I was sorting out some slides for a presentation to a company about the future of the cosmetic industry while listening to the Beauty Brains podcast earlier when a thought struck me. The Brains were discussing a project they had worked on in the nineties, and chance had it that I had worked on a very similar project at about the same time. But it made me wonder, just how long will there be such a thing as a cosmetic chemist? Most people who do the job start it fairly early in their working life, typically just after graduating. And it is very often a job for life. I have clocked up 30 years and although I now do lots of other things beside, I still get into a lab and do lab work. But is this how things will be in the future? Continue reading
The full title of the last talk in the Society of Cosmetic Scientists London lecture series for this year was ‘What drives trends in cosmetic claims: consumer dreams or scientific reality?’ The debate was between Stirling Murray – a marketing guru from The Red Tree consultancy and Steve Barton who trades as Skin Thinking. The audience were mainly scientists and so were probably rooting for Steve, who set out to demonstrate that science is the key factor behind cosmetic developments. Continue reading
Is crowd funding your cosmetic company start up a good idea? I have somehow ended up on the mailing list of a company that is putting a lot of effort into getting funding via this route. As I am not interested in investing I am finding it all a bit intrusive and annoying and I have unsubscribed, but I dare say if I was looking to invest some money I would find it more interesting. But it did make me wonder if this was a viable method of funding new start ups in the cosmetic sector. Continue reading
I am a big fan of being green. I’d love to see a lot more progress in that direction in the cosmetics industry and I am very happy to report on a company that according to a report in the trade journal Happi, is doing just that. Toms of Maine have just issued a report on their project to lighten the load they place on the planet and it makes interesting reading. Continue reading
Sometimes I think about my shopping. Sometimes I just shop.
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