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Colin Solves Your Problems 14: Paula’s Choice

Diana writes :

Hi. This is not exactly a problem, it’s more of a question. I just discovered your blog a few days ago, and I find the information on it very useful. I especially appreciate the scientific explanations and I’m still going through your articles. Until recently I was not interested in cosmetic ingredients and would buy anything (and too much stuff actually). But through another blog about beauty I started to find out more about and cosmetics ingredients. Through there I read about Paula Begoun and Paula’s Choice products. Do you know anything about her? My question is, do you consider this as one of those “scaremonging” companies, or are the products ok? I have tried a few and am happy with the results. The price is not expensive but for the same money I could very well buy something from the shops.

Hi Diana,

I have to say I only know a little more about Paula than anyone can find out from the web.  She started as a make up artist, then started blogging about the science of beauty products and finally launched her own range of products.  I have not read a huge amount of her output about science and ingredients – I find it a bit tedious because to me it is a bit obvious and superficial.   I  haven’t come across anything positively wrong or misleading myself.  I have seen people criticising some of what she has written but have never troubled to look any further.  You can imagine how her approach might annoy other people in the business, particularly if they know more than she does.

I personally find the idea of setting yourself up to pass judgement on other people’s products when you have your own makes me feel a bit uncomfortable the exact way she does it.   But having said all that the products seem to be well regarded by people who use them, and she isn’t doing it in a misleading way.  Compared to a lot of the tricks people play to sell cosmetics she is definitely on the straight end of the spectrum.  I am not sure any of that actually helps, but that is my take.

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