3 Ways to Make Surfactant Free Emulsions

Emulsifiers are great for keeping mixtures of oil and water together but they do have a number of downsides that has prompted researchers to look for alternatives. Some of the problems include skin irritation, questionable stability, cost, environmental problems, regulatory issues and difficulties in production.  There are a few options you can try to remove […] Read More


Interview starts at 6:00 Details: Kathleen Norris is Director of eMarketing and Analytics for the Formulator Sample Shop, a supplier of specialty ingredients for the cosmetic, personal care and toiletry industries. She previously served as the Marketing Manager of North America at Active Concepts where she helped develop and lead the implementation of marketing strategies […] Read More


The EWG gets a lot of criticism for flaws in their database, but I have to give them credit where credit is due. They have fixed at least one flaw that I pointed out in a previous blog post (3 reasons why the EWG is a dubious source). They used to have a listing for […] Read More


How to be a Complete Cosmetic Chemist

To be a complete cosmetic chemist you need to have a wide range of knowledge and skills not taught in college. Here are the 5 main areas you need to develop to excel in a cosmetic science career.  Cosmetic science knowledge - Most of what you learned in college about chemistry was focused on topics […] Read More


When do you need to add a cosmetic preservative

Join the Cosmetic Preservative Webinar Webinar begins July 15, 2015! What is it? We're hosting for a limited time a webinar by cosmetic preservative expert Dene Godfrey.  In this talk he covers all aspects of the art and science of preserving cosmetic products. Who is this for? This webinar is for anyone who formulates cosmetic […] Read More


What is Chemists Corner About?

Chemists Corner was started a number of years ago and my initial vision was for it to be a website for people who have degrees in chemistry and want to get a job in industry. It is primarily focused on cosmetic chemistry, but the original idea was really for different kinds of sectors of chemists […] Read More


Could a computer replace formulators?

I recently read an article which suggested that many jobs are at risk of being taken over by robots. Fortunately, chemists only have about a 10% chance of being replaced in the next 20 years. But then I saw this article about how P&G was using supercomputers to do their formulation work and started thinking […] Read More


Secrecy in the cosmetic industry

One of the more frequent questions we get from people here on chemists corner is about keeping your ideas safe and secret. People worry about their idea getting stolen. Here is an email exchange in which I explain my views on whether you can keep your cosmetic idea secret.  Hello - I recently was introduced […] Read More


Interview starts at 5:00 - Dene Godfrey Dene Godfrey is the owner of Independent Preservation Advice Limited. He has been involved with the preservation of cosmetics since 1981 and has worked for such companies as Azelis, MGS MicroPure Ltd and Nipa Laboratories. He is also heavily involved in the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and is […] Read More


What is the best ingredient to use?

On a few occasions we've gotten a question that goes something like this.... "What is the best preservative to use?" or "What is the best ingredient I can use for moisturizing?"  A question like this is incredibly difficult because the answer depends on so many different factors about what you consider important.  To illustrate, let's […] Read More