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California Toxic Cosmetic Ingredient Database Pleases Nobody

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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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.

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China Has Banned Animal Testing For Internally Produced Cosmetics

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.

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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 … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Your Cosmetic Company Start Up

Is crowd funding your cosmetic company start up a good idea?  I have somehow ended up on the mailing list of a company that is putting a lot of effort into getting funding via this route.  As I am not … Continue reading

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What Are The Risks of Combining Dihydroxyacetone and Dimethyl Isosorbide in Self Tans?

Hi Colin, I’ve been a loyal reader of your blog for quite some time and enjoy the reliable advice you give as a professional. Therefore I would like your opinion on something that has been bothering me for a while. … Continue reading

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Love Your Products

Most of you won’t know this, but I am a long time development chemist who has become a consultant to pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries about a year ago.  I know most of you don’t know this because I obsessively monitor … Continue reading

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Lysolecithin – Is It The Secret To Rapid Weight Loss?

Somebody who works in the beauty business doing treatments asked me about body wrap procedures involving lysolecithin as a slimming aid.   She was kind enough to explain how it is done.  ‘The body is dry exfoliated, the product is … Continue reading

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