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A cosmetic scientist is responsible for developing and manufacturing products such as cosmetic creams, lipsticks, perfumes, and all manner of toiletries. Whilst a cosmetic scientist may work on more everyday products such as toothpaste, shampoo and detergents, they could be involved in more glamorous product developments such as perfume. However this requires patience as it can take up to ten years to become a fully fledged perfumer.
A cosmetic scientist needs a good nose and a very thorough knowledge of science. They can be involved in safety testing, ensuring products comply with legal requirements, developing products and monitoring and managing manufacturing process developments. Research and product development also play a big part in a cosmetic scientists job.
Salaries range from around £18,000 to £50,000 or more a year.
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