National Geographic Launches Digital Video Series: Ingredients
National Geographic is launching its first hosted digital video series, “Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff,” which premiered Thursday on YouTube and on NationalGeographic.com.
According to National Geographic, MIT-trained chemist and science-educator George Zaidan, co-host of CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor,” tries to recreate everyday household products like toothpaste, lipstick and shaving cream using only natural ingredients… and no recipe.
In each episode, George will decode long lists of intimidating chemical names, figure out what they all do, try and find natural substitutes and cook up the do-it-yourself versions in his chemistry lab / kitchen.
1. Toothpaste on Sept. 15:
Ancient toothpaste used stuff like rocks and bones — and modern toothpaste isn’t all that different.
2. Lipstick on Sept. 22:
From ground-up bugs to rust, there might be some unexpected ingredients in your lipstick.
3. Shaving Cream on Sept. 29:
What gives shaving cream all that lathery goodness?
4. Nail Polish on Oct. 6:
Nail polish has a ton of ingredients. Here’s why.
5. Gum Base on Oct. 13:
What makes gum stay chewy for so long?
6. Air Freshener on Oct. 20:
Do air fresheners really purify the air? Kind of…
7. Peanut Butter on Oct. 27:
Crunchy vs. creamy, runny vs. solid… there’s more to peanut butter than peanuts and salt.
8. Conditioner on Nov. 3:
Conditioner — it makes your hair silky smooth and it’s a lot like… fat.
9. Hand Sanitizer on Nov. 10:
There’s more to hand sanitizer than just alcohol.
10. Dry-Erase Markers on Nov. 17:
What makes a dry-erase marker erasable?
11. Gum Sweetener on Nov. 24:
How can sugar-free gum taste sweet?
“In this series, I take viewers on a journey to discover the magic behind some of our society’s most common and widely used products,” said Zaidan.
National Geographic Partners LLC is a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox.