Author Archives: Colin

Dr Leah Treatments

Okay, this is the internet so I have a right to talk about subjects on which I know next to nothing and pontificate on matters where my opinion is totally uninformed.  So here is a blog post about a business … Continue reading

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Rosin

Rosin is a resin derived mainly from pine. It is a bit like one of those odd job men you run into who can do all sorts of odd things.  It is used to coat violin bows so they run … Continue reading

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Bomb Cosmetics Chocolate Ballotin Assortment

Bath bombs have come a long way.  The chemistry behind them is simple enough. Citric acid and sodium bicarbonate react together to release carbon dioxide which makes it fizz when you add them to a bath. A simple if unsophisticated … Continue reading

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A Different Way Of Looking At Cosmetic Adverts

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A Quick Guide To The Environmental Crisis

I give green personal care products a pretty rough time on this blog.  I don’t have any problem doing this as a public service because so many of them basically aren’t very good.  But it does run the risk that … Continue reading

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Don’t Get A Job – 5 Reasons It Is A Bad Idea

I get asked from time to time about how to become a cosmetic scientist. I have already talked about what kinds of qualifications you might need. But I think there is an assumption that the only way into this line … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Secret

I am not sure exactly when Victoria’s Secret became such a big thing.  It only seems like a few years ago nobody in the UK had even heard of it, but now it is one of those brands you can’t … Continue reading

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A Natural Way Of Preserving Products Using Oregano

Regular readers will know that any aqueous cosmetic product needs a preservative to stop it going mouldy.  Preservatives tend to get a bad press, and given that most of them are inevitably toxic they are probably going to carry on … Continue reading

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Why Does Clinique Smart Custom Serum Smell Of Bacon?

Here’s a funny thing.  I was asked on my Facebook page why Clinique Smart Custom Serum smells of bacon.   I should first point out that I am a bit of social media dinosaur and although I have had a Facebook … Continue reading

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How Well Are Accredited Organic Personal Care Products Doing?

The theme of the last Scandinavian Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ annual meeting was labelling of cosmetic and personal care products with various accreditations, of which the biggest example is the various organic accreditation schemes out there.  These are certainly talked … Continue reading

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