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Would you buy used makeup? Episode 103

Support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free trail at Would you buy used makeup? Link Have you heard of this company, Glambot? It’s a startup company that is apparently sells a million dollars a year of pre-owned makeup. The company, which was founded in 2013 by CEO Karen Horiuchi, buys used makeup and resells […]

Are natural products as good as drug store brands? Episode 102

Is this natural product as good as a drug store brand? Gemma asks (in the Beauty Brains Forum)…It seems as though you guys aren’t the biggest fans of “natural” and “organic” cosmetics, but there seems to be a wider offering of lines at places like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Erewhon. Lines like Andalou Naturals, Avalon […]

Benefit mascara – how to find a cheaper version

Ellen inquires…What is the best mascara? I use Benefit’s “They’re Real!” and for me, it does what it says – no flaking, smudging, comes off with a little oil. But it is about 22 dollars. Is there a less expensive brand with similar characteristics? They all make the same claim! I have had to try […]

Are cosmetics safer in Europe than in the US? Episode 101

Question of the week: How are cosmetics regulated outside of the US? Jacs from the UK asked…”Can you add a overview on how cosmetics are regulated in the rest of the world other than America please?” Our answer comes from UK-based cosmetic chemist Colin Sanders of Colin’s Beauty Pages. Who makes the regulations in the EU? […]

The Beauty Brains Giant-sized 100th anniversary episode

Our 100th podcast is now available! (Show notes to follow shortly…)

Why are some hair products so expensive? Episode 99

Next week marks the 100th episode of the Beauty Brains Show! Perry and I taking today off to prepare for the big event so now I’m going to play another lost episode for you. This is one of the five original Beauty Brains podcasts that first aired in 2010 and then they were lost when our server crashed. […]

Beauty fixes from your kitchen Episode 98

Welcome  to a special “Lost Episode” edition of the Beauty Brains show. Perry and I are taking a couple of weeks off but in our absence we have a special treat for you. Before the current incarnation of our program we briefly experimented with podcasting back in 2010. We only recorded 5 episodes and those were thought […]

15 Pinterest beauty hacks that are bad for you Episode 97

Now you can get a FREE audio version of our book, The Beauty Aisle Insider.  Just click this link to 15 Pinterest beauty hacks that are bad for your skin DIY Fruit masks Using cooking oils as moisturizers DIY salt scrubs Burning face mask Strengthen nails by soaking in lemon juice Aspirin, toothpaste, baking soda […]

Does Dial Body Wash really moisturize skin? Episode 96

Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Click here to get your free audio book. Does Dial Body Wash really moisturize skin? This is the segment of the show where we dissect the claims of popular personal care products. We try to help you understand what the claims […]

Can live bacteria cure acne? Episode 95

Now you can get a FREE audio version of our second book, The Beauty Aisle Insider.  Just click this link to Latest acne cure: battling bacteria I think we often overlook that even the best acne treatments can be problematic for many people. For example both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can irritate your skin. And […]

Do hair dye removing products like Color Oops really work? Episode 94

Do hair dye removing products, like Color Oops, really work? Lenora in our Forum asks…There seems to be some debate on this in online forums, so I’m wondering if you guys can please answer if “Color Oops” can be damaging to the hair? Thanks for the question Lenora but I think before we can answer […]

Can you orgasm just from smelling mushrooms? Episode 93

Buy ANYTHING on Amazon and support the Beauty Brains. Shop Amazon with our link Herbal Essences has a new owner I have Herbal Essences on my mind because I just saw the news that Proctor and Gamble are selling the brand to Coty. That’s right according to this story P&G is selling off some of their […]

Do cosmetic ingredients really penetrate skin? Episode 92

Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Click here to get your free audio book. Do cosmetic ingredients penetrate skin? Chris says…Can you guys talk a little bit about ingredient penetration? Why do some ingredients penetrate skin while others won’t? What mechanisms and conditions are involved? Let’s […]

Preservative free products can be dangerous! Episode 91

Perfume for poop I never realized how important it is to have a good perfume for poop. We really take a lot of things for granted living in a first world country and one of them is proper sanitation. A lot of places lack proper plumbing and instead use latrines or outdoor toilets. That’s not as much fun as […]

Does John Frieda 7 Day Volume treatment really work? Episode 90

Do 7 day volume treatments really work? MC Wonders says… John Frieda has a new product out called “7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment“. They claim this rinse-out gel will create fullness that lasts 3-5 shampoos. The marketing claim about this new technology/approach to volume is hard to resist, but based on the ingredients, do you […]

Is DIY perfume a bad idea? Episode 89

Cosmetic science in colonial America For those of you who are listening to this show in real time we’re only a couple of days away from the Fourth of July holiday weekend. If you’re interested in learning what life was like in colonial America, you can find an excellent summary at; the details of […]

7 of the best beauty blogs you’ll ever read

The Beauty Brains were nominated as one of Marie Claire’s Best Beauty Blogs. Today is the LAST DAY before voting ends. Click here to vote for the Beauty Brains now. The last few days I’ve been telling you about our nomination in Marie Claire’s Best Beauty blog competition. I thought you might like to see […]

How do color correcting conditioners work? Episode 88

We’ve been nominated for one of Marie Claire’s “Most Wanted Beauty Awards.” Click here now to vote for the Beauty Brains!  Listen to the podcast for this week’s question and answer session. Plus, another game of Improbable Products! How do color correcting conditioners work? Audrey asks…How do color correcting conditioners work? Color correcting conditioners work two […]

The Beauty Brains nominated for Marie Claire best beauty blog!

Every year Marie Claire (US) publishes the Most Wanted Beauty Awards in the October issue. This year Perry and I are proud to announce that we’ve been nominated in the best blog/editorial site category.  If you like the work we do, you can help us out by voting for us HERE.  The voting ends June 30 so […]

Men prefer brainy women and other beauty science news Episode 87

It’s another Beauty Science News episode! But first a new feature that helps you save money when shopping for beauty products. We call it “Who’s Who in the Beauty Biz.” Who’s Who in the Beauty Biz It’s important to understand who makes your beauty products because that knowledge can alert you to watch for formula […]

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