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A Natural Way Of Preserving Products Using Oregano

Regular readers will know that any aqueous cosmetic product needs a preservative to stop it going mouldy.  Preservatives tend to get a bad press, and given that most of them are inevitably toxic they are probably going to carry on … Continue reading

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Why Does Clinique Smart Custom Serum Smell Of Bacon?

Here’s a funny thing.  I was asked on my Facebook page why Clinique Smart Custom Serum smells of bacon.   I should first point out that I am a bit of social media dinosaur and although I have had a Facebook … 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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Alcohol In Skin Products

If you put neat alcohol onto your skin and leave it there for any length of time it will dry your skin out.  This is something that is well known.  The exact details of how it works aren’t that well … Continue reading

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Is Greenwashing What People Want?

The first cosmetic science Twitter chat last Saturday was on the subject of natural products and how they have affected the scientists who develop them.  This is a bit of raw subject for most cosmetic scientists who are skeptical of … Continue reading

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Biodegradable Scrubs

Getting rid of plastic beads from cosmetics is good for the environment, but that doesn’t mean we have to go without scrubs.  There are plenty of very interesting  and highly biodegradable alternatives. Here are a few that are being used.

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Hydrolysed Wheat Protein

I have written a couple of times about products promoted as gluten free.  Framed like that, for the vast majority of people they are completely pointless.  Unless you know you have a specific problem with gluten there is no reason … Continue reading

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Sucrose Esters – The Next Big Thing?

After the huge success of BB creams a lot of attention has been given to the rest of the alphabet.  We still don’t know what the next combination to take the industry by storm will be.  A lot of us … 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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