Science Careers

Making Makeup: A career in cosmetic chemistry

Author: Madeleine Jepsen

Soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion — people use these products every day, but rarely think about what goes into making them. This is the job of cosmetic chemists: they develop the array of hair, face, and skin products scattered across bathroom counter tops. These chemists conduct the research necessary for formula development and manufacturing and test the safety of the products before they enter the marketplace. Ultimately, chemists are involved in many of the steps before a product goes from concept to shelf.