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Introduction to Cosmetic Science

Introduction to Cosmetic Science

London College of Fashion
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This is an exciting short course, designed for those who would like to learn about the science behind cosmetic products.  Delivered by the academic team behind our integrated MSc Cosmetic Science, this course will teach you the basics of formulating cosmetic products in a laboratory environment through practical sessions and lectures.

You will be introduced 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 including skincare, haircare, suncare and colour; this is a great chance to experience being a cosmetic formulator.

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 start to take a more critical approach to the use of cosmetic products, and understand their basic physicochemical structure. Over the week, you will develop your knowledge of the cosmetic industry and gain confidence working in a laboratory according to Good Laboratory Practice.

The course includes:

  • 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
  • Making of skincare formulations: hydrating gel and cream
  • Making of haircare formulations: shampoo and conditioner
  • Making of colour cosmetics: lipstick and compact eye shadow
  • Making of a natural sunscreen


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.


2 July – 6 July 2018


Gemma O’Connor
Caroline Searing
Diogo Baltazar
Gabriela Daniels

Time Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
10am - 12pm Lecture: Lecture:  Lecture:  Lecture: Lecture: 

Cosmetic products

Skin biology

Hair biology


Natural products


Cosmetics legislation



Sun protection

1pm - 4pm Lecture: Workshop: Workshop: Workshop:  Workshop:

Cosmetic ingredients

Hydrating gel



Natural sunscreen


Introduction to colloidal science

Hydrating cream


Compact eye shadow


Tutor Description


You will need:

A laboratory coat, notebook and pen. Students can use their laptops or tablets to follow the lecture slides. 

Available dates

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