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In a world where fashion is fast and trends come and go in the blink of an eye the beard trend has become something of a standout for longevity. Maybe it is because they look so very good or maybe the boy’s just love the way they feel. I took a closer look into the world of beard oils to find out what role they are having in this hirsute revolution...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Sep 12, 2016
When I first saw that we were to stock a coconut derived preservative I was a little skeptical to be honest. Mostly because I saw the recommended use levels were 2-4% and because that with the per Kg price point would mean this is the most expensive preservative we'd be stocking. But then I had a closer look...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Sep 12, 2016
Bad things are said about water in skin care products but those comments are completely misguided. Our skin cells contain around 66% water, water which if taken away or compromised leaves us looking and feeling as silky, attractive and protective as a dried up old snake skin. Is that what you want? ...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Apr 20, 2016
A common question we get asked here at New Directions is 'Is it possible to make a natural or organic hair de-tangling product?'
The answer is both yes and no...
posted by Alyce Wangmann and Amanda Foxon-Hill on Apr 12, 2016
This discussion pretty much got started on the back of a Palm Oil story but then, somewhere around the beginning of 2014 I stopped writing so much about it. I felt that I'd shared all I knew, that there was both a system and support for this better way of doing things that would ultimately solve the problems and elevate the palm crop to the lofty status of 'super veg' that I thought it deserved. But that was back then. Much has changed in the past two years and I don't feel it is all for the better...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Jan 21, 2016
Alkyl Polyglucosides are a key part of any cosmetic chemists ingredient arsenal and it's for good reason. These little babies have many pleasing attributes including but not limited to...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Nov 25, 2015
Personally I don't drink. I used to drink a bit but it has never agreed with me and I don't particularly like effect it has on my body - I go from feeling fine to instantly hung-over after a few sips - and as such abstaining is not a problem. But as a chemist I don't abstain from alcohol (ethanol in this case), I use it in a number of formulations, not always but often enough to appreciate the benefits it can bring to a formula. But do these benefits come with risks? Does alcohol damage the skin? I have had enough clients turn their nose up at an INCI listing that includes 'alcohol' to know that it is an issue and have even had people wish to add alcohol to their 'free from' list, sometimes for religious reasons but mainly not. The main reason customers give is because of underlying concerns that topically applied alcohol will somehow damage the skin. I think it is about time that we investigated whether this really is the case...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Nov 25, 2015
Benzene is a known human carcinogen. It is ubiquitous (found everywhere) in the air thanks to pollution caused from the burning of fossil fuels, wood smoke, various manufacturing processes, car exhausts and cigarette smoke.In case you were wondering the burning of wood contributes to no more than 2% of the total...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Sep 24, 2015
We've all been there, created a beautiful bubble bath, body wash or shampoo only to have it fall apart the moment we pop in our Essential oils. While this sort of thing doesn't exactly come as a huge surprise - essential oils are volatile mixtures and are prone to wreaking havoc in a formula - we thought it was time to take a closer look at the situation and so we did...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on May 28, 2015
There were 28,000 tonnes of essential oils grown globally in 2012 - TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND TONNES!Wow.Breaking that down by region we get the following and as you can see, the bulk of production volume is concentrated in a very small number of essential oils - the usual 80/20 rule (80% of volume from 20% of oils)...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Feb 27, 2015
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