His aim is to show that many of the things that we take for granted in our lives are the products of chemistry, that they actually make life better and that we are wrong to be suspicious of them. From cosmetics, food, sex, hygiene and mental health he alerts us to what can and can't be achieved by chemistry in an informative, reader-friendly way. From OUP.
"Vanity, Vitality, and Virility" is a fascinating portrait gallery of chemicals involved in our everyday life, from Viagra and selenium to whispering asphalt, nappies, and chewing gum. While it will not advise you what to do if you want to improve your looks, your health, your peace of mind or your sex life, it explains the science behind many of the products that claim to be able to do just that. Chemistry is too often associated with poisonous gases and strange bubbling solutions, yet it is all around us, and inside us too. Renowned science communicator John Emsley lifts the lid on the secrets inside the products we use every day.