Beauty industry reunites at NYSCC Suppliers’ Day

On 10 and 11 November, the international beauty and personal care product development community came together at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, USA for the NYSCC Suppliers’ Day. 

Organised by the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC), the suppliers’ day was attended by 6 800 registered delegates, who explored 7 000m2 of exhibition space to meet with over 380 exhibitors. This engagement will continue over the coming month with the Suppliers’ Day Virtual Month of Beauty, which is still capturing new registrants since its kick-off on 12 November.

“Exhibitors and attendees alike were energised by the look, feel and size of the show; the number of people who attended; and the high quality of attendees,” said Susanna Fernandes, chair, NYSCC. “Every inch of the show reverberated our theme of ‘Embracing Beauty and Celebrating What We Create’!”

With the easing of travel restrictions commencing in November, international participants from Australia, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and several countries in Africa, Asia and South America we able to attend.

“NYSCC Suppliers’ Day delivered on its promise of producing a high-quality face-to-face event for the industry despite the many obstacles still in place due to COVID-19. Our engagement with attendees and leads from the event exceeded our expectations. The event and awards ceremony provided a safe environment for us to get back to business and network,” said Marie Thadal, Coptis business development executive for the Americas.

A photograph of the busy NYSCC Suppliers’ Day exhibition venue
The return of NYSCC Suppliers’ Day has highlighted the importance of face-to-face events for discovering new innovations and business-building

Fresh and returning show programmes

The debut of the INDIE360 Program provided up and coming indie brands with an immersive educational and sourcing experience. The Presentation Theater sessions focused on green beauty, sustainability and certification, and the global beauty marketplace. And dozens of students from various North American colleges were hosted for the Future Chemists Workshop.

The Digital Age of Beauty returned with presentations on trends, predictive analytics, modelling and a look at the “digital” buying process. Fragrance also made a comeback as The Invisible Art with all the essential players involved in the development of this category. 

“As president of SCC it was a thrill to witness and be a part of a live suppliers’ day. The energy and buzz in the exhibition hall were exhilarating, which underscores the importance of face-to-face events for discovering new innovations and business-building,” said Liz Streland, 2021 national president, Society of Cosmetic Chemists and senior account manager, Nagase Specialty Materials.

Honouring award winners

The NYSCC Education & Awards Night took place on 10 November, showcasing the CEW Beauty Creator’s Award for Ingredients and Formulation finalists, as well as the judges who represented iconic brands such as Chanel, Estee Lauder, Glossier, H2O and BeautyStat. The winner was Granpowder BBP-700 from Grant Industries, which was honoured again during the full CEW Beauty Creator Awards Virtual Programme on 1 December.  

NYSCC also presented a People’s Choice Award allowing attendees to cast their votes for the most innovative brand of the INDIE360 Pavilion in terms of ingredients, delivery, branding and packaging. Chemist Confessions, Dr. J’s Naturals, Hear Me Raw, Immunocologie, Masami, Opulus Beauty Labs, Organic Apoteke, Skin Moderne and Urban Hydration participated in this category. Bossing Up, an association that spotlights black-owned beauty business from NYC neighbourhoods and communities, also participated with Bree & Milly, Exuding Wellness, Just Because Hair NYC, Lovely Leo Skincare and MaDawes hair products.

The inaugural People’s Choice Award winner was Skin Moderne, a brand that has been relentless in the pursuit of clean, effective skin care and technology.    

Moving forward with 2022 planning

Plans are already underway for the 2022 NYSCC Suppliers’ Day with more than 70% exhibitors confirming their participation. The show will return to the Javits Center and its traditional timeframe of 3 and 4 May. 

“NYSCC will continue to strengthen its industry and media partnerships while working closely with its members and the SCC to create the best global ingredients event – for the industry, by the industry,” said Giorgio Dell’Acqua, chair-elect, NYSCC. “Next year, the latest in cosmetic science and sustainability will be key focal points of the chapter.”

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