Tech Gadgets for Back to School

Tech Gadgets for Back to School

This may seem like a weird post. But I wouldn't be a good educator working at a University if I didn't include some really useful and helpful tech purchases that will see you through undergrad and graduate school. Here's a list of some awesome things I've used or wish I had when I was a [...]

Bathing Traditions in the French Court

Bathing Traditions in the French Court

The French Court: opulence, grandiose, the height of luxury. The source of absolute filth. But what one calls dirty is entirely in the eye of the beholder. What we can good hygiene today was largely impossible 200 years ago. Technology and medical knowledge we take for granted now didn't exist 200-400 years ago. Regardless of [...]

Pitera – Ferment Filtrate

Pitera – Ferment Filtrate

Almost everyone knows what a fungus is. Mushrooms are the first thing people think of. We eat them. People grow them. They show up spontaneously in our gardens after it rains. 'Fungus is among us' goes the old saying. As a mycologist I have tons of puns. In all seriousness now, Pitera is a fermented [...]

Who Ensures Safety of Your Skin Care and Makeup?

Who Ensures Safety of Your Skin Care and Makeup?

Quick answer: the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). But it's actually not that clear cut. Let's say you're a youtuber and want to launch a lipstick, we're talking hypothetically for the millennial crowd, there are a series of things legally you can and cannot include in your lipstick. That list is maintained by [...]

What is no-poo, cleansing conditioners, co-washes?

What is no-poo, cleansing conditioners, co-washes?

Unless you've just hit your lane in hair care and aren't interested in anything else, you've probably heard of the no-poo method, cleansing conditioners, and co-washes. Cartoon showing detergents pulling away dirt and oil (the grey stuff). The red ball is the water loving end (hydrophilic), the yellow tail is the water hating end (hydrophobic). [...]

Every Hair Product You Need As You Grow Your Hair Out

Every Hair Product You Need As You Grow Your Hair Out

You have decided to grow out your hair!!!!! Congratulations! It is a fun thing to grow your hair out. So many new hairstyles you get to play with. New ways of dying your hair including to much loved balayage and V-balayage (flame balayage or whatever the latest name for that is). Or you can go [...]

Why are parabens bad for your skin?

As I'm typing this I'm STILL trying to get over GoT. Really? Really? What? and congratulations to everyone who figured out how to see some of the earlier episodes. Episode 3 especially, and special thanks to Melisandre for the best episode ever and literally lighting the way. Beautiful acting, beautiful writing, beautiful cinematography. Loved GoT. [...]

Why are silicones bad for your skin?

Silicone are common in skin care and makeup. Silicone are the base of most of your primers and found in nearly all foundations. One of the bigger movements in skin care is the removal of silicone, parabens, and SLS. And I'm going to do a post on each of those. Sephora launched their Clean at [...]