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In today’s competitive world, the cosmetic chemist must be a person of skill in cosmetic science. Beyond this, the formulator also must possess a great deal of artistic ability in order to formulate cosmetically elegant products at an ever increasing rate of speed. However, the cosmetic chemist is, and remains, a scientist.
In searching for scientific information to aid in formulating, the Internet can be a great aid – but only if used with great care. I recently read, with amazement, an Internet article warning against the use of sodium lauryl ether sulfate, since it contains ether, a material causing sleep. This was offered as science! My amazement changed to horror with the understanding that this type of misinformation can really hurt out industry.