Sarah Bellum says: All week I’ve been recapping our bestest posts of the year. CosmeticsDesign blogged about strange beauty ingredients so I’m going to pull a Mid Brain and use their article to end 2009. If you liked last year’s bull semen and bird poo facials, you’ll love 2009′s crop of cosmetic craziness. (Ok, they’re not all THAT crazy but I still have to shop for a dress for NY Eve and I don’t have time to blog about anything else. So I’m outta here!)
New Zealand company Quantec has launched a milk protein-based ingredient that has both anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. (If it really works, why does the milk always spoil in my fridge?) And PL Thomas, a US company, is using bovine colostrum, the first milk produced by a cow after she gives birth, to make a cosmetic ingredient. (I hope they leave enough for the poor baby calves.) Supposedly it helps reduce scarring.
Lefty blogged before about snail slime – there’s a new version from Andes Natural Skin Care that’s meant for use on acne scarring. S Car Go!
Bog Myrtle, aka Sweet Gale, is a plant leaf with high anti-oxidant content that theoretically can combat acne causing bacteria. But do you really want a bog-based beauty balm?
Prickly pear seeds
This cactus flower seed grows all over southern Europe and North Africa. A French company is selling a version grown in Morocco that allegedly has anti-aging properties. Thanks, but I think I’ll stick with Moroccan Oil.
Grape stem cells
Caudalie has been using grape extract for years, but here’s a new ingredient made from the stem cells of a rare red grape. I didn’t even know plants had stem cells. Unless they’re just the cells from plant stems. Is that the same thing? Whatever. I’m no botanist.
That’s it for 2009. See you all next year!