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Cosmetic Formulations

A collaboration between the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and The University of Toledo.

Course Overview

This course will be of value to those unfamiliar with cosmetic product formulation, and also of use to those who have been in the industry for a while and would like to add breadth and depth to their formulation knowledge.  The course will begin with a scan of cosmetic raw materials, then off to studying one of the more challenging but eminently relevant topics – emulsions.  Such subjects as how emulsions break, what to do to fix them, effective formulation strategies (including overcoming those challenging situations), and manufacturing of emulsions.  This will be followed by a discussion of such specific topics as sunscreens, color cosmetics, and toiletries.

There will be instruction on the formulation of all sorts of cleansing products as well as hair care formulation basics.  Interesting discussions on preservation and enhancing efficacy of formulations will also take place.  A new feature of this course will be the opportunity of the participants to put this newfound knowledge into practice in the lab at the fantastic University of Toledo facility!

Day 1 (10/24) - Classroom Instruction

Day 2 (10/25) - Lab Exercises


Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in the mechanics of designing a cosmetic formulation.  The course will be beneficial to beginning and seasoned scientists, whether in formulation, quality control, or claims testing.

***Due to lab capacity, this course is available to 22 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis***

Instructors: Mark Chandler & Arthur Georgalas

Format: In-Person (Classroom & Lab)


  • Monday, October 24, 2022 (9:00am - 5:00pm ET)
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (8:00am - 3:00pm ET)

University of Toledo
Health Science Campus
3000 Arlington Ave.
Toledo, OH 43614

Note: the course will take place at the University of Toledo's Health Science Campus, not the Main Campus. 


Course Outline

Day 1  - Classroom

  • Cosmetic Raw Materials Overview
  • Why Study Emulsions?
  • Emulsion Theory
  • Stabilization Mechanisms
  • Emulsion Formulation Strategies
  • Manufacturing of Emulsions
  • Sunscreen Basics
  • Make-up Basics
  • Toiletry Basics
  • Cleanser Surfactant Selection
  • Cleanser Formulation
  • Hair Care Formulation Basics
  • Preservation Basics
  • Enhancing Efficacy

Day 2 - Lab Exercises

  • Emulsion Formulation Exercises
    • HLB - Steric Stabilization
    • Low Energy Emulsification
    • Liquid Crystalline Lamellar Gel
    • Polymer Microgel
    • Water-in-Oil
    • Pickering
  • Cleanser System Exercises
    • Salt/viscosity response
    • Sulfate-free
    • Fragrance Solubilization




Early Bird (Expires 9/26/22)

  • $695 - SCC Member
  • $929 - Non-Member
  • $425 – SCC Junior or Student Member


  • $785 - SCC Member
  • $1,019 - Non-Member
  • $470 – SCC Junior or Student Member

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


Hotels: The Wodlands Plaza Toledo Hotel is adjacent to the Health Science Campus, and a five minute walk to the course classroom and lab. The University of Toledo also provides a list of hotels on its website.

Transportation: There are a limited number of direct flights into Toledo via the Toledo Express Airport. The Detroit Metro Airport is approximately 1 hour's drive to the Univeristy of Toledo's Health Science Campus.

*Note: all course registrants will be required to read and agree to the SCC Covid-19 Release and Waiver.

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.

If also applying for SCC membership, please allow up to five business days for application processing. Member pricing will not be in effect for CEP registrations until after the membership application is approved. 


About the Instructors

Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler is President of ACT Solutions Corp, a formulation design consultancy and laboratory founded in 2012, serving the cosmetic and topical pharmaceutical industries, focusing on Adaptive Aesthetic Design™, Advanced Emulsion Solutions™, and Formulating for Efficacy™. Mark has been in the industry for over 35 years, most recently serving as skin care applications manager for Croda Inc. He has had roles in Sales, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Acquisitions, and Research and Development. Mark has taught courses for the SCC, CfPA, and SpecialChem on Cosmetic Formulation, Cosmetic Raw Materials, Aesthetic Design, Liquid Foundation Emulsions, Practical Basics and Theory in Emulsion Technology, Formulating for Efficacy, Surfactant Selection, Formulating with Food Ingredients, and Low Energy Emulsification for over 20 years. 

Mark also is a frequent lecturer at the University of Toledo – College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He was awarded Fellow status by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists in 2014 and is currently serving on the SCC national board as Vice President (transitioning through to President in 2023). Mark has presented technology in over a dozen countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has authored numerous technical articles and chapters in such publications as Harry’s Cosmeticology and the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 

Arthur Georgalas

ARTHUR GEORGALAS has conducted and directed product formulation and applied research in cosmetics, toiletries, skin, sun and hair care at Revlon, Shulton, Charles of the Ritz, DowBrands/ LaMaur and at TRI-K Industries, Inc. in Northvale, New Jersey, U.S. as Director of Research and Development Art has recently established GEORGALAS ENDEAVORS LLC to bring this experience and expertise to clients with personal care projects..  He has also contributed articles to various trade journals and the book Sunscreens 2nd ed., Marcel Dekker publishers.  He contributes to active Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC), and International Federation of Society of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) committees and has presented at many technical and trade conferences.  A graduate of CCNY (City College of New York), he also completed the Masters Program (M.S. degree) in Pharmaceutics, specialty in Cosmetic Science at the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of LIU (Long Island University).  As an adjunct professor, Art instructs classes in Product Development and Applied Colloid Chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Art served as the 2021 Chair of the SCC's Committee on Scientific Affairs.