Gel Network Fundamentals at C&T Summit

Gel networks are at the base of many modern skin care products and hair conditioners. Typical ingredients used include water, sodium lauryl sulfate, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol and/or cetyl/stearyl alcohol; although raw material suppliers have simplified this list further with multifunctional nonionic, mild surfactants along with a fatty alcohol; or even self-emulsifying gel network bases.

During the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit, to be held June 26 and 27, 2014, George Deckner and Anthony J. O'Lenick, Jr., will present, in hands-on formulation workshops, the practical aspects of gel network-based o/w emulsions for skin and hair, followed by the theory and measurement techniques. This is but one of four workshops through which attendees will rotate, to learn formulating techniques. Other classes include optimizing formula efficacy, engineering sensory and communicating with Marketing. The presentation of the workshops and conference program are made possible, in part, through the support of sponsors.

About Deckner

Before retiring from Procter & Gamble, Deckner was responsible for the company's global oral care upstream formulation and new material development. He also worked in P&G's beauty care division and focused on new skin care formulation and delivery technologies.

About O'Lenick

Anthony J. O'Lenick, Jr., has more than 30 years of experience in innovative personal care ingredients. He is president of Siltech LLC, a company he founded in 1989, which specializes in functional silicones and specialty surfactants. O'Lenick has five published books, more than 40 technical articles and is the inventor of more than 260 patents.


About Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit

The Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit features academic level, award-winning speakers who were chosen to present forward-thinking science and theory applicable to cosmetics R&D. The sessions will range from insights encompassing all product categories, to specific sun/skin and hair related tracks, to ensure the content is relevant and applicable. (Read more about this all-star cast of speakers.) For more information and to register, visit

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