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The Society of Cosmetic Chemists was founded in 1945 to promote high standards of practice in cosmetic sciences. Dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science, the Society strives to increase and disseminate scientific information through meetings and publications. Our mission is to further the interests and recognition of cosmetic scientists while maintaining the confidence of the public in the cosmetic and toiletries industry.

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists was formed in 1978 and is one of 19 Chapters within the National Society. We regularly conduct chapter meetings throughout the Southeast area featuring industry speakers presenting the latest innovations and topics within the cosmetic industry. In addition, the Chapter hosts an annual Supplier's Social Event, providing an enjoyable social and cultural outing for members and supporters.

To learn more about the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, visit

Society of Cosmetic Chemists
Southeast Chapter
P.O. Box 182
Olive Branch, MS 38654
Stephen Baldwin
(908) 842-9233
​Tami Thomas
Colonial Chemical
(423) 602-3088
John Wagner
(901) 359-5049
Cubie Lamb
J. Strickland & Company
(901) 218-0140

Upcoming Event

“The Needs and Care of Melanin Rich Skin types – A Point to be Addressed by Inclusivity Trends for Cosmetics”

​With consumers looking to personalize their beauty regimes for their specific needs, supported by proactive self-education about their beauty, it is imperative that beauty product brands respond to these evolving needs to ensure consumers of different skin-types feel included during their product selection. Beauty product formulators need to fully understand the science behind melanin-rich skin in order to create the best performing products and meet the expectations of melanin-skin rich beauty consumers. Personalization is a focus and current consumer trend, particularly in the beauty and personal care industry. The drive to personalization is also a result of the diversity and inclusivity movement. Consumers are looking to personalize their beauty regimes for their specific needs. Melanin-rich beauty consumers are recognizing that there are key differences in the structural properties of skin with varying melanin content. Education and understanding of the structural properties of their unique skin is a priority for these consumers. Unique shades require unique solutions in beauty products. As a result, formulators must understand how to adapt their formulations to the requirements of such skin-types in the development of products for more diverse skin.

Dr. Abigail Casey is an Applied Technology Manager for active ingredients, North America for Care Solutions, Evonik Corporation. She obtained her PhD in Chemical and Life Science Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her role she supports technical applications and development for active ingredients in formulations for both leave-on and rinse-off applications. In her free time she is a practicing licensed cosmetologist and enjoys gardening.