Author Archives: Colin

Hydrolysed Wheat Protein

I have written a couple of times about products promoted as gluten free.  Framed like that, for the vast majority of people they are completely pointless.  Unless you know you have a specific problem with gluten there is no reason … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Use The Bit At The Bottom Of A Lipstick

A friend of mine has a premium lipstick they use for serious socialising, and a cheaper workaday one that is good enough for when they are seeing less important people like me.  She hit on a whizzo wheeze of melting … Continue reading

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Just How Much Water Is In Your Personal Care Products?

Water is just as much an ingredient as any other in personal care products.  Yes it is cheap, and yes the more water you put into a formulation the lower your costs will be.  But in all but the cheapest … Continue reading

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Sucrose Esters – The Next Big Thing?

After the huge success of BB creams a lot of attention has been given to the rest of the alphabet.  We still don’t know what the next combination to take the industry by storm will be.  A lot of us … Continue reading

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Fringe Meeting On Cosmetic Regulations At Formulate

The big show of the year for cosmetic formulators and other people at the sharp end of cosmetic development is SCS Formulate, organised by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.  It will be held as usual at the Ricoh Conference Centre … Continue reading

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Beauty Resources I Actually Use

I have been meaning to do a post for a while now with a comprehensive list of all the great online beauty resources that are available to the beauty enthusiast who wants to dig a bit deeper.  I still have … Continue reading

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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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