Tag Archives: personal care products

Beer Shampoo

beer shampoo

Dark beer is best for a beer shampoo

I have just seen a post on Facebook where someone is wondering about how much beer they need to put in a beer shampoo.   They aren’t very sure – in fact they are considering anything between 5 and 50%.  That’s a lot of beer!  The only thing they are sure of is that they need to open the beer the day before to let it go flat. Continue reading

Hair Care Secrets – Horizon BBC2 23rd January 2017

Hair Care Secrets BBC HorizonSo how much hair care can you cover in an hour?  Quite a lot, but maybe not as much as the producers tried to cram into this one.  We had the biology of hair, a run down of the chemistry of both shampoos and conditioners, restorative hair surgery, a new hair strengthening agent, hair evaluation technology, how to shoot hair for adverts, greying hair and the latest gene research.  I am out of breath just typing it all. Continue reading

Bad Advice For Kitchen Cosmetic Chemists

how to make your own beauty products from scratch

I am great supporter of people making their own cosmetics at home.  It’s a fun thing to do and for me life is all about building a better understanding of things.  A good way to do this is to look closely into something, learn about it and then put those lessons into practice.  You’ll learn about cosmetics, you’ll get some stuff to use.  But you’ll also gain a deeper feeling for how things are made.  Modern life can alienate us from the real world a lot of the time and making your own cosmetics is one way to reconnect. Continue reading

Why It’s Important To Develop New Products By Steve Jobs

There is very little rest to be had if you want to keep up in the beauty business.  New products come out with a frequency so high it is only audible to dogs. Consumers might well wonder why cosmetic companies are so frenetic in their launch schedules.  Well the answer is pretty simple. The beauty world is fiercely competitive. You just can’t afford to rest on your laurels. The media and the blogosphere are most interested in what is new so you had better have something new to give them. Continue reading

The Bare Minimum You Need To Do To Comply With The Cosmetic Regulations

The Bare Minimum You Need To Do To Comply With The Cosmetic Regulations

There is a concept in the software business called the minimum viable product. This is the barebones of an application that does just enough to enable it to get onto the market so the concept can be tested. This is an interesting idea in the fast moving world of information technology where change is so fast that nobody knows what is going to work until it has been tried out. Continue reading

Formulating Lipstick Is Not Easy

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Timea Sulenta – an Austrian cosmetic formulator has written a very informative article in the latest edition of the Personal Care magazine about the difficulties of formulating lipsticks.  Because formulating lipstick is not easy. For something so every day they are surprisingly complicated.  A lot of it is mainly of interest to beakerheads, but I thought lipstick users might be interested in some of the problems people have coming up with them. 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

Is Benzophenone A Risk To Reproductive Health?

Is benzonphenone a risk to reproductive health

Can a widely used sunscreen harm your chance of having children?

Big corporations are run for profits and are not too scrupulous about how they seek them.  We have seen tobacco companies ignore the health of smokers.  Big chemical companies have pushed lead into petrol.  Mining companies leave the public to foot the bill for clearing up the mess their operations create.  The list goes on.  Cosmetic companies are no different ethically from any other type of corporation.  As it happens there are almost no serious health effects arising from the cosmetic business.  But this is not because their standards are higher – it is simply a fact that cosmetics are pretty safe.  If that gives those of us involved in selling them any kind of moral high ground, well we throw it away pretty quickly by the outrageous claims we make for them.  It is very hard to do anybody any harm via the skin – but it is equally hard to do much good either. Continue reading

Personal Care Products and Exercise

Personal Care Products and Exercise

I used to think about things in boxes when I was at school.  There was chemistry, biology and gym.   I didn’t really think much about the connections between them.   But these subject headings we learn are not real.  All the time your body is doing all sorts of exercise and there are processes going on that interact in ways that are hard to get a scientific handle on. Continue reading