What's in Shaving Foam?

What gives shaving foam its lathery goodness? EXPLOSIVES!!! Just kidding. (Sort of.)

Join MIT-trained chemist and science educator George Zaidan as he tries to re-create everyday household products like toothpaste, lipstick, and shaving foam using only natural ingredients … and no recipe! He’ll have to decode long lists of intimidating chemical names, figure out what they all do, try and find natural substitutes, and then cook up the do-it-yourself versions in his chemistry lab (a kitchen). While Zaidan may or may not succeed, we'll all learn something new and surprising about the products we take for granted every day.

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Copyright 2016 Free Energy Productions LLC. Produced in partnership with National Geographic.

Credits:
Special thanks: Claudia Gabriel
Editor: Daniel Carbone
Graphics and animations: Per Hoel
Illustrator: Brett Paci
Overlays: Ceri Riley
Director of photography: Adam Morrell and Emily Wathen
Theme music: Pickup Stix
Additional music: Cyborg Ninja (Kevin MacLeod), Fluffing a Duck (Kevin MacLeod)
Created and executive produced by: George Zaidan and Elizabeth Choe

For National Geographic:
VP, Digital Video: James Williams
Executive Producer: Danielle Steinberg
Producer: Will Halicks
Associate Producer: Milaena Hamilton
Associate Producer: Lindsay Benson
Special thanks to Stephanie Atlas, Lisa Covi, Dan Steinmetz, Rebekah Barlas, Nicola Overstreet, Anna Kukelhaus, Kelsey Taylor, Gabe Bullard, Becky Little, Teresa Tate, Brett Weisband, Liane DiStefano

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