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Technical Concepts for Non-Technical Personnel in the Cosmetics Industry



Course Overview

A collaboration between the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and AOCS, this two-day online CEP course will provide a broad overview of basic technical concepts used in the cosmetics and personal care industry.

The development of cosmetic products involves a robust blend of the disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, physiology, and psychology. The bench chemists who formulate these products on a daily basis have built up a sophisticated tradition and technical nomenclature for the work that they do. And though the work of cosmetic chemists can be intricate and nuanced, it is also important that all members of a successful cross-functional team understand the basic technical concepts that go into the creation of the products their company makes. While some personnel working in areas such as Sales and Marketing may have technical training and lab experience, others may not. This course attempts to bridge the gap between those working in technical and non-technical capacities within cosmetic product development.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for professionals working in Marketing, (Non-Technical) Sales, Regulatory and Procurement in the cosmetics and personal care industry. It will also be of benefit to Technical personal who have only recently joined the industry.

Course Outline

Part 1 - Raw Materials and Their Interactions
Using coconut oil, olive oil, and bacon fat as starting points, we will explain, using simple terms and drawings, the nature of the most common materials used to create personal care products. In addition, we will review the formulation process, and how these materials physically interact in a selective manner to create the series of structures that determine their cosmetic performance and attributes.

Part 2 - Terminology
Is mildness and irritation the same? How about foam and lathering? Can hair be hydrated?  Is skin hydration and moisturization the same? These are just a few of the examples of the lexicon that will be explained.

Part 3 - The Formulations
We will review the composition of several products in the rinse-off and leave-on categories. We will explain in simple terms the evolution and life cycle of the structures of these products: in the container,  during usage, and the final residue, if any, left on hair or skin.

Part 4 - Hot Topics
We will address a variety of trends and challenges facing the cosmetics industry, including concerns around 1,4 Dioxane, the safety of ethoxylated materials, and the various definitions or concepts behind Natural, Sulfate-Free, and Clean Beauty products.


  • $299 - SCC Member
  • $399 - Non-Member
  • $179 – SCC Junior or Student Member

Note: companies registering 5+ SCC members for this course receive $25 off per registration. Companies registering 10+ SCC members for this course receive $50 off per registration. Discounted group registrations need to occur during the same online transaction. If you would like to submit a group registration of 5+ or 10+, or have any other questions about this event, please contact SCC Headquarters Staff.

 View our CEP Course Pricing and Refund Policy.

Instructor: Ricardo Diez, PhD

Format: On-Line


  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022 
    (11:00am - 2:30pm EDT)
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022 
    (11:00am - 2:30pm EDT)


In addition to the live instructions, course registrants will also receive a PDF copy of the course slides, as well as access to course replay recordings for 14 days following the live course dates.

Note: a free Zoom account  (Zoom) will be required for viewing course replay recordings after the live dates. This is to ensure accurate attendence reporting for course completion certificates.

About the Instructor

Ricardo Diez, PhD

Rutgers University

Ricardo Diez, PhD is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, NJ, where he teaches two courses on Applied Cosmetic Science in the Master of Business and Science. He has more than four decades of experience in the industry in both consumer product companies (Procter & Gamble, Dial Corp and Chanel), and raw material manufacturers (Miranol, Stepan and Huntsman). He has taught courses for the SCC and IFSCC. He remains active in the Center for Professional Advancement.