Plantur 39 Phyto-Caffeine Shampoo is being heavily advertised on UK television at the moment. The advert is well made but it made my eyebrow raise a little when I first saw it. Surely they weren’t claiming that their product could promote hair growth? It didn’t take long for the advert to come around again. This time I paid attention, and on second viewing I realised that they didn’t actually make that claim at all. Continue reading
Okay, you’ve got really dry skin. What is a good choice of skin cream? One approach is to look for actives that have a good effect and then find a product that has a lot of that ingredient. This sounds good in theory but it isn’t always easy to work out which of the many active ingredients the adverts are shouting about actually work. And it is almost impossible to work out how much of those ingredients are in any given product. But it’s not impossible. Let’s have a look at Eucerin Extra Dry Skin Intensive 10% w/ w Urea Treatment Lotion. Continue reading
I am, as I often am, indebted to British Beauty Blogger for her review of this remarkable product – Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub – which she described as ‘one heck of a scrub’. Well it certainly should be because the first item on the ingredient list is ruby crystals. BBB is rightly cynical about beauty business claims and brushed the ruby thing off as a sales gimmick. But in this case, there is something about rubies that makes them uniquely suitable as the abrasive agent in a scrub. They are one of the hardest substances known to man. Continue reading
What do you call someone who works somewhere you used to work, but who joined after you left? Are they still a colleague? Not sure. But whatever, someone who now works at one of my old stomping grounds drew my attention to a product that gave her a skin reaction. It is a product that has got quite a lot of love from beauty bloggers, so I thought I’d take a look. It is Pixi Glow Tonic and seems to be the most popular offering from Pixi by Petra. According to the website this company has been set up by a makeup artist called Petra Strand. She claims 20 years experience so ought to know what she is doing.
The number of brands cashing in on the supposedly harmful effects of chemicals continues to grow. Australian organic skincare company is one of many, and it goes to the trouble of explaining its philosophy in some detail on its website. They make the claim that they are not only natural but are more effective than conventional products. They put this as stridently as possible, saying it is “FINALLY POSSIBLE, TO ACHIEVE REAL BEAUTY RESULTS WITHOUT HARMFUL CHEMICALS.” Continue reading
Bath bombs have come a long way. The chemistry behind them is simple enough. Citric acid and sodium bicarbonate react together to release carbon dioxide which makes it fizz when you add them to a bath. A simple if unsophisticated pleasure. I don’t know who first thought of the idea but I first became aware of them back in the eighties. They were a craft thing mainly then, turning up at village fêtes and the like. They are still a mainstay of the people who like making their own fun – and very imaginative a lot of them are. Continue reading
I am not sure exactly when Victoria’s Secret became such a big thing. It only seems like a few years ago nobody in the UK had even heard of it, but now it is one of those brands you can’t get away from. This is quite an achievement given that it is still has a fairly small footprint on the British high street, with only a few stores in the big cities. So when I ended up spending a few hours in Copenhagen airport last week I was intrigued enough to pay a visit to their outlet. The interesting thing was just how much space was devoted not to the underwear for which they are so well known, but to fragrances and skincare – all of which was branded as Victoria’s Secret. Continue reading
Here’s a funny thing. I was asked on my Facebook page why Clinique Smart Custom Serum smells of bacon. I should first point out that I am a bit of social media dinosaur and although I have had a Facebook account for some time I was only vaguely aware that you could message on it and even now I can only find the message bit if I get an alert telling me that someone has sent one. So if you have ever messaged me on Facebook there is a good chance I have never realised. But I digress, Nicola asked me to comment on her on the smell of this product and pointed me to a forum where people were discussing it.
Some formulations look a lot more complicated than they really are. Take this one from cult emollient Olverum bath oil.
Isopropyl Myristate, Pinus (Pine Oil), Arachis hypogea (Groundnut oil), Lavandula hybrida (Lavandin Oil), Limonene, Linalool, Citrus limonum (Lemon oil), Eukalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus oil), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary oil), Citral, Litsea cubeba (Exotic Verbena), Fragrance, Lavendula augustifolia (Lavender oil), Juniperus communis (Juniper oil), Geraniol, Coumarin. Continue reading
The irrepressible @just3nita on Twitter drew my attention to a product from Decléor describing itself as a micellar oil. I have already covered what a micellar water is. Micelles are simply one kind of arrangement that molecules adopt in solution, one which can sometimes make them quite effective for solubilising oily materials like for example makeup. But you really do need the water for the physical chemistry to work. How can you possibly have a micelle in an oil? I smelt an opportunity to mock a moron from marketing and set off to investigate. Continue reading