About Me

I am a formulation scientist, inventor, manager, beauty blogger, beauty futurologist, science communicator and environmentalist.

Biggest achievements to date -

  • Conceiving and formulating one of the top selling pharmaceutical scalp treatment shampoos.
  • Organising the first two Formulate trade shows, now a key feature of the UK cosmetic industry's year.
  • Starting Colin's Beauty Pages, the UK's main blog devoted to cosmetic science and other health and beauty matters.
  • Elected as a Fellow of the Society of Biology 1st October 2013.
  • Specialties: Formulation development, science communication, cosmetic regulatory compliance, rheology, experimental design, finding odd connections between things that nobody else has noticed.
  • I am an experienced formulator of cosmetic and topical pharmaceutical products, having started working for a contract manufacturer supplying supermarkets, an ethical Pharmaceutical company specialising in dermatology, a brand holder in the FMCG sector and a developer and manufacturer of topical products with a medical twist including some licensed ones.



  • Beechams Pharmaceuticals - 2 years as a lab technician
  • Intergen Beauty Products - 4 years as a development chemist
  • Stiefel Laboratories - 14 years as a development chemist and lab manager
  • Medex Scientific/Montagne Jeunesse - 9 years managing lab and supporting contract manufacturing
  • Colin’s Beauty Pages - 7 years building it up to the most widely read UK beauty science blog with over 30,000 page views a month


  • Leicester Polytechnic - Degree in Environmental Science awarded 1983
  • Diplloma of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists 1985
  • Elected Fellow of the Society of Biology 2013



  • Product Formulation
  • NPD
  • Writing
  • Regulatory Advice
  • Safety Assessments
  • Experimental Design