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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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Doing Green The Right Way

I am a big fan of being green.  I’d love to see a lot more progress in that direction in the cosmetics industry and I am very happy to report on a company that according to a report in the … Continue reading

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A lot of scientists are keen to point out that ‘safe’ and ‘natural’ don’t always go together.  It is equally true that ‘synthetic’ and ‘toxic’ aren’t the same thing either.  Another less obvious pairing is that something can be both … Continue reading

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Wholefoods Banned Ingredient List

Whole Foods is a supermarket chain from America but which has global ambitions, including some stores in the UK.  Its unique selling point is that it stocks natural and organic products.  Speaking personally, I find the notion that any kind … Continue reading

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Cosmetic Ingredients – Natural or Synthetic?

Since at least the nineties and arguably even before that, the trend has been towards making personal care products that are as natural as possible. The cosmetics business has gone green, both metaphorically and in the case of the labels … Continue reading

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Are Soaps Containing Triclosan Effective?

One of the Chemists’ Corner team made a very good point on Twitter.  If antibacterial soaps, most of which contain triclosan, are effective then industry shouldn’t have any trouble demonstrating the fact.  The context to this is a recent request … Continue reading

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Palm Oil

A lot of people are concerned about palm oil production.  Palm oil production has some serious environmental issues associated with it to do with sustainability and destruction of precious wildlife habitats.  Older readers might remember serious air pollution caused by … Continue reading

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I was at a conference about cosmetic regulations yesterday.  As is often the case, some of the most interesting things I picked up in random conversations with people I might not otherwise ever meet.  For example I was chatting to … Continue reading

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EDTA turns up near the bottom of the ingredient lists of lots of different personal care products.  You also see disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA.  For all intents and purposes these are the same – they are just different ways … Continue reading

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Triclosan – Why you should use it, and why it should be banned

In a recent post on antibacterial products I deliberately avoided talking about individual antibacterial ingredients.  Most of them are interesting enough to deserve a post in their own right, and none more so than triclosan. 

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