2505, 2014
  • Everyday Compounds 4 - Glycerol

Food, Cosmetics & Explosives – The Versatility of Glycerol

May 25th, 2014|

Look on the ingredients label of many different cosmetic or personal care products, and glycerol (often also called glycerin or glycerine) is commonly present. It’s also found in a variety of food products, as well as in some pharmaceutical products, so what’s the reason for its inclusion?


2804, 2014
  • Everyday Chemicals – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Shampoo

What Makes Shampoo Foam? Everyday Compounds: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

April 28th, 2014|

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The third of the ‘Everyday Compounds’ series of infographics looks at sodium lauryl sulfate – a compound the majority of us encounter in our showers every day. What’s this chemical doing in your shampoo and toothpaste, why is it also found in engine degreasers, and why could it also potentially be used as a shark repellent?


3003, 2014
  • Everyday Chemicals – Aluminium Chlorohydrate Aug 15

Everyday Compounds – Aluminium Chlorohydrate

March 30th, 2014|

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The second in the ‘Everyday Compounds’ series looks at a chemical that the majority of us probably have sitting somewhere in our home. Aluminium chlorohydrate is the active ingredient in many antiperspirants, so how does it work – and why does a casual google search for it bring up a plethora of links with breast cancer? […]

1703, 2014
  • Chemistry Salicylic Acid

Everyday Compounds – Salicylic Acid

March 17th, 2014|

This is the first in a series of graphics planned to look at the chemistry and uses of some everyday chemical compounds you can find in a variety of products around your home. The series was inspired by conversation with @chemtacular on twitter, as well as the ongoing chemophobia discussion (about which you can read more here, and here). To kick off the series, this graphic takes a look at salicylic acid, and its uses in acne creams, shampoos, toothpastes and the synthesis of aspirin.