Lingering on a pillow
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 →
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.
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.
The 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 →
Cosmetic Design Europe is reporting that the Danish Environment Minister Kirsten Brosbøl has called for methylisothiazolinone or MI to be banned across Europe. I have to say I think this is a really bad idea, but I do see how she came to that conclusion. Compared to other preservatives, MI does have a greater potential to cause allergic reactions when used at relatively high levels. This was something that was noticed very quickly when it was brought out in the seventies. But luckily there was a solution, because it is very effective and so it works at very low levels. Continue reading →
I think I can claim to be something of an expert about skincare, but the trouble with getting really immersed in a subject is that you begin to forget that not everybody knows what you know. I spend a lot of time talking to people in the beauty industry who know a great deal about cosmetic products. And when I am not talking to them I am often talking to beauty bloggers who know even more. So when I gave a talk the other day to some people with no particular connection to the business I was struck that the questions they asked were ones that I would have thought everybody already knew the answer to. Here’s one interesting one. Continue reading →
We all join the party at different times, and I happened to start shaving just when dual blade razors came out. The adverts showed a convincing graphic whereby the first blade removed the bulk of the hair, and then the second came along and nipped the last protruding bit before it had a chance to retract into safety. We had already conquered the Moon and and broken the sound barrier. And now this! Oh brave new world to have search personal care technology in it. Continue reading →
Sarah on my Facebook asked me if I had come across Skinetica. As it happened I had because I had been sent a sample of it when it came out, though I hadn’t taken a lot of notice of it. I get sent a fair bit of stuff and unless it grabs my attention I tend to ignore it. But as someone was asking, I had a quick look at it. Continue reading →
Cut throats are big tough guys with big impressive beards, and so they need some serious beard care products. The folks at grooming firm Cut Throat Stanley were kind enough to send me some samples of theirs to review. I am finding it fun to get the camera rolling and just record my initial reactions to products, so that is how I did my Cut Throat Stanley Beard Balm Review.
I don’t suppose many people stop to think about how much shampoo or body lotion they are using. I know I don’t. But it is something that some people need to worry about. When cosmetic products are assessed for their safety the amount that is used is a relevant parameter. Obviously you use a lot more body lotion than face cream for example. So you need to take this into account. Continue reading →
I accept paid adverts but not paid for editorial. I rarely accept free review samples - trust me the last thing I need in my life is more personal care products - but will consider them if the product is sufficiently interesting to justify writing about. I retain the right to say exactly what I think about them.
Some product reviews are illustrated with photos from my Amazon affiliate account. If these lead to a sale I receive a truly pathetic, indeed almost insulting, percentage of the sale price.
I'd have to be pretty desperate for this derisory source of income to have any impact on the opinions expressed about the product. Indeed you only have to read what I say in my reviews to see that they are not remotely motivated by a desire to earn a commission. Certainly not by the the miserly crumbs that Amazon dishes out. I wouldn't bother but it is a quick and easy way to get hold of a product image that has no intellectual property issues.