8 Career Paths a Cosmetic Chemist Can Branch From

When students set out the goal of becoming a cosmetic chemist, they often only see one destination in mind: the laboratory.

While it's a good idea (scratch that, highly recommended) to start off formulating at the bench before advancing to anything else using your cosmetic chemistry smarts, the laboratory doesn't have to be your endgame.

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Molecules in Cosmetics, Day 2

Let's get right into it! Today we'll be talking about betaines, carbohydrates, carboxylic acids, ethers, ethylene oxide, esters, fatty acids, fatty alcohols, and glycols. These chemical structures are some of the most prevalent molecular structures you'll encounter in cosmetics, so I suggest getting familiar with them. These are especially important if you get into skin care formulations.

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Molecules in Cosmetics, Day 1

This week, I'm going to present to you some of the most common chemical structures in cosmetics. The point of this series is to prep you for my upcoming spring e-course (sign up HERE to be alerted to updates!) If you haven't taken organic chemistry yet, you may not be familiar with all of the chemical nomenclature of the different ingredients on a label. Thus, I decided to put this series of blog posts together to define some of these definitions and make understanding cosmetic chemistry a smoother transition. If you've already taken organic chemistry, you should be able to recognize most of these structures.

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