Beyond Triglycerides: Applications for Unique Plant-based Lipids in Personal Care

Using non-triglyceride plant-lipids to deliver functional products that delight consumers

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This on-demand training is designed to fit into your busy schedule. On-demand access includes access to recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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This course will provide an overview of non-triglyceride plant-lipids and their uses in personal care products. View the course summary and learning objectives, and meet your wonderful instructor. You can also review the registration details below.

Course Summary

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Customer desire for products that feel good to use and deliver perceived improvements to skin and hair is driving the personal care and cosmetics industry toward new approaches in product development. Formulation is now as much about creating sensory delight as it is about product stability.

Triglycerides, largely emollients (fats, butters), are the most prominent category of lipids used in personal care, but there are several highly functional and valuable components in the unsaponifiable (non-triglyceride) fraction of plant oils and fats.

These non-triglyceride lipids can play a vital role in helping you make informed product formulation choices that meet evolving customer expectations.

In this course, Benjamin Schwartz takes a deeper look at these lesser-known, non-triglyceride lipids and how their unique properties can be used for personal care applications.

The course content is divided into three lectures, each lasting two hours, to better fit your busy workday. Over the course of the lectures, you will examine the chemical properties of lipid components including tocopherols, sterols, triterpenes, phenols, phospholipids, ceramides, sphingolipids, galactolipids, and waxes. We will then explore how the different functional groups of these components produce their chemical properties, and, in turn, how those chemical properties can be used to produce specific product performance characteristics.

Registration includes access to recordings, slides, and course materials for 30 days.

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Who Should Attend?

Cosmetic chemists as well as anyone working in formulation or product development in the personal care industry will benefit from a basic understanding of lipid chemistry and how lipids impact product functionality. The course will also benefit people who work in sourcing raw materials and ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a basic understanding of the chemical properties of lipid components including tocopherols, sterols, triterpenes, phenols, phospholipids, ceramides, sphingolipids, galactolipids, and waxes.
  • Learn how the different functional groups of these compounds produce their respective chemical properties.
  • Understand how those chemical properties can be used to produce the performance characteristics of numerous personal care products.

Registration

Registration includes access to the recorded lectures and all course materials for 30 days. 

One registration provides you with individual entry with one computer/phone login at a single site.

Individual Rates

$299 = AOCS and SCC* Members

$179 = AOCS and SCC* Student Members

$399 = Non-Members

*SCC members receive member pricing via a discount code provided by SCC. Please contact SCC if you have not received your code.

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Group Rates

Companies registering 5+ individuals for this course receive $25 off per registration. Discounted group registrations need to occur during the same transaction. If you would like to submit a group registration, please contact Karen Kesler at karen.kesler@aocs.org

About the Instructor

Ben Schwartz

Benjamin Schwartz
Customer Innovation Manager
AAK USA Inc.

Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, Benjamin Schwartz began his career in Personal Care as a lab technician for The Estee Lauder Companies. After a move to the west coast, he spent 12 years as an R&D Chemist, and then Manager, for contract manufacturer Columbia Cosmetics. Through this experience, he has gained an intimate knowledge of personal care chemistry and formulations. Now having joined AAK, a global vegetable oil manufacturer, he brings this knowledge and insight to the world of plant-based lipids and their applications for personal care and cosmetics.



This course is a collaboration with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC).

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