Most Popular in:


Email This Item! Print This Item!

Chemical Reaction: Constructive Criticism

By: Steve Herman
Posted: September 5, 2008, from the September 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

page 3 of 3

Our industry may not be perfect, but many companies have embraced natural products, organics and green chemistry. We have placed a high value on safety, truth in labeling, efficacy and global harmonization. Easily 95% of our consumers are very satisfied with our products. Let us take pride in our achievements and use our critics to inspire us when they have constructive suggestions.


  1. Malkan, Stacy, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, New Society Publishers: British Columbia, Canada (2007)
  2. Benyus, Janine M., Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, Harper: New York (2002)
  5. Landler, Mark, “Garden Is a Seedbed For Green Cosmetics,” The New York Times, Jun 28, 2008

Steve Herman is the technical sales director for J&E Sozio. He has been an adjunct professor in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Masters in Cosmetic Science program since 1993, teaching Cosmetic Formulation Lab and Perfumery. His book, Fragrance Applications: A Survival Guide, was published by Allured Publishing Corp., Carol Stream, IL, in 2001. He has served as chairman of the SCC’s New York chapter, and was elected to fellow status in 2002.