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  • OldPerry

    December 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks @vinitaj3 !  Hope you find the discussions here helpful.

    Perry, 44
  • Anonymous

    December 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm


    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.


  • VingRhames3

    December 30, 2013 at 4:36 am


  • OldPerry

    December 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Welcome aboard everyone!

  • Herbnerd

    December 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    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.

  • OldPerry

    December 31, 2013 at 6:32 am

    @Herbnerd - we are working on getting back the old information.  Hopefully, in early 2014.

  • Gustavo

    January 15, 2014 at 5:15 am

    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.

  • OldPerry

    January 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Welcome to the forum @Gustavo

  • Microformulation

    January 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    @gustavo Glad to see another Pharmacist in here. I have heard great things about Brazils Cosmetic Industry.

  • vocenal

    January 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    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.

  • OldPerry

    January 22, 2014 at 7:09 am

    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.

  • Anonymous

    January 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

    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.

  • Anonymous

    January 23, 2014 at 11:11 am

    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.

  • Microformulation

    January 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Welcome Mike! Pretty varied experience!

  • OldPerry

    January 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    @wintermute - great to have you aboard Mike!  You’ve done a great job with the Michigan SCC.

  • Katarina

    January 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    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. :-)

  • OldPerry

    January 29, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Hello Cathrine - Welcome to the cosmetic science discussion forum!  What does S.A. stand for?

  • Chemist77

    January 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

    South Africa I suppose

  • Anonymous

    January 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    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


  • IHK

    February 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

    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.



  • Avick

    February 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    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!


  • Bobzchemist

    February 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    @Avick Amanda, you are not alone in your Whole Foods formulation dilemma. Several of us have been extremely frustrated by their arbitrary decisions.

  • OldPerry

    February 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Welcome aboard everyone!

  • Anonymous

    February 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    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.

  • OldPerry

    February 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Hello @greenwave (Maria)!  Welcome to the forum.

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