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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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Are Wheat and Oat Allergies A Problem In Cosmetics?

Gluten free diets have had their moment in the sun over the last year.   They have become a big enough thing for the New Yorker to run a cartoon with the punchline ” I have only been off gluten … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology

Nano materials are a category of material that has gone from the status of great white hope for the future to major threat to life on the planet without going through the normal intermediate stages of being widely used for … Continue reading

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Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream/Vital Vitamin Day Cream SPF 15 Product Review

Brands are significant things in the personal care world.  Huge sums are invested in creating, promoting and protecting them.  The effort made by the guys in the lab who formulate them is a tiny fraction of the time, care and … Continue reading

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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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