This Nuffield Working with Science unit was intended to help students to appreciate the purposes of different types of cosmetics, to distinguish between purely decorative and 'useful' preparations, to understand the reasons for the formulations of different types of cosmetics, to develop skills of working carefully and accurately in simple practical investigations and in making products which they can use on themselves. Students were expected to appreciate the importance of rigorous standards of hygiene and safety in the production of cosmetics and to examine advertisers' claims for cosmetic products critically.
Guidance for teachers and technicians appears in Teachers’ Notes C.
The unit was revised and republished for the CPVE edition of the project in the 1980s. Guidance for this version appears in the Tutors’ Handbook.
Section 1: Commercial cosmetics
Section 2: Creams and lotions for the skin
Section 3: Clean teeth and hair
Section 4: For the bath
Section 5: Toilet preparations for men
Section 6: Aids to beauty
Section 7: A brief history of cosmetics
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