People often use the terms cream and ointment interchangeably. They are both white substances that come in jars that you put on your skin, so that makes sense. I think ointment sounds a bit more medical than cream, but other than that they seem like much the same thing. Continue reading
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
The dudes at the Beauty Brains tweeted a link to an article in the Huffington Post in which the American cosmetic industry was accused of acting in an untrustworthy manner over the issue of reforms to the cosmetic industry. What is going on?
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
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
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
“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
I got a question from iMarie. “What are your thoughts about sulfates being contaminated with 1,4-dioxane? Thanks!” Well that brought back some memories. Continue reading
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
The main reason people use personal care products is for what they do for them. All but the most humble of products have a story they want to tell about the benefits you will derive from them. A product’s claims are its most important attribute. Continue reading