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The FDA Rolls Its Eyes with Exasperation at Triclosan in Anti-Bacterial Products

The FDA Rolls Its Eyes with Exasperation at Triclosan in Anti-Bacterial Products In August, we talked about triclosan, an anti-bacterial agent, and its potential not-so-pleasant environmental effects. The FDA has now proposed...

My New Favorite People Make Cheese Out of Human Body Odor-Producing Bacteria

My New Favorite People Make Cheese Out of Human Body Odor-Producing Bacteria If there are three things I love in this world, it is cheese, science, and unprofitable-but-fascinating projects. Microbiologist Christina Agapakis...

Is Revlon Filled With Cancer-Causing Crap? (Hint: No.)

Is Revlon Filled With Cancer-Causing Crap? (Hint: No.) Let's all give a huge, collective eye-roll to the Breast Cancer Fund, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and UltraViolet. Ready? These advocacy groups have targeted...

Why Milk of Magnesia Is a Crappy Primer

One of the so-called "beauty hacks" that's floating around on the internet is that Milk of Magnesia supposedly makes a fabulous primer for oily skin. There are countless beauty gurus on...

Genetically Modified Yeast Serve as New Source of Fragrances

Genetically Modified Yeast Serve as New Source of Fragrances Microbial processes already offer a wide variety of familiar scents. Wine-lovers, cheese-lovers, and soy sauce-lovers alike are already familiar with the power of...

Beauty Bullshit: Ionic Hairdryers

Beauty Bullshit: Ionic Hairdryers Yay4Tay asks, "I am super late to the party (catching up on all your posts), but I would love for you to address how every hair tool ever...

Beauty Myths: Should You Be Worried About Mineral Oil?

Beauty Myths: Should You Be Worried About Mineral Oil? Unknown asks, "Can you do a post on your thoughts on Mineral Oil in skincare? There's lots of debate on if its good...

Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Beauty-Related Science from Newspapers (Especially Bad Ones)

Why You Shouldn't Get Your Beauty-Related Science from Newspapers (Especially Bad Ones) I came across a tweet that explains, well... rather a lot about how science-related beauty myths gain traction. It transcribes...

The Science of Hairstyling Heat Protection Products

The Science of Hairstyling Heat Protection Products Turtlefreak requests, "(...if this isn't too out of left field:) maybe write a post about the efficacy of heat protectant sprays? I can't tell if this...

Growing a Nose On Your Forehead. Or: You Should Really Go Get That Injury...

Growing a Nose On Your Forehead. Or: You Should Really Go Get That Injury Checked Out I think the pictures are probably weirder than the story. (I'm seriously awful at sensationalistic journalism,...

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