The most useful smart phone apps for cosmetic chemists

If you have a mobile smart phone (an iPhone for example) there are a number of apps that a cosmetic chemist will find useful.  Here are some of the best that I’ve found.


Dropbox – This is one of the best apps for sharing files.  I like it because it will sync any file no matter where you work on it.  For example, if you make a change on one computer it will make the changes on all other places the file is stored.  It works great if you have a home computer, work computer, and iPhone.

Evernote – This is just an excellent app for keeping notes, websites, pictures or anything you want to store.  Think of Evernote as an extension of your brain.  It is really a great app.

iTalk – I like to keep audio notes.  It’s especially useful when you are commuting.  The iTalk app is one of the best ones for recording audio notes.  This works well for writing or planning projects.

Read it Later – If you subscribe to a number of RSS feeds but don’t always have time to read interesting articles, you can save them to read later with this app.  It’s a simple as clicking a check mark on your web browser then reading the article on your phone.


Echofon – If you are on Twitter, the Echofon app makes it easy to keep up.  What I like best about it is that it allows you to follow multiple Twitter accounts.

Facebook – If you find Facebook useful as a website (and it is certainly great for keeping up with beauty brands), you’ll find the Facebook app for the iPhone an excellent adaptation.

LinkedIn – Install the LinkedIn app so you can keep up with all the interesting discussions on this website.  LinkedIn is one of the best social networking sites for professionals and this app makes it easy to follow.

Product Sleuthing

Sephora – If you want to find out some of the newest, most innovative products in the cosmetic industry, you should take a look at the Sephora app.  It’s a great way to get new product ideas.

iPerfumer – This app was created by Givaudan and lets you keep track of the best selling consumer fragrances.

Total Beauty – This app lets you read customer reviews of thousands of beauty products.  It’s always helpful to know what consumers think about products.

Do you have an app suggestion that is useful for cosmetic chemists?  Leave a comment below.



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