April 2013


EDTA turns up near the bottom of the ingredient lists of lots of different personal care products.  You also see disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA.  For all intents and purposes these are the same – they are just different ways of delivering the same thing.

Heat Protection Sprays

Lilliana is wondering about her heat protection spray’s ingredients. Hi Colin, I suddenly decided to change my heat protection spray. However, this slightly more expensive product (I usually use Tresemme) doesn’t have any of the wheat protein ingredients of which I know they actually do protect my hair from heat. Is this my latest impulse …

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BB Creams

BB creams have taken the beauty world by storm over the last two years.  Are the consumers demanding what they want from the industry? Or is this marketing people cunningly foisting a trend on an easily led public?  There is certainly a lot of interest in them as this graph from Google Trends shows.   …

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I spend a lot of time on this blog pointing out the shortcomings of scaremongers who delight in trying to suggest that there is something wrong with the cosmetics that everyone uses every day.


Ambergris is really one of the weirdest ingredients used in the cosmetics industry.  It is a foul smelling substance that is from time to time washed  up on beaches around the world.  It was in the news in the UK back in February when a man called Ken Whitman found a huge chunk of it …

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Vellus Hair

We don’t pay a lot of attention to vellus hair.  This is the fine downy hair that covers a lot of our body, with the exception of the palms of our hands and for some reason, the backs of our ears.  It isn’t very visible so the beauty world doesn’t take a lot of notice …

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