The Society of Cosmetic Chemists Midwest Chapter, Inc. is a professional organization for cosmetic chemists located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa. There are 18 chapters in total that make up the national Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

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The Society of Cosmetic Chemists is dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science. The SCC 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.

Comprised of over 4,000 members, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists was founded in 1945 to promote high standards of practice in the cosmetic sciences. We serve as a focus and provide the proper forums for the exchange of ideas and new developments in cosmetic research and technology.

Benefits of Membership

SCC members enjoy a wide variety of benefits, both as part of the national organization as well as our local chapter. Here are a few:

Membership includes subscription to the Journal of Cosmetic Science, the Official Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. The Journal contains technical papers on topics of interest to cosmetic scientists and is distributed six times per year. Members have access to all past and present journals at

Meetings & Seminars

The Society holds its Annual Scientific Meeting each December and its Annual Scientific Seminar each May/June. The Meetings and Seminars provide a forum for an exchange of current findings and technology on topics of global interest in cosmetic science. Additionally, the Midwest Chapter holds Dinner & Education Meetings six times a year as well as a yearly Technical Symposium and social events. Members receive discounted registration fees for all events and access to member-only events. New members in our chapter also receive one free admission to a Dinner & Education Meeting.


Our Continuing Education Programs (CEP) courses are one day classes taught by practicing cosmetic scientists and perfumers, all acknowledged experts in their disciplines. Members enjoy discounted course fees.

Group Insurance Program

We have group plans for Life Insurance, Disability Income, High Limited Accident, and more.


The Society of Cosmetic Chemists is one of 45 member organizations within the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists. SCC members receive a subscription to IFSCC Magazine, which includes technical papers and IFSCC news.


Our Midwest Chapter newsletter mails eight times a year to members and includes information about upcoming events, chapter and national SCC news, as well as employment opportunities within the cosmetic industry.


Members and their family enjoy special scholarship opportunities through the Midwest Chapter. For more information see our cosmetic science scholarship page.

Career Advancement

In addition to the countless networking opportunities, the Society offers job assistance and other benefits to unemployed members. The National Office also maintains a Resume Bank for its members. If you are seeking a position you can send your resume to the National Office and they will help distribute it for you.