Brian Yang, Ph.D – Applied Technology Manager


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The global COVID pandemic is forming a “new normal” which includes increased consumer focus on more sustainable solutions for home and personal care products. In response, scientific innovation is helping to drive a new generation of chemistry based on fermentation-based ingredients at commercial scale. Among the first areas where such technology is driving impact at scale are surfactants through the ascendancy of biosurfactants as viable solutions for cleaning and cleansing products. Rhamnolipids are surfactants based on sugar feedstocks which present excellent sustainability profiles as well as extraordinarily low skin irritation potential. They also deliver effective performance across several applications, including hair care, skin cleansing, laundry, and hard surface cleaning. This presentation will provide an overview of rhamnolipid biosurfactants and their benefits benefits across home and personal care applications. For some background information, one can refer to our website: https://personal-care.evonik.com/en/products-solutions/biosurfactants

Laura Mills – Business Development, North America

Sharon Labs

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Preserving natural formulas in cosmetic, personal care and homecare products is challenging, as the propensity of microbial risk with natural ingredients is much greater. The search for a broad spectrum and high efficacy natural preservation across all market segments such as, sun care, wet wipes, skin care is an ongoing industry movement and focus. Consumer care companies are responding to a longer “no-no” list moving away from more traditional ingredients, preservation systems, PET wet wipe fibers, as well as filling in a recycled or a more biodegradable package. The growing consumer demand for “clean label” and more sustainable, eco-friendly brands creates added formulation obstacles for the formulator and manufacturer. To date, the quest to deliver a cleaner ingredient label often results in an overengineered natural preservation solution leading to formulation instability, skin sensitivity and increased microbial contamination.

This presentation will address the main challenges in preservation of natural and clean-beauty consumer care products considering ingredients choice, skin sensitivity, regulatory aspects, sustainability and product claims. It will also explore highly effective natural preservation systems with a deep dive to the mechanism of action.

Vanessa DeMarco

Stepan Company

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More than ever, consumers are making conscious decisions about the personal care and home care products they purchase, especially focusing on seeking out more sustainable options. According to Mintel, sustainability claims represent some of the fastest growing for new product launches in both personal care cleansing and home care cleaning categories. Brands are introducing new sustainable formulation concepts including solid, powdered, and concentrated formats – these improve sustainability by eliminating as much water as possible from the formulation itself, enabling lower energy and water use throughout the manufacturing and supply chain process. These types of products often require a new toolbox of ingredients and present unique challenges to the formulator. This presentation will discuss the important considerations to formulating stable, high-performing solids and powders for both personal care cleansing and household cleaning products.


Sam Costanzo

Associate Research Scientist

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Dow Personal Care

Many of today’s brands and consumers expect the raw ingredients they use to have a positive safety and sustainability profile. Silicone materials are well aligned with safety and sustainability trends in the cosmetic industry. The industrial production of silicone uses naturally occurring materials – sand and sustainable forestry – as key raw ingredients. Investments in clean energy will further reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing silicones. The degradability of silicones in the environment is another sustainability benefit silicones offer. Even though silicones do not biodegrade, they are expected to degrade primarily through non-biological mechanisms such as hydrolysis or photolysis into silica, silicic acid, and carbon dioxide. Additionally, silicones are non-GMO and vegan. Silicones also have a long history of safe use in personal care applications. Silicones are breathable, non-comedogenic, and non-allergenic; they are also safe for use near sensitive parts of the body such as the eyes and lips.

Mark Miller – Head of Sustainability

NAGASE Specialty Materials

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Sustainability is more than synthesizing, sourcing and formulating with renewable materials, reducing waste and optimizing your value chain in the Personal Care, Home Care and Food market segments – it is a holistic approach and commitment to the Stakeholders that you, your organization and products impact.

The purpose of this presentation is to examine how our organizations can deploy a holistic approach to sustainability that marries excellence in product creation for our relevant customers and market segments with activities that touch six relevant pillars related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

Durant Scholz – President and Cofounder

Active Concepts, LLC

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Durant Scholz, President and cofounder of Active Concepts, LLC has a degree in Biochemistry from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His career began as a Fabergé  chemist. Following tenure in Clinique’s Skin Care department at Estée Lauder, Durant become Technical Marketing Director at Brooks Industries. Managing domestic and international marketing, sales, and product development. In 2000, Durant founded Active Concepts, a multinational company with facilities in Lincolnton, N.C., Milan, Italy, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Brandon Beyer

Application Development Specialist – NA

Univar Solutions

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There is an ever-increasing need from the consumer market for sustainable products. Today’s formulator is challenged with a need to maintain performance in the face of decreasing wash temperatures, sustainability goals and a need to concentrate existing products. New and novel cleaning chemistries arrive every, but few have the broad ranging potential of enzymatic solutions. Whether the enzymes are added directly to a product, or generated over time via a microbial solution, nature’s cleaning ability to address common soils is unsurpassed. We present here the benefits of several classes of enzymes ranging from older technologies such as protease and amylase cleaners, to cutting edge phosphodiesterase’s removal of extracellular DNA. Additionally, we will explore the formulator’s selection process for direct enzymatic solutions versus enzyme-generators such microbial cleaners. Lastly, we offer guidelines in formulating with both enzymatic and microbial cleaning products, highlighting formulation pitfalls and application areas best suited for the technologies.

Mara Crespo-Webb – Key Account Manager


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SenStories utilises reliable and reproducible methodology to connect insights on consumer perception and language choice with the knowledge of ingredient combination and colloidal structure that are responsible for a given sensorial feel. This enables predictive ingredient selection for formulations development with targeted sensorial experience. The development of the SenStories Selector tool helps formulators to discover suitable oil-in-water emulsifier system recommendations, for the development of skin care formulations with targeted sensories, ensuring alignment with consumer expectations. Discover how you formulate your own sensory story.

Join a panel of industry veterans as they explore the future and the options available in cosmetic, personal care & household product development.  This is designed for students and those investigating a new career path!