Category Archives: Science

Hard core science straight from the journals.

Face the Future SCS Symposium – Interview with Barbara Brockway

SCS Symposium Face the Future It’s good to be spontaneous sometimes.  I ran into Barbara Brockway at Making Cosmetics.  Nobody in the industry needs to be told who Barbara is – she has worked at the Body Shop and several … Continue reading

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Do Antiperspirants Cause Breast Cancer?

I am afraid this is old news, though as it happens new to me.  I am not sure how I missed it but it turns out that a very large and well conducted survey was carried out into the link … Continue reading

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Beauty Bible Author Reveals Truth About Cosmetics And Science

I have only heard about the Beauty Bible compiled by the redoubtable Jo Fairley recently and I haven’t read it yet.  In fact I haven’t actually even seen it for sale anywhere.  A quick check on Amazon reveals that like … Continue reading

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Fat versus Sugar – Horizon BBC2

They are both bad, but which is worse? Fat or Sugar? A couple of twins who are both doctors investigated by eating just one or the other for a month.

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Hypoallergenic Products

“There are no Federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term “hypoallergenic.” The term means whatever a particular company wants it to mean. Manufacturers of cosmetics labeled as hypoallergenic are not required to submit substantiation of their … Continue reading

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Improve your skin with a light mask?

The idea of the Dragon’s Den is a great one for a television programme.  What could be more fascinating than watching people pitching ideas to potential investors?  Unfortunately I don’t much care for the way the BBC actually go about … Continue reading

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Biotin for the Nails

There are some people who really like the idea that taking vitamins and minerals can keep them healthy. There are others who take great pleasure in being sceptical about them. The reality is frustrating for those who like to check … Continue reading

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Patents in Cosmetics

The force of nature that is British Beauty Blogger was onto me the other day asking for comments on a couple of patents she had come across. Patents are a great source of information for cosmetic scientists, and potentially for … Continue reading

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So, should you take Multivitamins or not?

There was a lot of publicity just before Christmas about an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine which after reviewing one heck of a lot of data concluded that there was no evidence that multivitamins had any health benefits.

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Comedogenic Scale – Why You Should Ignore It

A comedo is the scientific name for a blackhead. An ingredient that causes comedones is comedogenic. The comedogenic scale is a five point scale that tells you how comedogenic that ingredient is. It is also complete nonsense. Let’s have a … Continue reading

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