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Does ovulating make you smell funny? Episode 32

It’s a special all Beauty Science News episode, featuring Perry’s ovulation-detecting super power. Plus we play Beauty Science or Bullsh*t.

Show notes

Beauty Science or Bullsh*t

The game that’s taking the internet by storm – we give you 3 beauty science headlines and you have to pick the fake one.

1. Contact lens disinfectants are more effective at controlling odor causing bacteria than most deodorants.
2. Getting a flu shot may make your perfume smell funny.
3. Taking a hay bath is the latest spa treatment to rejuvenate your skin.

Listen to the show for the answer!

Beauty Science News

This week we take a break from listener questions and update you on new beauty science stories…

The Odor Phone

In a previous episode we talked about the Mink Makeup printer – here’s another new beauty gadget called the O-Phone that let’s you send a custom scents along with pictures.

Read more about the O-Phone

How to tell a person’s gender by smelling them

You’ll have to listen to the show to learn about Perry’s startling ovulation-sensing super power.

Read more about the scent of gender.

Would you donate your extra skin to save lives?

Researchers have figured out a way to “recycle” excess skin from weight loss operations into usable grafts to help with a number surgical procedures. Since the supply of skin from recently deceased donors isn’t enough to fill the surgical demand, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the nations largest tissue bank, is now working with almost 70 surgeons around the country on a new living skin donation program.

Learn how to donate your skin.

Drinking your SPF

A bizarre new product claims to use “harmonized water” to protect you from the sun. Not only is this ridiculous but it’s dangerous!

Read about this scary drinkable SPF product.

Would you buy a spa product that’s named after a weed killer?

The German brand “Herbacin” is coming to the US.  It features skin care products like Herbal Facial Care, Herbal Hair Care, Herbal Shower Gel, Herbal Aroma Bath, Herbal Bath Sensations, and Wellness Baths & Shower gels, But doesn’t Herbacin sounds like herbicide, like it’s some kind of weed killer?

Learn all about Herbacin.

Insect repellant 1000X stronger than DEET

Malaria is a huge problem around the world so a more powerful bug repellant could save lives. Researchers have created a new compound called  VUAA-1 that’s more effective than the current state of the art ingredient, DEET.

Read about the future of bug spray.

What does “green” really mean?

According to Aveda, cosmetics brands need to ensure that the word ‘green’ is used correctly and does not confuse consumers. But who’s definition should we use? Perry says “green” is like porn – you know it when you see it.

Read what Aveda has to say about green products.

Sometimes beauty claims say nothing at all

Perry found a newspaper article about meaningless beauty claims.

“…works with your skin…”
“…can be used wet to dry…”
“…can be mixed and matched…”
“…chemical free…” Aackk!

Read the article that inspired Perry.

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  • Ling May 27, 2014, 10:28 pm

    Herbacin hand cream is good! Moisturizing and inexpensive.

  • Carol May 28, 2014, 6:39 am

    Re: drinking your SPF

    Randy is correct. The FDA regulates sunscreens. Even though this is a water and not an official sunscreen, they are making drug claims, which makes them a drug. The more press this gets, the more likely it is to catch the attention of the FDA.

    • Randy Schueller May 28, 2014, 6:48 am

      Thanks Carol. It will be interesting to see what happens with this product.

  • Christina May 28, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Here’s to not sharing a confined space with Perry while I’m ovulating!

    Speechless..so funny. Great and..err..enlightening podcast as usual gentlemen. Keep up the stellar work!

  • sam August 9, 2016, 9:19 pm

    Uh, did you guys have a collective brain fart when reading the question about donating skin? As you read the question, the writer said she had WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY in 2004. Not SKIN REMOVAL SURGERY. So then, in answer to your question as to where her excess skin has been for the past 10 (actually, 12) years, the answer would be… on her body? Duh?

    Maybe next time you attempt to make a joke at the expense of making someone else look foolish, double check that you’re not making yourselves look foolish instead.