Tag Archives: personal care products

Aching Joints

aching-joints

People are living longer, which means that there are more older people around.  Consequently the problems that older people suffer from are now affecting more and more people.  One of those problems is aching joints, and any product that brings relief from them is going to get a lot of takers.  But how good are the options that are out there? Continue reading

How to make a Hypoallergenic Product

hypoallergenic

There was a lot of interest in hypoallergenic products back in the eighties when I first started as a formulator. Back then the perception was that natural ingredients were the problem. Like a lot of popular ideas it corresponded to prejudice rather than evidence.  But few of us, scientists included, trouble to check our beliefs against actual data. Continue reading

Do Antiperspirants Cause Breast Cancer?

I am afraid this is old news, though as it happens new to me.  I am not sure how I missed it but it turns out that a very large and well conducted survey was carried out into the link between antiperspirants and breast cancer.  It was done in 2002 by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and is explicitly inspired by internet rumours about such a link. Continue reading

Differences Between Hand and Face Creams

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I was asked a question by a journalist who was writing an article on the differences between hand and face creams.  It is an interesting question so I thought that now I have plugged my typewriter in I may as well share it more widely.  Before we look at the products lets look at the difference between the skin on the hands and the face. Continue reading

Hypoallergenic Products

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“There are no Federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term “hypoallergenic.” The term means whatever a particular company wants it to mean. Manufacturers of cosmetics labeled as hypoallergenic are not required to submit substantiation of their hypoallergenicity claims to FDA.
The term “hypoallergenic” may have considerable market value in promoting cosmetic products to consumers on a retail basis, but dermatologists say it has very little meaning.”

So said the American Food and Drug Administration in 2000 on the subject of hypoallergenic products. Continue reading

Should You Shampoo Your Hair?

should you shampoo your hair

There has been a lot of debate online following a video being run by the Huffington Post about a woman who hasn’t used shampoo for five years.  This was picked up by the Beauty Brains and it has generated and continues to generate a lot of debate.  As it has already been pretty thoroughly gone over at first I decided not to weigh in.  But on a whim I started my camera rolling and just recorded what came out. The question on my mind, should you shampoo your hair? Continue reading

Cosmetics, Chemicals and the Truth – SCS/RSC Lecture Burlington House, Piccadilly, London 3rd October 2013

Cosmetics, Chemicals and the Truth

Is it safe to come out from under the pillows and risk some lipstick and shampoo?

A debate about the safety of chemicals in cosmetics chaired by Alice Hart-Davis with Chris Flower  (Director General, CTPA) & Dr Peter Taylor (Pharmacy lecturer, De Montfort University) speaking for them and Jo Fairley (Journalist/Author of the Green Beauty Bible) & Jayney Goddard (President, Complementary Medicine Association) speaking against. Continue reading