All eyes on beauty

Dr. Holger Seidel, Personal Care DACH
Dr. Holger Seidel
Senior Technical Development Manager, Personal Care Germany

Holger holds a diploma and doctorate in Applied Chemistry and has 24 years’ experience in the industry, including 6 years as an R&D consultant. Holger continues to share his vast experience as a Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. In addition, Holger has participated in 14 publications and 8 patents.

Holger is continually involved in customer solutions and formulation support, including reformulation of an anti-aging line and aiding with an instability issue on a market-leading product formulation. In addition one of Holger’s formulations won first place at the Beiersdorf award at the innovation pitch during the in-cosmetics exhibition.

I enjoy the variety of my work: supporting customers and principals with scientific and innovative challenges; creating cosmetics on demand or proactively answering to market trends; and finding strategies to overcome product instabilities.
Dr. Holger Seidel
Claire Summers, Personal Care UK
Claire Summers
Technical Development Manager, Personal Care UK

Claire has over 25 years' experience of formulating within the Personal Care industry. In addition to a HND in Chemistry and Cosmetic Science, Claire has continued in the education industry and is a lecturer in cosmetic formulation at the University of the Arts in London. Active within the industry, Claire is also a member of the education committee of the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

Claire developed a new customisable, biodegrable face mask made from sustainable cold process pectin that was claims tested and shown to increase skin hydration by 58% after 10 minutes. In combination with a range of actives, the mask can target a wide range of skin imperfections, including anti-ageing, purifying and calming to reduce redness of the skin.

Everyday is different and has exciting challenges. I love creating formulations from new and existing raw materials, revealing their potential for market needs today and the future.
Claire Summers
Michela Finardi, Personal Care Italy
Michela Finardy
Laboratory Manager, Personal Care Italy

Michela has over 15 years’ experience in the Personal Care industry and holds a degree in chemistry, as well as being a member of SICC. Michela has a great deal of experience having previously formulated cosmetics at a contract manufacturers.

Michela was involved in developing ‘sorbet cream’ an innovative sorbet-like cream that leaves your skin feeling velvety, obtained through cold process. This cream was showcased at Making Cosmetics exhibition and won best innovation cream of 2016 Cosmoprof edition. This formulation later was presented to a large local brand in Italy who put the cream into manufacture and can now be purchased in shops around Italy.

I love developing new formulations and investigating new textures. By understanding the needs of the customer I can be proud to be a reliable technician for them.
Michela Finardi
Sushant Suresh Masurkar, Personal Care India
Sushant Suresh Masurkar, Personal Care India
Technical Manager, Personal Care India

Sushant Suresh Masurkar is the Technical Manager for Personal Care in India. Sushant holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research & Patents. With over 13 years’ experience in the industry, his area of expertise is formulation development, in particular sunscreen products and soaps. In addition, Sushant is a member of Indian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ISCC).

Sushant has been involved in a number of projects including silicone free sunscreen spray, a face wash that takes a jelly form and a new formulation that included an ingredient that had not previously been used in a bar of soap. Sushant uses his wealth of experience to innovate new formulations with amazing end results.

“I enjoy every moment of working in the lab. While working, the atmosphere gives me immense pleasure, allowing me to think outside of the box. The entire process of product development is amazing… It feels great to see the final product I have developed.
Sushant Suresh Masurkar
Tracy Wei, Personal Care China
Tracy Wei, Personal Care China
Laboratory Manager, Personal Care China

Tracy Wei is the Laboratory Manager for Personal Care in China. Tracy has over 13 years’ experience within the industry. Tracy holds a BSc in Pharmacy and has over 8 years’ experience as an R&D engineer in an end-product company.  In addition, Tracy is a regular presenter at technical seminars and supports laboratory development work in the Asia Pacific region.

Tracy was involved with developing the three award winning formulations that won the Personal Care Cosmetics Fountain Innovation Award at PCHi exhibition in Guangzhou, three years in a row.

Attitude decides everything, details determine success or failure. This is a beautiful career and I love this industry as we put the customer's needs first. We capture their imagination and ideas and help develop the perfect formulation.
Tracy Wei
Łukasz Szcześniak, Personal Care Poland
Łukasz Szcześniak, Personal Care Poland
Junior Fragrance Evaluation Manager, Personal Care Poland

Łukasz holds an MSc in Cosmetic Chemistry and has over 9 years’ experience within the industry. Łukasz is regularly involved in local events held by the Azelis Poland team, often giving presentations at these seminars. Łukasz’s area of expertise is in the evaluation of fragrances.

Łukasz has close cooperation with the other Personal Care and Homecare & Industrial Cleaning laboratories, offering fragrance evaluation support globally across the Azelis Group. Working on customer projects, as well as laboratory workshops for customers and internal training.

I really enjoy what I do and am passionate about fragrances. Each day is very different to the next and love the challenge of finding the perfect fragrance for a new product.
Łukasz Szcześniak
Janice Landers, Personal Care UK
Janice Landers, Personal Care UK
Laboratory Technician, Personal Care UK

Janice Landers is the Laboratory Technician for Personal Care and Homecare & Industrial Cleaning, in the UK. Janice holds SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science and has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Janice has worked at Azelis for 17 years and has a diverse range of experience in all areas of formulating.

Janice was recently involved with a customer decorative formulation project recently. Having to test various different technologies of film formers in order to help the customer to determine the best way to improve their current formulation in regards to wear and longevity.

I enjoy working on the bench, making new and existing formulations to show customers and colleagues. Each raw material is unique and finding the best ways of using each is something I like to discover.
Janice Landers
Adriana Tarczyńska, Personal Care Poland
Adriana Tarczyńska, Personal Care Poland
Fragrance Evaluation Manager, Personal Care Poland

Adriana Tarczyńska is the Fragrance Evaluation Manager for Personal Care and Homecare & Industrial Cleaning in Poland. Adriana has over 12 years’ experience within the industry and holds a MSc of Cosmetology, Faculty of Pharmacy and PhD Production & Assessment of Quality of Cosmetic Products. Adriana’s area of expertise includes cosmetic production, R&D, beauty & spa and fragrance evaluation. In addition, Adriana regularly lectures at seminars organised by the Azelis Poland team.

Adriana was recently involved with prototype formulations and sample preparations for a couple of local events, as well as a large group exhibition attended by Azelis representatives globally.

I love to use my nose! I really enjoy choosing the right fragrance that is perfect for the products I am working on. I enjoy testing new compositions in different bases and finding the best applications for them.
Adriana Tarczyńska
Balagopalan Malayattil
Laboratory Supervisor, Personal Care New Zealand

Bala Malayattil is Laboratory Supervisor for the Homecare & IC lab in New Zealand. He holds a BSC (Hons) DipBusMgt and has over 33 years’ experience in the industry.

Bala’s area of expertise is formulation in the Homecare & Industrial Industries.

Bala has recently spent time onsite at a key Homecare customer for Azelis New Zealand to refine their manufacturing processes. In-lab formulation modifications resulted in optimisedprocesses for the customer.

I gain great personal satisfaction from providing in-lab assistance to clients, enabling them to achieve the required outcome for new product development.
Balagopalan Malayattil
Hieu Nguyen Thi Hong
Technical Sales Executive and Lab Technician, Personal Care, Vietnam

Hieu Nguyen Thi Hong is Technical Sales Executive and Lab Technician for Personal Care and Homecare & Industrial Chemicals in Vietnam. Hieu has 5 years’ experience in the industry. Her area of expertise is fragrances, surfactants, conditioners and active ingredients. Hieu regularly participates in training courses from fragrance companies such as Luzi, FPI, Scent & Plent.

By researching market products and raw materials, Hieu develops many formulations in the Azelis lab to assist customers. One of the recent applications appreciated by customers is agentle, shower gel for children free of SLS/SLES (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate).  

When we do what we are meant to do - and really want to do - we feel useful and the work we do, feels like play to us.
Hieu Nguyen Thi Hong
Annie Diep Ngo
Senior R&D Chemist, Personal Care US

Annie Diep Ngo is a Senior R&D Chemist in our Personal Care Application Lab in Sante Fe Springs, California. Annie graduated with a B.S degree, has over 4.5 years of experience behind a cosmetic formulation bench and is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Annie is an expert in the formulation of prototypes that are used in the hair, skin or sun products.

Annie helped develop the most effective, 100% natural, non-GMO, sulfate-free formulation while being the highest quality prototype for the skin market.

Cosmetic Chemistry is like another word for Love to me. It gives me such great joy to work and help our customers succeed because I know that will ultimately benefit the consumers. That make me happy.
Annie Diep Ngo
Ali Witwit, Personal Care US
Ali Witwit
VP of Technology and Innovation, Personal Care US

Ali Witwit is the VP of Technology and Innovation for the Personal Care application lab in Sante Fe Springs, California. Ali has over 17 years of experience of formulating within the Personal Care industry. He leads the technical sales team at Sante Fe Springs and is responsible for their education and knowledge of the suppliers’ product lines. Ali also challenges the boundaries of innovation with his novel ideas and formulating skills.

Ali has an educational channel on YouTube with numerous whiteboard “Intelligent Ingredients®” videos demonstrating the latest launches of suppliers ingredients.

Your cosmetic network…is your net worth
Ali Witwit
Gina Cosby, Personal Care US
Gina Cosby
Laboratory and Technical Project Manager, Personal Care US

Gina Cosby is the Laboratory and Technical Project Manager in the Azelis Midwest Care Lab in the US. Gina received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Purdue University and has over 14 years’ experience in the Personal Care and Home Care industries. As an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), Gina has served as Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary and Outreach Chair.


I love creating formulations and solving formulation challenges using our ingredients and technologies. It’s exciting to work in our new lab and be a part of new formulation development.
Gina Cosby
Iana Do-Yeon Kim
Laboratory Manager, Personal Care South Korea

Iana Do-Yeon Kim is the Laboratory Manager for Personal Care in South Korea. Iana holds a degree in Nano Advanced Materials (Chemicals) from the University of Konyang and has worked in the industry for 11 years. Her area of expertise lies in silicone formulation of skin care, make-up and hair care products.
Iana regularly holds technical customer seminars focusing on silicones and provides training for Azelis employees.

Iana has developed many formulations using silicone and natural wax, including customers’ finished products. A recent project involved customisation of a silicone resin. She developed the optimised ratio of each ingredient to meet the customer’s need on volatility and sensory. The product is now in pilot test phase, awaiting customer audit.

I like to experiment with finding cosmetic formulations that can maximise the characteristics of raw materials. I feel rewarded when my experimental data helps customers develop new products.
Iana Do-Yeon Kim
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Jenny Bacani
Formulation Chemist, Personal Care US

Jenny Bacani is Formulation Chemist in the Azelis Personal Care Lab in California, US. Jenny received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines and has over 3 years’ experience in the Personal Care industry. Jenny is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), California Chapter.

Jenny's expertise lies in skin care, hair care, and sun care. She recently developed a versatile, natural and sulfate-free cleanser formula that utilizes less than 10 ingredients and is based on clean beauty concept.

I believe that having passion for your consumers is really important. Learning your ingredients and at the same time understanding which ones work for them is the key.
Jenny Bacani
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Sophie Thirion
Laboratory and Technical Account Manager, Personal Care France

Sophie Thirion is Laboratory and Technical Account Manager for Personal Care in France.​

Sophie has more than six years' experience in Personal Care and holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry and Cosmetic Science. She is a member of the  Société Française de Cosmétologie (SFC) and she worked for three years as a member of Technical Commission in Cosmébio (French association for Organic certified cosmetics).​

As a Technical Manager,  she is involved in solving issues customers are experiencing. She also loves to come up with “collections” every year to show our innovation though formulation such as a solid, concentrated shower gel which contains less than 10% water, making it more economical and ecological than a bar of soap.​

Her expertise lies in formulating for hair care, skin care, sun care, toiletries and fragrances. She has also gained experience in the development of natural and organic-certified cosmetic products. Sophie is very proud that she has already been awarded by different magazines and consumer associations for several products she developed.

My perfect challenge is to combine innovation, market and customer needs, and sustainable development.
Sophie Thirion
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Yasa Engin
 Application and Training Center Manager, Personal Care Turkey

Yasa Engin is Application and Training Center Manager for Personal Care in Turkey. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and has more than 13 years' experience in the industry. ​

Her expertise lies in color cosmetics and she has recently been working on multifunctional color cosmetic products. Another recent development is a hand cream with an adapted biocidal product for care and protection. 

It’s very exciting to create many different concept cosmetics formulations with new or existing raw materials. I enjoy developing new formulations and textures by taking into account the customer and market needs.
Yasa Engin