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Introduction to Cosmetic Science

Course description

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.

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.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


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



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.



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Meet the Tutor:

This exciting Introduction to Cosmetic Science short course has been designed for those who would like to learn about the science behind cosmetic products. The course is delivered by the academic team behind our integrated MSc Cosmetic Science.

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