The beauty and personal care product development community came together for the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) Suppliers’ Day on November 10-11, according to a press release, bringing in 6,800 registrants and over 380 exhibitors over 75,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The in-person conference kicked off the “Virtual Month of Beauty,” which has continued to capture new registrants since its kick-off on November 12.

“Exhibitors and attendees alike were energized by the look, feel and size of the show as well as the number of people who attended—and most importantly with the high quality of attendees who were present,” said Susanna Fernandes, Chair, NYSCC. “Every inch of the show reverberated our theme of Embracing Beauty and Celebrating What We Create!”

WholeFoodsVP Media/Publisher Heather Wainer was in attendance. Her take: “It was nice to be back. I saw a lot of familiar faces, and got a first look at what innovation is coming up on the Cosmetics and Nutri-Beauty side of the industry. It was also an excellent opportunity to follow up with some of the people and companies that I missed at SupplySide West.”

A highlight of the conference: The debut of the INDIE360 Program, an immersive educational and sourcing experience providing up-and-coming indie brands with insight, information, and resources needed to succeed. The conference also featured presentations on sustainability and green beauty, a Future Chemists Workshop that hosted college students from nearby colleges who competed for the best formulation, and a look at the ‘digital’ buying process.

The Inaugural People’s Choice Award allowed attendees to vote for the most innovative brand in the INDIE360 pavilion, as well. The winner there: Skin Moderne. "Skin Moderne is dedicated to fostering a culture of innovation for skin wellness. We continuously probe, search, experiment, and craft new ways to improve our ingredients, technologies, and skincare products,” said Richard Purvis, CEO of Skin Moderne, who was present at the champagne reception to accept the NYSCC Suppliers’ Day People’s Choice Award.

Plus, November 10 saw the NYSCC Education and Awards Night, which showcased the CEW Beauty Creator’s Award: Ingredients and Formulation finalists and judges. The winner: Granpowder BBP-700 from Grant Industries.

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"As President of SCC it was a thrill for me to witness and be a part of Suppliers’ Day taking place live at the Javits Center. The energy and buzz in the exhibit hall was exhilarating and underscores how important in-person events are for discovering new innovations and business-building,” said Liz Streland, 2021 National President, Society of Cosmetic Chemists and Senior Account Manager, Nagase Specialty Materials. “As an exhibitor, we were very pleased with the depth of conversations that we had with attendees and the leads generated from the event.”

Plans are already underway for the 2022 NYSCC Suppliers’ Day returning to its traditional timeframe of May 3-4, again at the Javits Center, with more than 70% exhibitors already re-signed. “The show floor for Suppliers’ Day 2022 will be as large as our expanded area in 2019. NYSCC will also strengthen its industry and media partnerships and continue to work 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 core focuses of the Chapter.”