my name is JR.
want to start by saying discovering this forum/website has been one of my
greatest finds on the web. After reading all ≈400 introduction
post I was hooked to this forum and wanted to learn as well as contribute more
to this amazing site. Although I am new (2 years) to formulating &
developing products I am not a stranger to natural & synthetic ingredients.
As a child I grew up in a family owned business where 300+ different items were
sold. There they sold everything from chilies, spices, herbs, teas, nuts,
candies, and more. After graduating high school and throughout college I spent
countless hours at the factory. I did my research and homework on all the items
sold. In addition I took interest in packaging & labeling, manufacturing
within the industry (development of machines and assembly lines for suppliers
of all raw materials), growing and agriculture of products, creating of house
specialty blends, marketing, and plenty more. This knowledge has benefited
myself in so many ways that it has opened my mind and window of opportunity to
new industries. By being a part of this forum I feel that I can receive as well
as provide new insight for the industry. I’m highly interested in creating as
well as developing and love learning along with teaching the ins and outs of
how things are made.
Italian and I have a degree in Biologic Sciences; I work in plant genetics.
I have an hobby: formulating and producing cosmetics for myself and for
some friends. I never sell anything, but I'm always concerned about my
products, because we (I mean "we hobbyist" not professionals)
rarely have access to Technical Data Sheets and we have to rely on the
information we can find in the web, which is often questionable. For example, in
this period I've a load of doubts
concerning the best use of the preservatives I employ. When looking around for
something with solid scientific bases I often find this site......so here I am.
Thank you for sharing the knowledge!
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