Article by: Perry Romanowski

Welcome to Day 15 of the 30 Days to Become a Better Cosmetic Chemist series

This 30 day challenge is all about giving you lessons and basic exercises that will improve your abilities as a cosmetic chemist. cosmetic

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In this episode

On today’s program we’re going to talk to you about all the different types of cosmetic formulas you need to learn how to make.

In this episode you’ll find:

  • The 10 basic types of formulas all cosmetic chemists should know how to make
  • Solution formulas and when you use them
  • How to create an emulsion & lotion
  • The basics of making stick products
  • Gel
  • Aerosols and more

 Today’s Challenge

Today’s challenge is designed to help you become more familiar with the product forms and to get you thinking about the ingredients that are used to make them. For this challenge go searching for an example of each of the 10 product forms. Ideally, you will get a sample of each type to start a library of product forms. Find the form in any type of cosmetic that you can and keep a sample. Make note of the ingredients in the products and see if you can figure out which ingredients are most responsible for the product form.

The leave your example list in the comments below.

Types of cosmetic product forms

Ointments / Pastes

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    Very good and learn alot

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    Hi, everyone.
    I was wondering how to classify a clay mask since it has no oil fase, just an acqueous one. Is it a suspension?

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      Here is an example of formula:
      Sea Silt (Natural Oceanic Clay), Water, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Active Plant Extract

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        Perry Romanowski

        I think you are right, this sounds like a suspension to me but I can’t be sure without seeing the product.

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