The Society of Cosmetic Scientists promotes education, research and collaboration to advance the science of cosmetics

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The Cosmetics industry offers a wide range of opportunities for those interested in the application of science and technology.



Product, Process and Packaging Development


Quality Control and Assurance

Product Evaluation and Safety Testing


Sales & Marketing


Would you like to work in a creative, fast moving consumer goods orientated market?
Why not consider the cosmetic industry?

The EU Cosmetics Regulation ((EC) No. 1223/2009) defines a cosmetic product as:

 "Any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours."

Cosmetics have been important throughout the ages but the progression of cosmetics from art to science did not occur until the later 19th Century whilst the modern cosmetic industry, as we know it, has developed over the last century.

Currently the cosmetic industry constitutes a £4000 million turnover in the UK, with over 200 companies manufacturing or supplying ingredients for colour cosmetics, toiletries and perfumery products. The continued success of our industry relies heavily on research and development. Consequently careers in the cosmetic sciences present many exciting and challenging opportunities for people with diverse areas of interest and training to contribute to the quest of finding new products and processes and improving existing ones



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