Welcome to the forum

PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
edited November 2013 in General
Hello and Welcome to the all-new Cosmetic Science forum.  I look forward to interacting with you and discussing all things about cosmetic science, formulating, and the cosmetic industry in general.

This is where you should introduce yourself to everyone on the forum.  So, tell us about you.  For example...

1.  What's your background?  (you don't necessarily have to include your name if you don't want to)
2.  What are you most interested in?
3.  What are you trying to accomplish in your career and life?

I'll go first.

I'm Perry Romanowski and I have been a formulating cosmetic chemist for over 20 years.  I started Chemists Corner a few years ago as a resource for cosmetic formulators and scientists from around the world.  It is my goal to help anyone with an interest in creating cosmetics.

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter.


  • Hi my name is ghassan I am financial manager and just started my liquid detergent factory and in futur maybe I go in cosmetics also
  • Hi Everyone

    My name is Shawn and I've been in the cosmetics industry for 17 years.  I'm currently in the process of developing products with the intention of starting my own skincare line.  I've found the Cosmetics Corner to be immensely helpful, and look forward to all the new discussions.
  • Hello-

      My name is Laura.  Although I have a Masters in cosmetic chemistry- I've bounced in and out of the cosmetic industry for the past 6 years.  Currently- have a job I'm loving for a small hair care company!  I love all the information and discussion on this website, and I look forward to being a part of the rebuilding.

  • Hello 

    My name is Gabriel, i've been working in the pharmceutical industry for about 6 years. And this year i've started my own cosmetics company, cause its been a passion i've had since my college years. So im know in the whole process of buying the equipment.

    If i can be of any help, please feel free to contact me.


  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    Dear Perry, 

    Heartfelt wishes for working hard to make this site happen again. 

  • DuncanDuncan Member, Professional Chemist
    Welcome back Perry
    UK based, Over 20 years in Toiletries, After a 5 year sabbatical doing cleaning products, back in the land of Personal Care
  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    @Duncan What a relief to see big names coming back here, expecting Robert, Chemicalmatt, Mark, et al to sniff it sooner. 
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    Glad to see the Forum back up and running.

    Here is a quick introduction of my company;

    Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting works with small Cosmetic Start-ups. We provide assistance with Product Development, develop the Formulation, provide Stability Testing, perform Administrative functions and make referrals for Manufacturing. We do not manufacture.

    A large part of our Formulations are in the Natural and Organic Markets. We have formulated under the NSF, Whole Foods, NPA and USDA standards. We have experience in Hair Care, Skin Care and various other Formulations.

    Mark Fuller

    markfuller@microformulation.com Microformulation.com Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
  • Hi Every Body. I am David from Phytoline in Australia and I am in this industry for 17 yrs. Phytoline is mainly in manufacturing even we do formulation and product development which are mainly for the manufacturing. We do skin care and hair care.

    In the past, I found Chemistscorner is very informative and I drop by quite often. Thanks Perry.

  • Hi !

    So happy this forum is back ! Thanks Perry ! (can't imagine how angry you must be...)

    So, I'm Aurélie and I work for 2 years now in a little cosmetic company. We do mostly hair care (shampoo, conditionners, colors...) but a little body care too. I'm in France.

    I really love this forum !

  • Hi! I'm Liane, a newcomer to the cosmetic industry currently working as a regulatory analyst for a skincare company. My background is in chemistry and business. It is my goal to work in cosmetic product development one day. 

    Feel free to follow me on Twitter
  • Hi,

    Glad to see things are back.  I'm a student just about to receive his bachelor's and in the early stages of developing a fun product.  Hope to talk to you all soon.
  • Hi
    I am Vijay zala
    I have 13 years experience in formulation
    I am in India
    I like this forum
    Perry is doing great job by making this forum
    I have no wards to say thanks
  • arctatarctat Member
    edited December 2013
    I am an ex-software engineer based in San Francisco. I’ve worked for several successful startup companies, and a few big names too along the way. Started really getting into cosmetic chemistry in December of 2009 but I am completely self-taught. I read a lot - I’m currently working my way through Perry’s book, Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry. Another fun book I really like is Scientific Soapmaking, although I lean more toward lotions than anything else. I am on a quest to formulate the perfect facial moisturizier for my very sensitive skin. Would love to some day sell products but right now I am comfortable just doing R&D wherever my interest takes me. I LOVE this forum! :)
    - If you're not the lead dog, the view never changes -
  • Hello,

    I'm a formulator with almost 20 years experience in personal care making skin and hair care products.  Looking forward to some good discussions!

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  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Welcome aboard @Heisenberg!  Love the gif in your signature line
  • Hello all dear colleagues! My ex username was vitedit here. I'm very happy to come back. Perry thanks a lot for the hard work in recovering the forum and the website.

    My background is Dermatology. I have 15 years in formulation and 7 years running my own small company which offers formulation both for other brands and my own product line. We manufacture the products mostly for professional salon and cosmetic industry including skincare, manicure and pedicure as well as medicine grade peeling formulations. Also, we offer some formulations for men grooming. My own professional interests are focused on Keratolytics, emulsions and other disperse systems, as well as formulations against some skin disorders.
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Welcome back @vitalys!  Hopefully, we can get some of the conversations that were here before back.  But the forum will continue with all new discussions.
  • Simona here, based somewhere in Romania :)

    Nice to see the forum up and running again, I was shocked to see that it was gone at some point in time - so MUCH valuable information in there I wish I had saved!

    But anyway, for those of you who are reading this thread- I'm a 33 years old mother of a toddler, working in the IT industry, with a passion for handmade cosmetics since my daughter was born. I started with the simple mixture of waxes, oils and butters, soap making, and from there I went up to almost all the products I need (minus retinol treatments and sunscreens). I love learning and playing with the ingredients, I love testing new recipes and share the results with my family and friends. I may ask stupid questions quite a lot, but I am not ashamed in doing so :) Better to ask a stupid question than to falsely believe that I know better ;)

    Glad to see everyone back online!
  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    Dear Perry,

    I have been to other forums too but I feel even novices like us too can feel comfortable among the learned bunch. They talk in a language which is understood by all and sundry and the good thing is that yet the technicalities are never skipped. 
    Great job, keep it up.

  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    I'm back, and I'm trying to align my online screen names, hence the change. 

    I've been a cosmetic chemist for about 20 of my thirty years in the chemical/consumer products industry. Aside from cosmetics, I've also worked formulating fabric softeners, water treatment chemicals, mouthwash/toothpaste, ballpoint pen/permanent marker inks, and now soaps/floor wax/surfactant products.

    I've worked for both large cosmetic/personal care companies and small contract manufacturers. I'm currently working for a medium-sized natural products company that makes an eclectic range of products including soaps, shampoos/conditioners, sunscreens, disinfectants and many others.

    Robert Zonis
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • Hallo Robert again I sent you an email.

    I do the same for 50 years.Research and formula development -  Organic skincare products, household and all kind of other cleaners. I have my own company and work on orders.

  • DuncanDuncan Member, Professional Chemist
    Waves at Robert. Need a bit of time to get used to the new handle
    UK based, Over 20 years in Toiletries, After a 5 year sabbatical doing cleaning products, back in the land of Personal Care
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Welcome back @Bobzchemist

    Be sure to update your signature so people can get in contact with you.
  • vinitaj3vinitaj3 Member
    edited December 2013
    I'm Vinita.

    I completed my Bachelors in Pharmacy and received my Masters in Cosmetic Science.

    I am currently working as a formulation chemist for emulsions, masks, body masks etc.

    My future goals include learning and perfecting formulas for Keratolytics. Me being really acne prone with oily skin and found products that work well for my skin.

    I am currently working on Product development, Brand building, Product packaging and design and R&D for skincare and haircare products. 

    Thank you Perry for all the hardwork. I have been following your page ever since I went to undergrad uni

  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Thanks @vinitaj3 !  Hope you find the discussions here helpful.
    Perry, 44
  • Hello!

    I am not a cosmetic scientist, but  I hope to be able to create my own hair product
    for my hair. I am looking forward to the knowledge and the advice.


  • VingRhames3VingRhames3 Member
    edited July 2014
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Welcome aboard everyone!
  • Welcome back Perry, good to see this site running again, although it was a shame to have lost such a repository of information on some of those old threads.

    I'm Rob Martin, a formulation chemist for the natural health industry, specialising in hardshell capsules, softgels, nutritional powders, tablets and the like.
    I am currently studying Cosmetic Science to add those range of skills to my portfolio.

  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @Herbnerd - we are working on getting back the old information.  Hopefully, in early 2014.
  • I'm Gustavo Boaventura, a Brazilian pharmacist working on Research & Innovation of Hair Care for LATAM for the last 7 years. I'm specialised in curly hair. I've done some Skin Care products but most of my experience is actually hair. I own a website in portuguese about cosmetics and its market. And I'm Master in Communication when I went deeper in consumer behavior and consumers perception.
    Research & Development Manager Brazil at Alfaparf Milano.
    Owner and Content Director at Cosmetica em Foco.
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Welcome to the forum @Gustavo
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    @gustavo Glad to see another Pharmacist in here. I have heard great things about Brazils Cosmetic Industry.

    markfuller@microformulation.com Microformulation.com Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
  • vocenalvocenal Member
    edited January 2014

    Hello everyone

    My name is Bob, coming from China. I’ve been working in cosmetic industry as a chemical
    engineer as well as a cosmetic formulator for almost 8 years. I’m working for a
    state company in Beijing which provide nutrition food, cosmetic, detergent etc.

    I love my job so much because it is a wonderful career creating health and beauty
    for everybody all around the world. In the past, I saw designing as more
    cosmetic products as possible for my company as one of the most important goals
    for me, but then I found that not what I really wanted. I wanted to do
    something more innovating, so I tried to learn more about some special things like
    liquid crystal, microemulsion and nanoemulsion, and fortunately I made some
    samples successfully. After that, I found that these kinds of emulsions have
    some specific properties like appearance, sensory, function, stability etc.
    That’s so fascinating. So now, I decide to study more and go abroad for higher
    education this year, doing more for this beautiful career in the future.

    By the way, Perry, thank you very much for helping me created a new account. I
    think it would be a nice place talking about cosmetic which I’d like to
    dedicate to.

  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Welcome aboard Bob (@vocenal)!  There are a number of cosmetic programs around the world which you can see here.  I don't know of any in Canada however.

  • Hello Every member of this forum.
    I am Mr Shah from Pakistan. Growing name in the feild of cosmetics and toiletries in Pakistan. Importing goods from various countries across the globe.
    Now I am planing to establish my own factory for cosmetics. So need to learn a lots of things to make this true. I am also looking for formulate/engineer who can help me to establish cosmetics products in my own factory.
    I found this forum quite attractive and full of knowledge, there fore join this forum, to get help from expertise people.
    following is my business website. Requesting every one to have look my OEM products and have comments on it.

    In last Thank you perry allowing me to be a member of this experts forum.
  • Unknown Member
    edited January 2014
    Greetings to fellow cosmetic chemists and industry members.

    My name is Mike Starch and am a chemist by training.  I have worked in the cosmetic/personal care industry in various capacities for over 35 years.  Most of that time was on the raw material side (26 years at a major producer of silicone ingredients).  I also worked for seven years in skin care research and product development at Andrew Jergens/Kao Brands.  I have served on the International Nomenclature Committee at the Personal Care Products Council (formerly CTFA) for 15 years.  This is the committee that assigns INCI names for use in ingredient labels.  I started my own consulting firm, Wintermute Consulting Services, in 2011.  Last year, I helped to start a new chapter of the SCC in Michigan (website: http://sccmi.org/) and am the editor for our quarterly newsletter.

    I look forward to exchanging ideas and information with other members of this forum.

  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    Welcome Mike! Pretty varied experience!
    markfuller@microformulation.com Microformulation.com Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @wintermute - great to have you aboard Mike!  You've done a great job with the Michigan SCC.
  • Hie everyone, I am Cathrine, I just enrolled for my first year in a 2yr cosmetic science deploma here is S.A. I have a chemistry background and will thoroughly enjoy discussions with experienced cosmetic chemists, this will be a learning experience for me. :-)
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    edited January 2014
    Hello Cathrine - Welcome to the cosmetic science discussion forum!  What does S.A. stand for?
  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    South Africa I suppose
  • Halo gabo,

    I just stoped  my production and steel have some
    equipment and raw materials suitable
    for somebody who is about to start MFG.

    More details: herbaclean@gmail.com
    ph 647 855 4432 canada

  • Hi everyone

    Now that I am reading some of the comments, it seems that I have not introduced myself and just post a comment. My apologies!

    I studied chemistry in France many years back and worked in the textile industries for 10 years and work with dyes manufacturing for another 10 years. I am currently working for my own and selling dyes and some chemicals in textiles and printing industry. It's only recently that I started manufacturing chemicals for the textiles. And while browsing the internet for surfactant and dispersing agent for the textile, I came across the house and personal care products. and for past 6 months, I have tried to get as much information as possible for house and personal care products. And it has not been that difficult with my chemical background

    I am not an expert as yet and now would like to start some personal care products - hand, shower gel/wash, may be shampoo and conditioner.

    in coming days / weeks I'll post some comments and may be contact few member for more information.



  • Hi there,
    I am so excited to become a part of this forum!

    I am a new formulator based in the beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina!

    My undergraduate degree is in Biology and began studying medicinal plants as a self-guided amateur and then as a chemical ecologist for my Master's degree. I draw on a long love of biochemistry, phytochemistry and aesthetics to propel me in formulating natural products that showcase botanicals and functional herbal medicines. I take botanical functionals very seriously and put the voodoo in the goo.

    I am the research and laboratory manager for Bent Creek Institute's US Botanical Safety Laboratory in Asheville, NC. We are a nonprofit economic accelerator in a very unique area with abundant intellectual capital in botanical medicine and agrotechnologies. As USBSL, we do contract and routine QC work for private companies, develop new products, and assist with strategic advisory and regulatory navigation.

    I'm very thankful for the creators of this forum! I have frustrated myself to tears with my first foray into formulating with Whole-Foods-Acceptable surfactants this past year and sure wish I had had this resource then!

    I look forward to learning, sharing, discussing with you all!

  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    @Avick Amanda, you are not alone in your Whole Foods formulation dilemma. Several of us have been extremely frustrated by their arbitrary decisions.
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Welcome aboard everyone!
  • Hi, I´m Maria from Sweden. I took over a small handcrafted cosmetics company 12 years ago. I have no formal chem training but have learned a lot during this time in regards to formulation and materials. Most of the original products are reformulated or gone by now. Primarily I make soap but also creams, lotions, schampo etc. Everything I learned I learned from forums and ofcourse trial and error. Nice to find a forum with experienced people.
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    Hello @greenwave (Maria)!  Welcome to the forum.
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