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Cosmetics science course applies foundation

By Guy Montague-Jones , 04-Nov-2008
Last updated on 04-Nov-2008 at 18:46 GMT

The first-ever Canadian cosmetic sciences program has got underway at Durham College in Oshawa with the aim of inspiring future cosmetic scientists and entrepreneurs.

Estee Lauder worked with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and Durham College to design and implement the program which was launched this September.

Covering a broad range of topics relevant to the creation of cosmetic products, the program aims to equip professionals and aspiring cosmetic chemists with a global perspective on the science lying behind the beauty counter.

The program comprises of six courses including:

  • Introduction to cosmetic science
  • Color cosmetic formulation
  • Skin and hair care formulation
  • Product testing and evaluation
  • Quality assurance and quality development
  • Cosmetic product development

“In-house training can be very specific and geared to a certain work area whereas academic training gives a truly global perspective,” said Dennis Zuccolin, the manager of product safety at Estee Lauder’s newly renovated color innovation center in Ontario.

The industry is also on the lookout for talented cosmetics scientists as demand grows for products that offer real benefits and not just aesthetic appeal.

The Durham College program equips students with a certificate from the university but much of the program is drawn up and taught by scientists at Estee Lauder.

The program is not conceived only as an incubator for the next generation of cosmetic scientists at Estee Lauder but as preparation for people looking to enter the industry generally and as a means of sparking cosmetic entrepreneurs into life.

Zuccolin told CosmeticsDesign.com that by bringing industry and academia together the program may also bring about collaborations that may not have otherwise happened.

Academics from outside Estee Lauder may come to the company to present their latest research and therefore stimulate ideas for new products and technologies, added Zuccolin as an example of the fruit that may be borne from closer contact.

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