JUST WILD ABOUT
THE NINTH EDITION, EDITED BY MEYER ROSEN, HAS BEEN EXPANDED AND
IMPROVED WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY.
NO BOOK in the personal care industry has stood the test of time like Harry’s Cosmeticology. First published in 1954, over the years it has become widely regarded as
the source for all things related to cosmetic chemistry. The ninth
edition of Harry’s Cosmeticology was published earlier this year
with industry veteran Meyer Rosen serving as editor-in-chief.
“We’ve been getting excellent feedback; it is the new go-to
book in the industry; but it would be more accurate to call it a
trilogy, it’s not just a single book,” Rosen explained.
The ninth edition comes 12 years after publication of the
eighth edition. According to the book’s publisher, Chemical
Publishing, the ninth edition goes far beyond all previous editions with its greatly expanded size and coverage of many new
subject areas that are of great interest in today’s global cosmetic
and personal care arena. The depth and weight of the ninth edition even surprised its editor, who noted that what was once a
two-year project turned into 3. 5 years.
“The more people I spoke with, the more suggestions I received and the more
experts I was referred to,” recalled
Rosen, who pointed
out that the ninth
edition features the
work of more than
150 experts from around the world and from a variety of disciplines, including dermatology, chemistry and marketing.
He enlisted the aid of a wide range of cosmetic industry experts to create the ninth edition. For example, Happi columnist
Navin M. Geria, a principal with Doctors Skin Prescription, edited the sections devoted to anti-aging. And what may be Harry’s
first father-son team, Geria’s son, Dr. Aanand N. Geria MD, contributed a section on skin of color.
Other notable contributing authors include Howard Epstein,
Bo Michniak-Kohn, Randy Wickett, Martha Tate, Manuel Gamez-Garcia, Padmaja Prem, Mark Chandler, Ronni L. Weinkauf, Ratan
Chauduri and Muhammed Majeed.
“[The project] kept getting bigger and bigger; I had to make
sure that I covered everything with the right expert. People have
to know how the industry is different today compared to 12 years
Then and Now
He noted that with breakthroughs in genetics, epigenetics and
biochemistry, as well as growing consumer demand, the need
to develop approaches that truly fulfill the longing to be young
again represents the real opportunity to the cosmetics industry.
“If you put aside the regulatory restrictions that separate a
cosmetic from a drug, this industry is doing work at a biologi-
cal level,” Rosen insisted. “If you are going to be part of the next
generation working on the
cosmetics that people need,
you need to know molecular
The future, Rosen said,
will include an emphasis on
personalized care. He noted
that in countries such as
Brazil, and on continents
such as Africa, the genetic
makeup of the population is
so diverse that creating the
right skin care treatment re-
quires a new level of think-
ing and formulation.
Tom Branna • Editorial Director
The ninth edition, edited by Meyer Rosen, has been expanded and improved with an emphasis
on the future of the industry.