Category Archives: Science

Hard core science straight from the journals.

A Quick Guide To The Environmental Crisis

I give green personal care products a pretty rough time on this blog.  I don’t have any problem doing this as a public service because so many of them basically aren’t very good.  But it does run the risk that … Continue reading

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Don’t Get A Job – 5 Reasons It Is A Bad Idea

I get asked from time to time about how to become a cosmetic scientist. I have already talked about what kinds of qualifications you might need. But I think there is an assumption that the only way into this line … Continue reading

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Do We Need A Low Allergy Standard For Cosmetics?

The biggest cause of complaints to cosmetic companies from consumers are allergic reactions.  Anyone can develop an allergic reaction to anything at any time, so this is only to be expected.  There are some ingredients that are more inclined to … Continue reading

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Gene Therapy In Skincare

The excitable chaps who cover beauty over at the Daily Mail have gone even more  effervescent than usual over the latest expensive skin serum.  And when I say expensive I mean expensive – a four week course costs £600  (€750, … Continue reading

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Mole Day, Hooray!

Who is the most popular chemist?  Avogadro.  Everyone knows his number.  Okay it is a corny joke, and it is also probably a bit baffling if you have never heard of Avogadro’s number.  It is one of those things that … Continue reading

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Personal Care Products and Exercise

I used to think about things in boxes when I was at school.  There was chemistry, biology and gym.   I didn’t really think much about the connections between them.   But these subject headings we learn are not real. … Continue reading

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Microbeads In Cosmetics

As a keen environmentalist I often find myself face palming when a cosmetic company picks up on a green issue.  They often home in on things that aren’t particularly relevant and propose solutions that are questionable.  But I think the … Continue reading

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The Beauty Brains Podcast

I was a bit slow off the mark with this one.  When the Beauty Brains started their podcast I tried to find it on iTunes but couldn’t locate it.  So I gave up.  I should have persevered because I needed … Continue reading

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Why We Need A Sugar Tax

I have a busy day ahead catching up on paperwork and writing reports.  To prepare I have stocked up on snacks, including a last minute dash to the Co-op for some bananas and ginger nut biscuits.  I noticed that by … Continue reading

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Perfume Makes You More Attractive

Perfume is supposed to make you smell nice.  That is sort of what it says on the tin. But newly published research indicates that it also makes you look better too.  The scientists showed photos of women’s faces to a … Continue reading

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