Coschem hosts inspiring sessions with industry experts

By Abby Vorster

“My journey into the personal care industry” is a series of inspiring presentations brought to you by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. The sessions feature four South African cosmetic chemists, who share their adventures in the diverse personal care industry.  

The personal care industry encompasses a variety of products, including skin carefragrances, oral care, colour cosmetics, hair caresunscreens and body care. The industry overlaps with others like the pharmaceutical industry and the home care, chemical and petroleum markets.  

Founder and CEO of Nativechild, Sonto Pooe
Founder and CEO of Nativechild, Sonto Pooe

Leading brand born from a passion for hair

The first talk in this series took place on 5 May. The session was presented by Sonto Pooe of Native Child, who outlined how her passion for hair had led her to create her own unique brand. 

Founder and CEO of Nativechild, Sonto is an engineering graduate turned hair care industry disruptor. She has been a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of South Africa for over 12 years. She served as a Coschem council member in 2007 and 2008 and from 2007 to 2011, Sonto served on Coschem’s education committee. Sonto is also a mom and wife and enjoys exploring her creativity.

The focus of future presentations is to share the inspiring journeys of women in the personal care and cosmetic industry – where they began, their current positions today, challenges they’ve overcome and their passions in the industry. The talks are aimed at inspiring university students as they choose their final field of study and to encourage up and coming entrepreneurs within the industry.

The talks will also give listeners an idea of the vast opportunities in the cosmetics industry and will be followed by a Q&A session, opening the floor for listeners to find out more based on their specific queries or needs.

If you’re interested in attending an upcoming session, diarise these dates:

8 [email protected] 09h00 – Charmaine du Preez, Amka Products (research & development, technical sales, raw material supplier, manufacturing, finished products)

3 August @ 09h00 – Kim MacCallum, Vantage (technical sales, raw material supplier, marketing)

12 October @ 09:30 – Chantal O’ Brien De Villers, Materia Medica (technical sales, consultant, raw material supplier, finished products)

To attend, please email [email protected] for booking information.

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