Free Online Course Formulating Cosmetics

In this free, short course on formulating cosmetics, our experts, Susan Barclay-Nichols (, Perry Rowmanowski ( and Jane Barber (, will introduce you to some basic concepts in cosmetic science and formulating that can help you understand and create your own products. The course starts when you are ready to enroll and after the Unit is released you can complete it at your own pace.  Along the way there will be exercises and quizzes which you can use to demonstrate whether you learned the key information.

After completing this online course you will have a better understanding of cosmetics, the ingredients used to create them, how products are tested and how to create some basic formulations yourself. You will also be able to download a PDF certificate of completion.

Perry Romanowski

Perry Romanowski has been developing products in the cosmetic industry for more than 25 years primarily focusing on hair and hair-related products. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from DePaul University. He is currently Vice President of Element 44 Inc, which specializes in formulating and education. Previously, Romanowski was a senior project leader working on brands including VO5, Tresemme, Nexxus & St. Ives. He is currently the President for the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC). He has written and edited numerous articles and books, taught the SCC’s Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry continuing education class, and developed various websites including

Susan Barclay-Nichols

Jane Barber

Jane, who owns is a full member of the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists and has experience formulating for a variety of clients, from major commercial brands such as The Body Shop, Blistex, Boots to natural and organic start-ups. Jane is also responsible for teaching skincare and haircare formulation for a Cosmetic Science Degree at a UK University and heads up formulation discussion groups which total over 40,000 members.