How do I know which chemist to choose? - Cosmetic Science Talk

How do I know which chemist to choose?

There are a few independent chemists I have spoken to, as well as some in-house chemists with contract manufacturers. The only difference I can see is that in-house is less expensive and I don't own the formula. How can I discern between which chemist to use? Thanks!

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  • It's a business decision. Run your business case twice, once for an independent chemist, and once for a contract manufacturer. Add the full cost of an independent chemist (to reverse engineer the contract manufacturing formula) three or four years after your startup date and see what you come up with.
    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."
  • Thank you, @Bobzchemist. Is there a way to vet between different independent chemists, cost aside?
  • @Celeste - Only with personal interaction.  You have to talk to or otherwise communicate with them.  It's a bit like interviewing someone for a job.

  • Personally, unless a formula is really odd, I've never had much trouble with reverse-engineering one, so I'd lean towards a contract manufacturer, unless you are well and truly rolling in the dough.

    Starting a cosmetic line, or launching a new product, is mostly about marketing, as long as you have a decent formula. Pretty much any chemist, whether working for a contract manufacturer or independent, can provide you with a decent formula. But the more money you have available for marketing/sales, the better you'll do. 
    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."
  • @Perry and @Bobzchemist, thanks for the feedback! Great advice.
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