The Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Presents:

 Thomas Marting

   “Biomimicry – Driving Sustainable Innovation”

Where:           Beau’s Grill

                           3180 W Market St.

                            Akron, OH 44333

When:              Tuesday, November 18, 2014

                              Reception starts at 5:00 pm

                              Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Dinner will include: Salad and an entree of choice

 Entree Selection:

  • 8 oz Angus Top Sirloin with sautéed mushrooms, onions and garlic with home fries
  • Grilled Salmon with Asian vegetables, sticky rice and chipotle-ponzu sauce
  • Ravioli Trio – red pepper and smoked mozzarella, cremini mushrooms and fontina goat cheese and black pepper with a vodka tomato cream sauce

RSVP Info:       Cost for members is $40 and non-members $50, pay by cash or check at the event.  Please RSVP with your entree choice to Steve Smith by Friday, November 14th.

Please note that if you RSVP, you will be charged for the meeting cost.


Biomimicry is an approach to sustainable innovation that involves emulating biological forms, processes, and systems optimized over 3.8 billion years of evolution. As a means of integrating Biomimicry into their innovation process, GOJO is sponsoring a Biomimicry PhD Fellow, Emily Kennedy, from the University of Akron. She spends two days a week embedded in GOJO’s R&D department. Emily is one of many Biomimicry PhD Fellows embedded in companies around Northeast Ohio. Companies using Biomimicry are encouraged by how quickly they are seeing a return on investment in the University of Akron Biomimicry Fellowship Program. Tom Marting will discuss the Basics of Biomimicry, and also share a few success stories.


Tom Marting is the Sustainability and LCA Specialist for GOJO Industries Inc, the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. Tom brings his wide range of industrial experiences in process engineering, root cause analysis, project management, and plant engineering to tackle sustainability challenges. His training in chemical engineering and his background in environmental management give him a unique perspective on the practical ways to create efficiency and reduce environmental impacts across the value chain. This expertise has made Tom a highly sought after presenter, having been invited to speak at the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network at Ohio State University, the Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS), and the Manufacturing Education Council’s Sustainability & EHS Symposium.

At GOJO, Tom embeds life cycle thinking and creates sustainable value through the product development process by applying LCA, biomimicry, chemical hazard assessments, and other eco-design tools. He also leads cross functional teams that deliver results to the enterprise’s sustainability goals.

If any of you attended last December’s SCC event in NYC, you may recall Dr. Joseph Schwarcz, PhD and his lecture on miscommunication between the cosmetic industry and the general public’s consumers and media.  An interesting fact that stood out about misunderstandings with cosmetic ingredients was: “There is a notion that nature is good and synthetic is bad, which I have to confront this a lot in my career, but there are more parabens in blueberries than in a cosmetic product.”  He later received the Frontiers of Science Award on behalf of Cosmetics & Toiletries.   We are pleased to announce we will have a joint meeting with the Midwest Chapter and will be viewing his presentation live.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Dr. Joseph Schwarcz, PhD
MCGill University

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”

Cosmetics are under attack, although this is not the first time. Back in 1770, the English Parliament passed an act declaring that marriages could be pronounced null and void if the man had been “led into matrimony by false pretenses through the use of scents, paints, cosmetic washes, artificial teeth, false hair, bolstered hips, high heels or iron stays.” It is not quite clear what iron stays were, although likely they were used to steady features of the female anatomy beginning to droop. It remains a mystery whether anyone sought divorce after being disappointed that the “goods” were not as advertised, but it is safe to assume that cosmetic manufacturers were not happy with the situation. They also were probably not thrilled when Queen Victoria publicly declared makeup to be improper, vulgar and acceptable only for use by actors.

As is well-known to the industry, cosmetics are being assaulted again today, but for a different reason: harboring potentially toxic ingredients. Regulatory authorities are being challenged for not doing enough to protect public health. Finger-pointers range from faceless composers of inane e-mails to various activist organizations that bolster their crusade for “safer cosmetics” with references to scientific literature. Some accusations, such as the assertion that certain mascaras or lipsticks contain toxic amounts of lead, are unrealistic because toxicity is a function of exposure, and the exposure in lipstick is well below toxic levels. However, allegations that some cosmetics may contain hidden carcinogens or hormone-disrupting substances merit scrutiny. Hormones are active at extremely low concentrations, and some “endocrine disruptors” can be found in blood and urine samples at concentrations comparable to naturally occurring hormones.

The cosmetics industry is huge; the U.S. market alone nets $55 billion a year. Unlike pharmaceuticals in the United States, no pre-marketing testing for the safety of cosmetics is required—a fact often vociferously pointed out by cosmetic critics who infer that such a lack in regulations puts consumer health at risk. Of course, governments do not exactly maintain a “hands-off” policy. Canada has a “hot list” of some 500 chemicals that cannot be used in cosmetics, and before any item is marketed, its list of ingredients must be submitted to Health Canada for approval. Furthermore, Health Canada has the power to order the removal of products from stores if it decides there is any risk involved. Regulations are less stringent in the United States, where the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must prove that a product is dangerous before removing it from store shelves.

One reason that governments have not taken a heavy-handed approach and required the pre-market testing of cosmetics is that the cosmetics industry has an effective self-regulating program. The U.S.-based Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel is an industry-sponsored group of experts that includes representatives from the FDA as well as consumer organizations. It is charged with the responsibility of compiling and scrutinizing research that is relevant to cosmetic ingredients. The panel’s in-depth reports are used by industry to make decisions about product formulation.

Location is TBD
Reception: 5:00-5:45
Dinner: 5:45-6:30
Presentation: 6:30


The Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Presents:

Nicole Koharik

“Leveraging Sustainability as a Driver of Customer-Focused Innovation: Understanding the evolving preferences of sustainability conscious buyers”

Where:         Vaccaro’s Trattoria

                        1000 Ghent Road

                        Akron, OH 44333             

When:           Tuesday, May 20th, 2014      

                        Reception starts at 5:00 pm

                                                Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Dinner will include: Salad, Entree of choice and a dessert of warm doughnuts made to order

Entree Selection:

  • Chicken Piccata, anger hair aglio e oleo, lemon caper cream sauce
  • Salmon with roasted red pepper faro, grilled fennel, long stem artichoke olive tapenade fennel butter
  • Grilled Vegetable Risotto – eggplant, zucchini, squash, red& yellow peppers, baby heirloom tomatoes, warm pesto, micro greens

 RSVP Info:  Cost for members is $40 and non-members $50, pay by cash or check at the event. Please RSVP with your entree choice to Steve Smith by Friday, May 16th.

Please note that if you RSVP, you will be charged for the meeting cost.


An increasing number of consumers and business decision makers are viewing sustainability as tie-breaker in purchasing decisions. Products and services that offer added value by going beyond regulatory requirements to address evolving expectations and concerns of sustainability conscious buyers can deliver competitive advantage to organizations willing to listen. Learn which sustainability-related issues and preferences are shaping buying behaviors and discuss examples that illustrate how leading companies are leveraging these insights to develop differentiated sustainable product innovations.


Nicole joined GOJO in 2006. As Global Sustainability Marketing Director, she has responsibility for the development of corporate, brand, communication and product strategies that advance GOJO global sustainability leadership.  Nicole has 15 years of business-to-business marketing experience and holds a Master’s in Communications Management. Nicole has been recognized for her contribution to sustainable business by third parties, including Crain’s Cleveland Business, who selected her as a 2013 Who to Watch in Sustainability honoree.

For LE SCC members, there is a FREE course being held on Thursday, May 8th 2014, “Practical Cosmetic Product Development”.  The course will take place at the Fairlawn DoubleTree (Click Here for Information), the same location of the first quarter’s meeting, and will be taught by Perry Romanowski.  We will be providing a light breakfast, buffet lunch, and snacks throughout the day.  The course will run from 9am to 4pm, so plan on arriving around 8:30am for breakfast.  At this point I would like to get a headcount of those who are planning on attending so I can work through some details with the venue.  Please reply to , by May 2nd, and let me know if you plan on attending the course.  You can also contact me with any questions/concerns (i.e. food allergies or dietary restrictions).

 Also, if there are any people in your organization that are not yet members of the SCC please feel free to share this invitation to them, this is great way to foster their interest. (Reminder, you must be a member of the SCC in order to attend).  Thanks for your time, and I hope to see you all on May 8th!


DECEMBER 11-12, 2014


 Authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of no more than 150 words for original papers to be presented in podium format.  All topics related to cosmetic science will be considered for presentation. Topics of particular interest for submission of abstracts are:

 Color Cosmetics (Formulation and Performance for Skin)

  • Fragrances in the Cosmetic Industry (Fine Fragrances, Regulations, Fragrancing Personal Care Products)
  • Basics of Cosmetic Formulations (Emulsion & Surfactant Chemistry)
  • Topical Delivery Systems (Liposomes, Encapsulations, Micro-emulsions, Devices)
  • Current Regulations affecting the Cosmetic Industry (US Regulations, OTC Products, cGMPs)
  • Online Formulating and Research Tools for the Cosmetic Chemist (Social Media, Computer Apps, Websites, Databases)
  • Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Cosmetic Industry


All abstracts must be submitted online at our website

 After acceptance of abstracts by the Committee, all presenters will be required to submit preprints 12 weeks prior to presentation (minimum of 600 words, maximum of 2 pages, including figures).  All presenters will be eligible for the Shaw Mudge Award sponsored by BASF Corporation, which is given for the Best Paper presented at the Society’s Annual Meeting.  The honorarium for this award is $2,500. Presenters are required to register for the Meeting.



Cafe Bricco (The Chestnut Room)
3150 W Market St (Doubletree Hotel across from Summit Mall)
Fairlawn, OH 44333


Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Reception starts at 5:00 pm
Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Dinner will include: Salad, Entree of choice and a Dessert Platter

Entree Selection:

  1. Fettuccine with sautéed shrimp, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and asiago cream sauce
  2. Pan-seared chicken breast glazed in cajun honey over creamy parmesan risotto topped with sautéed peppers and onions
  3. Pan-fried eggplant parmesan topped with sliced tomato and mozzarella cheese over fettuccine marinara

RSVP to Steve Smith by March 14th.

 The Lake Erie Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (L.E.S.C.C.) Presents:


Cindy Sullivan

California’s Proposition 65 chemical list, safe harbor numbers and influences on formulating personal care products 


California’s (1986) Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to special warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm if those products expose consumers to such chemicals above certain threshold levels.

Businesses are required to provide a “clear and reasonable” warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical. This warning can be given by a variety of means, such as by labeling a consumer product, posting signs at the workplace, distributing notices at a rental housing complex, or publishing notices in a newspaper. Once a chemical is listed, businesses have 12 months to comply with warning requirements.

Current law states that “no person in the course of doing business shall knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving a clear and reasonable warning”. If, you do business or put products in the stream of commerce in California, you should review the Proposition 65 list to determine if your products or activities are likely to expose individuals to any of those chemicals. If you anticipate causing such an exposure, you must provide a warning.

Businesses do not have to provide a warning if the exposures they cause are so low as to create no significant risk of cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. It is the responsibility of the business causing the exposure to determine whether the exposure poses no significant risk.

For a chemical that causes cancer, the No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) is defined as the level of exposure that would result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed to the chemical over a 70-year lifetime. In other words, a person exposed to the chemical at the NSRL for 70 years would not have more than a one in 100,000 chance of developing cancer as a result of that exposure.

 To assist businesses, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) develops numerical guidance levels, known as “Safe Harbor numbers.” A business does not need to provide a warning for exposures below the “Safe Harbor” level and the discharge prohibition also does not apply if discharges are below the Safe Harbor level. OEHHA has established Safe Harbor numbers for over 300 of the 800 chemicals currently on the list and continues to develop Safe Harbor numbers for other listed chemicals.

 Understanding PROP 65 list and its safe harbor numbers known as NSRL (No Significant Risk Levels) for carcinogens and the MADL (Maximum Allowable Dose Levels) for reproductive toxins is crucial for personal care formulators and manufacturers, especially considering the most recent personal care chemicals which were added to the PROP 65 list now including; coconut oil diethanolamine condensate (cocamide diethanolamine), diethanolamine, titanium dioxide (airborne, unbound particles of respirable size), and benzophenone.


Cindy Graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Secondary Science Education and a minor in Chemistry.  She began her career with Miller Brewing Company as a Quality Control Analyst, followed by quality positions at GOJO Industries, Inc. Akron, Ohio before moving into Regulatory Affairs at GOJO Industries in 1997.  Since 2002 she has been at The Lubrizol Corporation (Cleveland, Ohio) and currently holds the position of Global Product Stewardship Manager for Personalcare and Homecare and also has Product Stewardship oversight responsibilities for the rest of The Lubrizol Corporation for the Americas.