I am a formulation scientist, inventor, manager, beauty blogger, beauty futurologist, science communicator and environmentalist. Biggest achievements to date - Conceiving and formulating one of the top selling pharmaceutical scalp treatment shampoos. Organising the first two Formulate trade shows, now a key feature of the UK cosmetic industry's year. Starting Colin's Beauty Pages, the UK's main blog devoted to cosmetic science and other health and beauty matters. Elected as a Fellow of the Society of Biology 1st October 2013. Specialties: Formulation development, science communication, cosmetic regulatory compliance, rheology, experimental design, finding odd connections between things that nobody else has noticed.I am a formulat

What’s wrong with parabens – and a possible alternative

All cosmetic products that contain large amounts of water need to be preserved from micro-organisms. If they aren’t preserved the go mouldy. For years the most widely used preservatives have been the esters of para-amino benzoic acid. These are known collectively as parabens. The most useful is methylparaben. This is often used in combination with […]

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You can tell a lot about a person’s health and well being by looking at their hair. It is not surprising that having healthy looking shiny hair increases your attractiveness to the opposite sex.  But when you look at hair it is the colour which attracts the lion’s share of the attention.   And the colour

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