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Event date: 8/18/2022 Export event
August 18, 2022 FLSCC Meeting
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August 18, 2022 FLSCC Meeting

Location: Virtual

Join us for a presentation by Kelly Dobos, with a custom cocktail / mocktail recipe emailed in advance to all registered attendees.


Synthetic organic pigments are some of the most vibrant and valuable colorants used in cosmetics today, especially those that are red. In fact, Red 6 and Red 7 Lakes historically represent 50 to 60 percent of all D&C Lakes certified each year by the US Food and Drug Administration. From their humble origins in the accidental discovery of 'mauvine' to their use in iconic red lipsticks, we'll take a look at the cosmetic application of these colorants through the lens of history that informs their uses and regulatory restrictions today, including a historical summary of US FDA color additive regulations.

Speaker Bio
Kelly Dobos is a consulting cosmetic chemist with 20 years of expertise in both skin care and color cosmetic formulation. She graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and obtained a Master of Science in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in cosmetic science from the James L Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Kelly is a part time faculty member at both the University of Toledo and teaches a course on the science of color in cosmetics.

Kelly has served the U.S. Society of Cosmetic Chemists in numerous roles including the Committee of Scientific Affairs (COSA), and the Editorial Review Committee for Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Kelly was elected as the Society's President in 2019 and created the Florence E. Wall Award for women in cosmetic science.

Kelly has written numerous technical articles for Cosmetics and Toiletries and serves as a subject matter expert for publications like Allure and New Beauty magazines in addition to news organizations like NPR and The Washington Post.