Author Archives: Colin

Free From Claims On Cosmetics

  My good friend Dene Godfrey wrote an article for personal care truth denouncing the practice of free from the claims on cosmetics. This is very much the kind of thing Dene does, and he did it very well. Normally … Continue reading

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Bentonite Me Baby – Avoid!

I subscribe to the FDA’s mailing list where they detail problems with products.  There is usually something going wrong somewhere so alerts come through most days, and getting several on the same day is not unusual.  It is pretty rare … Continue reading

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Washing My Hair With Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap

  Dr Bronner’s Magic soap is a product with a history and a heritage. It goes back to the days of the hippie movement on the West Coast of the US, and it still has that packaging and image to … Continue reading

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Vitiligo Treatment?

Around one 1% of all people on the planet suffer from vitiligo. It affects all races and ages equally, but loss of pigment is obviously more noticeable a the darker your skin is. So it is more noticeable when someone … Continue reading

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FDA View on Difference Between Drugs and Cosmetics

The FDA’ s view on what constitutes the definition of a drug compared to a cosmetic is a longstanding one. A cosmetic is not supposed to either have or to claim physiological effect. This is a reasonable work in definition … Continue reading

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Christina Hendricks’ brief spell as a bottle blond

I subscribe to a newsletter from the Advertising Standards Agency which lists all their recent rulings.  It is a good way to keep abreast of what claims you can get away with or not.  The place all marketing departments want … Continue reading

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A Quick Guide to the EU Cosmetic Regulations – Beauty Brains Podcast

I have been featured on the Beauty Brains podcast. They asked me to do a ten minute segment on EU cosmetic regulations, which was fairly easy to do as I have been working with them for 30 odd years.  It … Continue reading

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The Bare Minimum You Need To Do To Comply With The Cosmetic Regulations

There is a concept in the software business called the minimum viable product. This is the barebones of an application that does just enough to enable it to get onto the market so the concept can be tested. This is … Continue reading

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How Do We Know Something Is Good At Moisturising?

I was listening to the perky pair of Randy and Perry over on the Beauty Brains the other day. They were answering a question about whether or not lanolin was a good moisturiser. They replied that it was indeed but … Continue reading

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Cosmetics That Look Like Food

  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 … Continue reading

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