Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry
Instructor: Perry Romanowski
12 Lessons; Total approx. run time: 11h 22m
You will learn all the essentials of cosmetic science to become a confident and competent formulator. Most cosmetic chemists are thrown into their jobs with little or no training. This course will take you behind the scenes of a cosmetic laboratory to show you how to create, copy and test almost any cosmetic formula.
Please note: The Complete Cosmetic Chemist Training Program is closed to new students.
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- Lesson 1 – Shampoo—Formulating Solutions
Formulating shampoo requires a complete knowledge of the science of surfactants (anionic, amphoteric, cationic and nonionic). Surfactants commonly used such as Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), Ammonium Laurel Ethyl Sulfate (ALES), Sulfosuccinates and Alkylbenzene Sulfonate are demonstrated in the formulas for normal, volumizing, moisturizing, baby, 2-in-1 and natural shampoo.
- Lesson 2 – Creams and Lotions—Formulating Emulsions
No foundation in cosmetic chemistry would be complete without an understanding of the basic types of emulsions: oil-in-water, water-in-oil and multiple emulsions. Learn how each works and affects the feel, spreadability, absorption and stability of a formula for lotion. Discover the active ingredients used in development of a lotion for daily use, intensive care, sun protection, firming or to address medical conditions such as acne or psoriasis.
- Lesson 3 – Hair Conditioners—Making Hair Look and Feel Better
Raw materials with rinse-off resistance include cationic surfactants (quats), cationic polymers and proteins. See how these affect hair’s shine, manageability and styleability as well as improve hair condition. A review of the common formulas for hair conditioning will reveal the effects achieved.
- Lesson 4 – Body Wash and Skin Cleansers—Cleaning and Refreshing the Skin
Discover which cosmetic ingredients provide the best cleansing and how they are used in a number of formulas. In this lesson, the instructor also presents the Knockout Experiment for evaluating formulas and proving which ingredients are critical and most effective.
- Lesson 5 – Hair Styling and Gels—Shaping Hair
Consumers want hold and performance from their styling products. Cosmetic chemists utilize gels, thickeners, conditioning agents and styling polymers to formulate styling products in many forms including sprays, mousses, gels, waxes and creams. The basic chemistry of water-based, alcohol-based and wax-based polymers is presented. Materials covered in this lesson include Polyquaternium 4, Polyquaternium 11, Beeswax, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol and more.
- Lesson 6 – Stick Delivery Technology—Formulating Lipstick and Other Stick Products
Lip products constitute $10.1 billion of a $42 billion color cosmetic industry. In this lesson, we discuss the varying ingredients in sticks—solidifiers, modifiers, fillers and colorants—lipstick technologies—rheology, viscosity, solidifying Agents (fats and waxes), oils and colorants—as well as the six different lipstick formulas to help you in product development—from basic and matte to glossy.
- Lesson 7 – Fragrance—Making Cosmetics Smell Better
Consumers identify strongly with scent, and what’s more, they identify quality scents with beauty, glamour and elegance—target attributes for the cosmetic industry. In this lesson, you will learn how we use our sense of smell, understand how to classify a fragrance (from bottom notes, to middle notes to top notes), and discover the fragrance families (from fruity to floral) and the products they are best suited for in personal care. This lesson also discusses formulating challenges and the best way to choose and create a formula.
- Lesson 8 – Sunscreen—Protecting Skin
The total sunscreen market is approximately $7.6 billion worldwide and is expected to reach $8.9 billion by 2014, making it a key area for product development. In this lesson, we discuss UV damage (from wrinkles to skin cancer) and what SPF really means. We go over regulations (allowed ingredients by country), claims and safety testing. Different kinds of sunscreen formulations are discussed in detail, including emulsion-based, gel-based, spray and stick formulations. The lesson concludes with a discussion of stability, efficacy and safety testing.
- Lesson 9 – Antiperspirants and Deodorants—Controlling Odor and Wetness
Antiperspirants and deodorants have changed since the first deodorant was introduced in 1888. In order to develop the best antiperspirant and deodorant formulations, you must first learn basic biology and technology and what causes odor. This lesson will give cosmetic scientists this knowledge and coverage on application, functional and moisturizing claims, as well as typical formulations and the ingredients used, including odor absorbing (Cyclodextrins) and antibacterials (Triclosan and Triclocarban).
- Lesson 10 – Aerosols—Dispensing Product
Aerosols make up a $15 billion industry—find out what an aerosol is, the different types and forms and the history behind them. Learn about aerosol formulations, including propellants (hydrocarbon, hydrofluorocarbons, dimethyl ether and compressed gas) and concentrates (solutions, emulsions and powders).
- Lesson 11 – Nail Products—Improving the Look and Feel of Nails
In this lesson we review the history, market and purpose of the $240 million nail product market. Learn more about nail polish ingredients, including film-formers, plasticizers, resins, solvents, pigments and additives. Course participants will also be privy to a review of formulas from base coat to top coat and discussions on the testing of nail products.
- Lesson 12 – Color Cosmetics—Imparting Color
Learn all about how to create and formulate color cosmetics, including information about inorganic pigments (such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxide, mica and Bismuth Oxychloride) as well as organic pigments (such as Azo colorants, Xanthenes, Quinoline and Indigoid). Course participants will also learn about fillers such as kaolin, calcium carbonate and polymers, and will discover the basic concepts of formulations from coverage to finish to application, with be treated to a review of five different formulas.
This Course Offers:
- Self-paced and flexible learning environment
- Convenient online video-based education which can be accessed from anywhere
- Instruction by Perry Romanowski
- Quizzes within each lesson to ensure comprehension of all subject matter
- Access to additional resources within each lesson
- Certificate of Completion upon successful closure of the course
- Online discussion forum for troubleshooting and peer interaction
- Monthly live chat discussions for Q&A with subject matter experts and your peers
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