A career in cosmetic chemistry is one of the most satisfying and creative things you can do with a chemistry degree.  Of course, you can also start a career with other science degrees like chemical engineering and biology but most cosmetic scientists have chemistry degrees.  On this page you will find many of the best articles we’ve written about how to get started in a cosmetic chemistry career, what you will do on the job and other tips to help you advance in your career.

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Here are some of our best articles published about starting a cosmetic science career.

Getting started

How to become a Cosmetic Chemist

How I became a cosmetic chemist

 75 Things a Cosmetic Scientist Does

Top 10 reasons to become a cosmetic chemist

Basic cosmetic science career questions answered

More cosmetic science career questions answered

How to start a cosmetic chemist career

Cosmetic Science Degrees

Cosmetic Science programs around the world

Cosmetic Careers for Uncertain Science Majors

What background do you need to become a cosmetic chemist?

What major should you take to become a cosmetic chemist?

 Is a degree in cosmetic science worth it?

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Finding a cosmetic science job

3 Tips for finding a cosmetic science lab job

 5 Places to find cosmetic science jobs

Where to find cosmetic science internships

The differences between working for a small or big company

How a blog can help you get a cosmetic science job

How much money does a cosmetic chemist make?

The realities of a cosmetic chemist career

Looking for a cosmetic science job?

Could you become a cosmetic chemist consultant?

How to use Twitter to find a cosmetic science job

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  1. Bruna

    Hello, I am finishing biology degree and I want to enroll for a master degree in cosmetics. Which course would u recommend? Can I study molecular and biology cell?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that could work. But Organic chemistry is most like formulating.

  2. Filza pervaiz

    Hey! Where can I do bachelor in cosmetic Science from London?

  3. V

    Hi, I want to study in ‘London College of Fashion’ for a masters in Cosmetic Science. Could I eventually become a R&D Engineer? In the course you go on to learn about Applied Chemistry,
    Applied Biology, Colloidal Science and Formulation Science.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You could probably use that degree to become a cosmetic formulator.

  4. shatakshi

    hei…perry , i m doing chemical engin, and want to pursue in cosmetic company so i want to know how to it and do i need to do masters ?/if yes den wat masters is perfect for me for it.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello – You don’t need a masters degree but it is an advantage to have one. The best is University of Cincinnati or Fairleigh Dickinson

  5. Lisa

    Hi Perry,

    I would love to pursue cosmetic science, but I am currently applying to MPH. What do you think is the most related MPH course that would, in a way, supplement my understanding of the epidermis and/or skincare treatments? I’m just not sure if there is… I would love to hear your opinion on it.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Lisa – sorry, I don’t know what MPH stands for.

  6. chantel

    Do I need to take math to be a cosmetic scientist ?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You need to take math to get a chemistry degree which is the degree you need to be a cosmetic chemist, so yes.

  7. Chiamaka

    hi perry, i’m a biochemistry graduate and i’m now applying for a masters in pharmaceutical sciences. i am interested in working in a cosmetic company, creating cosmetic formulas and hopefully starting my own company someday. i dont know if i should go ahead with this graduate major. what do you think?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, pharmaceutical sciences can help get you into the cosmetic industry. But there are other cosmetic masters degree programs like the one at University of Cincinnati and Fairleigh Dickenson that might be better for you.

  8. eva

    What are your thoughts on Formula Botanica? Is this a legitimate school?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I have not gone through the course so cannot comment on the quality. They are an online entity only, not a school.

  9. elika

    hi, i found your site after long time searching.
    i have some questions.
    i really want to study till phd but i have heard that there is no cosmetic chemist field for phd .is that true?if it is true then what should i read ?i really want to work with make up products.
    would you please email me the answer?i dont know how to find my answer between all these answers.thank you:)

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Elika – Yes, there really aren’t PHD programs specifically for cosmetics. If you want to get a PHD you can get it in a subject like Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry or something like that. Most people who get advanced degrees in cosmetics get Masters degrees.

  10. pinkpearls

    If anyone is looking to hire an entry level lab technician in the NYC area please email me to let me know at sahsan88@gmail.com
    Desperate to get my “foot into the door”.

  11. Isha

    Hi M in my 2nd year of graduation my major subjects of graduation(b.s.c.) are biotechnology chemistry zoology i want to make my carrer in cosmetic science wht should i do??

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Finish your degree in chemistry. That will be the most relevant for a cosmetic science career.

  12. Daniela Zheng Li

    I am a Chem major student in college. How do I get internships from big cosmetic companies? I changed my major after my first year college and now I am a little behind ( cannot graduate on time). The becoming summer, I need to take summer classes in order to graduate one semester less. Will GPA counts more than experience? I like to do labs and not really good in taking exams. What path will you recommend for me?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Search our website for an article about cosmetic internships.

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  14. Adzor

    I am interested in course. However, the fee is very high. I am a retired person and the pension is not reguler. I am interested in empowering market women and unemployed youths in Benue state of Nigeria after acquring the skills. I would like to remit my fees in three instalments.

    I shall be most grateful if my
    appeal is granted.

    Yours sincerely,
    Adzor Ernest

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You would have to contact support@allured.com for a request like this. I look forward to working with you.

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    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our page of free cosmetic formulations.

  16. Zenith Czora

    Does the ph of any cosmetic products needs to be regulated? what is the accepted ph? and and what are the ph regulators being used in creams, shampoo, conditioner and lotion?

  17. Mahmoud

    I would like to know if there is available courses or programs in cosmetic science for business graduates as i really need this and i need help

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  25. Aasim

    i’m imran my education fsc by pakistani degree may i start cosmatics chemistry by you

  26. Donald

    hi perry.
    Thanks for the good work u’re doin, i am Donald from Nigeria. I studied Industrial Chemistry am about finishing my compulsory “National Youth Service Corp” bcos of the high rate of unemployment here i intend going into production of hair & body care products can you please help me out with some body and hair care formulas? Thanks and God bless.

  27. An?l

    Hi, I am from Turkey . I’m in seniour year in college, my department is chemistry. I’ll graduate this year after that I want to work in abroad about cosmetic however ? don’t know how I can find a job in abroad or how I ‘ll find a connect . Where should I start? Could you help me to find a job or connect to work after my graduate in abroad please? I will be happy if you connect with me from my e-mail. I’m really looking forward to your answer. Thanks for everything

  28. Bowen

    Hi Perry,

    I am currently studying chemistry in the University of East Anglia in UK, and i want to become a great cosmetic chemist working in R&D department. Can you suggest any good advices to me for my cosmetic chemist career?

    1. Perry

      Hello Bowen – well reading all the articles here is a good start. I’d also suggest you get involved with the SCS (Society of Cosmetic Scientists) in the UK. You can make some great career connections.

      1. Bowen

        I am now applying for the membership of Society of Cosmetic Scientist in UK, but i need to put two referees, and one or them has to be the member of the society of IFSCC. The problem is i don’t know anyone who is in the industry, what should i do? Can you give me some advices?

  29. Veronica

    Hi Perry,

    I’m interested in formulating organic skin care products. Does your course focus on the organic side such as the essential oils etc?

  30. R.Pachaiyappan

    Hi, I am a chemistry graduate with almost 7 years of production experience in cosmetic ingredients and some formulation exp as well. I am interested in any kind of a job related to cosmetic like R & D, technical support etc at any level. Though I am an experienced but I can go for entry level as well… I am looking for employment as a cosmetic chemist, formulation Chemist in the Illinois.

    1. Perry

      I’d suggest you take a look at our Career articles as there are some tips on finding a cosmetic formulating job. Also, attend an SCC event. You can find more info about the Midwest SCC chapter here. http://midwestscc.org

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