IFSCC Webinar Series

Join our free webinar series featuring experts from around the globe. Keep checking this page for new offerings. Registration required; free for our 16,000+ individual Members. The next webinar is shown first – past webinars are shown at the bottom. All webinars are recorded and posted in our Videos and Webinar page of this website’s Publication section. A five minute preview is available to the general public on IFSCC’s YouTube Channel.


“A Debate: Which approach makes better products for aging well: Eastern Tradition or Western Science?”

Wednesday 29 September 2021 11h NYC time (global equivalents below)

We’ll have experts on both sides argue their point of view. For the Eastern Perspective (Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, etc.) we’ll have Dr. Qingyang Meng of Pechoin, and Dr. Hong Meng of Beijing Technology and Business University.

For the Western point of view we’ll have Dr. Karl Lintner of KAL’IDEES.

Dr. Kevin Gallagher will Moderate.

Come with an open mind. Leave with insights and new perspectives.

Click here to register.

Time: 8h West Coast USA = 10h Mexico City = 11h East Coast USA = 16h London = 17h Europe / South Africa = 18h Tel Aviv / Moscow = 20h30 New Delhi = 23h China / Hong Kong = 0h Tokyo = 1h Melbourne



IFSCC.org website registration and log-in required. 

“Cosmetic Stability Testing”

IFSCC Education Chair Perry Romanowski gives us his take on Product Stability. Guest Scientist Dr. Frédéric Leroy, IFSCC Chair of Science, leds the Q&A Session.

Here’s the link to this 15 September 2021 webinar.

“Ether Sulfates and Ethoxylated Emulsifiers – Facts and Alternative Facts” 

Dr. Ricardo Diez dives into the history of misinformation about 1,4 Dioxane, then presents the actual research.  A fascinating talk for anyone in our industry, or for lovers of the truth.

Guest Scientist Dr. Tony Gough runs the Question & Answer period.

Click here to watch the full-length recording of this Wednesday 25 August webinar.


“Sustainable Cosmetic Formulation Design”

Dr. Samiul Amin of Manhattan College presents four example of formulation using sustainable raw materials. Guest Scientist leading the Question & Answer period was Dr. Andrea Weber, President of the German Society and IFSCC Public Relations Chair.

Click here for the full-length recording from Wednesday 11 August.





“People’s Choice” presenters from the SCS’ Naturals Conference

Attendees of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists (UK-Ireland) “Naturals in Cosmetics” Conference voted for their favorite presenter, and there was a tie. Join us as we feature the two “People’s Choice” speakers:

Dominika Minarovic, Co-Founder BYBI:  “Building Beauty’s First Carbon Negative Supply Chain”

Dr. Richard Blackburn, University of Leeds: “Sustainable Cosmetics – are green beauty routines fixing the industry for people and planet or is it clever marketing cashing in on customer perceptions in a climate emergency?”

Originally broadcast Wednesday 28 July. Here’s the recording.


“Interview with IFSCC Fellows Dr. Luigi Rigano and Dr. Robert Lochhead”

Interviewed by IFSCC Immediate Past President Emanuele Piras and IFSCC Education Chair Perry Romanowski.

Broadcast on 14 July. Here’s the recording.

“Ask the Formulator”:  Our second webinar in this very popular series. This time the experts available to answer your questions are Dennis Abbeduto (Colonial Chemicals) of the USA-Canada Society, and IFSCC Education Chair Perry Romanowski.

Recorded 30 June. Click here for the recording.

“The Skin Virome: recent science and product claims in the COVID-19 era”

Dr Nava Dayan, with attorneys Peter C. Marinell, Howard Smith, and Annie M. Ugulayan of BBB National Programs

What claims can you make about your product’s ability to fight COVID19? Hear the science from virome expert Dr. Nava Dayan, then the legal side from the BBB attorneys involved with deciding what’s OK and what’s not.

Here’s the recording.




Interview with IFSCC Fellow Dr. Fuji Kanda

We’ll be doing a webinar with each of the 3 IFSCC Fellows in our initial class. First up is Dr. Fuji Kanda of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of Japan, interviewed by IFSCC Ambassador Michelle Lu.

Broadcast Wednesday 2 June. Click here for the recording.



Colour Cosmetics:  South African Society Certificate Course:  Class #2

Thanks to our friends at the South African Society, you can learn the Colour Cosmetics module from their 2-year in-person or remote certificate program. Color expert Patricia Kruger (Sensient Cosmetic Technologies) will take us through the material.

Click Patricia Kruger, Sensient Cosmetic Technologies (Society of Cosmetic Chemists of South Africa)Patricia Kruger, Sensient Cosmetic Technologies (Society of Cosmetic Chemists of South Africa) here for the recording.


“Sustainability and Clean Beauty: How to get Scientific Proofs for Guaranteeing Authenticity of Plant and Algae Resources”

Featuring 3 speakers from France, Drs. Dubrulle, Sun, and Morvan, you’ll learn how to ensure the traceability of your raw ingredients using DNA barcoding and metabarcoding.

Original broadcast 5 May 2021. Click here to watch the recording.

Dr. Nelly Dubrulle, DNA Gensee

Dr. Jian-Sheng Sun, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris

Dr. Pierre-Yves Morvan, CODIF Technologie Naturelle



Special Webinar Celebrating our One Year Anniversary, Wednesday 21 April.

“Raw Material Interactions in Formulations”, Tony O’Lenick, former IFSCC Chair of Education and the original proposer of the IFSCC Webinar Series.

You think anionic and cationic surfactants do not mix? That’s generally true. But interesting formulations can result with the right ingredients. Tony O’Lenick explains in this recording.


“Cutaneous microstructures of importance for cosmetic science”, Dr. Stefania Motta (MOST Cosmetics, CEO and Founder; Former President, Società Italiana di Chimica e Scienze Cosmetologiche)

Aired on Wednesday 7 April. Click here to watch the full-length recording.

Our skin is more complicated than most people realize. Dr. Motta introduces us to many microstructures you may have heard of before, and explains how their interact with cosmetics. Join us and you’ll be guaranteed to learn something new!

A Debate: “It’s better to formulate cosmetics with natural ingredients”, Dr. Barbara Olioso (thegreenchemist.com, UK-Ireland SCS) and Dr. Ricardo Diez (Rutgers University, USA-Canada SCC)

The second IFSCC Debate, from Wednesday 24 March. Access the recording here

What do you think?  Is it better to formulate cosmetics with natural ingredients?  Or doesn’t it matter?  We’ll ask our viewers to vote before and after our 2 experts debate. We’ll see if anyone changes their mind.






“Hand Sanitizers: Answers to your Questions”, Sofia Lee (Lubrizol Australia, ASCS and SCSS) and Robert McPherson (Lubrizol Australia, ASCS)

Before COVID, the only people who used hand sanitizer regularly were (for the most part) either health care providers or germaphobes. Now everyone, everywhere, uses it all day long. But can you answer the questions your family and friends are now asking you about hand sanitizer? Join this webinar to learn all about hand sanitizers.

Broadcast from Australia on 10 March (NYC date). Click here for the recording.


“Our Industry Post COVID – New Opportunities for Marketers”, Ms. Maite San Miguel (Miyoshi America, Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and Sociedad Chilena de Químicos Cosméticos)

Recorded Wednesday 24 February. Recording will be available soon.

Obviously, the novel coronavirus has upended our world and industry. Ms. San Miguel presents the many ways consumer demand has changed, presenting new opportunities for marketers.


“Cosmetics Beyond Natural: clean and sustainable technologies for current consumer’s demands”, Dr. Isabel Ramos, (Ayuna – Less is Beauty; Sociedad Española de Químicos Cosméticos)

Wednesday 10 February

Consumers increasingly want green, clean, and sustainable products. How do Formulators create products which meet these newer demands with products which are safe and effective? Dr. Isabel Ramos, CSO of a company which emphasizes a healthy approach to living and beauty, explains her approach. Listen to the recording by clicking here.


“Understanding the INCI Nomenclature on Recombinant Proteins” with Dr. Mindy Goldstein (PhD Consulting)

Moderated by Perry Romanowski. Presented 27 January 2021.

What’s an INCI?  Who creates them? And why does this matter to cosmetic scientists?  Dr. Goldstein explains it all.  She has served for 20 years on the PCPC Nomenclature Committee where she is chair of the subcommittee on biotechnology, botanicals and ferments.  Click here to watch this informative webinar.


“Clean Beauty Debate – is it real, or not? with Dr Nicole Acevedo (Elavo Mundi Solutions) and Dr. Mojgan Moddaresi (Personal Care Regulatory Ltd.), Moderated by Perry Romanowski. Given 13 January 2021.

Is clean beauty just marketing spin?  Or is it the future of our industry?  Hear from respected experts on both sides of this debate, then tell us what you think. Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion. Click here for the recording.








“SPF Testing – How do I know if my results are correct?”, John Staton, The Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Delivered 16 December 2020.

Interpreting the results received from your testing lab isn’t as straightforward as you’d like. John Staton explains….. Click here to view the recording.


‘Discovering Cosmetic Science’ – Author panel discussion with Steve Barton, Paul Cornwall, Rachael Polowyj, Jane Cunningham, and Emma Meredith  (Society of Cosmetic Scientists – UK).  From 2 December 2020.

Learn about this extremely useful primer for scientists (and their friends), published  by the Royal Society of Chemists. Click here to view.


“In-vivo evaluation of the efficacy and the safety of cosmetic products: protocols and strategies”, Dr. Adriana Bonfigli, ISPE (Italian Society of Cosmetic Chemists). Given 25 November 2020.

A comprehensive introduction to this topic. A must-see for those interested in safety testing. Click here for the recording.


“Sun Protection – New SPF-methods make UV-protection visible, wavelength by wavelength”, Uli Osterwalder (Swiss SCC), Sun Protection Facilitator GmbH. Delivered 11 November 2020.

As Chair of ISO TC 217 (Cosmetics), Mr. Osterwalder has a unique perspective on alternative SPF methods. Learn about recent advances and the Consortium ALT-SPF which was formed to carry out the ringtests for the validation of the new alternative SPF methods. Click here for the recorded webinar.

“Tips on Improving Emulsion Stability”, Dr.Kazutami Sakamoto of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of Japan, originally delivered 1 October 2020.

In honor of the IFSCC 2020 Yokohama Congress, enjoy a replay of this webinar, produced by the New York State Suppliers Day.

Dr. Sakamoto has presented several overseas educational events for the IFSCC which received rave reviews. He is a a distinguished scientist with a long list of appointments and accolades: Guest Professor, Tokyo University of Science Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology Institute for Colloid and Interface Science, and he is a Fellow of the Chemical Society of Japan.

Soon Dr. Sakamoto will become Co-Editor of the IFSCC Magazine, yet another career milestone.


Art Georgalas (USA-Canadian Society) and Judi Beerling (UK Society), Wednesday 16 September

“Ask the Formulator” (click here to watch recorded webinar)

Experienced Formulators answer questions from IFSCC Members around the world.


“The Rheology Guys”, Neil Cunningham and Joey Hodges of the Centre for Industrial Rheology, Wednesday 2 September

“Getting Started with Cosmetic Rheology” (click here to watch recorded webinar), a not-overly serious webinar


  • Foundations of rheology: Non-Newtonian behavior, yield stress, elasticity, thixotropy and modulus in the real world.
  • Cosmetic applications of rheology:  Handling, stability and sensory. Characterizing physical behaviors and the rheology that defines them.
  • Bringing it all together:  Getting the most from your data. Communicating ideas, and informing your peers.

Satoshi Yamaki, Shiseido Americas Corp. (The Society of Cosmetic Chemists of Japan), Wednesday, 19 August

“Advances in Water-Resistant Sunscreens” (click here to watch recorded webinar)


  • The importance of coating film uniformity
  • Existing water-resistant technology
  • Interactions between coating films and water/perspiration
  • New water-resistant technology: producing a uniform film upon exposure to water

Panel Discussion:  “My Unlikely Path to Cosmetic Science”, 3 IFSCC Praesidium Members on how they achieved success in our industry, 5 August 2020

None of these accomplished professionals envisioned a career in cosmetic science. So how did they reach such success? Listen to this panel discussion to find out (click here to view the recorded webinar).

  • Prof. Dr. Vania Leite, President of Associação Brasileira de Cosmetologia (Universidade Federal de São Paulo)
  • Katsunori Yoshida, The Society of Cosmetic Chemists of Japan (Shiseido)
  • Emanuele Piras, IFSCC President / Società Italiana di Chimica e Scienze Cosmetologice (Merck Group)


Maite San Miguel López (Chilean y USA-Canada Societies; Miyoshi America), Wednesday 22 julio desde Nueva York, USA

“Adaptándose al Nuevo Escenario Mundial en Torno a la Industria Cosmética” (click aqui por webinar grabado).

Webinar en español (english version to be broadcast this fall)

¡El mundo ha cambiado bastante con el coronavirus! Maite San Miguel López comenta la nueva realidad de la industria cosmética, demanda de consumidores, entre otros.


Perry Romanowski (USA-Canada Society, IFSCC Education Chair), Wednesday, 8 July from Chicago, USA

Introduction to Cosmetic Formulation (click here to watch recorded webinar).  Click here for PDF of presentation.

An introduction to the cosmetics industry, raw materials, and formulation.


Edith Filaire (French Society; Greentech), Wednesday, 24 June from France

The Exposome’s Impact on Hair, Skin, and the Aging Process (click here to watch recorded webinar).  Click here for PDF of presentation.

Explaining the impact of the exposome (solar radiation, polution…) on human skin and hair, and its contribution to the skin aging process.


  • Definition of exposome & how it relates to cosmetics
  • Deleterious effects on skin and hair including: senescence, reactive skin, microbiota dysbiosis, alopecia, hair graying
  • Natural solutions from the marine, plant and microorganisms to protect the skin and hair from these effects



Mr. John Staton, Wednesday, 10 June, from Australia

Changes to ISO Sunscreen Standards (click here to watch recorded webinar)  Click here for PDF of presentation.

  • Overview:
    • Why update the ISO Sunscreen Standards?
    • What the New Standard Means to You.
    • Compatibility of ISO and FDA tests.

Dr. Karl Lintner, Wednesday 13 May, from France

Peptides in Cosmetics (click here to watch recorded webinar).

  • Overview:
    • Peptide Basics
    • Biological Function
    • Use in Cosmetics
    • Skin Penetration
    • Safety and Regulatory aspects


Tony O’Lenick, Wednesday 29 April, from the USA

Minimally Disruptive Formulation for Skin Care (click here to watch recorded webinar)

  • Overview
    • Small “tweeks” can yield big changes
    • What’s Minimally Disruptive Formulation (MDF)?
    • Why MDF?
    • Factors to consider
    • Examples of MDF



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