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From The Society of Cosmetic Scientists

Solving your Current Challenges with Future Solutions (in person)


W&W Hybrid Event


This hybrid event will be hosted at the Leigh Court in Bristol by the organisers with live presentations relevant to current challenges within the cosmetic industry. There will also be the opportunity to join via zoom. The speakers will take questions from the live and virtual audience after the presentations to discuss their topics in more depth. There will also be a raffle raising money for Look Good Feel Better (details below).


China – CSAR
James Wakefield, Safety Director , Delphic HSE

Microbiological Considerations for Progressive Cosmetics
Ben Emaldi, Business Development Microbiologist, MSL Solution Providers

Zero Carbon
Dominika Minarovic & Elsie Rutterford, Co-Founders, BYBI


  James Wakefield joined Delphic HSE in 2014 and is based in Hong Kong, overseeing the development of staff and growth of the business in the Asia Pacific region and managing the collaborative Research Programme at the Hong Kong Science Park. James is a EuroTox Registered Toxicologist.


 Ben Elmadi is a microbiologist and heads up the preservative efficacy and stability testing departments at MSL Solution Providers. He also works closely with MSL’s regulatory team, supporting customers ranging from SMEs to multinational brands. Ben has been instrumental in validating the VeganSure® service and regularly speaks about microbiological testing at industry events.

BYBI Co-Founders Dominika Minarovic and Elsie Rutterfordequally emblemize ethics and innovation. In 2015 these two London-based entrepreneurs bonded over a shared passion for clean beauty and lifestyle and launched the trend-setting blog, podcast, book and Instagram account, Clean Beauty Insiders. They featured DIY recipes and touted an industry leading natural perspective on skincare. Building on this partnership, they co-founded BYBI in 2017. In order to maintain the integrity of ‘100% Vegan Active Skin Nourishment’, the duo formulated every product in-house, supervising their own chemist and lab – high-quality natural ingredients in innovative formulations address overall skin health rather than specific skincare concerns. Boasting a comprehensive range of highly efficacious skincare, BYBI includes a range including masks, moisturizers, boosters and more. The Unilever-backed line immediately resonated with consumers at mega-retailers Sephora and Boots across the UK and Europe as well as Revolve, ASOS and direct-to-consumer via their own website at an affordable price point. BYBI is the first beauty brand to declare a war on carbon, the number one contributor to the climate crisis, creating their own in-house auditing system, The Susty Score, to assess their entire supply chain. With a major push into the US marketplace in 2020, Elsie and Dominika set a worldwide precedent for clean and sustainable beauty. BYBI’s mission is to make sustainable skincare easy and accessible for everyone. Elsie and Dominika believe that great skincare should not come at the cost of the planet and are not willing to compromise on either product performance or sustainability. At BYBI, sustainability is a need to have, not a nice to have.


We are also running a raffle to raise money for Look Good feel Better. Please see instructions for buying raffle tickets:

  • Raffle tickets cost £5 per strip (5 tickets)
  • Minimum 1 strip (5 tickets) per order
  • All proceeds go to Look Good Feel Better
  • Go to to purchase tickets online
  • You will be assigned and emailed your ticket numbers before the event on 8 February
  • Online ticket sales will close at midnight on 7 February. There will be tickets available to buy live at the event.
  • Online payments made to the raffle after midnight on 7 February will go to LGFB but will not be entered into the raffle
  • Raffle tickets will be drawn randomly and posted to the winners after the event