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Fragrance free hair care and No-BS skincare – episode 200


The Beauty Brains answer questions about…

  • Why can’t I find more fragrance-free hair products?
  • Living Proof hair care (is the price worth it?)
  • What’s the deal with No-BS Skincare
  • Can magnesium be used for cleaning?

Beauty News

Skin care in the dairy aisle – will probiotics help strengthen skin and hair? There isn’t a lot of evidence to say it will.

Tom’s launches toothpaste tube that’s recyclable – will the other brands owned by Colgate follow suit?

Social media

On this Instagram post we debated the idea that parabens are perfectly safe for cosmetics. There is ample evidence they are safe and not much evidence that they are unsafe. What do you think?

Beauty Questions

Question 1: Karyn – I have allergies to fragrance and I can’t find a good shampoo or conditioner that works well but doesn’t have fragrance. What are your thoughts on this?

Question 2: Hello Perry and Valerie (The Beauty Brains!).  I really enjoy your podcast – thank you for all you do to keep me and all of your listeners informed. I was wondering whether you could do a review of the hair care brand Living Proof. I currently use their color care line, and I like it, but all of their products are so pricey. Do any of their claims justify the expense? They are now owned by Unilever and I’m wondering whether there is a less expense Unilever option (or any other brand) you could compare Living Proof products. To add to the above, can you comment on whether colored or highlighted hair needs special products at all? Thanks again! Thäis.

Question 3: Carissa says – there is a new line of beauty products, called No B.S. Skin Care, and I was wondering what your take on it was.  They claim to only use ingredients that work, and that are not harmful. It would be wonderful to hear your thoughts on these products, and a podcast on it would really make my day!  😉 Thanks for your time and consideration! Have a great day!

Question 4: Jas asks, There’s a new detergent replacement in the market from japan called Terra Wash Mg. It’s magnesium enclosed in a package and supposedly can be used for 365 washes. I wonder if it’s true and effective? Would appreciate your thoughts.

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  • Paige Harrison November 19, 2019, 1:01 pm

    I love Beauty Brains! I can’t think of any industry more lacking in science and logic than the advertising of skin care, make-up and fragrance. My question is: Do the Olaplex claims make sense scientifically? Can bonds be restructured in hair? Would it make a difference? If so, would it make a difference in hair damaged by processing or in non-processed hair as well. Thank very much for your work, I am deeply grateful and a big fan.

    • Perry Romanowski November 19, 2019, 2:06 pm

      Thanks! We’re going to cover Olaplex in an upcoming show but suffice it to say that there is a lot more hype in the treatment than provable science. Yes, bonds can be restored in hair but whether it makes a difference, that’s up for debate.

      • Taylor M. November 19, 2019, 8:24 pm

        I manage a beauty supply store and I can barely keep Olaplex on the shelf. I am absolutely dying for your Olaplex episode so I can speak about it a bit differently. I will say I myself am bought into the hype of Olaplex and have found my hair to feel much better since incorporating it into my routine but I cannot wait to hear what you have to say about the stuff!

  • Leo Reznick November 19, 2019, 8:37 pm

    Living Proof has ingredients that are not very healthy— including a proprietary PFAS –much like teflon (3M had Teflon and look what happened to Teflon). Please spend a few minutes looking at the chemistry of their 3 proprietary ingredients ..after all, you are the REAL scientists and stated in your song.
    Why not discussed?
    Please respond.

    • Perry Romanowski December 3, 2019, 9:32 pm

      Thanks for your comments. What has convinced you that their ingredients are not very “healthy”? Can you direct us to some toxicology paper or something. Just saying one chemical is “much like” another doesn’t mean much as a person with a scientific background would know.

  • RS November 25, 2019, 12:07 pm

    Congrats on your 200th episode! I really enjoyed the show.

    (BTW, I only read your podcast reviews because I’m looking to see if anyone mentions my name.)

  • Frances December 3, 2019, 1:59 am

    Hello, how can I read the script of each podcast? Every time I click on the link to show notes, I noticed that I don’t have permission to read the document even though I am already logged in to my Google account. I don’t know why?

    • Perry Romanowski December 3, 2019, 9:24 pm

      Thanks for letting me know. I had just assumed that it was working. I’ll fix it so you can read them.

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