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NYSCC Accepting Applications for 2022 Scholarships & Grants

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Deadline for Submissions from Members and Students is June 30, 2022

The New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) announces that it is accepting applications for seven scholarship and grant programs.  These programs are designed to promote enrichment and advancement in cosmetic science.  Four of these programs are new, and students, members, and institutions are encouraged to apply soon as most of the deadline dates are June 30, 2022.

The expanded NYSCC scholarship and grant offerings this year include:

– Roumelia Alina Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who exemplify hard work, perseverance, compassion and collaboration in the advancement of Inclusion & Diversity initiatives.

– General Education Scholarship a one-time award for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to pursue a career in cosmetic science.

– Future of Sustainability Scholarship is a new program encouraging undergraduate and graduate students to start thinking about how the industry can address major sustainability challenges.

– The Board Choice Scholarship created to inspire student members to reimagine the future of NYSCC. This new scholarship is the largest given by the chapter and will only be awarded to one lucky undergraduate or graduate student.

– Upskilling Grant for active members who want to take their credentials or professional development to the next level. In this new grant, special consideration will be given to unemployed members who need to obtain skills to help them get back to work.

– Mentee Next Steps Grant is also new and exclusive to NYSCC mentees who need financial support to reach the next milestone in their education and career paths.

– Grant for Educational Institutions awarded to organizations promoting enrichment and advancement of cosmetic science. There are two application deadlines for this grant on July 31st and October 21st.

“We are proud of our scholarship and grant programs and excited to be able to expand its scope and offerings. Under the leadership of Toussaint Jordan, chair of the scholarships and grants committee, and together with the NYSCC board, this year we went the extra mile and not only we created more scholarship and grant opportunities, but we tripled the total amount of dollars to give away! NYSCC is committed to providing financial assistance to ensure students and young professionals across the country have access to quality education that will eventually lead to a successful career in cosmetic science, this is our mission!” said Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Chair, NYSCC.  “We also are thrilled to be able to give back to our members to support and enhance their professional development.”

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NYSCC Suppliers’ Day 2022 Succeeds On All Levels

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Leading Ingredients & Formulations Event in North America Showcases Sustainability & Science to Energized Strong Attendance

The New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) 43rd Annual Suppliers’ Day came to a successful conclusion at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Showcasing the latest raw materials, ingredients, formulations and technical innovations the event attracted 7805 attendees representing 55 countries. The exhibit floor had 448 exhibitors with a 17% increase in net square footage space including near 100 new exhibitors and dozens of new product announcements.

“The enthusiasm and excitement for Suppliers’ Day was evident throughout the Javits Center.  Everyone was eager to meet in person and get back to business as well as learn about the latest industry trends and advancements,” said Giorgio Dell”Acqua, Chair of NYSCC.  “It truly was the destination for ‘Science & Sustainable Sourcing Solutions!’”

The high quality attendance and engagement as well as focus on sustainability at Suppliers’ Day was also praised by exhibitors. “I have been attending Suppliers’ Day for over 35 years, this one is special, to finally make connections in person.  Also, there is so much innovation in the industry now and every supplier and booth is thinking about sustainability, it is a big push in the industry and consumers are pushing for it as much as the brands,” said Scott  Tuchinsky, Business Head Consumer Care, North America, CRODA.

Added Neslihan Utkan, Business Director, Consumer Care, Clariant, “Attendance has been great this year and Suppliers’ Day is an important platform for seeing where the industry is heading.  It is going to be all about being natural, green and sustainable.”

A highlight of day two was a special Keynote presentation by Noah Rosenblatt, President, North America, and Space NK being interviewed by Kelly Kovack, Founder and CEO, BeautyMatter.  The conversation touched upon consumers’ return to in-store shopping in terms of experience, convenience and connection as online sales growth returns to a pre-pandemic trajectory.

Noah also discussed how ingredient-led trends are driving sales and that consumers are shopping by ingredient just as much as they are searching for an ingredient.  “We’re seeing the ingredient-led trend continue to show up regularly in our stores and product selection and curation,” said Noah Rosenblatt. “Hyaluronic acid to CBD, vitamin C, and this year, niacinamide is everywhere.”

The educational offerings at Suppliers’ Day were also well received by attendees.  With more than 60 hours of programming, there was something for everyone in the industry.  The Presentation Theater boasted standing room only sessions that included the Discover Sustainability, World of Chemistry, IBA Regulatory & Compliance Update and the Innovations from the Exhibit Floor that highlighted some of the dozens of new products announcements that were made at the event.

Digital Age of Beauty returned with presentations on digital tools and innovative technologies that influence product development, including AI, VR and a presentation on “The Good Face App – Where Consumers Drive R&D.”  Microbiome: Inside Out Beauty featured the Skin Trust Club, a unique skin health tracking app powered by Labskin and included a talk by Dr. Elsa Jungman of ELSI Skin Health, the first microbiome-friendly US consumer brand.  The INDIE 360 program covered every angle of launching and sustaining a brand and featured founders Dr. Brent Ridge, Beekman 1802 and Stephanie Lee, of Selfmade.

Two advanced courses were specifically curated by the NYSCC Scientific Advisory Committee and took deep dives into In-vitro Modeling to Predict Clinical Outcome as well as Natural Colorants.  The Lunch & Learn on Hair: Textured, Curly, Straight? What You Need to Know! was standing room only and PCPC and IKW presented their popular class on Essential Elements of Cosmetic Regulation, Safety Assessment, and Quality Assurance.  For the first time, there was a Poster Presentation Pavilion with scheduled session times with the authors for attendees to learn more about skin care, clean and green, CBD, sustainability and other relevant topics.

The Future Chemists Workshop hosted college students from 16 universities/colleges across the country including University of Toledo in Ohio, Florida International University, Rutgers University in New Jersey and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). and provided real world experience of working as a bench chemist in a lab.  The NYSCC Mentorship Committee hosted a lunch meet up and Information Session for Mentors and Mentees.

After the first night of the show, the NYSCC Awards Night Ceremony took place at SONY HALL.  The eight finalists of the CEW Supplier’s Beauty Creators Award:  Ingredients & Formulation were announced and include: BASF Corporation: Seanactiv – quickly rejuvenate the eye contour; Clariant Corporation: Berashades; Croda Inc.: ChromaPur; Croda Inc.: Nutrinvent Balance; Geltor, Inc.: Elastapure®; IFF/Lucas Meyer Cosmetics: Anti-Glyc-Aging™ Zinc Screen; Silab Inc.: PEPTILIUM®; and Symrise, Inc.: SymHair® Thermo – 100% natural heat protection for hair care, powered by mushrooms. The winner will be announced at the CEW Winner’s Celebration on November 11, 2022.

NYSCC also hosted a People’s Choice Award where attendees casted their vote for the most innovative brand in ingredients, delivery, branding/packaging in the INDIE 360 Pavilion.  The curated companies that participated included: CandaScent Labs, Dr Lili Fan Probiotic Skincare, High on Love, I-on Skincare, Lamik Beauty, Malibu Apothecary, Onekind, PRIORI Adaptive Skincare, Redmint, Shielded Beauty, Sunrise Session by Nohbo, Inc., and Touch in Sol.

The People’s Choice Award winner was Sunrise Session, a single-use, waste-free self-care that disappears and leaves no trace behind. “Sunrise Session had an amazing first time at Suppliers’ Day,” said Benjamin Stern, Founder & CEO, Nohbo, Inc., who was present at the champagne reception to accept the NYSCC Suppliers’ Day People’s Choice Award.  “It is exciting to be recognized as a leading brand in sustainability and to be at such a valuable event for chemists.”

Virtual Suppliers’ Day launched on Monday, May 9th attracting hundreds of new attendees and providing the on-site attendees at the Javits Center a chance to revisit with exhibitors or catch content they may have missed during show days.  This WEEK OF BEAUTY Live & Virtual hybrid event reached 8,000 participants from around the globe.

Plans are already underway for the 2023 NYSCC Suppliers’ Day taking place May 2-3, again at the Javits Center, with more than 80% exhibitors already resigned.  “I am looking forward to working closely with our members and SCC as well as with the Suppliers’ Day team in expanding our industry and media partnerships to create the best global ingredients event for the industry, by the industry,” said Stacey House, Chair-Elect, NYSCC. “The past few years have been challenging, I also want to focus on bridging wellness and eco-consciousness into areas of the beauty and personal care industry.”

NYSCC & ACS “Careers in Cosmetic Science” Panel at St. John’s University

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On April 30, a NYSCC delegation composed of Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Nutrafol and 2022 NYSCC Chair; Amber Evans, Morocconoil and NYSCC Scientific Committee; Sue Feng, ET Brown; Toussaint Jordan, L’Oreal and NYSCC Scholarship Chair; and Tao Zheng, Estee Lauder, and SCC Scientific Committee; visited St John’s University in Queens, NY for an event jointly organized by the NYSCC and the New York section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The event, “Careers in Cosmetic Science,” was attended by St. John’s students majoring in chemistry and biology. The NYSCC delegation presented on current trends in Personal Care and Cosmetic Science as well as gave tips and advice on careers in the industry during this interactive panel discussion.

The NYSCC is actively engaged in providing Cosmetic Science education and in facilitating to any student and young professionals access to the association and the Beauty and Personal Care industry. NYSCC  plans to organize more educational panels on “Careers in Cosmetic Science” in the near future targeting local colleges to increase awareness and access to our industry.

NYSCC Suppliers’ Day Announces Noah Rosenblatt, President, Space NK, INDIE 360° Keynote

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INDIE 360° Pavilion Spotlights Indie Companies Curated by Access Beauty Insiders at the Leading Beauty & Personal Care Ingredients and Formulation Event held May 3 & 4

(New York, NY, April 2022)—NYSCC (New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists) is pleased to announce that Noah Rosenblatt, President of North America at Space NK will address attendees during a one-on-one fireside chat on Wednesday, May 4th at 9:00 am during Suppliers’ Day at the Javits Center in New York.  This fireside chat, “Space NK: Bridging High Street to Main Street,” will be moderated by Kelly Kovack, Founder & CEO of BeautyMatter. Topics covered will address a multitude of subject matters including consumer migration from cities to small towns and how that impacts today’s retail landscape, to ingredient transparency and consumer shopping behavior vis-à-vis ingredients. Beauty founders and the supplier community will find the conversation relevant and insightful.

INDIE 360° at Suppliers’ Day 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 the pavilion participants curated by Daniela Ciocan, Access Beauty Insiders.

“We are thrilled to offer this fireside chat as part of the INDIE 360° program,” said Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Chair, NYSCC.  “Noah has a proven track record of discovering and nurturing founder brands as well as connecting with consumers. His conversation with Kelly will be a highlight of our event and inspire and engage our attendees.”

Rosenblatt joined Space NK in 2015, bringing more than eight years of beauty experience with prior roles at LVMH and 20 years of retail industry experience working with numerous emerging brands looking to expand their footprint in the US. Throughout his tenure Noah has built meaningful relationships with brands and founders alike to ensure Space NK continues to be relevant in the marketplace.  From long term partners to newer developed relationships, under his leadership nearly 50 brands are part of the Space NK wholesale portfolio including By Terry, Chantecaille, Tata Harper, Natura Bisse, Vintners Daughter, Aesop, Diptyque and Boy Smells.

A half-day INDIE 360° educational program will follow the fireside chat on May 4th and feature a presentation from BeautyStreams on “What’s Happening in the INDIE Market? Trends & Forecasts;” followed by a “Panel of Founders,” from entrepreneurial companies led by Deanna Utroske of Beauty Insiders.  There will also be timely topics discussions on ”The Storm Continues: Beauty Industry Supply Chain Update and Outlook presented by IBA;” “Leveraging Corporate Accelerators to Spur Greater Inclusion in Personal Care;” and “Advertising 101: Best Practices for Marketing Ingredient/Product Benefits.”

The INDIE 360° Pavilion on the exhibit floor highlights fresh ideas and concepts from select companies who are utilizing unique combinations of ingredients and novel formulations.  Companies participating include CandaScent Labs, Dr Lili Fan Probiotic Skincare, High on Love, I-on Skincare, Lamik Beauty, Malibu Apothecary, Onekind, PRIORI Adaptive Skincare, Redmint, Shielded Beauty, Sunrise Session, and Touch in Sol.

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 Wednesday, May 4th over a champagne reception starting at 3 p.m.

The INDIE 360°  Program at Suppliers’ Day was made possible by the support of BASF, Grant Industries, Lubrizol, luluble, and TRI-K.

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.  Additional educational programs offered this year will cover microbiome, natural colorants, in-vitro modeling, cosmetic regulations, safety assessment & quality assurance, along with “Digital Age of Beauty,” “Discover Sustainability,” “World of Chemistry,” and “Hair: Textured, Curly, Straight?” programs and a “Regulatory Update” session. Future Chemists Workshop, Mentorship Lunch Mixer, and the SCC/NYSCC Co-sponsored Career Development Day will be held in support of young professionals in the industry. The NYSCC Industry Awards Night will take place on May 3rd at SONY Hall and feature the announcement of the finalists of the CEW Supplier’s Beauty Creators Award.

NYSCC Suppliers’ Day–The Chemists Classroom

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Science and Sustainability at the Forefront of Leading Beauty and Personal Care Ingredients and Formulation Trade Show and Conference, May 3-4, at the Javits Center in New York City

 

(New York, New York, April 2022)—The New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) announces its educational program for Suppliers’ Day, taking place May 3-4, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.  As North America’s most important ingredients and formulation event, Suppliers’ Day will provide the latest trends, scientific findings, global ingredients, raw materials and solutions that will invigorate and accelerate beauty and personal care product developments.

Curated by the NYSCC Scientific Committee, along with support from media and industry association partners, Suppliers’ Day will offer close to 60 hours of educational programming on the topics that are most pressing to those involved in formulations, sourcing, and marketing beauty and personal care products including:

-Two NYSCC Scientific Advisory Courses taking deep dives into:  In-vitro Modeling to Predict Clinical Outcome and Natural Colorants.

-Digital Age of Beauty focusing on key strategies, digital tools and innovative technologies that influence product development, and speed to market

Including AI and VR

-Microbiome: Inside Out Beauty featuring different expert perspectives and insight  on microbiome health and how exposome impacts product development.

PCPC & IKW Present: Essential Elements of Cosmetic Regulation, Safety Assessment, and Quality Assurance

INDIE 360 covering every angle of launching and sustaining a brand and featuring a one-on-one fireside chat with Noah Rosenblatt, President, Space NK.

All About Hair, a lunch & learn program exploring the innovative ingredients–plant based, sustainable–providing superior performance and effective treatment for every hair type.

-Popular program tracks focused on green issues and reducing waste with Discover Sustainability, global sourcing and marketing trends from World of Chemistry; IBA’s Regulatory & Compliance Update and Innovations from the Exhibit Floor in the Presentations Theater.

-Pre-event SCC CEP Courses on Fundamentals of Microbiome for the Cosmetics Industry and Fundamentals of Color.

            “With the theme, ‘Your Source for Science & Sustainability Solutions,’ Suppliers’ Day will fill the Javits Center with scientific expertise and discoveries that are driving beauty and personal care innovations and bringing new products to life.  Attendees will be immersed in sustainable, clean and green solutions impacting new product development and business success,” said Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Chair, NYSCC.

Continuing its mission to educate and involve the workforce of the future and students, Suppliers’ Day will also host the popular Future Chemists Workshop and hold a Mentor Lunch Mixer and Information Session. NYSCC is also collaborating again with National SCC for its 3rd Annual Career Development Day on May 4th.

The finalists of the CEW Supplier’s Beauty Creators Award for Ingredients & Formulation will be revealed at the NYSCC Industry Awards Night celebration on May 3rd  at SONY Hall.

The expanded show floor will feature more than 430 global exhibitors showcasing novel ingredients, formulas, processing, advanced scientific testing equipment and more.  Dynamic areas on the show floor will provide an enhanced educational experience including the classic Future Chemists Workshop, Presentation Theater, and the return of the INDIE 360 Pavilion spotlighting fresh ideas and concepts from companies and brands who are utilizing unique combinations of ingredients  New this year will be a Poster Presentations Showcase with the latest scientific findings and ingredients and formulation breakthroughs.

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.  To register to attend and for more information on NYSCC Suppliers’ Day visit: https://nyscc.org/suppliers-day/.

SOFW.com – Interview with Giorgio Dell’Acqua, 2022 NYSCC Chair

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Interview with Giorgio Dell’Acqua, 2022 NYSCC Chair

Giorgio Dell’Acqua
2022 NYSCC Chair

Last November the Chapter successfully organized the first ‘back-in-person’ NYSCC Suppliers’ Day after the pandemic break. How was the turnout for attendees and exhibitors?

It was incredible and extremely rewarding to meet face-to face and be reunited with so many members and colleagues. This important event, November 10th and 11th in 2021, attracted 6,807 registrants and 392 exhibitors and they were all eager to find solutions and move forward in their businesses. Noteworthy were the international participants, from 30 countries, who were able to attend despite the travel restrictions.

At the conclusion of this Suppliers’ Day we also had a “Virtual Month of Beauty” that captured even more new registrants and fostered continued engagement.

A big shout to Susanna Fernandes, the 2021 NYSCC Chair, and the entire Suppliers’ Day team for navigating through such unfamiliar territory and being able to bring this edition of Suppliers’ Day to life!

What will the main focus of the 2022 NYSCC Suppliers’ Day on May 3-4, 2022?

The theme this year is “Your Destination for Science & Sustainable Sourcing Solutions.”  We are getting back to basics while viewing all chemistry and formulating through a sustainable lens. This will be evident on the exhibit floor and woven throughout the conference program. We will have subject matter experts in the field of digitalization, sustainability, clean beauty and advanced scientific testing, to name a few, presenting during the show and part of our comprehensive educational program.  All designed to inspire creativity, ingenuity, and innovation.

NYSCC also formed a Diversity & Inclusion Committee this year that will be involved in programming and activities at Suppliers’ Day to engage attendees in conversation about 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.

What can attendees expect this year?

As the only event in North America for ingredients, formulations, and delivery innovations, NYSCC Suppliers’ Day will have something for everyone.

It will be the best forum in North America for the latest trends, scientific findings, global ingredients, raw materials and solutions that will invigorate formulations and accelerate beauty and personal care product developments.

From end-to-end of the Javits Center, scientific and sustainable sourcing solutions that are impacting product development and brand creations will be discussed, experienced and on full display.

Suppliers’ Day this year will also feature 50+ individual conference sessions and curated educational programs, with 430+ exhibitors with more than 8,000 attendees expected to attend from all over the world.  Dynamic areas on the show floor, that once again is expanded into the D Hall at the Javits Center, will provide enhanced experiential learning including the classic Future Chemists Workshop, Presentation Theater, and the return of the INDIE 360 Pavilion. New this year will be a Poster Showcase, featuring the latest scientific findings and ingredients and formulation breakthroughs.

Suppliers’ Day for attendees will help catapult professional advancement and truly be non-stop learning, discovery, and business building.

What will be some highlights of the conference program?

NYSCC continues to grow and enhance the educational component of Suppliers’ Day.  This year we are excited to present our hallmark programs with updated content designed to help those involved in formulations, sourcing, and marketing beauty and personal care products achieve their business objectives including:

  • Discover Sustainability a series of quick but powerful presentations from leading companies that are successfully implementing clean beauty, green formulation, bio-based and cradle-to-cradle certifications, ethical sourcing, and more.
  • Digital Age of Beauty focusing on current strategies and innovations that influence product development, and speed to market. The latest digital tools and techniques that drive, measure and analyze consumer engagement and the demands they set forth will also be presented.
  • World of Chemistry delivering a global perspective and discussion on raw materials, solutions, formulation, and regulations.  Presenters encompass leading experts from countries and regions that are defining the beauty and personal care landscape.
  • Show Floor Presentation Theater complimentary to all attendees, provides insightful, leading-edge supplier presentations and interactive talks.

After last year’s success, INDIE 360 will return and we will be working with IBA (Independent Beauty Association) and other new partners on creating a program that focuses on every angle of the business.  A highlight will be brand founders sharing their candid stories and experiences as well as challenges, opportunities and pathways to success. There will also be a spotlight on how INDIE companies are utilizing unique ingredients or innovative ingredient combinations.

PCPC will also be back to present essential content on cosmetic regulation, safety assessment, and quality assurance.

The NYSCC Scientific Advisory Committee will present two conference sessions that take deep dives into topics that are relevant and timely to chemists and R&D teams and the pre-conference SCC CEP Courses will take place on May 2nd.

We also will continue our nurturing and support of the next generation of chemists with the expansion of our Mentor/Mentee Program and the Future Chemists Workshop with even more colleges and universities participating.  The co-sponsored SCC & NYSCC Career Development Day will also be part of the event

Of course we will also have our Industry Awards Night celebration after the first day of the show.  This year, the finalists of the CEW Beauty Creators Supplier’s Award will be revealed. Industry Awards Night is a great event for renewing partnerships and creating new ones and truly acknowledges the important drivers of innovation and exemplifies Suppliers’ Day core spirit.

Will the event be hybrid?

Yes we will offer a virtual day on May 9th. This will literally be an immersive experience with attendees feeling like they entered the Javits Convention Center in NYC and will give them a 360 degree view of the actual exhibits and expo floor from their desktops or mobile devices.

We also have a platform that makes it easy for exhibitors to provide the same assets and product information for both the live and virtual events and to even schedule appointments with the virtual attendees.

Some of the educational programs offered during the in-person Suppliers’ Day will also be available on May 9th.

Thank you very much for this interview and I hope to see many of your readers at Suppliers’ Day this year.  Please visit www.nyscc.org/suppliersday/ for more information and to register.

A new appreciation of scientific expertise

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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.