Optimization for Cosmetics
Instructor: Steven Abbott, PhD
5 Lessons; Total approx. run time: 4h 56m
Steven Abbott, PhD delivers a series of five lectures based on the ideas of his recently departed friend, colleague and collaborator, Johann W. Wiechers, PhD.
FREE With Registration:
Registration for this course includes a free copy of Steven Abbott's Rheology for Skin Care Formulators Guide, data analysis spreadsheets and the data analysis software program referred to throughout the course.
This course will provide skills and ideas for solving real-world formulation problems, which can be applied by experienced cosmetic formulators. Not a course for beginners, Optimization for Cosmetics focuses on providing information that will allow formulators to tackle old problems with fresh ideas and enabling participants to raise their game in terms of their own personal development as well as benefiting whichever company they work for.
Each lesson in this course offers fresh ideas that will allow the experienced formulator to approach challenges in new ways that should produce better results faster and with less effort. The skills presented here are some that the typical formulator may not be familiar with, and will be extremely valuable to those who wish to progress beyond the bench.
Please note: The Complete Cosmetic Chemist Training Program is closed to new students.
“Sometimes we (and our organizations) can get stuck in a rut. It becomes all too easy to create ‘me too’ new products. So sometimes it’s good to be challenged to do much better.”
—Steven Abbott, PhD
Brought to life with spreadsheets and live software demonstrations, course topics include:
- Lesson 1: Optimizing for Feel
Taking a fresh look at skin feel reveals new ideas that have been missing from standard discussions. This lesson uncovers how we can formulate scientifically for feel and why we would want to do so by challenging the idea that it cannot be optimized scientifically. We explore the science of feel, ways to measure parameters that affect feel, and suggest experiments that will allow you find parameters that correlate.
- Lesson 2: Optimizing for Stability
A new understanding of emulsifiers allows you to formulate them with precision to control emulsion formulation. You will use HLD—a new tool for finding your way through emulsifier space—and learn how to perform precision formulation with HLD-NAC. All of this is brought to life with free software that can be used to help you with all the necessary calculations.
- Lesson 3: Optimizing for Delivery
Discover a new way for the cosmetic formulator to master the complexities of getting an active into the skin. This lesson describes a “solubility” approach that allows you to formulate for skin delivery with greater accuracy and insight. You will also learn how to tune the “finite dose” we apply to the skin so that its changes over time can help, rather than hinder, delivery.
- Lesson 4: Optimizing for Trials
Learn the essentials for a trial backed up by hands-on statistics. In this lesson, you will discover the basics of a clinical trial including protocols, placebos, ethics and the difference between passive and active trials. The lesson then continues with a discussion of how to analyze trial results and the best way to use statistics to plan a trial and interpret the results.
- Lesson 5: Optimizing for Claims
Explore the role of the cosmetic scientist in making and defending the best possible marketing claim for a new product, and avoiding embarrassing and costly retractions of claims that go too far. Get an in-depth look at claims—what makes a claim good or bad, the claims system and your responsibilities. You will work through a claim example and learn what we can and cannot claim for our new product and how to go about proving our case.
Included in this Course:
- Self-paced and flexible learning environment
- Convenient online video-based education which can be accessed from anywhere
- Instruction by Steven Abbott, PhD
- Quizzes within each lesson to ensure comprehension of all subject matter
- Access to additional resources within each lesson
- Certificate of Completion upon successful closure of the course
- Online discussion forum for troubleshooting and peer interaction
- Monthly live chat discussions for Q&A with subject matter experts and your peers
* If you already have an account with the Complete Cosmetic Chemist Training Program, be sure to use the same email address during the PayPal payment process to ensure that all of your courses appear under one account.