Author Archives: Colin

Unilever Acquires REN

I have always been rather mystified by the appeal of REN.  I haven’t sampled the whole range, but the ones I have tried have been distinctly not particularly good examples of their class.  I have also never quite worked out … Continue reading

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Cosmetics Reviews By Fawesome TV

I noticed that my TV box  had a channel called Cosmetics Reviews on it.  So I thought I  would have a look.  I had to give them my e-mail address so I guess I will be shortly in line to … Continue reading

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Tocopherol

Our bodies are engaged in a continual battle against oxygen.  Oxygen breaks down anything complex.  It makes fats go rancid.  It cleaves and disorders proteins. It wrecks DNA.  So basically our bodies are targets of oxygen molecules.  We need to … Continue reading

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REACH and Animal Testing

The most recent version of the cosmetic regulations, which came into force in the summer of 2013, made it illegal to test on animals for the purposes of developing cosmetics. This is something that has pleased most people, who tend … Continue reading

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Plantur 39 Phyto-Caffeine Shampoo

Plantur 39 Phyto-Caffeine Shampoo is being heavily advertised on UK television at the moment.  The advert is well made but it made my eyebrow raise a little when I first saw it.  Surely they weren’t claiming that their product could … Continue reading

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Fomblin – Have You Fombled?

Almost no idea is so far fetched that somebody somewhere hasn’t proposed using it as the basis of a new cosmetic.  This came to mind the other day when the element fluorine was mentioned in a conversation I was having. … Continue reading

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Eucerin Extra Dry Skin Intensive 10% w/ w Urea Treatment Lotion Product Review

Okay, you’ve got really dry skin.  What is a good choice of skin cream?  One approach is to look for actives that have a good effect and then find a product that has a lot of that ingredient.  This sounds … Continue reading

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Formulating Lipstick Is Not Easy

Timea Sulenta – an Austrian cosmetic formulator has written a very informative article in the latest edition of the Personal Care magazine about the difficulties of formulating lipsticks.  Because formulating lipstick is not easy. For something so every day they … Continue reading

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Three Reasons To Skip The Shower

Cosmetic Design Europe ran a piece plugging a new product launch a few weeks back.  They also copyright protected it so I couldn’t cut and paste from it to run a commentary. How they run their blog is up to … Continue reading

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Does Lip Balm Make Your Lips Dry?

  The Beauty Brains highlighted a list of three useless cosmetic product categories on their Twitter feed a couple of days ago that they had found on a blog.  The first two were pretty hard to argue with.  Split ends … Continue reading

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