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April Meeting

  • Unilever Conference Center 50 Commerce Drive Trumbull, CT 06611 (map)

Please join us on Tuesday, April 16th

Unilever Conference Center
50 Commerce Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Registration 5:30 - 6:00pm
Dinner: 6:30pm
Speaker: 7:00pm

Abstract: Honey bees and humans have had a relationship for over 10000 years, with organized beekeeping appearing in ancient Egypt and becoming widespread by 1500 BC. Early on, beeswax was used for waterproofing, adhesion, preservation, and in many art forms - including cosmetics. Today beeswax has been replaced in many industrial applications and processes, but its presence in the cosmetic world persists, withstanding the tests of time, market fluctuations, natural tragedies, and controversy. We will demonstrate why beeswax is still an indispensable raw material in the cosmetic industry, and what benefits it can offer in different areas of application. Whether your goal is to create a natural cosmetic product, tell a compelling marketing story or discover a unique chemistry, beeswax is worth exploring.

Register below, or email Cynthia Valovich
SCC members: $45
Non-members: $50
Students and Unemployed: $35

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Bio: Belén M. Lemieux is the Principal Research & Development Scientist at Koster Keunen, Inc. in Watertown, CT. Originally from Madrid, she earned an M. S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Salamanca. She began her career in the construction materials industry until discovering a passion for the science of cosmetic formulations and the artistic angle involved. Ms. Lemieux has been an active product developer and researcher for over twelve years, recently focusing on beeswax and other waxes as cosmetic raw materials. Her most recent paper “To bee or not to bee” was published in HAPPI magazine, and her formulations have been featured in numerous industry publications and perform as instructive materials for Koster Keunen worldwide.