Surfactants Are Everywhere, aka Stop Being Terrified of Chemicals

Surfactants Are Everywhere, aka Stop Being Terrified of Chemicals

This post was originally published on the now sadly defunct awesome website The Toast in 2014. A reader suggested that I repost it on Lab Muffin… which I thought I did, but apparently that was all a fever dream. Here it is! There’s soap in your mayonnaise! As a scientist with a degree in chemistry, the surge in chemophobia over …

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The Science of Hair Products: Shampoo and Conditioner (with video)

This post is based on a sponsored video. Sulfates, fatty alcohols, silicones, preservatives… what are they doing in your shampoo and conditioner, and do you need to avoid them? Today’s post is a deep dive into some of the key ingredients in haircare products. The video version is here if you prefer that format! Science of Shampoo Let’s start with …

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1,4-Dioxane Ban for Beauty Products? (With video)

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If you’ve ever looked up sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in a clean beauty app, like me, you might be surprised to find that SLES is dirtier than SLS. These apps are terrible and based on pseudoscience: SLS and SLES are both safe in your products. But if you’re a skincare nerd, you’ll know that SLS …

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My Favourite Heimish Products (with video)

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Heimish is a Korean skincare brand that’s best known for their cleansing balm, which has a cult following (and well deserved – more on that later). But they have a whole bunch of other great gems too! Here are my picks from their range so far. The video is sponsored by StyleKorean, but this blog post isn’t. StyleKorean currently have …

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Reviewing My Teenage Skincare Routine (with video)

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Did we all have horrifying teenage skincare routines? I recently came across a photo of a TV Hits magazine cover from the early 2000s, and remembered how it was my first introduction to the concept of a skincare routine. I was a little obsessed with music magazines, and they often came with little samples of Clean & Clear’s 3 Step …

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Eco Friendly Products? Zero Co Review

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My name is Michelle, I’m a millennial and I’m the opposite of a domestic goddess. And Facebook can obviously tell, because they’ve been serving me up Zero Co ads. Their branding is pretty much catnip for millennials. Obviously, I bought the whole set. I’ve now tried them all and I thought I’d review them because I think it’s a cool example …

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Wash your face with no sink + cleansing myths (with video)

I really hate washing my face over the sink – how it gets everything wet (sink, benchtop, sleeves, hair, front of my shirt), and how it takes a ton of effort to dump enough water on my face that I feel like I’ve thoroughly cleansed and rinsed away my cleanser. I generally end up washing my face in the shower, …

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