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Educational Seminar

When: Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Where: Assumption College

500 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Topic:  Scale-Up and Processing of Cosmetics

Assumption College Students (free) – email Beth McGowan to register

New England SCC Members (free) – email Beth McGowan to register

Non-members or Members of other chapters ($75) –

Tabletop Sponsor ($200) –

Course Summary

In the cosmetic industry it is imperative that new products get from the bench to manufacturing as quickly as possible. This is the job of the Process Development Engineer and the process is called scale up.  The talk will discuss the different aspects of scale up: heat transfer, addition rates and energy input as it pertains to batch size and different equipment.

Who Should Attend

This course is for anyone involved in:

  • Developing products on the bench.
  • Scaling up cosmetic products.
  • First production batches.
  • Regular production of batches.
  • Suppliers of raw materials to the cosmetic industry.
  • Students

Course Outline

  1. Scale Up Introduction      
  2. Cosmetic Processing Equipment
    1. Vessels
    2. Mixers
    3. High Shear Mixers
      1. Batch
      2. Inline
    4. Pumps
  3. Scale Up Parameters and Variables
    1. Liquids-Emulsions-Emulsions/Solids
      1. Batch
      2. Heating/Cooling
      3. Mass Transfer
      4. Controlling Shear
    2. Continuous
      1. Heating/Cooling
      2. Mass Transfer
      3. Controlling Shear
    3. Emulsions/Solids
      1. Shade Matching
  4. Procedure Requirements
    1. Terms
    2. Equipment Lists/Details/Controls
    3. Filling Concerns/Requirements

About the Instructor

DAVID YACKO was Vice President Research & Development at Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. — one of the world’s leading cosmetic developers and manufacturers — for 15 years. He had been with Estee Lauder over 25 years before retiring in 2016. His department was responsible for worldwide scale-up for Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. He earned his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Tri State University in Angola, Indiana. David has worked in the cosmetic industry for 40 years, including 17 years with Chesebrough-Ponds in both Research & Development (13 years) and Manufacturing (4 years). He currently lives in Walterboro, SC.

Beeswax: The Bee’s Knees

When: Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Where: Romaine’s Restaurant
299 W. Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532

Registration: 5:00 – 5:30pm

Speaker: 5:30 – 6:30pm

Dinner & Dessert: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Member ($50)

Non-member ($55)

Students – free.  Please email Beth McGowan to sign-up.

Honey bees and humans have had a relationship for over 10000 years, with organized beekeeping appearing in ancient Egypt and becoming widespread by 1500 BC. Early on, beeswax was used for waterproofing, adhesion, preservation, and in many art forms – including cosmetics. Today beeswax has been replaced in many industrial applications and processes, but its presence in the cosmetic world persists, withstanding the tests of time, market fluctuations, natural tragedies, and controversy.  The Research & Development Manager of Koster Keunen, Belén M. Lemieux, will demonstrate why beeswax is still an indispensable raw material in the cosmetic industry, and what benefits it can offer in different areas of application. Whether your goal is to create a natural cosmetic product, tell a compelling marketing story or discover a unique chemistry, beeswax is worth exploring.

The New England Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists is pleased to host Belén M. Lemieux. Originally from Madrid, Belén earned an M. S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Salamanca. She began her career in the construction materials industry until discovering a passion for the science of cosmetic formulations and the artistic angle involved. Belén has been an active product developer and researcher for over fourteen years, recently focusing on beeswax and other waxes as cosmetic raw materials. Her most recent paper “Formulating ‘Feel’” was published in Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, and her formulations have been featured in numerous industry publications and perform as instructive materials for Koster Keunen worldwide.

Tee Up with the New England SCC

When: Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Where: Blackstone National Golf Club

227 Putnam Hill Road

Sutton, MA 01590

Check-In: 10:00 am

Shotgun Start: 11:00 am

Dinner & Dessert: immediately following

Individual ($175)

Team of 4 ($700)

The New England Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists is pleased to host our sixth annual Golf Outing on Thursday, June 20th.

You can register online or by downloading the registration form here.  Payment is accepted by Paypal or check.

Also, we still have sponsorship opportunities available. Sign up for one of the sponsorship levels below by downloading the sponsorship form here:

Platinum Level Sponsor – $600 Cocktail Hour OR Lunch

Cocktail Hour:  Covers appetizers during the cocktail hour.  Will include signage during the cocktail hour along with your company name scrolling on GPS located in the golf carts. 

Lunch:  Covers bagged lunches provided to all golfers.  Will include your logo on the lunches along with your company name scrolling on GPS located in the golf carts.

Gold Level Sponsor – $250

Includes a sign featuring your company logo at a designated tee box along with your company name scrolling on GPS located in the golf carts.

Other sponsorship opportunities are available. If you would like to donate gifts for the raffle or inquire about other sponsorship opportunities, please email Andrew Slesinski at

Look forward to seeing you on the links next month!

March Meeting: Fragrance Forecast for 2021

When: Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Where: Romaine’s Restaurant

299 W. Main Street

Northborough, MA 01532

Registration: 5:00 – 5:30pm

Speaker: 5:30 – 6:30pm

Dinner & Dessert: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Members ($50)

Non-members ($55)

The New England Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists is pleased to host Andy O’Shea and Tom Lauzurica of Berje as they present fragrance trends and marketing forecasts for 2019.

Andy is a 30 year veteran of the fragrance Industry and joined Berje’ 4 years ago as Senior Vice President. He previously served in management roles at drom Fragrances, CPL Aromas and Arcade marketing. He is a graduate of NESCOT with a BSC in Chemistry from the UK, and emigrated to the USA in 1997 with his family to be in the global heart of the Fragrance industry in New Jersey. Andy is a board director of The Fragrance creators association of America, as well as a board director of IFRA Europe, where he serves the interest of the Industry on a Governmental and legislative level.He is passionate about the sense of smell, and the well being of the Industry, as well as his wife and two grown up children. Andy is a newly minted American citizen, active runner, accomplished Scuba diver and takes a keen interest in cooking, wine and travel.    

Tom joined the industry 14 years ago, entering the management trainee program within Berjé, whereby he rotated through every department from QC to production and sales, finally establishing himself with a graphic design degree as Berjé’s Marketing Manager. His love of graphics and design started at an early age decorating various train stations and public spaces in his childhood home of Newark NJ, from there combining his love of nature and aromas, he found the perfect blending of these passions in his current role at Berjé.

Tom is at the forefront of trends in the Essential oils, Fragrance & Flavor markets, ensuring our clients are kept up to the minute with whats new and emerging for the future of the Industry. Tom also serves on the Beauty board of the Color Association of America (CAUS) developing future color palettes for the Beauty industry in general. 

Tom is an avid rock climber, an adventurous cook, enjoys travel and experiencing the diverse aspects of all he encounters. He is married proudly to a physician and has a four legged furry child named Loopy.

Together, Andy and Tom will present fragrance trends and marketing forecast for 2021, focusing on the interplay between trending conventional fragrances infused with new naturals.  A smelling session demonstrate a series of fragrances in four different categories and an impactful natural ingredient from each.  We will explore fragrances and natural ingredient call-outs from applications in personal care, fine fragrance and environmental categories.  

Color for Cosmetic Science

Color is very subjective. If you show two people the same object, they may describe the color differently, based on their experiences and reference points. And, many conditions affect how a color looks: the light source, size, background, the angle you are viewing it from, even the observers eye can make a difference. In his presentation, Val Cosh, from Konica Minolta, is going to review the essentials of color science and the elements needed to run an effective color process within research and manufacturing environments. Targeted to industry professionals with job functions in controlling the color quality, consistency, and appearance of their products or samples. At the end, you should have a solid understanding of color and the components required for evaluating, communicating, and controlling color internally.

Val Cosh has over 25 years of experience in the world of color measurement — from Service to Product Management and all the way to Sales. Val has the skills that allow to him to best serve customers by finding the exact product solutions needed, to streamline work flows and get the highest return on investments possible. We hope you’ll join us on January 17th at O’Connor’s Restaurant in Worcester for Val’s presentation. You can register online here or on-site.

2019 Officers

2018 National President, Perry Romanowski, was on-site at our last chapter meeting to install our officers for 2019.  The officers are:

  • Chairperson – Emily Nichols
  • Chair-Elect – Kaylee Miller
  • Secretary – Joy Welsh
  • Treasurer – Beth McGowan


Sustainable Product Development

The New England Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, is excited to host Giorgio Dell’Acqua at our chapter meeting on Thursday, November 15th.

Giorgio Dell’Acqua, PhD, is a scientist and consultant for the personal care industry. Dr Dell’Acqua graduated from The University of Rome, Italy and worked for 15 years as an investigator in applied medical research in Universities such as Mount Sinai Medical School in New York and Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He has spent the last 17 years as an executive and cosmetic scientist in the personal care industry. He is specialized in skin and hair care ingredients, finished product development and technical marketing. He has covered multiple roles as a manager and director in different companies specialized in active ingredients and product development. He has helped bring more than 200 successful active ingredients and finished products to market and has authored more than 60 publications in medicine and cosmetic science. In the last 10 years he has been writing and lecturing on natural cosmetic ingredients, sustainable supply chain, and helped sourcing, developing and bringing to market many natural ingredients. He is an award winning speaker on natural ingredients, a regular columnist on sustainable cosmetic science and an adjunct professor in Cosmetic Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is also the chair of the Scientific Affair Committee for the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists and its scientific blogger.

Dr. Dell’Acqua’s presentation, “Sustainable Product Development” will focus on ways to maximize and optimize resources needed to develop a product within the framework of sustainability.  The event will be held at Romaine’s Restaurant in Northborough, Massachusetts.  You can register online here or on-site.

Parking for Thursday’s Ed Seminar

Just a quick reminder.  This year’s Ed Seminar will be held at Assumption College.  This is a different venue then past years.

The address is:  500 Salisbury Street; Worcester, MA 01609.

You will arrive at a gate house.  Inform the attendant you are heading to a conference at Hagan Hall.  Free parking is available at Plourde Parking Lot.  Both are indicated on the map below.  Additional parking is available in Lot O.

For vendors who sponsored a tabletop, you may drive directly to Hagan Hall to unload any posters and materials before parking.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Speaker Spotlight: Howard Brown

Howard recently joined Lincoln Fine Chemical in their newly created Technical Manager position. He has over 12 years of formulation experience in Personal Care R&D. Before joining the Lincoln group, he was a formulator and project leader in global product development for both the Hair and Skin cleansing categories at Unilever HPC.  Howard earned his B.S. in Biology from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

Howard will be speaking on October 25th at our annual Educational Seminar.  Join us at Assumption College to hear his presentation:  “Benefits of Preservative Blends”.  Click here for the full list of speakers.  You can register on-site or online using PayPal.

Speaker Spotlight: Steve Schnittger

Steve Schnittger is presently the Vice President – Global Microbiology and Fermentation – R&D for the Estee Lauder Companies. He has been with Estee Lauder for over 20 years, all within the Microbiology and Bio-Ferm Lab.  His primary responsibilities are in the area of cosmetic preservation and advising the chemists on new formulations. Other responsibilities include:  developing new active ingredients through fermentation, advising manufacturing on cleaning and sanitization procedures, and assisting quality assurance and manufacturing when problems arise.  Steve works closely with the Safety Group in finding the balance between safety and product preservation.

Before coming to Estee Lauder, Steve worked for Ralston Purina Company and attended school at the
University of Tulsa, majoring in microbiology.  He is past chairman of the CTFA Microbiology Committee, an active member of the U.S. TAG / ISO committee for Cosmetic Microbiology, and a member of the American Society of Microbiology, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Institute of Food Technology.  Steve holds numerous patents in cosmetic science, fermentation and frequently is asked to give presentations on preservation, risk assessment and fermentation.

Steve will be speaking on October 25th at our annual Educational Seminar.  Join us at Assumption College to hear his presentation:  “The State of Cosmetic Microbiology and Preservation Today”.  Click here for the full list of speakers.  You can register on-site or online using PayPal.