Home Archives for james.runkle@drummondst.com Page 2

Author: james.runkle@drummondst.com

A new appreciation of scientific expertise

by james.runkle@drummondst.com james.runkle@drummondst.com No Comments

Inteview with Giorgio Dell‘Acqua

Chairman, New York Society of ­Cosmetic Chemists

How has the coronavirus pandemic affected the work of chemists in the cosmetics industry?

The coronavirus pandemic has affected the role and work of cosmetic chemists in many different aspects. Chemists who were used to going to an office had to learn and adapt to working from home and away from their peers and colleagues. Those who worked in a lab were left in limbo at times waiting for their labs to reopen. And every chemist experienced supply chain disruption, ingredients shortages, as well as delays in manufacturing and shipping. Although our professional and personal lives were disrupted, I am proud and impressed how fellow cosmetic chemists and NYSCC Chapter members have adapted and grown during this unprecedented time.

There were some restrictions and delivery bottlenecks. What did the US have to contend with during this time?

The US have not only federal regulations but also state by state mandated regulations. This added a complex layer of restrictions and, depending on your state of business, dictated when you were allowed to go back to work and how – with some states requiring increased safety and hygienic protocols. There were some labs that were allowed to stay open with very limited disruption of business due to emergency status since they produced reagents and chemicals useful for fighting the pandemic. Delivery bottlenecks and supply chain issues were problematic for cosmetic chemists and their companies, especially if they were sourced from other countries. A localised supply chain became a good back-up plan for those in the industry.

To what extent have the customers’ requirements for cosmetic products changed during this time?

At the beginning of the pandemic there was a big demand for hand sanitisers and cleaning products. Once settling in, consumers started looking for products to increase their well-being and self-esteem due to the isolation and high stress level. Hydrating creams, hand creams, body creams but also products to achieve healthy nails and hair started to be in demand, as well as in-home care routines and DIY kits.

Also, Covid-19 did instil a new appreciation and respect for scientific expertise, and this was evident with consumers of beauty and personal care products. Consumers became more knowledgeable and informed about the ingredients and formulations used in creating and manufacturing the products they purchased.

What role does sustainability play and how does it affect the work of chemists?

Sustainability has been growing steadily as a key concept for the cosmetic industry for the past ten years. The recent pandemic has broadened sustainability to environmental protection and social equity issues. Consumers are demanding products and ingredients associated with a sustainability success story. Formulators are listening and developing products sourced though sustainability standards (including certifications and adhering to CSR guidelines).

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the natural ingredients that customers often demand?

Natural ingredients are centrepieces in current products and formulations and are often used to communicate the product itself. The main advantage and attraction of natural ingredients is that most consumers perceive them as safe. Natural ingredients have also been developed into active, standardised ingredients, with scientific claims and proven efficacy. Even if standardised, the main disadvantage of natural ingredients could be their long-term stability in a formulation. Also, their properties do not always match their synthetic counterpart as well as in a cost per use comparison.

What can so-called “green” or “clean” chemistry achieve here?

Green or clean chemistry and its twelve principles is a growing and significant trend for our industry. It is about environmental responsibility. It is being driven by consumers becoming increasingly conscious, better informed, and more concerned about the safety of product manufacturing and its impact to the environment. Once the synthetic process is optimised to reduce toxicity and waste and adopted on a large scale, it will be a game changer for us and the environment we live in.

“Chemistry is bad – natural is good” These or similar opinions are firmly anchored in the minds of many consumers. Why does “green” or “clean” chemistry play no role for end customers? Shouldn’t more educational work be done here?

There is misinformation in the beauty industry and consumers do get confused by erroneous crowd-source information about some chemicals and led astray by false marketing claims. However, with the rise of the clean beauty movement, and consumers increased interest in learning about the ingredients and the science behind it all, they are getting a better understanding that chemicals and naturals can safely be together in formulas and be effective.

What are the current trends in cosmetics?

Besides natural and clean beauty I see digitalisation, sustainability, customisation, holistic beauty, and the supplement market for beauty from the inside out as big trends. Also, hair care and products that combat stress related to hair loss will be big. There are also more products being developed for people identifying as non-binary and expanding the market in a very interesting way that is addressing people on an individual basis and putting our industry at the forefront of acceptance and inclusivity.

What is already demanded that may not yet be implemented now?

I think more technology in the green products category is needed as well asits increased accessibility. Scientific testing, which is so important needs to be more affordable so that all brands, no matter their size, can benefit.

What are current research topics?

There has been a big push on the use of artificial intelligence to develop solutions for consumers, both in product development, speed to market, and in testing. Also, new testing models for ingredients and products are being studied that mimic the clinical settings to facilitate scientific validation. Finally, the understanding of the effect of ingredients on the different mechanism in our body, as well as the interaction with the exposome and the microbiome is another interesting area of study and exploration.

Which trends will be showcased at NYSCC Suppliers’ Day 2022?

The theme for this year’s Suppliers’ Day, 3rd – 4th May in New York is the destination for science, sustainability, and sourcing solutions. This will be evident on the exhibit floor and woven throughout the conference program. NYSCC formed a diversity and inclusion committee that will be involved in programming and activities at Suppliers’ Day to engage all attendees in conversation about scientific ideas that provide leadership in the cosmetics community around diversity and inclusion.

We cannot just be focused on the science of the ingredients and formulations without considering the impact of their sourcing both on the environment and society.

Naturally derived rheology modifiers and emulsion stabilizers

by james.runkle@drummondst.com james.runkle@drummondst.com No Comments

Modern-day formulators relied on polymers to stabilize o/w emulsions much more than surfactants.  The introduction of polyacrylic acid-derived polymers many years ago enabled formulators to develop stable emulsions with minimal effort.  In realty, formulators used polymers as their primary stabilizers, and they selected the surfactant and esters to tailor the texture and sensorial properties of emulsions.  In fact, polyacrylic acid-based polymers enabled steric stabilization of emulsions due to their anionic charge and contributed to the entropic stabilization due to their ability to bind water very efficiently.  The art of formulation using the concepts of Hydrophilic Lipophilic Balance (HLB) was almost extinct and was replaced by the fast-paced polymeric stabilization.

In recent years, consumers have been driving the trend of naturality demanding manufacturers to formulate their products with naturally-derived ingredients rather than fossil-based ones.  This push towards naturality is forcing formulators to remove their fossil-derived polymers and replace them with naturally-derived counterparts.  At the same time, formulators are also replacing their efficient polyoxyethylene-based (POE) surfactants with polyglyceryl based ones, as POE is no longer in vogue with some consumer groups.  One can say that formulators who have been spoiled for many years with ease of formulation and guaranteed stability outcome are faced with one of their biggest challenge in recent memory.

The search for an identical, naturally-derived replacement of polyacrylic acid-based polymer has created a frenzy among finished-goods companies and raw material suppliers to try to fill the gap.  The first instinct was for formulators to go back and rely on the good old stand-by, xanthan gum.  Xanthan is produced by fermentation, so it is considered naturally-derived.  It is used in relatively low concentrations and has good yield value.  Although xanthan gum has many good attributes, it still has several draw backs.  First, its impact on viscosity is minimal and does not build it efficiently.  Second, it adds a negative slip and tack to formulations that is quite undesirable.  Third, its effect on stability is positive but not quite as good as polyacrylic-based polymers.  Formulators need to make several trials before achieving good stability with xanthan gum.

Another stand-by ingredient is starch.  Starches have been used to thicken and generate yield in emulsions for many years.  An example of a commonly used starch is hydroxypropyl starch phosphate.  Starches typically work through a wide pH range (3-9) and have good salt tolerance.  However, starches are not efficient thickeners as they have to be used between 1 and 4% w/w in the emulsion to impart stability.  When a high level of polymer is used in emulsions it not only reduces the available water for the surfactant to behave properly but it also imparts a certain texture to the formulation which might not be very desirable.

Recently, several companies introduced a variety of gums to stabilize emulsions.  Most recently Diutan gum was introduced.  Diutan is a high molecular weight polysaccharide (5 MM Dalton) with a relatively low charge density on the backbone.  The backbone is made up of four-sugars, namely glucose, glucoronate, glucose and rhamnose and a two-sugar side chain of rhamnose.  Diutan seems to be electrolyte tolerant and builds higher viscosities than xanthan gum when combined with a low level of electrolytes.  However, it does not build enough viscosity on its own based on literature.

Several manufacturers tried combining several natural gums to achieve good emulsion esthetics and stability.  One manufacturer combined xanthan gum, with sclerotium gum, and pullulan.  Other manufacturers are combining acacia and gellan gum, xanthan and guar gum, as well as acacia and xanthan gum.  Such combinations could be good options, but finished-goods formulators tend to lean more towards single ingredient substitutes as they do not crowd the ingredient label and offer greater flexibility in formulation.  In addition, many of these combinations have similar esthetics and do not offer a robust stability profile.

More recently, a new grade of cellulose gum was launched.  This type of cellulose can suspend and has a yield value which separates it from common cellulose gums.  This readily biodegradable polymer was used in stabilizing O/W emulsions made with organic sunscreens as well as inorganic sunscreens.  In one example, formulators were able to develop an O/W inorganic sunscreen formulation containing 20% w/w zinc oxide.  The polymer showed great synergies with currently available, naturally derived polymers like xanthan gum and hydrophobically modified hydroxyethylcellulose.  In addition, the polymer appeared to yield viscosities similar to the one achieved by polyacrylic acid when used alone or in combination with other naturally-derived thickeners.

As a formulator, I am still hopeful in finding an exact replica of a polyacrylic acid type polymer that is naturally derived, biodegradable, efficient, low cost and with good esthetics.  At one point reality will sink in, and will realize that such polymer will not exist.  The mere fact is that the chemical make-up of the backbone of the polymer will be different, and unlike polyacrylic-acid based polymers, the natural ones will not be crosslinked.  Instead, many of the naturally-derived ones are linear polymers with some branching.  In this fast-paced environment, formulators will have to adapt and sharpen their formulation skills.  They will use their creativity and I am sure will create amazing textures with the toolbox they currently have until new technology is introduced or new market trends appear.

Dr. Fares started his career in personal care studying the effect of solvents on sunscreen chemicals.  His interest in skin drug delivery especially from polymeric matrices grew during his graduate work at Rutgers, where he received his Ph. D.

Dr. Fares started his career in personal care studying the effect of solvents on sunscreen chemicals.  His interest in skin drug delivery especially from polymeric matrices grew during his graduate work at Rutgers, where he received his Ph. D.

Dr. Fares worked at Block Drug and GlaxoSmithKline where he held positions in research and development in the areas of skincare and oral care.  After that, he joined L’Oréal where he held several positions of increasing responsibility leading to AVP of skincare.  He is currently the Senior Director of skincare and oral care at Ashland Specialty Ingredients.  Dr. Fares is the author of many publications, and patents and made many presentations in national and international meetings in the areas of suncare, skincare, and oral care.  Dr Fares chairs the NYSCC scientific committee and has won multiple awards in the areas of sun care and polymer chemistry.

Do Makeup and Skincare Products Really Expire?

by james.runkle@drummondst.com james.runkle@drummondst.com No Comments

People like to say that beauty doesn’t last forever, but the only time that’s really true is when you’re talking about your beauty products. Most skincare and makeup items have a shelf life because the preservatives in the formulas degrade over time.

“The ingredients evolve, and they’ll eventually go bad,” explains Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Ph.D., chair of the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists. That’s why it’s important to clean out your beauty cabinet from time to time. That’ll protect you from potential infections and adverse skin reactions (plus it frees up room for new finds!).

Every time you dip your fingers into creams or use an applicator like (brushes and mascara wands) to apply makeup, the products get exposed to bacteria and fungi.

“Studies have shown significant growth of harmful microorganisms in cosmetic products—such as staphylococcus (a common bacteria that causes skin infections), and pseudomonas, which can cause skin rashes and abscess,” says Deborah Lee, a clinician in the UK who is also a medical writer for Dr Fox Online Pharmacy.

Preservatives prevent this growth, but when those start to break down, the bacteria and fungi can find a breeding ground, thanks to the products’ essential minerals, organic compounds, and high water content.

How to know when to throw away beauty products

Check the expiration date. If you remember when you bought a certain product, you can check the “Period After Opening” date on the ingredients label. Look for a tiny jar icon with a label such as ‘24M.’ That would indicate the product should be used within 24 months of opening.

Test your senses. “If you see a weird color, smell something funny, or feel that the texture has changed—toss it,” says Dell’Acqua.

Check up frequently. “It’s important to go through your makeup bag every six to twelve months and examine your makeup,” says Lee. In addition to giving you a chance to toss whatever has gone bad, it’ll help you better keep track of how long you’ve really had a particular product.

Ahead, learn more about the three common signs that signal a product has gone bad, plus how to keep your favorite beauty items clean.

Signs your beauty products have gone bad

The color is off.

Does your product look as good as it used to? “If the nice white and watery facial cream you bought a few months back now has a yellow color and looks oily—it’s time to get a new one,” says Dell’Acqua. Old foundations and concealers may appear more orange-y and skincare products that contain vitamin C may also turn a dark yellow color.

It smells weird.

Exposure to sunlight and warm temperatures encourage the growth of bacteria that leads to foul odors. Some products, like lipstick, may give off a chemical odor, while creams and moisturizers may have a sour or rancid smell. “Old mascara may smell like gasoline,” adds Lee.

“This happens a lot with sunscreen when people go to the beach,” says Dell’Acqua, but your bathroom can have the same effect. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns that bacteria thrive best in warm, moist, protein-rich environments and grow fastest in the temperature range between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit. To prevent the growth of bacteria, try storing your makeup and skincare products in a clean, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture.

The texture changed.

As cosmetics and skincare age, their formula changes consistency. Many products will start to harden and crack. “You’ll begin to see separation in creams (and nail polish) because the water and oil molecules will break apart over time, causing the oil to rise to the surface,” explains Dell’Acqua. Mascara will become clumpy and dry, while lipstick may develop tiny holes or start feeling gooey or rubbery.

The general rule of thumb for discarding cosmetics after opening

  • Nail Polish: Two years
  • Powder foundations and eyeshadow: Two years
  • Liquid foundation and concealer: Six to twelve months
  • Lipstick, lip pencil, eyeliner pencil, and eyebrow gel: One year
  • Blush, bronzer, and face creams: One year
  • Lip gloss: Three to six months
  • Mascara and blending sponges: Three months
  • Facial moisturizerseye creams, serums: Two years

How to clean your beauty products

Wash your makeup brushes frequently, clean the inside of nozzles, eyeliner tips, eye pencil sharpeners, and everything you regularly use that touches your face. “You should also keep your makeup kits, boxes, drawers, and compartments free of dirt and grime by cleaning it regularly with a cleansing wipe,” says Lee. This will help prevent bacteria from growing on or inside of your products. Below, check out a few derm-approved products you can use to clean and sanitize your beauty tools.

New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) Announces 2022 Executive Board

by james.runkle@drummondst.com james.runkle@drummondst.com No Comments

Leaders Representing Prominent Ingredient and Formulation Suppliers and Manufacturers

will Guide the Chapter’s Future Direction


(New York, NY, November 2021) – The New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) announced and installed its new executive board for 2022 during its Education & Awards Night Ceremony on November 10th at HK Hall in New York City.  Liz Streeland, President, National SCC, presided over the installation. The 2022 NYSCC Executive Board includes:

  • Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Chair
    Chief Science Officer, Nutrafol
  • Susanna Fernandes, Advisor/Past Chairman
    Lead E-Sales Executive, TRI-K
  • Mohamed Abdulla, Treasurer
    Account Manager- HPC- East Coast, Oxiteno
  • Alex Blakeman, Treasurer Elect
    Director of Technologies, Superior Materials Inc.
  • Luciana Coutinho, Secretary
    Founder and Chief Product Officer, LULUBLE, INC.
  • Stacey House, Chair-Elect
    Head of Product Development and Innovation for KDC/One’s Beauty and Personal Care Division

“I am excited to take over from my predecessor, Susanna, who led the Chapter to new heights in programming, engagement, and after two years, the successful return of our  in-person Suppliers’ Day event,” said Giorgio Dell’Acqua, incoming Chair, NYSCC. “With the help and guidance of the new board, committee members and volunteers I will continue this chapter’s legacy of focusing on education in cosmetic science as well as seeking collaborations with organizations instrumental to the chapter. Science and sustainability will be strong building blocks of many of the Chapter’s upcoming activities and programs.”

            Dell’Acqua and the 2022 NYSCC Executive Board also plan to expand and grow the programs that will help the chapter’s youngest members succeed in the industry including the Future Chemists Workshop at Suppliers’ Day, a robust Mentorship/Mentee database, as well as career and professional development programs.

To become more involved in the NYSCC Chapter Community, please fill out the volunteer form at https://nyscc.org/2020-2021-volunteer-form/.

NYSCC Suppliers’ Day Reunites the Beauty Industry for Most Comprehensive Ingredients & Formulations Event in North America

by james.runkle@drummondst.com james.runkle@drummondst.com No Comments

The beauty and personal care product development community came together, November 10th and 11th for one of the most important Suppliers’ Day in its history, according to association executives with NYSCC (New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists).  More than 6,800 registrants eager to find solutions to current challenges, met with over 380 exhibitors across 75,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  This engagement will continue over the coming month with Suppliers’ Day “Virtual Month of Beauty” continuing to capture new registrants since its kick-off on November 12th.

“Exhibitors and attendees alike were energized by the look, feel and size of the show as well as the number of people who attended – and most importantly with the high quality of attendees who were present,” said Susanna Fernandes, Chair, NYSCC. “Every inch of the show reverberated our theme of Embracing Beauty and Celebrating What We Create!”

Noteworthy was the international participants, from 30 countries including Australia, France, Italy, United Kingdom, as well as from countries in Africa, Asia, and South America, who were able to attend as the travel restrictions were beginning to be lifted in November.

“NYSCC Suppliers’ Day delivered on its promise of producing a high quality face-to-face event for the industry despite the many obstacles and travel restrictions still in place because of the global pandemic.  Our engagement with attendees and leads from the event exceeded our expectations.   We were able to have meaningful and non-rushed conversations with our customers and new prospects. The event and awards night ceremony provided a safe environment for us to get back to business and network.  We are really looking forward to Suppliers’ Day in May of 2022,” said Marie Thadal, M.B.A., Business Development Executive-Americas, Coptis Inc.

            A highlight of Suppliers’ Day was the debut of the INDIE360 Program, an immersive educational and sourcing experience providing up and coming indie brands with insight, information and resources needed to succeed. It featured a half-day conference that included lively panel discussions with leading founders and an INDIE Pavilion that spotlighted newer to market companies who are utilizing unique ingredients and formulations.  The INDIE360 program was moderated and chaired by Luciana Coutinho, Luluble, with panels and pavilion participants curated by Daniela Ciocan, Access Beauty Insiders.

Suppliers’ Day also boasted standing-room only Presentation Theater sessions that included tracks focused on green beauty, sustainability and certification (Discover Sustainability) and the global beauty marketplace (The World of Chemistry).  Kicking off the show was a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured NYSCC and SCC leaders of today and tomorrow, as well as executives who were instrumental in ensuring a safe and successful live Suppliers’ Day in NYC.

“As President of SCC it was a thrill for me to witness and be a part of Suppliers’ Day taking place live at the Javits Center.  The energy and buzz in the exhibit hall was exhilarating and underscores how important in-person events are for discovering new innovations and business-building,” said Liz Streland, 2021 National President, Society of Cosmetic Chemists and Senior Account Manager, Nagase Specialty Materials.

“As an exhibitor, we were very pleased with the depth of conversations that we had with attendees and the leads generated from the event.”

The Future Chemists Workshop hosted dozens of college students from Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Long Island University, University of Miami Health Systems, Montclair State University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and The University of Toledo who competed in mini-challenges for the best formulation. The NYSCC Mentorship Committee hosted a Breakfast Mixer and Information Session with the launch of a robust Mentor/Mentee database.

The Digital Age of Beauty returned with presentations on trends, predictive analytics, modeling and a look at the “digital” buying process as did Fragrance: The Invisible Art with all the essential players involved in this categories development.  New programs, in addition to INDIE360 at Suppliers’ Day included a Clean and Natural Beauty Panel, Back to Powerful Beauty with Peclers Paris, a Regulatory & Compliance program presented by IBA and a special presentation on Conscious Inclusion from business communication strategist, Shakira M. Brown.

The NYSCC Education & Awards Night event took place on Wednesday, November 10th at HK HALL and showcased the CEW Beauty Creator’s Award:  Ingredients and Formulation finalists, as well as the Judges who represented iconic brands such as Chanel, Estee Lauder, Glossier, H2O and BeautyStat. Granpowder BBP-700 from Grant Industries was announced the winner and will be recognized again at the full CEW Beauty Creator Awards Virtual Program taking place on December 1.

NYSCC also hosted a People’s Choice Award where attendees casted their vote for the most innovative brand in both ingredients, delivery, branding/packaging in the INDIE360 Pavilion.  The curated companies that participated included: Chemist Confessions, Dr. J’s Naturals, Hear Me Raw, Immunocologie, Masami, Opulus Beauty Labs, Organic Apoteke, Skin Moderne and Urban Hydration.  BOSSING UP, an association that spotlights black owned beauty business from NYC neighborhoods and communities also participated with Bree & Milly, Exuding Wellness, Just Because Hair NYC, Lovely Leo Skincare and MaDawes hair products.

The inaugural People’s Choice Award winner was Skin Moderne, a brand that has been relentless in the pursuit of clean, effective skincare and technology.

“Skin Moderne is dedicated to fostering a culture of innovation for skin wellness. We continuously probe, search, experiment, and craft new ways to improve our ingredients, technologies, and skincare products,” said Richard Purvis, CEO of Skin Moderne, who was present at the champagne reception to accept the NYSCC Suppliers’ Day People’s Choice Award.

Plans are already underway for the 2022 NYSCC Suppliers’ Day returning to its traditional timeframe of May 3-4, again at the Javits Center, with more than 70% exhibitors already resigned.  “The show floor for Suppliers’ Day 2022 will be as large as our expanded area in 2019. NYSCC will also strengthen its industry and media partnerships and continue to work closely with its members and the SCC to create the best global ingredients event for the industry, by the industry,” said Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Chair-Elect, NYSCC. “Next year, the latest in cosmetic science and sustainability will be core focuses of the Chapter.”

Granpowder BBP-700 from Grant Industries Inc. is the 2021 CEW Supplier’s Beauty Creators Awards Winner

by james.runkle@drummondst.com james.runkle@drummondst.com No Comments


(New York, NY, November 2021) — Granpowder BBP-700 from Grant Industries Inc. was announced as a winner of a prestigious CEW Beauty Creators Awards at the NYSCC Education & Awards Night Ceremony at HK Hall in New York City. In advance of the CEW Beauty Creators Awards event on December 1st,  Grant’s Granpowder BBP-700 was named the winner in a specialty category for Supplier’s: Ingredients & Formulation during the NYSCC Suppliers’ Day Week of Beauty.

This CEW Beauty Creators Award category, sponsored by New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists  (NYSCC), recognizes the role that ingredients, formulation and new technology plays in successful beauty and personal care product launches.

Grant was one of eight finalist that were selected from more than 40 submissions that were reviewed and voted upon by a curated panel of judges that included leading beauty and personal care brands including members of the NYSCC Scientific Advisory Committee.  The judges were: Eileen Kim, Head of US Innovation and Research Prospective Team, Chanel; Geraldine Molina, Head of R&I, Glossier; Ron Robinson, Founder/CEO, BeautyStat.com; Mike Wong, VP Technical Services, H2O+; and Tao Zheng, Director, Advanced Technologies/Material Science, The Estee Lauder Companies.

The other CEW Supplier Award finalists were: Actera Ingredients for FOLLICIN;  BASF Corporation for PeptAIde™ 4.0; Eastman Chemical Company for Eastman GEM™ retinyl sunflowerate; EverCare for Mineral Body SPF 50 Sunscreen; Geltor, Inc.for HumaColl21®;  MANA for Clean Screen Mineral Serum SPF 50;  and SurfactGreen for CosmeGreen ES1822+

            Comments from the panel of Judges on why Grant’s Granpowder BBP-700 was selected as the winner, include:   This is an answer to many needs that the cosmetic scientists need today to address the replacement of synthetic powders.”  “BBP-700 is a great soft focus material, texturizer, and can be used in all categories of makeup and skincare.” Created with an innovative bio-fermentation process and an amino acid derivative, it is a good alternative to some microplastic powder.”  “Bio based, biodegradable, and highly functional, this powder has blown my socks off.”

At NYSCC Suppliers’ Day, November 11th, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, all the finalists submissions will be displayed in Product Showcases for attendees to learn more about how these new ingredients and formulations address an immediate need in the industry and  the movement for clean chemistry and sustainability in beauty and personal care product.

Grant’s Granpowder BBP-700 will also be acknowledged at the virtual reveal of the 2021 CEW Beauty Creators Awards winners in all categories on December 1st.






What’s Hot in Beauty & Personal Care Ingredients & Product Innovations

by james.runkle@drummondst.com james.runkle@drummondst.com No Comments

WHAT: New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) Suppliers’ Day

WHEN: November 10-11, 2021

WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Convention, 11th Avenue & 38th Street, New York, NY

EXHIBIT HOURS:      9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 10

                                           9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 11

WHY:  Suppliers’ Day is the main ingredients and formulations event in North America for beauty and personal care brand owners and manufacturers seeking new products, trends and technologies in cosmetic chemistry.

Highlights of the trade show and conference include:

-The debut of INDIE360 program, an immersive educational and sourcing experience providing up and coming indie brands with insight, information and resources needed to succeed. The program will foster connections between indie brands and suppliers and spotlights newer to market companies who are utilizing unique ingredients and formulations. A People’s Choice Award for best Indie Brand at Suppliers’ Day will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 11.

-INDIE360 also includes founders speaking and participating in panel discussions including Indie Lee, Indie Lee, INDIE LEE Cosmetics; Jeanine Lobell, NEEN; Dr Robb Akridge, OPULUS BEAUTY LABSs: Alison Cutlan, BIOPHILE; Malaika Jones Kebede BROWN GIRL JANE; Ron Robinson, BEAUTYSTAT:  and Stephanie DiPisa, SOLARA SUNCARE.

-Hundreds of exhibiting companies and new North American product launches including Allergisa, Applechem, Ashland, Bitop, BRB North America, Coptis. Creo Inc., Delavie, Deveraux Specialties  DSM, Genomatica, McKinley Resources, Inc., Mibelle Biochemistry, Micropowders, Nagase, Phibrochem, Synergio, Ultra Chemical and many more.

-New programs on relevant industry topics including “Back to Powerful Beauty,” “Clean & Natural Beauty Panel,” and a “Conscious Inclusion” presentation.

-Relevant content for cosmetic scientists and product development teams including Digital Age of Beauty, Discover Sustainability, Fragrance: The Invisible Art, and a Regulatory & Compliance Update.

-Future Chemists Workshop featuring top chemistry students creating new formulations in a challenged based program, Mentorship Breakfast Mixer & Information Session, University Row and NYSCC & SCC sponsored Career Fair.

-NYSCC Education & Awards Night ceremony on Nov. 10th, celebrating being “Back to NYC” and the finalists and winner of the CEW Supplier’s Beauty Creators Award along with student scholarships, grants and installation of 2022 Chapter Officers.

-Suppliers’ Day Virtual Kick-Off on November 12th, featuring even more exhibitors and resources along with specially designed content and engagement opportunities.


  • The latest in cosmetics, skin care, hair care, fragrance and personal care ingredients
  • Anti-aging, skin brightening, and sun protection products
  • Organic, natural, green, and sustainable products and techniques
  • Formulation trends for 2022 and beyond
  • Dazzling displays of color, beauty and hair care trends, skin analysis devices and more
  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with NYSCC Board Members, Incoming Board Members, Industry Partners, NYC tourism members, and Javits Center officials



by james.runkle@drummondst.com james.runkle@drummondst.com No Comments


(New York, NY, November 3rd, 2021) NYSCC (New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists) is pleased to announce the debut of INDIE360 program at the upcoming Suppliers’ Day event taking place November 10 and 11 at  Javits Convention Center. INDIE360 is an immersive educational and sourcing experience providing up and coming indie brands with insight, information and resources needed to succeed.

The program was created to foster connections between indie brands and suppliers and allow for open communication as well as to spotlight newer to market companies who are utilizing unique ingredients or combination of ingredients. The INDIE 360 program is moderated and chaired by Luciana Coutinho with panels and pavilion participants curated by Daniela Ciocan, Access Beauty Insiders.  The pavilion and all associated programming was made possible by the support of luluble, Gattefosse, Grant Industries and TRI-K.

The program will kick off with a half-day conference on Wednesday November 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., moderated by Luciana Coutinho, incoming NYSCC Secretary and founder of luluble. “The INDIE360 program at this year’s Suppliers’ Day is an exciting addition,” said Susanna Fernandes, Chair NYSCC. “It truly embodies our theme of “Embracing Beauty: A Celebration of What We Create” with these pioneering entrepreneurs who are redefining beauty and the personal care landscape.”

The half-day INDIE360 conference program will feature 4 sessions and will commence with a presentation from MINTEL on “The Future of Color Cosmetics”, followed by a round table discussion “From Startup to Market Leaders” hosted by Daniela Ciocan, ACCESS BEAUTY INSIDERS who is joined by leading entrepreneurs Indie Lee, INDIE LEE Cosmetics; Jeanine Lobell, NEEN; Dr Robb Akridge, OPULUS BEAUTY LABS. “PASSIONATE ABOUT INGREDIENTS” will be a lively panel discussion on trending ingredients and hot topics of the moment with founders Alison Cutlan, BIOPHILE; Malaika Jones Kebede BROWN GIRL JANE, Ron Robinson, BEAUTYSTAT and Stephanie DiPisa, SOLARA SUNCARE led by Daniela Ciocan. The program will close with a very of the moment topic “NAVIGATING THE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES” presented by Independent Beauty Association chair Elizabeth Corrigan with guest Jim MacPherson of OLAPLEX Inc.

The INDIE360 pavilion highlights fresh ideas and concepts from indie companies who are utilizing unique combinations of ingredients. Companies spotlighted include Chemist Confessions, Dr. J’s Naturals, Hear Me Raw, Immunocologie, Masami, Opulus Beauty Labs, Organic Apoteke, Skin Moderne and Urban Hydration. Show attendees will be able to meet with the founders of these companies and vote for the ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD’ with the winner being announced on Thursday November 11th over a champagne reception starting at 3 p.m.

BOSSING UP, an association that spotlights black owned beauty business from NYC neighborhoods and communities will be part of the INDIE360 program highlighting Bree & Milly, Exuding Wellness, Just Because Hair NYC, Lovely Leo Skincare and MaDawes hair products.

Suppliers’ Day is the NYSCC flagship event and attracts participants working in R&D and product development for the biggest brand manufacturers in beauty and personal care as well as emerging independents. Unique educational programs offered this year include “Fragrance: The Invisible Art”, “Back to Powerful Beauty”, “Conscious Inclusion”, “Clean & Natural Beauty” panel, “Digital Age of Beauty”, “Discover Sustainability”, “World of Chemistry”, and a “Regulatory Update” session. “Future Chemists Workshop” ,“Mentor / Mentee” Informational Breakfast, and a SCC/NYSCC Co-sponsored Career Fair will be held in support of young professionals in the industry. The NYSCC Education & Awards Night Ceremony will take place on November 10th at HK Hall and feature the announcement of the CEW Supplier’s Beauty Creators Award winner.

A virtual Suppliers’ Day will be held on November 12th featuring additional suppliers that weren’t able to attend the in-person event and will highlight more outstanding learning programs.   For more information on NYSCC Suppliers’ Day or to register to attend both LIVE and VIRTUAL visit: https://nyscc.org/suppliers-day/.


About New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC)

Dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science, the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists strives to increase and disseminate scientific information through meetings and publications. By promoting research in cosmetic science and industry, and by setting high ethical, professional, and educational standards, we reach our goal of improving the qualifications of cosmetic scientists. Our mission is to further the interests and recognition of cosmetic scientists while maintaining the confidence of the public in the cosmetic and toiletries industry. NYSCC Suppliers’ Day in New York City is the leading North American event for beauty ingredients, formulations, and delivery innovations.  For more information visit: www.nyscc.org,  Connect with NYSCC on Twitter and Facebook at @NYSCC and Instagram: @NYSCCMAIN

Editor’s Note:  To request a press badge for Suppliers’ Day contact Annie Scully: press@nyscc.org.