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Introduction to Cosmetic Science

Introduction to Cosmetic Science

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Gabriela Daniels, Caroline Searing, Diogo Baltazar


Through lectures and practical workshops, this course will teach you the basics of formulating cosmetic products in a laboratory environment.
The lectures will introduce you to the underpinning science disciplines, e.g. skin biology and formulation science. You will also be introduced to the classes of raw materials used in cosmetic formulations and to the key legislative requirements for marketing cosmetic products, including natural and organic products.

To apply your knowledge, you will have the opportunity to make a variety of products in the laboratory in the context of skincare, haircare, suncare and colour; this is a great chance to experience being a cosmetic formulator.

Topics covered:

  • Classes of cosmetic products and cosmetic raw materials;
  • Cosmetics legislation and guidelines on natural cosmetic products;
  • Principles of colloidal science;
  • Introduction to skin and hair biology;
  • Introduction to colour and the use of pigments;
  • Introduction to sun protection;
  • Introduction to packaging and sustainability in the cosmetic industry;
  • Making skincare, haircare, colour and suncare formulations.

Read our blog post for 5 reasons you should take the Introduction to Cosmetic Science short course. 

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will have a greater understanding of the role of cosmetic ingredients in cosmetics and toiletries. With the scientific principles learnt on the course, you will be able to have a more critical approach to the use of cosmetic products and understand their basic physicochemical structure. Over the week, you will develop your critical opinion with regard to the cosmetic industry and gain confidence in working in a laboratory.

Who Should Attend

Beginners.  This course is a great foundation for those who are considering joining the MSc Cosmetic Science in the near future. It is also ideal to those working in the beauty industry or the retail of cosmetic products and want to learn more about the science behind their ingredients, their making and their basic effects on the skin and hair.  GCSE level Chemistry or equivalent knowledge is an advantage.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.

Follow Up Courses

After you have completed this course you may want to consider applying to the MSc Cosmetic Science.


Caroline Searing
Diogo Baltazar
Milica Stevic
Gabriela Daniels


Time  Day 1 Day 2  Day 3  Day 4 Day 5
10.00 to 12.00 Colloidal and formulation science Skin biology

Hair biology and haircare

UV protection and suncare products

Cosmetic legislation

13.00 to 16.00

Pigments and colour cosmetic products. Natural products.

Skincare products and skin hydration

Haircare products

Stability, packaging and sustainability

Cosmeceuticals. Cosmetic claims.


How to make a lipstick - Making a lipstick in the labs at London College of Fashion, with students from the MSc Cosmetic Science course.

Tutor Description

Gabriela Daniels is the Programme Director for the Science Programme. She has an MSc in Science and Technology of Cosmetics and Essential Oils from University of Food Technologies in Bulgaria and worked in the cosmetic industry in Bulgaria and the UK in a variety of roles, such as applications chemist and technical adviser. She holds an MBA with the Open University (UK) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. On the MSc Cosmetic Science she teaches business subjects, contextualised to the cosmetic industry e.g. marketing research and strategic management and scientific subjects such as claim substantiation and hair care science and technology. She has participated in pedagogic projects related to the experience of BAME students and the use of specialist videos in teaching and learning for which she was awarded the UAL Teaching and Professional Fellowship in 2012. Gabriela’s research interests are focused on hair science and technology as well as the pedagogy of group work and learning technology.

Caroline Searing is a Senior Lecturer on the MSc Cosmetic Science course. She trained as a physiologist at the University of Bristol and holds an MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Bucks New University. Prior to coming to LCF she worked as a scientific officer with the Ministry of Defence (Navy), specialising in respiratory physiology and thermally stressful environments. She teaches biology and human physiology related subjects and development of HE study skills. She has been a unit leader for the Biochemistry and Cell & Physiology units for the Society of Cosmetic Scientists Distance Learning Course since 2009. Her current research includes the changing role of makeup during the female lifespan.

Diogo Baltazar is Lecturer in Cosmetic Science. Diogo trained as a pharmacist at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon where he collaborated in the research and development of topical medicines. After obtaining his MPharm, Diogo completed a Specialisation PGDip in Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology and later worked as a full-time research assistant at the iMed.ULisboa, where he was responsible for consultancy projects for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. His projects included the development of cosmetic product lines, re-formulation of products in the market and testing of topical medicines. His research interests are focused on the formulation technology of colloidal systems and the optimisation of topical drug delivery.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • A laboratory coat
  • Notebook and pen
  • Laptop/iPad/tablet


Available dates

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