South African Society's certificate program - 
​​​​​​​Colour Cosmetics

About the Webinar

NOTE: Two hours later than usual..... 13h NYC time.

Wednesday 19 May, 10h West Coast USA = 12h Mexico City/Chicago = 13h East Coast USA = 18h England = 19h Europe = 20h Tel Aviv / Moscow = 22h30 New Delhi

For over 20 years the South African Society of Cosmetic Chemists (COSCHEM) has offered a 2-year certificate course in cosmetic science. Intended as an introduction to our industry, this certificate has been essential to entry-level chemists in South African.

The IFSCC is proud to offer the actual course material used in this successful certificate program. Written and updated by long-time COSCHEM Member and former IFSCC President, Roy Gardiner, this is the second of Roy's many course modules we will share over several years.

For information on the South African Society's 2 year course (available remotely), visit their website at

​​​​​​​After this webinar on Colour Cosmetics you should be able to: 
- understand the importance of colour and how we observe it
- understand the diference between organic and inorganic pigments, synethic and natural dyes
- understand the properties of pearlescent pigments
- employ the basic pigment dispersion techniques used in color cosmetics
Our sincere thanks to Roy and COSCHEM for allowing the IFSCC to share this wealth of knowledge with our global Members.

​​​​​​​Presenter - Patricia Kruger

Kruger has been active in the Cosmetic Industry since 1997. Building on her Honors Bachelor degree in Biochemistry and a Coschem Cosmetic Science Diploma, she has developed expertise in several areas of our industry, most notably Skin Care, Suncare, Hair Care and Color Cosmetics.

She is currently Innovation Director for Sensient Technologies North America, where she heads R&D for the Personal Care and Specialty Markets. Prior to this position, she was Technical Manager at Sensient Colours South Africa, where she served the Food, Pharmaceutical and Person Care industries.

During her career in South Africa she was involved with Coschem, and served on the Council for a number of years. Currently she is a member of the NYSCC.  She was a regular presenter for Coschem, as well as presenting at various tertiary institutes. She has shared a number of presentation at various international Seminars on a subject that is of great interest to her, natural colors.

Perry Romanowski, Moderator

Perry has been formulating cosmetic products and inventing solutions to solve consumer problems since the early 1990’s. Additionally, he has written and edited numerous articles and books, taught continuing education classes for industry scientists, and developed successful websites. His most recent book, Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry 3rd Edition, is available for free to IFSCC Members at in the Learning Center (in the Publications section); registration required.​​​​​​​

  • Perry Romanowski, IFSCC Chair of Education

    Webinar Moderator and Panelist

  • Patricia Kruger, Sensient Cosmetic Technologies


  • Mary Lynn Halland, IFSCC Secretary General

    Webinar Host

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