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The Science of Beauty:
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Harry, Ralph Gordon. Harry’s cosmeticology. 8th ed. Edited by Martin M. Rieger. New York, Chemical Pub. Co., c2000. 966 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   TP983.H32 2000 <SciRR>

International cosmetic ingredient dictionary and handbook. 10th ed. Edited by Tatra E. Gottschalck and Gerald E. McEwen. Washington, Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, 2004. 3 v.
   TP983.A55 I58 2004 <SciRR>

Knowlton, John, and Steven Pearce. Handbook of cosmetic science and technology. Oxford, Elsevier Advanced Technology, c1993. 581 p.
   Includes bibliographies.
   TP983.K62 1993 <SciRR>

Poucher’s perfumes, cosmetics and soaps. 10th ed. Edited by Hilda Butler. Dordrecht, Boston, Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2000. 782 p.    Includes bibliographies.
   TP983.P723 200 <SciRR>

Riordan, Teresa. Inventing beauty: a history of the innovations that have made us beautiful. New York, Broadway Books, 2004. 307 p.
   Bibliography: p. 288-296.
   GT499.R56 2004

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Evershed, R.P., and others. Archeology: formulation of a Roman cosmetic. Nature, v. 432, Nov. 4 2004: 35-36.

Fortineau, Anne-Dominique. Chemistry perfumes your daily life. Journal of chemical education, v. 81, Jan. 2004:

Gordon, Amanda, and Sally Coulson. The Evidential value of cosmetic foundation smears in forensic casework. Journal of forensic sciences, v. 49, Nov. 2004: 1255-1253.

Hardy, Andrew D., Richard I. Walton, and Ragini Vaishnav. Composition of eye cosmetics (kohls) used in Cairo. International journal of environmental health research, v. 14, Feb. 2004: 83-91.

Kashimoto, A., and others. Soft-press: the ultra-low pressure molding technology for powder cosmetics. International journal of cosmetic science, v. 26, Dec. 2004: 317.

Koo, Hyn Jung, and Byung Mu Lee. Estimated exposure to phthalates in cosmetics and risk assessment. Journal of toxicology & environmental health, Part A, v. 67, Dec. 1 2004: 1901-1914.

Moore, Andrew. The biochemistry of beauty: the science and pseudoscience of beautiful skin. EMBO reports, v. 3, Aug. 2002: 714-717.
   Available through the European Molecular Biology Organization at

Rados, Carol. Science meets beauty: using medicine to improve appearances. FDA consumer magazine, v. 38, Mar./Apr. 2004.
   HD9000.9.U5 A1735 and Electronic resource
   Available through the FDA at:

Viyoch, J., and others. Development of a hydrogel patch for controlled release of alpha-hydroxy acid contained in tamarind fruit pulp extract. International journal of cosmetic science, v. 27, April 2005: 89-99.

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Information on cosmetic ingredients from the Offices of Food Additive Safety and Cosmetics and Colors, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

Extreme Cosmetics
This BBC site discusses various procedures, including botox, silicone and cosmetic peels.

Putting on a Good Face - the Chemistry of Cosmetics
From the Australian Academy of Science.

Skin Deep
Product search and safety assessments from the Environmental Working Group.

What’s That Stuff?
This everyday chemistry site from Chemical and Engineering News includes shampoo, lipstick, hair coloring, self-tanners, teeth whiteners, as well as many other common items.

Compiled by Alison P. Kelly, March, 2005

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