Raw Materials 101

Become a cosmetic ingredient expert!
Learn to decipher ingredients so you can 
be a better formulator. 



Perry Romanowski

You will emerge from this course armed with the knowledge, understanding, and confidence you need to create formulas that consumers and marketers rave about

Hear From Our Past Students About Their Experience With Our Courses

With YOUR training classes and our adherence to the details,  we are able to produce a great product that is consistent. Most importantly,  our customers compliment us for not changing the formula….

                                                                        - Darnell Bruce 

I just completed my course on raw materials and bagged my second certificate.  Was very explanatory and I got all the confidence I lacked.

                                                                    - Omotayo Babajide

Who is this course for

Cosmetic Chemists

looking to be more informed about choosing raw materials for their company’s products

New Formulators

with an interest in becoming a more knowledgable and credible as a cosmetic formulator


eager to know the ingredients and technology used for making effective products that consumer buy

Cosmetic Raw Materials 101 goes into depth on the following topics

Learn Ingredient Chemistry

Reviews the main types of cosmetic raw materials and tells you how to use them as in order to make quality products

Be better informed about ingredients

Learn the information that will help you know which ingredients to choose and when

Answer ingredient questions

Discover the facts about cosmetic raw materials and learn to cut through the ingredient marketing hype to find what really works

Ingredient sleuthing

Develop the skills to find the function of raw materials, learn which play nice together and which ones just won’t, and how to work with them in formulations

Natural and Standard ingredients

Understand the main categories of cosmetic ingredients and natural materials that can be used for various applications

Improve formulations

Gain a clear understanding of the different ingredients and the amounts used to help you make better formula

Ingredient alternatives

Developing the confidence to find suitable alternative ingredients to ones you may not be able to obtain

Industry Insights

Develop an understanding of different forms of ingredients and how the cosmetic raw material industry really works. This is key to creating consistent, stable and quality products

Meet Your Cosmetic Science Instructor


Perry Romanowski

Perry Romanowski is the creator of Chemists Corner — a cosmetic industry-leading website focused on teaching people how to become excellent cosmetic formulators. He’s also the author of multiple books including the best-selling book Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry. He’s a popular instructor for both the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the IFSCC. He is a well-known speaker, and influencer in the cosmetic industry both online and off. 

After completing this course you will be a more knowledgeable formulator
knowing what ingredients you need to produce safe, effective and legal cosmetics.

Course Syllabus

Module 1 - Introduction to Cosmetic Raw Materials

A. Overview of cosmetic ingredients – including types, suppliers, and ingredient names
B. Regulation of cosmetic raw materials around the world
C. Cosmetic ingredient safety
D. Natural and synthetic ingredients explained

Module 2 - Basic Chemistry of Cosmetic Ingredients

A. Introduction to basic chemistry
B. Acids, bases and salts
C. Ingredients that contain Carbon – Hydrocarbons
D. Ingredients that contain Silicon
E. Polymers
F. Oils, butters & waxes
G. Biochemistry
H. Natural ingredients

Module 3 - Functional Skin Care Ingredients

A. Introduction to skin care products
B. Moisturizing ingredients
C. Cleansers
D. Exfoliating products
E. Depilatories
F. Skin lightening products
G. Anti acne treatments
H. Sunscreens
I. Antiperspirant & Deodorants
J. Anti-Aging Actives

Module 4 - Functional ingredients for Hair Products

A. Introduction to Hair Care Products
B. Shampoos
C. Conditioners
D. Styling products
E. Relaxers, Perms, Colors and other Reactive products

Module 5 - Functional ingredients for Color Cosmetics & Perfumes

A. Historical development of color cosmetics B. Regulation of colorants
C. The science of colorants
D. Colorant types - Dyes, lakes, pigments
E. Natural colorants

F. Fragrance use in cosmetics
G. The science of fragrances
H. Natural and Synthetic ingredients
I. Fragrance creation and classification
J. Fragrance safety and regulation

Module 6 - Raw materials that affect formula aesthetics

A. Ingredients that affect formula feel
1. Solvents
2. Emulsifiers
3. Thickeners
4. Plasticizers
5. Film formers
6. Propellants

B. Ingredients that affect formula appearance
1. Colorants
2. Opacifiers
3. Solubilizers

C. Ingredients that affect formula odor
1. Fragrance
2. Odor absorbers

Module 7 - Raw materials that stabilize formulas

A. What does stabilizing a formula mean?
B. Preservatives
C. Chelating agents
D. Adjustment ingredients
E. Antioxidants
F. Penetration enhancers
G. Foam stabilizers

Module 8 - Ingredients that help with marketing

A. Introduction to Claims & claims ingredients
B. Popular claims & claims ingredients
C. Claims ingredient categories
D. Biotechnology based ingredients
E. Natural based ingredients
F. High tech ingredients
G. Most currently popular ingredients
H. Identifying future claims trends

Module 9 - Working with raw materials and suppliers

A. Picking ingredients
B. Source of ingredients
C. Chemical suppliers
D. Getting samples
E. How to investigate a new ingredient
F. Specifications
H. Working with suppliers
I. Minimum ordering quantities
J. Blends / composition
K. Labeling
L. Analyzing a list of ingredients

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Cosmetic Raw Materials 101

Limited Time Pricing $549

Frequently asked questions

The course begins as soon as you are ready.  Once you make payment you will receive your access information and you can get started on the course.

If you complete all of the modules and quizzes, you will get a certificate of completion for Cosmetic Raw Materials

Perry will be available for answering questions via email at all times (answer within 24 hours). Also, there are monthly Q&A sessions with Perry and other formulation experts.

The course has approximately 12 hours of content which you can finish at your own pace. Typically, a student will finish a module every 2 weeks, which means finishing the course in about 4 months. But you can go faster or slower depending on your schedule.

The focus of the course is on Raw Materials. While we do cover how ingredients are used in formulas and also how much, we do no specifically teach you how to formulate. That is covered in our Practical Cosmetic Formulation course.

While it helps to understand the principles of chemistry and science, it is not a requirement to complete the course. Additionally, we cover all the basic chemistry and math you would need to go through this course. No advance science is needed to understand the material.

You will have access to the course for as long as you need it.  There is no expiration date.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

My guarantee

The last thing I would want is for you to join this course and not feel like you are getting the value you want.  We’ve already had hundreds of people complete this course and the feedback has been great. 

Having said that, I  stand by my courses which is why it comes with a Money-Back-Guarantee. If you are not happy with your purchase you can simply get in touch with me and ask for your money back. I’m confident that you will love this Raw Material Course, but I want to make this decision easy for you in case you start going through the course and discover it is not for you.

Remember  your payment entitles you to lifetime access to the entire course.


Join the course

Cosmetic Raw Materials 101

Limited Time Pricing $549