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Cosmetic Bench Chemist

Chem. Project (:
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Shay Dotson

on 25 May 2011

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cosmetic chemists sounds like fun? Cosmetic chemists work with the exterior of the body developing lotions, makeup, shampoos and other consumer products.
They specialize and are found in myriad industries---theoretical chemistry, organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry---each working with a particular facet of matter. Examples of chemicals used; butylated hydroxytoluene, coal tar, diethanolamine, 1,4-dioxane, and formaldehyde, Just to name a few. Chemical Reactions ? TONS ! BUT, chemical reactions are
considered "bad" in cosmetic science. Yet, there
are some good ones (: EXAMPLES; hair relaxers, bleaches, colors, skin lighteners, darkeners, depilatories, depilatories' reaction: 2SH-CH2-COOH(thioglycolic acid) +R-S-S-R(cystine)—–> 2R-SH + COOH CH2 SS CH2 COOH (dithiodiglycolic acid) what cosmetic
chemists look like You'll NeeD: - an undergraduate degree in science. This degree can be in chemistry, biology, microbiology or chemical engineering, but for the truly dedicated a science degree in polymer science or physics could work too. - a position in the research and development of end products. Job descriptions for this type of position typically require previous experience creating product concepts and product formulations. Understanding how to scale up a formula, manufacture it and package the product within FDA cosmetics regulations is also necessary. Research and development is not only about formulating cosmetics but also about reformulating and improving existing products. [ Day-to-day Tasks ]
Laboratory skills are a must for most cosmetic chemist positions. Designing and producing a product cannot accurately occur without a laboratory. Following an order or request from a customer or department within the company is where a development or formulation chemist begins their work. Figuring out how to reproduce a product recipe on a very large scale (scaling up) and supervising its production along with defining the specifications within regulatory requirements are also tasks occurring in a cosmetic chemist's day. ..and the part we ALL care about Salaryyyy ! [ $$ ] Cash (: $28- to $29-an-hour category. This puts the average salary at $56,000 to $58,000. Searches for jobs in the cosmetics industry indicate entry-level jobs in the $30,000 range with advanced research and senior chemist positions in the $60,000 to $90,000 range and up. work cited http://www.ehow.com/about_5073280_job-description-cosmetic-chemist.html

http://chemistry.about.com/od/healthsafety/tp/toxic-chemicals-in-cosmetics.html

http://chemistscorner.com/chemical-reactions-in-cosmetic-science/

http://chemistscorner.com/chemist-careers-for-the-uncertain-science-major/ THE END !
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