Category Archives: Ingredients

Lavender Oil – Scary Stuff?

Lavender farmers are worried that under new legislation products containing lavender oil will have to bear a black and red warning symbol.  They will also have to bear the warning ‘fatal if swallowed’.   You can see why this might … Continue reading

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Are Wheat and Oat Allergies A Problem In Cosmetics?

Gluten free diets have had their moment in the sun over the last year.   They have become a big enough thing for the New Yorker to run a cartoon with the punchline ” I have only been off gluten … Continue reading

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A Problem With Skin Reactions To Esters

My long term Twitter chum Musical Houses raised a problem she has with some cosmetic ingredients with me over Twitter, using no less than 8 tweets to do it.  Such patience clearly deserves an answer.

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 It is a common observation amongst pharmaceutical scientists that many of the top selling drugs of all time are derived from plants.  The one that is usually quoted is aspirin that was first developed by modifying an ingredient found in … Continue reading

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What Are The Risks of Combining Dihydroxyacetone and Dimethyl Isosorbide in Self Tans?

Hi Colin, I’ve been a loyal reader of your blog for quite some time and enjoy the reliable advice you give as a professional. Therefore I would like your opinion on something that has been bothering me for a while. … Continue reading

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Ascorbic Acid/Vitamin C

It is a sad fact of life that not many of the fancy sounding ingredients that cosmetic companies add to their formulations add much to the benefits those products have for your skin.  A good moisturiser is a pretty handy … Continue reading

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Anti-ageing Effect of Carnosine

Carnosine has been around a long time, but is currently a fashionable anti-ageing ingredient because of its supposed role in inhibiting glycation which I have previously blogged about.  I came to the conclusion that it was a nice theory, but while it is … Continue reading

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Correcting Acne Scars

If acne wasn’t bad enough already it can often leave scars on the face which can, in some cases, last a lifetime.  Fortunately severe disfigurement as a result of acne is rare, but unfortunately there isn’t a huge amount that … Continue reading

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Which Ingredients Block Pores?

I have written before about how I don’t think that there is very much value in the comedogenic scale that attempts to rate cosmetic ingredient for their potential to cause blackheads.  But this rather begs the question, posed to me … Continue reading

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Do Anti-Ageing Creams Cause Autism?

Another day, another scare story. This one suggests that ingredients in anti-ageing creams can affect the development of unborn children so they are more likely to be born autistic. Well, nothing is totally impossible but this one seems a bit … Continue reading

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