Compounding chemists, natural therapists and cosmetic chemists are not the same thing.
I’ve been finding it a bit tricky to get to the blog lately, not because I don’t want to talk to you all (I so do) or because I don’t have any ideas (I’ve got too many) but because I’ve been hit with the cranky stick. Oh Yeh Baby.
I feel that every week I have to FIGHT (in capital letters) for Cosmetic Chemistry. I have to stand up, fists up, stern face on ready to defend the thing that I love more than anything else (except my husband, kids, rest of family, dogs, Guinea Pigs and trees) and that makes me tired.
I am pretty sure that most people don’t know they are doing it, mostly because they don’t know what they don’t know and while it is easy to walk into most towns and see a natural therapist or even a compounding chemist one does not stumble across Cosmetic Chemists. Most people don’t even know one (unless you count the ones that you stalk on Linkedin, Facebook or websites). It is fair to say that in terms of professionals and professions we are well hidden.
Team that with the fact that you can google ‘recipe for hand cream’ or whatever and come up with the goods, can go onto a forum full of normal everyday people and they will share their formulating tips with you and can do weekend courses (some of which I even offer) and go home and make your own range it’s easy to see why people don’t even think about finding us.
It all looks so simple!
Well, I’m sorry people but it isn’t that simple.
Well, It is simple to start because you don’t know what you don’t know and it is all exciting and you can make stuff that looks good!
It is simple to be in the lower-middle stage of a business where you have a brand and it is starting to pick up speed.
It can even be somewhat simple to grow to the next stage where you need to manufacture bulk (50Kg plus) and do BIG things.
But then things can start to go wrong or at least not as right as you would like (financially and other wise)
This is when all the stuff you don’t know you don’t know starts to hit you and cost you.
This is where you say ‘so when will this business stop costing me money?’
But it can be prevented or fixed. Put back on track.
You can take a step back and say ‘OK so I’m getting involved/ am in the cosmetic industry, maybe I should talk to an expert’
and that expert WON’T be:
A Natural Therapist
A Compounding Pharmacist
A Self-taught person with their own brand (unless you want to be just like them only better in which case why would they help you rip them off?)
A Scientist (of un-related origin)
A person who worked at Avon answering the phones
A person who has done a Diploma in Cosmetic Science but hasn’t yet had a job in the industry OR has had ONE job in ONE company for a little while.
A person who had a dad that was a chemist.
No, what you can do is talk to an active COSMETIC CHEMIST or their representative, people who are working on stuff like you are doing every.day.of.their.life. People who know how to scale up, send off for a PET, read stability results, cost a formula, comply to regulations (that you might not even know exists), make that formula less sticky, more effective and less likely to RIP PEOPLES FACES OFF. Oh and they will probably also know a thing or two about ingredient fashions too so don’t write them off for your marketing stories either.
So what I’m trying to say here is this.
If you want to be in the cosmetic industry track down a cosmetic industry professional because even though we might seem like we are invisible we do exist and can help.
From me, Amanda. Full time Cosmetic Chemist and part time street fighter.
PS: Do check the comments guys as fellow cosmetic chemist BOB has done something much more useful than I did just here – he has gone to the effort of providing you details of WHERE TO FIND THESE PEOPLE! How awesome. I really was having a bad day wasn’t I 🙂