Episode 9: Chemists Corner - Cosmetic Science in Australia

Cosmetic scientists can be found all over the world. In this episode we talk with Joel Edwards, a cosmetic chemist from Australia. He tells his story how he started out as an environmental chemist but transitioned to the cosmetic industry.

Show notes:

1. News
P&G teams with Amyris to make bio materials for cosmetics. Where is the new innovation in cosmetics coming from? Probably the biotech industry.

Consumer infidelity hurting luxury brands. What is happening to the luxury beauty market during this uncertain economic times? People aren’t necessarily trading down.

2. Cosmetic Science

We review the different types of equipment that every cosmetic laboratory needs to function properly. We look at 5 different areas of equipment including…

Weighing equipment
Temperature control equipment
Testing equipment

3. Interview with Joel Edwards
Joel Edwards is a cosmetic chemist who works with Trendpack in Australia. He has been in the cosmetic industry for about 8 years. He shares his insights on what it’s like to be a cosmetic chemist and where he thinks cosmetic research of the future should focus.

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Chemists Corner is a podcast about cosmetic science and is broadcast to help educate, entertain, and inspire current and future cosmetic scientists. The information and opinions discussed on Chemists Corner are those of the hosts and the guests alone. They do not necessarily reflect those of any past, present or future employers.

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