Cosmetic science is a fascinating intersection of the disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, physiology, and psychology. By integrating these fundamental areas, cosmetic science is able to advance our basic understanding of personal care and beauty, and the application of cosmetic science continually drives innovation across a wide range of markets and product categories. 

When you make the decision to join the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), then you'll be joining over 5,000 other industry professionals who already call us their professional home. 

See below for Membership Dues and Membership Type descriptions.

 

Fees assessed for late membership renewals:

  • Late Fee - $25 (assessed to late renewals between January 1st and March 31st of the calendar year)
  • Reinstatement Fee - $50 (assessed to renewals on or after April 1st of the calendar year)

Member Dues

Membership year is based on the calendar year (January through December); dues below shown in US Dollars.

Professional 
Membership

(Affiliate/General/International/Fellow)

 

$165.00

 

Academic
Membership

(Educator)

 

$82.50

 

Post-Graduate
Membership

(Junior)

 

$82.50

 

Undergraduate
Membership

(Student)

 

$41.25

 

Prorated dues available based on join date:

  • Jan. 1st – Jun. 30th = full dues amount for current year (membership valid join date through December 31st of CURRENT YEAR)
  • Jul. 1st – Sept. 30th = half dues amount for current year (membership valid join date through December 31st of CURRENT YEAR)
  • Oct. 1st – Dec. 31st = full dues amount for following year (membership valid join date through December 31st of the FOLLOWING YEAR)

Member Types

The SCC is a vibrant community of members actively working for finished goods houses, raw material suppliers, academic institutions, government, contract manufacturing, and consulting companies. Membership in the Society provides access to a network of industry and subject matter experts.

 

Join as a General Member if you are:

Engaged in scientific or technical work in the cosmetics and toiletries industry or in related governmental or academic areas. In possession of at least a Bachelor’s Degree in chemical, physical, medical, pharmaceutical, biological or related sciences and technology.  General members pay  100% of annual dues.

 

Join as an Affiliate Member if you are:

Interested in the objectives of the Society, but do not currently meet qualifications for General Membership. (Please note: After five consecutive years in good standing, Affiliates are automatically transferred to General Members).  Affiliate members pay 100% of annual dues.

 

Join as a International Member** if you are:

A member meeting the General or Affiliate member eligibility requirements but primarily located outside the U.S. or Canada. International members will receive electronic communications only.  International members pay 100% of annual dues.

 

Join as an Educator Member* if you are:

Any person who is a full-time educator who is a dean, teacher, professor or general educator from an accredited educational institution related to the cosmetic sciences, including, but not limited to the disciplines of chemistry, pharmacy, chemical engineering, business law or general business.  Educator members pay 50% of annual dues.

 

Join as a Junior Member* if you are:

Any person interested in a career in the cosmetics and personal care industry, who holds an undergraduate degree and currently pursuing a post-graduate degree.  Junior members pay 50% of annual dues.

 

Join as a Student Member* if you are:

A fully matriculated undergraduate student at a recognized college/university. Sponsored by the NextGen Initiative, the first calendar year of student membership is free. After the first year, Student Membership dues are a quarter of General and Affiliate Member dues.  Student members pay 25% of annual dues.

 

 

*Entitled to all member benefits, except these member types are ineligible to vote or hold any elected office.

**Members shall have one vote on each matter put forth to the membership for a vote, except that they shall not be eligible to hold elected office within the Society or its Chapters.

Membership Changes Upon Approval

 

Request an Emeritus Membership if you:

Have reached the age of 65 years AND have been a dues-paying member in good standing for 25 consecutive years ("buy-back" of years is not allowed if your membership lapsed). You may request Emeritus status by emailing the Membership Department. Upon approval by the Board, you'll be entitled to all privileges of a General Member for life except that you may not hold any elected office within the Society or its Chapters.  Emeritus members do not pay dues; however, you cannot revert back to any other membership class for any reason.

 

Request a Retired Membership if you:

Have retired from the cosmetics and personal care industry, are over 55 years of age, AND have been a dues-paying member in good standing for 15 consecutive years ("buy-back" of years is not allowed if your membership lapsed). You may request for Retired status by emailing the Membership Department.  Upon approval by the Board, you'll be entitled to all privileges of a General Member, except that you may not hold any elected office within the Society or its Chapters.  Retired members pay 50% of annual dues; however, you cannot revert back to any other membership class for any reason..

 

Apply for a Fellow Membership if you:

Have achieved full maturity in the profession, as evidenced by a record of outstanding achievement and leadership. You may be elected a Fellow (Technical or Marketing) of the Society by the Board of Directors upon recommendation by the Fellow Certification Committee. For more information about Fellowship, click here.  Fellows pay 100% of annual dues.