We received a new book from Allured called Cosmetics Made Absolutely Simple. It s a basic introduction to the field of cosmetics and is a translation from a Japanese version which was published in 2009. Overall, the information in the book is excellent. The book represents a significant departure from other Allured books in that it is cartoon illustrated and has color throughout. Definitely not the type of book one would expect.
Cosmetics Made Absolutely Simple is presented in six sections including sections on the cosmetic industry, the biology of skin and hair, cosmetic technology, cosmetic chemistry and the future of the industry. Each section is broken up into chapters but really they are too short to be considered as such. The format of each chapter is two pages. One page has a description of the topic while the other page has an illustration that further describes the text. For an introductory work on the subject, it is an interesting and effective way to present the information. --Perry Romanowski, President of Element 44, Inc.
The term "pictures are better than words" certainly applies to this great little book! It's packed with easy to understand diagrams and explanations on everything from how a pimple is formed to how a UV absorber works. A reader will have plenty of "I finally understand it" moments. --Linda Walker President and Owner of Covalence Laboratories Author of The Skin Care Ingredient Handbook
Cosmetics Made Absolutely Simple is a truly simple book to read and understand. From skin structure to skin care products the reader can easily follow what the author has written. First-year university science students and business college students with an interest in studying chemistry, nursing, or cosmetology will benefit from the information stated here. Not only is this a great book for beginners, it is also a wonderful read for those wanting a refresher. --Cathi Galvin RN, CNML, IAC
About the Author
Hiroshi Fukui, Ph.D. joined Shiseido Co., Ltd in 1974 and has experienced a diverse technical career, ranging from manufacturing, basic research to product research and development. He has headed various research departments such as fragrances, make-up cosmetics, actives and functional ingredients, and patents to name a few.
Fujihiro Kanda, Ph.D. is senior manager of the Technology Alliance Development Department at Shiseido. He is science committee chair of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) Praesidium and Vice Chair of the International Committee, Society of Cosmetic Chemists of Japan (SCCJ). Fujihiro is owner of several patents derived from his work at Shiseido and published articles and book chapters in a number of well-regarded outlets.
Miki Minamino, Ph.D., MBA is vice president of BelleVienus, Co., Ltd., a conceptual cosmetics brand, which produces a wide range of product lines including Eau d Angel and Grace. Miki is chair of the education committee, International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) Praesidium, vice chair of the award committee, Society of Cosmetic Chemists of Japan (SCCJ), and Councilor, Japanese Cosmetic Science Society (JCSS).