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The best beauty science blogs

Christopher says…Hello Randy & Perry. What other beauty blogs (with a scientific twist) do you guys recommend? I hear you guys mention this news articles showing up in your feeds but not exactly sure what that ‘feed’ is.

 The Beauty Brains respond: 

Hi Christopher!  We collect our beauty science news from a number of sources. (It used to be easier back in the days of Google Reader. Now Randy is a big fan of Feedly but I still struggle with the best way to collect RSS feeds.) A number of our sources are beauty blogs with a scientific spin so I’ll list a few of those today. We also rely on a number of non-blog sources; maybe we’ll list those in a future post.

The Beauty Brains favorite beauty science blogs (now in alphabetical order!)

The Beauty Brains – possibly the most popular beauty science blog in the world. Certainly the most entertaining one.

Brightest Bulb In the Box – This is not really a science-based blog but it is billed as “beauty for critical minds.” It primarily features product reviews but it does so from a skeptical mindset.

Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery– Written by plastic surgeon and friend of the Beauty Brains, Dr. Anthony Youn, this website always provides an entertaining behind the scenes look at  celebrities and it’s often informative about the nuts and bolts of cosmetic surgery procedures.

Chemists Corner – Randy calls this one “Cheaters Corner” because he thinks I’m being unfaithful to him by writing another blog. But I think it’s okay because this website is geared toward the needs of professional cosmetic chemists rather than consumers. Still, you may find some of the articles helpful.

Colin’s Beauty Pages -Written by a UK-based cosmetic scientist. Colin reviews products, beauty advice, and the science behind beauty and attraction. He’s currently writing a book on the science of beauty and you can see some excerpts on the blog.

Update 1/2015: The Cosmetist – This blog comes to us from France and is written by a doctor of pharmacy and formulator of custom cosmetics. You’ll find anti-aging tips, discussions of cosmetic tests, and much more.

DermBytes – features “useful articles about dermatology, the latest dermatology news, and answers common questions about the skin from its readers.” It’s written by Dr. Huang,  a board-certified dermatologist at the Harvard teaching hospital Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an instructor of Harvard Medical School.

FutureDerm – written by aspiring dermatologist Nicki Zevola, FutureDerm does a deep dive into the science of how skin care products really work.

Lab Muffin – self-described as “a blog that explains the science behind beauty and skincare, featuring honest reviews and swatches, and lots of nail art.” This site is written by Michelle, a PhD chemist who is pro-science, anti-fear-mongering.

Update 2/2015:Making Cosmetics – More of a DIY site than a beauty science blog but there’s a lot of interesting links and information.

Natural Haven -Written by JC, a natural haired scientist based in UK who does not work for any cosmetic company, but is well-versed in the latest beauty research published in scientific journals like the Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Definitely worth checking out.

Personal Care Truth – provides “information based on scientific facts” and is written by a group of industry experts, several of which publish some of the other blogs on this list.

Realize Beauty – written by Amanda Foxon-Hill, another cosmetic chemist, Realize Beauty is a great resource for people “grappling with scientific terminology, ingredients listings and conflicting information.”

Science of beauty -Here’s a site that discusses the science behind beauty products from the perspective of a university professor. Joanne doesn’t work in the beauty industry but she loves beauty products & knows a thing or two about chemistry. Be sure to see her video experiments.

Update 1/2015: Soapy Guy – Here’s a cosmetic scientist who surfs the web and links to stories that any cosmetic chemist will find interesting. He often provides his own commentary which helps give the stories real-world application. It’s a great read and one we wish was updated a little more frequently.

Update 1/2015: The Triple Helixian – The goal of Triple Helixian is to help you build “ideal” skin care routines. The information John provides is based on credible sources, such as medical journals and other centralized locations, such as PubMed.

Update 1/2015: Truth in Aging – Marta Wohrle offers “truthful and unbiased guidance” on skin care, hair care, health and beauty products, and salon and clinical treatments. She typically cites scientific studies to back up her opinions.

Did we miss any of your favorite beauty science blogs? Leave a comment and add yours to the list.

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  • TrishB June 18, 2014, 10:20 am

    Re: Replacing Google Reader I found Feedly way to busy and cluttered for my needs. Inoreader has done a pretty good job so far and you can set it up to look very much like Google Reader.

  • Lisa June 18, 2014, 11:01 am

    I would also highly recommend FutureDerm (www.futurederm.com) as a great resource for science-based reviews and educational posts. Their product line is also terrific!

    • Randy Schueller June 18, 2014, 3:13 pm

      WOW. Of COURSE we include FutureDerm on our list!! It was accidentally deleted. Nicki, please forgive us!!

  • Christopher June 19, 2014, 8:00 am

    Great list, I’d only heard about a couple of these blogs.
    Thanks guys now I have something to do this weekend! 😀

  • Alejandra June 22, 2014, 1:46 pm

    The Triple Helixian, John Su makes unbiased and detailed product reviews and explains how ingredients work. I like that he backups everything with scientific information but also writes from a consumer point of view since he is not trying to sell you anything.

  • Tanya March 18, 2016, 4:17 am

    The SoapGuy website doesn’t work. Last post is from may 2010 (((

  • Sam May 20, 2016, 10:03 am

    I also really like KindofStephen (http://www.kindofstephen.com/tagged/blog). His topics are thought-provoking and he has a fantastic way of explaining scientific concepts.

  • Tracey November 16, 2017, 1:58 pm

    I learned a ton the last few years from swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com
    By Susan J Barclay Nichols
    A little intimidating at first but if someone like myself a stay at home Mom with zero degrees can learn chemistry & can now after 4-5 years make practically anything I put my mind to…without that blog I would be nowhere I attribute Susan to anything I make even things that may seem unrelated…if I had not learned the correct way from the beginning, to formulate & legitimate information on ingredients ect…it’s just great
    Thanks to you also!

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