Books, e-books, websites for learning how to formulate?

I recently read two of Susan Nicholl Barclay's e-books:

The books inspired me to try crafting cosmetics myself, but I realize that learning from just one source may not be optimal. I see some more experienced forum members here who do not use pre-mixed e-wax or polawax; but instead use single ingredients. Are there any good resources where I could learn more?

Currently I am considering whether to buy this more expensive e-book:

Would this be a worthwhile investment? I am looking for hands-on resources that really talk in detail about how to make stable formulations. Important topic would include:

  • ingredient incompatibilities
  • emulsification
  • preservatives
  • anti-oxidants and chelators
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  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    edited September 2015
    Well, the first thing we'd need to know is what your goals are. Are you trying to be a well-informed hobbyist, a small-business owner, or a professional cosmetic scientist? 
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • SilksterSilkster Member
    edited September 2015
    Hi Bob,

    I am trying to start up a small cosmetics business tgether with a biochemist, but currently I am definitiely in the first category. I will soon be starting biochemistry at university, but my background is in law. I like the idea of being a professional, but I understand how specialised this area actually is. So I am aiming to be professional enough to formulate stable products, but maybe not skilled enough to invent new active ingredients.

    I would like to understand the chemistry enough to be able to judge whether certain active ingredients like eg. MSM and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate could be combined into a formulation without significant oxidation. The point for me is to be able to apply chemistry principles to problems like this and make predictions; without having to ask others each time.
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