Water, so many water! And again, Monsieur le Marechal, you only see the top.
It’s with these words that the Marechal de Mac Mahon, 3rd President of the French Republic, noted the terrible damage during the Garonne river floods late in the nineteenth century. Back to the present, he could use almost the same expression to describe the current trend on formulation in the cosmetic world.
In a recent post, I had tried to discuss this water issue, an issue that has been our concern for many decades. This paper followed a series of contributions published on L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques website, which were included in the contribution. The links appear in the article cited.
In addition and since, other water issues should be quoted:
- The Himalaya’s water: Besides its excipient role, it would carry a nice storytelling.
- “Magnetic water” by the Chanel company, but without knowing very well what it is and what would be the benefits
- The Jonzac’s thermal water which is vaunted to us by Nantes cosmetologists:
- Addiactive n ° 107, the latest Gattefossé’s technical journal, which gives a very complete point on this question and which I recommand you.
- Réotier’s water, recently acquired by L’Occitane. A petrifying source with suspended minerals, including calcium, against all efforts to purify water: Does this relate to the properties of calcium on epidermal differentiation?
- The Fontcaude-Juvignac’s water in the suburbs of Montpellier (France), a recognized source of public utility for Dermatology, which nobody has ever used the benefits.
Beyond these different origins, you must also remember that there are more than 70 properties of water (melting point, density, heat capacity, etc.) which, taken together, differ from those of most liquids. These “abnormal” water properties are a prerequisite for life as we know. Yet, nobody understands their origins very well. The latest one would be super-ionic water. The existence of the super-ionic water has been predicted by theory and numerical simulations for over twenty years. American physicists have for the first time given the experimental proof that this state of matter, between solid and liquid, does exist.
Finally, let us remember the somewhat strange works of Maseru Emoto supporting the that thought has an effect on the molecular structure of water. As disturbing as the water memory issue having a sad story, these works are troubling. What will happen with robots!!!!!
However, water has a bright future in cosmetics, even if it is currently one of the most ambivalent questions: should we put water, if so, which and why?
Remains a question remaining discussed for the moment: what water for the new Ricard, the famous French beverage, based on plant extract (like him too!)?
Jean Claude LE JOLIFF