Author Archives: Colin

Can You Trust Adverts?

We all see a lot of adverts and most of us do our best to ignore them.  Somebody who is trying to sell you something is rarely a source of useful information.   But just how far do advertisers go … Continue reading

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Mole Day, Hooray!

Who is the most popular chemist?  Avogadro.  Everyone knows his number.  Okay it is a corny joke, and it is also probably a bit baffling if you have never heard of Avogadro’s number.  It is one of those things that … Continue reading

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Fabric Facial Masks

Facial masks have been around for ages, and are popular enough to get stocked in supermarkets in the UK.  But they are still exotic enough that you can’t assume people know what they are.  The idea of putting a clothe … Continue reading

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Personal Care Products and Exercise

I used to think about things in boxes when I was at school.  There was chemistry, biology and gym.   I didn’t really think much about the connections between them.   But these subject headings we learn are not real. … Continue reading

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Microbeads In Cosmetics

As a keen environmentalist I often find myself face palming when a cosmetic company picks up on a green issue.  They often home in on things that aren’t particularly relevant and propose solutions that are questionable.  But I think the … Continue reading

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Wart Products

Almost every successful wart product in the world is based on salicylic acid.  The level is somewhere between 10 and 20% and the base is a solvent rich gel that dries to form a white film.  They all work pretty … Continue reading

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Does Science or Emotion Drive The Cosmetic Industry?

The full title of the last talk in the Society of Cosmetic Scientists London lecture series for this year was ‘What drives trends in cosmetic claims: consumer dreams or scientific reality?’   The debate was between Stirling Murray – a marketing … Continue reading

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

One of the problems with being a beauty blogger is sourcing samples.  Do you spend your own money on them?  That’s an expensive proposition if you post regularly.   Or do you accept free samples from brands, and compromise your … Continue reading

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The Beauty Brains Podcast

I was a bit slow off the mark with this one.  When the Beauty Brains started their podcast I tried to find it on iTunes but couldn’t locate it.  So I gave up.  I should have persevered because I needed … Continue reading

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Lavender Oil – Scary Stuff?

Lavender farmers are worried that under new legislation products containing lavender oil will have to bear a black and red warning symbol.  They will also have to bear the warning ‘fatal if swallowed’.   You can see why this might … Continue reading

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