Consumer chemistry is a niche branch of chemistry centered on the study of how different elements mix to create consumable products. Consumer chemistry areas include food, fuels, energy, fertilizer, cleaning solutions, medicine and cosmetics. A consumer chemist often works for a company that develops new consumer products.
A primary distinction between a consumer chemist and other types of chemists is the applicable nature of his work. A cosmetic chemist is one example of a consumer chemist. Someone in this profession applies chemistry to test different formulas to develop safe, marketable cosmetic products. Pharmaceutical companies rely on consumer chemists to develop new drugs.