Even at 70!
MAYBE THERE really is something special about all of these hair and skin care products! The Society of Cosmetic Chemists held its 70th annual scientific meeting, but
the group certainly isn’t showing its age. Hallway conversations
were lively, presentations were provocative and the general mood
was upbeat as 2015 drew to a close. Once again, this year, attendees could view dozens of posters in the technology showcase,
too. On top of all that, the SCC is healthy.
“The Society is growing; we added 267 members,”proclaimed
chairman Tony O’Lenick, who noted that the 70th edition of
the annual meeting featured seven sessions and 20 presentations. O’Lenick reminded the audience that the International
Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) has moved
to New York in the same office as the US Society. The eight-na-tion Federation debuted in Brussels, on September 8, 1959. Now,
the IFSCC includes 47 societies representing 57 countries and individual membership exceeds 15,000.
The annual meeting’s scientific sessions were developed by
the SCC’s Committee on Scientific Affairs, which was chaired
by Roger McMullen of Ashland Specialty Ingredients. Mindy
Goldstein moderated the opening session on sun protection, in
which Manasi Chavan of BASF described the need for a new active ingredient that reduces the impact of solar elastosis. The material, which will debut at In-Cosmetics Europe in April, induces
LOX-L expression to boost functional elastin fibers, reduces UV-induced elafin synthesis and inhibits MMP formation, according
“The ingredient is effective in bringing back balance between
Tom Branna • Editorial Director
THE SOCIETY OF COSMETIC
CHEMISTS MARKED ITS
70TH ANNIVERSARY DURING
THE ANNUAL MEETING IN
NEW YORK LAST MONTH.
Left to right: A Moo-ving moment. Outgoing SCC president Tony O’Lenick holds up the cowbell, the symbol of the SCC, to announce that the IFSCC
office is moving to New York City / COSA chairman Roger McMullen / Manasi Chavan of BASF.