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New England SCC

Dedicated to the Advancement of Cosmetic Science

The Science of Soap

Did you know that men (and women) have been making soap for nearly 5000 years?  An early formula for soap was found etched on a clay tablet dating back to ancient Babylon!

Soap is still around today, ranging from the ever popular Dove syndet bar with “1/4 moisture” to Shiseido’s $100 Cle de Peau Synactif Soap (yes, you read that right. . . $100 for soap).  But what makes soap, soap?  How is it different from a surfactant based product?  How is it made?  And, more importantly, how can we leverage it in new products today?


Join us on April 26th to learn all this and more as Twincraft‘s Curt Durfee leads an open discussion on the history of soap, what saponification is, the differences between liquid and solid soap, how to formulate soap, and more.  The meeting will be held at Nuovo Restaurant in Worcester.  You can register online here, or on-site.  Curt’s presentation will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner and dessert.


Coming Soon to CT

Looking to escape the cold of New England?  No need to venture far. . . the Connecticut SCC has some great events to take your mind off dreaded Nor’easters.

Join them on March 20th at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center.  Joseph J. Cincotta, the brains behind successful brands such as ColorWow Hair Care and TimeBomb Anti-Aging Skin Care, will be presenting on “Inspiration for Hair Care Products”.  Click here for more information.

And, if you need a break from the office, what better place than on the fairway.  Dust off your clubs for the CTSCC’s 10th Annual Golf Outing, held on April 27th at the Lake of the Isles in North Stonington, CT (aka, Foxwoods).  Click here for more information.  It is a great opportunity to improve your game in advance of the NESCC’s 5th Annual Golf Outing.

Registration information for both events can be found on the Connecticut SCC website.

March Speaker Revealed

And it’s Sonal Patel-Trivedi from Seppic!

Sonal is currently working in Sales & Marketing at Seppic Inc., a manufacturer of specialty ingredients for the Personal Care industry, based in Fairfield, NJ. She is the Account Manager for the New England and NJ regions. Her marketing role allows her to research and create tools on the Natural Trend for Seppic’s Sales Team, as well as lead and collaborate with their Applications Lab in Delaware on specific targeted projects.

Previously, Sonal was the Regional Account Manager, East Coast at Solabia USA for 7.5 years. She was the first employee of the subsidiary, and was one of 2 key people to establish the company.  She has also worked in sales for BASF, and has strong background in R&D Formulation from there as well.

Sonal has been a member of the SCC for almost 15 years, and supports Cosmetic Executive Woment (CEW) as well.

Please join us at Papa Razzi in Concord on March 15th to hear her presentation, “The State of the Natural Trend.”  Register now by following the link.

The Ides of March

No need to beware.  Celebrate the Ides of March by joining us at Papa Razzi in Concord for food, drink, and KNOWLEDGE!  As always, the evening will follow the outline below:

5-5:30 – Registration.  Mingle/network with attendees

5:30 – 6:30 – speaker presentation and questions

6:30 – 8:00 – dinner and dessert

Speaker information coming soon.  The cost to attend is $50 for members, $55 for non-members.  In the tradition of the Romans, you can “settle your debts” with Beth via Paypal, or by checks made payable to NESCC.

Fifth Annual Golf Outing

An unseasonably warm week in New England makes us all look forward to GOLFING!  Join us for our Fifth Annual Golf Outing at Blackstone National Golf Club on Thursday, June 14th.  If you have attended in the past, you know that our chapter has been blessed with good weather each year (knock on wood).  And, the Board has worked to improve lunch, dinner, and the awards to make the outing a seamless, enjoyable event for all.  You can register by downloading the registration form here.  Payment is accepted by Paypal or check.

See you on the links in June!

2017 Education Seminar Speaker Spotlight: Anne Dussaud (Momentive)

We are pleased to highlight Anne who will be speaking about the benefits of silicones and the anti-aging hair claims.


Anne Dussaud earned her doctorate in Chemical Engineering at the National Center for Scientific Research in France. She did her post-doc at Princeton University where she won the 1999 Frankiel award from the American Physical Society.

She worked for seven years at Unilever US and joined Momentive in 2007, where she is responsible for identifying and characterizing novel polymers for hair care applications. She is the Inventor of several patents and author of many  publications.

Anne has 15+ years experience in all phases of R&D: project management, leadership, strategy planning, charter agreement with marketing, cross-functional collaborations, interaction with process team and assistance with scale-up, regulatory, intellectual property. She has extensive experience in managing projects in a multicultural environment. Experience interacting with customers and executing technical briefs. She has a proven record of innovations related to personal care products and novel polymer systems

She is also an inspiring mentor and leader with strategic thinking. Anne has worked as a creative material scientist with experience in…

  • Complex fluids
  • Interfacial properties
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Polymers
  • Proteins.

Anne also possesses an in-depth understanding of silicone polymer properties and extensive knowledge of sensorial and functional aspects of personal care formulations. She is passionate about the role of R&D for today’s industrial challenges, especially as it relates to sustainability