What's Up With Plastic Microbeads?

"What's Up With...?" is a regular feature exploring fearsome ingredients in beauty products. If there's one you're curious about/scared of, leave us a comment and we'll try to suss it out. » 3/04/15 12:00pm 3/04/15 12:00pm

What's Up With Sulfates?

If you read the internet (and if you are reading this, you do) you probably know that there are a lot of "chemicals" in everyday household items and, even if you don't believe it, you've probably read that these chemicals are going to punch you in the face, take away your happiness and maybe force you to finally read … » 2/19/15 12:00pm 2/19/15 12:00pm

What's Up With Triclosan?

If you've ever used a public toilet, watched someone eat on the subway, or had a toddler wipe their nose on your pants, you understand the desire to rub anti-bacterial soap all over your body. I'm not even a clean person, but after seeing up close and personal how much poop actually winds up in a baby's hair, I've… » 2/12/15 12:00pm 2/12/15 12:00pm

What's Up With Parabens?

"What's Up With...?" is a new regular feature exploring fearsome ingredients in beauty products. If there's one you're curious about/scared of, leave us a comment and we'll try to suss it out. » 1/30/15 12:00pm 1/30/15 12:00pm

Finally, a Body Scrub That Doubles as Pretzel Dip

Haven’t you always wanted a body scrub that would wash away your belly button filth and make a serviceable dip for your pretzel sticks? Because that’s the direction the odiferous beauty industry is sloshing in right now — edible lotions, salves, oils, and scrubs that you can use to get into a guilt-free 9 ½ Weeks… » 5/23/13 10:00am 5/23/13 10:00am

Don't Call it Makeup, Bro

In a capitalist society, "gender equality" sometimes means "men can have their physical insecurities exploited for profit, too." As such, cosmetics companies that have spent the better part of the last century convincing women that their products will make them presentable enough so that maybe another human might love… » 6/25/12 3:10pm 6/25/12 3:10pm

Men Keep Their Skin Dewy Fresh Because Their Jobs Depend On It

In the beginning of the last decade there were dozens of trend pieces about how men were starting to use beauty products, but the industry was never really able to make "metrosexual" happen. The word was thrown around a lot by the media, but it didn't translate into many men stocking up on facial cleansers. But… » 12/22/11 11:10am 12/22/11 11:10am

Polish Your Beauty Routine With Jizz

To follow up on Dickweed (shown) the girls at BleachBlack have announced their second nail polish: Jizz. It is a surprisingly pretty pearly, milky white. Unfortunately, the $12.95 price tag might make you gag. [Refinery 29] » 4/14/10 2:20pm 4/14/10 2:20pm

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

Every Time You Eat A Doughnut, An Orangutan Dies

The adorable apes you see at left may be homeless because of your junk food habit or your hair conditioner. The problem? Palm oil. As Glenn Hurowitz explains in the Los Angeles Times, palm oil "comes from the disappearing, ultra-carbon-rich rain forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, of which a whopping 25,000 square… » 5/19/08 3:20pm 5/19/08 3:20pm