You have a science degree and have worked as a cosmetic chemist for a few years. I think you qualify as a cosmetic chemist. Although, if you don't really have any industry experience (e.g. you've learned formulating on your own and haven't worked for a company) I could see how you might hesitate to say you're a chemist. I'll say you are much more qualified to call yourself that than many people online who call get a "diploma" from some online program and take to calling themselves a cosmetic chemist.Ultimately, you can call yourself whatever you like as there is no official requirements (in the US) to be able to call yourself a cosmetic chemist. The question really is can you convince other people that you are what you claim to be?
What about Cosmetic Scientist?Although I do like Chemical Ninja
Hey the mommy bloggers call their cult leaders....Cosmetic Chemist....and I am pretty sure some of them don't have a GED.
Biophysics is fairly close to chemistry. You have the science prerequisites and a capacity to learn. Combined with scientific curiosity, trials and errors, drive and work ethic you can definitely call yourself a cosmetic chemist. You may be more of a chemist than some of these chemistry graduates I went to school with. I will never forget one guy who graduated in chemistry at McGill Univ. (A more prestigious school that I attended) and after a year or so I think it was like he had never even seen an empirical formula. I think he would have struggled to describe ionic vs convalent bonds. He settled on a horrible job at Merck calibrating scales all day long. He could not care less about chemistry. And the schooling system is filled with these professional student who are able to get passing grades by force feeding course material and just regurgitating it on a test paper. Once they walk out of the test, they remember nothing. Unfortunately for them, organic chemistry tests don't work that way. Anyway, I digress.
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