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Cosmetic Chemistry and the Science Behind It

At Freelance Formulations, we utilize cosmetic chemistry to help create your dream cosmetic products. By using science within the creation process, we can help make sure that your product is safe and effective. Here is more information on cosmetic chemistry and the science behind it:


Understanding Beauty Product Basics

Ingredients act as the building blocks of beauty formulations, combining to create textures, colors, and effects that cater to your specific needs and goals. Understanding the role of these key components is beneficial for beauty providers looking to make informed choices about the products they use and sell. At Freelance Formulations, we can implement the basics of cosmetic chemistry to design custom formulas for your brand goals. 


Water may serve as a fundamental ingredient, providing the base for many formulations. Emollients, such as oils and butters, can contribute to the silky feel of creams, leaving the skin soft and supple. Active ingredients are key to addressing specific skincare concerns. Ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid are some ingredients you may see in beauty products. Understanding the function of these ingredients empowers consumers to select products tailored to their individual needs.


Creating Formulas

Our team of cosmetic chemists can create formulas for moisturizers, cleansers, lip products, and more. We can balance the concentration of each component within your product, aiming to achieve the desired texture, stability, and efficacy. Achieving this balance typically requires a thorough understanding of the chemical interactions between ingredients and their impact on the skin.


Preservatives play a role in maintaining the integrity of cosmetic products. They may protect against the growth of harmful microorganisms, which can help promote the safety and longevity of a product. To address the growing demand for eco-friendly beauty solutions, more natural and sustainable preservatives have been developed. If you want your brand to feature organic or natural products, our team can address your concerns by using completely organic or all-natural ingredients when creating your formula.


Understanding pH

The skin's natural pH may be slightly acidic, which can create an environment conducive to its health and protection. Our cosmetic chemists carefully formulate products to align with this natural pH when creating your skincare or cosmetic product. This helps make sure the products are compatible to minimize the risk of irritation. A well-balanced pH can help maintain the skin's natural barrier function, potentially preventing issues like dryness, redness, and breakouts.


Using Transparency and Informed Choices

Cosmetic chemists can provide detailed information about the ingredients used, their concentrations, and the science behind their efficacy. This transparency may empower informed choices, aligning beauty products with specific values and skincare goals. Some cosmetic companies are embracing sustainable practices, acknowledging the environmental impact of their products. From recyclable packaging to cruelty-free testing, the beauty industry is evolving to meet the ethical expectations of conscious consumers. At Freelance Formulations, we offer products that are whole-food certified, vegan, organic, and cruelty-free.


Cosmetic Chemistry at Freelance Formulations

From creating formulas to evaluating pH values, our team of cosmetic chemists can help guide you through the science behind designing custom beauty products. You can choose from our stock formulas with transparent ingredients based on popular brands, or we can create custom products with science in mind. Contact us today to begin your cosmetic-making experience.

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