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Sophie Lamsargis

Formulation Technician


Member Since October 2015

Chapter: St. Louis

What made you pursue a career in the cosmetics/personal care industry?

In college they don’t teach you much about cosmetic chemistry, but when searching for jobs after college I learned about Vi-Jon. From that moment on, it was my dream to get my foot into this industry.  I always wanted a career that helped others, while using my love for chemistry. The best way to help others is to play a part in the development of the products they consume every day. The cosmetic industry is always growing, developing new technologies and products!

What advice would you give your younger self who is just starting out in the industry? 
I am very new to the industry, but already I have learned there is no such thing as a failure. The batches that don’t turn out as anticipated are always the best ones to learn from, therefore never get upset because something wasn’t completed as expected. Also, listening to peers is a wonderful way to learn. Suppliers, co workers, and most people in this industry have a plethora of knowledge they are just waiting to share!

What is the favorite part of your job?

Every day is different, there is never a slow or boring day. You can never anticipate what a batch will be until it is produced on the bench. Observing how different raw materials react in different formulas is captivating. It is tremendous to see all the people and processes involved with taking a product from an idea to the shelves. Also, I work with the greatest team, that continues to educate me every day.

What has been your most recent professional accomplishment?

Taking on secretary for the St. Louis SCC Chapter, and helping organize our scientific symposium!

How has membership in the SCC been of value to you?

Networking! I have met so many amazing people, and everyone is willing to educate me about new things! There are endless resources provided to members to further their education. I love attending meetings and the symposiums, learning about new topics.

What is a fun fact about yourself, outside of the SCC and your professional life?

I love Flamingos and the St. Louis Cardinals!