the ecowell podcast
Summary: In this show, Jen Novakovich, Canadian cosmetic chemist from The Eco Well, interviews international cosmetic scientists and industry leaders to bring you a fresh new conversation a week about all things beauty!
In this episode, I spoke with Dr Mojgan Moddaresio, Cosmetics Safety assessor and Cosmetic compliance expert at Personal Care Regulatory. In our conversation, we talked about how ingredients are assessed, taking into consideration scientific data, human exposure and concentrations in products, how percentage limitations for formulators are set for ingredients, and international product safety.
In this episode, I spoke with Laure-Anne Gillon, active ingredient expert at SEPPIC. This interview was focussed on the topic of her presentation at the latest Ontario SCC event - How Algae Benefits the Skin. We talked about algae in skincare, research into skin benefits, how algae may be a sustainable ingredient into the future, how biotech can improve it - both from a sustainability and efficacy front, and lots more.
This episode featured a panel I moderated for the Food System Roundtable of the Waterloo Region - a discussion about waste reduction in our local food systems. While the conversation was focused on waste in food, there’s so much crossover for cosmetic products. Included in the conversation was Thompson Tran of The Wooden Boat Food Company, Ellin Park of Zero Waste Bulk, Tara McKenna of The Zero Waste Collective blog and Kathleen Barsoum of Region of Waterloo Waste Management.
In this episode, I spoke with Belinda Carli from the Institute of Personal Care Sciences in an HLB 101 to help make formulating easier. HLB, or hydrophilic-lipophilic balance, of the ingredients you incorporate into your emulsions play a role in their end feel and function, but why? In our conversation, Belinda broke down HLB, how it relates to different emulsion types and why (e.g. oil-in-water or water-in-oil emulsions), and steps you can take to use this concept to improve your skills as a formulator.
In this episode, I spoke with Katerina Stetz and Sam Farmer, two brand owners and fellow personal care podcasters, their podcast is called Farmer & Stetz. Our conversation was focused on misinformation in the cosmetics space, where it’s coming from, ‘green’ and ‘clean’ beauty, steps moving forward, and lots more.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard some of the hype regarding a recent study on sunscreen that was released last week in JAMA. In response to all of this, I decided to reach out to Dr. Brian Diffey from Newcastle University - a prolific sun care researcher. In our conversation, we talked about how sun protection works, SPF, UVA & UVB rays, the current understanding regarding environmental and health impacts, and of course, what this recent study actually said and take-homes from these results.
In this episode, I spoke with Benjamin Schwartz from AAK about oil chemistry for cosmetics. Oils are such an important component of cosmetic product formulations, with so many intricacies with respect to best usage. Which fat will be best for your formula and why? How can we use fat chemistry to predict stability? What are some important details to think about to avoid having a greasy feeling product? Disclaimer alert, this podcast is a bit more on the technical side.
In this episode, I spoke with Dennis Abbeduto, Personal Care Business Manager at Colonial Chemical with a long career history as a chemist in the cosmetics industry. This conversation was mostly focused on surfactants, although we spent a lot of time talking about sustainability pertaining to some of the industry trends at the moment.
In this episode I spoke with Britt Hermes, previously a naturopath who’s now come full circle with her views on natural medicine. In our conversation, we talked about her experiences working in as a young naturopath, evidence required for therapeutic products and why that’s important, important things everyone should know about natural medicine, how this all relates to cosmetics, and more.
A couple of Saturdays ago, we launched a flagship event in Toronto called a Green Beauty Night. What is green beauty? This term is thrown around so flippantly, but what makes a product truly sustainable? Featured on the panel was Christian Euler from Phycus Biotechnologies, Jenise Lee from CertClean, Dayna Stein from Bare Market and myself.
In this episode, I spoke with Inke van der Sluijs, Head of European Operations for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. In light of the huge movement against palm oil, I wanted to take the time to connect with the RSPO to go through this challenging topic. Can palm oil be sustainable? If you’re someone who thinks that it can’t be, and that we should just switch to another oil, I would just urge you to listen to our conversation.
A panel presentation at Laurier University about waste reduction, featuring Robyn Hobbs, Ellin Park, Kathleen Barsoum and Sabine Weber. We talked waste… why we’re all passionate about the topic, issues we see in our own industries, waste management, waste reduction, and lots more.
In this episode, I spoke with Hayley Rutherford and Kate Pearce from the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI). Our conversation was mostly focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an acronym that you may have already heard of. We talked about what they are, why they’re a good overall outlook on sustainability, SDG action here in Canada, and how we can use the SDGs to make more sustainable decisions. What is sustainable beauty? The SDGs help answer that.
Guests for this conversation included Perry Romanowski, US based cosmetic chemist from Chemist Corner and the Beauty Brains Podcast, and Belinda Carli, Australian based cosmetic chemist and director of the Institute of Personal Care Sciences. In this episode, we talked about sources for misinformation, common misconceptions, certifications including ‘cruelty free’, free-from claims, and lots more.
In this episode, I had the chance to speak with Cara Santa Maria, who has been my personal science communication idol. I thought it would be fitting to talk with Cara about science communication - why is it important, what are some of the biases we have when receiving new information, and why we should all work to develop our critical thinking skills, including what we have against us through all the misinformation campaigns online and in marketing.