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In this show, Jen Novakovich, Canadian cosmetic chemist from The Eco Well, interviews international cosmetic scientists and industry leaders to bring you a fresh new conversation a week about all things beauty!

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    • Chemistry

In this show, Jen Novakovich, Canadian cosmetic chemist from The Eco Well, interviews international cosmetic scientists and industry leaders to bring you a fresh new conversation a week about all things beauty!

    Interview with Joanne Sherrard about Aesthetics Philosophy

    Interview with Joanne Sherrard about Aesthetics Philosophy

    This episode featured a conversation with Joanne Sherrard, co-founder of one of my favorite Canadian beauty start-ups, Aurum Skincare. Prior to starting her brand, Joanne focused her masters research on Aesthetics Philosophy, a topic that I truthfully know very little about and also one that I thought would be an interesting vantage point for the personal care space. We talked about what aesthetic philosophy is, historical beauty preferences, and how this all plays into your cosmetic products.

    • 27 min
    Interview with Belinda Carli - the anatomy of a lotion

    Interview with Belinda Carli - the anatomy of a lotion

    In this episode I interviewed Belinda Carli from the Institute of Personal Care Sciences to go through the anatomy of a lotion - or emulsion products in general. We broke down the key ingredient types needed to make these products possible, from water to emulsifiers to preservative systems and more. Spoiler alert - there is NO SUCH THING as filler ingredients. Every ingredient serves an important function. For more on that, tune in to this informative episode - a cosmetics science 101 on emulsions!

    • 34 min
    Interview with Valerie George - A review of the Toxic Beauty Documentary

    Interview with Valerie George - A review of the Toxic Beauty Documentary

    This episode featured a conversation with Valerie George, cosmetic chemist and co-host of my other favourite beauty podcast, The Beauty Brains. A highly requested topic, we talked about the recent Toxic Beauty documentary. Did they get the facts right? Long story short, unfortunately, the answer was no. Before you tell me I’m wrong, please listen to the episode, it’s about 30 minutes and I think we did a pretty thorough review.

    • 36 min
    Interview with Dr. Alex Lorestani on Designing Beauty with Biology

    Interview with Dr. Alex Lorestani on Designing Beauty with Biology

    This episode featured a conversation with Dr. Alex Lorestani, co-founder and CEO of Geltor, a biodesign company that’s focused on creating globally scalable animal-free proteins, such as collagen for the personal care and food sector. We talked about collagen - it’s historical use, where it usually comes from, and why Geltor collagen, biodesign and how it can help our industry do better, sustainability, challenges with our current industry eco- certifications, and steps moving forward.

    • 43 min
    Interview with Ally Hasbun on CBD Cosmetics

    Interview with Ally Hasbun on CBD Cosmetics

    This episode featured a conversation with Ally Hasbun, PhD student researching cannabis. CBD (Cannabidiol) cosmetics is a big trend right now, but how much do we really know about this cannabinoid? In my conversation with Ally, we talked about what CBD is, the available data we have, regulations, quality control, and lots more.

    • 38 min
    Interview with Dr. Ryan Armstrong about MLM Essential Oils

    Interview with Dr. Ryan Armstrong about MLM Essential Oils

    This episode featured a conversation with Dr Ryan Armstrong, Biomedical Engineer, public health and consumer advocate and Executive Director at Bad Science Watch. We talked about MLM essential oils and all the dangerous misinformation they’re perpetuating. This was a topic a lot of you wanted me to cover on the podcast, was very excited that Ryan agreed to broach the topic with me.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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