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Are you one of the beautiful people? If you are, or even if you're not but our feature has whet your appetite and you fancy working in the research world of lipstick and powder, check out our collection of resources for starting a career in cosmetics, collected by our international Next Wave team.

Societies, Associations, and Networks

The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association ( CTPA) is the trade association for the UK cosmetics and personal care industry; Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association ( CTFA) is its U.S. counterpart.

COLIPA, the European Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association , is the European trade association representing the interests of the cosmetic, toiletry, and perfumery industry. Its membership consists of the national associations of the 15 EU member states, 23 major international companies, and 13 associate or corresponding members.

The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists ( IFSCC ) promotes international cooperation in cosmetic science and technology--and offers a gateway to regional societies and information.

The European Sensory Network brings together 17 member organisations acting in 14 European countries and two non-European countries. This international forum was created for discussion and collaboration among the best research institutions involved in sensory and consumer sciences and to ensure that methods were practical and accessible to the industry. Mostly relating to the food industry, but cosmetics do get a look in.

Training Programmes and Grants

If you are looking to get some training before making your break into the cosmetics industry, the worldwide inventory of cosmetic educational programmes , which is put together by IFSCC, is a great place to start.

The Canadian Dermatology Foundation ( CDF) provides funding assistance in dermatology medicine and research. Peer-reviewed research grants of between CA$10,000 to $20,000 are awarded annually. CDF's funds are drawn from memberships, corporate sponsors, and donations.

The L?Oréal grant for skin research , worth ? 45,000, is open to medical doctors or scientists from all over the world working in the area of dermatology or cosmetology.

A Selection of Potential Employers

IntegriDerm in Birmingham, Louisiana, is dedicated to research and development in dermatology and skincare, especially postgenomic research, DNA microarrays, and discovery of novel active ingredients for topical products.

Unilever , the company behind the Dove and Organics brands, is carrying out R&D projects for hair, skin, and oral care products and deodorants. The company has two research centres in the UK, one at Port Sunlight (with a specialisation in physical sciences and advanced manufacturing) and the other at Edgewater (physical sciences, chemical engineering, and the biochemistry and physiology of skin). It also has sites in Bangalore, India (chemical engineering, materials science, and bioscience), and Shanghai, China (developing plant extracts for use as natural ingredients).

Johnson & Johnson The international company's researchers work closely with dermatologists to come up with dandruff shampoos and foot creams, antiwrinkle formulas and moisturizers for cracked hands, with brand names such Neutrogena and RoC.

Alberto Culver is into the production of shampoos and conditioners such as VO5 and pampering products like St-Ives. Click on their careers page to find out what vacancies are available in their subsidiaries around the world.

Procter and Gamble The giant international company has a worldwide research and development organisation with over 7500 scientists--1250 of them Ph.D. scientists--working in 22 research centres in 12 countries.

Trade Press

The UK magazines Soap, Perfumery and Cosmetics ( SPC) and ESPRIT will keep you up-to-date with the latest technologies, ingredients, and fragrance bottle designs while offering general insight into the cosmetics industry.

For a more global view, check out International Cosmetic News

Whether you are looking for jobs in the UK cosmetics industry or want to keep tabs on the latest personal care news and events, Cosmeticsbusiness.com may prove very valuable.

Although European Cosmetics Markets is obviously very marketing-orientated, it offers insight into the cosmetics business as well as profiles of some of the major players in the field.

And if you'd like to find out more about the science behind cosmetics products, the Skin Care Forum has a lot of very interesting articles.

Conferences and Exhibitions

Get the low down on who's who in the supply and manufacture of raw materials and ingredients for cosmetics, toiletries, and personal care at the annual In-cosmetics show . The next one will be held in Milan in April 2004.

Or, you can click here for a list of the major 2003 cosmetics trade fairs, conferences, and exhibitions around the world and in the UK