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the ecowell podcast

May 14, 2019

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. With coverage usually using bold titles like “SUNSCREENS ABSORB ALL THE WAY INTO YOUR BLOOD”, there’s no shortage of bad journalism on this study. In response to all of this, I decided to...


May 7, 2019

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...


Apr 16, 2019

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...


Apr 9, 2019

In this episode I spoke with Britt Hermes, previously a naturopath who’s now come full circle with her views on natural medicine, based on a pretty crazy… outrageous really... professional experience, followed by observing that her experience wasn’t unique in the field. Today, aside from working on a PhD on


Apr 2, 2019

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? Is natural synonymous with ‘green’? Should we be looking to certifications and non-governmental organizations...