The UK SCS Annual Conference took place in Cambridge, on 4-5th July 2023. The theme this year was Success and Sustainability, and the event attracted 100+ live attendees. Paul Cornwell (Director Business Development, TRI Princeton) helped to lead the conference organising committee. In addition, Silvia Perez (Development Chemist, Meiyume), presented a poster on “Evaluation of Silicone Replacements for hair Conditioners”, work that was supported by TRI Princeton.
Silvia’s poster on “Evaluation of Silicone Replacements for Hair Conditioners” summarised the results from her Master’s project at Liverpool John Moores University (UK), co-supported by Meiyume (UK) and TRI Princeton. The focus of Silvia’s work was finding eco-friendly and natural alternatives to silicone conditioning agents. Her work used both sensory testing and combing experiments to evaluate 13 silicone alternatives, and showed that ingredients, such as polycitroneliol (and) hydrogenated vegetable oil (CitroViscTM 1000) can out-perform amodimethicone. Silvia’s poster was entered into the Students Poster Competition, but, unfortunately, was just beaten by a poster from Matthew Smith (Manchester University, UK) on “Commercial Sunscreens Protect Skin Commensal Bacteria from solar simulated radiation”. All the students entering posters this year got vouchers from the SCS in recognition of their excellent submissions.