Did you know that mascara contains iron oxide?! Us neither, fact fans. If you spend your days wondering who exactly makes up toiletries and products, you need better hobbies. Or you just need to read this article!
It’s a bit complicated, so we made a handy list:
So maybe every experiment doesn’t end in an explosion, but cosmetic scientists spend a lot of time in the lab playing around with chemicals, and testing products. So next time you microwave something and it erupts like Krakatoa, remember you could be getting paid to do that one day.
Designing make up, perfume, soaps and face masks, adding scents and colors… it’s basically a bubbling cauldron. But without Severus Snape breathing down your neck - bonus!
Okay maybe not. The point of testing products for safety is actually to make sure nobody DOES turns green. Or explodes. Or sprouts three extra legs. And so on.
At some point, someone somewhere turned around and said, “Wouldn’t it be great if shampoo in my eyes didn’t cause me to scream in agony and curl up in a ball on the shower floor?”, and then someone else, somewhere different thought, “I wish there was some kind of spray-on hair glue that held my beehive in place all day”.
Hello hairspray and goodbye shampoo-in-eye torture. Cosmetic scientists can also be inspired inventors!
To brew up a cosmetic scientists, we recommend a pinch of curiosity and five grams of creativity to start with (we’re running with the potions theme). Throw the whole periodic table into the cauldron because somebody has to understand it.
A good pair of nostrils might sound a strange requirement, but it’s handy for sniffing chemicals and working out what they are! If you have a better sense of smell than a bloodhound in a nose costume, a career in cosmetics could be closer than you think!
You might think you don’t have all that much to do with cosmetics on a daily basis. In fact you’re smearing their work all over your body and face all day long (interestingly, the same cannot be said for many other people’s work).
Nobody (not even your mum) has such a huge influence over your appearance as cosmetic scientists. If you’ve ever struggled to find the exact product you want in a store, why not work in cosmetics and simply create it?