Episodes
This week's episode featured Jaana Ailus. Formulation chemist and PhD researcher, Jaana is part of a growing Scandinavian skincare movement that is starting to emerge as one of the most influential markets in the world. We talked about trends, the cosmetic science scene, what products we wished we had developed and why, education opportunities and lots more. Enjoy! Interested in supporting the show? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 10/05/21
This week's episode is a 101 on the skin microbiome (and related skincare). What is the skin microbiome? How much do we really know at this point? Skin microbiome skincare - what’s out there, and is it worth the hype? To help us take a deep dive on this topic, this week’s episode featured microbiologist and skin microbiome researcher at Henkel, Dr Rainer Simmering. Enjoy! Interested in supporting the show? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 10/05/21
Formulating with naturals. Are natural ingredients inherently better in some way? What about safety? Are you always better off with the natural option? I am joined in this discussion by regulatory expert Marie Dehlinger, perfumer and all-around fragrance expert Pia Long and cosmetics formulator Annalisa Branca. Enjoy the show. Interested in supporting the work we do? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 10/05/21
New podcast alert! Part 2 of our 2 part season finale featuring Dr Ricardo Diez. In part 1 we talked about the rise of the alternative (facts) cosmetics industry. This episode dove into the how. From false equivalency via self proclaimed experts, to wide spread fallacies that are spread as fact. The bastardization of science, to the EWG - how they cherry pick research to drive their agenda, and use fear to capture the market. Want to support the podcast? Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 06/24/21
This podcast featured Dr. Ricardo Diez, AKA The Prof - industry veteran, he’s now a professor in the cosmetics science masters program at Rutgers University. Part 1 of our 2 part season finale on the rise of the “alternative” (facts) cosmetics industry. This was one of my favorite interviews to date! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Want to support the podcast? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 06/18/21
This week we spoke with Sam Farmer. In an industry led by pseudoscience marketing noise, Sam is someone I’ve long admired for going against the grain with his brand to stand up for reason in the cosmetics space. This conversation aired live on our discord and featured Sam’s perspective on what it means to ethically navigate the cosmetics industry as a father, an indie beauty brand and as a consumer. Enjoy! Interested in supporting the show? Find us at patreon.com/theecowell ♥
Published 06/14/21
This week I talked with cosmetic chemist Esther Olu, otherwise known as The Melanin Chemist on IG. This episode focused on the testing brands should be doing before placing their products on the market - what are the tests, what do they involve, why do they need to be done, which order makes the most sense, regulations, misconceptions and more. Interested in supporting the show? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell ♥
Published 06/07/21
How can biotechnology help us create greener, and better products? This podcast featured a roundtable discussion with Christian Euler, strain engineer at Phycus Biotech, Jasmina Aganovic, entrepreneur in residence at Ginkgo Bioworks, and Kevin Folta, horticultural researcher and host of the Talking Biotech Podcast. Interested in supporting the podcast? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 06/01/21
This episode featured Marisa Plescia on how to become a cosmetic chemist! What is a cosmetic chemist? Educational requirements and job opportunities? How to land your first job, and how to grow in your career. If you are considering a career in cosmetic sciences, I hope you find this conversation helpful! Interested in supporting the show? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 05/17/21
This week's episode featured a roundtable discussion on the topic of the Skin Microbiome and Skin Microbiome Related Products, featuring pharmacist and founder of Gallinee, Dr Marie Drago, dermatologist and dermatopathologist, Dr Aegean Chan, and microbiologist studying the topic over at Henkel, Dr Rainer Simmering. This was an information packed conversation, hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Interested in supporting the podcast? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 05/11/21
This episode featured regulatory toxicologist Stephen Kirk, cosmetic chemist Dr Anke Ginzburg, and Dr Theresa Callaghan, the woman who literally wrote the book on claims for the cosmetics industry, in a roundtable discussion to answer the question ‘what can cosmetic products really do?’ From safety to efficacy, what’s on the label to what’s not. Enjoy! Interested in supporting what we do? Consider supporting us on Patreon! Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell.
Published 05/03/21
This week's episode featured a conversation with Gloria and Victoria from Chemist Confessions. We covered A LOT: What it’s like to be a cosmetic chemist, tips to become one, effectively communicating science, managing an online platform, launching a brand, and keeping the brand going during the pandemic. Enjoy! Interested in supporting our podcast on Patreon? Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 04/23/21
New podcast alert! This week's episode featured Marcel Schnyder, Head of BASF's global technical center for suncare in a deep dive into sunscreens. This was an information packed episode. How you enjoy it as much as I did! Do you find this podcast valuable? Please consider supporting us over at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 04/17/21
This episode featured a roundtable discussion with 3 indie brands I think are doing an excellent job, especially around, in my opinion, ethically marketing their products. Included in the discussion was Natasha from Apothaka Skincare, Jordan from Jordan Samuel Skin, and Natalie from Deviant Skincare. Do you find our podcast valuable? Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 04/13/21
This week featured claims expert, Carys Smith, who is the current regulatory and sales director over at Ayton Global Research, a company who helps brands with their claims substantiation. We dove into the topic claims, their substantiation, and the regulations behind them. Hope you enjoy the show! Interested in supporting the show? Find us over at Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 04/02/21
Featured in the conversation, Andy Milward (@andymilward_), Eunice Cofie-Obeng (@eunicecofie), Presley McGlashing (@presleycharlotteskintherapy), Justin Spracklin (@maximumskin), and Jillian E (@estheholic). Do you enjoy our podcast? Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 03/29/21
Choosing cosmetics can be as complicated as you want to make it. One of the most analyzed facets of a product is also one of the most complicated IMO - Ingredient lists. In this episode, we dove into the topic in quite a lot of detail. Also covered - the Purito sunscreen story from Judit's perspective. Hope you enjoy the episode! Interested in supporting the work we do? Find us at Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 03/23/21
a roundtable discussion with the PCPC on sunscreens, featuring R&D scientist Alex Kowcz, attorney, Emily Manoso, environmental toxicologist, Dr Iain Davies, and toxicologist, Dr Linda Loretz. Pretty much everything you want to know about sunscreens, their regulations in the USA, and the current evidence we have on safety and their environmental impact, in one information packed episode! Interested in supporting our scicomm work? Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/theecowell.
Published 03/15/21
Interview with Marta Wolska-Brys from Packaging and Beyond on beauty packaging. In this episode, we dove into the complexities of packaging - from the impacts they may have on formulations to their environmental impacts. What are some of the considerations brands should be thinking about when choosing their packaging?  Interested in supporting our scicomm efforts? Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 03/08/21
‘Joining an mlm, prepare to lose money, time, friends and family. Purchasing from one, be consciously aware that you are supporting a system that will oppress those who are - financially in need and are trying to do better. You’re giving them false hope before it crashes down on them, and they potentially lose more money than what they’ve put in-.’ A quote from Blair @illuminaughti from our latest podcast episode this week.
Published 03/02/21
An episode about all things botox. What is botox? When is it useful in dermatology? What are some important things to know for those considering the treatment? and how can something so deadly be used so safely in skincare? To help us navigate the topic I’m joined by Chicago based founder of Tone dermatology, Dr Caroline Robinson. Interested in supporting our podcast? Head on over to our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 02/19/21
A 101 on peptides featuring the scientist that first introduced peptides to the cosmetics industry, Dr Karl Lintner! Interested in supporting our scicomm efforts? Please consider supporting us on Patreon! Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 02/16/21
This conversation featured Dr Anjali Mahto on skin stigma and misinformation. From incorrect perceptions around the root cause of skin conditions to social media filters and how they distort our perception of what's normal, #dunningkruger experts who seem to be everywhere to ageism in celebrity culture. How does this noise impact the average person, and how can we find better, accurate information? Interested in supporting us on Patreon? Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 02/08/21
This episode featured an interview with world renowned science communicator and Canadian treasure - Timothy Caulfield, about fear and misinformation.  Hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I did! Interested in supporting us on Patreon? Find us at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 02/02/21
This episode focused on beauty media accountability, the changes in journalism over the last few decades, and the ups and downs created by the democratization of information. Interested in supporting our work? Please consider becoming a Patreon member! Details at www.patreon.com/theecowell
Published 12/08/20