Cosmetics: Interesting Science or Marketing Spin

Talk kindly sponsored by the SCI
At first glance, the cosmetics industry is filled with alluring adverts that seemingly promise to reduce wrinkles, brighten skin complexion and generally improve on appearance. Can cosmetic brands actually deliver on these claims and if so, how do their products work and how are they created?
 
Cosmetic product development relies on the combined input from a wide variety of technical disciplines, including but not limited to physiology, biochemistry, data analysis, materials science, formulation chemistry and chemical engineering. There is much to consider – from sourcing and testing new materials (whether from organic synthesis, inorganic compounds, or botanical extracts), to formulating those materials into usable products, to scaling up from the lab to factory production, to analysing the effects of products on the hair/skin, and more.
 
In this talk, we will focus on how formulation science concepts such as surfactants, colloids and crystallisation can be used to create safe and effective products such as shampoos, moisturisers, and lipsticks. Along the way, I will demonstrate some successful formulations, give examples of when and how formulations can go wrong in the lab (formulating cosmetics isn’t as trivial as it may first seem!), and provide a glimpse into some of the latest cosmetic science research that could affect the future of cosmetic products.
 
CPS Members: Free of charge
Students: Purchase CPS membership on the door at £7.50 or £10 with a colour changing mug (valid for your entire degree)
Public: Free
 
Please meet in the Nyholm Room of Christopher Ingold Building from 17:45 for Tea, Coffee and Doughnuts.
The talk will take place in the Ramsay LT at 18:15.
Join us after the talk for Wine, Cheese and Pizza!