Sciencewoman here with a Science Update:
Eucerin Anti-Reddening Cream? A total SHAM. The right side of my face looks just like the control (also know as 'the left side of my face.') A follow-up experiment featuring Alpha-Hydroxy made the right side of my face break out, so it was suspended. To give them credit, acne probably does make me look more youthful.
In other biology news, I did a little research on cilantro (hack). (Oh yes, I hate it too, Diner Girl, Catherine, http://ihatecilantro.com/stats.php, et al.) In my cilantro (cough) studies I chanced on Silkendrum's post on cilantro and her casual assertion that some people can't smell asparagus pee. Has anyone heard of this before? Is it like the coroner's ability to smell arsenic, only it's an inability to smell an odor? Are there truly some people who have no idea what asparagus does to them? Or, possibly, is Silkendrum just messing with me?
Back to cilantro (spit). Dislike of the c-word is so passionate that many point to a specific gene to justify it, because such hatred is contrary to their good natures. If so, does this cilantro-hating gene run in families? (Yes, I'm asking you, Queen Mother.)
It all reminds me of the day I made cinnamon bread in the bread machine. Gary said "yum," whereas I spat it into the sink. I took it to work to find out definitively who was right: Gary ("yum") or Ellen ("Must spray sink nozzle directly on tongue"). Luckily, my friend Lea was my cubemate and a microbiologist, and without tasting the bread she explained that she's had the same experience, and that we share an uncommon enzyme in our saliva. This enzyme combines only with cinnamon that has reacted with yeast and fills our mouth with the taste of rusty dirt. Cinnamon swirl bread is safe because it keeps the cinnamon and yeast from touching.
The sad thing is that I can't find a word of specific data to back up the cinnamon-enzyme hypothesis. Same with the cilantro-gene theory.
Remember, people, every dash of coriander is a cilantro plant that never lives.