Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Case Study: The Ultimate Mascara - Take Three


This frightening scene is the aftermath of trying to fill a mascara container with a syringe that was far too small for the job.

You: Why did you use a syringe that was too small for the job?
Me: Because I had run out of the size I normally use and didn't realize until after I had started making this batch.

Despite the messy worktable above, enough of batch 3 made it into the container to be tested.

Lucky thing too. This mascara is really getting close – so close that I A/B tested it against a commercial brand mascara (by Elizabeth Arden) for an entire day.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

How To: DIY Deodorant Without Baking Soda



There are scads of DIY deodorant recipes on the net - almost all of which use an ingredient that – more often than not – will cause irritation, rash, leathery skin, and worse. The culprit ingredient is unfortunately also the active ingredient – baking soda.

No matter what you call it, or which way you look at it, sodium bicarbonate just isn't made for prolonged direct contact with skin. A lot of people have unfortunately had to discover this the hard way.

Many of you have asked me for a DIY deodorant recipe with 'safe ingredients that are pronounceable' and tolerated by sensitive skin. How could I possibly say no to a challenge like that?

It took me a bit longer than expected – almost a year to be exact.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Heart Wrencher: A True Life Story


I get all kinds of wonderful communications from readers. Many of them are from people who will ask me about ingredients or general skin care input, or more serious skin and hair care challenges. Some are from folks wanting to sign up as testers, and a few are from bloggers looking to review my products.

Today's post is about a particularly heart-wrenching letter.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Beautiful Cuticles - Here's How


This is what every woman wants, isn't it? Effortlessly perfect nails with perfect cuticles.

Cuticles are a pain. Really. Untended cuticles mess up the neat 'edge' around the nails and just look, well, untended. And why do cuticles seem to constantly need tending?

We're going to take care of that right now!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Case of the Mystery INCI Ingredients


This is about a glitch, and glitches do happen. I was all ready to yell at this cosmetics company for making up ingredient names and not listing their ingredients properly, but as it turned out, there was no need for yelling.

Quite the contrary.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I'm Glad You Asked


I get asked all kinds of questions: About ingredients, how products work, what's safe and what to avoid, how to DIY, where to find certain ingredients. I get questions on just about everything skincare-and-cosmetics related. It's great!

I love it when people ask questions. Maybe too much at times.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Milk and Honey Mask with Pink Clay





There are numerous possible fresh food ingredients that can be combined with clay to make an effective, at-home-spa mask. Here's my latest fave, with an ingredients list that is short, sweet, and (almost) good enough to eat: Milk, honey, macadamia nut oil and clay.

Any questions before we get started?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Using Citrus Fruits to Fight Age Spots


In the comments of this blog post on the ongoing case study on skin lightening, I got an interesting question from Foster. She wanted to know more about how test person 'C' had been experimenting with citrus fruits as a 'kitchen remedy' skin lightener.

I asked, and here is the answer.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Colin's Cosmetic Consultancy


One of my absolute gurus – Mr. Beauty Scientist himself – has decided to start offering his services as a Cosmetics Consultant for companies, start-ups and anyone else looking for expert advice and guidance on creating and producing cosmetics.

Colin Sanders offers help with formulating, testing, production, packaging, understanding and complying with regulations, marketing and pretty much everything else you may need to develop and launch your own line of cosmetics.

I know it won't be more than a moment before he is booked solid, so if you want to get your foot in the door, hurry over to Colin's Cosmetic Consultancy right here.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013