February 2017 Meeting

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Please save the date to attend the February 2017 California SCC Meeting in Universal City, which includes an educational hour, cash bar, dinner, and guest speaker. Monthly meetings are usually held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.



5:00PM - 6:00PM     Educational Hour Presentation
6:00PM - 6:30PM     Cash Bar
6:30PM                           Dinner
After Dinner                 Featured Speaker



  • Blue cheese crusted New York steak with a maderia sun-dried cherry sauce
  • Focaccia-crusted salmon with pesto creme
  • Vegetable eggplant parmesan melazana in a roasted herb tomato coulis



  • Members with reservations ($40)
  • Members without reservations ($65)
  • Nonmembers with reservations ($65)
  • Nonmembers without reservations ($70)
  • Emeritus Members with reservations (FREE)
  • Emeritus Members without reservations ($65)

Walk-in space is limited and a meeting spot cannot be guaranteed. The reservation pricing deadline is at 5PM on the Friday before the monthly meeting. Non-reservation pricing must be paid after this deadline. Reservations are not refundable after the reservation deadline. 


Parking Details

The Cali SCC pays for self-parking at the Universal City Sheraton. Attendees will be issued a chaser ticket at the event.


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Dinner Speaker


Geoff Brooks will discuss some of the highlights on the important dynamics of how water works within the skin and hair, the relation to water in the environment, and what the cosmetic industry has done to enhance the skin’s appearance by topically applying products.

Up to 60% of the adult body is water, and the skin alone contains 64% water. We are terrestrial beings living in a “very thin” atmosphere, and globally this contains only 0.04% of the worlds fresh water. Not much!!! It is measured by humidity - at 100% it is saturated (rain) and your skin and hair are moisturized! Under desert conditions - at 10% - your skin and hair are dried out! External environmental moisture is very important. Living at higher altitudes further challenges our skin to “resist” the higher levels of Light, UV and IR radiation reaching the earth’s surface - making effective UVB and UVA daily protection essential.

A recent article (Risks and Myths of Dehydration) in the NYTimes (May 2016) by Jane Brody commented on the importance of using a topically applied moisturizer to mediate dry skin conditions. Whilst Mr. Brooks was working for Beecham (UK) on Brylcreem, 50 years ago, data was generated to prove that it was the best moisturizing hair cream! The effect of the topical application water on the skin and hair is at best transitory, the improved appearance of skin, and a temporary hair set are quickly lost. Moisturization was one claim we were allowed to make for our products - and - perhaps the only real claim we are allowed to make now.

Temporary relief of dry skin is not a drug! Science over the years has provided a good understanding on how best to moisturize the skin, how the skin uses moisture, and the cells regulate it to provide optimal skin homeostasis. Utilizing a good understanding of the functioning of the skin’s own master regulators (cytokines), it is possible to design analogs which will help optimize this process by up-regulating aquaporins (cells own water channeling/optimization mechanism) and other extra-cellular matrix components. The aim is to produce products to effectively provide the consumer with greater satisfaction. If you don't look good in the mirror, the cosmetic industry is failing to help you skin and hair adapt and be at its best.

Geoff BrooksGeoffrey Brooks is the Presdient of Ideas4Cosmetics and Geoffrey Brooks Consultants, LLC. He is currently evaluating new anti-aging ingredients and strategies for both cosmetic external applications and nutraceutical healthy food applications. Mr. Brooks is the Scientific Advisor to Botaneco Inc on natural seed extracts - oil bodies and storage proteins for cosmetics and nutrition. His past work includes Solazyme, Arch Chemicals, Croda, Beecham Group and Brooks Industries, where he served as the Chief Technical Officer. He is a graduate of Northern Polytechnic, University of London, UK  with a B.Sc. Chemistry & Zoology. He is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Society of Cosmetic Scientists, American Chemical Society, and American Assocation for the Advancement of Science. 

Education Hour


Each day, global impact seems to make the world smaller and smaller. Personal Care companies wanting to grow frequently look to expand into new markets. In order to do so, companies need to be compliant across a vast array of laws and restrictions. While the European Union often leads the way in terms of regulations and policies regarding personal care ingredients, many emerging nations are adding their own variations. Mary Redmond will be presenting a regulatory overview of amino alcohol chemistries that can keep formulators ‘above-the-curve; on these evolving health and safety standards. Raising the bar on non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and non-carcinogenic properties is demanded by consumers, therefore pushing formulators to re-optimize all performance parameters throughout the lifecycle of a product. In additional to global compliancy, Mary Redmond will discuss chemistries that offer molecular engineering to improve performance through multi-functional properties to make your best formulation perform even better.

mary redmondMary Redmond joined ANGUS Chemical Company in April 2015 and currently serves as Senior Applications Specialist for the company’s Home and Personal Care, and Paints and Coatings businesses. Redmond has 28-plus years of cross-functional experience in R&D, technical service, and technical sales supporting development of market-driven product innovations, plant engineering for inventory control and high yield through-put, and formulation and process optimization. Prior to joining ANGUS, Redmond served in various roles of increasing responsibility at True Value Manufacturing, AkzoNobel-Sikkens, and McWhorter Technologies (now Polynt).

Redmond has a deep understanding of the of environmental and health aspects that impact formulators and manufacturers in the Personal Care and Paints and Coatings industries. She works closely with ANGUS’ five regional Customer Applications Centers (CAC) around the world to link customer innovation to the formulating, regulatory, consumer and raw material trends that shape today’s markets, She has co-authored numerous papers, including several renditions of “Health and Safety Challenges in Personal Care Products,” which has been presented at the 2016 Australian Society for Cosmetic Chemists Conference, 2016 in-cosmetics® Asia conference, and the 2015 Russian Perfumery Cosmetics Association Conference in Moscow.

Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Elmhurst College in Illinois, and has completed additional course work in biology, microbiology, and polymer chemistry. She is a member of numerous technical and trade associations and is based in the Chicagoland area at ANGUS’ headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.


Event Details

Event Date February 28, 2017 5:00 pm
Event End Date February 28, 2017 8:30 pm
Registered 124
Cut off date February 28, 2017 10:00 pm
Universal Sheraton
333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608, USA
Universal Sheraton
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