Archive for March, 2008

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Are Philosophy’s Peptides Actually Anti-aging?

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Drew’s dilemma: I love Philosophy as a brand and I have two questions about their Shelter Sunscreen For Face. First, I don’t see any sunscreens listed as ingredients, yet they claim the product has SPF 30. Is that due to the melanin in the formula? Second, they claim to contain a [...]

Beauty Brand Brain Control

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Sarah Bellum says:
Lefty and Righty have blogged before about the uber-power of advertising. So I thought you might get a kick out of reading about this cool study that shows how brand logos can affect how we act.
I read this at “Researchers found that even the briefest exposure to well-known [...]

Taking The Hype Out Of Hypoallergenic

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Kathy’s query: Hi, just found your site and love it. I was wondering what are the most hypoallergenic makeups out there. I have heard that ALL make up is hypoallergenic, not true. If anyone else is like me, there are many types of brands that I cannot even look at, let [...]

Hair Dyes and Cancer: Should You Be Worried?

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After reading the Left Brain’s post on the link between hair dye and cancer, I felt pretty good about coloring my hair. But then I saw this article from Cosmetics Design that says a new study shows hair dyes CAN cause cancer.
New data on hair dye?
According to Cosmetics Design:
A small but [...]

Chic Clicks 3/28/08: The Best Of This Week’s Beauty Blogs

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Girlawhirl can’t wait to throw on these summer clothes.
SeenON! wants you to look good for Spring with their giveaway from Fidelity Denim and LeDoux Swimwear
SheFinds wonders how far would you go for trendy chiseled cheekbones?
It’s time to stand out! Smarter Fashion features some great jewelry, handbags & shoes all in the [...]

Is Baking Soda An Effective Natural Exfolliant?

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Back by popular demand: here’s our newest member, Forebrain, with another reference-laden post. Enjoy!
Julie’s cleansing question: I’ve read a lot about using baking soda to clean and exfoliate your face. Do you have any evidence this works either instead of a cleanser or for an acne treatment? Is there any [...]

The Colorful Secret of Organic Hair Color

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Jessica’s colorful question: What makes hair color “organic” and how does it compare to regular box dye and professional haircolor? If organic color is still able to lighten natural hair color, would it need to have ammonia and/or peroxide in it?
The Right Brain’s black and white response:
As we’ve blogged before, right [...]

Breast Milk Soap: Appealing or Appalling?

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Here’s an idea for all you cosmetic “Do-It-Yourself-ers” out there: According to, you can make your own soap using breast milk.
Not having kids of my own yet it’s hard for me to decide if this idea is appealing or appalling. It could be appealing because there is something natural [...]

Is Aveeno Active Naturals A Mushroom Miracle?

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Elizabeth smells bull-shiitake: Are there benefits to shiitake mushrooms as an anti-aging substance? Is it effective?
The Left Brain has fun with fungus:
Mushroom extracts have been shown to have legitimate medicinal properties (for example, see this reference from the Journal Toxicology in Vitro.) But the only shiitake-based cosmetic product I could [...]

23Anti-Aging Cosmetic Beauty Science Answers

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We asked you which ingredient was NOT currently said to provide anti-aging benefits and your responses were all over the place. Here’s the answers. Were you right?
1. Frog Skin - True
27% of you thought that scientists were not using frog skin for anti-aging properties but unfortunately, you were wrong. This article [...]

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