Article by: Perry Romanowski

Welcome to Day 3 of the 30 Days to Become a Better Cosmetic Chemist series

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This 30 day challenge is all about giving you basic exercises that will improve your abilities as a cosmetic chemist.begcoscm

In this episode

In today’s episode I’ll share:

  • Standard references for learning cosmetic science
  • The books that people who make cosmetics in the industry use
  • Industry magazines you should be reading
  • The best books to have in your lab
  • How to find free cosmetic science information on the Internet

Relevant to Exercise

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Best formulating books

Best formulating magazines

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  1. Ellie

    I am running behind because I listen over and ove again day 1 and 2 just to fully grasp and each time I do so I hear something new I love this really love this.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Great to hear! Take as long as you like to go through the series.

  2. Jide Alo

    Great write up as usual. I am falling in love with cosmetic formulations already.

  3. aisha

    i am so glad i have you. i feel like my dreams of becoming an organic skin care formulator would soon be realised

  4. Ali

    Nice information. Thank You Perry
    I’ve purchased Beginning Cosmetics Chemistry 3rd edition and I do agree with you, it needs more detailed formulation information in practical work.
    One thing I struggle with at work is to distinguish the amounts to use of certain ingredients, and wether they would have a functional effect or become claims/aesthetic modifiers only. It doesn’t seem there are books on practical formulation and common formulation problems.

    Have a good day!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Ali – later in this series I cover how to evaluate raw materials & get that answer for you.

  5. Lara

    Good morning all 🙂

    What I think is also a helpful book is “International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook”.
    It doesnt contain any formulating guides but if you want to recreate a formula from the market, you can look up the INCIs to find the following Information about the ingredients:
    CAS-No., Empirical Formula, Definition, Information Sources, Chemical Class, Functions and Technical-/Tradenames.
    This source sometimes helps me a lot when I cant find Information in the Internet.
    Unfortunately this book is really expensive for the fact it will be renewed often to be actual.

    Have a good day!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Great addition! While it costs a lot of money for that book you can get some information (at least about ingredient suppliers) just looking through their online buyer’s guide.

      1. Lara

        Wow! Thanks, I didnt knew this! 🙂 I just took a quick look and I think this is really a helpful page. Thanks again!

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