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Old School Beauty Forums #3: Mad Science

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, June 11, 2005 12:44 PM (Eastern)

The era of mad science is long gone. I still have some vestiges of it on my old site, Josephine's Fans of the Beauty Boards Page, circa 2000; it was already in full swing around then.

What is mad science? Its origin is credited to a poster named carole, who invented, among other things, SPAM (Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Musk). Mad science can be defined as creating your own cosmetics, either from raw ingredients or from existing cosmetics.

I still franken (not Al) one thing in my stash: my tinted frankensunscreen. Purists will balk but I tint my sunscreen very lightly with liquid foundation. It's already the perfect match; already has SPF. Quick and easy and cheap.

But the days when I lopped off lipsticks and melted them together in the microwave, well...let us say those days are gone. A good part of it is that cosmetics manufacturers have been so responsive to whatever I was trying to franken in the first place, that frankening is no longer necessary.

A few quick examples...Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks (no longer perfumed, hence no more need to melt them down with a stub of strong mint-flavored lip balm); the overall superior lasting quality of lipsticks (melting a short-lived lippy down with a piece of food-grade beeswax used to do the trick).

Hm. Aside from frankening my sunscreen, I do still mix my haircolor. I use the Feria color components at Sallys Beauty Supply; still cheaper than the kits.

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