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  • Sherri Reid 01/28/2016, 2:32 pm

    Question: I am looking to formulate a skin care product for dry/rough parts of the body, using 2% concentration (or slightly less) of salicylic acid as an ingredient. There will be no claims made of acne or exfoliation just one of keeping skin soft and supple. With this said, will this product be classified as an OTC or as a cosmetic? Do I need to get any kind of approvals from the FDA? Also, I am looking for a formulator and possibly a manufacturer, if you have any suggestions. Thank you, SAB PS. I am located in the Washington, DC area.

    • Perry Romanowski 01/29/2016, 10:18 am

      I’d suggest you post your question in our forum. http://chemistscorner.com/cosmeticsciencetalk Whether something is an OTC if you use an ingredient that high depends on your claims but it may also depend on the results of your safety testing.

  • Jasmin 01/07/2016, 3:53 pm

    Hello, do you have any companies that you could suggest that would hire a graduate right from undergrad. The only lab experience I have is what I have done in school. I am currently looking for lab technician/assistant positions and everyone I have come across are expecting 2-3 years of experience. I feel as though my degree should satisfy those years however I am steady being told I do not meet the requirements.

    My ultimate goal is to be a cosmetic chemist but I know at first I need some years of experience in the industry.

  • Simone riviere 12/30/2015, 10:51 am

    Do i need to patent for when creating my makeup company

  • lara 12/08/2015, 10:08 pm

    Hi Perry,

    I’m working on an acne treatment for the body, I have it pretty down but would like a little help finishing it up and get it tested. Do you have any suggestions for companies in the Bay Area California who work with small start-ups who would also co-pack for me?

    Thank you, Lara.

    • Perry Romanowski 12/15/2015, 6:24 pm

      I would contact someone at the California SCC. They may have a listing for a contract manufacturer who could work with you.

  • Marian 11/23/2015, 2:12 pm

    Dear Sir
    I’m Marian from Egypt
    I’m working at R&D dept. for 4 years now with R&D and QC title at personal care company
    I’m looking for 2 things:
    1- A job vacancy, where I can help with my experience and also gain more experience
    2- An online certificate at cosmetics field where I can support my experience with more studies and my studies with much experience

  • zeinab 09/23/2015, 3:55 am

    I live in egypt
    my english is not good
    but I have medical back ground in english
    I have degree in pharmacy
    I try have business in natural cosmetic
    can I get course

  • Ahmad Bakhsh 08/13/2015, 1:06 am

    Dear sir,
    the video of the final lesson does not play. please send the link again.

  • kinsey 07/17/2015, 3:54 pm

    I would like to know if you recommend any online classes for cosmetic chemistry.

  • Aimee 05/23/2015, 10:53 pm

    Im looking for used or new eyeshadow powder press machines I have to press over 100,000 eyeshadows quickly and by hand is not working.

    Thank You,


  • Candace 04/24/2015, 9:13 am


    I’m looking to become a chemist in this field, but in need to ask this question. Is there a difference between being a personal care chemist and a being a cosmetic chemist?

    Thank you.

    • Perry Romanowski 04/27/2015, 8:34 am

      Hello Candace – No, a cosmetic chemist and personal care chemist are the same.

  • alya 03/17/2015, 8:15 pm

    I really love makeup and i want to start my own luxury makeup line, i have a few questions

    – where can i find a cosmetic lab in the UK ? and what are the top labs in the UK ?
    – okay so the packaging of the product is done by the makeup manufacture or another manufacture?

  • Jim Lowery 02/20/2015, 5:05 pm

    Perry – hey where can I find a link to your online “becoming a cosmetic chemist” series…I thought it was $495 to get an overview of cosmetic chemistry…something like that. I have some new lab chemists and I want them to better understand the chemistry

  • Mike Thair 01/26/2015, 7:54 pm

    Can someone recommend a Safety Assessor in the UK?


    • Perry Romanowski 01/27/2015, 10:05 am

      I’d suggest you post this request in our forum.

    • hae rim lee 02/05/2015, 8:07 am

      I work quite closely with a number of leading safety Assessors in the Cosmetics and Personal Care space- I’d be happy to share their contact details with you- feel free to drop me a quick line via email and I will connect you with my contacts there.

  • Ang 01/11/2015, 2:08 pm

    Hi Perry,
    I am just beginning to attempt to formulate. I am trying to create liquid matte lip color like Limecrime and am having struggles finding the chemicals and the recipe. Any suggestions?

  • zulema orozco 12/02/2014, 3:30 pm

    Hello! My husband has a small cosmetic manufacturing business, and is having trouble finding new clients. He can make and fill just about anything. Any advice?

    • Perry Romanowski 12/07/2014, 10:42 am

      I’d suggest you post in our cosmetic science forum http://chemistscorner.com/cosmeticsciencetalk

    • palanquin 06/09/2015, 1:16 am

      zulema orozco contact me ASAP if you get this. Thanks

    • Brittney Morris 07/05/2015, 4:47 pm

      please email me more about your husbands work! I am in search of someone good! Thank you!

      • mariam 11/20/2015, 2:48 pm

        I’m trying to make my own lotion lin, how, and where to I go about working with the chemist to test out my product or working with one in making it?

    • Martha 09/07/2015, 7:20 pm

      Where is he located?

    • Gemma DeMasi 12/09/2015, 2:58 pm

      I am looking for formulate my own spray tan solution. Please have your husband contact me. gemma@brownbunztan.com

    • KD 01/28/2016, 8:55 am

      HI Zulema,
      Can you please ask your husband to get in touch with me ASAP with regards to cosmetics filling. My contact is botdameon@gmail.com

  • Michelle 10/29/2014, 5:16 am

    I’m looking for a real Exfoliator besides a scrub. I tried Frutique and I like it but I’m not sure if it’s just the chemical balling up or real skin. Please assist. If Frutique isn’t good, would you have a recommendation that takes off the top layer of dead skin without having a scrub or chemical peel? Thanks !

    • Jinesh 01/30/2015, 9:50 am

      I am making face and body scrub using beach sand that I sterlise by heating and thereafter introduce in my wash gel/cream. It works well no reactions or allergies yet. I have given out over 1000 samples and everyone simply loves it You should try it

  • kim 10/16/2014, 10:21 am

    Hi Perry:

    as for now I’m trying to create my own silk based sheet mask. and i have a manufacturer that i’m working with but i want to sell my product in US. can you please let me know what is the requirement i need order for me to sell the sheet mask legally? e.g if i need to get FDA prove in US as well as in china? etc.

    • Perry Romanowski 10/17/2014, 2:22 pm

      No you don’t need FDA approval to sell a cosmetic. But you do need to be able to prove that the product is safe.

  • Liz 09/14/2014, 11:33 pm

    Hi, Perry.

    I am very interested in taking this course, however I have no background. I have considered going to school to study chemistry, but my goal is to start my own makeup line. What steps would you recommend I take?

    • Perry Romanowski 09/15/2014, 9:56 pm

      You can still take the course. We provide some introduction lessons.

  • Emily 09/14/2014, 2:35 pm

    Hi there,
    I am about to finish up a M.S. in Geology, with a focus on Geochemistry. I’m very familiar with mapping and exploration for natural resources (of varied types), mineralogy, etc. I am wondering how valued a geochemist would be in this industry? I have worked all over the world in all types of rock units–many of which I know are heavily used in the cosmetics industry, and I’m hoping that having a background in chemistry would also be an attractive quality. In my field, however, I have never heard of anyone going into the cosmetics industry, which is odd to me since I feel like I could be an asset given the fact that I know the physical properties of the main mineral ingredients and also the chemistry to formulate new products with them. If you have any tips for me going forward, I would really appreciate it!

    • Perry Romanowski 09/16/2014, 8:25 pm

      See our posts about cosmetic career. And consider attending an SCC meeting.

  • pre 07/01/2014, 5:22 pm

    Hello Perry,

    I do get your emails periodically. They are very informative. Thank you for that.
    where can i learn to do cosmetic formulations. I do not have any experience in cosmetic formulations. Thanks.


  • Erica 03/27/2014, 6:50 pm

    This site has replaced every cosmetic related bookmark I have! I love you, love the site and love the knowledge I have gotten here. Just wanted to say thank you!!

    • Perry Romanowski 04/02/2014, 8:58 pm

      Thanks for the kind words!

  • Des 03/25/2014, 1:35 pm

    I want to make my own cosmetics incorporating natural ingredients. Which course would you recommend. I do not have chemistry background but did mange to do well in a BSc in Pharmacology. I am also a nurse for over twenty years.

    • Perry Romanowski 03/26/2014, 12:33 pm

      Our new program could help you get started.

      • Marycolette 10/13/2014, 7:21 am

        Dear Perry, I wrote you on your email. I just want to know if I still stand a chance to apply for the course , I would love to register should I still go on. Can I call you on the phone just to be sure this is not all scam, is it possibble? Thank you

        • Marycolette 10/13/2014, 7:45 am

          Dear Perry, Thank you so much I will register by evening today. I just have a few questions. Will I get a certificate after the course is completed? Will be able to formulate body and hair care products after taking the course? How long will the course last, will I be able to finish before December? After I finish can I work in a cosmetics company since I have a Masters degree in Industrial Microbiology?
          God bless you. I love love love how easy you make things appear, its very encouraging and above all, you are about to make my dream come true. God bless you. That’s all I can say!

  • chau chau 10/03/2013, 1:16 pm

    I want to have a formula of making aloe vera gel for sunburn. Will someone show me or where can I learn or buy a formula?

  • Adriana 10/01/2013, 4:00 pm

    Hi Perry, can you please tell based on your experience working with green plant actives in a natural skincare, preventing them from going brown in couple of days. is it a question of pH adjustment or rather a suitable antioxidant protection?

    • Perry Romanowski 10/01/2013, 5:41 pm

      That really depends on what it is. It could be either. Also your level could be too high. Or worse, you could have microbial contamination. I would suggest you post the question in our cosmetic science forum. (http://chemistscorner.com/cosmeticsciencetalk)

  • Tayna 09/08/2013, 11:23 am

    I hear there is a fair/exhibition done yearly where there are formulation seller companies exhibit to meet potential companies looking to buy or develop formula for specific purposes.

    Please do you know this fair and/or its website?


    • Perry Romanowski 09/11/2013, 5:50 pm

      I’m not really sure which you are talking about. Do you know where it was located?

  • Victoria 09/04/2013, 4:42 pm

    Hi, I just so happen to stumble upon your website in a Google search, and I thank you all for all of the information that you have here. I just recently learned that there is a degree in cosmetic science. I was looking at cosmetic formulation books on Amazon and saw a listing of schools in your book (using the ‘Look Inside’ function). I plan on purchasing the book this week. I’ve also talked with UC about their MS in Cosmetic Sciences. My undergrad is not in a science field (Bus. Admin.), but cosmetic formulation is my ultimate interest. I am wondering, with no technical experience in this field, will that degree help me to break into the industry? Do you have any suggestions as far as what I can do now to get a foot in the door. Is it possible to work in the industry at an entry level position and learn more while I work? Would you maybe recommend taking the Cosmetic and Toiletries courses? How are these courses viewed in the industry? I do apologize about all the questions, I am just new to this and still in the discovery stage. Thank you in advance for your help and information.

    • Perry Romanowski 09/13/2013, 5:20 pm

      I would recommend you take the C&T course to get started. It does not require an extensive science background. The MS degree would help you get in the cosmetic industry and the C&T course will make that degree easier to get.
      Good luck!

  • Rickeisha 08/07/2013, 3:54 pm

    I’m currently studying Biomedical Engineering…I plan to graduate 2015, 2016 the latest. My goal is to work for in the cosmetic industry to get my feet wet, but my dream is to design my own cosmetic line.

    Can I get in the cosmetic industry with my current major? If not, what should I minor in, or should I get a master’s degree in biology and take a cosmetic science program?

    What school offers cosmetic programs in California?

    Thank you so much! I love your website and I’m hoping to take your $500 Cosmetic Course as soon as I save my money! “)

    • Perry Romanowski 08/07/2013, 5:19 pm

      Yes, you can get into the industry with that degree. I’m unfamiliar with any cosmetic courses in California but see our career section for more information. I look forward to working with you.

  • sal 06/08/2013, 2:27 pm

    You do not need a degree to be a “cosmetic chemist”. It is not real chemistry and the is no synthesis.

    • Perry Romanowski 06/09/2013, 5:13 pm

      You’ll need a degree if you want to get hired by a company as a cosmetic chemist.

    • Duncan 09/05/2013, 10:11 am

      A chemistry degree is not essential to start formulating, however, if things are not going according to plan, you will find that a thorough grounding in chemistry (preferably to degree level) will become very useful, very quickly to understand the interactions between materials.

      I’ve done both synthetic chemistry for pharmaceuticals and cosmetic formulation. Cosmetics involves many more variables and problem solving

  • mary 06/04/2013, 5:14 pm

    I am starting my own lipstick line, I can’t seem to perfect my formula. Im only making 12 lipsticks per batch. my issue is that the bottom of the lipstick has more color and moisture at the top. How important is a grinder? please help me. Im using a powder that isn’t thin enough . Please help me

    • Perry Romanowski 06/05/2013, 8:25 am

      Please post your question to the cosmetic science forum.

  • stephen 06/01/2013, 7:23 pm

    hi there, I have worked for some major cosmetic companies over the last few years and have built a collection of formulations, do you have any idea where I should start to sell them?

    • Perry Romanowski 06/03/2013, 10:09 am

      You would need to start a consulting business or start selling them through the Internet. You might consider advertising on our Cosmetic Science forum or this website.

  • Winitha 04/18/2013, 7:30 am

    Hello madam/sir,

    I am Winitha from india, I recently finished masters in organic chemistry in the osmania university. please anybody help me out, how can i get job in the USA?

    Thanking you,

    • Perry Romanowski 04/24/2013, 8:14 am

      See our section on Career advice for more helpful information.

      • Wen 04/25/2013, 4:17 pm

        Hi, I’m doing a PhD in biochemistry right now. I would like to become a cosmetic scientist in the future. Can anyone give me some advice? Also does anyone know if this field has many jobs in Canada?


        • Perry Romanowski 05/13/2013, 7:57 am

          Please see the information on our Career page.

  • Emory Hilton 01/27/2013, 6:25 pm

    I am looking for a resource chemist
    To evaluate an existing antimicrobial lotion product
    Need assistance with formulating optional
    Scented lotion base as well as
    Packaging resource assistance.

    Located in Oklahoma
    Thank u
    Emory Hilton
    Silvaguardlotion.com (reference on existing product)

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