February 2011

Tip Ins

A great many cosmetic products nowadays contain plant extracts of one kind or another.   I think the first product that really captured the imagination of the public with this approach was the shampoo Timotei.  When it was first launched it was advertised by a slim blond woman who was pictured wandering dreamily around a field …

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Mad Scientists

Working in a lab you often get people describing you as a mad scientist.  It’s hilarious every time and never ceases to be funny.  But just too make sure that nobody thinks that scientists are really mad I have prepared a diagram that explains the true situation. Basically there are a lot of people some …

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Collagen

The French word for glue is col.  Think of a collage, a picture made up of lots of other pictures glued together -that’s where it gets its name from.   The name for collagen comes from the same root as well.  It is the glue that holds the skin together.  What it actually is is a …

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Book Review: Silent Spring Part 3

(See http://colinsbeautypages.co.uk/book-review-silent-spring-part-1/ for the first part of this review) Silent Spring is sometimes described as the book that started the environmental movement.  This is an extravagant claim but it really is remarkable the extent to which so many things that trouble us today are already there in its pages.

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