Boots Hot Weather Refreshing Spray

Boots How Weather Refreshing Spray

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I am indebted to Steve Hogarty on Twitter for tweeting this brilliant exposé of the ingredient list of Boots Hot Weather Refreshing Spray.  I usually do a run down of the ingredients when I do a product review, and in this case it won’t take long.  It just contains water.  Continue reading

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Nano materials have gone from the status of great white hope for the future to major threat to life on the planet without going through the normal intermediate stages of being widely used for anything useful or giving rise to any actual problems.  Many people, including Prince Charles, have been worried about the threat posed by nanotechnology.  Should we be concerned?  And what actually is nanotechnology?

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The EU’s Categories of Cosmetic Products

EU Cosmetic Product Categories

Have you ever wondered what exactly a cosmetic is?  Most people don’t give it a second thought.  And why should they?  But the people who drafted the EU’s Cosmetic Regulations  had to be a bit more systematic and before they started coming up with the regulations they drew up a list of the thirty categories of cosmetic product which they covered.  Being a bit of an imp I instantly tried to think of any they had left out.  I couldn’t, but I wondered if any of the shiny, happy and reproductively successful people who read this blog could think of any.

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June Bracelet


I was reading the Face Up Beauty blog the other day and came across a really neat idea.  It is called a June Bracelet, and it is a device that monitors your exposure to solar radiation and gives you advice on what is the appropriate action to take.   Continue reading

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California Toxic Cosmetic Ingredient Database Pleases Nobody

toxic cosmetic chemicals database

I have written before about the California Toxic Cosmetic Ingredient Database of supposedly risky ingredients run by the state government in California.  As part of piece of legislation called Proposition 65 the Californian government has set up a database which keeps track of cosmetic ingredients.  The state has a long list of chemicals which have been linked in some way to health problems.  The list is a long one and mainly consists of chemicals that have no relevance to the cosmetic industry.  (It has other purposes so this isn’t surprising.)  But a handful of them are used fairly widely, so chemists for cosmetic companies have to check the list against their company’s formulations and notify them on a database set up for the purpose. Continue reading

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Don’t eat organic? Start. Eat a lot of organic? Eat less.

Organic food just as healthy

Most news stories are bad news about things we can’t do anything about.  There really isn’t any point in worrying about things outside our control, but most of us do anyway.  But stories about health and the environment sometimes do suggest that there is something we can do in response.  We can’t stop people in the Middle East killing each other but we can choose what kinds of food we eat.  There was just such a news story on the radio this morning with the release of a study that shows that organic food is different to conventional food.  This was the background to a debate on BBC Radio 4 between a nutritionist and a representative of the Soil Association.   Continue reading

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A Problem With Skin Reactions To Esters

A Problem With Skin Reactions To Esters

My long term Twitter chum Musical Houses raised a problem she has with some cosmetic ingredients with me over Twitter, using no less than 8 tweets to do it.  Such patience clearly deserves an answer. Continue reading

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China Has Banned Animal Testing For Internally Produced Cosmetics

China Modifies Its Position on Animal Testing

China Modifies Its Position on Animal Testing

Hot on the heals of the relaxing of the requirement for animal testing on products imported into China, the Chinese government has now also banned animal testing on products produced in the country itself. Continue reading

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China Modifies Its Position on Animal Testing

China Modifies Its Position on Animal Testing

China Modifies Its Position on Animal Testing

A lot of companies have run into problems with China.  China’s rules on cosmetics are quite different to those in most other countries.  They require products to be submitted prior to launch to a body called the SFDA, short for the State Food and Drug Agency, which is a bit like the USA’s FDA.  They then either approve or reject them.   Continue reading

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Bisabolol It is a common observation amongst pharmaceutical scientists that many of the top selling drugs of all time are derived from plants.  The one that is usually quoted is aspirin that was first developed by modifying an ingredient found in the bark of willow trees.  Another example, though not one that has quite the high profile of aspirin,  is a molecule called bisabolol with anti-inflammatory properties found in quite a few plants.  It is particularly abundant in the German Chamomile, and its properties have been recognised for centuries with chamomile being a popular folk remedy for all sorts of things. Continue reading

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