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Real scientists answer your beauty questions

    Cosmetic safety, at home hair color, Vegemite facials and more - Episode 307

    Cosmetic safety, at home hair color, Vegemite facials and more - Episode 307

    On today’s show Valerie and Perry answer questions about:
    Could Vegemite be a dupe for the Biologique Recherche favorite mask Vivant?Why does getting hair dyed in the salon take longer than at home?What’s a good treatment for Melasma?Have ingredients in cosmetics been safety tested enough?Beauty News
    J&J launch band aids for acne 
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    Encapsulated sunscreens, petrolatum on leather, lash boosters and more - episode 306

    Encapsulated sunscreens, petrolatum on leather, lash boosters and more - episode 306

    On today’s show Perry & Valerie answer questions about:
    How does the new temporary color from Schwarzkopf work?Can you use a skin lotion ingredient to protect leather?Is it worth spending money on an expensive flat iron?Does encapsulated sunscreen work?What do you think of the new Ordinary peptide lash booster?Beauty science news
    Revlon files for bankruptcy
    Olaplex pH plus is now in Walmart
    P&G launches new shampoo bars
    Question notes
    Schwarzkopf dye product
    Encapsulated sunscreen
    Ordinary eyelash booster

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    The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!

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    Episode 305 - Hair protein treatments and more

    Episode 305 - Hair protein treatments and more

    On today’s show Perry & Valerie answer questions about:
    What do you think of the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment and Balancing Moisturizer?Does human keratin bind to hair and make it stronger and repair damage?Does hydrolyzed wheat protein work as well as hydrolyzed soy protein?Can brow thickening products work?Do inorganic filters reflect or absorb UV rays?Beauty science news
    Honey Pot changes its formula and gets some social media backlash. 
    Oil Free Lawsuit Against Target Dismissed 
    Celebrity launch
    Skin by Kim  


    Question notes
    Aphogee treatment 
    Brow thickeners 
    AVeda brow thickener 
    UV paper 

    Four Ways to Ask a question -
    1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.
    2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to thebeautybrains@gmail.com
    3. Send it to us via social media (see links below)
    4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question

    Support the Beauty Brains
    The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!

    Social media accounts
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    on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrains
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    Valerie's ingredient company - Simply Ingredients

    Be Brainy about your Beauty!
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    Do chemical sunscreens cause free radicals? episode 304

    Do chemical sunscreens cause free radicals? episode 304

    On today’s show we’re going to answer questions about:
    Do chemical sunscreens cause free radicals?what are your favorite heat protection products for hairWhy would Nizoral have an unexpected effect on hair and scalp?Can stem cell technology in professional products straighten hair?Beauty science news
    Bondi hit with Reef Safe Lawsuit along with Banana Boat and Edgewell.
    And Estee Lauder sued because of their face scanning tech
    Recalls
    Henkel recalls Alternl Bond Repair Leave in Heat Protection Spray because it was contaminated with B. cepacia.
    Higher Education’s Makeout Ready Vegan Lip Balm SPF 15 
    Celebrity launch
    Have we covered Kate Hudson launch?  


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    Episode 303 - What makes a cleanser without surfactants work?

    Episode 303 - What makes a cleanser without surfactants work?

    It's a shortened episode today due to the traveling of our dedicated hosts.
    But there is some interesting topics discussed including whether science has really reversed the aging of cells, whether the industry needs more regulation, and a warning for magnetic eyelash users. 

    Reversed aging of skin cells

    Cosmetic regulations

    Oh yeah, and we answer a patron's question about an interesting cleanser formulation from our biggest fan Timothy!  
    We'll be back with a full episode next time.


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    Episode 302 - Can you dilute your products to make them last longer?

    Episode 302 - Can you dilute your products to make them last longer?

    On today’s show Perry and Valerie answer questions about…
    What should we think about the EWG?How can you find less expensive versions of expensive hair shampoos/conditioners?Can you dilute out a conditioner with water to make it thinner?What in leave-in conditioner makes hair crunchy?Are skin moisturizers (or cosmetics in general) sterile?Beauty Science News
    EWG sunscreen guide
    Four Ways to Ask a question -
    1. Become a patron and ask through there. These get top attention.
    2. You can record your question on your smart phone and email to thebeautybrains@gmail.com
    3. Send it to us via social media (see links below)
    4. Submit it through the following form - Ask a question

    Support the Beauty Brains
    The Beauty Brains are now on Patreon! If you want to support the show Patreon is the best way to do it. This will help keep the show going and avoid any of those pesky advertisements that I find so maddening in other podcasts that I listen to. Thank you to all of our Patrons!

    Social media accounts
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    on Twitter, we’re thebeautybrains
    And we have a Facebook page

    Valerie's ingredient company - Simply Ingredients

    Be Brainy about your Beauty!



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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
804 Ratings

804 Ratings

Nurseneska ,

Thank you!

Such helpful information

fqn tightt ,

My new bffs!

Love perry and valerie! I found this podcast a week ago and have listened to 20 episodes. I really like the chit chat in the beginning that they do and love their friendship. Learned so much too! Thinking about becoming a patron so i can ask questions… oh i also love the news and recall sections - i havent seen any other chemist influencers that do that

buttonpusher ,

Been listening for years!

It’s so refreshing to listen to cosmetic chemists instead of cosmetic marketers! I’ve worked in the beauty industry before the rise of “clean” beauty and witnessed the degradation of product quality as the market gets saturated with product without effective preservatives and other useful synthetics. I love makeup, I love skincare products. The knowledge I get from this show helps me spend money more effectively and help me guide my clients to choose the best products for them. Their books are great too!

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