personal care to be granted fellow status by the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.

David Steinberg background: BS Chemistry Drexel University 1965, MBA Management Pace University 1969.

Memberships: American Chemical Society, Institute of Food Technologists, Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association, Canadian Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association; ICMAD—Board of Directors; Society of Cosmetic Scientists, Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He has served as Chapter Chair, National Treasurer and National President of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He also has served as Honorary Auditor and member of the Presidium of the International Federation of Cosmetic Chemists.

Honors: Society of Cosmetic Chemist Merit Award, Fellow Membership, Eminent Visiting Scholar Virginia State University, Paper of the year Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists, IFSCC Sponsored Speaker.

Since 1995 David has written a bimonthly column for Cosmetic & Toiletries magazine on cosmetic regulations.

In 2006 David was the founder of the Cosmetic Preservative Council. (Executive Director)

"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!”

—Tony O’Lenick
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."

Read the full review.

—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
Annotation © Book News Inc., Portland, OR,

"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
World-renown Microbiologist

"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
Applications Expert
Uniqema, Wilton, UK

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews
James Flanagan
As an R&D cosmetic microbiologist, I am always evaluating the preservative efficacy of new cosmetic formulas. Since many available antimicrobials can have different applications for specific products, David Steinberg's Preservatives for Cosmetics, Second Edition has been a highly valued reference book for the last six years (I even have a signed copy). The book provides ingredient history, usage instructions, and applications in a complete and concise manner, useful to student and PhD alike. This is not surprising since David has a great deal of experience as an educator. This Third Edition only enhances the general appeal of the previous edition. Chapters as well as reference charts have been expanded to include new preservative systems and suppliers and new regulations are also addressed. As the industry has changed radically over the last years, Preservatives for Cosmetics, Third Edition is required reading for any formulation chemist or microbiologist in the cosmetic industry.
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