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The Ordinary – Generic Cosmetics?

The Ordinary - Generic Cosmetics?

Looks Like A Drug – Actually A Cosmetic

Just about every concept has been tried in cosmetic somewhere by somebody, so I don’t imagine the idea behind new brand The Ordinary is entirely new. But it is new to me and is certainly not one that anyone has tried before on a big scale. Cosmetic products typically have quite high margins when compared to the cost of actually making the product. The reason that cosmetics are not especially profitable compared to other sectors is simply that while they have unusually low manufacturing costs they have unusually high promotional costs. So it balances out. Continue reading

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

Cosmetics in general are a very personal thing and it is hard to work out why a person would like one product rather than another. It is hard to even work out why you like it yourself. And this is particularly the case with colour cosmetics like foundations. What is it that makes one foundation great and another totally unsuitable for your skin, and why will somebody else come to a completely different opinion? Continue reading

Do You Need Shampoo?

Do You Need Shampoo?

Everyone loves bubbles

I don’t generally trust the Daily Mail, and in fact usually try to avoid it.  But I couldn’t miss a fascinating story about falling shampoo sales.  It seems that last year some of the big brands lost as much as 11% of their sales.  What is going on?  The Mail of course is never short of opinions and is quick to form judgements.  The headline was that women who work from home don’t bother to wash their hair.  Right.  It must be the lazy trollops.  What else could it be? Continue reading

How To Enjoy Cosmetic Products

how to enjoy cosmetic productsThe cost of making cosmetics is relatively low compared to what they sell for. They have what business people call a high margin. This makes the sector very attractive to entrepreneurs who scent an opportunity to make a lot of money. And some indeed do. But the high margins don’t always translate into high profits. Overall the return on investment for the cosmetic sector is respectable, but only a little higher than that for manufacturing as a whole. The reason is simple and you’ve probably guessed it already. You have to put a lot of effort into selling them.  They all have to have some kind of unique selling point – or USP.  Continue reading

What Makes A Good Fake Tan?

fake tan accelerator

Can you get a fake tan even quicker?

There are plenty of fake tan products out there. Fake tans are easy to formulate and not too expensive to manufacture. The active ingredient, dihydroxyacetone, is very effective. So the big problem facing the manufacturers of fake tans is how to differentiate their product from the competitors. So they need to find ways to speed up the tanning process or to give a superior end result. Continue reading

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay

Being a formulation scientist I appreciate elegant formulations that have been carefully crafted to produce an elegant solution balancing all the competing requirements of elegance, efficacy and economy.   But sometimes you just don’t need all that.  This product is just a big jar of clay.  A pound of the stuff in fact.  But does it make up for its lack of sophistication in product development by snazzy marketing?  Er, not really.  It is called Indian Healing Clay evoking the sounds, smells and mystery of the sub-continent.  But the pack is illustrated with what looks like an Aztec or Mayan pyramid.  It’s not really considered polite to continue the old mistake of mixing up the indigenous populations of South America with those of somewhere else altogether.  So it doesn’t look like this has been carefully thought out by a team of highly paid marketing professionals.   I quite like the look, but as Mrs BeautyScientist always makes clear, I have no taste so this is a bad thing.

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Balance Me Radiance Face Oil

I am always on the look out for interesting, unusual and preferably entertaining product claims.  Which is how I ended up on the website of Balance Me, a skincare company of whom I have to confess I had not heard of before.  They have bought out a limited edition of a facial oil.  There is no indication on the website why it is a limited edition, nor just how limited it is.  They don’t claim that each bottle is numbered, or that it comes with a certificate.  So I’ll just have to assume that they have just decided that at some point they are going to stop producing it when some number of units has been reached. Continue reading