Author Archives: Colin

Looking For A Job? I’m Hiring

Regular readers might have noticed that I have been running a consulting business over the last few years. It has been going pretty well and the volume of work I have is now a lot more than I can cope with on my own. So I am looking for some help.

If you are in the West Sussex region and would like to get into the cosmetic industry then why not get in touch and see if we might be a good match. I’m fairly open minded about the kind of person who might be interesting and who might be interested. If you’ve done any cosmetic formulating before that would be a big bonus. You’d need a pretty strong interest in science too. But this is in effect a small start up business so most important is a willingness to turn your hand to whatever problem presents itself.

If this sounds interesting let me know about yourself using the contact form below.

 

Grey Hair Gene

Grey Hair Gene

Grey hair may not be inevitable in the future

Grey hair is something we can all look forward to.  That the genes have something to do with it is pretty clear.  Some people go grey in their twenties – a few put it off until their fifties or even later.  And it is very rare that someone goes grey and then turns back again.  So it is a pretty safe bet that this is not strongly an environmental thing.   Continue reading

Are Personal Care Products Making Men Bald?

Are Personal Care Products Making Men Bald?

Has this man overdone the shampoo?

This was a question posed to me by a journalist on the Daily Telegraph.  The answer is of course no, but I’ll get onto that later.  First this is quite an interesting example of how stories like this originate.  Here is the full text of the e-mail I was sent. Continue reading

Silver Citrate

silver citrate

Silver can help make you beautiful as well as be used in jewellery

I don’t think that animal testing works the way some people commentating on the internet appear to think it works.  This was brought home to me when I was asked a question about a new preservative material called silver citrate.   It is one that might appeal to the lovers of natural because both silver and citrate sound safe and natural.  We all know what silver is and so assume it is safe.  Citric acid sounds like it comes from oranges so that sounds pretty safe too.  But the person who was interested in it had read the material safety data sheet that came with it, and concluded that it had been tested on animals.  For them this was a no no. Continue reading

Beer Shampoo

beer shampoo

Dark beer is best for a beer shampoo

I have just seen a post on Facebook where someone is wondering about how much beer they need to put in a beer shampoo.   They aren’t very sure – in fact they are considering anything between 5 and 50%.  That’s a lot of beer!  The only thing they are sure of is that they need to open the beer the day before to let it go flat. Continue reading

Citrus Fruit Extract

Citrus Fruit Extract

Who wouldn’t want a citrus fruit extract?

I have just got off the phone from discussing a citrus fruit extract I have commissioned.  I have been disparaging in the past about what are called tip ins  – but there are times when you want a particular extract and it is rather splendid that companies exist that have the expertise and capabilities to produce, within reason, any extract that you want. Continue reading

The Palm Tree – The Cosmetic Industry’s Base

Palm is an important source of cosmetic raw materials

Palm is an important source of cosmetic raw materials

Some things I write about seem quite important to me but somehow don’t really resonate with the people who read my blog. For example I wrote a post on palm oil which explained how the palm oil business works.  Nobody read it.  But I still think it matters so here we go again. Basically palm is grown on plantations and then processed to produce palm oil. This all goes into a big system from where it is moved around to produce a bewildering number of products. Continue reading

Veltie Premoistened Toilet Paper


Well this is a luxury I never even considered.  Veltie is the name for pre-moistened toilet paper packaged as wet wipes.  There are some claims on the pack, though not as many as you might expect.  The key one is that they are flushable, which is good to know and indeed I think that if they weren’t there might be some practical difficulties in using them.  They also have the FSC symbol, which shows a laudable commitment to the environment.  If you aren’t aware of it this is a UK based standard that aims to encourage responsible forestry. Continue reading

Polyaminopropyl Biguanide Banned. Sort of.

Safe to use, but I’d reformulate if I were them

 

A question about an ingredient from Sara.

Hi, just wondering if you could give some information on the preservative Polyaminopropyl Biguanide? Apparently it was banned by the EU in January 2015 however appears to be still used in many beauty products including up to very recently Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish. Many thanks.
Hello Sara,

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Methylisothiazolinone Isn’t Banned, But It Looks Like I Am

Banned from MI GroupI am not a big fan of Facebook.  I find the interface a bit busy and confusing, and I haven’t really worked out who can actually see stuff when I post it.  But it is a big platform so I feel obliged to got on it every now and again.  I was on it recently and a side bar suggested I should join a group called “Get Methylisothiazolinone Removed From Products!”.  It sounded interesting so I clicked on it and thought no more about it. Continue reading