Category Archives: Ingredients

Fomblin – Have You Fombled?

Almost no idea is so far fetched that somebody somewhere hasn’t proposed using it as the basis of a new cosmetic.  This came to mind the other day when the element fluorine was mentioned in a conversation I was having. … Continue reading

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Is A Combination of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid As Good As People Are Saying For Anti Ageing?

I was musing this morning that even though blogs in general (and my blog in particular) are not always that well written and have no kind of quality control and are generally a bit rough round the edges nonetheless they … Continue reading

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Endocrine Disruptors

As I made clear in my post on cosmetic safety assessments, as a rule cosmetics are safe and there is a good procedure in place to make sure they stay that way.   What I didn’t say is that this … Continue reading

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D4 and D5 Silicones – Should You Be Worried?

Nothing it is totally impossible, but the chances of a harmful ingredient getting into a cosmetic and affecting the health of the people who use it is really really unlikely.  Even if the people who formulated them were both stupid … Continue reading

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Why Would A Company Switch To MI?

I have just had someone get in touch to tell me that Ecover Wipes have just changed their formulation to include methylisothiazolinone  (MI) as the preservative.  I haven’t been able to confirm this myself so I will have to treat … Continue reading

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Lip Balm With Sunscreens

Sunlight is bad.  It is a source of UV radiation which releases free radicals in your skin which damage the collagen in your skin which is why the skin on parts of your body exposed more often to the sun … Continue reading

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Butterfly Wing Cosmetic Colours

One of the highlights of 2014 for me was a talk by Peter Vukusic of Exeter University at the Society of Cosmetic Scientist’s meeting on May Day near Oxford.  It was about alternative ways of creating colours for cosmetics.

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Geranium Oil

I have a bit of a soft spot for geraniums.  My grandfather used to grow them in his front garden and introduced me to their ability to display a range of strong smells.  The lemon geranium was my favourite, closely … 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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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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