Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists

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9781932633320: Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists

To be an effective cosmetic chemist, the cosmetic formulator must understand the basic components involved in the creation of products and raw materials used to make them. To be successful, the language of chemistry must be understood.
Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists focuses on refreshing the chemist with fundamentals of chemistry used to make raw materials used in our industry. Both theory and practice are presented. Many chapters contain problems at the end that allow the chemist to practice what they have learned.

Topics include:

Structure of Organic Compounds
Raw Materials
Synthesis Approach
Nucleophilic Substitution
Aldol Condensation
Diels Alder Reactions
Ring Opening and Closing
Packed with exercises, examples and patent references, this book is a must-have for the cosmetic chemist interested in staying on top of their game!

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About the Author:

Anthony O Lenick Jr. has more than 30 years of experience in innovative personal care ingredients. He is president of Siltech LLC, a company he founded in 1989, specializing in functional silicones and specialty surfactants. O Lenick has five published books, more than 40 technical articles and is the inventor of more than 260 patents.

Thomas O Lenick earned his BS in chemistry from Georgia Southern University in 2005, and is now a doctoral candidate in polymer and organic chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. O Lenick is the inventor of four patents and author of six publications.


This is a useful organic chemistry book targeted at the cosmetic chemist. There are many organic chemistry books that cover this content--but none I am aware of that are targeted at the cosmetic chemist or condensed to the precise chemistries that the cosmetic chemist needs. This is an essential text for the cosmetic chemist and it should also be useful to those who wish to create intellectual property within this subject area. --Robert Y. Lochhead Ph.D. , The School of Polymer & High Performance Materials, The University of Southern Mississippi

I recently received the book Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists and am pleased to have it on my cosmetic science book shelf. It fills in a number of gaps that I realized peppered my scientific knowledge. If you want to take your confidence in the science of cosmetic chemistry, this book is a must read.
Organic Chemistry and the cosmetic chemist
Before going into the formal review of the book, you should know a fact about cosmetic formulating. You do not need to know much about organic chemistry to be a competent formulator. It s much more important to know about the raw materials and the properties that they bring to your formula. Formulating is actually the opposite of the labs you might have done in Organic Chemistry. In Organic Chemistry you mix together ingredients and hope there is some kind of chemical reaction. In Formulating you mix together ingredients and hope there are no reactions!
While knowledge of organic chemistry isn t critical to becoming a competent formulator, it is critical to become a good or even great formulator. A good background in organic chemistry will make you better at:
Creating initial formulas
Predicting what ingredients will do
Solving stability problems
Optimizing formulas
Finding cost savings ideas
Efficiently creating new formulation

If you are serious about a career as a cosmetic chemist, you need to have a solid background in organic chemistry. And this book, Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists by Anthony O Lenick and Thomas O Lenick is the best one on the subject for cosmetic chemists. I ve always wanted to have a refresher in organic chemistry as it wasn t one of my better subjects in college, but my old college organic chemistry book was just not specific enough for my job as a cosmetic formulator. That s what makes this book so incredibly useful. --Perry Romanowski, President of Element 44, Inc

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