14 January 2020

Lorna Radford - Cosmetics: Interesting Science or Marketing Spin?

Organised jointly by:

SCI's London Group and UCL Chemical and Physical Society

London, UK

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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?

This talk 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. Some successful formulations will be demonstrated, there will be examples of when and how formulations can go wrong in the lab (formulating cosmetics isn’t as trivial as it may first seem!), and a glimpse into some of the latest cosmetic science research that could affect the future of cosmetic products.

Time: 17:45 for 18:15

Venue and Contact


Department of Chemistry
University College London
20 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AJ


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