This lesson introduces you to 10 types of cosmetic forms that every cosmetic chemist needs to know to become a competent formulator.   It includes information about the following topics

  • Solutions
  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Ointments
  • Suspensions
  • Sticks
  • Gels
  • Capsules & Tablets
  • Powders
  • Aerosols

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224 comments

  1. Marta

    Thank you for this lesson.

  2. Vidya

    Good and informative video for beginners

  3. Jayesh B

    Nice and Compressive video on categories of Cosmetics.

  4. Ambroisine

    Thank you

  5. Meek

    Very helpful, would love to see one on using natural substitutes for some of the synthetic chemicals

  6. Rebecca Owens

    Another great video! Very informative and helpful for someone like myself who doesn’t come from a science background. Thanks Perry!

  7. shahid ullah

    Very help full video. Expecting more details in next lesson .thinks perry

  8. Fredrick

    was really helpful, though need more detail.

  9. BALSAM

    A comprehensive approach, thank you, Perry

  10. Seema

    It is just a brief introduction.I was expecting the detail formula.Please elaborate this video as i want to know more.

  11. Hieu

    This is a good summing present for overview. Do you continue to present details such as problems or solutions we can meet when creating formulas for each types?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, we do that throughout the website.

      1. coquette

        i loved this!

  12. Lovell Odili Agwaramgbo

    Great lecture on the fundamental and essential knowledge germane to formulation

  13. Mike Shay

    Great series. I’m an American living in the Philippines. There is such a great wealth of plant products here, but technical info for converting to usable form is lacking. Your information has been most helpful.

  14. Asif

    I would like study your cosmetic science course
    After studying finishing course have a any certificate ?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, if you complete the quizzes you’ll get a certificate of completion.

  15. Asif

    Very nice thank you

  16. Ragwa Farid

    Thank you very much it is very useful basic lecture
    i do appreciate your efforts

  17. Normand Mendoza

    Great guide to get organized and go over each type, thanks

  18. Suzanne Van Coller

    I’m enjoying each lesson

  19. Julie

    Thanks for this back to basics lesson. Love your presentations.

  20. Rick Fox

    I definitely learned a few new things about cosmetic forms. Thanks for sharing your knowledge Perry.

  21. Odalys

    Thank you so much another great presentation. The information is presented really nicely

  22. Obdulio Cerceño Ch

    Hello Perry, I am back on track. So far with this 3rd course there are so much informations to consider and expand into additional investigations. I will go through out all the courses. I am glad you are helping out to bring up the genius spark everyone has within…

  23. Louise Mynhardt

    Thank you Perry, every time I listen to you I pickup something new. My interest is in the cosmetic products and raws

  24. Louise Mynhardt

    Thank you Perry, every time I listen to you I pickup something new. My interest is in the cosmetic products and raws

  25. Prototype

    Thank you, Perry. It’s great to have a better understanding of the formula types.

  26. Bella

    The best class of all to me.. thanks

  27. John Osuku Opio

    Wonderful presentation. Very clear and straight forward

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Thanks!

  28. Dorothy

    Great presentation, Perry. Thank you.

  29. Mattu

    Great information ..thanks alot

  30. helen

    thank you for a great lesson

  31. Choma Matale

    Thanks a lot. This one is awesome, a very good beginners course on cosmtics.

  32. Chiara

    Thank you Perry, your lessons are always stimulating

  33. Sydney D

    Thank You.
    Blessed to have run across your subscription.

  34. Jackie

    I am glad to be informed of this 10 types of cosmetics. I did enjoy this video presentation. Thank you Perry.

  35. Rocky

    that’s great your video make me.more knowledges.about cosmetic secret.

    1. tina

      Thank u so much for this great inspirations. I do understand some. It makes me to know the area that am not doing well.

      Great one thanks.

  36. Laila

    Hi Perry,

    First of all I would like tothank you very much for the useful information. Is it possible to show us an example how to calculate the pourcentage of each ingredient as shown in the last example. Thanks

  37. Ashish Pawnikar

    Its really helpful to have basic idea about cosmetics to new comer in this field.
    Well done Perry!!!!!!!

  38. Bryson

    Love it! Can you do a video on private labeling // tips and advice

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Great idea!

  39. Spring

    Great information. Very useful.

  40. Linda

    Thank you for the information and explanation of formulating cosmetics. Really appreciate it.

  41. dhanika

    what should i do if i really interested to do my research in cosmetic products for my undergraduate degree in chemistry(special)

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Ideally you could find an internship in the industry. Or you can look up some research in the Journal of the SCC and build on what someone has already done.

  42. Bobbie

    Thank so much for these informative videos. I have turned my kitchen into a mini lab and have been dabbling for about 6months with DIY antiaging serums and creams and really appreciate the explanations and information in your videos! Please keep making videos!!

  43. Jose' Herrera

    Besides Sticks, Tablets and Aerosol, the rest of cosmetic formulation types interest me very much, thank you for the beginning course to cosmetic chemistry informative video.

  44. ollie

    thanks for the video, it makes more clear what the differences between cosmetic product types are

  45. Colin Ogle

    A good presentation of the range of cosmetic formulation categories.

  46. Cristina

    Each video is much more interesting

  47. Mustafa

    Interesting

  48. Mustapha

    I thank you for the very informative video. I am Chemist occupation these lessons will help me to apply my specialty in the cosmetic. Thank you

  49. olubunmi

    This has rekindled my hope of going into cosmetics. As Olive Twist, I cannot wait to have more.
    Thanks
    Ashimolowo Olubunm

  50. Edim

    i cannot found any video shown.
    please resend it back to me.cos am an industrial chemist by profession,which i believe it will be of good help to me.
    presently am into cosmetics production ranges from all types of cosmetics one needed.i also formulate cosmetics ingredients for clients and customer.

    please i will sincerely appreciate if you resend the video to me.

    My Regards.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Sorry for the technical problems. Try viewing through another browser.

  51. Serge

    I love this video. Thanks.

  52. Mary

    each vid gets better, can’t wait for the others, it’s been very informative for me and extremely helpful, thank you

  53. V Carlson

    I just dabble and make some products for family and friends, but am very much enjoying your series. It is informative, and presented in a way which is interesting, shows the science behind the methods and products, but also is easy to understand for those of us who don’t have chemistry degrees. Thank you!

  54. Ann

    very informative… thank you so much

  55. Deepak Kakkar

    Thanks a lot

  56. Maria Vargas

    great help to start formulating

  57. Peggy

    I’m new to this game, but I already appreciate all the information. PLEASE, continue Perry!

  58. Daniel Segal

    Yet Again another Stellar Video!!

    Very helpful for any one beginning in this industry!

    Great Job!

  59. Carolnee

    really enjoying this couse Thank you

  60. Rocio García

    Thanks for share this information.
    I have a question, what percentage of total actives of surfactants should have a conditioning shampoo?

    I really appreciate your help!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      About 10 to 15%

  61. mrs peter glory

    thanks a lot for this information i wil l follow it up,and God bless u i am an industrial chemist but i have learnt so much,from ur slides.

  62. Lourdes Ayala

    Thank you! Do you have to be a chemist to create formulas for body products? I noticed that the formulation seems to require professional background in measurings and ingredients…

  63. Maria

    thanx a lot,Perry! sosososo appreciate sharing knowledge with the world!go you go!

  64. katerina

    hi Perry!
    Thanks so much for the lessons!They are quite enlightening!
    I d like to see more lesson in Cosmetic Science!

  65. pat

    Hi Perry, more great info., love the breakdown of finished products, Thanks again!

  66. Leonard John

    Am surprised you are yet to acknowledge or address my comments regarding not being able to see the videos of any of the lessons. Please kindly address and revert accordingly.
    Thanks

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Some people have had to update their browsers to see the video. It works on my system and most of the other people who see them. Try viewing the site using either the Chrome browser or Firefox. They are both free installs.

  67. Margaret

    I can only think of one improvement to this segment: have a photograph of each of the product types. For example, in the OINTMENTS, have a photo of a 1st aid ointment, and one of toothpaste.
    Well-written and well-performed!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Great idea!

  68. kay

    awesome video once again. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  69. greg barton

    Thanks again, Perry. I’m enjoying the lessons.

  70. Lori Lagos

    Thaks Perry for the lessons. Ther are very useful to me and to some of the people who works with me and want to make a career into cosmetic industry. I wish you continue sharing with us your knowledge. Can´t wait to watch the next lesson.
    🙂

  71. Špela

    Perry, you are great! I really like these lessons 😉

  72. m

    Thank you for the mini course I learned some new subjects.

  73. Yen Kee

    Good overview. Many thanks for sharing this information. It did help me!

  74. Jessie

    Excellent presentation!

  75. Maite

    Thank you so much, Perry! Your videos are great!

  76. Joe

    Great presentation. Good Job.

  77. Claire

    Enjoying these lessons, thank you

  78. farzaneh

    this video was really informative and I enjoy it. thank you

  79. Shonda

    I really enjoyed the videos. I found them to be very informative.

    Thank you

  80. Jose

    Informative, clear and concise video on cosmetic formulation.
    I enjoyed watching it.
    Good job!

  81. ramadoss kothandaraman seethapathi

    we are thankful t u…
    u r not only sharing formulas.but making us to earn our daily bread butter&jam,if we are really serious…already we are mfg.herbal toothpaste(siddha system of medicine) which is paying us well…..

  82. Kaif

    Dear Mr. Perry
    This was highly informative for someone like me who is planning to make a living by making creams etc in Pakistan.
    I did my high school with science . I have had a great passion for making cosmetics but never knew where to start from.
    Your lectures have given me a lot of hope regarding my passion.
    I want to learn a lot more from you Sir and I hope you will help me out in this matter,
    Regards. Pl. reply me if you can. I’ll be honoured. Thanks.
    Kaif

  83. Martin

    Very informative video. For someone like me trying to make in the business, it gives me solid backing.

  84. maria

    good job perry

  85. Binita

    Thank you for your videos. They are really very helpful.

  86. Divya Ghanshani

    I have just completed my 12th grade and would like to know which is a better option for an undergraduate course if i want to become a cosmetic formulator? A Bachelors of Science in Chemistry or chemical engineering?
    Thank you

    1. Perry Romanowski

      To be a formulator, a degree in Chemistry is the way to go.

  87. brahimi

    thanks Perry,i like ur all video and training .
    hope to learn more from you

  88. arezou

    hello perry
    I can’t download script! I don’t know why. pleas help me
    thank you

  89. Eduardo Barata

    Very interessant to follow, and to understant the meaning of cosmetict products

  90. Pegah

    Thanks Perry.
    I just wanted to know what form are hair dyes, I mean they are under which category.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      These are typically solutions.

  91. rami

    very interesting presentation ,thank you

  92. Mike

    Thank you as always! Great video and I learn tons!

  93. Ayana

    This is very informative! I’m a chemistry major and these videos are giving me a lot of insight into this world of cosmetic science, thank you

  94. dimitra

    Great! The little chemist I always had inside me is waking!
    I am just a little bit cautious about using some ingredients, because not all ingredients used by cosmetics industry are skin or enviromental friendly.
    I would really appreciate if you provided us with a lesson concerning that issue!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      The ingredients used in the cosmetic industry are tested for safety and effectiveness (it is illegal to sell unsafe cosmetics in the US).

  95. PETER M

    Simple intro nicely presented. I would like to have more info about the safety aspects of the ingredients, safety and environmental considerations. A little info about equipment used could be helpful.

    A good intro , thank you

  96. Dominique

    Good et clear presentation. Thank you

  97. marta

    Comprehensive, great for beginners. Thank you!

  98. shah

    Dear perry;
    A very good and informative video you’ve made. Thanks
    but I never get sucess in opening 1st video…

  99. yaoyushan

    Very good presentation and useful information, thank you very much,
    but I can mot open lesson 1. Could you help? Thank you very much.

  100. Louise Mynhardt

    Thank you for this information, I was not able to download the script “protected”
    I would like to download to review, please help. Louise

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’m not sure what is wrong. I’m able to download. Right click on the link and choose ‘save as’

  101. Steven

    Always informative. The course provides great insight and provokes new questions each time I review.
    I was wondering if there is a ‘rule of thumb’ when or what part of the year formulators begin developing new application specific products such as sun care, color cosmetics , moisturizers etc .I was once told that such a ‘schedule’ exists and that certain product formulations are season specific as far as when the development begins.

  102. TLD

    Thank for your clear presentation, I wait to learn more about formular and the calcul for making my own cosmetic for using.

  103. sola

    Thanks Perry for the wonderful information. Well done! Expecting more exciting info.

  104. fereshte

    Hi
    thanks for information.
    can you help me about ,how make scrub Gel?

  105. Kallia

    great video! looking forward for the 4th lesson

  106. Merryl

    Another great intro to cosmetics Perry. Looking forward to the next & the next!

  107. Zahra

    Hi Perry, Thank you for the video. I was hoping some formulation would be shared for each product type with some explanation. I am a chemist in career transition. I would like to transition into cosmetics chemistry. You explanations have overall been very helpful. Thank you.

  108. Solange Peretti

    Very good video ! It gives a good overview about how cosmetics are divided. Thanks !

  109. Ana

    Hi Perry!
    I understand, more information in the full course. Thanks a lot for all contents for free.

  110. Ana

    Little dissapointed. It´s clear but very short. I was waiting for more formulas and chemistry

    1. Perry Romanowski

      We provide more content in the full course.

  111. Ajaz Ali

    perry,
    presentation is quite informative.collectively superb.

  112. Eng. Nabil Mijahed

    This is a good video , refreshing my information about the cosmetic .
    Thank you

  113. Ferdi Özer

    Thank you again. Very usefull.
    Waiting for new formulas.
    Best regards,

  114. Shawn

    This is a great video to show the many options you have for creating your own products. Really opens up the world of cosmetics for the individual and allows them to be inspired to create something great and unique.

  115. Zorka

    Dear, Thanks for this lesson !
    I did not receive lesson Two.Please send to me! Thanks!
    Zorka

  116. Daisy

    Thank you, great videos. They are very helpful – esspecially for me, a beginner.

  117. Nelly

    Great presentation! Thank you.

  118. Kamkar

    Thank you perry , it was very useful information. I think ointments usually have one oily phase , but toothpaste has not oily base , why in your category toothpaste is in this gorup ,Pls guide me
    Thans and best regards

  119. Gladys

    Its great thanks

  120. Ali tawfeeq

    I like this video,I hope more details

  121. Mary Udoh

    I wish it had more details, its a very good lesson however.

  122. Alya

    hi,it was a useful video,thank you!

  123. Ravindra

    good vedio. Appreciate if someone introduce correct formula for body wash.

  124. Becky

    Once again, very well done. Thank-you for your time and effort put into this!

  125. wesley

    i hope more detail

  126. geofrey

    sorry, my name is geofrey from tanzania, can someone help me about a detailed process flow chart for production of skin oil( petrolleum jelly)? and what are the routine tests and testing equipment for skin oil?

  127. somchai

    very clear onthe basic of each formula.

  128. Dawn

    Thank you for another great video. Very informative.

  129. Yatie

    great presentation, very informative

  130. Gill

    Many thanks Perry! Another great video and good overview of the different generic types of cosmetics.

  131. Rabia

    Hello sir!
    thanks for this video..easily understood.
    will wait for the next presentation…..
    thanks a lot

  132. Rahel Heruy

    Thank you ,great points which the chemists have to focus on.

  133. Natalia

    Dear Perry, thank you very much for your presentations.
    I never used any special cosmetic products for my skin. They say that I am looking 10 years younger and I find it is very nice compliment.
    Anyway last time the subject about cosmetic products excites me and I read, learn more and more about creams, soaps, shampoos…
    I have the Master degree of anorganic chemistry and was 20 years chemistry teacher at secondary school. Strange that only now I start feel something very special for homemade cosmetic products.
    Now it is my very hot hobby, I feel almost addicted on the process of creating a new natural soaps and creams. I believe you will give some advices for homemade natural cosmetic.

  134. Sheng-Sung Yu

    Great overview of different types of products. Easy to understand!

  135. Efi

    A very good and informative presentation with all the types of cosmetic forms that you might run into through your career. Thank you Perry!!

  136. Sherry

    Hi,Perry,

    Thank you very mch for a very good presentation, it’s very helpful. May I ask a questionrecently I am fomulating a very acid product and pH is about 1, for peeling the skin. But I try several emusifer, it’s still hard to stable. Could you give me some suggestion?

    Thanks and Best regards

    Sherry

  137. Sherry

    Hi,Perry,

    thank you very mch for a very good presentation, recently I am fomulation a very acid product and ph is about 1, for peeling the skin. But I try several emusifer, it’s still hard to stable. Could you give me some suggestion?

    Thanks and Best regards

    Sherry

  138. Eunice

    It is very useful information and introduction on cosmetic science, thanks Perry!

  139. Nicole

    Thanks Perry – understanding the different types of formulas makes formulations a lot clearer now

  140. bopa

    Thank you very much to make these videos available! Very good as a reminder/ introduction to the foundation of cosmetic formulation.

  141. Anne-Laure

    Dear Perry,
    It was very useful. Thanks a lot!

  142. wael

    thanks, it helps me a lot, & fix some basic concepts to me.

  143. pratik

    i like ur all video and training what to do next for tranning. plz inform me. i want to be cosmetic chemist

  144. Joshua

    Hello Perry, thanks for such educative and eye opening videos. This third presentation really puts things in perspective for me, as an up and coming cosmetic chemist/formulator. Even with a strong background in chemistry and microbiology, i feel humbled by such concise presentations. thank you once again.

  145. Gayani

    Dear Perry,
    Thanks a lot. I appreciate your job which is much more helpful to me as a formulator.
    waiting for more descriptive sample formulas.

  146. Christos Karakasis

    It was very useful. Thank you.

  147. Cassandra

    Awesome video. The concept of chemical forms seems so simplistic now.

  148. Cathrine

    Thanks Perry, and yes indeed I have thoroughly enjoyed the lesson, very informative and well presented.

  149. Maria Dela Cruz

    This part of your mini course is very helpful for incoming cosmetic chemist and it is also serves as a review for other chemist in the industry. Thanks for your hard work to impart your knowledge in the whole industry.

  150. Kate

    I didn’t know that toothpaste is considered to be an ointment! I always find some interesting little factoid in your presentations that I either didn’t know or just never thought about! Looking forward to part 4.

  151. Kingsley Kesiie

    Hi Perry,
    This is fairly straight forward stuff that was fairly well put together and easily understood. Looking forward to the fourth series. Thanks.

  152. lore

    Hi Perry¡¡¡¡Thank for all¡¡¡¡Was very interesting

  153. Cheryl

    Thanks Perry. Once again you are able to deliver an overview of a complex industry in an easy to understand manner. I look forward to your 4th video.

  154. mostafa

    Thank you sir
    Join me proud to recognize and cooperate with you

  155. agabeain

    Thank you so much perry

  156. Linda Crenshaw

    This is great. I wish they had these subject in school for all the children to learn. It very illuminating at my age.

  157. M.Nadeen

    Thanks once again. this 3rd vid will help me to commence new vision of brands with enhance formulation.

  158. Donald

    nice one from you .but sorry i can’t watch it from mobile and my email can’t open on pc coz of dat i’ve opened another email to register with yoqt thanks

  159. Jennifer Maves

    Thank you, I enjoyed this.

  160. Gabriella

    Nice summary of the basic dosage forms and their characteristics.

  161. Christie

    Thanks! Excellent

  162. Kesho

    Thank you Perry. I learned alot! Extremely helpful!

  163. Fatima

    Excellen!! I am thinking on taking the full course

  164. Sakira

    Thank you for these mini courses for kitchen chemist like me. They help me to become to more confident in the trade.

  165. Kelly

    Thank you again Perry, As a professional skin care therapist, my client base is interested in the products they are using and the more confident I am in the production and processing of these products the more confident my clients are in my ability to care for and guide them.

  166. janet

    Enjoy another dynamic session and knowing more about cosmetic industry

  167. Juliana Vicente

    Enjoyed it, thanks one more time Perry.

  168. Brenda

    Thanks for taking the time to prepare these videos. Excellent.

  169. Ashley

    These videos are very helpful & informative. Thank you so much Perry!

  170. jeon jung gean

    thanks a lot ,perry ^^

  171. A.J.

    Thank you for the videos. Made my work a lot easier. God bless

  172. Amber

    Hi Perry,
    Thanks so much for the videos! I’m not really sure where to go from here but I’ll keep digging around on your site and hopefully will find some discussions relating to some things I have questions on. Thanks again for all your hard work!

    1. Perry

      Hello Amber – Thanks for the kind words. I would suggest you check out our free cosmetic science forum. You can ask questions and have discussions with other cosmetic chemists.

  173. Jip

    Thank you VERY much.

    This is one of the most helpful videos on this subject I have found.

  174. Roza

    very very informative! loved it! now(lesson 3) i guess my basic knowledge about cosmetic chemistry is being recharged for real! thank u 🙂

  175. Mohammad Reza Nateghi

    Thank you so much
    Best Wishes

  176. Theresa Sebastian

    Thank you for the excellent beginners course for my daughter who is interested to become a cosmetics chemist.
    This is really a start for her.

  177. Isabel

    I can’t wait for the lesson 4!

    Thanks!

  178. Padma

    Excellent info for beginners like me!! Thanks Perry.

  179. Christine

    Will try again. By the way, loving the quick response, your”re amazing!!!

  180. Christine

    My apologies. I meant to say I did not get to hear any pointers (if any) , which I’m guessing there were.

    1. Perry

      Hello Christine – so sorry you are having a problem. I played the video and it works for me. Perhaps there was a temporary problem on your network?

  181. Christine

    Hi Perry. Thanks again for giving novices like me a great insight into the cosmetic industry. I wqs quite disppointed as the video stops playing approx 2/3 of the way through so I did get to hear any pointers you might have mentioned which is not in the download slides. Can you fix it? Thanx in advance.

  182. MAHESH DEP

    Appreciate your help for biginers like us !

  183. hallel

    Hi,Perry, thank you so much. You gave us an very very clearly 10 types of cosmetic forms, it gave me a guaid how to do fomula and what types I made.

  184. Arek

    hi Perry, many thanks for your excellent programs. May I please ask how do you obtain clear suspension for natural products. I am aware carbomers, polymers are great but they are synthetic. Are you aware of any natural alternative? kind rgds Arek

    1. Perry

      You can try clays (although you may likely get a slightly hazy formula). If you consider Cellulosics natural you could try HEC or HPMC

  185. Yulya

    Perry, thank you so much!!!

    It is refreshing to know that somebody helps to beginner in cosmetic!!!

  186. Eliza

    Another great lesson, Perry, thank you so much!!!

  187. Jimmy

    Thanks for the the video always something learned on each one of them.

  188. Bahar

    Very informative for new beginner in cosmetic.

  189. Ernesto Leon

    Arrange by sistematic planning and united effort

  190. MOHANKUMAR

    Hi Perry,

    As Usual, a rocking presentation.
    Quite informative,educative and knowledgeable stuff.

    Thanks a lot.

    Regards,

    Mohan.

  191. Nadira

    The videos ar sooooo low. can you make them louder. I love them though.

    1. Perry

      You can adjust the volume on the bottom left corner of the video.

  192. andrianto

    I absolutely agree that as a cosmetic chemist should be familiar with all the product
    formulation being mostly used. But I also agree that we need to be specialized in
    just 2-3 types of the product as it is almost impossible to cover it all. Can’t wait to
    see the next session about testing the cosmetic products. Thanks.

  193. yaw poku

    great educational video. Greetings all the way from Ghana, west Africa

  194. France Davis II

    I think these videos are great as a beginning short course to cosmetic chemistry and industry.

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