Is talc in cosmetics safe?

Let’s talk about talc! Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that is accused of being a carcinogen. Like with many accused compounds, talc has been at the forefront of some major news articles and even a few lawsuits! You might have heard about the famous lawsuits against the Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, however, while I don’t have access to the actual court case papers and I’m going by what the media reported, the cases were not as simple asRead more

Is mineral oil in cosmetics safe?

Mineral oil is a colourless and odourless liquid, often found in cosmetics, that has received a lot of bad press by many who believe that it is a carcinogen. Likely a big part of the confusion, mineral oil is a very imprecise name. This term has been used to refer to many different type of oils and have also been confused with or used to refer to: white oil, paraffin oil, liquid paraffin, paraffinium oil, liquid petroleum, and baby oil. Read more

What are ceramides and do they work in skincare?

Ceramides are lipids found naturally in the outer layer of our skin (=epidermis). [1] As a result, ceramides are very important molecules for healthy skin barrier function, which in turn can cause skin sensitivity and other more serious skin conditions and diseases if it becomes damaged or unbalanced. For example, one of the most common reasons for sensitive skin (but not the only) is a damaged epidermis. For more details check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causesRead more

A chemist’s favourite beauty products – the Bonds of Beauty 2018 awards!

Happy New Year 2019! I hope everything you wish for this year comes true! A lot of people ask me what my favourite products are, not only because I am a beauty blogger but also because I am a chemist by profession and therefore, one can say, I am a little pickier than others. I always take into consideration the ingredient and formulation of the products as well as whether they actually work and if they look nice! So, withoutRead more

Organic food and farming – Scientific evidence, problems and ethical dilemmas

There is a growing trend of beauty companies going organic but before we can even discuss as to whether there is merit in buying those products or not, it is important to first look at what organic food and farming is. What scientific evidence is there, if any at all, that organic food or farming are better? After reading more than 60 research papers on the matter during the past couple of months, I’ve collected all the information here, togetherRead more

Look Fantastic UK Beauty Box – A general review

This post is old. However, for a constantly updated Look Fantastic general review please click here. Alternatively, scroll at the top menu of the page and click Look Fantastic UK under the Subscription Beauty Boxes heading. Hope it helps!   This article is from Click below to find me on: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Blogorama, WordPress and Influenster.Read more

Beauty related chemistry behind hyaluronic acid

I was inspired to start my science infused beauty and fitness blog when one of my favourite vloggers confused hyaluronic acid with hydrochloric acid. I have come across many situations like this one where a lot of us, even myself, get hyped up about ingredients and products without any scientific understanding and blindly follow the current trends. However, the difference in knowledge can be staggering! Scarily enough, hydrochloric acid can permanently burn your face, whereas hyaluronic acid has been knownRead more

Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?

Hyaluronic acid is one of those increasingly popular, stand out ingredients that beauty companies use these days, which admittedly make a lot of skincare products sound more fancy, expensive and valid. It is specifically marketed as an intense hydration miracle worker and some even claim it has anti-ageing properties promising a healthier looking, less wrinkly skin. Interestingly, there are also claims that this ingredient can be used as an anti-oxidant, protecting from environmental damage, similarly to the effects of anRead more