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Q&A with My Dad the Chemist: What companies and 'dream products' excite him today

Learn what my dad thinks are up-and-coming trends in skin care and hair care, and the 'dream products' and companies that he finds exciting.

When you’re a kid, you learn to memorize certain things: your home phone number, your address…and your parents’ professions. Whenever someone asked me about my parents, I always dutifully responded that my mom was an accountant, and my dad was a chemical engineer. My mom’s profession was a little easier to understand, but for many years, I had no idea what a “chemical engineer” actually did. I just knew that my dad sometimes came home with bags of aerosol…