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The Society holds its Annual Scientific Meeting each December. The Annual Meeting provides a forum for the exchange of current findings and technology on topics of global interest in cosmetic science. Additionally, SCC has ongoing Continuing Education courses (CEP Courses) available to both members and non-members. For course outlines please click on the links below. You may also use the Writable Registration PDF. To register for a National CEP Course, please complete the Registration Form and submit to the SCC National Office via email. There are also details of upcoming Chapter events below; registration for these events is handled by each Chapter.

SPECIAL NOTE: The SCC can bring On-Site Training Courses directly to your entire development team at your location, offering convenience, team building with an in-depth focus of the course of your choice. For further information, please contact Doreen Scelso at 212-668-1500 or email

Carolina Chapter: Naturally Kiawah Symposium

When: Wed September 24 12:00 AM - Fri September 26 12:00 AM
Where: Kiawah Island Golf & Spa Resort, Kiawah Island, SC

Southwest Chapter: 2014 Suppliers' Day

When: Thu September 25 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM



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Who Should Attend: This course is designed for professionals in the personal care, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries engaged in all aspects of product development, including:
• Research & Development
• Technology, Formulation & Product Development
• Marketing & Technical Sales
• Regulatory Affairs
• QA & QC Professionals
• Business Decision Makers

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:
• Describe the key driving forces behind the global sustainable consumer movement
• Describe the major trends in developing sustainable cosmetic products
• Summarize the emerging and controversial issues over sustainable sourcing, manufacturing practices, green marketing claims & substantiation

Course Description
The consumer market has evolved over time along with the global green movement. Today’s consumer do not just desire a product with a green image, they want to see proof that the manufacturers are engaged in business practices that would ensure a sustainable economy and environment. In short, the consumers demand both the green image and the actually substantiation of sustainability. This course will provide an analysis of this socio-economic development and how it is shaping the behavior and practices of both consumers and manufacturers alike in cosmetic product development. Also presented is an analysis of emerging issues and business strategies associated with this trend.


* Evolution of the Sustainable Concept
--The meaning of Green
--Historical origin & Social-economic trend
--Global market & consumer behavior
--Green legislation – global trend & development

* Sustainable Product Development – Best Practices
--Formulating with “green” ingredients
--Sustainable formulation
--Sustainable packaging
--Green claims & substantiation
--Sustainable sourcing - global challenges and opportunities

About The Instructor

Wen Schroeder is the founder and president of SEKI Cosmeticals. She is key expert for the ASEAN-EU Programme for Regional Integration Support in cosmetic & pharmaceutical GMP and testing. Ms. Schroeder is scientific advisor to Taiwan External Trade Development Council and teaches at the Center for Professional Advancement in the areas of cosmetics, food, OTC drugs, biocides and chemical management. She served for the Personal Care Products Council and is active in the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. With 20+ years of industrial experience, 30 US patents and numerous publications, Ms. Schroeder is an internationally recognized lecturer on cosmetic science & regulatory affairs. Her lecture topics cover a wide range of areas including chemical management and biocide regulations to food, drug and cosmetic law. Ms. Schroeder is the editor of a newly published book, Sustainable Cosmetic Product Development by Allured Books, as the first comprehensive technical reference work in this field for the cosmetic and personal care industry.

Early Registration Fees
*SCC Member: $350.00
*SCC Student Member: $200.00
*Non-Member: $475.00

Late Registration Fees (After September 11, 2014):
*SCC Member: $400.00
*SCC Student Member: $225.00
*Non-Member: $525.00

When: Thu September 25 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: SCC National Office -- New York, NY

SCC National CEP Course (New Course): Emulsifiers for Cosmetics: Structures and Practical Applications

Instructed by Ricardo Diez, Ph.D.

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Course outline:
This course discusses the chemical composition and physical structure of the sixteen types of emulsifiers commonly used in cosmetic products, correlating their physicochemical characteristics with the application in a wide range of products with emphasis on cosmetic emulsions. The course discusses the replacement of ethoxylated emulsifiers with other materials. It also describes the selection of emulsifiers in applications such as cleansers, makeup removers, anhydrous systems, rinse-off products, fragrance solubilization, etc.

- Sixteen types of emulsifiers: chemical structures and physical parameters.
- Key performance differences of anionics, cryto-anionics, and nonionics. - Emulsifiers vs. structuring agents.
- Importance of oligomeric, discrete or polymeric structures on emulsifier efficiency .
- Impact of the packing parameter, molar volume and melting point on performance differences

- Reasons for the failure of the HLB concept for emulsifier replacement.
- Alternative strategy: replacement under the approach of oligomeric vs. discrete chemical structure and the physical packing parameter.
- Effect of direct vs. inverse solubility with temperature.

3a- Emulsions: Creams and Lotions
Importance of interfacial tension and symmetry of emulsifiers and emollients
Shortcomings of Griffin’s HLB method. Alternatives by Shinoda, Marszall, Lin, Harasawa, and Wadle.
Effect of the emulsifier system on the sensorial attributes, hydration, and stability of creams and lotions
Impact on the initial crystalline structure of the emulsion and after application on the skin. Changes during water evaporation .

3b- Effect Of Emulsifiers On Delivery of Active Ingredients
Examples in various vehicles: solutions, emulsions, micro emulsions, liposomes and nano lamellar systems

3c- Non-Emulsion Products
Application and selection of emulsifiers in fragrance solubilization, cleansers, make-up removers, soft solids and balms, rinsing aids in anhydrous products, etc

About The Instructor

RICARDO DIEZ, Ph.D. has many years of experience in both sides of the cosmetic industry in companies such as Miranol/Domtar, Stepan, Witco and Procter & Gamble, Dial Corp. and Chanel. He has obtained many patents and presented numerous papers at global conferences. He has received the SCC “Keynote Award Lecturer” in 2009. He instructs the Ecaterina Merica Educational Program of the IFSCC.

Early Registration Fees
*SCC Member: $350.00
*SCC Student Member: $200.00
*Non-Member: $475.00

Late Registration Fees (After September 25, 2014):
*SCC Member: $400.00
*SCC Student Member: $225.00
*Non-Member: $525.00
When: Thu October 9 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: SCC National Office -- New York, NY



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The rheology of cosmetics and personal care products must be controlled to control the delivery of the product to the skin and hair and to provide important cues to the consumer. Product rheology is often conferred by gums and thickeners. In this course the rheological characteristics and formulation considerations will be introduced for the major classes of gums and thickeners.

Who should attend this course:
Formulators, marketers and salespersons of cosmetic and personal care products. Upstream scientists and engineers

Overview of waterborne rheology modifiers
1. An introduction to the critical rheologies encountered in personal care products.
2. The rheologies and formulation dependent properties and advantages/disadvantages of different classes of rheology modifiers.
3. Overview of Cellulosics and gums.
4. Overview of Microgel thickeners ( such as Carbomer)
5. Overview of Associative thickeners

Synthetic Thickeners
* Polyelectrolytes: Review of General Characteristics and properties of polyelectrolytes and Hydrophobically-associating Thickeners
--Rheology modifiers based on polyacrylates ( including Carbomers) and polyacrylamides
--Rheology modifiers based on Acrylamidomethylpropane sulfate including acryloyldimethyltaurates
--PEG and Polyol Thickeners
--Cationic Thickeners
--Cyclodextrin-based rheology modifiers, star polymers and dendrimers

Polypeptide/Protein Thickeners

Silicone Thickener

Amphipathic Polymers
*Synthetic associative thickeners
*Polymeric Emulsifiers


*Gums from Seaweed
*Plant Gums
*Gums produced by fermentation
*Chitin and Derivatives
* Mineral Thickeners

About The Instructor:
Robert Lochhead, Ph.D. currently serves as a professor at the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he has been Director of that School for about the last twenty years. Prior to joining academia, the first twenty five years of his career were spent in industrial research that ranged from polymer and silicone synthesis to colloid and surface science and to the management of a large hydrophilic polymers’ research group. Dr. Lochhead is the author of more than a hundred scientific papers and reviews, and a named inventor on 22 patents. The polymers that he has invented have enable new and better technologies with beneficial societal and environmental impact.

Early Registration Fees
*SCC Member: $550.00
*SCC Student Member: $275.00
*Non-Member: $675.00

Late Registration Fees (After October 12, 2014):
*SCC Member: $600.00
*SCC Student Member: $300.00
*Non-Member: $725.00
When: Thu October 16 9:00 AM - Fri October 17 5:00 PM
Where: SCC National Office -- New York, NY



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This course will give students a basic understanding of scale-up and process variables so the first production batches can be manufactured more easily and with meaningful input on the part of the compounder. In the cosmetic industry it is imperative that new products get from the bench to manufacturing as quickly as possible. This is the job of the Process Development Engineer and the process is called scaleup. The talk will discuss the different aspects of scaleup: heat transfer, addition rates and energy input as it pertains to batch size and different equipment.

I. Scale Up Introduction

II. Cosmetic Processing Equipment
* Vessels; Mixers; High Shear Mixers (Batch, Inline); Pumps

III. Scale Up Parameters and Variables
* Liquids-Emulsions-Emulsions/Solids
--Heating/Cooling; Mass Transfer; Controlling Shear

--Heating/Cooling; Mass Transfer; Controlling Shear

--Shade Matching

IV. Procedure Requirements
* Terms; Equipment List/Details/Controls; Filling Concerns/Requirements

About The Instructor

DAVID YACKO is Vice President Research and Development at Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. which is one of the world’s leading cosmetic developers and manufacturers. He has been with Estee Lauder over 23 years. His department is responsible for worldwide scaleup for Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. He earned his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Tri State University in Angola, Indiana. David has worked in the cosmetic industry for 40 years. He spent 17 years with Chesebrough-Ponds in both Research and Development (13 years) and Manufacturing (4 years).

Early Registration Fees
*SCC Member: $350.00
*SCC Student Member: $200.00
*Non-Member: $475.00

Late Registration Fees (After October 24, 2014):
*SCC Member: $400.00
*SCC Student Member: $225.00
*Non-Member: $525.00
When: Fri November 7 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: SCC National Office -- New York, NY

Quebec Chapter: Suppliers' Day

Door opening for visitors at 11:00 AM. Free entrance.

Door Will close at 5:00 PM. A conference Will Follow (more details can be found here:

Suppliers can install Their booth starting at 9:30 AM.
25 booths at CAD $ 525 each.
When: Tue November 11 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Novotel Montreal Airport.

SCC National CEP Course (New Course): Molecular, Gene Expression For The Cosmetic Chemist


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This course is designed for the cosmetic chemist to help them understand the very basic principles behind molecular biology, specifically selected biological markers, gene expression and relevance to cosmetic science.

I. Introduction, the relevance of molecular biology/gene expression for the formulating chemists: does the data provide all the answers?

II. The very basic principles of molecular biology/gene expression

III. How do genes relate to the skin’s appearance?

IV. The language of molecular biology

V. Epigenetics and the relevance to cosmetics

VI. Discussion of relevant scientific papers, very basic level

VII. General discussion on the topic “New scientific information and the relevance to old FDA Regulations i.e. Title 21 CFR the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act” and global regulations around the world.

About The Instructor

Howard Epstein, Ph.D. is Director of Technical Services for EMD Chemicals, Philadelphia, P.A., an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He was a scholar in residence at the University of Cincinnati department of dermatology and received his Ph.D. in Pharmacognasy from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio during that time. He has been in the cosmetic industry for many years since he began his career formulating cosmetics for Estee Lauder, Maybelline, Max Factor, Bausch & Lomb and Kao Brands. In addition to his interest in botanicals Howard recently served as Editor of the Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Science and is a member of the International Academy of Dermatology. He is on the editorial board of the dermatological journals Clinics in Dermatology and SKINmed representing the cosmetics industry to dermatologists. Howard has authored chapters in various cosmetic technology textbooks, holds eight patents and two patent applications.

Early Registration Fees
*SCC Member: $350.00
*SCC Student Member: $200.00
*Non-Member: $475.00

Late Registration Fees (After October 10, 2014):
*SCC Member: $400.00
*SCC Student Member: $225.00
*Non-Member: $525.00

When: Thu November 13 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: SCC National Office -- New York, NY

SCC Michigan Chapter: Skepticism and the Cosmetic Chemist - How to Distill Beauty Science from Beauty Bogus

Speaker: Perry Romanowski - Brains Publishing
When: Thu November 13 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Grand Rapids, MI

SCC National CEP Course Fragrance As A Science


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This course will cover the anatomy of a fragrance formula, the sense of smell, the history of perfume, fragrance creation and duplication, aroma chemicals and reactions, fragrance applications in personal care and household products, fragrance regulations, aromatherapy, natural fragrances and DfE, aromatherapy and aroma science. At the conclusion the fragrance formula will be analyzed for IFRA compliance and allergen labeling.

*Chemoreception, the stereochemical theory of odor, the vibrational theory of odor, the olfactory gene family, and signal transduction: how an odor molecule in the air is transformed into an emotion in the brain

*The history of fragrance, particularly since the introduction of synthetic materials, the creation of fragrance, fragrance families, fragrance duplication, aroma chemicals, reaction between fragrance chemicals with each other and between aroma chemicals and the environment

*Fragrance in personal care, solubility of individual aroma chemicals, partitioning in emulsion and surfactant systems, stability and viscosity issues, aesthetic translation into diverse media.

*Fragrance in household products, interaction of fragrance with substrates, stability in hostile environments, air fresheners and candles, malodor counteractants

*Fragrance safety and regulations, the role of RIFM and IFRA

*Natural fragrances, DfE, fragrance and the mind, aromatherapy, aroma science-the influence of odors on mental and physical performance

*A fragrance formula will be analyzed and the process of conforming to IFRA guidelines and providing EU allergen labeling will be explained in detail.


SCC Member: $350.00
Non Member: $450.00

When: Wed December 10 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: New York Hilton -- New York, NY

SCC CEP Course: Regulatory Update


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The Regulations of Personal Care Products in the United States 2014

Introduction: This course is intended for formulators, marketers of cosmetics and people involved in the regulations of products. The following topics will be covered:

Who Regulates these Products?

States: California, Minnesota, Washington, Illinois

Is it a Drug or a Cosmetic or Both?
* Registrations; Labeling; Claims

Recent Developments
* Microbeads; Advertising Claims; Prop. 65 Issues

About The Instructor

DAVID STEINBERG founded Steinberg & Associates, Inc. in 1995 as a consulting firm for the cosmetic industry. He has taught Cosmetic Chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Center for Professional Advancement and the SCC. He is a Fellow member and Past President of the SCC. He is the author of these books: Preservatives for Cosmetics, Primary Ingredients, A guide to European Cosmetic Regulations; and FDA/OTC Label Requirements Guidelines Handbook.


*SCC Member: $350.00
*Non-Member: $450.00

When: Wed December 10 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: New York Hilton -- New York, NY