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Gingerol: (S)-5-hydroxy-1-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-3-decanone
= = “the active constituent of fresh ginger” (to quote Wikipedia), or, the concentrated core and essence of being ginger

Ginger O’Rama is not the real name of an individual who does not work in the beauty industry. Worse still, she freely admits to being a rank amateur.

She is, however, a real live human person, female, who buys and wears real live make-up (and other accessories and accoutrements), and her extra-virtual existence involves Latin.

She is also genuinely ginger. Out and proud. For more on Being Ginger–in case the concept is unfamiliar and/or you are curious and keen to lean more–she refers you to the wise and witty Forever Amber; her queered, reappropriating, affirmative, and indeed celebratory use of “gingerism” is well-chosen, as the term is as applicable to ginger rights as it is (in, alas, its more usual sense) to wrongs.

Also, she is long-winded and prone to digression. Which might have something to do with her liking for Montaigne.

A ginger being, being ginger.

This blog used to be at It’s an offshoot from her stuff at MakeupAlley. Anyone interested in anything turning up on the blog–and more, so much more–is eagerly and enthusiastically encouraged to visit, lurk, and hopefully join MUA. It’s the biggest and best such forum in the world, and one of the biggest and best fora on a wide range of issues dear to Ginger’s heart.

She spells Ginger with one [R]; her MUA username and Twitter name gingerrama has two, as in “grr“; and this blog has three, like in “riot grrrl.” She can be contacted at


Being a hippy-dippy sentimental sensitive type, Ginger O’Rama only uses and buys cruelty-free, ideally also ticking as many other ethical boxes as possible too:

  • responsibly-produced and -sourced ingredients
  • sustainable and biodiversity-supporting agriculture
  • sound and low-impact manufacturing practices
  • Fair Trade, fair labour practices, and respect for human rights
  • properly (scientifically) researched, and tested on humans especially those with assorted varieties of sensitive skin
  • sensitive-skin-friendly
  • “clean and clear” in the sense of freedom from marketing, advertising, and sales BS
  • showing due care and attention to customers and their intelligence
  • honest: not manipulating or spreading ignorance, pandering to fashion and its follies, fear-mongering, or contributing to urban myth
  • minimal packaging, and minimalist design (I’ve got a mild version of the Cayce Pollard allergy)
  • recyclable containers and packaging, recycled too where possible
  • fair prices: again, not cynically abusing consumers

She is also a vegetarian–including on beauty products, as far as humanly possible (which is pretty far these days)–but not a vegan as she can’t live without cheese. What with being a sceptic, pro-science, pro-reason, anti-bunkum (all perfectly compatible with being a greeny, by the bye) she doesn’t believe in many things; but she does believe this: life without cheese is not worth living. And of course chocolate. Other things too; come to think of it, the list of things fundamental to survival happy and fulfilled existence is quite a long one, and includes quite a lot of food and drink. Some of that features on sensitive skin: a user’s manual.

She is also an out-and-proud geek; though on off-days, in more irritable moments, and when chocolate-deprived she may be reduced to nerdiness.

See also:

  • being ginger:
    • more posts in the ginger category
    • more posts categorised as pertaining to gingerism (there’s a lot of overlap with ginger)
    • all that lovely gingery chocolate up close and personal, with links for each of its constituent elements

Proudly part of the root ginger network: underground, cool, twisted, and subversive. 
On which happy note: click image for a gingericious (and maybe a little nutty fundamentalist) favourite tune or two.
Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you.


1. I am a private individual and an AMATEUR on the beauty front. Anything you see here is some combination of personal opinion, personal experience, imported facts, common sense, and rational argument.

It carries no advertising; and, even less lucratively, I paid out of my own pocket for that privilege. Other than that one expense, it’s being run in my leisure time, for free. I have a day job doing something else quite different, and have no interest in making this a professional, business, and otherwise financially-beneficial enterprise.

3. Products used and discussed have been bought by me or given to me by a friend or family member (or, heavens, sometimes a colleague), or were a gift with purchase, or were nicked borrowed. None have been given to me by companies. Or sent to me to review. Nor have I been paid to review any of them, be that in kind (gifts of product to review, other gifts, vouchers) or in filthy lucre. [“Alas,” she adds.]
But all have been tested out. It will be clear from reviews whether something has just been swiped first, or patch-tested, or test-driven for a short spin, or tested out fully over at least a 6-8 week period.

4. As I am not young, and have lived with/in this skin for some time, it is vaguely possible that I might have acquired some wisdom, and that might be useful to pass on to others; ditto the benefits of brain, education, research, experimenting on myself, curiosity, and obsessive sleuthing. But that’s as far as it goes.

5. Any information here is highly unlikely to be universally applicable, and not intended as a universal panacea. Not only do I have no elixirs of eternal youth and perfect beauty, but I don’t believe they exist.

6. Intended for guidance only. If you want advice, and someone to blame, go and see a professional (not an amateur like me). By “professional,” I mean a doctor of medicine. A dermatologist (i.e a medical doctor with a later specialization in dermatology). A naturopath or other alternative therapist, who has (also) had similar medical training. Eventually also biochemists, on the cosmetic side. You get the gist: (a) professionals, (b) medical, (c) in an ideal world, also with further scientific training.

7. This site is NOT intended as a substitute for seeing an actual proper professional (see 6. above), or for consulting them for advice.

8. If you’re not sure, if in doubt, and/or if Things are Serious: go ask an expert (see 6. above) first–especially if you have sensitive skin, of whatever sort of sensitivity.

9. Ginger O’Rama and her alter ego IRL claim no responsibility for any disasters, calamities, skin eruptions, breakouts, outbreaks, contagion, pestilence, or other negative results caused by or otherwise relatable to stuff on this here present site. Including effects on your skin and elsewhere on your person (not just the actual End of the World proper).

10. If anything on here helps you, that’s fantastic, and I’m happy for you. Be good and promise to pass on the good news and any tips that work to other people (but with all these caveats attached…): share and share alike.
On which happy note: do, please do, share and share alike. Join the happy nurturing supportive virtual hive-mind, and the anarchist knowledge-collective. “Knowledge is power,” yes indeed: but that needn’t mean all those silly power-games, jostling for position, bitching and back-stabbing, in short the “power” of politics: there are other, better, more interesting and productive and fulfilling forms of empowerment out there. Which is also a good answer to anyone who sniffs dismissively at an interest in beautification. And a third reason for this blog’s subtitle. The other reasons are in about (2).
(But don’t share germs, eye makeup, beauty tools… well, the latter two might be OK if disinfected first.)

To quote a fellow-redhead, Meta-meta-medieval:

Property is theft, but a proprietorial-authoritarian system can be defeated by an anarcho-collectivism based on sharing, so that movement can be made towards a harmonious new world order that features  individual freedom and social justice. If you are reading [this site] and participating (be that passively or actively) in virtual life you are an integral member of the Web 2.0-4.0 revolutionary network and a signatory to its social contract. If you steal from it, you make that stolen good yours: theft is property.

While one of the principal revolutionary arms/tools is subversion, the same is true of the counter-revolution: a thief commits a counter-revolutionary act supporting, perpetuating, and strengthening The Man. In thus betraying The Cause, a thief is also a traitor and, through their crime against society, an outlaw deserving of the traditional civil death.


Ginger. Green. But not a troll–an OGRE. Completely different: and much, much worse.

Trolls lurk under bridges waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey. They hate humans, especially nice ones, and their main purpose and joy in life is to destroy them. But they’re lazy. And stupid.

Ogres–proper old-fashioned ones, none of this piddly 20th-c. kiddie nonsense–are smart, and enjoy hunting and eating trolls. They’re much more dangerous. To trolls, anyway. Ginger green ogre princesses have no respect and zero tolerance for princessy-princesses, board queens, and other snotty uppity bitches.

They’re cool with other humans, though, so long as the humans are nice.