In Step Forward for Feminism, Axe Creates Women's Body Spray

A huge battle has been won in the fight for gender equality. While women still earn less than men doing the same jobs and there are groups working tirelessly to restrict our reproductive rights, we're finally free to douse ourselves in eau de frat boy. Axe, the cheap toiletry equivalent of the He-Man Woman Haters… » 1/09/12 10:00am 1/09/12 10:00am

The 'Cruelty-Free' Part Of Your Cosmetics Is Meaningless

For years activists have been campaigning to put an end to testing cosmetics and personal products on animals, yet a large number of companies are still using critters like rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats to determine if products are safe for humans. Surprise: Despite raised awareness of the issue, getting… » 12/29/11 11:30am 12/29/11 11:30am

Terrible Things Await Women Who Use Men's Razors, Says Gillette

Cosmo is shedding light on a terrible problem in our society: Ladies who use men's razors. A recent study by Venus found that 30% of women use razors made for beard-shaving, prompting the mag to write in an article encouraging ladies to use appropriately-gendered shaving products: » 11/04/11 11:00am 11/04/11 11:00am

Where Do Ridiculous Nail Polish Names Come From?

If you're biting your nails while you're reading this, you'd better knock it off, because a manicure is now the hottest way to express your style. Between 2009 and 2010, nail polish sales increased 11.9%, leading experts to declare that polish has replaced lipstick as the bullshit economic indicator for the recession.… » 10/09/11 11:57pm 10/09/11 11:57pm

Lotion Is Not Magic, Say Scientists

Scientists are perturbed by pseudoscientific claims made by expensive anti-aging lotions, as they won't really make you look younger. Guess the only way to age well is to go back in time and get a hotter mom. » 1/16/11 2:10pm 1/16/11 2:10pm

Sex, Lies, And Stereotypes: Can Women Really Get Laid Whenever They…

"There is such a thing as being unfuckable and female," writes Jessa Crispin. It's a shocking statement, but it also brings up an issue we don't often discuss: what it's like to be not sexually desired, but sexually devalued. » 4/15/10 4:00pm 4/15/10 4:00pm

No Shit

Though some luxury salons peddle hair treatments containing pig placenta, bull semen, and whale vomit, cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer admits conventional ingredients like wheat protein and hydrating oils condition hair just as well, although "wheat protein certainly sounds boring." [L.A.T.] » 10/26/09 11:30am 10/26/09 11:30am

Ugly Truths About The Chemicals In Beauty Products

Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, says many beauty products still contain toxic chemicals though safer alternatives exist, and the U.S. has no safety standards for cosmetics. Even pink-ribbon products promoting breast-cancer research often contain carcinogens. [Treehugger] » 9/14/09 12:40pm 9/14/09 12:40pm

Miss Universe: Feminism Is Dead, According To Miss Venezuela

On last night's Miss Universe live broadcast, Miss Venezuela was asked what women can do to overcome sexism in the workplace. She answered that women need to realize that "there are no longer any barriers against us." And she won! » 8/24/09 5:00pm 8/24/09 5:00pm

Nefertiti Was Airbrushed?

"The royal sculptor at the time may have smoothed creases around the mouth and fixed a bumpy nose to depict the 'Beauty of the Nile' in a better light." [Daily Mail] » 3/30/09 5:30pm 3/30/09 5:30pm

The Unintentionally Hilarious Language Of Cosmetics Marketing

Very rarely is the New York Times » 10/02/08 2:00pm 10/02/08 2:00pm straight-up comedy, but , "Let's Play Buzzword: Defining Phrases Used in Skin Care Advertising" is so friggin funny. Cosmetics companies sell creams with words like "advanced" "microlift" "nourishing" "bio-stimulating" and "revitalizing," but what do they ? Does anyone know? writer…