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  • Best college courses to take for cosmetic chemistry

    Posted by Anonymous on April 9, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Hello. I would like to take some chemistry courses that would help me to learn the most about cosmetic chemistry. I am not planning to become a cosmetic chemist, I would just like to learn more about cosmetics and enjoy making them( just for myself, for fun, to learn). I know many college courses won’t be super beneficial, but I’d just like to know which would be more than others.

    Thank you.

    Microformulation replied 5 years, 1 month ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • OldPerry

    Member
    April 9, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    The main ones that will be most useful are…

    1. General Chemistry
    2. Organic Chemistry

  • Gunther

    Member
    April 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    This is too specific and specialized a field so college or universities won’t teach much about cosmetics.

    We rarely react chemicals, we mostly mix compounds hoping they don’t cross-react, and feel good on the skin or hair. Nobody really knows exactly how these chemicals interact with hair or skin at the molecular or cellular level.

    In my opinion your best option is to get the swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com paid subscription for the basics, and Google some related chemistry lessons yourself.

  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    April 9, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I would disagree @Gunther. If time isn’t an issue I think it’s worth it to take  chemistry course. Yes we don’t react chemicals but I messed up a lotion based on Aristoflex by adding magnesium ascorbyl phosphate to it. I read the datasheet and knew it’s not electrolyte resistant, but due to lack of chemistry knowledge it didn’t come to my mind that magnesium is a salt. So, chemistry is very helpful. Having said that knowing chemistry and being able to formulate skincare isn’t the same.

  • MarkBroussard

    Member
    April 9, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    You would be better off taking an online cosmetic chemistry course:

    http://www.cosmeticlearning.com/

    You won’t learn much about cosmetic chemistry from a University unless it is a program specific to cosmetic chemistry.

  • Bill_Toge

    Member
    April 10, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Perry said:

    The main ones that will be most useful are…

    1. General Chemistry
    2. Organic Chemistry

    I don’t know what tertiary education is like abroad, but in the UK a general chemistry degree is only useful if you want to know how to a) pass a chemistry degree and b) become qualified to study for a Ph.D in chemistry

    both of these skills are of extremely limited use in the workplace, unless you go into teaching/academia, or take a job which mostly involves sitting exams
  • OldPerry

    Member
    April 10, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    @Bill_Toge - I wasn’t suggesting getting a degree in those subjects. Here in the US a class in general chemistry would be the first chemistry class you take in the first year of college, like Chemistry 101. I was saying an introduction course in chemistry and one in organic chemistry would be useful.  

    I agree getting a degree in chemistry does little more than qualify you to become a professor in teaching chemistry. 

  • Microformulation

    Member
    April 10, 2019 at 10:08 pm
    The MS in Cosmetic Science is a great degree program offered at many US Pharmacy Schools. It is highly in demand.

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