Cosmetics That Look Like Food

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When I was reviewing Bomb Cosmetics Chocolate Ballotin Assortment I made a reference to the problem that might potentially face with this product.  Cosmetics that look like food risk getting pulled up under legislation that forbids non-food products from being made that might fool someone into thinking that they are food.  The motivation behind this seems to be to prevent people passing off stuff that isn’t edible as a foodstuff, but the wording could be interpreted as banning any attempt to mimic food. Continue reading

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Are We Eating Too Much Salt?

are we eating too much salt

Channel 4’s Dispatches series recently broadcast a programme where they had been investigating the amount of salt in processed food. They sort of assumed we already knew what the problem with eating too much salt is. They mentioned that it led to a high blood pressure.

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Vitamin C Derivatives

Vitamin C Derivatives

Lemons – a cure for freckles

I’ve written on my blog before about the benefits of vitamin C, and the difficulties of using it in cosmetic products. It is one of the few things that have any real beneficial effects on the skin. It reduces skin pigmentation making the skin look younger and evens out the tone of the skin. People noticed this effect long before anybody knew what vitamin C was, with lemon juice being a folk remedy for freckles.

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Why does your face Wrinkle in some places more than others?

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This was the question answered by a very interesting article on Cosmetics Design Europe this morning. I have to say I never really thought to ask it before. But it is an interesting question. Continue reading

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Avon Sells Liz Earle To Walgreens

Avon Sells Liz Earle To Walgreens

I hate to be cynical but I have to say I’m not particularly surprised to hear that Avon has sold Liz Earle. This is the way with corporate brands. Avon needed some cash, and selling off this line was a handy way of realising it. Interesting bit is where exactly it has ended up. Walgreens for people who don’t know it he’s one of the biggest pharmacy chains in United States. It is a bit like Boots in the UK. In fact earlier this year it actually bought Boots. This makes it is just about the biggest Health retailer on the planet. Continue reading

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Colin’s Detox Programme

healthy-fruits-health-applesBetween Monday and Friday last week I lost 2.4Kg. I also felt a higher level of energy, was more mentally alert and slept better. And I didn’t feel hungry at any stage. Let me share my detox programme with you. Continue reading

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Monoi Oil

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Gardenia perfume
Lingering on a pillow
Wild strawberries
Only seven francs a kilo
And still my heart has wings,
These foolish things,
Remind me of you

These lines are from the famous song where a man wanders around Paris to find that the sights, sounds and smells all remind him of his lost love. When These Foolish Things was written in London the 1930s a trip to Paris was still an exotic thing to do. Having breakfast in Kensington and lunch near Les Invalides as I did a while back would have been something that would have astonished previous generations. But while Paris is still Paris, we have lost something in the process of globalisation and mass transport. There are fewer things that you can only get by traveling to particular places. Continue reading

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The Allergy to Isothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone and Chloroisothiazolinone Facebook Group

I have recently been invited to join a Facebook group devoted to the problems raised by isothiazolinones in general, and have been very happy to do so.  If you are interested in it you can find it here.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allergy-to-Isothiazolinone-Methylisothiazolinone-and-Chloroisothiazolinone/307128722674171?fref=nf

It looks like it is a good resource for people with this problem.   Continue reading

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Natural Products That Can Kill You

natural products that can kill you

The FDA have just announced that some organic face cream is being recalled.  I’ll refrain from mentioning the name, though the story is in the public domain so anyone interested enough can track it down themselves with a bit of googling.  The recall was initiated by the company themselves who have owned up that the face cream not only contains argan and pomegranate, it also contains mould.

Well you don’t get much more natural than that.  Continue reading

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What Are The Risks From Counterfeit Cosmetics?

risks of counterfeit cosmeticsThe Daily Mail has a big story today warning of the risks of counterfeit cosmetics.  This is the paper that disgracefully talked up the MMR story until a substantial proportion of the population were failing to get their vaccinated against a very nasty and sometimes fatal disease.  Their journalistic standards are so low that I would advise not so much taking what they say with a pinch of salt as ignoring it altogether.  But unfortunately on this issue they almost have a point.   Continue reading

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