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Cosmetics 101: Ingredients and Formulation Essentials

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Jul 24, 2019

Counter your day-to-day cosmetic formulation challenges (like - batch-to-batch irregularity, preservative and active ingredient selection…, etc.) and strong-arm your industry-knowledge for life.

Belinda Carli (Director of IPCS, Australia) will help in enhancing the basic scientific knowledge of how cosmetic formulations are composed. Topics like - necessary elements needed to write an accurate formula, tips related to ingredient selection, pH levels adjustment, temperature, etc. will also be addressed.

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Belinda Carli Presented By:
Belinda Carli
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Beginner

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Why should you view this course?

Learning from unreliable sources on the internet can only provide you with ‘half knowledge’. As a result, you may overlook one or more important factor(s) [temperature, pH levels adjustment, preservatives selection, % of active ingredients….], while formulating your cosmetic product. A minor displacement in any of the above factors can lead to complete wastage of your batch, time and resources!

Discussions with your contract manufacturers can only provide a short-term fix. But in the long-term, the absence of a strong scientific foundational knowledge will make ingredient selection a constant challenge and result in repeated batch-to-batch inconsistency.

Join this cosmetic formulation course today to:

  • Solidify the knowledge of the basics that is necessary for composing/writing a formula, selecting basic actives, adjusting pH levels, etc.

  • Bust the myths related to preservative selection and use.

  • Communicate/Convey every specification of the cosmetic formulation precisely to the manufacturer or any other person preparing the formulation which will further help in achieving the desired results.
Cosmetics 101: Ingredients and Formulation Essentials

Who should view this course?

Cosmetic Formulators starting off in the industry or formulators with 0-3 years of experience looking to enhance their foundational knowledge must opt for this cosmetic formulation course.


Additionally, the expert recommends to checkout Cosmetics 102: Tailoring Formulas to Your Needs to acquire full grip on the topic.

Course Outline

  • How formulas are written?
    • What to do for achieving batch-to-batch consistency?
    • Why there is a need for specificity while writing formula?
    • How writing a precise formula helps the manufacturers or other formulators?

  • Trade names vs INCI names and why we use them as well as how materials can differ

  • Concept of pH adjustment and why it’s important

  • Basics of active ingredient selection
    • What you intend to achieve and what is your active ingredient claiming of delivering?
    • How important it is to make your cosmetic formulations ‘natural’?
    • What parameters (ex-vivo, in-vitro, physiological claims) can’t be used while making the selection)?

  • Basics of preservative selection
    • What is organic certification?
    • What role regulatory compliances and company philosophy play in preservative selection?
    • Do’s and Don’ts while selecting preservatives.
    • How to comply with requirements of free from claims (example: paraben-free)
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About the Expert

Belinda Carli is the Director of the Institute of Personal Care Science, an International Training Organisation. She is a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and the winner of the 2013 Annual Industry Award from CHC Australia for her contribution to research and training.

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