December 2014

Butterfly Wing Cosmetic Colours

One of the highlights of 2014 for me was a talk by Peter Vukusic of Exeter University at the Society of Cosmetic Scientist’s meeting on May Day near Oxford.  It was about alternative ways of creating colours for cosmetics.

Geranium Oil

I have a bit of a soft spot for geraniums.  My grandfather used to grow them in his front garden and introduced me to their ability to display a range of strong smells.  The lemon geranium was my favourite, closely followed by the rose geranium.  I was also impressed to come across a scheme that …

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Rosin

Rosin is a resin derived mainly from pine. It is a bit like one of those odd job men you run into who can do all sorts of odd things.  It is used to coat violin bows so they run smoothly over the strings.  It is used as a base for some kinds of glue. …

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