Who is the “chemistry course for formulation hobbyists” for

The theory articles about chemistry in cosmetics and the formulas of this blog are very basic and they were meant for a specific target audience. They are meant for people who want to prepare some cosmetic formulations at home for personal use.

They are for you if…

  • You are not a cosmetic chemist and don’t plan to become one. You did not study chemistry or pharmacy at the university. You have no interest in opening your own brand of cosmetics and sell your products. You are just interested in learning to make some creams at home for yourself and your family (remember: you cannot sell homemade cosmetics in Europe that easily).
  • You are like me: you are actually a chemist, or a pharmacist, or a biologist, or a biotechnologist. You have chemistry knowledge, but you are not specialised in cosmetic chemistry. Therefore you don’t know much about it. But still, you don’t plan to become a skincare brand owner and you would like to make some cosmetic products for yourself and your family, and you need to understand how.

They are NOT for you if…

  • You are a professional cosmetic chemist or you’re studying to become one and you are looking for a place to broaden your knowledge about chemistry, industrial cosmetic world, manufacturing, regulatory aspects etc. Sorry, I don’t cover these aspects. If your studies did not include it, you can maybe be interested in the Nanotechnology series.
  • You are a chemistry or pharmacy student and you’re looking for help to pass your pharmaceutical technology exam. I could help, but the articles I’ve written here are not about that.
  • You are a (professional or not professional) formulation expert who is looking around in the internet to spot mistakes and laugh at it by making screenshots and posting them in your website. Come on, we’re talking about science here: I’m trying to build a resource platform for non-professional people such that they can do their hobby without making their house explode. If you see something incorrect, I will be very thankful to you if instead of cyber-bullying you would just let me know such that I can correct it. If you think I’m so bad at it and I should just stop, feel free to tell me that as well.
  • You are a chemistry or pharmacy graduate who wants to start a carreer in cosmetics. Feel free to read my blog, of course, but keep in mind that this blog is for people who want to make cosmetics at home, not at the industrial level. The ingredients and the tools used to make them are different. To start your career in cosmetics, you should seek for specialised manuals, read patents, and maybe attend a Master course (or whatever post-graduation formation your country offers) that is specific for chemists and pharmacists who want to enter the cosmetic science career.