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How to Become a Cosmetic Chemist

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.  Here are 7 steps you can follow to become a cosmetic chemist. There are different paths, but the following has proven consistently effective. cosmetic chemists

7 Steps to Becoming a Cosmetic Scientist

1. Get your science degree

You could start your own company or work for a relative that started one, but this isn’t how most people get into the cosmetic industry. If you’re following the traditional path, you should get a 4-year college degree from a college or university. The most common degrees that cosmetic scientists get are Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, and 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.

2. Maybe get an advanced degree

While a 4-year degree is all you need, bigger companies like P&G or L’Oreal tend to favor students who have Masters or PHD degrees in cosmetic science. 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. The exception to this is when you enroll in one of the few cosmetic science focused programs in universities around the United States. This isn’t a complete list but here are three great options.

University of Cincinnati – College of Pharmacy
University of Southern Mississippi – School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
Fairleigh Dickinson University

You can contact the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) for a complete list.

3. Research Cosmetic Companies

There are literally thousands of scientists and chemists working in the cosmetic industry. Fortunately, the number of jobs continues to grow. This is an industry that continues to sell product even in uncertain economic times. Everyone wants to look good no matter how much money they’re making.

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 find potential employers is through the trade journals. Here are three sources to find companies. In some cases (like the Thomas Register) you can search by state.

Happi Buyers guide
GCI business section
Thomas Register

4. Pick a job

In college, they rarely tell you what kind of job you might get when you graduate. 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 — If you like inventing and creating, the formulator is where you should be. Most of these jobs are with Finished Goods & Contract manufacturers. A few raw material suppliers employ formulators in their Technical Services departments.

b. Quality Control Chemist (QA/QC)— If like working with GC, IR, and Mass Spec you might enjoy a QC or QA job. Every company in the industry hires these scientists.

c. Analytical Services — Closest thing in the industry to scientific research. Most raw material suppliers and finished goods manufacturers have Analytical Departments.

d. Process Engineering (PE)— Like 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. Most of these jobs will be with raw material suppliers.

f. Regulatory Scientists — For the people who like science but don’t like 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 — 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.

5. Get a 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, try…

Monster.com
Careerbuilder.com
Careers in Cosmetics

6. Find a temporary assignment

Sometimes you won’t be able to find your perfect job right out of school. Big companies often hire people that worked for them first as temporary workers. Get your resume to a scientist focused temp agency and see if you can land your first assignment.

Kelly Scientific Resources
K Force Staffing

7. Network with other cosmetic chemists

Perhaps the most powerful way to get a job in the cosmetic industry is to get involved with social networking sites. We are going to create a forum on Chemists Corner so you can chat with other cosmetic chemists. But EVERYONE should create a LinkedIn page. (Don’t worry, it’s free). Here 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.

LinkedIn.com
Facebook.com

You’ll also want to get involved with the industry’s premiere professional society, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. 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
Society of Cosmetic Scientists
International Federation of Society of Cosmetic Chemists

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.

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  • yanan kang 10/30/2014, 2:24 am

    Hi,

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 10/30/2014, 11:27 am

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

  • Astrid 10/20/2014, 9:11 am

    Hi,
    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 10/20/2014, 9:30 am

      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.

  • Hiba Khan 10/18/2014, 12:59 pm

    Hey,
    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!

  • Trinh Hoang 10/16/2014, 10:24 pm

    Hello,
    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 10/17/2014, 2:21 pm

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

  • Yurisa 10/06/2014, 2:00 pm

    Hello
    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!

    • Perry Romanowski 10/06/2014, 5:20 pm

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

  • Emilie James 10/03/2014, 9:18 am

    Hello,

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 10/03/2014, 1:40 pm

      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.

  • Hannah Kim 10/02/2014, 4:24 pm

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 10/03/2014, 9:54 am

      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.

  • Rose 09/28/2014, 10:45 pm

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 09/29/2014, 9:37 am

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

  • Tam 09/22/2014, 11:03 pm

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 09/29/2014, 7:07 pm

      Hello Tam – yes a pharmaceutical degree would be useful in the cosmetic industry. You might benefit from taking our course also http://chemistscorner.com/members

  • poonam 09/19/2014, 3:06 am

    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

    Thanks
    Poonam

    • Perry Romanowski 09/29/2014, 7:09 pm

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

  • v.petchi muthu 09/15/2014, 12:43 am

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

  • Iylia 09/10/2014, 10:38 pm

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 09/11/2014, 3:59 pm

      Yes. I actually have a degree in Biochemistry.

  • Iylia 09/10/2014, 9:40 pm

    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.

  • Jacqulyn Watson 09/09/2014, 8:20 pm

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 09/11/2014, 4:01 pm

      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.

  • Becky 09/09/2014, 4:46 pm

    Hi,

    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.

  • susu 09/09/2014, 4:36 am

    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?
    Thanks!

    • Perry Romanowski 09/11/2014, 4:03 pm

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

  • O I 08/26/2014, 6:35 pm

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 08/29/2014, 7:18 am

      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.

  • Johanna 08/25/2014, 4:17 pm

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 08/25/2014, 5:15 pm

      Biochemistry would be better to become a cosmetic chemist.

  • Sansha Coetzee 08/25/2014, 4:24 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 08/25/2014, 5:16 pm

      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.

  • Anuki 08/20/2014, 6:53 am

    I’d like to be a cosmetic formulator

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

    • Perry Romanowski 08/21/2014, 12:25 pm

      Biotechnology would probably be more useful for cosmetic chemistry.

  • Nana 08/11/2014, 1:28 pm

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

  • Kait 07/24/2014, 4:01 pm

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

    • Perry Romanowski 07/30/2014, 1:26 pm

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

  • Jamie 07/23/2014, 11:34 pm

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 07/24/2014, 9:37 am

      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.

  • sammy 07/21/2014, 8:09 pm

    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

    Sammy

  • Mel 07/12/2014, 8:58 am

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 07/14/2014, 11:06 am

      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.

  • Abigail 06/25/2014, 5:24 pm

    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!

    • Perry Romanowski 06/30/2014, 7:38 am

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

  • Shona 06/19/2014, 6:35 pm

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 06/24/2014, 9:52 pm

      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.

  • Sandy nguyen 06/16/2014, 12:46 pm

    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!

  • Kushi 06/14/2014, 12:04 pm

    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?

    Thanks

    • Perry Romanowski 06/16/2014, 5:23 pm

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

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  • Sumanth 05/19/2014, 1:49 pm

    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???

    • Perry Romanowski 05/21/2014, 8:39 am

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

  • Yuzhou 05/17/2014, 2:53 pm

    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!

    • Perry Romanowski 05/19/2014, 7:11 am

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

  • LaLuMa 05/13/2014, 5:34 pm

    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

  • Brianna 05/11/2014, 10:17 am

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

  • Ladan 05/09/2014, 7:17 am

    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 :)

    • Perry Romanowski 05/10/2014, 2:13 pm

      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.

  • Eunice 05/02/2014, 12:24 am

    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.
    Thanks!!

    • Perry Romanowski 05/02/2014, 8:35 am

      Hello Eunice,

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

      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.

  • KG 04/30/2014, 10:05 pm

    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

    • Perry Romanowski 05/01/2014, 7:31 am

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

  • Davena M. 04/03/2014, 3:50 pm

    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

    • Perry Romanowski 04/05/2014, 2:56 pm

      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.

  • Sarah 04/01/2014, 5:49 pm

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

    Sarah

  • youstina 04/01/2014, 5:16 pm

    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 .

    • Perry Romanowski 04/02/2014, 5:14 pm

      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. http://chemistscorner.com/members

  • marie 03/29/2014, 5:06 pm

    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

    • Perry Romanowski 04/02/2014, 8:06 pm

      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. http://chemistscorner.com/members 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.

  • Amanda 03/29/2014, 4:31 pm

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

    • Perry Romanowski 04/02/2014, 8:07 pm

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

  • fateme 03/28/2014, 11:03 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 04/02/2014, 8:30 pm

      Probably organic chemistry would be most helpful.

  • Naomi 03/23/2014, 9:45 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 03/25/2014, 11:30 am

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

  • Nicole 03/12/2014, 4:31 pm

    Hi Perry, I was wondering if or when the http://www.learn.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com will be accepting new students? Thanks

  • Lexie 02/28/2014, 3:46 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 03/07/2014, 11:54 am

      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.

  • Tariq mahmood 02/21/2014, 4:15 pm

    Hi.I want learn about cosmetic chemistry and cometic formulation. Please guide me where I learn.university name or online books.tariqsiddiqui0028@yahoo.com. please reply me

  • Sarah 02/20/2014, 12:36 pm

    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?

    Thanks!

    Sarah

    • Perry Romanowski 03/07/2014, 11:55 am

      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.

  • konsta maria 01/16/2014, 12:30 pm

    Hi
    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 01/16/2014, 1:33 pm

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

  • Shey 01/07/2014, 9:51 am

    Hello,
    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
    Shey

  • lizzy 01/06/2014, 11:52 pm

    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…..life experience and intelligence will get you EVERYWHERE!

  • Rosa Rendon 10/30/2013, 9:22 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 10/31/2013, 7:03 pm

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

  • Tara 10/17/2013, 1:10 pm

    Hello,
    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,
    Tara

  • Ari K 10/15/2013, 8:31 pm

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 10/16/2013, 5:13 pm

      You should read through our Career posts and also join the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. The Chicago chapter is very active (http://midwestscc.org)

  • Kaki 10/09/2013, 6:01 pm

    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.

  • Sarah 10/08/2013, 8:37 pm

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

    • Perry Romanowski 10/10/2013, 6:24 am

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

  • wan atikah 10/06/2013, 10:23 am

    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???

    • Perry Romanowski 10/06/2013, 5:38 pm

      Sure!

      • wan atikah 10/08/2013, 10:35 am

        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..

  • oendric 09/30/2013, 9:48 am

    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 engineering.so 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.

    • Perry Romanowski 10/02/2013, 9:41 pm

      See the articles in our career section.

  • Hillary 09/28/2013, 10:27 pm

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

    • Perry Romanowski 10/02/2013, 9:44 pm

      Yes. That is what my background is in.

  • Anna 09/16/2013, 7:43 pm

    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,
    Anna

    • Perry Romanowski 10/06/2013, 6:04 pm

      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.

  • Megha Trambadiya 09/09/2013, 8:58 am

    Hey!
    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.
    Thanks

    • Perry Romanowski 09/09/2013, 1:05 pm

      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.

  • Zeynep 09/08/2013, 10:21 pm

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 09/11/2013, 5:48 pm

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

  • Justin 09/08/2013, 11:22 am

    Hello
    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 09/11/2013, 5:51 pm

      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)

  • Monica 08/31/2013, 5:28 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 09/03/2013, 6:27 am

      Yes

  • Angeline 08/25/2013, 1:01 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 08/26/2013, 8:24 am

      Just getting a chemistry degree will be enough.

  • Haley 08/21/2013, 7:57 am

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 08/21/2013, 11:03 am

      See our articles in the Career section. Also, be sure to download our free book about starting a cosmetic line http://startacosmeticline.com

  • Rachael Perry 08/12/2013, 5:27 pm

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 08/14/2013, 8:59 am

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

  • Mano 08/10/2013, 1:47 am

    Hi,
    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 08/12/2013, 9:30 am

      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.

  • Bella 07/30/2013, 6:41 am

    Hey

    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?

  • Sameeha 07/23/2013, 5:28 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 07/23/2013, 2:54 pm

      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.

      • Sameeha 07/24/2013, 3:04 am

        Many thanks for your prompt response.

  • soujanya 07/20/2013, 1:45 pm

    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

  • nulambeh jim 07/19/2013, 10:07 am

    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

    • Perry Romanowski 07/19/2013, 3:19 pm

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

  • Shelly 07/18/2013, 7:14 pm

    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!

  • Atasha 07/12/2013, 10:10 am

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 07/15/2013, 1:13 pm

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

  • Mike 06/28/2013, 8:55 am

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 07/01/2013, 6:59 am

      Hello Mike,

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

  • laxmi 06/27/2013, 9:33 am

    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

    • Perry Romanowski 07/01/2013, 7:02 am

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

  • Zhang 06/25/2013, 7:58 pm

    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!

  • Kelly 06/22/2013, 4:39 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 06/23/2013, 3:05 pm

      Yes.

  • Tesfaye 06/21/2013, 9:36 am

    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 ?

    • Perry Romanowski 06/26/2013, 10:34 am

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

      • Tesfaye 06/28/2013, 12:00 pm

        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).

  • POOJA 06/14/2013, 4:41 pm

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 06/17/2013, 1:03 pm

      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.

  • Jessica 06/07/2013, 6:19 am

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 06/09/2013, 5:14 pm

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

  • Deepthi 05/26/2013, 12:18 pm

    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?

    Deepthi

    • Perry Romanowski 05/28/2013, 9:56 am

      see our articles about a cosmetic science career.

  • Nesha 05/26/2013, 11:56 am

    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?

    • Perry Romanowski 05/28/2013, 9:57 am

      They are known as Formulators.

  • monisha 05/23/2013, 9:32 am

    I WOULD LIKE TO OPEN COSMETICS SHOP WHAT QULIFICATION IS NEEDED TO OPEN SHOP

    • Perry Romanowski 05/23/2013, 11:28 am

      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. http://startacosmeticline.com

  • Syd 05/09/2013, 7:55 pm

    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!!

    • Perry Romanowski 05/13/2013, 7:49 am

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

  • Krishna Chaitanya 05/08/2013, 12:55 am

    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.

    • Perry Romanowski 05/08/2013, 10:16 am

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

  • Jeremiah 05/02/2013, 10:15 am

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

    • Perry Romanowski 05/06/2013, 9:57 pm

      Yes!

  • vinitha 04/16/2013, 10:47 am

    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,
    vinitha.

    • Perry Romanowski 04/24/2013, 8:17 am

      See our section on Cosmetic Science careers.

  • vedha 04/08/2013, 5:46 am

    hai,
    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.

  • vedha 04/03/2013, 6:06 am

    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( ID:vdhpya@gmail.com)

    • Perry Romanowski 04/03/2013, 9:08 am

      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.

  • Shera 03/20/2013, 6:05 pm

    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?
    Thanks!
    -Shera (a high school student considering this field)

  • shaziya 03/17/2013, 2:39 am

    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.

  • Centhia 03/13/2013, 11:09 am

    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 centhia1@gmail.com

  • Teiko Way 03/11/2013, 5:05 pm

    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?
    Thanks!!

    • Perry Romanowski 03/19/2013, 7:18 am

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

  • Peggy Angelis 03/02/2013, 10:21 am

    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.

    • Newton Luu 03/04/2013, 2:01 am

      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

  • Huy 02/15/2013, 12:28 am

    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.
    Huy

    • Perry 02/15/2013, 7:07 am

      Hello Huy,

      A great way to get started is to take our online cosmetic science course.
      Let me know if you have any questions.

  • hila 01/28/2013, 6:57 am

    Hello,

    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)?

    thanks!

  • Shayla Dang 01/25/2013, 7:19 pm

    Hi,

    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?

    • Newton Luu 02/23/2013, 4:56 am

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

  • Temisa 01/22/2013, 7:34 pm

    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????

    • Perry 01/22/2013, 7:36 pm

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

  • sami 01/10/2013, 2:56 pm

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

    thanks for the tips

    • Perry 01/11/2013, 5:23 pm

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

  • Simrin 12/24/2012, 4:35 pm

    Hello,

    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?

    • Perry 12/27/2012, 8:21 am

      Search our career tab for a list of potential internships.

  • keidra 12/23/2012, 9:05 am

    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.

  • Teenz 12/22/2012, 9:48 am

    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 :D some explanation will be great too

    Thanks

    • Perry 12/27/2012, 8:23 am

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

  • Bett Smitt 12/14/2012, 4:18 am

    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?…

    • Perry 12/14/2012, 6:46 am

      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.

  • Liz 11/11/2012, 5:01 pm

    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

    • Perry 12/14/2012, 6:47 am

      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.

  • Alyssa Barrera 11/08/2012, 4:14 am

    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!

    • Perry 11/08/2012, 12:49 pm

      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.

  • dou 10/22/2012, 4:53 am

    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.
    Dou.

    • Perry 10/22/2012, 1:59 pm

      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.

  • Bri 10/16/2012, 7:51 pm

    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,

    Bri

    • Perry 10/18/2012, 8:13 pm

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

  • Mariam 10/01/2012, 5:06 pm

    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.

    • Perry 10/01/2012, 5:08 pm

      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.

  • Daniel 10/01/2012, 6:14 am

    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 =)

  • ATANU DAS 09/26/2012, 5:58 am

    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.

  • Jenny, 15 09/22/2012, 8:18 pm

    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!

    • Perry 09/25/2012, 8:23 am

      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.

      • Jenny, 15 09/26/2012, 9:03 am

        thank you!

    • Joshi madhvi 12/17/2012, 10:26 pm

      In india where r the cosmatic collages???

      • Perry 12/24/2012, 8:14 am

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

      • Shwetha 01/25/2013, 10:12 am

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

  • Grzegorz 09/20/2012, 5:49 am

    Hi,
    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.

    • Grzegorz 09/20/2012, 5:51 am

      mail me at: onegumas[at]op.pl

    • Shwetha 01/25/2013, 10:26 am

      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 .

  • Sunna Bae 09/20/2012, 1:02 am

    Hello,

    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???

  • Brashell 08/27/2012, 7:56 pm

    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!

  • Daniela 07/23/2012, 5:15 am

    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

  • Anjali 06/13/2012, 4:58 pm

    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 !

    • ANUJ KUMAR 09/18/2012, 7:39 am

      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.

      Anuj

      • Anjali 09/19/2012, 1:08 pm

        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.
        Anjali

  • Md. Mizanur Rahman 06/08/2012, 1:18 pm

    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.

  • Shiori 05/11/2012, 11:31 pm

    Hi,
    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.

    • Barbara 09/16/2012, 5:39 pm

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

  • Diadem 05/10/2012, 11:27 pm

    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

  • Tavonnia Fisher 04/18/2012, 5:45 pm

    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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  • Rian 04/04/2012, 10:28 pm

    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 …

  • Haley McNelley(: 03/20/2012, 8:07 pm

    heyyy(:
    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
    ~haley <333

    • hafez 03/23/2012, 4:32 am

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  • Kelly 03/04/2012, 5:12 am

    Hi,

    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?

    Thanks!

    • hafez 03/12/2012, 6:48 pm

      Hello
      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
      Please told me
      You can trust send your reply to E-mail Address
      I wish to respond as quickly as possible

      Thanks

    • Rony Lazo 04/28/2012, 6:39 pm

      Please chek http://www.ub.edu/tecnofarm/espais/altrestudis/masters/dermofarmac.html
      For a cosmetic science program in Spain.

  • shomouk 03/03/2012, 2:33 pm

    Hi
    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 ?
    thanks

  • Clarissa 02/25/2012, 11:49 am

    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?

    • Perry 02/26/2012, 9:29 am

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

  • uduakobong 02/23/2012, 3:58 am

    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?
    thanks

    • Perry 02/23/2012, 6:06 am

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

  • Angela 02/21/2012, 10:45 pm

    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 ?

    • Perry 02/26/2012, 9:43 am

      A great place to look is in our Forum.

      • Barbara 09/16/2012, 5:44 pm

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

  • Hiep Tam 02/14/2012, 2:21 am

    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.

    • Perry 02/14/2012, 6:13 am

      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.

  • Talukder Md. Mizanur Rahman 02/13/2012, 11:51 am

    Have any institute in BANGLADESH for cosmetic?

    • Perry 02/14/2012, 6:13 am

      Not that I know of.

  • moses 02/12/2012, 5:22 am

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

  • Teddy 02/10/2012, 10:32 am

    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.

  • sindhuja 02/08/2012, 6:10 am

    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.

    Reply

    • Perry 02/08/2012, 7:22 am

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

  • shilpi 02/07/2012, 6:54 am

    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.

  • Hiep Tam 02/04/2012, 12:20 am

    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.
    This is my yahoo: htamstar@yahoo.com

  • Rish 01/23/2012, 12:07 pm

    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?

  • kirthi 01/20/2012, 2:31 am

    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

    • Perry 01/20/2012, 6:50 am

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

  • carol 01/19/2012, 8:53 am

    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.

    • Patricia 02/08/2012, 9:12 am

      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.

  • Dina Borysenko 01/08/2012, 6:54 pm

    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.

  • jade 01/05/2012, 11:12 pm

    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

    • Perry 01/11/2012, 6:47 am

      @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.

  • Bahjat Issa 01/01/2012, 5:11 am

    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.
    Sincerely,
    Bahjat

    • colvette s brown 01/16/2012, 4:36 pm

      We’ll I’m here because last year I finish my degree and I’m in my country and I don’t got I jod so I’m looking for a company to sponsored for me thank you and god bless. Sincerely. Colvette s brown

  • GARGI 12/27/2011, 7:59 am

    hello,
    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…

  • vanessa 12/26/2011, 6:59 pm

    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.

    • Perry 12/28/2011, 8:40 am

      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.

  • heyheyyheyy!!! 12/26/2011, 12:02 am

    this is my future job!!!i love it!!!im actually going to do that now!!! =D

  • TREVOR 12/20/2011, 2:29 am

    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.

    • Perry 12/28/2011, 8:41 am

      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.

  • Joyre 12/16/2011, 2:31 pm

    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?

    • Perry 12/16/2011, 3:16 pm

      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!

  • mazen ghanem 12/11/2011, 8:10 am

    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.

  • Kritee 12/01/2011, 1:07 am

    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.:)
    Thanks,
    Kritee

    • Perry 12/28/2011, 8:42 am

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

  • kushangi 11/29/2011, 6:56 am

    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?

  • Eryn 11/29/2011, 2:51 am

    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!

    Eryn

    • Perry 12/28/2011, 8:43 am

      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.

  • md sattar ali 11/18/2011, 3:27 am

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

  • maria 11/15/2011, 5:34 pm

    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.

  • yasmin 11/13/2011, 3:19 pm

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

  • Winnie murithi 11/01/2011, 7:18 am

    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.

  • Ashley 10/24/2011, 4:00 pm

    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 .

  • jessica 10/19/2011, 9:38 am

    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

  • Kristen 10/02/2011, 8:06 pm

    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:)

    • Perry 10/02/2011, 10:16 pm

      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.

  • Nikki 09/27/2011, 4:49 am

    Hi,

    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.

    • Perry 09/27/2011, 7:12 am

      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.

  • Kayla 09/24/2011, 9:50 am

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

    • Perry 09/24/2011, 10:10 pm

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

  • renu 09/24/2011, 2:32 am

    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.

    • Mrs. Sebastian 12/18/2011, 6:09 pm

      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.

    • Theresa Sebastian 01/20/2012, 10:38 am

      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

  • Shalon 09/23/2011, 2:26 pm

    Hello,

    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???

    Signed,

    Shalon The Confused Chemist Hopeful

    • Perry 09/24/2011, 10:14 pm

      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!

  • ruchita jaiswani 09/20/2011, 1:14 pm

    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

    • Perry 09/20/2011, 1:22 pm

      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.

  • John 09/16/2011, 6:06 pm

    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,

    • Perry 10/10/2011, 4:51 pm

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

  • kushangi 08/31/2011, 11:46 pm

    hi,
    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 :)

  • Prathamesh 08/28/2011, 10:19 am

    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..!!

    • Bhagyesh 08/30/2011, 3:28 am

      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.

  • AngelinaCheah 08/14/2011, 11:48 am

    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

    • Kelvin 12/23/2011, 7:51 am

      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.

      Regards,

      Kelvin

      • Jeannie Chung 01/20/2013, 12:19 am

        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 yuehchung2012@u.northwestern.edu.

  • Niki 08/10/2011, 1:54 am

    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!

  • Stella 08/01/2011, 4:36 pm

    Hi!
    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. :)

  • Mandy 08/01/2011, 1:06 pm

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

    • Perry 08/01/2011, 1:25 pm

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

  • Imali 07/25/2011, 10:16 pm

    Hi,
    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.

    • Perry 07/26/2011, 7:58 am

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

  • mayeth 07/20/2011, 12:47 am

    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.

    • Perry 07/26/2011, 7:58 am

      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.

  • susan 07/18/2011, 6:54 pm

    hello
    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?

    • Perry 07/26/2011, 7:56 am

      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.

  • Alice 07/18/2011, 8:09 am

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

    • Perry 07/26/2011, 7:54 am

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

  • Shanequa 07/10/2011, 11:30 pm

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

    • Perry 07/11/2011, 6:42 pm

      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.

  • Pranjal 06/30/2011, 3:13 pm

    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…..is 4 year education must 2 take admission in FDU or U n C as we have 3 years of education at B.Sc level?

    • Perry 07/02/2011, 7:37 am

      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.

  • AshleyA 06/20/2011, 11:57 pm

    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.

    • Perry 06/21/2011, 7:09 am

      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.

  • Jennifer 06/18/2011, 9:34 pm

    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

    • Perry 06/21/2011, 7:16 am

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

  • Jasmine 06/17/2011, 3:53 pm

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

    • Perry 06/17/2011, 4:03 pm

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

  • amideep 06/01/2011, 1:24 pm

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  • denzel 05/10/2011, 12:36 pm

    I love this page!!!

  • caramel 05/06/2011, 4:43 am

    tanks a lot,dis has really helped.

  • RH. 04/10/2011, 9:13 pm

    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.

  • TORI MOORE 04/05/2011, 2:20 pm

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  • Bhagyesh 04/02/2011, 4:05 am

    Perry,
    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?

    • Perry 04/03/2011, 2:02 am

      @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.

  • meg 03/27/2011, 7:15 pm

    ^^a senior in high school

  • meg 03/27/2011, 7:14 pm

    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?
    Thanks.

    • Perry 04/03/2011, 2:03 am

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

  • ayisha 03/18/2011, 2:14 pm

    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.
    Thanks.

    • Perry 04/03/2011, 2:15 am

      @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.

  • Perry 03/18/2011, 8:08 am

    @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

  • Shells 03/17/2011, 9:03 pm

    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?

  • joelle 02/26/2011, 2:24 pm

    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

  • Ashlee 02/24/2011, 4:25 pm

    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

    • Perry 02/28/2011, 9:10 am

      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.

  • Perry 02/16/2011, 7:21 am

    Hello Titi – There is no complete list that you are looking for but this list of cosmetic science programs around the world should help.

  • Perry 02/10/2011, 1:07 pm

    @Dipika – Here is a list of jobs you might want to do.
    http://chemistscorner.com/chemist-careers-for-the-uncertain-science-major/

    Then here is how you might go about getting one.
    http://chemistscorner.com/5-places-to-find-cosmetic-science-jobs/

  • Perry 02/10/2011, 1:05 pm

    @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!

  • Perry 02/10/2011, 1:03 pm

    @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.

  • Perry 02/10/2011, 1:02 pm

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

  • dipika 02/08/2011, 3:39 am

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

  • sweety 01/31/2011, 12:08 pm

    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.

  • BORA 01/28/2011, 10:39 am

    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 !

  • Kaye 01/14/2011, 2:35 pm

    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?
    Thanks!

  • Oyin 12/13/2010, 12:52 pm

    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?

    • Perry 12/13/2010, 12:57 pm

      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.

  • bing 12/10/2010, 5:20 am

    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??

  • pooja lakshmi.p.ravi 11/17/2010, 2:15 am

    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.
    thankyou

  • Giny 11/03/2010, 11:19 pm

    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

  • israfuddin 11/03/2010, 10:12 am

    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.

  • Ashley Taylor 11/01/2010, 9:10 am

    Hey!

    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.

  • rexxi 10/25/2010, 1:49 pm

    hi,
    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?

  • Irina 10/21/2010, 4:18 pm

    Hello,
    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?
    Contact: irrinna88@hotmail.com

  • Zeda Bocus 10/21/2010, 5:54 am

    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

  • Gargi Desai 10/12/2010, 7:47 am

    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.

  • Choon 10/05/2010, 4:20 am

    Hi,

    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.

    • Perry 10/05/2010, 5:41 am

      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.

  • Nicole 09/06/2010, 12:50 pm

    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

    • Perry 10/05/2010, 5:43 am

      @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.

  • Leslie H 08/30/2010, 8:11 pm

    Hi,
    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.

  • Leslie H 08/30/2010, 8:06 pm

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

  • Perry 08/25/2010, 11:31 pm

    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.

  • Kelly 08/23/2010, 2:56 pm

    Yogesh,
    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

  • yogesh keshari 08/22/2010, 11:44 am

    hii
    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?

  • Bella 08/22/2010, 2:52 am

    Hie. this is bella. Im currently doing chemical engineering in a college in dubai. I want to become a cosmetic chemist.work 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:)

  • Rickeisha Brown 08/11/2010, 11:56 am

    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.

  • vivian 08/09/2010, 9:32 pm

    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

    • Perry 08/16/2010, 1:31 pm

      @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.

  • vivian 08/09/2010, 8:58 am

    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.

  • Maria 06/14/2010, 11:23 pm

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

    • Perry 06/15/2010, 5:50 am

      @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.

  • Terrie 05/23/2010, 2:01 pm

    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’??

    • Perry 05/25/2010, 3:51 pm

      @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.

  • pooja 05/20/2010, 1:31 pm

    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.

    thanks!:)

  • Mandi 05/20/2010, 12:40 pm

    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

    Mandi

  • pooja 05/20/2010, 6:47 am

    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!:)
    thanks,
    pooja

  • Mandi 05/19/2010, 3:35 pm

    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 :)

    Mandi

  • pooja 05/19/2010, 12:55 pm

    hey,
    well i just graduated from high school, i am planning on doing a course on cosmetic science(bs.hons cosmetic science) in london college of fashion as its one of the few colleges which porvide an undergrad specialised course in cosmetics, but i am getting second thoughts now. should i 1st complete my ug in chemical engineering and then do ms in cosmetics or directly get into cosmetic science?
    and i wanted to know if they’re good job opportunities for a cosmetic student?

    • Perry 05/19/2010, 1:10 pm

      @pooja – If you are set on becoming a cosmetic chemist then the program you are going in will be a good one. It has a track record of producing graduates who get jobs in the cosmetic industry.

      However, getting a degree in chemistry or chemical engineering might be the better option, as it will make you more well-rounded and open up your employment possibilities to other industries. If you still want to pursue cosmetic science, you could get a job that helps cover the costs of an MS in Cosmetics.

      There are opportunities for cosmetic scientists. The key is to start networking (as you’ve done by commenting on this website). Join LinkedIn and connect with other cosmetic scientists. Check out the SCS in the UK. Through them you can meet lots of people doing the job that you want. It will give you a good sense about whether you’d like to do it and where jobs might be available.

      Good luck!

  • Eugena 05/10/2010, 2:50 am

    I’m currently a junior in getting a BS in chemistry degree. My love is organic chemistry and cosmetics so being a cosmetic chemist, especially doing formulations, is my career goal. I did some research online and figured out that I won’t be able to work in a cosmetic company as a researcher without at least 3 years of experience. I really want to work before getting MS degree in cosmetic science, because firstly, I want some experience, and secondly, money!

    How can I get a job or an internship in the industry with my BS degree in chemistry right after graduation when most companies are seeking expereinced chemist????

  • bhavana 05/07/2010, 10:50 am

    hello
    im a undergraduate student in pharmacy. looking to do a graduate course in cosmetic science in america . what universities have this course? or anything related to cosmetic sciences
    thanking you

    bhavana

  • Bella 04/11/2010, 7:42 am

    thnx soo much!

  • Bella 04/10/2010, 1:46 am

    i live in uae, as in dubai and i wanted to know if i could get a chemical engineering degree here and then get a job in some place like america. also, are there very good job opportunities in this field?
    thnx!!

    • Perry 04/10/2010, 7:32 am

      @Bella – sure you could follow that path. I think the cosmetic science field has slightly better prospects than many other industries. The place to be for this industry is in New Jersey. That’s where you’ll find many suppliers and finished goods manufacturers. Good luck!

  • Marilyn 03/13/2010, 12:27 am

    Hi Perry, thanks for your advice! I’ll see what I can do! It’s encouraging to know that most people don’t have cosmetic science-related degrees in the industry :)

  • Perry 03/10/2010, 2:19 pm

    @Marilyn,

    You could enter the cosmetic industry with a master’s degree in a non-cosmetic science topic. My degree was in Biochemistry. Most people who work in the cosmetic industry do not have cosmetic science related degrees. It’s just that the ones that do have an advantage when it comes to getting hired.

  • Marilyn 03/07/2010, 10:18 am

    Hi! Thank you for this informative article!
    I’m interested in working in the cosmetic industry for companies such as Shiseido, MaxFactor, etc (I live in Japan). But since I’m studying in a liberal arts college majoring in Biology, I haven’t really had a chance to take any courses close to cosmetic science, and there aren’t much internships in the field here. I want to keep other options open, though, and am also interested in medical research/biomedical research. Could I enter the cosmetic industry even if I take a Master’s in other science-related degrees not related to cosmetic science? Thank you!!

  • Amy Tsang 02/17/2010, 6:14 am

    I would like to ask can a botantist contribute to cosmetic industry? I love both cosmetology and botany. I hope I can apply botany knowledges in cosmetic. But i think only studying botany may be not enough for becoming a cosmetic scientist. So should I study chemistry(or biochemistry) and focus on how plants can be used in cosmetics, or should I study botany and focus on the chemistry wiithin?
    Thank you:)

  • Dree 01/12/2010, 3:02 pm

    I’m very interested in the research and development of beauty products, but I’m not sure if I would like the highly technical aspect of cosmetic chemistry. Are there any options in the beauty field for people who are investigative and like research but aren’t highly technical?

  • Davinia 01/02/2010, 10:40 am

    Hey,
    Im currently studying chemistry at degree level in the uk, and am keen to begin a career in cosmetic chemistry. But am a little confused, should I try to get a job with a company, or get a further degree in cosmetic chemistry, esp with the way the ecomony is going would this be the best way?
    I have been looking into getting a further degree in the Fairleigh Dickson uni, is the best degree programe out there?

    • Perry 01/04/2010, 9:14 pm

      @Davinia – I think it’s always a good idea to get a job and then get a further degree. Often you can get the company you’re working for to help pay for tuition costs. However, getting a degree first will make you more marketable and should make it easier to find a job. Probably the best program is the one from the University of Cincinnati but the Fairleigh Dickson one is excellent too.

      Good luck!

  • Lola 12/20/2009, 5:36 pm

    I am currently studying a pharmaceutical science degree and would like to get into the business side of cosmetic industry. I have a fear I’m doing the wrong degree and may not be able to get the job I want, what do I do??????

    • Perry 01/04/2010, 9:05 pm

      If you want to get in the business side you’ll be best served by getting an MBA. However, it would be wise to first get a job in product development R&D and then get your MBA while working. Often you can get the company to pay for your schooling. There are people who have successfully taken the route your following so don’t worry too much.

  • Jessica 12/02/2009, 9:38 am

    Hi everyone,
    Since there are many cosmetic programs offered by universities in France and in the US such as:
    1- master program – FDU
    2- master program – Long island university (pharmacy)
    3- Montpellier univeristy (licence L3-ProPAC)
    4- programs offered by ISIPCA Group (Frecnh and English programs)
    5- also, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Lille
    I don’t know for which I should apply (I have a B.E degree, major in orgranic chemical engineering and I can speak both English and French)
    If u can give me some advices; for example, which one is better? Which program I should apply for?, etc., that would be great!
    Thank u very much! Hope u can help

  • jon 11/29/2009, 6:55 am

    In Uk there is two cosmetic science undergraduate offered by London Metropolitan and London School of Arts..

    In France, the very prestigious ISPCA(opened by Guerlain) offers a two-year masters program. and also the University of Montpellier II offers a diploma (1 year) of cosmetic science.

  • Maria T. Perez 11/28/2009, 9:58 pm

    Hi Capucine,

    I am undergraduate student and I am majoring in chemistry. I am looking forward to become a cosmetic chemist. Based on my investigations about this field, I can suggest you to first obtain a B.S in chemistry or biochemistry. While you are obtaining a B.S, I strongly recommend you to do research intership related with cosmetic. Then, you should looked for a specialization (M.S or PhD) according to the field of your interest.
    If you have questions or want more infomation. I would be more than glad to share with you what I know about the cosmetic field. my e-mail is materesa53@gmail.com

    Good Luck,

    Maria T. Perez

  • Henry 11/28/2009, 7:55 pm

    Hi,
    I’ve found the information about those cosmetic science focused programs in FDU and University of Cincinnati, but none could be found about the courses offered in the University of Southern Mississippi — School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.
    – Can anyone help me?
    – Moreover, are there other universities that offer good cosmetic programs? (in the US and in Europe?)
    Thanks u very much!
    I’m very interested in cosmetic science!

  • Capucine 11/27/2009, 3:48 am

    Hello, I am a high school student and I really want to become a cosmetic chemist. The only problem is now that I am thinking about universities, I need to know which degree to get. My first choice would be Biochemistry but I don’t want to make a mistake which would cost me 4 years of studying for the wrong degree.
    Could you help me out?
    Thanks in advance…

  • marianna 11/14/2009, 8:40 pm

    interesting everything,because I also try to find some info about cosmetics engineering field.
    Thank’s.

  • mahnaz 11/08/2009, 6:58 am

    Hi
    I have M.S. in physical chemistry and I have beeen work in a manufacturer of finished products for 7 years. I am expert in hair care and I am a fomulator. I am looking forward to pursue a Ph.D, in cosmetic science. Does any one know about university that offers PhD in cosmetic science in Europe?

  • Audrey Scott 10/06/2009, 1:56 pm

    Hello,

    I was wondering if getting an online science degree would be an option. I know that hands on lab experience is critical, but some online schools now have the virtual labs available for distance learners. Plus you could do some internships or volunteering to get some lab experience. I was just wondering if it could be a vialbe option because right now I’m not able to got to a traditional college but would still like to get started on earning my science degree. So I guess my question is, would an online science degree be a good option, or would I be messing myself up for the future? Thank you.

    • Perry 10/07/2009, 11:35 am

      An online degree is an excellent choice. You can get one through the University of Cincinnati. Many cosmetic chemists are choosing this option.

  • Maria T. Perez 09/29/2009, 4:31 pm

    Hi Everyone

    I am strongly interested in cosmetic science field. I will obtain my B.S in chemistry this fall and I am looking forward to pursue a Ph.D, hopefully in cosmetic science. I found on internet that the University of Cincinnati offers PhD in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in cosmetic science. Does any one know about other university that offers PhD in cosmetic science?

    Before I learned about the Ph.D program at the University of Cincinnati, I was thinking about pursuing a Ph.D in biochemistry, Material science (polymers) or organic chemistry. I chose those fields because I consider them to be the most related fields to cosmetic chemistry. In addition, I think that having a Ph.D in biochemistry, Material science or organic chemistry will give me more job opportunities. I would like to know your opinion. Should I apply for PhD in cosmetic science program? or Should I apply for a PhD in other chemistry fields and later on acquire the experience in cosmetic field?

    THANK YOU

  • AJ 07/28/2009, 8:56 pm

    Thanks for this. I was a Social Sciene major. I graduated 3 years ago but now I want to go into cosmetic chemistry. I want to be on the business side but understand what goes into making a product. Do you have any advice? I only have basic chemistry and biology completed during college.

    • Perry 07/28/2009, 10:36 pm

      It all depends on what you want to do. If you would like to work for a company in the Marketing department, you have enough science background but you’ll probably need some business classes.

      If you want to get into formulating, you might try to get a job with a science temp agency like K-Force or Lab Temps or some other lab agency in your area. Most cosmetic chemist jobs go to people with chemistry or biology degrees. They aren’t required to do the job, but companies like to hire people with them.

      If you want to start your own cosmetic company, then you can come up with an idea, find a contract manufacturer to work with and they will teach you all that goes into making a cosmetic product.

      And of course, check back at this website often for articles on doing the job of a cosmetic chemist.

  • Mandi 07/11/2009, 3:39 pm

    Hi, thanks for your advice, i will be doing a Cosmetic Science BSc in Sept in London College of Fashion which includes R&D, sales, commercial, marketing and many other aspects, people who wants to pursue a career in cosmetic industry should definitely study this, it will open a lot of doors for you.
    Can i ask what does a cosmetic chemist role involves? I don’t know where is my stronger talent until i study this course i don’t know where my strongest interest lies within!

    Many thanks!

  • LadyVirgo 06/24/2009, 12:40 am

    Hi,
    Currently, I am a licensed cosmetologist seeking to further my experience with cosmetics by pursuing a science degree in chemistry at the University of New Orleans. I am a Junior and am eager to start applying for Cosmetic Chemistry courses at any available institution to earn my Masters. Are there any suggestions as for which schools to look into and also companies? Any and all pertinent information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  • mohamed elshaprawy 05/21/2009, 2:47 pm

    i’m in bad need of your support about color mixture and the suggested colors for hair gel and body lotion. besides to this i need a hair conditioner formula and an extra fixative formula. if you plz suggest me adirect steps with no useless expantions. i appreciate your interest.

  • Tanya 05/19/2009, 5:46 pm

    Perry,

    I graduated in May 08 with a BS in Chemistry and minor in Biology. I want to go into the cosmetic chemistry industry as well, but am having diffuculty finding a job that doesn’t require 3-5+ years of experience. I took a job that is completely unrelated to cosmetics (metal manufacturing) because I couldn’t find a job in cosmetics right out of college. I posted my resume online on the various career sites but haven’t heard any response. (how do you set yourself apart in the masses?) I have also looked on some of the chapters of the SCC and found no jobs for entry level. What would you recommend I do in order to obtain a job in the Cosmetic industry so I can start gaining experience in that field and not be bored to death by metal manufacturing! HELP please!

    • Perry 05/20/2009, 3:20 pm

      Hi Tanya,

      One thing you might try is to attend an SCC meeting and network with some of the people there. Where are you located?

      Also, create a profile on LinkedIn and connect with other cosmetic chemists. (You can start with me – Perry Romanowski)

      Another thing that has helped many people get into the cosmetic business is to start with a temp agency like Lab Temps or K-force. They often placed people at Alberto Culver who went on to become full-time employees.

  • Jonathan 05/14/2009, 10:22 pm

    Hi,

    If you were to choose only one magazine to subscribe which would it be? As i am a student, i dont have the budget to subscribe a few, so which would you recommend? Thanks. Looking forward to great things on your website!

    • Perry 05/15/2009, 4:51 pm

      Hello Jonathan,

      You can subscribe to Happi and GCI for free. Those are excellent starting places. Probably the best paid magazine for this industry is Cosmetics & Toiletries.

  • mohamed elshaprawy 05/14/2009, 10:04 pm

    now i read your comment perry and i’m cherful for your suggestion and ihope that . i’ll be in acomplete communication with all of you just i’d like to go in the way of the Activation of the ideas and proposals espically itend to built my small house from this field so i’ll do my best and i will not do that alone i need all of your support and I do not want to prolong yours . thanks for all and enjoy your life

    • Perry 05/15/2009, 4:52 pm

      Mohamed, glad we could help. Feel free to approach us with any other questions you have. We’ll do our best to answer them.

  • mohamed elshaprawy 05/12/2009, 8:55 pm

    i’m achemist enrolling in cosmetic and detergents and i’m interest in it and i call up on the concerned messrs to keep in touch with me in oredr to exchange the experiences . i’m eager for any body interest in the cosmetic and detergents formulas techinques and i’ll be grateful for all of you . thanks for all

    ch_onice212@yahoo.com mobile phone 02-0164029752

    • Perry 05/12/2009, 10:06 pm

      Hello Mohamed,

      Thank you so much for leaving your comments and stopping by our website. Please continue to leave comments and we can exchange information that way. Eventually, we will be creating a forum for more direct discussions.

      Perry

  • Adamma 04/24/2009, 8:22 pm

    Hi,

    I have a degree in biochemistry and I am very eager to become a cosmetic chemist. I worked at Givuadan as a viscosity tester and got to see first hand how perfumes are created and the color techniques used to perfect the products.

    I really want to obtain an entry level position in cosmetic chemistry either as a lab technician or cosmetic formulator or even in sales. I absolutely love cosmetics and to be able to help create them would be amazing.

    I dont know where or how to get started. When i see an opportunity that may be right for me I am always told I need more experience.
    Please tell me how I can get started. I am looking for employment as a cosmetic chemist in the NY/NJ area and I would love love love to work at Givaudan (again) L’Oreal, or any other company that creates cosmetics.

    Can you please list more temp agencies that staff for positions at L’Oreal???

    Thank You!

    • Perry 05/12/2009, 10:11 pm

      Hello Adamma,

      I would suggest you join LinkedIn.com (it’s free) and connect with me. There is a group on there called “Careers in Cosmetics” that lists various jobs available in the industry.

      Perry, 44

  • jon 04/12/2009, 1:33 pm

    Hey Mandi,

    Which school did u apply your degree from?

    Dear Author,

    Would you recommand any magazines that has a good balance of commerce and science in the cosmetic market? Thanks

    • Perry 05/12/2009, 10:05 pm

      Hello Jon,

      Look at the list of Trade Journals on the right side of this website. These are all the best magazines in the industry that deal specifically with cosmetic science and business.

  • Mandi 02/04/2009, 11:18 am

    Hi, i have applied to pursue a cosmetic science degree starting in Sept 09, I am interested in going onto marketing and sales it is possible if you can describe abit more about this role? I would love to work for L’Oreal but i heard it’s hard to get in to!

    Many Thanks Mandi.

    • Perry 05/12/2009, 10:07 pm

      Hello Mandi,

      If you have a background in cosmetic science, you will be well on your way to work in the cosmetic industry. If you want to work in Marketing or Sales however, you will be best served by getting an MBA, especially for a company like L’Oreal. People with Science degrees are generally seen as scientists & R&D workers.

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