cosmetic chemists
Article by: Perry Romanowski

When I’ve spoken at high school career days, the most often asked question (after how much do you make?) is “How do you become a cosmetic chemist?” Since you may soon be looking for a chemist career that uses your science background, you might be wondering the same thing. Before we get into the steps to becoming a cosmetic chemist, let’s review what a cosmetic chemist is first. cosmetic chemists

What is a cosmetic chemist

The job of a cosmetic chemist, or as they call it in the UK a cosmetic scientist, requires you to do a wide variety of things both in and out of the lab. Your main responsibility will be that of a formulator. This means you mix raw materials together to create cosmetic products like lipstick, nail polish, skin lotions, shampoos, toothpaste and any other type of personal care product. You also have to come up with ideas for new products, test cosmetic prototypes, fix production problems, evaluate competitive products, and develop skills to better understand the difference between a good product and one that doesn’t work as well. If you like using products, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do that.

There is a whole lot more that cosmetic chemists do and for a more thorough list, you can see these 75 things a cosmetic chemist does.

A cosmetic chemist can find a job with cosmetic manufacturers like some of the biggest cosmetic companies, raw material manufacturers, contract manufacturers, testing houses, or can even start your own formulating consulting business. It’s a fun job with lots of opportunity to be creative and make products that people use every day.

Here’s the quick summary

  • Get a science degree
  • Get an advanced degree in cosmetic science
  • Research companies in the industry
  • Figure out what cosmetic science job you want
  • Apply for jobs and interview
  • Start with a temporary job in a lab
  • Network with cosmetic chemists

How to become a cosmetic chemist

Alright, now that you know you want to be a cosmetic chemist and a little about what they do, here is a path you can follow to become a cosmetic chemist yourself. There are different paths, but the following has proven consistently effective.

Steps to Becoming a Cosmetic Scientist

1. Get a science degree

Some people attempt to learn formulating on the Internet, start their own company, then declare themselves a cosmetic chemist. This isn’t how most people in the cosmetic industry become cosmetic chemists. Most people get a science degree from a college or university. The most common degrees that cosmetic scientists get are bachelors degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or Microbiology. You also find a few Physics majors too. For most companies, the specific school you attend is less important than the degree you received however, in the United States, big companies tend to hire people from schools on the east coast.

Recently, a few schools have developed undergraduate chemistry programs that focus on Cosmetic Science. In the US, this includes the University of Toledo and the University of Cincinnati. In Canada, Seneca College also has an undergraduate cosmetic science degree.

2. Get an advanced degree

While a 4-year degree is all you need, bigger companies like P&G, Unilever or L’Oreal tend to favor students who have Masters or PHD degrees chemistry or chemical engineering. The truth is that most of these degrees do not help make you a better cosmetic scientist. The training you receive on-the-job is much more valuable. However, advanced degrees do tend to make you a more desirable hire when going through the interview process. Plus having an advanced degree is generally just a good idea for scientists.

If you are going to get an advanced degree and want to focus on cosmetic science, there are a few cosmetic science focused programs in universities around the United States. The most popular programs include

University of Cincinnati – College of Pharmacy
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Go here to find a more detailed list of more cosmetic science programs.

3. Research the Cosmetic Industry

While you are going through school it’s a good idea to start building up your network of people who work in the cosmetic industry and to get to know the companies in the industry. There are literally thousands of scientists and chemists working in the cosmetic industry in the US. In fact, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists has over 5000 members. The worldwide organization, the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemist (IFSCC) has over 15,000 members. You can join these organizations as a student member and attend meetings and conferences. This will get you introduced to industry people which could eventually lead to getting a job.

It’s also a good idea to create a profile on LinkedIn and start connecting with other people who work in the cosmetic industry. Knowing people at companies is the fastest way of getting a job in the cosmetic industry. Fortunately, the cosmetic industry is a growing one because even in uncertain economic times people will still want to look good and use cosmetics.

There are various types of companies that employ cosmetic scientists and chemists. These include finished goods manufacturers, contract manufactures, raw material suppliers, and testing laboratories.

A great place to learn more about what is going on in the cosmetic industry is through the trade journals.

Global Cosmetic Industry
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Cosmetics Design

4. Decide on a cosmetic industry job

In college, they rarely tell you what kind of job you might get when you graduate. In fact, when you are studying science you are typically trained to become a professor. If you are looking to work as a scientist in the cosmetic industry there are a wide variety of jobs to choose from. Use the list below to see which one best fits your interests.

a. Cosmetic Formulator — This job involves working with chemicals and putting them together in proportion to create products. Most of these jobs are with Finished Goods & Contract manufacturers. A few raw material suppliers employ formulators in their Technical Services departments. If you like inventing and creating, the formulator is where you should be.

b. Quality Control Chemist (QA/QC)— These chemists are responsible for determining whether raw materials and finished products meet quality standards for safety and functionality. If like working with GC, IR, Mass Spec and other instruments, you might enjoy a QC or QA job. Every company in the industry hires these scientists.

c. Analytical Services — These scientists are the closest thing in the cosmetic industry to scientific research. They review raw materials and come up with standards by which future batches of products and raw materials are compared. Most raw material suppliers and finished goods manufacturers have Analytical Departments.

d. Process Engineering (PE)— A process engineer is typically someone with a chemical engineering background. They help companies design manufacturing facilities, help scale up batches from lab scale to production scale, and help get products made at different facilities around the world. If you like to travel, building things and engineering then this might be the job for you. Almost any cosmetic company with manufacturing facilities will hire PE scientists.

e. Synthesis Chemist — If you loved organic chemistry, then raw material synthesis is the place you should be. These chemists work in labs and synthesize new raw materials from various feedstocks. Often, you don’t know what a material can do but you know you can make it. Most of these jobs will be with raw material suppliers.

f. Regulatory Scientists — Regulatory scientists look through rules and regulations for producing cosmetic products and determine whether ingredients can be used, how they must be labeled, and what levels are appropriate. For the people who like science but don’t want to be in the lab, a job in regulatory is a good place to go. Nearly all companies hire regulatory scientists and (unfortunately) more and more jobs are being added. I say unfortunately because more governmental regulations make it tougher to create innovative cosmetics.

g. Sales — Sales people with scientific backgrounds are needed by raw material companies to sell their new chemicals to formulation chemists. If you like talking to people, going out to lunch and negotiating, a job in sales might be right for you. Plus, these are the people in the industry who usually have the most flexible jobs and make the most money.

The exact job you should take will depend on what you are interested in. You can find more about jobs on this episode of the cosmetic science podcast

5. Getting a cosmetic chemist job

To actually get a job, the first thing you are going to want to do is put together a resume. You should be working on this near the end of your junior year in college or certainly in the early part of your senior year. The sooner you have a resume, the sooner you can start sending it to HR departments. You can go the old fashioned route of looking through want ads or college career offices, but you can also use the power of the Internet. For finding jobs, you can use career sites like

In addition to creating a resume, you should also put together a profile on This site will allow people to find you and for you to find and connect with them. The most frequent way that people get jobs is by knowing a person at a company who is hiring. Often, companies will pay other employees bonuses if they recommend someone who gets hired. Therefore, if you increase your network of people in the cosmetic industry, you will improve your chances of getting a job.

Another great source of finding cosmetic industry specific jobs is through the various Society of Cosmetic Chemist websites. You can see this link for a list of all the jobs currently listed on SCC websites across the United States.

6. Get a temporary job in a cosmetic lab

It is admittedly sometimes difficult to find your perfect job right out of school. Another route to finding a great permanent job is to start at a temporary staffing agencies. Many big companies use these services for short-term projects and they often hire people who worked for them first as temporary workers. A number of people that I worked with at my old company were hired specifically after working as temporary lab technicians.

To get started with a temporary agency, put together your resume or CV and submit it to a scientist focused temp agency to get your first assignment. You may or may not end up in a cosmetic lab but it will be a great training opportunity while you look for a more permanent position. Some of the more useful temp agencies used by the cosmetic industry in the US include

Kelly Scientific Resources
K Force Staffing

7. Networking with other cosmetic chemists

Perhaps the most powerful way to get a job in the cosmetic industry is to get involved a professional society like the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC). And the main way for you to do that is to find an industry event, go to that event and make it a point to interact and collect business cards or contact information from as many people as you can.

For the cosmetic industry you can find events located near you by going to the website of the local chapter of your Society of Cosmetic Chemists (or Scientists as the call it in the UK). Find a meeting or trade show or some other event that you can attend in person. Be sure you have a good supply of business cards that have your name, phone number and email on it. This should have all the information anyone would need to get connected or otherwise contact you. If you have social media accounts like Twitter or LinkedIn be sure to include that information on your business card.

There are chapters throughout the US. In the UK you can join the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. For other places in the world, check seek out the IFSCC for contact information.

Society of Cosmetic Chemists
International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemist (IFSCC)
Society of Cosmetic Scientists

When you get to the meeting, interact with other cosmetic chemists. For some people, this is easy. For others it’s not as easy. You have to figure out something to talk about which can sometimes be a challenge. But the best thing you can do is to ask questions. Get the other person talking as much as you can. Ask who they work for, what they do, where they’re from, what they are interested in and anything else you can think of. Remember you should not be the one dominating the conversation. When you’re at these events ask lots of questions.

Perhaps the most important question you can ask is to find out what the person’s biggest challenge is. Figure out what they are having the hardest time doing. Ideally, this will be some work issue since this is an industry event but it might not be. Make it a point to remember what that is (write it down on their card if you have to) and think about how you might be able to help them accomplish or solve whatever problem they are experiencing. Even if you can’t personally solve the problem it would be helpful if you could connect them with someone who can. This will make them more inclined to help you in the future.

If you start building or expanding your network now, you’ll be in a much better position for whenever you need to reach out for help in the future.

Another thing you can do is to become active on social networking sites. On Chemists Corner we have a forum where you can connect and chat with other cosmetic chemists. But be sure to create a LinkedIn profile. This is where professionals hang out and post their career information. Think of it as a fluid, online resume. But it’s even better because you can strike up relationships with people all over the industry of which you want to become part. Another great resource is Facebook. People often list the names of the companies they work for and the jobs they do. Do a little searching and create some important relationships.

Take Action now!

Cosmetic science is a great career for a scientist. It can be constantly challenging and requires a creative mind to make formulas that stand out. It also provides you the opportunity to walk down the aisles of your local store and see your creation for sale on the shelves. That is incredibly satisfying.

Do you have any ideas on how to get a job in the cosmetic industry? Leave a comment below and let the rest of the community know.

About the Author

Perry Romanowski

Perry has been formulating cosmetic products and inventing solutions to solve consumer problems since the early 1990’s. Additionally, he has written and edited numerous articles and books, taught continuing education classes for industry scientists, and developed successful websites. His latest book is Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry 3rd Edition published by Allured.


  1. Luis Gomez

    HI Perry!im a highschool student in San Diego CA,and I my dream job is to create products and my own buisness/brand. What do you think is the best course?I want to be able to create products with different materials but I also want to work with raw materials to come up with new things.I want a makeup line but I want to be able to do my own thing and be involved in the process of production and formulating.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Well, you should study chemistry in school, ultimately get a chemistry degree and then you can get working in the cosmetic industry as a formulator. In the meantime you can study up and learn about formulating from sites like Chemists Corner.

  2. Vishal vadher

    I experienced in cosmetics shop but i m still now Bsc Chemistry in 2nd year complete but 3rd year not complete so i m interested in cosmetic item make but now i m search for any job so u want me some idea.

  3. paige

    Hi Perry,
    I am currently considering biomedical science to study in Sydney. is this degree helpful for my future cosmetic filed (researcher) ? I definitely want to work abroad as well. is there many cosmetic field in Australia? I am now Australian tho…

    Thank you so much I hope I can get your reply !!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      There is a cosmetic chemist community in Australia. See the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists. I was at their meeting this year in May. Biomedical science would be useful but Chemistry or Chemical Engineering is what most cosmetic chemists study.

  4. Sabarka Gargadi

    Okay I’m still in high school and I so much want to produce cosmetics because I have so much passion for make-up,cosmetics and fashion .I’m a Nigerian a final year student .Is there a cosmetic chemist university or as a course in Nigeria.

  5. Rosy Fernando

    Hi, I’m on my second year of my chemistry degree. My degree is Masters in Chemistry. I love to be a cosmetic chemist and invent new products. So, I thought of changing my degree to BSC in Chemistry and do a post-graduate degree related to cosmetic science. Can you please advice me on this matter.
    Thank you

    1. Perry Romanowski

      That would work. But you could also get a cosmetic science job with a masters in general chemistry.

  6. L

    hey Perry!
    I am incredibly passionate about natural/ organic cosmetics (mainly haircare) and would love to open my own company once I finish University, however I don’t know what to study. (brands that inspired me are Calia, The Innate Life…. if that would help you understand what I am planning to do!)
    I was thinking about Chemistry but I don’t know if that would be enough because I won’t need to use lots of chemicals (as I am planning to open an organic haircare line).
    is there anything else I need to study alongside Chemistry, or is it enough to just study Chemistry and focus on specific courses?
    thanks in advance♥️

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, studying chemistry is your best option. All natural products use chemicals, it’s just that those are often derived from nature. You still need to know chemistry in order to formulate naturally.

  7. Aquia Williams

    Hi Perry,

    I currently work in the medical field at U.T MD Anderson Cancer Center as an assistant. I support two Sr. research professors, I need a lil guidance for my own education. So I currently own a Busienss as well, a cosmetic company I make all my products from scratch I will like for My business to grow and also be able to stay in the medical field as insurance so I want a degree that can benefit both. So for my degree I am considering Chemical engineering. I haven’t really looked into biology, but also what about a degree related to pharmacy, would that help for my cosmetic degree. I have also been considering what can chemical engineering help with curing cancer (my current position). I have spoken with a colleague of mines and he informed me that he’s not sure that a chemical engineering degree is not helpful in the cosmetic world. Can you please help me with some advice.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      A chemical engineering degree is a good one to get if you want to go into the cosmetic industry. Many large companies like to hire people with chemical engineering degrees.

  8. audrey

    hello perry,

    I am audrey and I just finished high school and entering college. I am very interested in being a cosmetic chemist and that is why i wondering is it better to take chemistry/ pharmaceutical science/pharmd/cosmetic science for my bachelor degree?
    thank you so much for your attention 🙂

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I think taking Chemistry is the best option but any of those could work.

  9. ranyah

    if I had a bachelor degree in pharmacology,could I work as a cosmetics scientist and help me later on the future to make my own company of skin care?

    thanks very much for the useful informations.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that would be possible.

  10. Jasmine

    I am interested in becoming a cosmetic chemist, but math and science arent my strong point. Do you think improving my skills in both subjects would help or not?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that would be a good idea. I would suggest you go through the Khan Academy website. There are some great resources there.

      1. Leanne Lee

        Hi! I became interested of your couse advertisement online for cosmetic formulation. I was wondering what requirements are needed to take this course. I really hope to hear from you soon! Thanks!

        1. Perry Romanowski

          It is best for people who have some background in science however, it is designed for anyone who has an interest in creating cosmetic formulations.

  11. Saeede

    Hi perry
    I realy like to study in cosmetic science and l’m looking for a university in this subject , l found the universities you suggested
    but l want a university to get full fund or get a ta position, so do you know any universities that offer it? By the way lm getting my BA in pure chemistery and I think I have good cv .
    I really thank for your help.

  12. savleen

    hi perry
    i just wanna know that what is the scope of cosmetic science in canada?
    i want to become one
    can u tell me where to start from?
    and also what should i opt as a career or what should i do after studying the cosmetic science?
    plz do reply

  13. Beauty Fang

    I am now a first year student majored in biochemistry and cell biology in UCSD. I am interested in becoming a cosmetic chemist, especially cosmetic formulator. I read some of the responses saying that having a chemistry BS degree will serve me better to get into the industry. so I come up with some options that I really don’t know which one should I go for. so..
    1. switch my major to chemistry
    2. minor in chemistry
    3. get a chemistry master degree
    4. get an advanced degree with cosmetic science focused program
    please give me some advices!!!! Thank you very much!!!

  14. Alice

    Hi, I am currently at my third year of biological science degree. I have taken chemistry on my first year but that is it. I am interested in becoming formulator or synthesis chemist therefore should I think about changing my degree to chemistry?
    Can biochemistry be an oppotion to think about to become formulator or synthesis chemist?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It’s better to have a degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering but some biologists do get hired in the cosmetic industry. If you can switch, I would recommend it. That’s what I did. I started out as a bio major then switched to Chemistry my last year.

  15. Jasmine

    Hi, my name is Jasmine, I’m from South Africa , I had just completed my IGCSE & apon doing much reasearch about the cosmetic industry & reading most of your articles& comment replies (which i found extreemly insightful and given me a sense of direction and have decided to study chemical engineering/major in chemistry . FORTUNATELY there are a few brands and cosmetic companies this side of the world.

    however I have a few questions:
    1) what is the highest position in this field , between QC , Regulatory Scientist & a synthesis chemist
    2) Do each of the job titles mentioned above require specific certificates, majors or do you go for another degree?
    3) do you have to work your way to the top to acuire a top position or is it mostly depending on your qualification?
    4) would it be wise to work for a cosmetic company first before launching your on line ?

    sorry for the longggg comment , but I’m really interested to learn more

    1. Perry Romanowski


      1. It really depends on the company but Synthesis chemist would probably be the highest position.
      2. No. They just require a degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
      3. It’s more of an industry where you work your way up to the top.
      4. It would probably be more helpful so you know everything involved in launching one.

  16. Elaine

    I’m a 16 year old student who has just finished IGCSE and I’m very interested in cosmetic science. I was looking at your cosmetic science online course but I wasn’t sure if my knowledge of chemistry is advanced enough to be able to understand the things that are taught. Do you think your online course is suitable for me or should I further my studies and then only take the course?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You’ll probably want to get a little more chemistry under your belt before taking our course.

  17. Mei

    I am analytical chemist now. I am interested in Regulatory Scientists? what kind of certificate I should get? Thanks

    1. Perry Romanowski

      There isn’t really a certificate for regulatory scientists in cosmetics. You can take a course on cosmetic regulations through the SCC however.

      1. Mei

        Would you give me some suggestion about my career path since I have been working in QC department for few years and I already took some course for cosmetic formulation. Thanks

  18. Lau

    im interested in producing beauty product so what major should i take in degree? can i be a cosmetic chemist with only a chemical engineering degree?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, there are lots of cosmetic chemists who have chemical engineering degrees.

  19. Robyn

    Hello! My name is Robyn and I will be graduating in December with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Minor in Geospatial Technology. While earth’s structure is interesting to me, I have found I am not as passionate as I thought about being a field geologist. Mineralogy REALLY became a passion and I am obsessed with cosmetics-more so on the higher end. Whether it is serums, creams, the latest eye palettes or liquid lipsticks I LOVE LOVE LOVE it all! I, however, do not know if my specific science background in Geology/Geospatial Tech. will suffice to make a career in the cosmetic chemistry world. I have GIS experience, which many companies are turning towards to map sales, open new stores and so forth. Any suggestions or advice will be highly appreciated.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’d suggest you go through our course and get versed on the basics of cosmetics.

      Then you can apply for jobs as a technician in a cosmetic lab. With the background our course give, you’ll be well prepared for any job interviews.

      1. Alex

        This!! I have a B.S in Geology and I just got a job as a lab tech at a small contract manufacturer. The company has told me that if I demonstrate that I am ready to move up they will help me in acquiring more industry specific knowledge. Just make sure you take Organic Chem. It wasn’t a requirement for geology majors at the school I went to. They were not deterred at all by the fact that I had only a somewhat related degree for the position that I was applying for. They wouldn’t have brought me on as a formulation chemist though, as they might have if I had a degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or organic chemistry.

    2. scott

      i want to be a chemist when i grow up

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  21. Maria

    I want to be a cosmetology chemist but I am not good in I am w8ing for my result of eng 2…plz give me some suggestions

    1. Perry Romanowski

      see the post above. Study chemistry through a site like Maybe that will help you understand it better.


    presently I am pursuing bachlor’s degree in chemical engineeering , I am really passionate about skin care and cosmetic products , I do know a lot but I guess I will have to know a lot more to start my own cosmetic line up and I want to have my own lab , what should I do ? and please tell me what will be my starting investment ?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You could learn more about being a cosmetic chemist by taking our course.

      If you want to have your own lab and start making products the upfront investment may be a few thousand dollars for equipment and raw materials. Then you’ll have to learn how to make formulas. And then you’ll need to find clients. You might try to get a job with a company as a formulator first. Then you can learn how companies make products before starting out on your own.

    2. Amna Hashmi

      Ipsita have you stareted your lab yet? i need some info from you. i want to start my own line of makeup so need some help to get started. please conatct me.

  23. Sakura


    I am wondering if I can study Business and Management and still get into the cosmetic industry as a sales agent or product development manager?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes. There are lots of sales people in the cosmetic industry

  24. Younhee Kim

    Hi, I am current graduated student and majored in public health. I really want to become a cosmetic chemist.
    First of all, thank you for posting such a great articles. It helped me to understand about cosmetic scientist more clearly.
    I am writing to ask you couple of questions. Even if I majored in public health, can I still apply to cosmetic company as a cosmetic chemist? I took biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology and physics. I also want to go to master school for cosmetic chemist. Am I eligible to apply for M.S with my major?
    Would be appreciated if you share honest opinion with me. Thank you! 🙂

      1. Bassant Salama

        I hold a bachelor degree of Arts in Communication and Media Arts (American University). I strongly want to switch my career to cosmetic science, where do I start? I have no prior experience in science, however, I took general science courses in college.

        1. Perry Romanowski

          Taking our course would be a good start so you learn about the science of the industry. Then getting involved in the SCC could help you make contacts in the industry which could eventually lead to a job.

  25. Joana

    Hi Perry,
    I’m majoring in chemical engineering. I have a huge passion in cosmetics; especially in skin care and makeup products. I’m thinking of getting a bachelor degree in chemical engineering and manufacturing process or chemical engineering and materials science. What would you like to recommend? I just purchased the book Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry 3rd Edition and couldn’t wait to read it.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      A degree in Chemical Engineering and Manufacturing Process would probably be more useful for you in the cosmetic arena. You might also consider taking our online course.

  26. Claudia Ivy

    Do I need to have a degree in chemistry or science at all to start a cosmetic line? Like lipstics.

  27. Naeyteg

    Hi there,

    Im a degree holder of resource biotechnology and will soon complete my master degree in molecular biology. I’m interested in becoming a cosmetic scientist but more to natural remedies instead. What’s the next step should I do in order to achieve my dreams?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You might start looking for a job in the cosmetic industry or you could take an advanced degree at University of Cincinnati.

  28. Eeshna

    Hi, i am a pcm student of class 12th. I want to do cosmetic technology. Can i do my btech degree in cosmetic technology as i have selected maths in H.S.C exam.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Perhaps. That would depend on whether the school you go to allows it or not.

  29. Asia Reed

    Hi, I’m currently a cosmetology student and also in the Middle of my getting my business off the ground. I want to make my own skin care and hair products, would this be the major I take or would it be medical aestheticia?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You need to learn about marketing no matter what major you take.

    2. ashwini

      hey can I know in which field you did your UG course

  30. Maëva

    I’m a French student and currently studying to get a biology degree. I’m in my second year but I don’t wanna do the third year since it’s not about chemistry and cosmetic formulation and I’m struggling to pass this year.
    Do you have any suggestions to what degree, diploma I should attend to to work in cosmetic formulation ? I wanna study abroad but have absolutely no clue how and where to apply. my dream job would be to work on new formulations with a team but also get to work on the marketing and sale aspects.

    Thank you, Maëva.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You should switch to a chemistry degree then. That would be the most appropriate for being a formulator anyway.

  31. Kalen

    Hi. I’ll be graduating in a 2 months with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. I’m starting my own business thats related to the beauty/hair industry. What would be the most professional job title for me to describe myself if I’m going to be an entrepreneur in the beauty/hair industry with this degree?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It’s really up to you. Vice President, President, CEO, Product Development Manager. It doesn’t really matter too much.

  32. Pojha

    I did M.Sc. in Botany can I choose cosmatic scientist as a career or can I choose sonography as a career???? Sorry, but I am confuse which career I choose & what degree?
    What certification/diploma should I take?
    Please, guide me.
    Thank you

  33. Rosie

    Hi I’m Rosie and I’m starting out kinda late but cosmetics has always been a passion of mine and I can talk your ear off for hours . Any who I’m wondering if a business degree in marketing and sales would be ok to get into the cosmetic chemist sales ?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that would work. It would be better if you had some science background but for sales it is not a requirement.

  34. Bell

    Is it possible to get into cosmetic science with a food science degree?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, it’s possible. But you would do better with a chemistry degree.

  35. Amni

    Hi! Do I need to have an experience in product formulation to become a cosmetic chemist? Or can I just use my chemistry degree to become a cosmetic chemist without any working experience?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I got a job as a cosmetic chemist with only a chemist degree. Yes, it can be done.

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  37. Audrey

    Hi, is a Bachelor of Science degree enough for me to be a cosmetic chemist?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      yes. This is what most people have.

  38. Nghi Truong

    Hi, is it possible to get a job in the cosmetic industry if I have a BA in Biology? I am afraid because a lot of people have BS Chemistry degrees. And where would you suggest I look to locally or what to search for locally to gain more experience about the field? Thank you!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It is more difficult but there are some jobs. I would suggest you look to your local SCC group to get connections to find jobs in your area.

  39. Lily

    Hi ! How much money does the average cosmetic scientists make annually ? Nice article btw 🙂

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Depends on where you live. Starting ~$35,000 but can make up to $150,000

  40. Myrna


    I am really interested in pursuing a career in cosmetic industry- I will be graduating from IB in two months time and currently considering what course to take in uni!
    Would Pharmaceutical Science be sufficient for me to have cosmetic related job opportunities in the future? And also, do you think Masters degree (in Pharmaceutical Science) is somehow essential?

    Also, thank you for creating this website! It really helps me a lot 🙂

  41. Sasha

    is it possible to go into cosmetic chemistry with a biochemistry degree?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes. That is the degree I got.

      1. Sasheen

        I got my degree in environmental science and I don’t see this degree working but I did take the full set of required chemistry and biology classes.

    2. M Hidzir

      Yes I am a biochemist

  42. Nanni

    hello I have done MSc Medical Pharmacology and working as a tutor in a medical college. Interested in cosmetic chemistry. What I can do? Can i get job in cosmetic industry

  43. aien

    hello perri! im currently studying material chemical engineering in japan and i have a very big interest on becoming cosmetic chemist especially in skin care. yet the problem is im still wondering whether what im learning now will be qualified for me to become one? like should i take the biochemistry instead? i really hope u can help me with this. thank you in advance!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Getting a degree in Chemistry is what most people do to get into cosmetic chemistry. But I got a degree in Biochemistry and I was able to join the industry.

  44. Erica

    Hi, I currently have a BA in Biology and am wondering if you have any advice as to what I should consider studying in my continued education if I am interested in being a Regulatory Scientist.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It would be useful for you to study various topics of law (patents, copyrights, etc.) That could improve your chances of getting a regulatory scientist position.

  45. Yara

    If I studied clinical pharmacy will I be able to invent products myself? Thanks in advance.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It depends on what type of products you want to make, but yes you can learn to make cosmetics.

  46. Rachel

    I’m long graduated from college, but I would like to go back to school for biochemistry and pursue creating my own skincare line. My issue is that I already have my degree and I don’t want to waste 2 yrs on classes that have nothing to do with my focus. As an example, my girlfriend became a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in 2yrs taking a very aggressive curriculum. Of course she had no life, the course grading was unforgiving and stressful. She could only manage a PT job during that time…but that is the sacrifice I would be willing to make. Any ideas or suggestions on accelerated programs for this industry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Rachel – It really depends on what you want to do. If you want to create your own skincare line you don’t have to learn how to make skin care products. Marketing cosmetic products doesn’t require a college degree nor much knowledge about how to make them. You need to learn about marketing not chemistry. You could learn all the basics you need to know by going through our course.
      Then you could use that knowledge to work with a contract manufacturer to get your products created. Then you just focus on marketing. I’ve written a free report on that subject.

      Hope that helps.


    Hi i Want to do cosmetic science but I am not good in maths.Is it à problem?Why?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You only need to know grade school level math to do cosmetic formulating.

  48. awatif

    hi, i’m from malaysia and now i’m searching for places to do my Master in cosmetic chemistry.can you suggest me the best universities

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’d suggest you look through this list.

      1. Huiling Zhu

        This website is so useful. Thanks so much! Do you happen to know which area in the U.S. has more job open for cosmetic formulators? I worry if the job outlook is ok for cosmetic chemists. I currently only find one job available in the Seattle area, which made me hesitant to enter this major. Hope you can give me some information about that and it means a lot to me! Really appreciated!!

        1. Perry Romanowski

          I’d say the best areas for jobs are California and the New York / New Jersey area

  49. Hiral

    Hi,I am a BSc Student with Biotechnology as my majors subject and chemistry as my subsidiary subject, I am interested in having my own line of cosmetics,I needed to ask you if your practical cosmetic formulation course is a certified one and can I do it being a Biotechnology student,I really await the reply.Thanks.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You can get a certificate of completion if you complete all the modules and quizzes. We are not certified by any independent group however. The course is primarily to learn how to formulate cosmetics.

  50. Anubhuti Ghosh

    Hi Perry,

    I have done my M.Tech in cosmetic technology from India and have more than 10 years experience in the field of Indian and International cosmetics. I started my carrier as research and development scientist and currently looking after techno-commercial profile. I am interested to join any good company from US or UK, can you please guide me on this.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’d suggest you contact the IFSCC and see if they have any connections that can help you. Also there are jobs listed in the Jobs tab at the top of this website. These jobs are for the US however.

  51. mahmoud

    iam an egyptian chemist i want take a cosmetic chemist degree for searching a job

    whats the first step ? how much it cost ?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Most people first get a degree in chemistry. Then they find a job in the industry. It helps to know people who work at the company at which you want to work.

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  53. Jennifer Cleary

    As a workforce researcher by training, I just wrote several articles about the cosmetics chemistry industry that analyze trends in on-line job postings. See:

  54. Jennifer Cleary

    The Rutgers Masters of Business and Science degree (A Professional Science Master’s Degree) has a concentration in Personal Care Science. Its a career focused program that blends an MS in Chemistry with MBA courses and specialized topics, such as regulatory issues. It prepares people to be Cosmetic Chemists, as well as to enter other aspects of the industry. Come see us at Suppliers Day for the NY Society of Cosmetic Chemists!

  55. Tiffany

    Hi! Um…so I’m a middle school student currently..I’ve always been interested in science, especially chemistry. In addition, since I’ve always loved cosmetics(not wearing them but just in general), I thought I might become a cosmetic chemist. I want to have a good background knowledge for when I get into university(and I’m Korean so I’m planning on going to a Korean university ^^;;). Could you tell me some things that I might be able to do at this age to become a cosmetic formulator? Thank you 🙂

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Keep studying chemistry and keep informed about the beauty products that people are making.

  56. Saumya Gangwar

    I am a BsC. Student with physics, chemistry, and mathematics . I want to be a cosmetic chemist. It is possible???

    1. Perry Romanowski


  57. tomy

    Hello, I am a high school student, and my goal is to be a cosmetic chemist but I actually want to have my own company and my own name brand for what makeup or cosmetic I produce …How do I do this?

  58. Kamila

    I am looking for a student and/or Cosmetic Chemist, that would be willing to do some experiments to develop a product. I have an idea of a cosmetic product that I would like to partner with someone to develop…I don’t have the expertise, but might have the resources to produce in mass…if it works! What’s the best place to look for this person? I am located in Israel at moment, therefore my preference would be to meet someone here. Thank you.

  59. Tenille

    Im interested in learning the chemistry of hair and also making hair products… I would like to know does this school offer classes pertaining to this and if yes do you accept international students?

  60. leong

    I’m a Malaysian. I would like to find a job related to cosmetic line. I wish I could become a cosmetic formulator. I’m trying to search for any company based in Singapore. I try to search on Shiseido, however, it usually hire to work in the retail store. I’m trying to find if I could be the cosmetic formulator for Shiseido. COuld anyone please help me? Do anyone know any other cosmetic company in Singapore which have R&D department? I really love/passionate on cosmetic industry.


    I am a student at Kenyatta University completing my second year of study.I am taking a degree program in Industrial Chemistry with Management.I have a passion for cosmetics and beauty products and i would like to create my original product.
    I am looking for attachment during my long vacation from April to September this year in preparation for my third year studies.I would be glad if i get an industry dealing in chemicals and in particular the cosmetic industry.

  62. xenia

    this is soooo helpful! I want to make cosmetics, maybe not my own line but the process of simple ingredients becoming something so complex is fascinating. I’m an undergrad about to declare nutrition but after reading this I’m considering declaring Chem major. i’m not the best at math though so we’ll see how it goes.

  63. idah

    hi is it possible to become a cosmetic chemist if I major in biomedical engineering? and is it possible as well for biological science or “chemistry&biological chemistry”?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that’s possible.

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  65. Trish


    would a Bsc degree in biomedicine be sufficient?.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It should be.

  66. Vaughn

    Hello there, You have done an admirable job. I’ll definitely digg it and for my
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    be benefiting from this excellent website.

  67. Gena Hardison

    Would a degree in biochemistry be a good degree to have if you wanted to be a cosmetic chemist?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes. That’s the degree I got.

  68. Hina

    Hi Perry,

    Just a quick question. You mentioned University of Cincinnati’s program. I recently saw that Manhattan College offers a program under their Chemical Engineering program. I am just curious if you have any opinions between the two? Thank you

    1. Perry Romanowski

      That depends on what you are trying to accomplish. The University of Cincinnati’s program is the top one in the world and by completing it you will get a Master’s degree. I’m sure the Manhattan College program is good but it is less well-known in the industry. It is likely less expensive however, so that may be a better choice if you are worried about finances.

      1. Natalie

        Hi Perry, what is the program at the University of Cincinnati called? Thank You.

  69. Celeste R.

    Hi Perry!
    Awesome article. Very insightful. Just want to clear up some things so I know for sure. I’m am very much considering this career path. And so you’re saying, the best way to get a career and maybe have my own cosmetic line, would be to get a degree first in Chemistry, then an advanced degree (maybe specifically in cosmetic science/chemistry) then go ahead and maybe even get an MBA?
    Thanks so much

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that’s right.

  70. bryttany

    I’m about to graduate high school and want to become a fragrance chemist and also go to school to learn how to make makeup so I could have my own makeup line how would I go about doing this. Are there classes where I could take it over the summer or any schools that are in Georgia or Florida that offer this degree

    1. Perry Romanowski

      No classes that I know of. You should study chemistry in college. That will help you get you to your goal.

  71. miniiidevil

    hi iii…. I Feel full energy n happy this what I want to study n be
    I love cosmetics , make up btw im pharmacy student in my country my major took 5years idk my aim was for drugs and medicine n clinical ph.D. But ..This is more interesting then selling medication
    What is your opinion n thanks

  72. drana

    Hey everyone! I’m a licensed cosmetologist and I am very interested in getting into cosmetic science. My question is how can I get into it given that I’ve been out of school since 2012? I only obtained my high school diploma and then went straight to beauty school. I live in the new york city area if you guys have names of any schools that can be best for me and my situation. thanks!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You’ll need to get a degree in chemistry if you want to become a cosmetic chemist.

      1. Manasi Debsingha

        Hiii I have chemistry in my school but i have a bachelor degree on Electronics Engineering though I want to learn Cosmetics Chemistry so there is any possible way for that or not

        1. Perry Romanowski

          You could get a degree in chemistry or get a masters degree in cosmetic science.

  73. Lis

    Hi, I am at high school and i am very interested on becoming a cosmetic chemist, the thing is, I am not the best at chemistry although I really like it. So, what do you think?

    Thank You!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Well, I’d encourage you to get better at chemistry. But it would also help if you learned how to cook. The same kind of techniques you use to cook food and follow recipes is what you use to make cosmetics. The reality is that most of the stuff you will learn in chemistry class is not applicable to making cosmetics.

      1. Julia

        Hi, you said “The reality is that most of the stuff you will learn in chemistry class is not applicable to making cosmetics.” I’m confused why do you recommend a chemistry degree then? Is taking chemistry in college a good basis as well?

        1. Perry Romanowski

          Well, you need a chemistry degree to get a job as a cosmetic chemist. Just don’t expect the stuff that you learn in college to have much application for a job as a formulator.

  74. Carolyn Drahuse

    Hello! This information was very helpful. I am going to undergraduate college next year. Would it be possible to enter into this field with a major in systems engineering (essentially industrial engineering) with a minor in chemistry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It’s possible. As long as you have some background in chemistry and an interest in the subject.

  75. Alex

    Hi, I really want to do Cosmetic Science and I live in the UK. However, can I do a pharmacy degree first? As there is only one place that does cosmetic science (LCF) and if so what would I have to do afterwards to qualify as a cosmetic scientist (if I did pharmacy) Or is it better to do that specific degree?- Then my career options would be very slim. Please help!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, you can do pharmacy first however, getting a degree in chemistry is a better option.

  76. Katherine G

    I have a degree in Biology and would love to intern as a cosmetic chemist. Do you know of where I can search in Virginia Beach. Thank you

    1. Perry Romanowski

      No, I’m not familiar with any in that area. I’d suggest you contact your local SCC chapter.

  77. Der


    I was wondering, is it better to having a BS in Chemistry or Biochemistry? Are there specific benefits each one has over the other that will help more towards becoming a cosmetic chemist?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Probably better to have a degree in Chemistry. Biochemistry is fine but chemistry would be more applicable to formulating cosmetics.

  78. britney

    I am currently a high school student and I am going into grade 11 this coming september, and Im very interested in becoming a cosmetic chemist and this is the time where we are choosing our courses. What are the courses I should take?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Take chemistry and biology. Algebra can help too.

  79. Sophia

    Hi. I have a BA in business administration, but I am a hair stylist and I studied trichology which is the study of the hair and scalp. If I want to be a cosmetic chemist to work on fomulations for hair and scalp problems where should I start? Should I get another BA or shoot for a masters in science or cosmetic chemistry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Getting a degree in Chemistry is your best bet however, if you can get into a masters course in cosmetic science that would be good too.

  80. Sweety

    Hi Perry!

    I have done masters in chemistry from India in 1999. In my bachelor degree i had chemistry, zoology and botany and masters in chemistry. I never worked before, so I do not have any work experience and it’s been long time since i finished my degree.

    I am wondering will I be able to get job without an experience? What kind of job should i look for? Do I need to get some classes or degree? Pls help


    1. Perry Romanowski

      You could probably get an entry level job as a technician or chemist with that background.

      1. Sweety

        Thanks a lot!
        I am really interested in cosmetic industry. It has been long time and I don’t remember anything, so what I would do in my job interview even for entry level job.
        How should I prepared myself for an interview? Do you think I should take some classes from community college, if yes then what kind of classes?
        Please guide me.
        Thanks a lot!

        1. Sweety

          Sorry, forgot to mention. I am living in US, so looking job here only.

        2. Perry Romanowski

          Well, the best thing you can do to prepare yourself is to take a class like our Practical Cosmetic Formulating course. That will give you all the basic background information you need. You could also check out or free series 30 Days to Become a Cosmetic Chemist.

          1. Sweety

            Thanks Perry for your quick response!

            I have a question about a job posting which I see online.
            It is about a lab Technician Micro QC in a cosmetic company.Do you think your course will help me in this type of job?please advice.

          2. Perry Romanowski

            Certainly having the background information you’ll get from the course will make you much better prepared to interview and succeed at a job like that.

  81. Bryony Paige

    I am sure you’ve heard this type of question(s) a million times, but I was wondering if you could help me.
    First of all, I should probably mention that I am from the UK (I’m not sure if it makes this process much different or not) and I am in my first year of A-Levels, taking Maths, Biology and Chemistry.
    Up to this point, I was wholeheartedly for the idea of becoming a Pharmacist, but not too long ago, I looked more into detail about what was entailed in the degree, and decided that it didn’t interest me enough to do an entire degree on it. More recently, I have stumbled across this idea of “cosmetic science”.
    Outside of school and studying, I genuinely have a passion for cosmetics and after reading up on cosmetic science, I’m pretty keen to learn more.
    So, I was wondering if you could answer a few things for me.
    1. A lot of websites giving advice on how to get into cosmetic science say that a degree in Chemistry is the preferred degree to have. However, I would much prefer to do a degree in Biology or Biochemistry, as the two seem more appealing to me than just Chemistry. Would just a Biology degree suffice? And if it did, would it effect my chances at all of getting into the cosmetic industry?
    2. It appears that a university quite close to me does a degree in “Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science” and I was wondering, after reading this article, if this degree would give me a fighting chance of getting into cosmetic science, or is a more “traditional”/”pure” degree (i.e. Biology or Chemistry) more preferable?
    3. In your article, you speak about doing an advanced degree. Is this, for example, doing a masters in the degree I have already done, or do I specifically have to do an advanced degree in cosmetic science?
    4. If I don’t do an advanced degree in cosmetic science (I don’t think advanced degrees in cosmetic science are too available in the UK), how much will this effect my chances of being able to work for a big company, like, as you mentioned, L’Oreal?
    I know this is such a long (and possibly boring!) comment, but I really am interested in this as a career path.
    I hope you’re able to help!
    Thanks, Bryony

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Bryony,

      Thanks for your questions. Hopefully these answer are useful to you.

      1. Yes, a biology or biochemistry degree can get you into the cosmetic industry. I actually got my degree in Biochemistry. This may effect the kind of job you can get in the cosmetic industry but there are lots of jobs for biology majors.

      2. A specialized degree in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science may make you a preferred candidate for a cosmetic science job.

      3. Any advanced degree would be helpful. It does not have to be in cosmetic science.

      4. Most cosmetic companies hire people without advanced degrees so if you don’t have one, it is not going to hurt you too much.

  82. hanh

    I’m majoring in chemical engineering but this major is not right for me. I want to change my major to biotechnology. Can majoring in biotechnology help me be a Cosmetic Formulator?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes. My degree was actually in biochemistry and I became a cosmetic formulator.

  83. VickmarieGL

    I’m in my second year of college and my plan is a degree in Biochemistry. How can I find out if these companies offer internships? Would a Biochemistry degree be enough?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our post on cosmetic industry internships. Yes, you can get a job in the cosmetic industry with a biochemistry degree.

  84. natalie

    I am a compounding pharmacist. I’ve been a pharmacist for 10 years. I’ve always been in love with the beauty industry, and I’m wondering if there is a way for me to combine my career with beauty. I have a Pharm.D. degree. Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You could certainly try to apply for formulation jobs. A contract manufacturer may hire someone with your background.

  85. Emmalie

    I am currently enrolled in cosmetology school, but cometic science is what I wanted to do originally, I just didn’t know where to start. I don’t enjoy the practicles (hair cutting, coloring, etc), but the theory and science and the reason why it is beauty, is what I love. What should I do once I graduate, despite not enjoying my practicles. Should I work in a salon while I go back to a full time university? I am 18 years old with my life ahead, but I’m scared and confused. Thank you.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, I’d suggest you go to a full time university, get a degree in chemistry, and then explore the cosmetic industry.

  86. Meixian Li

    I graduated from University of La Verne with a B.S. in chemistry in Jan. 2015. I have been applying to chemist/lab tech jobs in the cosmetic and chemical industry for almost a year, still haven’t been hired. However, I interned in an aerospace company worked part time as a chemistry tutor while looking for jobs. Not until recently I joined the chemist corner and found out University of Cincinnati offers Cosmetic Science (MS) online (perfect for I am a resident of CA), I wonder taking how many units of classes is considered as part-time/full-time? Is full term considered as 1 semester? Is it worth it to spend that much $$ for the whole program? If anyone has done the program, how do you manage your time to study and how long it takes you to finish the program?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Meixian – I’d suggest you see this post Kelly wrote about her experience. She may also be able to answer some of your questions.

    2. Huiling Zhu

      Hi! Meixian. Did you eventually get into a lab in the cosmetic and chemical industry? I want to enter the field of cosmetic chemistry but what I researched so far tells me that the job market is small. It would be highly appreciated if you can share more of your experiences with me. Hopw to hear back from you soon 🙂

  87. max

    Graduation in Organic chemistry is just helpful to come into the field of cosmatic industry or there is need of degree of cosmetic chemistry????

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Having a degree in Organic Chemistry is probably enough to get you started.

  88. Shanti Delgado

    I have a bachelor’s degree in Art with coursework in business and general product development as well. I have been interested in the beauty industry for a long time and ready to make a career change. I would like to go into cosmetic science and formulation. What would be the next step I need to take? I took general chemistry in college, but I do not have a science degree.


  89. Serene

    I’m currently majoring Pharmacology and Microbiology but have no intention of furthering my studies after bachelors, I’m from Australia, just wondering if you think Australia is a good place to pursue a cosmetic profession.
    Could you please explain further about regulatory scientist in terms of what they do?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      A regulatory scientist just looks at the regulations of whatever market you are selling in and advises the company about what ingredients can be used, how products are labeled and what claims can be made. They are also responsible for putting together information packets on all formulas.

      Australia does have a cosmetic industry. Check with the Austalian SCC.

  90. Caraline

    Hi I’m from Singapore and applying for university soon. I’m really interested to become a cosmetic chemist as I’m in love with cosmetic and want to work with them, making cosmetics and bring smiles to many. But right now I’m really lost as I don’t know what degree should I take and I’m not sure how can I work as a cosmetic chemist when there isn’t much demand of cosmetic chemist in my country.
    Ps: Thank you so much for posting the post I really needed all the help I can get as I really want to be making something that I love so much.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Your best bet would be to get a degree in chemistry. That will be flexible and you can get in the cosmetic industry or many other industries that touch on cosmetics.

      1. Caraline

        Hi thank you for replying, I will try and apply for a chemistry degree in my country but is there anyway for me to work in another country once I graduate? Cause there really isn’t much demand in Singapore.

  91. Georganna

    I would like to create my own skincare line one day. Is this the route I should go?

  92. Ravish fatma

    Hai I am I 7th standard I my ambition is cosmetic chemist . can you say me an overall plan

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Follow the path suggested in this blog post.

  93. Natalie

    Hi, I am a high school student and I am starting to think about college. Would a major in analytical chemistry with a minor in French and German be useful for cosmetic chemistry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that would be useful for our industry.

  94. Mina

    Hey guys!

    I have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Pharm Eng and a Master’s degree in Chem Eng. Afterwards I have realised I am really a fan of cosmetic science and decided to apply to another Master’s program – Development of the skin care products and Formulation, where? In France because we all know which is the contry with the most developed cosmetic industry! As I have finished this Master too, my job hunt has started. I have been looking for my first job for 5 months already with no success! I speak fluent English, French and my mother language. I have done a 6 months internship in France in pharmaceutical formulation. Please could you give me some advice how I can get to my first dream job in cosmetic industry?
    I have really put a lot of effort to come to here but now I am really confused, as it seems like its not paying off..

    Thanks in advance,

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I would suggest you connect with your local IFSCC chapter and see if they know any job availability.

  95. reem lawand

    hello im from Lebanon and studying clinical lab and I studied cosmetology before this my aim is to enter into this domain and create my own product can clinical lab open doors for me??

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, a clinical lab could help you get started in the cosmetic industry.

  96. Kolsoom

    I am really interested in the cosmetics science formulation. I would like to pursue a career as a cosmetic chemist (developing new formulation). However, I am currently studying chemical engineering in the university. It is turned up to be a physics based degree and don’t really enjoyed it. Therefore, I have decided to do a PHD which is chemistry based as I really enjoy it, upon a successful completion of the current degree which is chemical engineering.
    As you are an amazing cosmetics chemist who has an industrial experience, I would like your advice on what kind of topics in chemistry should I take in my PHD programme that would lead me to the cosmetics industry?
    Should I combine it with biochemistry, biology or just pure organic chemistry???
    My ultimate aim is to develop my own line and set up my own cosmetics company.
    Can you please advice me what should I do? and what is the best way for me? also I will be grateful if you could give me some advice about the PHD.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Doing organic chemistry would probably be best. Although biochemistry could be helpful. If your ultimate goal is to set up a line of cosmetic products then you should also take some business courses. Having a successful cosmetic brand is mostly about marketing and sales.

    2. Anon

      Many of my colleagues are chemical engineers and are excellent formulators, others have decided to become process engineers. Biggest take away from this article and in my experience it is less about what you have studied and more about how you apply yourself and what you learn on the job. If you join a company many of your peers may have decades of experience, draw on that and leverage that. Oh, and always challenge yourself to learn more. If you start to feel you are lacking a challenge then it’s time to push harder or change course.

  97. Inês

    Hello , I’m from Portugal and I’m in university studying biochemistry can I work in this industry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Sure. That would be a good enough background to work in cosmetics.

  98. Krystian

    I’m about to graduate with a major in Toxicology, do you think I could turn that into a cosmetic chemist job with some additional schooling? There is a program that offers a one year cosmetic science course and an optional co-op

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes. The cosmetic industry needs toxicologists.

  99. Nadia

    I’m a freshmen in college and right now I’m majoring in Chemistry. I only planned on getting a bachelors degree, but my dream is work for a big makeup company. So my question is should I further my education, and if so what are my options?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      A degree in Chemistry will be all you need to work at a big makeup company. I’d suggest you look for positions once you graduate.

  100. Mariah

    Hi! I’m a licensed esthetician and makeup artist and I’ve always loved the science behind knowing what ingredients were in my products and how they work on the skin. I was wondering which job would best suit me from studying cosmetic chemistry… I’m very new to this and just don’t know where to start. I went to school for esthetics straight out of high school so I have zero college background. All I know is I want to be very hands on with ingredients- what they do, how to make them better, discovering or creating new ones, etc.

  101. Oksana Withers

    Hi, I am a freshmen in college and right now I’m doing pre pharmacy. I’ve recently have found an interest in Cosmetic Chemistry. I was just wondering if it was possible to get my PharmD and still be a cosmetic chemist with that?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, many people go from PharmD to become cosmetic chemists

  102. Wendy

    Hi, I’m a senior in high school and I’m trying to figure out if Chemistry or BioChemistry would be better to take in college if I want to become a formulating chemist for cosmetics. I’m struggling a little in Chemistry in my IB Higher Level pre-college prep courses, but I am doing well in Biology Higher Level, so I’m trying to decide of Chemistry or BioChemistry would be better for me.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I had a degree in Biochemistry so that can work.

  103. Brooklynn

    I am a senior high school student planning to major as a chemical engineer and minor in business, either to produce chemicals for a cosmetics line or independently create my own cosmetic company.
    So far I know what I want to do and a general idea of how to get there, I just need some recommendations. Either with scholarships, sponsors, colleges, or anything you could/would find beneficial for me to know. I would highly appreciate it.

  104. Ebtihal

    Hi, I am a qualified pharmacist how works in community pharmacy and have been for 10 years now, but I am very interested in the beauty industry and wondered how I can branch into that region and would there be any job roles that would take me on based on my current experience in retail and pharmacy.
    Thank you

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’m not sure. It really depends on how much experience you have.

  105. SN_sn

    Hello! I am currently studying B.pharm and want to pursue a career in cosmeticology. I was wondering if there is a masters and phD degree for the same. I want to formulate my own product and start my own line of products too.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      No pHD program but there are masters programs as listed above

  106. Kelci Chilson

    Would it be better if I majored in Chemical Engineering?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Majoring in Chemistry is the best option.

  107. Katia

    Hi Perry,

    I’m only in high school but I want to go into chemistry and develop new products. I think going into cosmetic formulation sounds interesting but what is the difference between it, QA/QC, and synthesis chemists? Sorry I know nothing about anything, I’m just curious. Is it better to major in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Chemistry/Materials Science? I really want to go to UCLA (of course I could easily not make it in), and I’m thinking about going straight to a PhD from a Bachelor’s. Any advice?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Getting a degree in Chemistry or Organic Chemistry would be best for a cosmetic science career. If you want to formulate and develop new products you probably don’t need a PhD. You could do that with a Bachelor’s. Many people get their BS, get a job then go back to get more schooling.

  108. rebecca

    i am a third year student researching on careers that i could pursue in cosmetic science as a Bpharm graduate in the future. what other courses do i need to do, and could my future degree help me penetrate into cosmetics?
    being a Quality Control Chemist (QA/QC) and Cosmetic Formulator seem interesting thus far.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Getting a degree in chemistry is best. For Quality Control you’ll want to take Analytical chemistry and for formulating Organic Chemistry is most helpful.

  109. Eveet

    Hello. I am a high school student (junior) at the moment and would love to start my own make up line. I know a lot of people probably think that I am not serious about starting my own brand but I really am. To me it goes far beyond being rich or every teens obsession with #cakeface. I want to sell products that will boost my consumers confidence while at the same time benefiting charities in need. So, I just need advice on how to start. Also, I’m planning on getting a masters in chemical engineering so I just need someone to break down the basics for me. I would gladly really appreciate it if my post gets answered because I do believe that I am very eager and motivated to start my own brand.
    P.S. Whoever made this website is great! It is so helpful.

  110. sheena saxena


    I have done masters in biotechnology and having agriculture research experience. Can I go in cosmetic field..? Or should i need any other courses.
    I am basically from INDIA but now shifted to Florida U.S.A

    Please guide me.

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  111. Nancee

    Hey Perry! I’m doing a BSc. in medical biochemistry. would it be useful in cosmetology or cosmetic science? and what should I do when I’m applying for a post graduate degree or masters?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Extra education in cosmetic science can be helpful when looking for a job in the cosmetic industry. See our post on cosmetic programs around the world.

  112. Nancee

    Hello Perry! I’m currently undergoing a degree program in medical biochemistry and I would very much like to go into the world of cosmetics. Can I do that with my degree and how? I’m Nigerian.

  113. Dion

    Hi im Dionne, BS in Biology (still studying) and I wanted to have my own cosmetic line someday. Is my degree right now can help me? What should I do next after graduating fron this degree?

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  115. Jannah

    I want to go in cosmetic
    I’m in my second year studying chemical engineering
    Is that a helpful major …?? Help

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes it’s helpful for that.

  116. Morgan Robertson

    I want to become a cosmetic chemist but I also want to go into cosmetology and start out doing freelance work. Is it possible to do both?

    1. Perry Romanowski


  117. Mel

    Hello, I am going to do major studies in chemistry but I am wondering whether it would be more beneficial to do minor studies in biochemistry or microbiology for cosmetic science?

    Thank you!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Getting a major is chemistry is probably best but having a background in either biochemistry or microbiology will be helpful in your career.

  118. Dakota

    I’m a junior in high school, I’m looking at colleges and jobs and I think cosmetic science sounds like something I would like to do. My ultimate goal would be to someday have my own line of cosmetics. I don’t want to go to school too far away from my home in Illinois. Do you have any suggestions regarding where I should go and what I should study?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You can study chemistry in most any college. For cosmetic science you might consider the University of Toledo in Ohio.

  119. Zafar Khan

    I am from Pakistan. I recently completed PhD in chemistry in fuel, using GC and atomic absorption instruments. How can I get a job in Malaysia. What will be the minimum salary. And how can I apply.

  120. Ashwini

    I just had a question. Am a B.Pharmacy graduate. I would love to be a cosmetic analyst or work in R&D in cosmetic field. What all things do i need to do to enter into this field? Is this transition possible? I need to know the links for it. How can a Pharmacist enter into this field

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our career advice page.

  121. Mar'tine Wells

    Hello I am a freelance makeup artist and I decided to go back to school to get my license in cosmetology and science. I already have a talent for customizing and creating colors by mixing cosmetics together and other natural items. I am currently on the hunt to get my own cosmetic line created, I am a woman of a darker skin complexion and my pet peeves are the quality of makeup not matching the color of the packet and having to apply several coats to get the desired color. I know what I want , but trying to combine my goals are becoming frustrating. what are some tips or advice you may have in your experience in contacting the right people to get my ideals brought to life. sincerely Mar’tine

    1. Heather

      Hi Mar’tine,

      I would say your best bet at getting your ideas brought to life is contacting a cosmetics lab. I am currently an intern at a cosmetics lab and our lab many clients that are also make-up artists that started their own lines. It is quiet expensive to start your own line but if it is really something you are interested in, depending on the cosmetics lab, you can go in and approve colors for foundations, blush, etc., and come in and tell the chemists to tweak things to get the product exactly how you want it in terms of color, coverage, and the feel of the formula in general.

      I hope that helps!

  122. Emilie

    I just had a question. Would there be a good bridge that could form between a food science industry and a cosmetic industry? There’s an opening at a food industry for an associate R&D scientist but there isn’t really any openings that I’m qualified for at a cosmetic place. Does that make sense? In other words, do you think there would be an OK transition from that industry to cosmetics?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, the things you’ll learn in the food industry would help train you for cosmetics

  123. Summer

    Thanks for your pieces of advice. I’m going to start university next year. My program is a combined program which would give me a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering. I wonder if that could lead me to a career in cosmetics? That’s really what I intended to go when applying to university. I live in Canada by the way.
    Thank you in advance for answering me 🙂


    There is certainly a great deal to learn about this subject.
    I love all of the points you made.

  125. 4s marketing

    Hi, We are about to start a cosmetic company, is there any chemist or person who want would help me in manufacturing.

  126. shabari dutta

    i am doing my bsc in chemistrt…and looking forward for a career in cosmetic science….how should i prepare my self…and i m from india…can you suggest me some company in india where i can start my career as a cosmetic chemist…

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’m not sure. Maybe someone who reads this post will know.

    2. Gaurav

      call me 9811853854.. i have your solution..

  127. leander

    I’ve just answered my 12th in science n I want to do bsc in chemistry. So after completing my bsc in chemistry which is of 3years can I get a job in cosmetic industry or do I have to study further, if I have to study than which is best college?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’m sorry I don’t know the best college to attend. You need to study chemistry and that should be a good start.

  128. Kecky

    I’m a chemical lab assistant and a pharmacist, worked in the lab (analytics) for 4 years, in a public pharmacy (1year), did an internship at Beiersdorf, participated in a management trainee program in the pharma industry as well as another talent development program for future leaders and still working in the pharmaceutical industry. Is there a realistic chance to switch into the cosmetic industry as a manager or in a leadership role?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Definitely. You need to learn all you can about the cosmetic industry before interviewing but you certainly would have the background for it.

  129. Gikmi Sherpa

    I don’t have a science degree but am keenly interested in acquiring more knowledge on formulation of natural products. I am working for a company which has been offering natural handmade cosmetic products for the past 25 years. Would love to hear more from you.


  130. Stephanie

    Hi Perry,
    Thank you for the informative article! What is your opinion on Cosmetic Engineering certificates? I am looking to switch fields from biotechnology to cosmetics and have a B.S. in biology. Manhattan College offers a Cosmetic Engineering certificate for returning professionals but I wasn’t sure if it was worth obtaining.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I guess that really depends on what you want to do. No one I worked with had a cosmetic engineering certificate but it would have made me feel better about the candidate if they had one. Well, I would have asked different questions anyway.

  131. Raine

    I have a passion for Chemistry and Botany and hope to one day develop natural commercial products( I already do for personal use) . I have a Bsc. in Accounting with a basic background in Chemistry (high school) and I would like to change fields and become a Cosmetic Scientist. I was thinking of getting a Msc. in Botany. But is a Msc. in Botany sufficient for becoming a cosmetic scientist? Should I get a Msc. in Chemistry or Biochemistry and focus on how plants can be used in cosmetics or should I get Msc. in Botany with a concentration in Chemistry?
    Thank you for your advice

    1. Perry Romanowski

      An MS if chemistry would be more helpful if you want to become a cosmetic scientist.

  132. Iqra

    I am currently in my first year studying Chemistry for Medicines Development and was wondering if it is still possible for me to become a cosmetic scientist in the future, or should I change to a straight on Chemistry course?
    Both of these courses allow a year out in industry and are masters integrated.

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You should be able to use that background to become a cosmetic scientist. You might also find the course put on by the SCS helpful.

  133. Juliana

    Hi Perry,
    I’d like to start by saying I really enjoyed your article on cosmetic sciences. I had no idea what the title was for what career I wanted, not to mention what steps I need to take to get there. Thanks so much!
    I am a grade 10 student in Alberta (Canada) and am aspiring to become a chemical formulator. I was wondering, would the steps you listed above apply to me here in Canada? If not, what new steps or suggestions could you give me to reach my goal?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, they would apply to people in Canada.

  134. Lara

    I was told by my cosmetology teacher at the time this would be a great career path for me.
    Do you believe a cosmetology license would be beneficial in the field of cosmetic chemist in general?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It could be helpful but having a background in chemistry is usually a requirement.

  135. vini

    Hi, I am currently looking am becoming a materials engineer and wondering if my degree will allow me to work as a cosmetics engineer. There is more chemistry involved with materials engineering than with chemical engineers.
    Many Thanks Vini.

  136. pardis 17

    im studying math at high school & i would like to be a chemist or chemistry engineer but now that im in the last terms before university i think engineering is just very boring and i have problems understanding organic chemistry (which is the base for what i think i want(producing perfume and cosmetics)) i thought its because i never had experiment and if i get to uni i will understand &love it more would it happen?
    by the way how could i make sure chemistry is rightest to me (i really like it) but i also like being physician and being pharmacist. of course its too late to choose but i dont want to regret
    tnx alot for helping 🙂

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You are still young and it is not too soon. This is the time when you should be experimenting and finding things that you like. Don’t worry about locking in to one field as you can always switch.

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  137. Alyssia

    Hello. I am a soon to be graduated PhD student studying inorganic chemistry, mainly I work in catalysis. Now that I am looking for jobs, I think I would really like to become a cosmetic chemist, but I am worried that having an advanced degree that is unrelated to the field would prevent me from being considered for entry level positions because I might be considered overqualified, and more advanced positions because I am under qualified. Is it just to late for me to try to get into the field? Do you have any suggestions on things I could do to make myself more attractive to companies?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I don’t believe having an advanced degree will hinder your ability to work in the cosmetic industry. You might have better luck if you start with looking for jobs at raw material suppliers. They use chemists with your background.

  138. Elizabeth Santiago

    I would love to pursue a carrer in this field but it is possible to get more of a back round knowledge on the carrer , the overall income, and the prose and cons. Thank you.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our Career section. Just type Career in the search box.

  139. Nawab

    Hello Perry, I am studying Industrial Chemistry. Can I become a cosmetic chemist in the future. Moreover, can you tell me, how are industrial chemists different from other chemists? And can Industrial Chemists become plant managers? Or only Chemical Engineers become plant managers. Your reply will be very helpful.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, you could become a cosmetic chemist. Yes Industrial Chemists can become plant managers. It really depends on the company.

  140. Donald Lenen

    Hi Perry, on a curious search for how to become a cosmetic chemist, i came across your site. It’s really informative and interesting. I m a Nigerian. I ‘ve a first degree in chemistry/biochemistry. I want to be a formulator and perhapes own a cosmetic industry in the future. Is it possible in my part of the world? Please i ‘ll appreciate if you guide me on what to do. Thank you

  141. Onn

    I currently work as a planning engineer, however my education background is industrial engineering. I strongly intend to change my career line to cosmetic field which is the personal preference and I dream of a cosmetic researcher.
    But still a lot of doubts how to be so. I’d therefore approach to consult with you in master degree programs shall I take to fulfill my dream.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See the masters program at the University of Cincinnati or Fairleigh Dickenson

  142. FABIEN

    Hello,I am preparing my bachelor degree in chemisty,may I be interrested with cosmetic industry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, you can get into cosmetics with a chemistry degree.

  143. Gugu

    Thank you so much for writing this article.
    I don’t know how many times I have come back to reread it and lurk on the this site in the last couple of months.

    I’m going to be studying Applied Chemistry this year. I’m curious if this is a good first step towards potentially becoming a cosmetic chemist.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that’s a good choice to start.

  144. Riri

    Hello, Perry!

    I’m in 11th grade now and I aspire to be a cosmetic chemist, and I’m considering two majors, Pharmaceutical Science and Chemical Engineering. Which one will makes it easier for me to pursue my career? Thank you so much:)

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Pharmaceutical Science

  145. miriam daniel

    So,i am an undergraduate in my high school and i am aspiring to be a cosmetic chemist and also in some more years to come be able to make up my own cosmetic industry. I was wondering if you could give some courses that’ll will be acceptable and some lists of colleges that cosmetic science can be applicable. Also as a cosmetic chemistry student ,can a part time job in a cosmetic shop affect the standards of learning or will it enlighten the student on his\her aspirations in life?

      1. miriam daniel

        i am about to graduate from high school and i need list of universities that are most considerable to you which have cosmetic science as a course for an undergraduate student

        1. Perry Romanowski

          See our post on Cosmetic science programs around the world.

  146. Elizabeth Preston

    I wished I had this very article as my career counselling guide before I went to study journalism. Though I liked my journalism, I would have preferred being a cosmetologist. The reason is simple, I am an anti-wrinkle person and would never want to go under the knife. I landed my current job with Rumba Skincare because my boss (he actually emailed this article’s link to me) picked up on my passion for healthy skin at a seminar and he asked if I could work for his new company (which is yet to launch) and truly that is what I live and breathe. While I can’t say I am a cosmetic scientist, I am not far away either, but this is a really noteworthy article and I will be recommending it to others. By the way, Perry, how old are you? I emailed John (braveheart in your forum) to ask him your age and he says he doesn’t, but that he will ask you. Why am I asking? You look great 🙂

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Thanks! I’m 45 this year. 🙂

  147. Julia

    Hello Perry!
    I am in grade 12 this year, and I really want to become a cosmetic formulator. I recently applied to the engineering programs of a few universities of my choice. My major then would be a B.A.Sc in Chemical Engineering. Would it be a challenge to become a cosmetic formulator after completing an engineering degree instead of one in chemistry?

    Thanks so much,


    1. Perry Romanowski

      You can become a cosmetic formulator with a degree in chemical engineering. Just take all the extra chemistry that you can.

  148. Neelam Buxani

    Hi Perry,
    I have earned graduation and masters’ degree with organic chemistry major, and about to submit my ph.d thesis in organic natural products chemistry.All my education is from India ,but now I’m the resident of USA and want to start my research career. Cosmetic science seems quite interesting field to me.Would you be able to suggest me that how should I pursue my aim.
    Thanks and regards,

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our article about a cosmetic science career.

  149. Alvin

    Hi, my name alvin, from Indonesia and im really interested in cosmetic science but i can’t get any university in Asia that offer graduate program in cosmetic science especially. I’ve got my bachelor degree in pharmacy last september. Please, could anyone help me to get some information about graduate program in cosmetic science? Thanks a lot 🙂

  150. Lindsay

    I would like to become a cosmetic formulator, I’m currently doing my masters degree in chemistry in Paris. I would like to do an internship abroad, preferably in an university. Is there cosmetic laboratories in universities?
    thanks for your advices it helps a lot.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our post on cosmetic internship programs. I’m not sure of a specific program to recommend however.

  151. Charlotte

    HI, Perry
    I would like to be a cosmetic chemist in the future, if I only have a master degree of Biochemistry, how many percent that I can get in to a big company like P&G or LÓreal
    ? and what about a PHD degree?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You stand a good chance if you have PHD. Still a pretty good chance with a masters degree too.

  152. Evelyn

    I would like to get into the field of cosmotology, however, I am currently working on a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering and its a little too late to change. Could I still do something with cosmetics and if so what opportunities are available with such degrees?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You could probably get into the cosmetic industry via chemical engineering.

    2. Shelly

      You could probably get into packaging engineering at a cosmetics company with your degree. You might be able to find a temp or lab tech role to get started.

  153. neetu

    I have done chemistry major in physical chemistry from India. I have two years research experience which is not related to cosmetic science, it was abt Physicochemical properties of drugs. now I want to do phd chemistry. .how could I join cosmetic industry n which subject should I chose for phd

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our posts on cosmetic science career for some ideas. Mostly, start developing your professional network using LinkedIn or a similar service.

  154. fortune

    Hello! I would like to know more details on the online courses and can someone residing in nigeria partake in it? Pls get bk 2 me

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello – yes we have some people from Nigeria in the course. It will require a special payment system but contact me directly to get more details.

  155. Lesly Bonilla

    Hi I am a senior pursuing a BS in psychology at UCSC and I was wondering what exactly do I need to do to become a cosmetic chemist?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See the post above and search the site for other career articles.

  156. Jovana Ramos

    Hi, once I graduate with a biochemistry degree, which states can offer me a job in cosmetic chemistry here in the U.S ?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      States can’t offer you a job but you can get a job at most any company who is looking for someone to hire. See our post on cosmetic science jobs.

  157. syazwani

    Hi, I am currently studying in Malaysia and taking foundation in science but I drop my Physics. I am very interested with this job so what degree and which university would you suggest for me?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our post on cosmetic programs around the world.

      1. shazeli zain

        hi there, syazwani, im currently studying pharmaceutical chemistry in international medical school. i would suggest you this university.

  158. sara nazemoroaya

    i studied chemistry in my origin country , Iran.i have a bachelor degree.then i came to Canada and i live in Ottawa.i ilke to become a cosmetic there any school in Ottawa or i have to move to another city?

    1. Charlotte

      The top 3 colleges in Canada are UoT, UBC and McGill. Maybe you can try this three

  159. yanan kang


    I am a junior chemistry major at UCLA now, but i want to switch to biochemistry next quarter because I am not that into physical science. Would this narrow down my options for finding a job at cosmetic industry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      No, this should not affect your chances of getting a job in the cosmetics industry. I have a degree in biochemistry.

  160. Astrid

    I am a Freshman currently studying Biology at George Mason University in Virginia. I am considering changing my major to Chemistry since I am highly interested in a career in cosmetic chemistry. You mentioned that for most companies, where you get your degree matters more than what degree you have. Do you think GMU is a good college in which to get my degree from or does it not matter?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Sure, it’s a fine enough school. But you’ve got it backwards. The degree you get matters more than the college you went to.

  161. Hiba Khan

    So I wanna open my own cosmetic company, mainly color cosmetics, i.e my own makeup line. And my question is will I require a degree in cosmetic chemistry to do so?
    It would be great if you could advice me on how to proceed further.
    Thank You!

  162. Trinh Hoang

    I am major in Medical Laboratory Science and want to do a minor in Chemistry. May I ask if they are related with cosmetic field or not? Thank you.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      This background could probably allow you to get into the cosmetic field.

  163. Yurisa

    I have recently graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and Chemical Technology. I would love to work in the field of Cosmetic Chemistry and one day market my own brand and run my own company. Where do you recommend would be a good starting point? I have a pure Chemistry degree, what other degree or diploma would help me in my career pursuits? Would an MBA be necessary? Do I need an honours degree as well. Where would be the best pace to obtain these degrees?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our articles on Cosmetic Chemist Career. An MBA would not be necessary.

  164. Emilie James


    Is there a connection between the QA technician and a formulation chemist? Most of the jobs I have found want at least 3 years experience with formulation chemist. There’s no entry level jobs for that. I am, however, qualified to be a QA technician. I would like to get involved with the formulating. If I could get a job doing the QA, is that similar to the formulating chemist job?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It often happens that a person starts as a QA chemist then moves to formulating. The jobs are not similar but once you get hired by a company it is easier to move over to a different department.

  165. Hannah Kim

    I’m undergraduate student in Biology. My future goal is to work at cosmetic companies or food related companies, studying reactions of chemicals or other materials to human. My friends say that as a Biology major it will be harder to get a job in cosmetic industry compared to chemistry majors unless I go to a graduate school. I know that many cosmetic/food industries hire chemists who have either masters degree or Ph.D degree, but my question is: Let’s say there is one person who has bachelors degree in Biology and one person in Chemistry. Then the person with chemistry degree get more chance to be hired? Do you think it is necessary to change my major to Chemistry? I thought that I could still work in labs or chemistry related work cites, but now I’m so worried about my major.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      While I don’t think it is critical to have a chemistry degree given your scenario (candidate 1 with biology degree vs candidate 2 with chemistry degree) the person with a chemistry degree is more likely to get the job. Unless the job is for a microbiologist, then biology will win out. But in general for cosmetic science having a chemistry degree is better. However, I’m not sure you have to change your major. Just take more chemistry.

  166. Rose

    Hi, I’m currently working towards a Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Technology with a minor in Business. Do you think my degree will allow me to get a job in the Cosmetic Science industry (particularly working with new product development and/or sales) without pursuing graduate school?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Rose – Yes, you may be able to get into the cosmetic industry with that background.

  167. Tam

    Hi Perry,
    I have a BS degree in Biochemistry. I am doing my masters in Medicinal Chemistry. Although the degree is more relevant to jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, I am wondering if I could utilize it in cosmetics because it’s my bigger passion. I just started this program and am sitting here thinking I made the wrong decision.

  168. poonam

    Hi, my major is biochemistry and I am interested in joining the cosmetic industry but no cosmetic companies show up in my college and I want to know where to start and what experience I require to get into a good company


    1. Perry Romanowski

      I would check with either the SCC or IFSCC organization in your area to see what kind of companies and jobs are available.

  169. v.petchi muthu

    its my pleasure…i wanna to b a great chemical engineer in cosmetic doing chemical engineerig..could u pls say d ways to achieve wat i desire..???thankssss a iotttt….

  170. Iylia

    Hi Perry,

    I would like to ask you, if I have a degree in Biotechnology and a master degree in Microbiology. Will I be accepted to be working in cosmetic industries? Are these qualifications applicable in finding jobs in cosmetic industries?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes. I actually have a degree in Biochemistry.

  171. Iylia

    Hi Perry,

    I’m Iylia from Malaysia. I’ve just finished my degree (Bsc Biotechnology) in Malaysia. I would like to pursue my master degree in cosmetic science. Is it possible for me to study cosmetic science after achieving a degree in Biotechnology. Btw, do you know any universities around the world that offer good master degree programs for cosmetic science? Probably somewhere in UK or US.

    I would be grateful if you could assist me on this matter 🙂

    Thank you.


      Hi lylia I’m from Malaysia too!!! I’ll be doing my A levels soon. Are you doing your master degree? I sort of need some help and advice to choose my career. Do you mind emailing me so we could keep in contact?

  172. Jacqulyn Watson

    Hey Perry,

    I am already a PharmD and was looking to potentially go into the cosmetic industry. Would I still have to obtain a M.S. in Cosmetic Science? Also when I search would I look into research and innovation?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You could probably get a job in the cosmetic industry without getting an MS in cosmetic science. Look at our Career page for more tips.

  173. Becky


    I’m interested in becoming a cosmetic chemist. I currently have a B.A. in Psychology, and I’m wondering if a 2 year A.S. in Chemistry will be enough to either get me into a masters program in Cosmetic Science, or give me enough knowledge to study cosmetic science on my own. I should mention that I am part of a family cosmetic company, so I don’t necessarily need to go on the conventional route, but I do need to be able to understand all the science (with or without a degree).

    Thanks for your help.

  174. susu

    Hi Perry,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your article. I have a question to ask. Would a degree in Pharmaceutical and Health Science get me into the cosmetic industries? Or should I change my degree into chemical engineering?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You could probably get a job in the cosmetic industry with your degree in Pharmaceutical & Health Science

  175. O I

    Hey. great article!! I am about to finish my pharmacy degree in the uk and I will like to know if a PhD would be beneficial? If so what kind of PhD programmes would you recommend apart from chemistry?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I don’t think there is a huge benefit to getting a PhD if your desire is to go into the cosmetic industry. Most people do not have PhDs.

  176. Johanna

    I want to do cosmetic chemistry…but i have the choice between biochemistry and biotechnology as a first degree which would be the be the best choice?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Biochemistry would be better to become a cosmetic chemist.

  177. Sansha Coetzee

    Hi Perry,

    I am currently busy completing my PhD in Chemical Engineering, but have always had a passion for cosmetics. I was wondering what my next step should be if I want to have a career in the cosmetics industry (seeing as though my expertise is currently in coal research). I want to go into the research part of the industry, and was wondering if the PhD will be enough, or if I should look to do some cosmetology courses?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I would suggest you look at one of the cosmetic science programs around the country either the Fairleigh Dickenson program or the one from the University of Cincinnati.

  178. Anuki

    I’d like to be a cosmetic formulator

    which degree should i be doing?
    Bachelor of science(biotechnology)
    Bachelor of Science(medical bioscience)

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Biotechnology would probably be more useful for cosmetic chemistry.

  179. Nana

    I would like to become a cosmetic formulator. What classes should i take in college in order to persue that job?

  180. Kait

    Is a Chemistry BS and Cosmetic Science MS worth pursuing, or should I switch my major to Biochem and pursue the same MS?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      A Chemistry BS would be worth pursuing if you wanted a career in the cosmetic industry.

  181. Jamie

    Hi Perry,
    I was definitely hoping to get into the cosmetic chemistry buisness.
    I wanted to major in chemistry for 4 years then get a masters at Berkeley in bio chemistry. Would that be a good path to take? Also, does it help to have a job at a makeup store during highschool?
    They you so much for the website and I hope u can reply.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Getting a degree in chemistry then biochemistry was what I did so I think that could work for you. Having a job in a makeup store will help you know the products better so it can’t hurt.

  182. sammy

    Hi i have a BSc honours pharmacology degree could you please give me some advice how i can produce my own cosmetic products , how can i achieve this, is my degree appropriate for this type of career?

    Thank you


  183. Mel

    As someone that’s always been interested in cosmetic chemistry, I realize it would be quite a jump to go from health sciences (bachelors in med lab sci) into this. Currently I work as a tech in clinical biochemistry and primarily do QC for my lab. What tips would you say may help for overall preparedness for this field?

    Any advice is really appreciated! Thank you.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Getting a degree in chemistry helps but if you have a biology background you could do cosmetic chemistry. I would connect with your local society of cosmetic chemists and start going to their meetings to meet people & learn of job opportunities.

  184. Abigail

    Hi, does the job in sales have anything to do with the actual cosmetic chemistry? By this I mean if I were to do sales, that’d be a complete different major which is what I suppose. Would you need any background with chemical engineering? My dad wants me to go into engineering, but I’ve been interested in the marketing/creative side of things, so is there a balance? Hope this made sense, thank you!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      The best cosmetic ingredient sales people have some background in chemistry. Often they start out in the lab then they go into sales.

  185. Shona

    Hi Perry,

    I have a question regarding your second point. Why do you say “that most of these degrees do not help make you a better cosmetic scientist”? Can you please elaborate on the benefits of obtaining a graduate degree provides in the personal care and cosmetic industry? And why do you think the major personal care players, like the P&G’s and L’Oreals, favor graduate level professionals?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Graduate degrees do not give you the kind of lab formulating experience that you need to become an excellent formulator. They do a great job of providing you a thorough background which will make you a better chemist but you need practical experience to formulate.

  186. Sandy nguyen

    Hi, I’m Sandy Nguyen. I just want to mention that at University of Toledo, they offer a four year undergraduate program specially designed for Cosmetic Science. Good luck everybody!

  187. Kushi

    Hi Perry,

    Just came across your wonderful website. I’ve just graduated with my bachelors in chemistry and saw some job postings for raw ingredient chemistry. I was wondering if there’s a big pay scale difference for regulatory chemists and r&d? I know it’s mostly paperwork and am not sure if I wanna get stuck in a position like that while my lab skills get rusty. Is there a lot of growth in that area of chemistry as well in the cosmetic field?


    1. Perry Romanowski

      No, I don’t think there is a big pay scale difference. Regulatory is an area of growth in the cosmetic industry.

  188. Sumanth

    Hello Mr. Perry,
    Are there any courses related to cosmetology chemistry in canada. Right now I’ve completed my bachelors degree in biology along with chemistry are there any courses available there in canada. what would you suggest me???

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Contact the Ontario SCC. They are working with a college up in Canada to produce this type of course.

  189. Yuzhou

    Hi Perry,

    I am a MS student in organic chemistry and I have a polymer science and engineering degree in BS. I am very interested in cosmetic industry in formulation or analytical research, but I don’t know how to step into this industry, can you provide some advice in looking the job postings? Thank you very much!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I would suggest you look at our Career page. Do a search for Career in the search box.

  190. LaLuMa

    I am a pharmacist (pharmD) and I also have a B.Sc. in biochemistry. I would like to learn cosmetic chemistry to eventually launch my own cosmetic line of product. Are you aware of a any online degree, classes I could take? Thx

  191. Brianna

    This was extremely helpful. Thank-you for taking the time to develop this webpage and the online forum!

  192. Ladan

    Hello Perry,

    I am doing a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering in Malaysia and I am highly interested to do my internships in cosmetic industry. Is a degree in Chemical engineering acceptable to work in Cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries?

    I would be thankful if you could help me by suggesting the names of some cosmetic companies that i can apply for internships.

    cheers 🙂

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, a degree in Chemical Engineering is acceptable. I don’t know where you might get an internship but do a search of our website. I once wrote a list.

  193. Eunice

    Hi Perry,
    I have a question i’m hoping you might be able to help me answer. I have an opportunity to start a small cosmetics line specializing in make-up foundation and press powder for African American skin tones.
    My challenge is that i have hit several road blocks in finding a company that will make smaller batches for me, so i can test it in the market. Also, i have found few and far in between, companies that make these specifically. I am new to this industry. I’m envisioning a line similar to major brands that service this market today, but only cheaper and for a much smaller quantity to begin with, and a cheaper cost for my target market. Do you know how i can find such manufacturers or do you know of someone who can point me in the right direction?
    I certainly appreciate any information and your time.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Eunice,

      You can find contract manufacturers in Buyer’s Guides like the one found at

      However, what you’re asking for is going to be incredibly difficult to find. Companies do not want to make small batches that are inexpensive for consumers to buy. From their standpoint it takes just as much time and effort to make 50lbs of product versus 500lbs and the latter can make 10 times as much money.

  194. KG

    Hi Perry

    I have a National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry and I am very eager to become a cosmetic chemist. I am currently working in a mining industry and would like to register for diploma in cosmetic chemistry at Coschem in South africa. Will i qualify to be cosmetic chemist with aNational Diploma or should i enroll for a cosmetic sceince course, please advice.

    thank you KG

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello KG – just having a degree in chemistry qualifies you to be a cosmetic chemist. The training will help you do a better job.

  195. Davena M.

    Hi Perry,

    I am a synthetic chemist with a MSc in Organic Chemistry. I currently work for a raw ingredients supplier but have found that I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in the lab. I am looking at product development/management jobs but getting into these positions are difficult when you have been doing synthesis for a long time. I have been exploring the option on continuing my education in the cosmetic science, but with a MS already I wonder if it will really help. I would really appreciate any feedback you may provide for my situation.
    Thank you

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Davena – There probably isn’t a huge benefit to getting another advanced degree, especially if you want to move into management. An MBA might actually help you more. I would suggest you get involved with the SCC and get some experience managing people. That may help your career more.

  196. Sarah

    I was just wondering if a degree in Community Health-BSc (3-year program) would be acceptable to become a cosmetic chemist?


  197. youstina

    hello, iam from egypt and i like cosmetics so much … i finished my pharmacy degree but we dont have this carrer in egypt 🙁 which is bad …. now i want to make some study that may allow me to work in this field in US ” because in US they dont confident about my egyptian degreeof pharmacy ” ……and now iam asking what i should study or what i should do to achieve that … any suggestions
    thank you .

    1. Perry Romanowski

      If you are looking for a job, I’d suggest you look at one of the degree programs in the US or the distance learning program through the SCS. If you want to just learn how to make cosmetics our new program would be appropriate.

  198. marie

    hi i’m interested in making hair products, skin care products, toothpaste, deodorant, make up ext. What are the steps i should take ? what do i major in ? should i go for the masters degree or ph.d ? how long would i be in school ? i live in california so how much do you think i would make yearly if i made and sold my own products? also love this article

    1. Perry Romanowski

      There are lots of questions there. If you want to learn to make these products you would benefit from our new course. You can find more information here. If you want to get a job in the cosmetic industry then getting a BS degree in chemistry is the best idea. There is no need to get a PhD but a Masters could help (but not required). You only really need to be in school for 4 years. Yearly starting salary is likely about $45,000 -$50,000 a year.

  199. Amanda

    how much a year do cosmetic chemists at chanel make??

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’m not sure. Maybe around $40,000 – $45,0000.

  200. fateme

    i am about to finish my courses in bachelor chemistry! do u thing studying organic chemistry or industrial chemistry could have a better future or attempting in cosmetic scenic if i want to have my own business in (far far) future?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Probably organic chemistry would be most helpful.

  201. Naomi

    I want to be a cosmetic chemist (my dream haha) currently I am studying my bachelor of chem engineering, would I be better off transferring to science with a chem major? Or perhaps a double degree in chem eng and science?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      A double major would be best, however you can become a cosmetic chemist with a degree in chemical engineering.

  202. Lexie

    So I’m still in high school and I can really see myself working in the field of cosmetic science. What kind of courses would you recommend, or what pathway to becoming a formulation chemist or researcher is the best in your opinion? How much background knowledge on biology do I need if I want to create cosmetic formulations? What is the job demand like for cosmetic formulation chemists and how much roughly could I expect to earn yearly?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I would recommend science courses and specifically chemistry. Then get a degree in chemistry when you’re in college. Biology is helpful but not critical to become a cosmetic chemist. You could expect to start somewhere between $30,000 – $45,000 a year depending on where you live.

  203. Tariq mahmood

    Hi.I want learn about cosmetic chemistry and cometic formulation. Please guide me where I name or online please reply me

  204. Sarah

    I currently work in the beauty industry doing eyebrows, eyelashes, and makeup. I’m interested in making some products but do not want to change my career entirely. Are there any classes I can take that are geared specifically toward makeup? If not, do you have any suggestions as to what I can do to expand my horizons a bit?



    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’m not sure of any make-up focused courses at the moment but you can check with the SCC. Our online course will have a section on color cosmetics.

  205. konsta maria

    i’m an aesthetic and i’ve been taught cosmetic chemist for 3 semesters in college.i’m wondering if my background is good enough, in order to follow your webinars in natural formulating products.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, you should have a solid enough background to follow the courses.

  206. Shey

    I am a senior in highschool and I want to become a cosmetic chemist and work with many makeup companies but I don’t know what particular science field I should study. Also, will many internships give me a better chance of getting a job? Please help. Thanks

  207. lizzy

    My friend has a degree in English and while going to school for a degree in Alternative Medicine has started a cosmetic company and is thriving… experience and intelligence will get you EVERYWHERE!

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  209. Rosa Rendon

    I was wondering which school is the best to become a cosmetic formulator. I want to be able to create products and perhaps see them at a store. Or even work for a big company like Mac etc. Im doing my basics at a community college and I am not sure what classes to take next semester. What do you recommend? And what schools are best to do this career?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our career page and posts on cosmetic science programs around the world.

  210. Tara

    I am highly interested in the cosmetic industry and would love to interview you for one of my classes on what steps you have to take, how you like your job, what similar jobs are there, etc… I am currently a chemistry major at SUNY Geneseo and it would mean a lot to me if you would consider a quick phone interview with me or even an email!
    Thanks so much,

  211. Ari K

    Hello, I am a recent grad (BS Chemistry), I am looking to get my foot in the door of the cosmetic/personal care field. I’m very interested in learning everything about it but not sure where to look for an entry-level job in the industry. My university had a very rigorous curriculum and I am familiar with most chemical instrumentation and wet chemistry techniques (plus internships and research assistantships). I am also fluent in Russian and French. I am based in Chicago but looking to relocate anywhere if necessary. Thank you for reading.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You should read through our Career posts and also join the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. The Chicago chapter is very active (

  212. Kaki

    Hello I am kaki from Ghana . I am a pharmacist n I have an interest in becoming a cosmetic chemist. What programmes can I take to become a cosmetic chemist.

  213. Sarah

    Hello, I am doing Biology Major (Bachelor of Arts). Does it matter if it is a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      For cosmetic science jobs, most employers don’t mind whether you have a BA or BS.

  214. wan atikah

    hye, im from malaysia. i love to be a cosmetics chemist one day. im now attending a mineral resources degree in my country. after my graduation, im plannit to take master in chemistry. so do u think i can be a cosmetic chemist with my background as a mineral student???

    1. Perry Romanowski


      1. wan atikah

        thanx perry.. but it a bit tough to find universities that offer taught course in chemistry.. can u suggest one?? it will be very meaningful to me..

  215. oendric

    I am oendric studying in 12th std.I am very much interested in cosmetic chemistry and have a dream to work with companies like LOREAL and revlon etc. but my parents are forcing me to do i have decided to do chemical engg. and after that can i study cosmetic chemistry? can u please tell about some good colleges of cosmetic chemistry.
    and this site have been very helpful to me.thank you very much.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See the articles in our career section.

  216. Hillary

    Hi, I am currently majoring in Biochemistry. Would that be relevant to a cosmetic scientist profession?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes. That is what my background is in.

  217. Anna

    Hello everyone,
    I’m currently a junior pursuing a BA in Chemistry and I’m looking into careers in cosmetic science. I have a few options as I continue my education: I have enough credits to graduate by the end of this academic school year, I can continue on a fourth year and graduate with a BA/MA in Chemistry, or I can stay a fourth year to take grad level courses and look into PhD programs.

    My advisors at school are saying I should stay the fourth year and consider the BA/MA program, but they’re also saying that the BA/MA looks weak. I think it might be beneficial to find an entry level job somewhere while looking into a Master’s in Cosmetic Science instead of a general MA in Chemistry. Only I’m afraid that in a year a BA in Chemistry won’t be enough to secure a job.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I’m just stuck and I don’t know where to go from here.

    Thanks a bunch,

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I would probably go for finishing your degree, getting a job then going to get a masters in Cosmetic Science. It will probably be harder to get a job in the cosmetic field without finishing your degree.

  218. Megha Trambadiya

    I’m working for Cosmetic industries for 4 years as temp…I am looking for jobs. I am Chemist, but having hard time finding job in cosmetic…please advice me shall I go do my master in Cosmetic science or not need.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      A Masters can help set you apart in the cosmetic hiring pool but it does not guarantee you a job. See our articles about a cosmetic career for more help.

  219. Zeynep

    Hi, I am currently an undergraduate molecular biology and genetics student. Also minor student in chemistry. Does this undergraduate degree qualifies a job in cosmetic science?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes, that would be appropriate to get a job in the cosmetic industry.

  220. Justin

    I’m currently attending the university of New Mexico and I’m majoring in Chemical Engineering. The concentration I wish to choose is materials processing. Is this a good choice? And also, as far as cosmetic jobs go, would makeup developed by say, Olay, be part of the repertoire? Or other companies of that nature?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Yes that’s a good choice if you’re interested in the cosmetic industry. See our free video series for more information about what is a cosmetic. (just sign up for the free book on the right side)

  221. Monica

    Hi, I want to become a cosmetic chemist and I’ve applied for a Bachelor of Pharmacy and I’m planning to do a major in chemistry, will that qualify me to be a cosmetic chemist?

    1. Perry Romanowski


  222. Angeline

    hi, i’m really interested in cosmetics.should i take industrial chemistry or just chemistry for my bachelor?is industrial chemistry a bachelor degree at all?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Just getting a chemistry degree will be enough.

  223. Haley

    I am currently a Senior in highschool. I’m looking in to the University of Texas ( @ Austin) – Cockrell School of Engineering to become a Cosmetic Chemist/Scientist. I have all of my plans and I’m wanting to start my own Cosmetic line. How would I get started and how much schooling would I need?

    Thank you.

  224. Rachael Perry

    This does look like an intriguing career path. I have a degree in Chemistry and no job, plus I’ve always been interested in cosmetics. I’m wondering how difficult this line of work is and how long it will take to get started.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      It’s not easy but also not incredibly difficult. See our Career section for more information about starting a career.

  225. Mano

    I am currently finishing up as a chem major and I plan to get a PhD in chem. What should I focus on if I want to have the option of working in a cosmetics industry? I was thinking of organic chem programs. Do you know of any schools on the east coast the US?

    thank you.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’m not familiar with organic chemistry programs. But getting a PhD in organic is a good idea (if you’re getting a PhD). Then supplement your education with more cosmetic science specific information like that found in our training program.

  226. Bella


    I’m currently doing Chemical Engineering in Dubai. In my final year now. Intend to do masters in Cosmetic Science from FDU. Is it possible for me to work in a company like NARS or MAC on completion of this course? Or even during this course? What kind of jobs should I expect exactly?

  227. Sameeha

    Hi Perry,
    I would like to commend you first on your precise interesting informative article. This is a field that has been of interest to me for quite a while and I have not been able to identify means to get into it till I read your article. Having achieved a masters in pharmacy degree five years ago, I have been working as a qualified pharmacist here in the UK for the last 5 years. How would I be able to get into the field of cosmetic chemistry rather would I be able to here in the UK?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I would suggest you start by joining the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. Look up their website on the Internet. You can make contacts and get involved in the industry there.

      1. Sameeha

        Many thanks for your prompt response.

  228. soujanya

    hiii i’m currently doing pharm.D in india…just wanted to know if its necessary to have a masters in cosmetology as the course that i’m pursuing ryt now is already a PG(masters) level…can i directly pursue ph.D in cosmetologic technology to enter into this field as i’m vry much intrsted in dis field

  229. nulambeh jim

    hello, i have had a BSc in chemistry and i wish to be a cosmetics chemist so that i can come back and make the dream of having a cosmetics company in my country Cameroon come to reality. please i need a guide to achieve this gold. best regards

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our posts on a cosmetic career. You will find them helpful.

  230. Shelly

    Hi, I’m currently a student and am looking for cosmetic science internships or temp positions in NJ. Do you have any advice on keywords/skills I should put in my Linkedin profile? Should I put specific lab skills like distillation, gas chromatography, etc.? Also, should I include my career goal in the summary/intro? I just made my profile recently so any advice would be be great.
    Thanks, and this website is awesome!

  231. Atasha

    Hi Perry!

    I am interested in cosmetic chemistry and regulatory affairs. My background is chemistry, but on the higher education end. I have worked as a General Chemistry lab coordinator for the past 6 years. I want to make a transition ASAP, but I have no clue where or how to start! I feel like I am trapped in the higher edu work box! Any advice you can provide would be awesome and much appreciated.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our articles on Cosmetic Chemist Careers at the top left of the website.

  232. Mike

    Hi Perry,
    My name is Mike and Im a 4th year medical student from Indonesia.
    Last year I went to UK for an intercalating program to get an M.Res (master of research) degree in immunobiology and I’ve become very interested with lab work since.

    I want to work in the cosmetic industry after I graduate but I am confused in choosing what training or education I should get for that.

    Im not familiar with chemistry since I last studied it in high school 4 years ago and I guess its too late if I take a degree in chemistry in the university and start from the beginning again.

    Do you have any suggestion on what training or further education I should choose after graduating in order to become a cosmetic scientist? Thanks.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Mike,

      You might try one of the programs listed in our post on Cosmetic Science Programs Around the World.

  233. laxmi

    i am doing masters in organic chemistry in india. what should i do to get a job in cosmetic chemistry company in india. please help. n if u can let me knw abt more scope about organic chemistry. please help

    1. Perry Romanowski

      You might consider joining the IFSCC in India. Here is their website.

  234. Zhang

    hi, I am so glad to come here. I will get my PHD degree in the field of genomic pharamacology focusing on cancer drugs research. However, I am becoming very interested in cosmetic .And want to take a job in the R&D of some big companies, and even as a post-doc. I would appreciate that you can give me some suggestion and further communication . Thanks a lot!

  235. Kelly

    I’ve recently been accepted to a BSc in Medical Laboratory Science program at my university. Would it be possible for me to enter the cosmetic chemistry field with this sort of education?

    1. Perry Romanowski


  236. Tesfaye

    Hi Perry,thanks a lot for the info.I ‘ve a BSc in applied chemistry and i’m about to finish my BA in business management.Now i’m planning to continue my MSc and cosmetic science & technology is one of the fields in my mind.But i feel that it is too narrow and therefore i’m thinking to find MSc in formulation science and technology which, i think ,will enable me to formulate a wide range of consumer products like detergents,shampoos,lubricants to name but a few.Am i correct in thinking that way or do you think that Msc in cosmetic science is equally important ?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I think the way you are thinking is correct. A more well-rounded approach will make you more flexible in your career choices.

      1. Tesfaye

        Thanks a lot Perry. So where can i get graduate programs in Formulation science and technology? of course i’ve seen some sites of pharmaceutical formulation but what i’m looking for is a recognized university that gives MSc in general formulation science & technology(especially in USA & Canada).

  237. POOJA

    Hello perry! Its a very informative website.
    I have some more questions. I am a bachelor’s degree holder in Pharmacy from India but presently residing in Valley Stream, New York, USA.
    Well I am thinking of doing my masters in Pharmaceutics with the specialization in the Cosmetic science. But I researched about the jobs and found out that most of the jobs are in New Jersey(may be because maximum cosmetic companies are located there). Will it be appropriate to still take up that program even if the job opportunities are less in New York city? Please help me with this. Thanking you in advance.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Sure, it’s still appropriate to take the program if you want. It will make you more desirable to employers no matter where they are located.

  238. Jessica

    Hey Perry, I was pursuing a degree in Chemistry but have recently decided to switch. I was wondering if a degree in Biochemistry or Biology would still help me to become a cosmetic chemist. If so which one do you think would be more helpful of the two. In addition are there many job opportunities for a Biochem major in North America? Because at the moment I am in Trinidad and my Biochem lecturer says there are little to no jobs here for a biochem major and that chem majors normally get the lab jobs over biochemists.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      A degree in Chemistry is really best if you want to become a cosmetic chemist. They do hire Biology majors but chemistry is preferred.

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  240. Deepthi

    Hi Perry,
    I am Deepthi from India. I am doing my masters in Chemistry. I really want to obtain an entry in cosmetic chemistry as an cosmetic formulator. I love cosmetics a lot, so i guess it would be nice and interesting if i could pursue my career as a cosmetic chemist. will you please help me in finding out some good companies which i can work in?


    1. Perry Romanowski

      see our articles about a cosmetic science career.

  241. Nesha

    I am majoring in Chemical Ebgineering at Auburn University and I would like to work for MAC. What would you classify someone who “develops” the cosmetics?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      They are known as Formulators.

  242. monisha


    1. Perry Romanowski

      In the US, you do not need any qualifications to start a cosmetic business. Just need to fill out the right paperwork and invest your money. See this free report for more information.

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  244. Syd

    Hello! I have a few questions…
    What do you do on a daily basis? Do you just stay in a lab and create formulas.. What is it life daily? Are there usually specific cosmetics that the business wants you to create? If you do create a product that are placed on shelves do you get a profit?

    Thanks so much! This career seems interesting but there is literally no info on it!!

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our post about 75 things a cosmetic chemists does. It is listed in the career tab.

  245. Krishna Chaitanya

    Dear sir,
    I am a student of B.pharm(4th year) in India. I wish to get a job in cosmetic companies like ITC. I’m intrested in QA of the cosmetics. so which branch should i select for M.S/M.pharm. Also add me where do i do it? Like th euniversity.
    I already gave my GRE exam and scored 306.

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Krishna – Please see our section on career advice. You should study chemistry if you want to get into the cosmetic field.

  246. Jeremiah

    I am a graduate in Food Science and Technology but wish to be involved in cosmetics formulations. Are these two fields compatible?

    1. Perry Romanowski


  247. vinitha

    Hello perry,

    I am vinitha, I am from India.Recently, i finished master’s in organic chemistry. i am interested in cosmetic chemistry. please help me out, How can i get job in cosmetic industry and other related industries in USA. please…

    Thanking you,

    1. Perry Romanowski

      See our section on Cosmetic Science careers.

  248. vedha

    i’m vedha.i already told my M.SC project. our project should be based on the analysis of activities,properties and impact of the chemicals present in the cosmetics.
    we can also suggest some atternatives to increase the effect or to reduse the side effect produce by them.
    suggest me something based on this.

  249. vedha

    I am vedha. I am persuring I M.SC chemistry in PSGRKC,Coimbatore,Tamilnadu. I would like to do my major project in the field of cosmetic chemistry. But i don’t have any idea about that. Suggest some idea about that field and companies in tamilnadu and books for reference.pls reply to my mail(

    1. Perry Romanowski

      Hello Vedha – I do not understand what kind of project you want to do. If you are looking to do some formulation project I’d suggest you go through the contents of this website. There is plenty of information on creating a formula.

  250. Shera

    Hi! 🙂
    Can you give me a job description of a cosmetic chemist please? What are the skills required? And what kind of information do you learn while studying to become a cosmetic chemist?
    -Shera (a high school student considering this field)

  251. shaziya

    hi. i m shaziya .i have don bsc in chemistry and after dat post graduate diploma in analytical chemistry. i want to make my career in cosmetic science.for this do i need any course . kindly reply me.

  252. Centhia

    Hi, my name is centhia and I don’t have a degree in chemistry but I am in school to become a Nurse. But what I am inquiring about is looking for someone that would be interested in hearing me out about an idea on make-up. If you are interested please feel free to email me

  253. Teiko Way

    Hi, I’m a junior chemical engineering student. I want to learn more about cosmetic chemistry but my university doesn’t offer any specific courses on it. Do you have any suggested courses? Also, I can’t find any internships available for cosmetic chemistry, do you have any advice?

    1. Perry Romanowski

      I’d suggest you take our Complete Cosmetic Chemist course.
      Also, we did an article about Internships in the cosmetic industry. See our ‘Career’ section.

  254. Peggy Angelis

    Hi, I am Medical Technologist presently working in a big hospital. I am trying to explore what other employment options are available in cosmetics industry with Bachelors of Science degree.

    1. Newton Luu

      The beauty business is a growing business, To stay competitive in the industry, a company must constantly coming with new concept, new invention. And at the same time, keepingup with regulatory requirements for here and abroad

  255. Huy

    Hi Perry,
    I have a PhD in surface and colloid science (physical chemistry) and I have been working in the field dealing with emulsions and surfactants for at least three years. I’d like to get in cosmetic cosmetology. Right now I am working full time, but as a starting point, is there some way I can get myself familiar with the new field, such as reading a highly recommended book or doing an online course?

    Thank you.

  256. hila


    I would like to be a cosmetic chemist, but im not sure what I should study to be one, there are many options- as I’ve heard: chemistry, biotechnology, chemistry engineering, pharmacy. the problem with chemistry is that you need master or phd to start working. Im most interested in pharmacy- but is it possible to later work as cosmetic chemist with pharmacy?
    I live in Israel, and as I know, there arent many cosmetic factories here. If I would study pharmacy here, would I be able to later join cosmetic companies abroad like in the us? and what about specific studies of cosmetic chemistry (I’ve heard there are those in the usa)?


  257. Shayla Dang


    I recently graduated from UCLA with a degree in biochemistry and looking for a Chemist position. All the positions listed in job offerings require some form of experience, which I currently don’t have. Any Los Angeles companies have entry level positions available?

    1. Newton Luu

      Are you interested to move and work for nail care products manufacturer in Bay Area, if so please email your resume

  258. Temisa

    Hey im in the 11th grade and i really want to study cosmetic chemisty. However the colleges that have the right programs and departments are out of the question due to distance and financial reasons. Can i get in this career and suceed with another degree like Biochem, organic chem, or Chemistry????

    1. Perry

      Yes, you can get into the cosmetic industry with one of those degrees!

  259. sami

    i am in 11th grade and this is what i want to do….

    thanks for the tips

    1. Perry

      Good luck! Be sure to see the articles in our career section

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  262. Simrin


    I’m in my 3rd year of Chemical Engineering, searching for an internship in the cosmetics industry for summer 2013. I’ve had 2 years of experience as a Process Engineer Assistant in medical manufacturing companies. Many of the skills I learnt in the past two years are transferable to cosmetics. I’m looking for experience as a Process Engineer, but I’m not sure who to contact and at which companies. Help?

    1. Perry

      Search our career tab for a list of potential internships.

  263. keidra

    Great article. Very informative. I stumbled upon as I was doing research about different careers in chemistry.

    I am 22 and I will be graduating in 2 semesters with a b.s. in chemistry and molecular biology. I will love to enter the field of cosmetic chemistry.

    I will start seeking jobs and internships immediately.

  264. Teenz

    Hi, I’m 17 from indonesia and I have been interested in cosmetic science. I love chemistry and biology subjects. My wish is to develop my dad’s small company and create products like hair and skincare products,anti aging cream, cosmetics,etc all from natural and environmental friendly ingredients. I really want to pursue master degree in cosmetic science after I graduate. But I’m still confused in choosing majors for my Bsc. There’re some bachelor degree courses in my short list:
    biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, biochemistry.
    Which course is suitable as a cosmetic science background? Please guide me. I would be very thankful if you reply my question 😀 some explanation will be great too


    1. Perry

      Of those three options, pharmaceutical science will be best for a career in cosmetics.

  265. Bett Smitt

    Hello, Im a hairstylist, colorist and barber who practices cosmetology here in Wisconsin. I also have an Associates of Science degree with a business major, with 15 years experience in the salon. I yearn for a career formulating ,development of hair products. My question is, could I at least get an entry level position in cosmetic science with the knowledge and skill I have obtained without going back to school?…

    1. Perry

      Hello Bett – Yes, you could get started in cosmetic science with that background. However, you would have to begin as a lab technician & would probably need more schooling to move up.

  266. Liz

    Hello Perry,
    I’m only 16 nd I’ll like an advice from you? What classes do you recommend for me to take if I want to become a cosmetic formulater?
    Right now I’m a sophomore nd I’m taking honors chemistry
    Hope you are able to reply thank you:)
    Sincerely, Liz

    1. Perry

      Hello Liz – You’re already taking the key course (chemistry). You might supplement your learning by getting some of those cosmetic formulation kits and just practice making some formulas.

  267. Alyssa Barrera

    Hello Perry,

    I am a Sophomore in college although I should be a Junior I feel behind a year in my studies due to family emergencies and have been leaning towards the route of become a Cosmetic Chemist. This is the career path I am leaning forward to and nothing else! I love Chemistry and I love Cosmetics. This is something I KNOW I will enjoy pursing a career in. I was wondering if I should start looking into some Internships but I do not know where. I am currently trying to finish my Associate’s by July 2013 and plan to attend Texas A&M Univeristy in College Station. After graduating I was wondering if there is any companies here in Texas, preferrably in San Antonio or around the area, that I can look into. I was deciding on Cosmetic Formulator or maybe even Sales. Would I still need to attend Graduate school for pharmaceutical science or just minor in Business along with my Chemistry Degree. I would LOVE to work for CoverGirl if you know where they are located. Please feel free to email me back! I would love more information! Thanks!

    1. Perry

      Hello Alyssa – Good luck in your career path. I would suggest you click on our “Career” tab as we have written about a number of subjects you’ll find useful. I’m not sure of any companies in San Antonio but you should look into the Southwest Chapter of the SCC.

  268. dou

    Dear author,
    i’m 18 years old and i’m pursuing my A-level CIE for the time being. Actually, i’m starting to figure in what type of career i’d like to be involved. Cosmetic science seems to be something i’d appreciate to do. I’ve gathered quite some information on cosmetics science from the internet but i still cannot decide which path to take so as to achieve my goal of becoming a cosmetic scientist. As it is cosmetic science is a huge field. All i know is that i love cosmetic products , chemistry and working in the lab. Through your article i find the job description of Cosmetic Formulator, Analytical Services,and Synthesis Chemist quite interesting.
    i just need some counselling on how i’ll be able to have a nice career in those fields. If you could please advise me about which courses i should take and which universities shall be suitable for me.
    Some information about myself:
    I’ve done Maths, Chemistry and Physics at A-level. i’m planning to do Biology at Subsidiary level next year.
    i love cosmetics products, chemistry and working in the lab.
    i live in Mauritius. My ambition is to work as a scientist in companies like L’Oreal.

    i’ll be very grateful to you if you could guide me.
    i thank you for your help.

    1. Perry

      Hello Dou – I would suggest you get a degree in chemistry and also get involved in the UK organization Society of Cosmetic Scientists. This will help you make connections and could get you into the industry. Additionally, I would suggest you put your question up on our cosmetic science forum. There are people from the UK who might give a more substantial answer.

  269. Bri

    Hi there,

    I’m currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering, but am interested in working with cosmetics. Do you think my degree would allow me to achieve this?

    Thanks for your time,


    1. Perry

      Hello Bri – Yes, you should be able to work in cosmetics with this background.

  270. Mariam

    Thanks for a great post. I have recently been desiring changing industries and this seems perfect because of my love for the beauty industry. I recently graduated with a BS in Biology and BA in Chemistry and have been working at a pharmaceuticals company as a Lab Analyst utilizing GLP/GMP. I have learned and used many instruments during my 8 months of real work. Do you think it will be tough for me to change fields now? Will cosmetic companies weed me out because I went towards the pharmaceuticals route? If anybody reading this, knows of any open positions that would be a good fit for me please let me know. Thanks.

    1. Perry

      I think you would be a good fit for the cosmetic industry with that background. You would probably be helped by taking one of our training courses and certainly getting involved with the SCC would help.

  271. Daniel

    Hello, I’am Daniel, I am a recent graduate (Master level in Polymers and Formulation Engineering) of the Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology and Physics of Bordeaux (France).
    I was carrying out a 6-month internship in L’Oréal in Paris this year, where I was working on the formulation of new Volume Mascara. I would like to continue my professional life in the R&D area in the cosmetic industry. If you know about a post in this field please contact me. Thanks in advance, greetings from Paris =)

  272. ATANU DAS

    Hi,I am M.Sc in Organic Chemistry and I am very eager to join in a cosmetic industry as a R&D CHEMIST.I am really very very much interested to join in cosmetic industry.So,if you help me ,I will be highly greatfull to you.Please,help me.

  273. Jenny, 15

    Hi, I’m currently a sophomore in high school and I’ve recently become interested in Cosmetic Science. I really want to go to this field, and I’m not sure where to begin. I have to take SAT’s soon and is there a subject test you recommend? Also, my school has many electives and AP classes. What are the best classes for me to go into cosmetics?

    If you can recommend me a few colleges too, that would be awesome.
    Thank you!

    1. Perry

      If you want to go into cosmetics, I’d suggest you get a chemistry degree & take some electives in biology. Also, if you could take a few marketing / business courses that would be helpful.

      1. Jenny, 15

        thank you!

    2. Joshi madhvi

      In india where r the cosmatic collages???

      1. Perry

        I don’t know of any but check out post on cosmetic science programs around the world.

      2. Shwetha

        In Nagpur there are 2 collages . LAD and nikalas .
        Just google it .

  274. Grzegorz

    M.Sc in chemistry,24 years old, one year experience as a chemist in QA laboratory, Avon Operations Poland (quite huge factory of all kinds cosmetics). Currently I am looking for new opportunities to my further development -eager to learn. I’m interested in work in EU or North America. If interested – mail me.

    1. Shwetha

      Hi I am shwetha , bachelor in cosmetic technology .
      More than 2 years of professional experience in manufacturing of cosmetics products. knowledge of GMP. Expert in formulation study by photomicrography , microscopic study .
      Looking for new opportunities for my future development .
      I am interested in working in Chicago or any part of USA .
      Mail me if interested .

  275. Sunna Bae


    I’m a biochemistry major and looking for an internship or entry level in cosmetic industry in New York. I would like to do anything as a cosmetic chemist. Since I haven’t had any experience in cosmetic industry, any chances to do an internship are perfect for me as well.

    P.S Does someone know what companies are looking for a cosmetic chemist near New York city???

  276. Brashell

    Hello! I am so glad I came across this website! I am a seventeen year old and I have already got most of all my basics out of the way for college. I absolutely love make-up and anything to do with it. I know that it is the direction I would like to go in with my career. But the problem is, I have no idea where to start. I read on here about how to start and maybe what classes to take, but im from Alabama and i’m not sure that I would ever be able to actually get a job around here one day. I would love to make make-up and I would also be great at selling it. Please help!! I need advice!

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  278. Daniela

    Hello, just graduating from chemistry at Puerto Rico. I would like to know if I do my Masters in Spain, have that be defended to work in the United States? And if I recommend studying there.

    PS. Sorry my English

  279. Anjali

    Hi, I am a Chemical Engineer with almost 4 years of sales 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.

    Thanks !


      Dear Anjali

      We need urgently Chemist for our Company in Delhi for Cosmetics.
      If you are really need to do the work with us just get back to us on My No. 9958800226.


      1. Anjali

        Thanks for the offer. But currently I am in Chicago and looking for the job at here only.

        I will surely call you once I get back to Delhi.

        Thanks again.

  280. Md. Mizanur Rahman

    I am Md. Mizanur Rahman servicing as a chemist at a toiletries company.Some time i feel some problem.May i solve my problem from you?If need some consultancy i agree.Please help me.

    Thank you and with best regards,
    Md. Mizanur Rahman.

  281. Shiori

    My name is Shiori. I am from Japan, but I go to college in the states.
    I am majoring in CHE and have been looking for an internship….
    I would love to do an internship that relates to cosmetics. Where can I find cosmetics CHE internships opportunities? I really want to experience what it is to be CHE. Thank you very much. I really appreciate.

    1. Barbara

      We have an internsh for you.
      Please email your resume to barbara@cosmobeautilab. Com

  282. Diadem

    Hi, i am a 17yrs old,2nd yr student of industrial chemistry.pls i will lyk 2 find out about scholarships 4 a masters programme in cosmetic science available in the us or uk and also cosmetic marketing jobs.thanks

  283. Tavonnia Fisher

    Hi my name is Tavonnia Fisher and I am 14 years old. I am a rising 9th grader. I would like to ask a couple of questions. Do you have any scholarships for a person my age, and can I take a free online class while getting a college degrees even if I am going to be in high school next year? Also I would like to know if you have any hands on experimentations programs in the state of Georgia because I am interseted in chemistary? I who even like to know if you have science fairs that you create for high school students if they wanted to become Cosmetic Chemist? My last question is do you have any occupations for highschoolers to teach me how to become a Cosmetic Chemist?

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  285. Rian

    Hi, I’m Rian and I am 17 years old, ( grade 11). I’m starting to figure out what I want to be in the future and well, at first I wanted to take biochemistry (and get a bachelor’s degree). But now I’m not sure because personally I am interested in cosmetics and I figured it would be awesome if I get a job that relates my interest. I love biology, a bit of physics and I love learning chemistry. My question is, would it work for me to still pursue being a cosmetic chemist if I take biochemistry in university before taking cosmetic science? Or will that be a bad idea? because in the university we have here (winnipeg) we don’t have the kind of program that provides learning stuff about cosmetic science. Will this require me to move out of my town and study in other university ? I’m actually in need of help on what steps I should take and what courses to take to ensure it will help me pursue my dream job.
    Hopefully, I’d get clarifications …

  286. Haley McNelley(:

    my name is haley,
    i am 13 years old….i know im young but i know i want to be a person who invents makeup i know famous people like brittany spears create a makeup line but who makes it? i want to be the person who makes it!!!!(: i know people will probably doubt me but this is what i want to do i have been fascinated with makeup!!! i have my own note book with mascara brush ideas and a battle with pro’s and con’s about a thick brush and a petite brush…so far i’m knotted up!!! but im leaning towrds a long skinny brush that forms to your eyelashes…like gel. how to make eyeliners stay for 48 hours without coming off and a foundation that is light as air and could help fight acne at the same time!!! i have SO many ideas!!! i need to tell someone or else my notebook will fall apart… so please wright me back!!!! im begging you!!! <3
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  287. Kelly


    I am not naturally gifted at chemistry (only got as far as chem 121, which is a prerequ for nursing). I currently work in cosmetic sales as a makeup artist and as a fragrance vendor and have been doing so for 4 years.
    I am wondering, can I get a master’s in cosmetic science with an unrelated bachelor’s, say a bachelor’s in business or in nursing? Also, what higher up (other than selling cosmetics in a retail setting) cosmetics marketing, advertising, management, or sales jobs exist that can be obtained with a bachelor’s degree? Know of any other tracks for those not good in chemistry but good at creating new products or marketing?


    1. hafez

      My name is Mohammed from the city of Gaza – Palestine
      I want I passed the Diploma in your institute
      Diploma in the cosmetics formulation
      But I do not know how and can I received a diploma or training through the Internet or have to travel where you are
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  288. shomouk

    am a pharmacist , i worked for 3 years as a medical rip for medical cosmetic and chemical peels , i have experience in using it , but now i would like to do master in medical cosmetic , can you help me ??? or tell me how ?

  289. Clarissa

    Hey, I’m only 16 years old and starting to figure what career I’d like to be involved with in the future. Cosmetic scientist stands out for me, so I’d like to know from an early stage, what kind of qualifications should I be looking to get?

    1. Perry

      Clarissa – Great question. See the post we did on what kind of background you need to be a cosmetic chemist.

  290. uduakobong

    i am a graduate of biochemistry from nigeria.
    i want to go into manufacturing of my range of cosmetics like lóreal etc, how do i go about it?
    what postgraduate course do i study for it and in which school that is affordable?

    1. Perry

      Congratulations on completing your schooling.see our career section for more information about next steps

  291. Angela

    My goal is to have a skin care line after I complete my Esthetics training. I would have to have a team for the formulation part and to collaborate with. I was wondering how to locate chemists to work with ?

      1. Barbara

        We are a contract manufacturer, and can have chemist promulgate your skin care line.
        You may contact us at 909-971-9832 ext. 211

  292. Hiep Tam

    Hello Perry
    Can you help me to answer 1 question?
    How does Cosmetics Chemists, especially R&D, develop their career in company? And in the future, Who ‘s best person they can become?
    Thank you so much, Perry.

    1. Perry

      Please take a look through the ‘Career’ section of this website. We have written a lot about having a cosmetic chemist career and it should answer your question. If you still have more specific questions please send them along.

  293. Talukder Md. Mizanur Rahman

    Have any institute in BANGLADESH for cosmetic?

    1. Perry

      Not that I know of.

  294. moses

    Can succeed in getting a sponsorship for my course in cosmetics technology?

  295. Teddy

    This “system” for becoming a cosmetic chemist may expedite your entry into the profession, but after that your ability to learn, observe and create will determine how far you advance. Cosmetic science is not rocket science, and most of those who get a degree in cosmetic science will tell you that it was really a waste of time, if they are honest. You do need a basic background in science, but you will learn what you need to know much better on the job.

    A four year degree in chemistry or chemical engineering will be much more useful than a degree in cosmetic science, but even that is not necessary. These degrees will be more useful should you decide, after a while, that cosmetics are not your cup of tea. With your degree in Cosmetic Science, your options are limited.

  296. sindhuja

    hi i am sindhuja, i am a B.Pharmacy student and i m in my final year.I Wish to do my masters in cosmetics technology. Can you please prefer me the related courses which are offered in Canada.


    1. Perry

      Hello Sindhu – Please see our post about ‘Cosmetic science programs around the world’.

  297. shilpi

    Hi I m shilpi. I have done M.pharma in pharmaceutics and I have an experience of 3 years in QA from reputed pharma industries like Ipca labs, plethico pharmaceuticals. I have a lot of interest in cosmetics from childhood and I always want to be a part of Cosmetic industry. As this catagory always attract me a lot. Also during my graduation and masters cosmetic is one of my subject.

  298. Hiep Tam

    Hello Perry,
    My name is Tam. I ‘m from Vietnam and I ‘m a chemical engineer .I ‘am 25 years old. I really love cosmetics, especially natural cosmetics. Thank you for your sharing. Would you like to help me know the sholarship about cosmetics science in the university at any countries? Hope to receive your reply.
    Thank you so much.
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  299. Rish

    hello, I really want to open my cosmetics store one day and formulate the products which go into the store. I’ll be starting my IB course in a few months and have picked : Biology higher, Chemistry higher and economics higher, maths english and mandarin standard. I’ll probably major in biochemistry in university. Is this alright to enter the cosmetics field of work?
    Also, how much will the starting pay be like? I’ve heard that because medicine/cosmetics is a more “specialised” industry and thus, the pay should be slightly higher than the other average jobs. Also, Will a masters degree help?

  300. kirthi

    hi i am doing my B.Tech pharma i Wish to do my PG COURSE IN COSMETICS prefer me the related courses which are offered in india

    1. Perry

      Hello Kirthi – See our post on Cosmetic Science Courses around the World. It lists programs in India.

  301. carol

    Hi I do not want to become a cosmetic chemist but I would like to know how to find one to begin a cosmetic line in the near future. I would need to team with this person to formulate products that has a different color palette than what is offered by mainstream cosmetic companies at this time.

    1. Patricia

      Hi I’m a freelance personal care/color cosmetic chemist with 20+ years experience. I would be interested in hearing about your color palette concept.

  302. Dina Borysenko

    Good day!
    I am a chemistry professor at Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI). Last semester for the first time I ran an after school science and math program for minority HS girls. This semester we are repeating it again. The program is free for participants and aimed at increasing knowledge and interest of math and sciences among girls that have aptitude for it and are recommended by their teachers. We really hope they go to college and chose STEM as a major. It is really exciting to see these girls to be motivated and interested to come every Friday for 3 hours without any incentive besides getting knowledge (I think it is rare nowadays).
    The whole program is focused on Science of Beauty. In my preparation for the course I came across your website and found it very helpful.
    I am wondering if you know someone in your industry located in or near Milwaukee area who will be willing to speak to this group of bright young women and/or give a tour of a facility where cosmetics and beauty products are made. I would greatly appreciate any connections/links/help/ advise you can provide.
    Thank you.

  303. jade

    Hi perry … After reading the information above I would love to pursue a career in the cosmetic industry , I’m currently doing a BSc majoring in microbiology and biochemistry . Would I be able to get into the cosmetic field? How should I go about doing it once I have my degree? Thank u so much

    1. Perry

      @Jade – sure you can get into the cosmetics industry. I’d suggest you review some of the other articles in our Career section for more tips on getting a job once you’ve finished school.

  304. Bahjat Issa

    I am a pharmacist from Iraq. I am a sponsored student from Iraqi government. I would like to get a master degree in cosmetics and fragrance.
    Please help me in finding this degree course in a good university.

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  305. GARGI

    well i have completed ma graduation tats bach in pharmacy… i wanna go for a post graduation in cosmetics… i m an indian and m prep for ma GRE… i dun wanna opt for any certificate courses… i wanna go for profsnl post grad degree prog… is there anythg like MS in cosmetology o MS in Cosmeceuticals… if so do revert back…. i wanna work with the R & D dept or with some Hi-Fi cosmetic company… do help with some info… and do lemme knw about the univrsties too…

  306. vanessa

    hi, i’m currently doing my undergrad work for admission into pharmacy school. i’ve just recently started considering a career in cosmetic sciences. ive always been really into makeup and skin care though. do you think i can achieve that with a pharmacy degree? i ultimately want to start my own line of cosmetics but like i said i’ve just started researching this so i don’t know much about how to get into that field of business. any suggestions or advice? much appreciated.

    1. Perry

      Sure, there are lots of cosmetic chemists who started out in pharmacy school. If you want to eventually become a cosmetic chemist then I would suggest you join the SCC and go to some of the scientific conferences or take some continuing education courses.

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  308. TREVOR

    hi, i am a sales Cosmetic Consultant in a Pharmacy and i studied B. Com Honors Marketing Management and did a bit of Beauty Therapy as in house course. How can i fit into Cosmetic Science Considering me having done a commercial degree. I am Zimbabwean.

    1. Perry

      It sounds like you have the background for it. I would suggest you look into becoming a member of the IFSCC and make some contacts in the industry. Then you should be able to find a job.

  309. Joyre

    Hello Perry,

    I am a sophomore at Georgia Southern, and I changed my major to a B.A. in Chemistry. Is there much of a difference in having a B.A. or a B.S.? In addition to that, I’ve had issues with Organic Chemistry. It isn’t my strongest subject, although I’m not terrible. Will that fact hold me back from being successful in the Cosmetic Chemistry field?

    1. Perry

      Hello Joyre,
      A BA in Chemistry is fine for the cosmetic industry. There really isn’t much difference. And you are not alone with issues in Organic Chemistry. It can be tough. But for a formulating job, there is very little organic chemistry that you need to know. In one way formulating is exactly the opposite of organic chemistry. In organic you mix things together and hope something happens. In formulating, you mix things together and hope nothing happens.
      Good luck!

  310. mazen ghanem

    this is mazen from egypt , hi all ….
    please i need your help in cosmetics. i’m searching 4 books concerned 2 formulations and videos as you can. i’m sure you can help me and thank u in advance.

  311. Kritee

    Hey Perry,

    I have completed my masters in Inorganic chemistry from the University of Pune, India. I have done an internship in the material science with the Dow Chemical Company but I have no experience in the cosmetic industry. I would love to study/work as a cosmetic chemist or a fragrance chemist. Would you please tell me if there are any internship programs or professional courses for perfume chemistry in India or abroad? Also, I am planning to do a PhD but before that I want to explore different subjects in chemistry so that I can be sure of what I want to work as in future.
    Hope to hear from you soon.:)

    1. Perry

      Hello Kritee – See our blog post about Internship programs in the cosmetic field. Good luck!

  312. kushangi

    hi. I’m doing bachelors in pharmacy and want to do MS in cosmetic science. How can I take admission in this field? And how many universities are there for this course?

  313. Eryn

    Hi Perry!

    I am currently a student studying engineering. I just switched form Chemical Engineering to Materials Engineering. If I want to go into cosmetic chemistry, would I be able to get a job with a Materials Engineering degree (I would put my focus on polymers). Would it be smarter to switch back to Chemical Engineering? Please share your thoughts! Thanks!


    1. Perry

      I would suggest you take as much chemistry as you can as it is more applicable to cosmetic science. However, with a degree in polymers you could go work for a raw material supplier to the cosmetic industry.

  314. md sattar ali

    i have completed my in inorganic chemisty. i am interested in working as cosmetics chemist… i have a chance in this field? can anybody help me in this regard?

  315. maria

    Hi, my name is Maria.
    I am a qualified pharmacist registered with the GhPC.
    I am working in a Pharmacy in London and also I have experienced as a Pharmacist in Spain.
    I am very interested in working for a cosmetic company.

  316. yasmin

    I am a pharmacist,and I’m looking forward to learn more about cosmetology and I’m searching for academics that offer this.

  317. Winnie murithi

    I am BED science degree holder from kenya. I am a chemistry major and maths minor. Currently i am doing masters in chemistry. I am interested in a research project that will enable me to work as a cosmetic scientist especially in analysis.

  318. Ashley

    Hi, my name is Ashley and I’m cosmetology student at a Tech Highschool. I’m only a junior but I want to start looking at colleges. I always wanted my own product line and I want to take up cosmetic science but I also want to minor in bussiness. I want to be a formulator, but i just wanted to know any advice because I do like being in the salon more then chem class and labs .

  319. jessica

    Hi Perry, I’m jessica. I want to become a chemist and want to make a cosmetic because I like to make over my face and also my mother loves to make up. I don’t know what kind of section should I take. I don’t like to go to lab because uncomfortable to me, I’m afraid with the dangerous chemical. So do u have reference what should I do or take? Thank you

  320. Kristen

    hey, i live in Jamaica. i am currently studying for SAT so that i can apply to schools in los angeles. I have an interest in doing something like cosmetic science or hair or skin science. What schools in los angeles california offers such degrees?

    Im llooking forward to your response. Thanks in advance. Kristen:)

    1. Perry

      Hello Kristen, I’m not familiar with any cosmetic science programs in California. See our post on Cosmetic Science programs around the world for a complete list.

  321. Nikki


    I’m Nikki from the Philippines. I just graduated with a degree of chemistry and passed the licensure exam here in our country. As I was searching about cosmetic chemistry, I got interested to one of your universities there in the US. However, i’ve got a lot of questions in my mind like do we need to take all the entrance examinations such as the GMAT, GRE, and the test for english language, etc.

    Looking forward for a response from you guys.

    1. Perry

      This depends on the specific university program so you’ll have to contact them directly. See this post about all the Cosmetic Science Programs around the world.

  322. Kayla

    I need help reseaching. What kind of lab do they work?

    1. Perry

      Take a look at the post “75 things a cosmetic chemist does”

  323. renu

    i m a cosmetic in master degree from Amravati university india i have 3 year experiance in cosmetic company and i want good job in cosmetic company in R&D deparment. plz send me the good oppournity.

    1. Mrs. Sebastian

      We are a new GMP cosmetics company and we have a vacancy
      for a cosmetics chemist. Please email your resume or you can contact my mobile no. 016 2217461.

    2. Theresa Sebastian

      Dear Ms. Renu,
      If you are interested in working in our cosmetics manufacturing factory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Please email us you resume
      Thank you

  324. Shalon


    I’ve just transferred to Cal State Los Angeles. I am currently a Chem major. I selected this major because I truly want to be a cosmetic chemist (formulator). I am so lost as to my major, meaning I’m thinking of changing my major to Microbiology (which is my minor). Can I get a job in the a cosmetic company if I have a degree in Microbiology? I do plan on get my Master’s in Cosmetic Chemistry. But, I’m soooo lost! Help!!! What sould I do???


    Shalon The Confused Chemist Hopeful

    1. Perry

      Hello Shalon,

      Congratulations on knowing what you want to do. You can still get into the cosmetic field with a degree in Microbiology but it means you will not likely start in the formulating side of the business. However, if you go on to get a Masters degree in Cosmetic Chemistry then you won’t have any problems. Indeed getting a microbiology degree will prepare you well enough to do the Masters program. Good luck!

  325. ruchita jaiswani

    hi im ruchita jaiswani,student of b.pharma final year,i want to get job in dis field so can u please tell me the eligibility for geting the job……….n wat will i do after b.pharma……….plz this is very important for me.plz rply

    1. Perry

      Hello Ruchita – I’m not sure I understand your question but if you graduate with a degree in b.pharma, you would certainly qualify for an entry level formulating position. See the Career category tab for more information about getting a job in the cosmetic industry.

  326. John

    Hi Perry,
    I wanna to establish a cosmetics factory, if you know or anybody need to help himself (get some money) during the study he/she is welcomed, let him/her contact’s me ASAP at: xyz200095{at}yahoo{dot}com
    It’s a good chance to show your skill and test your experience/study and get money.
    Thank you,

    1. Perry

      I’ll see if I can find someone to recommend John.

  327. kushangi

    i m studying in final year B.Pharm in India and I am interested in making my career in this field. Right now I am giving GRE exam for higher studies in USA. Can you please tell me the exact procedure of getting admission in this field?? Please this is very much important for me and my career.
    Thank you 🙂

  328. Prathamesh

    Hi Perry..
    You have really given details for careers in cosmetic science.
    I am interested in joining FDU for fall 12. They have not mentioned any deadlines for the application. So my querry is by what date should we send an application?
    Thanks for your help..!!

    1. Bhagyesh

      Hi prathamesh,

      FDU doesn’t have any deadline as such, they have rolling admission throughout. I think as per their rules, you can’t apply later than june 1st. Applying in December-January would be better. All the best.

  329. AngelinaCheah

    Mr. Perry,

    I am from Malaysia. I am keen to know the knowledge of formulating ingredients for cosmetics products, and wish to produce and market the 100% natural ingredients cosmetic products in the future. Now I am standing on the crossroad choosing the course I will never regret to attend.
    1. BSc (Hons) Chemistry;
    2. BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Management;
    3. BSc (Hons) Industrial Chemistry;
    4. BSc (Hons) Biotechnology;
    5. BSc (Hons) Biochemistry;
    Pls help me choose the best course to study, Mr. Perry.
    Thank u very much!! =D

    Uncertain Angelina

    1. Kelvin

      Hi Angelina,

      I am also from Malaysia, so which course are you taking right now?
      Of all the degree you stated above I personally think that doing BSc in Biochemistry is a wise choice.



      1. Jeannie Chung

        Hi Kevin.

        I have a BA in Chemistry and I am also from Malaysia. Let me tell you the reality-there is practically no job for cosmetic chemists in Malaysia. However, just like Angelina, I intend to formulate and start my own cosmetic company here. If teaming up sounds something of potential interest to you, do reply to me at

  330. Niki

    Hi. I would like to become a cosmetic chemist b/c cosmetics are my life 🙂 but I am also interested in maybe teaching (at a private college… I prefer no research in something that’s not cosmetics!) one day. I really like both ideas. I am currently getting my B.S. in either chemistry or biochemistry. Do you think one is preferential over the other for this? Would I be pigeon-holed if I got the cosmetics science PhD and then unable to pursue teaching?

    Also, I would like to find some resources where I could find some internships, etc to get started. I lived in Portland, OR. Thanks!

  331. Stella

    I am in my junior year of biological science major. I want to be a cosmetic chemist in the future. At this moment, I find really hard to get at least an internship in cosmetic fields as most companies want to hire at least students with their BA/BS degree already. Do you have any idea where can I go to find the internships in cosmetic fields? I have no experience at all in cosmetic fields and try to figure out what am I suppose to write on my resume since I have no experience at all. Thank you so much. Hope anyone can help me out. 🙂

  332. Mandy

    Hi, may I know which degree below will be more relevant if I wish to become a cosmetic formulator?
    Biomedical Science/Pharmaceutical Science/Chemistry?

    1. Perry

      @Mandy – the Pharmaceutical science degree or the chemistry degree would be best for formulating.

  333. Imali

    I am interested in the field of cosmetic science as well. Will a degree in biotechnology(3 years) help me enter the field?
    Thank you.

    1. Perry

      @Imali – Yes, this degree will help you break into the field.

  334. mayeth

    hi! i’m a bs-chemistry student and i am graduating this coming march hopefully. i would to ask if you are a cosmetic chemist, you need to get some subjects major in cosmetics or any subject related to cosmetics? our school did’t offer any subject related to cosmetics. thank you.

    1. Perry

      While you can get a job in the cosmetics industry without taking any courses in it, it is much more helpful to know something about the industry. Be sure to read through all the information on this website and consider taking the training course offered here. You can click on the tab at the top right side of this website to learn more. It is a great introduction to the industry and covers all the information you didn’t learn in college but need to know to be a cosmetic chemist.

  335. susan

    i am interested in getting into the cosmetics and fragrance industry…not so much in the chemistry area but more in product development and packaging. Is prod. dev considered the same as cosmetic chemist? if no, what is the difference? i have a BS of science in fashion merchandising. What would I need to study to get into this field. I would love to work for a company like L’oreal or estee lauder. I live in NY. Any ideas where I should start?

    1. Perry

      It sounds like you could work in the marketing department. In this industry, marketing is involved in product development as much as cosmetic chemists. In fact, they typically lead the development projects. They don’t actually mix products together but they do help generate ideas, write ad copy, and work with market research & advertisers.

  336. Alice

    Is a degree in biochemistry acceptable for a career in cosmetic science?

    1. Perry

      Yes, a biochemistry degree works for a career in cosmetic science

  337. Shanequa

    Do you know of any schools in Illinois ? I want to get in the cosmetics business myself

    1. Perry

      There are none that I know of in Illinois. Your best bet is to try out our training program. You can click on the tab at the top of this website.

  338. Pranjal

    hi perry,
    m in ma final year of B.Sc (hons) Chemistry………..i wanna make ma career in cosmetic sciences n for that i have planned 2 go for MS cosmetic sciences… 4 year education must 2 take admission in FDU or U n C as we have 3 years of education at B.Sc level?

    1. Perry

      I think if you have a degree, it does not matter whether it was 3 years or 4. You just need to check with the university.

  339. AshleyA

    Are there any universities in Oregon that you would recommend? I’m trying to get a cosmetics line started and thought it would be good to know the foundations of what I’m selling. Any information would be great, and thank you, your page has been the most helpful.

    1. Perry

      I do not know of any programs in Oregon. If you are interested in getting the basic foundations, try out our online training program. Just click the tab in the right corner of this website labeled ‘training program’. That will take you through all the basic science, raw materials, product forms, consumer problems, and market information.

  340. Jennifer

    I’m pursing in degree in pharmacy..what are some steps you think I can take to open up doors for me in this field of Cosmetic Chemistry right now…I want to be proactive for my career and get a head start. All info will be greatly appreciated

    1. Perry

      @Jennifer – we’ve written a lot about this subject. Click the ‘career’ category on the side and go through some of those articles.

  341. Jasmine

    is it also possible to get into cosmetic chemistry if you do a pharmacy degree at university?

    1. Perry

      Yes, a pharmacy degree is suitable for getting into cosmetic chemistry.

  342. amideep

    its very gratefull to invent such a helpful article.Am about to complete my integrated MS 5 years course n very intrested to work ith upeople ,cn u plz help me howto approach to good organisation.

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  344. denzel

    I love this page!!!

  345. caramel

    tanks a lot,dis has really helped.

  346. RH.

    I loved this article. You wouldn’t believe how relevant it was to what we were just talking about! It helped me a lot. Thank you.



  348. Bhagyesh

    I am final year Bachelor of Pharmacy student. I am really interested in pursuing Cosmetic Science degree specifically in research. I have applied to University of Cincinnati for Phd as well as for FDU. And I have got accept from FDU for Fall 2011, Cincinnati still waiting for reply. My question is if I dont get accept from UC then will FDU be wise option to choose? Because I want to go for PhD anyway. Or if I do get MS from FDU then what other options will be available for me?

    1. Perry

      @Bhagyesh -The FDU program is an excellent one but it is designed more for students who want a more practical background in cosmetic science. The U of C program is more for the academically minded. The FDU program will be a good one to choose if you can’t get in U of C.

  349. meg

    ^^a senior in high school

  350. meg

    Perry, I am a senior and am currently in the process of choosing which university that I will attend next year. The school that I plan to attend offers only a BA in biochemistry, which I plan to major in, and not a BS. Will this me detrimental to my chances at being accepted into one of the graduate schools for cosmetic science that you listed?

    1. Perry

      @Meg – A BA in biochemistry will be good enough to get into the graduate schools listed. Good luck!

  351. ayisha

    I had a masters degree in inorganic chemistry from pakistan 10 yrs ago but i never worked as a chemist than I did my diploma in medical aesthetic from canada and now I am confused b/w two I have a interest in cosmetic chemistry but I don’t think I can work as cosmetic chemist until I upgrade my studies I just don’t want to go any school for chemistry again.Pls can u guide me what are the best jobs for me in which I can atleast use my basic chemistry + skincare knowledge .I can do product reviews like cosmeticcop does and, I really love to do that,I am stay at home mom right know haven’t worked for almost 3yrs Pls guide me what could be best for me and where to start from.

    1. Perry

      @Ayisha – You have plenty of education to qualify as a cosmetic chemist. If you want a job, just apply for one and see what happens. If you are interested in staying home then that will be much more challenging. You could start writing your product reviews and posting them on your own internet site. This could eventually bring in money for you.

  352. Perry

    @Shells – if your concern is about giving yourself the best chance to get a job (in more fields) when you are finished, the Ph.D in materials science will probably be your best bet. However, if you wanted to specifically get into the cosmetic industry, an MS in cosmetic science at one of the university programs will be more helpful. You’ll meet people in the industry and the placement rate from those programs is pretty high.

    Good luck and I hope that helps.
    Perry, 44

  353. Shells

    Hi Perry. I am interested in creating and improving products but I am undecided in what I want to go to grad school for. I was thinking about a Ph.D in materials science because there would be more job choices out there, but I also thought about applying for a MS in cosmetic science but I am afraid it will limit me to the jobs I can get. Can I get advice on what I should do?

  354. joelle

    I just wanna ask you if i have a chemistry degree.I want to know which universities can i continue my masters degree in.I like to have my masters degree in cosmetics chemistry do you have any contact with any universities

  355. Ashlee

    Hi, Im a junior in high school. Honestly, Ive always been good at science, but this year i have a nack for chemistry and I think I want to major in cosmetic chemistry. What degree do I need that would send me directly into the world of cosmetic chemistry right after I graduate my standard 4 years of college. Maybe working for a makeup company for something. Maybe land a job at 50,000 a year, and do chemistry and have fun, because chemistry is awesome. thanks

    1. Perry

      Your best chance is to start with a degree in Chemistry. Then look for a job in the cosmetic industry. Check out the Society of Cosmetic Chemists for more career information.

  356. Perry

    @Sweety – I would suggest you contact the national SCC website and see if they know of any job openings. Also get involved on LinkedIn and connect with people who work at companies in which you would like to work.
    Good luck!

  357. Perry

    @Kaye – the training program could certainly help you get a job in the cosmetic industry. You will quickly learn all you need to know to get started on the job of a formulator. A master’s degree program is great but it will take a lot of time to complete. So, it all depends on whether you are ready to get your career started now, or later.

  358. Perry

    @Bora – I think your best bet it to study Biochemistry. Physiology is not as applicable to cosmetic chemistry.

  359. dipika

    hi, i am dipika i have completed BSC IN microbiology & also i am intrested in cosmatic formulation plz say what i do for this.

  360. sweety

    hi perry
    what should i do to become a cosmetic chemist. I have Ph.D. degree (india) in polymer chemistry. can you give me some company names for the same in USA specially in maryland.

  361. BORA

    hi there, im currently a 2rd year degree student majoring in chemistry . I want to work in cosmetics industry when I graduate from the uni(UNSW in Aus).
    Since you said the microbiology is also useful in that industry, I am planning to be miniored in the microbiology.
    but in this semester,To be miniored in the microbiology, I have two choice , either of studying Physiology or Biochemistry.
    which one do you think that is better for me to study? physio or biochem?

    your help will be very appreciated !

  362. Kaye

    Hello Perry
    I have a BSc in Chemistry (Canada) but I am lost as to how to get experience. I know there are tons of opportunities out there but I want to focus on one thing. Cosmetic chemistry sounds fun and interesting. I saw your online training program. Would that help someone advance in getting jobs? Or do you suggest that I get my masters? If so, what field would be related to cosmetics?

  363. Oyin

    hi. i’m in twelvth grade about to graduate and i’m really interested in being a cosmetic chemist, but i’m leaning towards the sales side. would it be a good idea for me to major in chemistry or pharmacy (which one is better) and minor in marketing?

    1. Perry

      If you want to be a cosmetic chemist and eventually work in sales, a good idea would be to major in Chemistry with a minor in Marketing.

  364. bing

    is university of fashion in the uk a good uni to take a cosmetic science degree?? taking a degree in cosmetic science and then a MBA and then wrkin as a business consultant a good career?
    will there be a good pay 4 it??how much??

  365. pooja lakshmi.p.ravi

    i love to be a chemist. now i am only in 10. i like your words of all and these gives me more hope on it.

  366. Giny

    I just graduated from school of Cosmetic Science from Mae Fah Luang, Thailand. Now I study with master degree in Cosmetic Science as the same university. Next step, I want to study with Phd. Cosmetic science at over sea. But I dont know university open this field. please send me the information and the university offering the course of my interest.
    Best regards

  367. israfuddin

    I have master degree in chemistry with sound analytical skills. I want to have internship as a chemist in well reputed organization having challenging environment.I have good computer skills with excelent communication skills in english.

  368. Ashley Taylor


    How are you?

    So I am looking up the Cosmetic Formulator position and that seems awesome! My advisor is trying to lean me toward boring chemisty 🙁 but I really feel as if cosmetic science would be fun! I contacted the local SCC chapter and I am in the process of joining so I am happy about that! Also, would having an online MA degree be just as good as obtaining one while physically being in class? I plan on applying to FDU and the UC. They (my advisors) want me to go to grad school and then think about cosmetic science but I am not aware of what programs to take gearing towards this.

  369. rexxi

    I just graduated from cosmetology school, and I have been recently looking into becoming a cosmetic chemist but im also living in the midwest of america. Do any of these colleges that were mentioned offer finacial aid? and is minnesota the closest college to iowa?

  370. Irina

    I’m looking for partners – engineers and chemical companies in this area for the development of new products in cosmetics and beauty.
    Will you help me?

  371. Zeda Bocus

    My daughter is on her final year for her cosmetic science degree,she would like to get some work placement abroad,your advice will be most helpful.

    thank you.

    from a worrying mum

  372. Gargi Desai

    i m a pharmacy graduate from pune university india and i want to opt for masters in cosmetic field. plz send me the eligibility and the university offering the course of my interest.

  373. Choon


    What’s the differences of Master Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Master Degree in Long Island University? I have applied and currently waiting for the admission response from them.

    1. Perry

      You can read more about cosmetic science programs here. As far as the differences, the Long Island program will cover more pharmacy information and will be slightly less focused on Cosmetics. The FD program is more geared towards cosmetic formulating.

  374. Nicole

    hi im intrested in being a cosmetic chemist but can u still be 1 if you only have a degree in biology? will it be too competitive as i dont have a chemisty degree? Im from the UK

    1. Perry

      @Nicole – You can be a cosmetic chemist with a biology degree. Having a chemistry degree is not a huge advantage over having a biology degree.

  375. Leslie H

    Farleigh Dickinson is in Jersey and the London Institute of Arts (I think that’s the name) focuses mainly on cosmetics and the arts of fashion and style), google them and give them a call.

  376. Leslie H

    @Yogesh – Hi, from what I was told years ago, you would have to contact the company or corporation you are interested in working for.

  377. Perry

    Bella – the University of Cincinnati program is one of the best programs or if you want to try New York area, check with the Fairleigh Dickenson program.

  378. Kelly

    A pharmacy degree can be helpful in understanding delivery of active ingredients, etc. It is a good start and some courses in cosmetic formulation would also be useful in giving you a broader perspective of product development. -Kelly

  379. yogesh keshari

    i m pharmacy graduate & now in pharma sales but interest in cosmetic industry.
    i want to come in cosmetic industry.
    is there is any job for pharmacy garduate?

  380. Bella

    Hie. this is bella. Im currently doing chemical engineering in a college in dubai. I want to become a cosmetic for a cosmetic brand. i want to do my masters in USA. preferrably newyork. so can you please suggest a suitable university? also, can i work as well as study with only a graduate degree?Thanks:)

  381. Rickeisha Brown

    I’m a sophmore in college, and I am interested in receiving information about internships in the cosmetic chemist field or any opportunity that can provide me with experience, to put on my resume.

  382. vivian

    hi there,
    im currently a 3rd year degree student majoring in biological science and i have this huge interest in cosmetics industry, but will this degree enough to get me into the industry? where should i start after i graduate, im from new zealand. please advise

    1. Perry

      @Vivian – you should be able to get a job with a biology degree. You may start in the Micro department but you could then try to get into formulating from there. I would suggest you contact the IFSCC or the Australian SCC.

  383. vivian

    hi, i have huge interest in cosmetic industry, but im currently at my 3rd year of degree majoring in biological science, just wondering will this degree take me to cosmetic industry, because so far , all that i come across need degree in chemistry.

  384. Maria

    Is there any way to get into cosmetic chemistry without a science degree?

    1. Perry

      @Maria – Yes. You can start as a Lab Technician and work your way up. This just takes a lot longer. You can get placed as a technician either through a want ad or a lab temp agency.

      Of course, you could also just start your own cosmetics business.

  385. Terrie

    Hi Perry!!

    I am a sophomore in college now pursuing a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. After graduating, I want to pursue a master’s program for cosmetic cheistry. I’m really interested in the program at FIT in New York. Is that a good program or will it be better to attend University of Cinncinati or FD?? I live in a small town so the closest thing to cosmetics I can get is either a drugstore or Sephora to gain insight. Will that count as ‘experience’??

    1. Perry

      @Terrie – If you can afford it, the University of Cincinnati program is one of the best and it will be more scientifically inclined than the FIT program. If you want to get a job prior to starting, the FD program is a good one because it is designed for people who want to work while getting their advanced degree. The FIT is a good program too but may be a bit easier for you than the others.

      Hope that helps.

  386. pooja

    hey wow! that sounds so interesting!
    well i am from Bangalore(india).. you? i guess your a localite?

    this course seems like the right option for me as i absolutely love chemistry n biology
    are there any indians doing this course? but the only problem is the finances, its quite an expensive course plus my parents are getting second thoughts whether its worth it, i mean to spend a bomb on ug, and spend more to get a phd/Ms. so they want me to study chemical engineering and then get into cosmetics, i dont think lcf provides a pg course in cosmetic science, does it?

    london is quite an expensive city right? whats your monthly budget like?
    and how were your scores in chemistry n biology like while you applied?

    ps: can you pls send me your email id.


  387. Mandi

    No problem Pooja! Where are you from by the way? International student?
    This course is intensive even though i’m only on my first year, you will learn all aspects of ‘cosmetic science’ you will learn emulsions, surfactants, perfumery, micobiology, skin biology, surface chemistry, product formulation and chemistry all in your first year, it’s the end of my first year in 2 weeks and you will have lots of examinations end of each term.

    Second year i heard you will be learning and formulating decorative cosmetics such as cream, lotion, eye shadows and lipsticks 🙂

    3rd year placement is most likely a paid placement, you get to work abroad or UK, it depends where you want to apply. You will still have to pay half of the tuition fees!

    I hope this helps


  388. pooja

    hey! thanks for your concern mandi.
    can you give me a few details about the course? and hows london as a city? i’d be glad if you could find out about the job placements college provides?
    are you liking the course?
    keep in touch!:)

  389. Mandi

    Hi Pooja!

    I just want to let you know i am currently studying Cosmetics Science BSc @ London College of Fashion, are there any questions you want to know about the course? Although i am only on my 1st year at the moment 🙂