This episode begins with being skeptical about lipstick… and takes you around the world, interviewing the scientists and consumer rights activists who know the advertising claims made by cosmetics and the resulting myths about makeup!

In the USA – Perry Romanowski is a member of the Beauty Brains Podcast and the Chemists Corner Website, where he reviews cosmetic products and solves consumer problems. He most recently worked in the hair care innovation group at Alberto Culver, and has written and edited numerous articles and books, taught continuing education classes for industry scientists, and developed successful websites. His latest book is Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry – 3rd Edition published by Allured.

In UK – The Skeptical Beauty Blog is written by an anonymous beauty product addict in the UK, a scientist who loves data and has experience of working for the biggest cosmetics products producer in the world and knows all the insider secrets. That’s why we can’t show you her face on a podcast (or even tell you her name)!

In Australia Christopher Zinn joined CHOICE in 2007 as media spokesman, after an international career in journalism. In 2010 he became director of campaigns and communications. His achievements at CHOICE include the Shonkys, which showcase the worst and the CHOICE awards, which showcase the best.

References for my investigations into lead levels in lipstick: and

This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Visit – and I’d love to get your feedback at Songs used with kind permission in this episode: “Pale Blue Dot” and “Walking In Snow With Russians” by Ice Core Scientist. Thank you to Choice for the use of the Shonky Award audio.

Theme songs are “P&P” by Derek K Miller of and “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, of Please considering supporting the show via visiting


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