Sustainable Cosmetic Product Development

Course Summary

The consumer market has evolved over time along with the global green movement. Today’s consumers are conscientious buyers who do not simply buy into a green image; they want to see proof that the manufacturers are engaged in business practices that would ensure a common, sustainable future for all, in both economic and ecological sense. In short, they demand reassurance and actual substantiation of sustainability. This course will provide an overview of this socio-economic trending and how it is shaping the behavior and practices of both consumers and manufacturers alike in cosmetic/personal care product development.

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 key driving forces behind the global sustainable consumer movement
  • Describe major trends in developing sustainable cosmetic/personal care products
  • Outline pertinent global regulation & legislation relevant to “green” personal care products
  • Summarize the emerging and controversial issues over sustainable sourcing, manufacturing practices, green marketing claims & substantiation

Instructor: Wen Schroeder

Format: In-Person

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (9:00am - 5:00pm PT)

During California Suppliers' Day


Long Beach Convention Center (Room 103)
300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802


This course will take place on October 12, 2021, the day before the California Suppliers' Day Exhibition Show (October 13-14, 2021). You can register for this course by selecting it as an add-on option during the regular registration process for California Suppliers' Day.

Course Outline

  • The “Greening” of Global Cosmetic/Personal Care MarketEvolution of the sustainable concept in Consumer Products
    1. The meaning of Green
      • Historical origin & social-economic trending
      • Global market & consumer behavior
  • Green Cosmetic/Personal Care Product Regulation
    1. The Organic concept:  from the agricultural practices to cosmetic product standards
    2. Natural cosmetic products:  what does it mean in terms of regulatory control?
    3. All other relevant green legislation concerning cosmetics/personal care products


  • Green Cosmetic/Personal Care Product Regulation Workshop
    1. Green claims & development
    2. Claims analysis
    3. Claims substantiation
    4. Case studies
  • Sustainable Product Development 
    1. Formulating with “green” ingredients
    2. Sustainable formulation highlight
    3. Sustainable packaging highlight
  • Sustainable Sourcing & Manufacturing Practices
    1. Global challenges and opportunities in responsible sourcing
    2. Sustainable manufacturing trends    



Early Bird (Expires 09/12/21)

  • $375 - SCC Member
  • $505 - Non-Member
  • $225 – SCC Junior or Student Member


  • $425 - SCC Member
  • $555 - Non-Member
  • $250 – SCC Junior or Student Member

Registration price includes breakfast and lunch, as well as a selection of coffee and other beverages throughout the day. View our CEP Course Pricing and Refund Policy.

Note: companies registering 5+ SCC members for this course receive $25 off per registration. Companies registering 10+ SCC members for this course receive $50 off per registration. Discounted group registrations need to occur during the same online transaction. If you would like to submit a group registration of 5+ or 10+, or have any other questions about this event, please contact SCC Headquarters Staff.


About the instructor

Wen Schroeder

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 had served for the Personal Care Products Council. She 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 from chemical management, biocide regulations to food, drug and cosmetic law. Ms. Schroeder is the editor of Sustainable Cosmetic Product Development by Allured Books, as the first comprehensive technical reference work in this field for the cosmetic and personal care industry.