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Tips for learning cosmetic formulation

Guest author: Roger Rodriguez

Now that we are in the 21st century, people are starting to learn more and more about different job opportunities and sectors – one of which is cosmetics. You might even be interested in going into the field of cosmetic formulation. Of course, you want to make sure that you are learning it in the right way. How can you accomplish that goal? Read on to find out :)

Picking a Niche

Before you start to work in the cosmetic industry, it is helpful to pick a field in which you want to work. For example, you might want to be more involved in the field of color cosmetics (makeup), or you may wish to work with hair care products. Whatever it is that you are interested in, it’s wise to figure that out early on, but also choose some back up plans to stay well-rounded and have options. It is also good to identify companies that specialize in these products.

Take Chemistry Courses

While you might think that you are going to have to attend special courses in cosmetics to get into this field, you actually are going to need an array of chemistry courses. In order to know how to mix products, you must know how they work together, and chemistry courses can certainly teach you these necessary skills. Find out if your college offers any classes that specifically relate to the field of chemistry in cosmetics, and you’ll really get the right experience.

Internship Opportunities

Of course, a difference exists between mixing chemicals in a lab under the supervision of a professor and actually creating products by yourself. Therefore, it’s very important to find internship opportunities during your course of study. Without them, you might have a very difficult time understanding the practical knowledge of the field and even getting a job. By working in the field, you get a sense of what the environment is really like and how the workplace will be. Furthermore, you’ll also have the opportunity to work with experts in the field and see the methods that they utilize on a daily basis.

Find a Mentor

As you probably realize, you’re going into a really specific field, and you’ll certainly need some specific knowledge to work in this industry. As a result, you should look for a professor or boss to act as a mentor throughout your experience. Not everyone is willing to take on this challenging role, so you will have to ask the individual if he or she is willing to do it. Once you find this person, you will have someone who can help to answer your questions. If you decide to write a thesis, you can also find out if this person can act as your adviser. You can also find mentors on the cosmetic science forum.

Learning how to accomplish any task in the proper manner is going to require that you go through the right process and a certain series of steps. Now that you know all of the information that you have to, you can go on to become one of the top cosmetic chemists that the world has ever seen!

Roger Rodriguez write about all things related to the sciences and higher ed. His recent work is about the Cheapest Online Colleges.

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  • Sherry 04/26/2013, 8:41 am

    Hi Perry,
    I’ve recently joined the cosmetic industry after many ‘many’ years of specialized university education. As you may know, university rarely equips one with job related knowledge. I have extensively studied organic/inorganic chem and what not, but I’m still quite lost in understanding how to put things together when it comes to formulating properly or fixing a batch. I do have a great supervisor but I can only ask for so much guidance. Any tips for me?

    • Perry Romanowski 04/29/2013, 1:51 pm

      Hello Sherry,

      Keep reading this blog, participate in the cosmetic science forum, attend SCC meetings, and be sure to read our free book “How to Knock-off any cosmetic product”. It comes with a free mini-course.

      Hope that helps.

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