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Real scientists answer your beauty questions

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Do plant extracts work in skin care products – episode 222
46:15
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. This is Episode 222. Yes, that’s a palindrome!  Yeah.   I’m your host, Perry Romanowski and with me today is…well, it’s just me. Valerie is off today but she’ll […]
May 30, 2020
Amino acids in hair plus other beauty questions answered – episode 221
43:28
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. Hosts: Valerie George and Perry Romanowski On today’s show we’re going to be answering questions about… Is blow drying at low heat better for your hair than air drying? […]
May 22, 2020
Cosmetic Marketing Tricks – Episode 220
30:06
Hello & welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. This is episode 220. Host:  Perry Romanowski 7 Marketing Tricks that are Costing you Money Natural product nonsense Clean beauty con Salon brand secrets The Pricing Ploy […]
May 14, 2020
Wait time between skincare products – is it necessary? episode 219
47:55
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look from scientists in the cosmetic industry.  On today’s show we’re going to be answering questions about… Is the wait time necessary when you are applying acids? How do you debate product safety with […]
May 04, 2020
Monat MLM Beauty Products – Are they remarkable? Episode 218
50:05
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. This is Episode 218. Hosts: Valerie George and Perry Romanowski.  On today’s show we’re going to be answering beauty questions about… How do magnetic face masks work? Do Rodan […]
Apr 22, 2020
Victoria Beckham skin, Kiehls, anti-aging products and the oldest beauty brands – episode 217
58:28
On today’s show we’re going to be answering questions about… Does Kiehls eye alert product help eyes look better? What is the best product to use to avoid breakouts with anti-aging benefits? What do you think of the technology of the new Victoria Beckham line? What is the oldest beauty product on the market today? […]
Apr 17, 2020
Do bond builders for hair really work? Episode 216
44:29
The Beauty Brains episode 216 featuring cosmetic chemists Valerie George and Perry Romanowski.  Beauty questions covered today include:  How do bond builders work?  Is sodium coco sulfate more gentle than SLS? Does men’s antiperspirant better than women’s? Beauty Science Avon launches a new CBD skin care line. R+Co just launched a CBD Beauty Questions Question […]
Apr 09, 2020
Viruses Carnauba Wax and Argan oil on hair – Episode 215
41:37
This is Episode 215. I’m your host, Perry Romanowski and with me today all the way from sunny California is Valerie George.  Hello Valerie! We have a few interesting beauty questions to cover today, including: Can the coronavirus survive on your hair? What does it mean when a permanent color says it’s not for gray […]
Apr 02, 2020
Is high end lipstick better than store brand lipstick? episode 214
48:17
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions and give you an insider’s look at the cosmetic industry. This is Episode 214. I’m your host, Valerie George and with me today is the most famous cosmetic chemist who already works from home, Perry Romanowski.  Hello Perry! We […]
Mar 25, 2020
Does Beverly Hills MD Brow Serum work and other beauty questions? episode 213
54:54
We have a lot of beauty questions to answer today, including: What do we think of the Beverly Hills MD brow serum Are lash tints safe? Why do anti-aging ingredients affect skin color? Why do dermatologists keep saying hyaluronic acid is pointless? Perry and Valerie are under self imposed quarantine!  But we’re still recording.  Beauty […]
Mar 19, 2020
Can I use a facial cleanser as a shampoo? Episode 212
35:33
  Beauty Questions covered We have a lot of beauty questions to answer today, including: What are the best facial moisturizers for sensitive skin? Is there a big difference between facial cleansers and shampoo? Will castor oil help your hair grow? How does someone become a cosmetic chemist? (Audio) Beauty Science News How is the […]
Mar 11, 2020
Vitamin C in Cosmetic Products – Does it work? episode 211
30:27
It’s an all Vitamin C podcast episode. In this show we answer questions including… Beauty Questions Are there different grades of vitamin C/ascorbic acid since the prices vary so much for the same thing? What is your opinion of the effectiveness of waterless Vitamin C products? Does Vitamin C really do anything for your skin? […]
Mar 02, 2020
Is bakuchiol safe during pregnancy? episode 210
46:13
We’ve got a fully packed program today.  We’ll be covering a couple of cosmetic science news stories, catching up from my hiatus and answering questions about… Is silicone suffocating hair and causing hair loss? Do proteins in nail products strengthen nails? What is goat’s milk doing in soaps and more? What’s an affordable version of […]
Feb 18, 2020
Is eye lash lift safe and effective? episode 209
24:34
It’s a solo Beauty Brains podcast. Chemical Free RantSince I’m going solo, there are a few topics I’d like to rant about. Let’s start with chemical free. Can someone tell me something, what do people mean when they claim “chemical free”? I look at the world from the standpoint of a scientist but you don’t […]
Feb 07, 2020
Peptides in skin care – episode 208
47:53
Beauty questions answered today include Is there a bar shampoo or bar conditioner that works as well as the ones out of a bottle? Why can’t everyone use retinol? Is sugaring dangerous? And does it work as well as waxing?  Do peptides have an effect beyond moisturizing & is there a “best one” to pick? […]
Jan 30, 2020
Does Diet Affect Acne – plus SkinMedica serum and hair damage – episode 207
48:21
On today’s program we are going to talk about a couple of beauty industry news stories and answer your questions about… Is an expensive skin serum worth the money even it if is from a pharmaceutical company? Which is more damaging, hot water or hot styling devices? Do nutrition pads work to deliver actives? Can […]
Jan 22, 2020
How do cosmetics impact the environment? episode 206
50:46
Beauty Science News stories On today’s program we are going to talk about a couple of beauty industry news stories and answer your questions about… Aluminum hydroxide in topical products Whether lip scrubs are worthwhile The environmental impact of cosmetics And what the differences are between bentonite and charcoal in a facial mask Beauty Science […]
Jan 15, 2020
Do you need to reapply sunscreen indoors? episode 205
33:10
It’s a special episode with Perry and Sarah Bellum. On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  Do you need to reapply sunscreen if I’m indoor all day? Why is ferulic acid used with vitamin C? Are vampire facial good for your skin? Why isn’t there more recycling? Does Revitalash really […]
Jan 08, 2020
Year end wrap up – episode 204
36:56
Happy New Year! We take a look at some of the hottest trends in the beauty industry in 2019 including clean beauty, CBD, Indie beauty and waterless beauty. Then we give our predictions for the hottest trends coming in 2020. We’ll get back to answering beauty questions in our next show. Follow the Brains Thanks […]
Dec 31, 2019
Are high quality cosmetic ingredients a thing? #203
46:11
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  Quality of ingredients versus price of the product? The Curly Girl Method and Parabens? What it’s like to work in the cosmetics industry Do you have to wait after applying Vitamin […]
Dec 24, 2019
CBD in cosmetics – Waterless products – and hair dye cancer scare – episode 202
32:53
On today’s episode we just felt like ranting! Today we cover 3 beauty science topics that have affected the beauty world. Here you’ll get the cosmetic chemist and formulator take on the following topics: Hair dye and a link to cancer Waterless formulas and whether they are superior CBD – is it really linked to […]
Dec 11, 2019
Will meadowfoam seed oil help your face? episode 201
43:24
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  Is meadowfoam seed oil making skin less itchy? Can rinse off conditioner give you acne? Does Este Lauder own Bobbie Brown? What is Indie Beauty? What’s the deal with oils and hair? Beauty Science News stories What do you make of these “waiting […]
Dec 04, 2019
Stem cells in cosmetics – Beauty Brains rewind episode 166
39:36
Covered on this episode: Beauty Science stories: Cruelty free products are free from cruelty. EWG on the Kardashian’s show – Beauty Questions: Are human stem cells effective in anti-aging products? Coincidentally, I just read a story about a new skin care product that incorporates both plant and human “stem cells.” This type of marketing is […]
Nov 26, 2019
Fragrance free hair care and No-BS skincare – episode 200
51:37
The Beauty Brains answer questions about… Why can’t I find more fragrance-free hair products? Living Proof hair care (is the price worth it?) What’s the deal with No-BS Skincare Can magnesium be used for cleaning? Beauty News Skin care in the dairy aisle – will probiotics help strengthen skin and hair? There isn’t a lot […]
Nov 19, 2019
Collagen for skin, tea tree oil for acne and other beauty questions – episode 199
40:43
The Beauty Brains answer questions about… Should you take collagen supplements? Is there a difference between men & women’s hair care? Is tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxide Can Vitamin C change color? Beauty News Natural cosmetic act is introduced in congress (in the US) The purple hair challenge is going viral […]
Nov 12, 2019
Is Paw Paw ointment different than Vaseline? Episode 198
51:19
On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Is Lucas’s Paw Paw ointment different than vaseline? What does the term cosmeceutical mean? Are the products different? Does nail polish help your nails to grow better? Are copper peptides an effective anti-aging ingredient? Shakaki DIY recipe for hair. Does it have any effect on hair? […]
Nov 06, 2019
Is vaping bad for skin – episode 197
26:43
On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Is vaping bad for your skin Is there any benefit to inverse hair conditioning Do you need to worry about emulsifiers in skin products? Beauty News Sunday Riley – has practically no consequences to posting fake reviews. J&J baby powder recall –  Company can’t catch a […]
Oct 28, 2019
Hydroquinone creams, Vitamins in hair and more – episode 196
38:56
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Are there any benefits in putting vitamins on hair? Does anything work better than hydroquinone for age spots? Do shave […]
Oct 16, 2019
More on clean beauty, supplements, baking soda and mineral oil – episode 195
46:29
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Color cosmetics for protection from the sun? Is it ok to apply baking soda to your skin? What’s up with […]
Oct 09, 2019
Clean beauty, oil cleansing and more – episode 194
30:45
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Is oil cleansing better for your skin? How should you treat seborrheic dermatitis? What do you think of the […]
Sep 20, 2019
Monistat for hair growth – does it work? episode 193
46:41
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions On today’s episode we answer your questions about   Yeast infection medicine to treat hair loss  Is an organic facial mask worth buying? What’s with mineral oil, is […]
Aug 26, 2019
Do oxygen facials work & more beauty questions – episode 192
50:28
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about  Oxygen facials and how they work How does plant based hair color work? Does light degrade shampoo? Substituting Body Wash for Hand Soap And more, plus… Kitchen Chemistry! Beauty News Is showering daily necessary? Kitchen Chemistry Tumeric and cinnamon for foundation & eye […]
Aug 14, 2019
Cosmetic brands and big companies – Who owns that – episode 191
49:18
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we answer a number of beauty product questions and talk about big companies and the brands they own. Beauty Questions What is the big deal about squalane Does the number of ingredients in a product impact its effectiveness? Are dip nails safe? And how do anti-dandruff shampoos work? […]
Aug 06, 2019
Skin microbiome and cosmetics – peppermint oil and hair growth – episode 190
On this solo episode of the Beauty Brains we cover… Beauty Product Topics Skin Microbiome – Do these beauty products really work? Peppermint oil – Can it grow hair? Should you spend a lot of money for La Mer? Follow the Brains Thanks for listening. Hey if you get a chance can you go over to […]
Jul 28, 2019
Henna hair color and hygral fatigue – episode 189
50:11
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we cover a variety of topics for both hair and skin. On this show… Beauty Questions Can you use regular hair color after using henna Why can’t you buy red lipstick, or can you? Is sunscreen causing cancer? Is hygral fatigue a real thing? Beauty News Nature’s Truth […]
Jul 15, 2019
Blue light protection for skin – do you need it? episode 188
38:45
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we cover a variety of topics for both hair and skin. On this show… Beauty News Mental Health & Genes related to Tanning Bed Addiction CBD line launched Recall Roundup – We check the FDA website so you don’t have to Young Living Essential Oils, Orange Blossom Moisturizer […]
Jul 08, 2019
Natural ingredients for hair and skin – what works? episode 187
53:16
On this episode of the Beauty Brains we cover a variety of topics for both hair and skin. On this show… How does Hard water affect hair? Should you be Patting or smearing on skincare products? What natural ingredients that are good for hair? Plus, we look at the Jacklyn Hill lipstick controversy and whether […]
Jun 24, 2019
Fragrance Loophole vacation episode 186
13:32
We’re on vacation this week but instead of skipping the week we thought we’d give you some insight on the fragrance loophole and what it means from a cosmetic chemists and formulator’s perspective. Follow the Brains Thanks for listening. Hey if you get a chance can you go over to iTunes and leave us a […]
Jun 14, 2019
Does Beer work for hair and answers to other beauty questions – episode 185
34:08
Welcome to the Beauty Brains. A podcast and website where real cosmetic scientists answer your beauty questions. On the show today we cover: Kitchen cosmetics: Does Beer work for hair What’s the deal with the microbiome Can you get alcohol free hair spray? Can makeup sprays keep makeup on longer? To see a transcript of […]
Jun 05, 2019
Will sunscreen prevent tanning? episode 184
29:32
Welcome to the Beauty Brains. A podcast and website where real cosmetic scientists answer your beauty questions. On the show today we cover: The types of questions you can get answered about beauty products Does Preparation H really reduce puffy eyes Are beauty products really cruelty free? Will sunscreen prevent skin from tanning This was […]
May 29, 2019
Tree nut allergies and cosmetics – episode 183
48:05
On today’s episode we answer beauty questions about : Should one be worried about tree nuts in cosmetic products? What’s the difference between a toners and astringent? How does one spot a bad dupe versus an affordable product that works? Why do some nail polishes last longer on some people than others? Show intro notes […]
May 22, 2019
BB glow facials – DHA safety – and hard water cosmetics 182
56:26
The Beauty Brains episode 182 – we cover beauty questions about BB glow facials The safety of self tanners Doing you own research and Hard water and your beauty products Beauty Science News Butt MasksIs natural deodorant necessary?8 Beauty ingredients to know about SeaweedWheatgrassSaffronPatchouliCBD OilKaleKukui Nut OilMarula Oil Beauty questions Alina asks – What do […]
May 13, 2019
Fermented milk and Shellfish Cosmetics – Episode 181
37:14
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real scientists answer your beauty questions and give you an insider’s look at the beauty product industry. On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about Whether or not expired or fermented milk from the kitchen can be used as a DIY Toner. Should […]
Apr 30, 2019
Your hair care questions answered – episode 180
47:46
Welcome to the Beauty Brains show. On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your hair care beauty questions! Hair products that claim to restore natural color in gray hair Ouidad curl conditioner Products that claim to thicken hair How do you avoid hair damage? How do you know what ingredients actually do something? What […]
Apr 23, 2019
Is Quaternium 18 a silicone? Episode 179
38:28
Welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real scientists answer your beauty questions and give you an insider’s look at the beauty product industry. Hosts: Valerie George and Perry Romanowski On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about What are the benefits of broccoli seed oil? What is the deal […]
Apr 16, 2019
Curology questions – Salon conditioners and bar soap shampoo – episode 178
27:34
On today’s episode of The Beauty Brains we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about The differences between salon and store bought deep conditioners Whether curology is better than going to a dermatologist And what are the pros and cons of using a bar soap form of shampoo and hair conditioner? Beauty Science News […]
Apr 11, 2019
What does Mandelic Acid do in Deodorants – The Beauty Brains solo
39:31
Welcome to episode 177! It’s a solo episode of the Beauty Brains. On this episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about Thinning hair and the research going on in that area Whether cupping is an effective facial treatment Which sunscreen ingredients block UVA Why mandelic acid is used in deodorants. Beauty science […]
Apr 01, 2019
This episode smells – we answer fragrance questions
40:14
Welcome to episode 176! Today is our all-fragrance question extravaganza!!   On this episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about What do the terms unscented and fragrance free mean? Should you avoid fragrance in skin care products What’s the difference between synthetic and natural fragrances? And how do fragrances get chosen for […]
Mar 18, 2019
Are cosmetics safer in Europe than in the US? Episode 101
38:31
We had a technical glitch this week & Perry is on vacation so enjoy a show from the archives…episode 101 Question of the week: How are cosmetics regulated outside of the US? Jacs from the UK asked…”Can you add a overview on how cosmetics are regulated in the rest of the world other than America […]
Mar 05, 2019
Are spray sunscreens illegal? And other sunblock questions – Episode 175
36:44
This is episode 175 and on today’s episode we’re going to cover a news stories we found interesting in the cosmetics industry, and then we’ll answer your beauty questions about: Are sunscreen sprays legal? What is the level of SPF we should use on our face everyday? Why hasn’t the FDA approved the new sunscreen […]
Feb 26, 2019
Does lip balm expire and other beauty questions – Episode 174
34:03
Beauty questions covered on this episode include… Why is the prescription azelaic acid so expensive? Do cosmetic products expire? Is petroleum in skin products like Aquaphor bad for you? What’s the difference between moisturizers and hydrators Beauty news How will the microplastic ban affect cosmetic products? I saw this story that the EU was proposing […]
Feb 19, 2019
What to look for in a facial sunscreen – Episode 173
40:35
Hello and welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real scientists answer your beauty questions and give you an insider’s look at the beauty product industry. Beauty questions answered on this show Do silicones dry out your skin? Why do white hairs on my head turn reddish at the ends? What ingredients should look […]
Feb 12, 2019
Expensive beauty products – how is their price determined? Episode 172
40:57
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about Does a product’s price indicate anything about quality? Does Glycerin and Aloe Vera really moisturize? What does Salicylic acid do in products? And how legit are beauty product / ingredient trends? Beauty Science News Unilever goes further with transparency The Big Companies are […]
Feb 04, 2019
Jade Rollers – Micellar water – and more – Episode 171
44:14
On today’s episode we’re going to be answering your beauty questions about Do jade rollers work or are they just hype? Is micellar water good enough for cleaning off makeup? Will supplements give you better looking skin? Is this hot, expensive hair line worth the money? And are the ingredients in cosmetics safe? Chit Chat […]
Jan 28, 2019
The Curly Girl Method – what’s the science? episode 170
44:17
On today’s episode of the Beauty Brains we cover beauty questions about Shampoo and what it does to hair color Whether collagen works in skin care products The Curly Girl method of treating hair Beauty Science News Is there asbestos in J&J baby powder?  Reuters says that J&J was selling product with asbestos in it. […]
Jan 21, 2019
Is more hemp coming to your cosmetics? – Episode 169
36:47
Welcome to the Beauty Brains podcast. In today’s episode we answer questions about Petrolatum and it’s use in skin care, whether eyebrow growth serums really work and dish on a couple cosmetic industry stories that we found interesting. Beauty Science News Hemp is now legal to grow in the US. What will this mean for […]
Jan 14, 2019
What makes a cosmetic chemist – Episode 168
42:32
Beauty Science News What makes a cosmetic chemist? Here’s a story published in the Insider back in November talking about the Luxury skin-care brand Sunday Riley and whether their founder is actually a cosmetic chemist. But what makes someone a cosmetic chemist? Nearly all cosmetic chemists working in the mainstream cosmetic industry have a college […]
Jan 07, 2019
Should you wash your hair every day? Episode 167
31:21
Hello and welcome to the Beauty Brains, a show where real scientists answer your beauty questions and give you an insiders look at the beauty product industry.   On today’s episode we’re going to be answering questions about should you wash your hair every day whether dermatologist recommended products are better, the difference between natural and […]
Dec 10, 2018
The Return of the Beauty Brains – Episode 166
39:07
After a brief hiatus, the Beauty Brains podcast is back. Covered on this episode: Beauty Science stories: Cruelty free products are free from cruelty. What does it mean for consumers? Getting rid of animal testing means that products will not be much different than what you could ever make. EWG on the Kardashian’s show – […]
Dec 04, 2018
Should you use a skin cream made with your own blood? Episode 165
39:41
We don’t have a transcript for today’s show yet but please enjoy the audio. Listen to the end of show when Perry and I announce that this will be our final podcast for the foreseeable future. Thanks for stopping by!
Jan 18, 2018
Are beauty products from Amazon the real thing? Episode 164
19:12
Today, we bring you a special Beauty Brains episode featuring Sarah Bellum.  Randy is on vacation. We answer a few question. About beauty products on Amazon cejxn19 asks – Hi Guys, I’ve heard some horror stories of people buying expired or knock off beauty products on amazon. Is there any good way to tell if […]
Sep 29, 2017
Is bee venom a good anti-aging ingredient? Episode 163
21:02
Is bee venom a good anti-aging ingredient? Monika asks…Korean Bee Venom essence but it does seem to work. My question is the bee venom really magic or is there something else that removes the spots? RS: Thanks Monika…this gives me the perfect excuse time to remind listeners to go back to Episode 105 and listen […]
Aug 24, 2017
Can you use diaper rash cream as sunscreen? Episode 162
34:03
Can you use diaper rash cream as sunscreen? Mari asks…Today a customer came into the retail pharmacy where I work and demanded that we sell him zinc oxide diaper rash paste so he could use it as sunscreen. I tried to steer him in the direction of actual sunscreens with listed SPFs, but he was […]
Jul 20, 2017
How can you find a cheaper natural lip balm? Episode 161
36:41
How can you find a cheaper natural lip balm? Abby says…I have a question about Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. It claims its natural formula smoothes, nourishes and moisturizes lips with a bio active combination of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla co2 extract, and triple the amount of the antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red […]
Jun 13, 2017
Can hair straighteners stop your hair from being naturally curly? Episode 160
35:00
Can hair straighteners stop your hair from being naturally curly? Sarah asks…Can straightening your hair for a long time change it from being very curly to being naturally straight? That’s like saying bleaching your brown hair for a long time will make you naturally blonde. It doesn’t work that way because you’re only treating the hair that’s […]
Apr 18, 2017
Why isn’t everyone exfoliating with AHAs? Episode 159
33:57
Why isn’t everyone exfoliating with AHAs? Melissa says…I’ve been using an night cream with glycolic acid and I noticed that my skin is actually brighter, clearer, and softer. I’ve been using this product for years and I still love it but I worry that it may be too good to be true. Are there any […]
Mar 21, 2017
How does color changing makeup work? Episode 158
31:39
How does color changing makeup work? Julia asks…I’m a make up artist and my question is how does color adjusting makeup work? I’ve tried a few and they didn’t adjust very well. Also, what are both of your favorite ingredients to use on your own skin? Thanks for bringing this up Julia! Color changing makeup […]
Feb 20, 2017
Are lotions with water bad for your skin? Episode 157
32:06
Are lotions with water actually bad for your skin? Veronica asks…I heard that using lotions with water is actually bad for your skin because as the water evaporates it removes the skin’s natural moisture and oil. Is this true? Veronica’s question is an interesting twist on a theme that we have discussed a couple of […]
Jan 24, 2017
Is aloe vera lotion really good for skin? Episode 156
32:55
Is aloe lotion good for skin? Gemma asks…I am a huge fan of Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Fresh lotion. However, I have found another aloe lotion that is even cheaper: Perfect Purity. So I’m wondering can you tell me if the Perfect Purity will perform as well as my beloved Vaseline? Or should I just […]
Oct 25, 2016
How can I tell if a product will cause acne? Episode 155
30:42
Can a patch test predict acne? Janelly asks…I would like to know if patch testing a product for acne can really work. I see this concept mentioned a lot on Reditt as a way to test if a new skincare product will cause acne. That’s a great question but patch testing for acne does NOT work. […]
Oct 18, 2016
Are cosmetics poisoning our water supply? Episode 154
35:16
Should your cosmetics be biodegradable? Fabi asks about biodegradable products… I have an outdoor shower and it drains into the ground and everyone tells me I have to have biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash for the ground. Can you explain biodegradable products? It’s really hard to find them. What they’re all about and why […]
Oct 11, 2016
Is store brand mouthwash as good as name brands? Episode 153
38:15
How can I tell if a store brand mouthwash is the same as the expensive name brand? Victoria says…My husband insists that all name brand products are stronger and better than store brands. He feels strongest about Listerine and his dentist agrees with him. Does it matter in areas other than cosmetics? When discussing store brands, […]
Oct 04, 2016
Can Baby Foot really make your feet smoother? Episode 152
38:22
How does baby foot work? Leslie asks…Can you please explain how Babyfoot works and if it is truly safe to use. I have used it and my feet did peel but I really don’t understand how it works.  In case our listeners aren’t familiar with this product, it’s a special type of exfoliator designed just […]
Sep 27, 2016
How does Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash haircare system work? Episode 151
38:00
How does Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash haircare system work? Jess says…I just saw an ad for the Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume system. Is there really something to conditioning first and then shampooing or are they just convincing us to wash our money down the drain? Let’s talk a little bit about the process of reverse […]
Sep 20, 2016
Are Micellar Water makeup removers the real deal? Episode 150
37:26
What’s the deal with micellar water make up removers? Taylor asks…I’m a new listener and enjoy your show so much. (Gets me through the work day) I want to know the hype about micellar water and is this something new or just a mild makeup remover with a “fancy name.” Micellar waters are named after […]
Sep 13, 2016
Is Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle cream really miraculous? Episode 149
33:41
Is Charlotte Tilbury Multi-miracle cream really worth it? Jo asks…I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Multi-Miracle Glow product but I’m afraid I spent too much and I worry that it really provides any benefits. Can you tell me if it has any special properties and if not is there a more budget conscious version? Thanks for the question, […]
Sep 06, 2016
Does an anti-aging skin cleanser really exist? Episode 148
36:52
Our plane just landed and I’m posting this from my phone while waiting for Perry who’s stuck in customs. Apparently they think his juggling balls are contraband. We’ll be home soon! In the meanwhile listen to this blast from the past about skin cleansers and active ingredients. Click this link to read the original show […]
Aug 30, 2016
Zika or bug spray: which is more dangerous? Episode 147
35:28
I thought for sure we’d be back in the country by now but before we could board the plane Perry was detained by the police. I’m still not sure what’s going on but apparently it has something to do him getting robbed on the way back to the hotel.   Don’t worry though, you can still listen […]
Aug 23, 2016
Are fragrance allergies all in your head? Episode 146
36:34
I thought we’d be flying home from our tropical vacation today but it turns out Perry lost our plane tickets in a poker game last night. Looks like we’ll be flying stand by. Until we get this all sorted out, please enjoy this encore episode on fragrance allergies. You an find the original show notes here. […]
Aug 16, 2016
Can the Think Dirty app really protect you from dangerous cosmetics? Episode 145
31:56
I was planning on coming back to work today but Perry just ordered another picture of margaritas. That means today’s podcast has to be another rerun. Check out our discussion of the Think Dirty app. Click here for the original show notes.
Aug 09, 2016
Do you smell different when you ovulate? Episode 144
33:20
Perry and I are still at the beach but don’t worry he’s constantly rubbing me down with sunscreen. While we’re gone please enjoy this encore episode of our podcast about the odors of ovulation.   Click here to read the original show notes. Thanks and see you soon!
Aug 02, 2016
Is it safe to use antibacterial soaps? Episode 143
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Perry and I are on summer vacation.  While we’re gone please enjoy this encore episode of our podcast about antibacterial soaps. Click here to read the original show notes about antibacterial soaps. Thanks and see you soon!
Jul 26, 2016
Do you really need 3 kinds of conditioner? Episode 142
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Do I really need to use 3 kinds of conditioner? Dev asks… Is it absolutely essential to use a leave in, a rinse out, and a deep conditioner? I’ve been washing my hair and appling a regular rinse out conditioner and then I leave it in until the next time I wash my hair about […]
Jul 19, 2016
Can Coca Cola give you a better sun tan? Episode 141
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Can Coca Cola give you a better tan? Nanda asks…Will Coca Cola give you a better sun tan?
 When I first head this I thought it was an obscure, ridiculous rumor. But I was wrong. it turns out it’s a very pervasive, ridiculous rumor. Yeah, if you Google “using coca cola to tan” you get […]
Jul 12, 2016
Is fabric softener a good hair conditioner? Episode 140
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Does blotting oily sunscreen reduce SPF? Emma asks in Gmail…I don’t like the oily skin I get from using sunscreen so I blot off the excess with an oil absorbing sheet. Is this reducing the SPF of the sunscreen? Yes, blotting some of the sunscreen off your face will reduce the UV protection, to some […]
Jul 04, 2016
Can hair really be sensitive to protein? Episode 139
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Is the NIOD brand really “ultra-scientific?” Saania says…I have a question about a skincare brand that’s gained a cult status amongst serious skin care junkies. The brand NIOD, under the umbrella brand Deciem, claims to be “skincare for the hyper-educated”.  Their star product is called Copper Amino Isolate Serum. I wanted to know what you […]
Jun 28, 2016
Are boar bristle brushes better for your hair? Episode 138
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Are boar bristle brushes better for your hair? Georgina asks…Are boar bristle brushes better for your hair? I’m looking at a Mason Pearson brush that’s about $100 and I want to know if it’s worth it. It’s tough to give a definitive answer because as you might imagine there aren’t many double blind, peer reviewed […]
Jun 21, 2016
Are super foods good for your skin? Episode 137
Are super foods effective beauty ingredients? Jana asks…What are your thoughts on super foods in skin care? Ingredients like acacia, coconut, grapeseed oil, berries, green tea, avocado, turmeric and resveratrol. What the heck IS a super food? There is no scientific or medical definition. Typically you’ll see them described like this: “superfoods are nutrient powerhouses […]
Jun 14, 2016
Can I use clay to shampoo my hair? Episode 136
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Can I use clay to shampoo my hair?  Joneen says…I have a question about rhassoul clay. I’ve heard great things about using it as a shampoo. My concern, though, is mineral buildup. This is one of the results of hard water that has a negative impact on hair, and something I am currently experiencing and […]
Jun 07, 2016
Do anti-aging patches really work? Episode 135
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Do anti-aging patches really work? Julia asks…Can micro needle patches really work to deliver anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid? Coincidentally I just read a study about a new technology for lightening age spots that involves, get this, Dissolving Micro Needles. This research was published by a Korean team in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and here’s […]
May 31, 2016
Should you be worried about aluminum in deodorants? Episode 134
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Should we be worried about aluminum in deodorants? Erin asks…Should we be worried about aluminum in deodorants? First of all don’t get confused between anti-perspirant and deodorants. Anti-perspirants contain aluminum salts that help plug your pores so you don’t sweat as much. Deodorants do not contain aluminum and they don’t stop you from sweating. They […]
May 24, 2016
Will silicone ruin a coconut oil hair treatment? Episode 133
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Is the “Remedy” hair treatment by Rita Hazan really magic? Lizzy asks…Does the Rita Hazan Remedy have any magic in it? My hair feels soft and shiny after I use it, but it didn’t do anything for my sister. I must say I’ve never seen a product quite like this before. It’s a two part […]
May 17, 2016
Can I mix my own sunscreen? Episode 132
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How do I find a sunscreen that doesn’t cause acne? Allison asks…What’s the difference between a sunscreen and a sunblock? Also, what ingredients should I look for in a product that will not contribute to acne? And, when’s the best time to apply sunscreen in my morning skin care routine? Sunscreens use UV absorbers to protect your […]
May 10, 2016
Do silicones really melt on your hair? Episode 131
Cosmetic Questions Do silicones melt on your hair? Kylie asks…I am attempting to remove years of black hair dye and came across Scott Cornwall and his product Decolour. He makes a claim that if it doesn’t work likely cause is hair plasticised due to using heat over 220 deg cel. Quote “If you use heated […]
May 03, 2016
Do anti-aging hair care products really work? Episode 130
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Hair and skin have some things in common but there’s one big difference: skin is alive and responds to so called “anti-aging” ingredients while hair is DEAD. Check out this encore episode where we give you the straight scoop on hair care products that claim to make your hair younger.   Click here for the our […]
Apr 26, 2016
Are you sick of greenwashed cosmetics? Episode 129
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In this encore episode we discuss why cosmetic companies STILL make so many fake natural products. There are a few main reasons: True natural consumers are still a small market segment All-natural cosmetics do not work as well Consumers don’t know the difference Greenwashing keeps costs down There are no required standards Formulating natural cosmetics […]
Apr 19, 2016
How can I tell if my product contains natural or synthetic colors? Episode 128
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Just about everyone has been puzzled about how “natural” certain products are. This is especially true of color cosmetics because not very many of the colorants used in makeup are truly natural.  In today’s encore presentation, we discuss a quick history of cosmetic colorants, tell you where colorants come from, and explain the difference between […]
Apr 12, 2016
Are cosmetics really unregulated? Episode 127
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Is it true that cosmetics are unregulated and that companies can put anything they want in beauty products? Find out as Perry and I talk about the laws that govern the cosmetics industry.  This is an encore presentation of an important episode that most of our audience hasn’t heard yet. Please click here for the […]
Apr 05, 2016
Everything you need to know about fragrance allergens – Episode 126
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This week you’ll learn all about fragrance allergies – what they are and how to avoid them.  Would you like to ask YOUR question on our Show? Here’s how to submit an audio question to the Beauty Brains. Question of the week Nicole’s question: I was recently diagnosed with orris root allergy. My doctor says […]
Mar 29, 2016
Should I use antibacterial soap? Episode 125
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The FDA has announced that it’s going to take a closer look at antibacterial soaps. In today’s show (an encore presentation from 2013) we discuss everything you need to know. What is an antibacterial soap? Soaps that contain antimicrobial or antibacterial agents are actually drugs that are controlled by the FDA (in the US). Since […]
Mar 22, 2016
Should farmland be used to grow organic beauty ingredients? Episode 124
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In another lost episode Sarah Bellum and Left Brain discuss… Will my 3 year old bottle of shampoo still work? Is there a standard definition for organic or natural? The first organic perfume line launched in France The Clinique counter beauty app The danger of bath salts and…Left Brain’s trip to China  
Mar 15, 2016
Can bedtime products really help your baby sleep? Episode 123
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Skin care and the sound of music Link Cosmetic marketers are always trying to innovate but sometimes I think they take it a bit too far. This new innovation from Shiseido seems to be one of those times. According to a report in Cosmetics Design, Shiseido has developed some music software that supposedly enhances the power […]
Mar 08, 2016
What’s the best way to get rid of bed head? Episode 122
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Does this bed head product really work? Sasha asks…Can Ma Cherie Perfect Shower fix your bed better than regular water? Is this worth the money or is it nothing more than water mixed with leave in conditioner? Let’s begin by talking about what causes bed head. First, you have to realize that there are two different […]
Mar 01, 2016
How to test beauty products yourself – Episode 121
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How to investigate a cosmetic product Link I’m going to give you a headline that I saw on a beauty blog and then you tell me what you would expect to read about in the article with that headline. “The Gloss investigates: does radiant foundation primer really make a difference?” When I saw this I […]
Feb 23, 2016
Do bath soaks really detox your skin? Episode 120
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Do bath soaks really detox your skin? Allison says… I have a question about bath soaks. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about mustard seed baths, epson salt baths, Dead Sea mineral baths, […]
Feb 16, 2016
Does wearing makeup give you better grades? Episode 119
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Why you should listen to your toothbrush Link Here’s an interesting study that comes to us from the International Journal of Arts and Technology. Two Japanese researchers found that certain types of toothbrush noises […]
Feb 09, 2016
Is quinoa the next super-food beauty breakthrough? Episode 118
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Do hand creams stop your skin from regenerating? Julia from Germany asks…I have very dry skin so I use hand cream a lot. I read an article that said if you use too […]
Feb 02, 2016
Why do women pay more for beauty products? Episode 117
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. South Korean beauty innovation Link Japan has long been the source of beauty trends for European and American countries but more and more that is shifting to South Korea. Recent trends out of […]
Jan 26, 2016
Can you exfoliate your feet with Listerene and vinegar? Episode 116
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Randy was interviewed on a radio program called “American Made Beauty” which is run by Patty Schmucker, who’s been in the industry for over 35 years. She interviews different experts to give a behinds the […]
Jan 19, 2016
Does WEN conditioner make your hair fall out? Episode 115
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Update from the Secret Society of Cosmetic Chemists Perry was in New York for a meeting of the Secret Society of Cosmetic Chemists where he was installed as the organization’s Vice President Elect. He also […]
Jan 12, 2016
Why are some fragrances so long lasting? Episode 114
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While we’re recovering from the holidays, you guys get to listen to another lost episode from 2010 with Sarah Bellum and Left Brain. Today they discuss… Why some fragrances are so long lasting Whether natural ingredients are better than synthetics How home microdermabrasion works
Jan 05, 2016
Should you buy Organic Botox from Kim Kardashian? Episode 113
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Should you soak in Vitamin C? Mindy says…I have read about vitamin C being good for your face. What about putting it in the bath water? I heard something about it neutralizing chlorine. What I want to know is if it will give you the same benefits that it does for your face, if I […]
Dec 22, 2015
Should you wear anti-aging lingerie? Episode 112
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Do supplements improve skin? Link I saw this story published on the cosmetic surgery times website asking the question whether nutricosmetics is real science or scientific rhetoric. Or as we called it a […]
Dec 15, 2015
Is Hoof Maker cream for horses really good for your nails? Episode 111
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Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trial at Audible.com Is Dr. Varon’s skin bleaching system safe? Sarah asks…I have some questions about Dr. Varon’s skin bleaching system. It uses 2% hydroquinone. Is it safe to keep using? First let’s talk about skin bleaching actives. Hydroquinone, like many other actives, HQ ,like many […]
Dec 08, 2015
Why is Moroccan oil such a big deal in hair and skin products? Episode 110
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Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trial at Audible.com Perry and I are taking a little time off to celebrate the holidays. In the meantime, please listen to this LOST EPISODE to hear Sara Bellum and Left Brain talk about Moroccan oil in beauty products.
Dec 01, 2015
Would you use spray on nail polish? Episode 109
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Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trial at Audible.com Would you use spray on nail polish? A company called Nails, Inc has launched the first spray on nail polish. The line is called “The Paint Can” and it just launched in the UK (coming soon to the U.S.). It’s not on the company’s US […]
Nov 24, 2015
If Pantene is so good why isn’t it sold in salons? Episode 108
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Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trial at Audible.com. Question of the week: Why isn’t Pantene in salons? Tyler asks…I would just like to say if Pantene is sooo amazing and works so well them why isn’t it sold in a salon when the company could make way more money if they […]
Nov 17, 2015
Are beauty programs for cancer patients dangerous? Episode 107
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Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trial at Audible.com. Quick follow up on curly hair Last time we talked about how to moisturize curly hair. That generated a ton of discussion on our website. I wanted to give you one quick update which is an article I stumbled across about using combing […]
Nov 10, 2015
Beware beauty products in jars – Episode 106
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Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trail at Audible.com. Is Rodan and Fields really different? Dawn asks…
I’m interested in getting your opinion on whether or not Rodan and Fields is different from any other skin care line. My gut says they are the same.  I participated in a virtual information session (my […]
Oct 27, 2015
Is it okay to have alcohol in your skin care products? Episode 105
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Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trail at Audible.com. Does bee venom cause eye puffiness?  Tune in to listen to Perry’s amazing story to find out. (Hint: check out the picture.) Is amniotic fluid the next hot anti-aging ingredient? Have you heard about this new trend in skin care? Amniotic fluid. Well, […]
Oct 20, 2015
How do you moisturize curly hair? Episode 104
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Question of the week: How do you moisturize curly hair? Chris says…My question is about the curly hair products that are out there now, brands like Diva Curl and Ouidad. They’re very expensive and targeted to people who have ethnic hair and want to go natural or girls with curly hair who don’t want to […]
Oct 13, 2015
Would you buy used makeup? Episode 103
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Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trail at Audible.com. Would you buy used makeup? Link Have you heard of this company, Glambot? It’s a startup company that is apparently sells a million dollars a year of pre-owned makeup. The company, which was founded in 2013 by CEO Karen Horiuchi, buys used makeup and resells […]
Oct 06, 2015
Are natural products as good as drug store brands? Episode 102
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Is this natural product as good as a drug store brand? Gemma asks (in the Beauty Brains Forum)…It seems as though you guys aren’t the biggest fans of “natural” and “organic” cosmetics, but there seems to be a wider offering of lines at places like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Erewhon. Lines like Andalou Naturals, Avalon […]
Sep 29, 2015
The Beauty Brains Giant-sized 100th anniversary episode
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Our 100th podcast is now available! Introducing our guest announcer If you’re a regular listener of our show you noticed a different voice on the introduction. That’s one of our fans, Master Barber Williams. He was featured in a question on an earlier show and so we asked him to record the intro to our […]
Sep 15, 2015
Why are some hair products so expensive? Episode 99
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Next week marks the 100th episode of the Beauty Brains Show! Perry and I taking today off to prepare for the big event so now I’m going to play another lost episode for you. This is one of the five original Beauty Brains podcasts that first aired in 2010 and then they were lost when our server crashed. […]
Sep 08, 2015
Beauty fixes from your kitchen Episode 98
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Welcome  to a special “Lost Episode” edition of the Beauty Brains show. Perry and I are taking a couple of weeks off but in our absence we have a special treat for you. Before the current incarnation of our program we briefly experimented with podcasting back in 2010. We only recorded 5 episodes and those were thought […]
Sep 01, 2015
15 Pinterest beauty hacks that are bad for you Episode 97
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Now you can get a FREE audio version of our book, The Beauty Aisle Insider.  Just click this link to Audible.com 15 Pinterest beauty hacks that are bad for your skin DIY Fruit masks Using cooking oils as moisturizers DIY salt scrubs Burning face mask Strengthen nails by soaking in lemon juice Aspirin, toothpaste, baking soda […]
Aug 25, 2015
Does Dial Body Wash really moisturize skin? Episode 96
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Does Dial Body Wash really moisturize skin? This is the segment of the show where we dissect the claims of popular personal care products. We try to help you understand what the claims […]
Aug 18, 2015
Can live bacteria cure acne? Episode 95
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Now you can get a FREE audio version of our second book, The Beauty Aisle Insider.  Just click this link to Audible.com Latest acne cure: battling bacteria I think we often overlook that even the best acne treatments can be problematic for many people. For example both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can irritate your skin. And […]
Aug 11, 2015
Do hair dye removing products like Color Oops really work? Episode 94
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Do hair dye removing products, like Color Oops, really work? Lenora in our Forum asks…There seems to be some debate on this in online forums, so I’m wondering if you guys can please answer if “Color Oops” can be damaging to the hair? Thanks for the question Lenora but I think before we can answer […]
Aug 04, 2015
Can you orgasm just from smelling mushrooms? Episode 93
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Buy ANYTHING on Amazon and support the Beauty Brains. Shop Amazon with our link Herbal Essences has a new owner I have Herbal Essences on my mind because I just saw the news that Proctor and Gamble are selling the brand to Coty. That’s right according to this story P&G is selling off some of their […]
Jul 28, 2015
Do cosmetic ingredients really penetrate skin? Episode 92
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Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Audible.com. Click here to get your free audio book. Do cosmetic ingredients penetrate skin? Chris says…Can you guys talk a little bit about ingredient penetration? Why do some ingredients penetrate skin while others won’t? What mechanisms and conditions are involved? Let’s […]
Jul 21, 2015
Preservative free products can be dangerous! Episode 91
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Perfume for poop I never realized how important it is to have a good perfume for poop. We really take a lot of things for granted living in a first world country and one of them is proper sanitation. A lot of places lack proper plumbing and instead use latrines or outdoor toilets. That’s not as much fun as […]
Jul 14, 2015
Does John Frieda 7 Day Volume treatment really work? Episode 90
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Do 7 day volume treatments really work? MC Wonders says… John Frieda has a new product out called “7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment“. They claim this rinse-out gel will create fullness that lasts 3-5 shampoos. The marketing claim about this new technology/approach to volume is hard to resist, but based on the ingredients, do you […]
Jul 07, 2015
Is DIY perfume a bad idea? Episode 89
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Cosmetic science in colonial America For those of you who are listening to this show in real time we’re only a couple of days away from the Fourth of July holiday weekend. If you’re interested in learning what life was like in colonial America, you can find an excellent summary at Fortklock.com; the details of […]
Jun 30, 2015
How do color correcting conditioners work? Episode 88
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We’ve been nominated for one of Marie Claire’s “Most Wanted Beauty Awards.” Click here now to vote for the Beauty Brains!  Listen to the podcast for this week’s question and answer session. Plus, another game of Improbable Products! How do color correcting conditioners work? Audrey asks…How do color correcting conditioners work? Color correcting conditioners work two […]
Jun 23, 2015
Men prefer brainy women and other beauty science news Episode 87
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It’s another Beauty Science News episode! But first a new feature that helps you save money when shopping for beauty products. We call it “Who’s Who in the Beauty Biz.” Who’s Who in the Beauty Biz It’s important to understand who makes your beauty products because that knowledge can alert you to watch for formula […]
Jun 16, 2015
Are anti-wrinkle pillows good for anti-aging? Episode 86
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Today were going to do one of our anti-aging spotlights on anti-wrinkle pillows. Let’s start by talking about whether or not sleep really causes wrinkles. Does sleep cause wrinkles? The answer to this question lies in understanding the two basic types of aging. There is intrinsic aging which is what happens internally to your skin. […]
Jun 09, 2015
Sunscreen shaming and other news Episode 85
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Have you heard about sunscreen shaming? I didn’t either but this is a real thing. There’s an entire discussion thread on the popular site Reddit dedicated to the phenomena. Apparently, not everyone is accepting of the idea that you should wear sunscreen to prevent getting tan. In this article there were a number of instances […]
Jun 02, 2015
Can plant stem cells grow more hair? Episode 84
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Perry kicks of the episode by telling he wants to go beauty spelunking in the Salt Caves of Norridge. The place is actually called Galos Caves and it was built in Chicago because the Midwest has a low iodine content in the air. According to the company, the technology of building salt-iodine caves is based on the […]
May 26, 2015
Do mild cleansers really get your hair clean? Episode 83
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On this week’s podcast we talk about the effectiveness of mild hair cleaners and other interesting beauty science news.  Should natural beauty products be patented? We think one advantage of natural beauty products (and natural medicines for that matter) is that they are available to anyone to use without having to pay “Big Beauty” or […]
May 19, 2015
Does Bio Oil really work? Episode 82
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This week we answer listener questions about Bio Oil and other products. But first, another game of Improbable Products… Improbable Products Which of these bad body odor products is not real: The iPhone bad breathalyzer that tells you if you have halitosis. Odor detecting gym socks that change color when you feet start to smell. […]
May 12, 2015
The new Personal Care Products Safety Act – what you need to know Episode 81
In case you haven’t heard there is proposed legislation in the US that could change the way the cosmetic industry is governed. A lot of people have asked us what all this and I did a short interview with Self magazine on what this means for consumers and the industry. So, since this is a […]
May 05, 2015