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Testimonials from Past Students

The course has been of value to students all over the world either to advance them in their current role in the industry or to help them join the industry. Here are some of their comments to give you a flavour of what to expect.

 

The SCS Distance Learning Courise is the A to Z of cosmetic science.  From feasibility to product launch; it provides all the guidance and skill sets needed for a cosmetic organisation.

The wealth of knowledge gained from this course will not only benefit the individual throughout ones career but also provide a solid foundation for their company.  The knowledge learnt from this course can be applied to any cosmetic and toiletries company which is an added benefit.  I hope the course will flourish for years to come and continue to provide excellent education for the scientists of tomorrow.

Amna Khatun                                                                                                                                     Research Chemist, Ashland Speciality Chemicals

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I would highly recommend this course to anybody with an interest in developing their career within the cosmetics industry.  The content is interesting, challenging, incredibly varied and it is of relevance to a wide number of roles within the industry.  The skills and knowledge it teaches are readily applicable to the practical challenges that our industry provides, as well as being academically rigorous.  I greatly enjoyed following the cousre and found it to be very well organised and structured.  The support and guidance given to the students was excellent.

Glenn Moran                                                                                                                                     Analytical Chemist, CPL Aromas Ltd

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I chose to study the SCS Distance Learning Course as part of my ongoing professional development and this was fully supported by my company after seeing the benefits of colleagues previously taking this course. The well structured units allow students to access information directly at the level you require, whether you have some background in the subject or are completely fresh to the industry.

The course also gave me valuable insights into types of cosmetics I previously had not come across through my work, for example hair care and decorative cosmetics. The units and coursework were challenging yet very enjoyable to complete, particularly the ‘at home’ experiments and the Summer School.

Having this industry recognised qualification has allowed me to demonstrate that I am eager to continue my professional development in my own time and I feel this will continue to benefit my career in this industry.

Verity Clawson                                                                                                                                   Senior R&D Associate, Reckitt Benckiser UK

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Within my company I worked as a QC Lab Technician testing raw materials and bulk intermediate samples, mainly to be used in Pest Contol products. I had little product development experience in this role.

 I then had the opportunity to join the Hygiene side of the business as a Product Development Technician where I would need to help develop products/consumables such as Hand Washes, Hand Sanitisers, Air Care Products, Toilet/ Washroom Products etc.

 As I had little experience in the development process of such products my manager put me on the SCS Distance Learning Course, which he has also highly recommended over the years in previous jobs. 

 I can honestly say this course is a must for anybody working or looking to work within the cosmetic industry. It gave me the foundations needed in order to progress my career.  The course is professionally structured and provides a full insight to the whole industry which has benefited me in my current job role, and has certainly helped shape my future in this industry. 

The course provides an insight to every stage of a product development process, from concept idea to finished product and the informative modules cover every possible area that might be encountered in the cosmetic industry. As I work full time I was worried that I would struggle with the workload but the course is structured in a way that allows you to plan the work required and fit it in around a full time job, and I found that help was always at hand.  

 I certainly consider the SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science as a highly recognised and relevant qualification, but more importantly,  the opportunity to learn all aspects of the industry in one well structured course is one that shouldn't be turned down.  I think without the course it probably would of taken me a few years to 'pick up' what knowledge I have gained.

Mark Kernan                                                                                                                 Consumables Development Technician,  Rentokil

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The Diploma in Cosmetic Science is a very good option to get general knowledge about Cosmetic Science. Is a complete summary of the issues of products, development, fundamentals and strategies. The methodology is very convenient for people like me who live outside UK. Also, I felt a great challenge with the course, because I could deepen my knowledge and improve make better analysis in my work as formulator. I got a personal achievement with the Merit Degree, because the English level required is high. 

Paola Andrea Lanzziano Alonso                                                                                              Quala, Columbia

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I found the course to be an enjoyable experience, it was self motivating yet challenging at time.  It provided me with a greater in-depth knowledge with regards to cosmetics and also an insight into the cosmetic industry worldwide.  The course work was completely relevant to my day today work in the laboratory, and I would highly recommend this course to aspiring chemists within the cosmetic industry.

Miriam Byrne                                                                                                                           Research & Development, Oriflame Ltd

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I personally found the course enlightening. Someone might not believe that before this course I used many raw materials without fully knowing thier functions and how to manipulate them to suit my desired purposes. The course is arduous but for someone who wants to pass do not allow the units to pile up because I am afraid a crash program can not help out.

Akeem Fakunle                                                                                                                                   Caring Chemistry, Nigeria

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When I chose to take the course I had been working in industry for some years but wanted to improve my knowledge and understanding in order to be able to develop further in my daily role. Fitting the course around full-time work wasn't easy but the sense of achievement at the end and being able to see for yourself just how much you've learnt made it all worthwhile. Rarely a day goes by where I don't use information that I learnt from this course.

Amanda Isom                                                                                                                        Technical Information Officer, Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association


I really enjoyed the course and thought the breadth and depth of material covered was excellent. I found this to be a thoroughly useful course. 

Matt Stone
Global QA Manager, Claire's Accessories

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I am the Product Development Director for a private label manufacturer in the United States, and found the Cosmetic Chemistry course to be both challenging and extremely beneficial for my career. I now have a deeper understanding of the science behind cosmetic product development.

CheriaOrozco                                                                                                                                                 Co Valence, Arizona


I have found the course very useful, there is a lot of studying involved and it can be quite heavy going at times, however I feel that I have learned a lot. The course has been useful for my role as Development Chemist giving me a broad understanding of Cosmetic science and also knowledge about the different areas that I am not directly involved in day to day.
Nicola Heald                                                                                                                                     Development Chemist, Robert McBride

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I found the Cosmetic Course both attractive and difficult as there is plenty of material to study and references to have a look. The exams were very tight about time. Sometimes, I found myself running of time and breaking my hand trying to be quick while I wrote!


The reason I studied the course is because I worked as a Lab Technician in a cosmetic company in England, and when I came back to Spain to live here (I´m Spanish), I decided to create my own cosmetic company and produce my own cosmetic brand. I am a Chemist, but I did not have any studies related to cosmetics. As I wanted to create my own company, I needed precise and specialised studies about cosmetics. I put my name down in the course and I studied hard, very hard and now, I can say that I have the coveted SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Formulation apart from being a Chemist!

I am really thrilled that I passed the whole course the first time I presented myself especially as the whole course is in English. As I already said, I am Spanish! My own cosmetic company... my dream... my future better life is getting closer. Thanks Belinda to support me and the whole staff who prepared the course. I hope this course gives me the enough background to begin this lovely project.
Oscar Gil, from Spain


I am working at DuPont in the polymer fiber business, as application development leader. As a scientist as well as a consumer, I always had a passion for cosmetics and want ed to acquire better knowledge in this field.

I have enrolled to the Diploma in Cosmetic Science in September 2008 and I have just recently graduated.

I found the course extremely complete, spacing from raw materials to biology, from emulsion theory to manufacturing, from marketing to various testing subjects or formulations. Most of the units are extremely well done and provide a solid knowledge of the matter treated.

Being a distance learning course, a lot of discipline is required in allocating enough time to study and to complete the written work (essays and projects) and still have a professional as well as personal life!! It is not impossible, it just requires lot of good will! 

 I am extremely satisfied with all I have learned and I will strongly recommend this course to whomever would like to have a good understanding of the many different aspects of cosmetics.

Federica Stoppa                                                                                                                                       Dupont, Geneva, Switzerland


I am a cosmetic formulator working on the E45 and Lutsine moisturiser brands and Clearasil anti-acne brand. I enrolled on the SCS Diploma in cosmetic science in September 2008 taking my exams in September 2009.

I found the course really useful and relevant to my role as a formulator and I think it helped me to develop my technical understanding for my role.

I found the course challenging as there is a lot of information to take in and doing the work in my spare time was difficult to manage, but I am really pleased I did it and having the qualification is already helping with my career progression. It is a good addition to my CV.
Nicholas Chambers                                                                                                                                   
Reckitt Benckiser (UK)


The SCS course provided an all-round knowledge of the Cosmetic Business which has helped me immensely in my work as Technical Support for South Africa and UK customers. This involves a lot of travelling to the customers, supporting them on NPD or formulation work.

The course itself is well written and easy to follow. I found it easier and quicker to buy any suggested books as the library was a little complicated to access from abroad but the suggestions on further readings helped to deepen knowledge on any chosen subjects.

The summer school is a "must do" as the classes and meeting the other students is invaluable." Of course we cannot forget Belinda who organises and coordinates everything perfectly with humour and lots of patience.
Ann Steinmann                                                                                                                                       Personal Care, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry


 

I found the course both challenging and enjoyable. Studying the course whilst starting work within the industry helped to expand and cement the knowledge gained from in both areas. It also gave insight and knowledge in areas of cosmetic science that otherwise I would not have encountered.
Fraser Fergie                                                                                                                                                   Senior Development Chemist, Broad Oak Toiletries


 I have been working in a Professional Cosmetics Company for nine years as a Research & Development Project Manager, however I am always looking forward to learning new things, so I found in the web that I could do this distance learning Diploma and I could certainly improve my knowledge in this way. Now, I am glad to have done it!

Maria D Pla-Miralles                                                                                                                                         R&D Project Manager, Germaine de Capuccini, Spain


This course was very testing! Hugely enjoyable! Practical fun! All in equal measures. Although the volume of notes at first seems daunting, the sheer thoroughness of them makes them an invaluable resource to anyone working within the cosmetic industry.

The Summer School was superb, especially the Lab Day, and it was a great opportunity to meet fellow distance learning students who had jetted in from around the globe. What else? Well the tutors are very f riendly and are always there to help or advise in any circumstance.

A big thanks to Belinda Stone, the course manager, who does an excellent job of gelling everything together and is only ever an e-mail away. My best advice would be not to hang around answering the questions in the exams as the time goes by very very quickly and the last thing you need is to start panicking. Good luck!!

Robert Sherry                                                                                                                                           Product Application Chemist, Fragrance Oils (International) Ltd

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I am working in a cosmetic manufacturing company in China as the International Trade Service Manager. This course helps me a lot in various scopes, including manufacturing, formulation and marketing. It, as well as the working environment, also allow me to compare the differences between lab scale and manufacturing one. In addition, it has provided me with various resources regarding to every aspect of cosmetic science. To conclude, this course is beneficial to my personal development, as well as the company improvement.

Fung Ka Fai,                                                                                                                                         International Trade Service Manager (Cosmetics), Jiangsu Longliqi Bioscience Co. Ltd, China

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When I started the course, I had just graduated from university and not yet working in the cosmetics industry, but I felt that this course would give me better insight into the Industry.  This course was amazing beyond expectation.  Not only did it fuel my passion to work in the industry, but I learnt so much, met some very inspiring people, and was able to have a wonderful and very supportive course manager who helped me through the journey.

Kaosochi Ezigboh                                                                                                        Microbiologist, Procter and Gamble

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