Workshops

Day 2 of C&T Summit will feature four classroom sessions. All event attendees will rotate through the classrooms to provide everyone an opportunity to participate in these hands-on courses.

Tuesday, June 23

Workshop 1: Building a Robust Product Profile: What Marketing Wants and What R&D Needs

This workshop, facilitated by Karen Young, will explore five key points for creating a product profile to assure that R&D has the information it needs to help marketing launch better products faster. These points also create an opportunity for R&D to give creative input. A tall order!

Subjects will include the changing demands of consumers and retailers, global product requirements and trends, the influence of the press and social media, and why R&D and marketing believe each has little appreciation for the other's focus.

Exercises will include walking in one other’s shoes to build a product profile together, and attendees will leave with a better understanding of the process from both points of view and the tools to make this happen.

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Workshop 2: Crisis in Cosmetics: Formulating to Survive the Endless Bans of Ingredients

There was a time when cosmetic scientists were entrusted with developing safe ingredients for topical products. Today, that responsibility is shared with federal governments, local governments and all manners of NGOs. The advent of social media has made even the layperson an opinionated expert on the safety of cosmetics and their ingredients. As a result, even an ingredient allowed by regulators can fall prey to public execution.

This begs the questions: How does the cosmetics formulator of today cope in this constantly changing environment? On in which what was safe yesterday may be banned, restricted or condemned tomorrow. How do we find a path to a global formula when there is little harmonization in the regulations? And perhaps most importantly, how do we, as an industry, deal with the endless assault of junk science?

This workshop, presented by Robert Ross-Fichtner of Focal Point Research, will cover selected topics of ingredient bans, demonstrate formulation strategies to cope with them, and discuss what the cosmetic industry must do to protect its science, maintain access to critical ingredients, and sustain and grow the confidence of its consumers.

Workshop 3: How to Optimize Thickening in Water-based Personal Care Formulations

George Deckner and Tony O'Lenick return to the C&T Summit, this time to teach about thickening. No materials are more fundamental or important than thickeners for water-based personal care formulations. Thickeners are multi-functional, ubiquitous ingredients found in most formulations, and can significantly impact stability and performance. Key benefits they provide include creating viscosity to improve product dispensability/functionality, stabilizing emulsions/foam, suspending solids,improving the feel of skin or hair, product in-use attributes and product efficacy.

All thickeners function by binding or immobilizing water, and the key mechanisms involved include absorption, adsorption, hydrogen bonding, electrostatic repulsion and hydrophobe/hydrophobe interaction. The various types of thickening materials include synthetic and natural based polymers, colloidal structure-forming surfactants and particles. Polymers are the most important class of these materials, and are generally classified as being either water soluble or swellable. They also can be nonionic, anionic or cationic in nature.

This workshop will cover strategies for developing optimal thickening systems in all types of water-based formulations, including challenging environments such as extreme pH or high salt formulations.

Workshop 4: Texture, Sensory Cues and More: Inventing a Product Experience

Thanks to an overwhelming response from 2014 attendees, Mark Chandler of ACT Solutions Corp. returns to lead a hands-on workshop on approaches to create sensory experiences in personal care. The workshop will open with insights on the latest technologies used and introduces some new ones.

Attendees will be divided into groups to sample formulations and discuss aesthetics. The discussion will then focus on the formulation approach used and why.

Though this workshop focuses on sensory in personal care as it did in 2014, it is specifically designed not to repeat the same lessons as the 2014 session, and it will reveal new insights.

All exhibitors, sessions, presenters, times and locations are subject to change without notice.