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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

Is It Time To Buy Some Flu Treatment?

Is It Time To Buy Some Flu Treatment?

There have always been people out to separate you from your money and prepared to say almost anything that will work to do so. Since the internet has been widespread there have been many more opportunities for small companies and simply unscrupulous individuals to sell stuff that just doesn’t do what it says. Continue reading

FDA View on Difference Between Drugs and Cosmetics

FDA View on Difference Between Drugs and Cosmetics

The FDA’ s view on what constitutes the definition of a drug compared to a cosmetic is a longstanding one. A cosmetic is not supposed to either have or to claim physiological effect. This is a reasonable work in definition in so far as it goes. You can pick holes in it if you put your mind to it, but it gets the essence of how most people think of the difference. It has in any case not been something that the FDA gave a lot of attention to. Continue reading

Toothpaste Cannot Regenerate Your Enamel

The human body is continually breaking itself down and reassembling itself, even bones.   This is a good feature because it keeps everything in good condition.   It also means that many problems can be reversed.  So for example if you give up smoking the damage it has done is gradually repaired.  If you give up soon enough you can even get back to the same life expectancy you would have had if you had never smoked.  Even the most virulent of toxins – which cigarette smoke is pretty close to being – can usually be removed.  But not all damage is reversible, and tooth enamel is one of the things that is not replaced routinely.  If it is damaged, it is damaged for good. Continue reading

Q10 – Does It Work?

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The pace of scientific advance over the last couple of centuries has been astonishing. Innovations have poured out of laboratories and workshops transforming our lives forever. Very few of the new ideas that have shaped the modern world have avoided at some stage being used as marketing stories by the cosmetic industry. One of the most extraordinary mismatches between the science and what marketing departments do with it is Q10. Continue reading

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 the actual Bible, there are various versions so I am not sure where to start.  Anyway anybody who names their book the anything Bible is clearly not lacking in ambition for their work.   Continue reading

Three Things Beauty Bloggers Should Know About Science

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I know that a lot of people who read Colin’s Beauty Pages are beauty bloggers. So I thought you might like some tips on how to cut through the hype behind beauty products to get through to the reality.  Here are three things to bear in mind when looking at the science stuff that sometimes gets used in the promotion of cosmetic and personal care products. Continue reading

Dove Soap

Dove have been running a rather stupid advert showing the difference between Dove and ordinary soap.  They put some coloured paper in the shape of a woman on bars of soap and left them on the soap bar.  Ordinary soap destroys the paper whereas Dove doesn’t. So bloody what! Continue reading