Article by: Perry Romanowski

Today, I’m going to be speaking to a group of high school students about cosmetic chemistry and what it means to be a cosmetic chemist.  It is my goal to inspire some of these people to go into science and maybe even follow a path to becoming a cosmetic chemist.  It is a fun and interesting career which is largely unknown by college students.

The talk will cover a few topics including…

  1. What is a cosmetic
  2. What kind of jobs do cosmetic chemists do
  3. What do the ingredients do
  4. What are some cosmetic myths
  5. How to be skeptical

This is a blend of career advice / cosmetic science / and critical thinking training.

I do enjoy giving talks like these because the audiences are always very appreciative.  I remember in high school I was voted the “Best Impromptu Speaker”.   It’s still a source of pride.

In case you are curious, here is a copy of the slides I will be presenting on.

Cosmetic Science presentation

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5 comments

  1. Shannon

    Who would marry this guy?

  2. Tochukwu

    I read through the slides and it was loaded. There is no better ways of inspiring kids to appreciate chemistry than this.

  3. Randy

    Good luck on your talk! And by the way, I LOVE the picture in today’s post. Whoever took it certainly had a good eye for composition. Am I correct in assuming that the skilled, yet uncredited, photographer was appropriately compensated for your use of this copyright protected image?

    1. Perry

      Definitely a skilled photographer. I think the photo is creative commons

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