Cosmetics

Cosmetics and cosmetic realted posts.

Goat Poop in Your Hair?

Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s talk about argan oil. Don’t worry, we will get around to the poop. Surely you’ve heard of corn oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil and canola oil. But unless you’re familiar with Moroccan traditions, or are in the habit of frequenting trendy hair salons, chances are that argan oil has escaped your attention. So what is this oil that most people have never heard of? [To read more click on Title.]

Parabens and Breast Cancer

Sometimes researchers remain stubbornly wedded to their ideas even when their own work begins to unravel the fabric they have woven. I believe such is the case with Dr. Phillipa Darbre of the University of Reading in England. Back in 2004 Darbre achieved tabloid fame with her allegation that antiperspirants were implicated in breast cancer because they accosted breast tissue with preservatives known as parabens. These compounds have estrogenic properties [To read more click on Title.]

Formaldehyde in Baby Shampoo-Crunch the Numbers, Crunch the Scare

It is a very small molehill. But to the folks at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) it seems more like Mount Everest. This organization’s recently released report features a cute baby smothered in lather, sitting in a bathtub under the headline “Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic.” What is this all about? Acrylic monomers leaching out of the tub? Lead in the water? Chemicals out gassing from the shower curtain? Reactions to mould on the grout? Nope. [To read more click on Title.]

Ethyl or methyl, what’s the difference? When it comes to sculptured nails, a lot.

It’s a fingernail biting problem. You would like to have nice, long, shapely nails but yours just won’t grow properly. Time for a little chemical help. You know you can avail yourself of the latest acrylic technology at your local nail salon, but you have a lingering concern about safety. You’ve heard about the nasty things that methylmethacrylate can do. Redness, swelling, itching, blisters, lifting of the nail from the nailbed, irritation of eyes [To read more click on Title.]

Acrylic Fingernails

There’s lots of interesting chemistry in acrylic fingernails. Actually you have two types of acrylic fingernails. You have the type that is made of acrylic and is attached to the fingernail with cyanoacrylate glue, which is also a type of acrylic. And you also have the gel type that is painted on to the fingernail and is hardened by exposure to ultraviolet light. That involves some fascinating chemistry with the polymerization actually taking place on the finger[To read more click on Title.]

Preservatives in Cosmetics

What a strange world this is. On one hand people are terrified of bacteria. They shell out without abandon for all sorts of antibacterial cleansers. They’re wiping their kitchens, their bathrooms and their hands with a myriad products formulated to destroy bacteria. But when it comes to applying makeup to their face, mascara to their eyes or deodorants to their armpits, then heck with the bacteria. Bring’em on. [To read more click on Title.]

Whitening Teeth

Everyone wants pearly whites. And carbamide peroxide can deliver the goods. You’ll find it in most tooth-whitening products for the simple reason that it can deliver hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, to the tooth surface. Hydrogen peroxide itself is a liquid and difficult to apply to teeth, but when it’s mixed with urea it forms a gel of carbamide peroxide that can easily be painted on teeth...[To read more click on Title.]

A Problem with Baby Shampoo?

I like to listen to the radio when I cook. And I was just in the midst of chopping my veggies when the lead item on the newscast caused my ears to perk up: “Carcinogenic chemicals found in baby shampoos!” I knew I had better get ready for the onslaught of phone-calls and the emails because the words “carcinogen” and “baby” in the same sentence add up to a formula for panic. But first things first. The chicken was already in the pot and I had to finish chopping my parsnips, carrots, onions an