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Cosmetic Chemistry for Clean Beauty: The Basics

Clean food is a great focus for healthy living, but clean cosmetics and beauty products are the other half of the picture. Cosmetic chemistry for clean beauty is a new topic for a lot of people, but we are here to shed some light on the basics. Here are the top things you should know about cosmetic chemistry.

What Is Cosmetic Chemistry?

Have you ever wondered how your favorite beauty products came to be? Cosmetic chemistry is the science of creating formulas for cosmetic products; it is the process that brings all the ingredients together. Cosmetic chemists understand how different chemicals work with and against each other. This understanding allows scientists to create safe, effective formulas for cosmetics.

Clean Beauty From Freelance Formulations

Freelance Formulations specifically creates cosmetic products for other businesses. Whatever your idea, our team of cosmetic chemists is here to help you make it a reality.

We create formulas that are all-natural and organic, vegan or plant-based, WholeFoods approved, Sephora approved, Credo approved, FDA approved, cruelty-free, or any combination of the above.

Our Team

When it comes to cosmetic chemistry for clean beauty, we are experts. Our CEO, Vanessa Thomas, is also our senior chemist. She holds an advanced master's degree in cosmetic science and has over twenty years of industry experience. She has taken part in the formulation of hundreds of products. Our team also includes a handful of other cosmetic chemists, brand managers, and project managers. In total, we bring over twenty years of experience to your project.

Products We Create

Our chemists formulate a wide variety of beauty products, including skin care solutions, makeup products, hair products, and men's grooming products. Here is a short list of some of the things we can make for you:

  • Skin care: Exfoliants, moisturizers, serums, sunscreens

  • Makeup: Eye shadow, foundation, lip products

  • Hair: Shampoo, conditioner, hairspray

  • Men's grooming: Cleanser, moisturizer, beard oil

If the product you want to create is not on this list, that does not mean we cannot create it. If you have an idea, we can make it happen.

Testing Services

Freelance Formulations does not stop at simply creating products. Once you have the perfect formula, we can also do product testing. These services include things like stability testing (where we find out the shelf life of your product) and preservative efficacy testing (where we test the stability of all-natural preservatives). With these added services, you can be confident in the quality of your products. In turn, so can your customers.

Some additional services we offer include:

  • Accelerated Stability Tests

  • Preservative Efficacy Tests

  • Clinical Testing

  • Source Packaging​

  • Product Cost Analysis​

  • ​Introduction to Manufacturer

Our Clean Beauty Formulation Process

When you contact Freelance Formulations to help you create your clean beauty products, you can expect a professional, collaborative process as we work to make your dream a reality. The process usually takes anywhere from four to eight weeks, but it can be longer or shorter depending on how complex the project is.

Contact Form and NDA

The first step to creating your specialty formula with us is to fill out a contact form. On this form, you will fill us in on the specifics of your project. We want to know what kind of product you would like to create and whether you will require any additional services like product testing. When you fill out the form, you will also schedule your discovery call and sign a non-disclosure agreement. This agreement is in place to protect your ideas during the creative process.

Discovery Call and First Payment

The discovery call is a phone call with one of our representatives. During the meeting, you get to discuss your project in more detail. After the call, we will send you a service agreement. At that time, 50% of the project cost is due.

Formula Sample and Delivery

Within three weeks of your discovery call, we will send you the first sample of your product. For specialty formulas, you can ask for two adjustments to your product. Once you approve the final formula and send the final payment, we will send the formula to you.

After you have your finished formula, we can help you find a manufacturer to make your product. If you would like help promoting your product and your business, we can also connect you with a branding and design team.

Benefits of Using Freelance Formulations

At Freelance Formulations, our chemists specialize in clean, all-natural formulas. We are with you every step of the way, from your initial idea all the way through to finding a manufacturer. During the formulation process, we also provide project management to support you. The best part: when the project is finished, the formula belongs to you. We are experts in cosmetic chemistry. Put our experience to work for your clean cosmetics and beauty products today.

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