The Joy of Cosmetic Chemistry

Today, I’m going to be speaking to a group of high school students about cosmetic chemistry and what it means to be a cosmetic chemist.  It is my goal to inspire some of these people to go into science and maybe even follow a path to becoming a cosmetic chemist.  It is a fun and interesting career which is largely unknown by college students.

The talk will cover a few topics including…

  1. What is a cosmetic
  2. What kind of jobs do cosmetic chemists do
  3. What do the ingredients do
  4. What are some cosmetic myths
  5. How to be skeptical

This is a blend of career advice / cosmetic science / and critical thinking training.

I do enjoy giving talks like these because the audiences are always very appreciative.  I remember in high school I was voted the “Best Impromptu Speaker”.   It’s still a source of pride.

In case you are curious, here is a copy of the slides I will be presenting on.

Cosmetic Science presentation

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