Don’t Underestimate the Role of a Cosmetic Chemist

May 22, 2017

Don’t Underestimate the Role of a Cosmetic Chemist

Personal care and cosmetic products have never been in higher demand, especially products that serve purposes beyond enhancing aesthetics. Consumers are eager to spend their money on moisturisers, shampoos, and makeup items that simultaneously hydrate, strengthen, and heal. Of course, it takes a great deal of experimentation and research to create these multi-purpose products, which underscores the importance of working with a talented and experienced cosmetic chemist during the product development process.

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The Role of Chemistry in Product Creation

The most popular cosmetic and body care products in the industry were not created accidentally. Quite the opposite: they were precisely and painstakingly formulated by cosmetic chemists with a deep understanding of the role of chemistry within product creation. A whitening toothpaste won’t whiten on its own, just as a moisturising lipstick won’t hydrate without the right ingredients. It is critical that the laws of chemistry are utilised during development to form a final product with the desired appearance, texture, and effect.

Lipstick, for example, usually contains a general combination of waxes, oils, pigments, and emollients, and different lipstick brands create and implement unique formulations to meet certain goals. Many brands are now updating their product formulas to meet consumer demand for more natural ingredients, which is in turn increasing the demand for castor oil, beeswax, sunflower seed oil, raspberry seed oil, titanium dioxide, and other natural ingredients that are trusted for their high quality and positive impacts on the body.

The principles of cosmetic chemistry are necessary to properly blend these ingredients to create a lipstick that places long-lasting colour on the lips, offers deep hydration, and leaves the lips feeling soft and smooth, all without exposing the body to dangerous toxins or causing unwanted side effects. Of course, lipstick is just one of the countless products that consumers need, so the same process must be applied to foundation, concealer, mascara, eyeshadow, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, perfume, and much more.

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Finding the Right Cosmetic Chemist

Cosmetic chemists aren’t easy to find, as the specialty requires a comprehensive understanding of chemistry principles and cosmetic demands alike. To most people, terms like emulsion, surfactant, ester, emollient, hygroscopic, transepidermal, and turbidity are rather confusing, but to a cosmetic chemist they are basic terms that are used every day during product development. Furthermore, cosmetic chemists understand the role of different active ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, titanium dioxide, and avobenzone in serving purposes ranging from increasing collagen production in the skin, fighting acne, and protecting the skin from damaging UV rays.

Whatever a product needs to meet consumer demand, a cosmetic chemist is the expert who knows how to make it happen. Our professional cosmetic chemist at Aromatic Ingredients will work directly with your brand to create products that are perfect for your application, manage your product development, and manufacture or combine existing ingredients for your formulation. Our onsite laboratory and quality control department, as well as our full product development, testing, and manufacturing facilities, make it possible for our cosmetic chemist to assist you in every way with your final product solutions.


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