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Which beauty products are essential? Episode 15

How many products do you need to be clean, attractive and healthy? In response to a listener question, Randy and I decide that you only need four. What do YOU think? We also talk about why the FBI is looking for pee in counterfeit cosmetics. PLUS: We announce the winner of our iTunes Review Contest!

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Randy opened the show with an alarming Beauty Science News report about the recent FBI warning on counterfeit cosmetics. They’ve found phony cosmetics contaminated with arsenic, aluminum, beryllium, cadmium, bacteria and even human urine!  Listen to the episode to find out how to spot these fakes and what action to take when you do.

Our listener question of the week comes from Wade who wants to know which personal care products are essential so he can minimize his routine. We break it down like this:

1. What kind of cleaning products do you need?
2. What kind of grooming products do you need?
3. What kind of odor control products do you need?
4. What kind of products do you need to stay healthy?

We also compare and contrast our suggestions with Glamour’s “Top 10 Must Have Products” list:

  • Blush
  • Concealer/Foundation
  • Anti-wrinkle eye cream
  • Lipstick
  • BB cream
  • Mascara
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Deep conditioner
  • Face wipes
  • Sunscreen

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{ 7 comments… add one }

  • marie January 28, 2014, 3:33 pm

    Hi guys
    If you want to check out the iTunes reviews from your international listeners as well, you can download the trial version of CommentCast. You currently have 14 reviews including those from the US.

    If I might ask a question of my own, you last post on parabens is quite a few years old. Are there any updates or findings from the scientific community about the “alligators in the sewers” of skincare? thanks :)

    • Randy Schueller January 28, 2014, 3:51 pm

      Thanks Marie! It didn’t dawn on me that we’d have a different set of international reviews in iTunes! I just downloaded CommentCast but there must be some glitch in the software because there’s a comment from you in Belgium that says you hate my catchphrase! That can’t be right!

      • marie January 28, 2014, 4:42 pm

        that is a very peculiar glitch, indeed :)
        keep up the good work!

  • rozy January 28, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Wow Glamour is crazy, they did not list a single actual must have. I think that would be nasty to just floss the teeth without brushing. It might just move stuff around but it would still stick to your teeth. I think brushing is more important bc I have dry mouth and I have a disgusting film on my teeth when I wake up.

  • rozy January 28, 2014, 7:31 pm

    The FBI warning reminded me of this article: http://www.brightestbulbinthebox.com/2014/01/wantable-january-2013-review.html

    Long story short her lip gloss is a petri dish of mold. So nasty.

  • Susan January 29, 2014, 12:09 am

    Minimum to be clean, attractive and healthy:
    1. Hot water and mild soap (preferably homemade)
    1. Baking soda, vinegar (for hair cleaning and rinsing)
    OR cheap shampoo/hair conditioner (I have tried ALL the expensive ones and they don’t make my hair look any different. Ever.)
    2. Hairbrush (cheap; the natural bristle type fills my hair with static electricity)
    2. Floss, toothbrush, toothpaste
    3. Some kind of moisturizing cream (Pond’s Dry Skin cream works as well as anything else)
    4. A really good (read: expensive) nail file and clippers
    5. Razor (for shaving under arms)
    6. Pure cornstarch baby powder
    7. Dr. Scholl’s Foot File
    8. Sunscreen
    9. Lip balm with sunscreen

  • Wade February 22, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Hi “Berry” and Randy. Thank you for answering my question! Your discussion back-and-forth—it sounded like what happens in my head. haha. You are officially “beauty minimalists.” ;D

    If anyone is wondering, here’s my essential list:

    1. Cleaning: some sort of cleanser (I am using a homemade olive oil soap now)
    2. Grooming: Nivea Creme (for face, body, and hair)
    3. Odor: Apple cider vinegar (as a deodorant)
    4. Health: floss, baking powder, and toothbrush
    5. Nonessential: razor, pumice stone, nail clippers, tweezers, hair dryer

    Thanks again guys!

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