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Scrub Up on Science - Key Stage 3 and 4 Pupils

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Scrub Up On Science is a website primarily created for KS3 and KS4 pupils. It is exciting, practical chemistry for secondary students which links the UK curricula to the techniques and processes of the cosmetics industry. An annual competition complements the resource. 

Chemistry Resources for 11-14 year olds

Chemistry Resources for 14-16 year olds

Schools competition and lesson plans


The 2019 SUOS competition Finals Day will be held on Tuesday 18 June 2019 at London zoo


The 2018 Finals Day was held on Wednesday 20 June at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.

There are lots of ways the cosmetics industry can get involved with supporting SUOS and Finals Day.
Find out more HERE


2018 COMPETITION FINALS DAY AT Manchester's museum of science & industry 

picture of SUOS 2018 winnersThe SCS Scrub Up On Science (SUOS) competition is in its fourth year and the standards of creativity and knowledge at this year’s final at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry on 20 June 2018 reassured us that we can indeed feel confident for the future. All six finalist teams produced outstanding bath bombs or bubble baths (or in one case both!) and really made it tough to pick a winner. 

Of course there has to be a winner and it was huge congratulations to Glasgow’s Trinity High School (pictured left with SCS President Grace Abamba) who won with their fabulous Cauldron Bubble Trouble Bath bomb, packed with surprises including green soap and eye balls. The formulating team of three girls – Erin, Nikita and Magda – styled themselves as ‘The Weirdos’ and wore witches hats to work their gender neutral bath bomb magic, enchanting the SCS judges right down to the tea aged worksheets.

Trinity has been an SUOS finalist every year and this is the second time they’ve won the competition. SUOS really has captured the school’s imagination. Originally SUOS resources and the competition were used as part of a science club but now the school has a spin off dedicated cosmetic science club. One teacher at the school makes and sells lipbalm so she’s also been involved. Now, thanks to a bit of funding, enterprising science teacher Lauren Zeb has ordered a soap kit and will be applying for a license so the school can sell soaps. Trinity also keeps bees and Lauren has a honeycomb mould ready to tie the two together!

So what does the winning team think of SUOS? “I think it makes you learn more and actually understand it. You can be creative… it’s not just learning facts.” And where do they see their futures. Erin is adamant she really wants to do something in science, while Nikita is thinking maybe psychology and Magda would like to be a vet.

Our finalists from Hexham Middle School, Plashet School, Portsmouth High School, Sir Jonathan North Community College and Streatham & Clapham High School were all incredibly worthy runners up.

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Toiletries manufacturer DDD/Fleet Laboratories hosted an amazing day in their cosmetic labs for our 2017 Scrub Up On Science Competition winners from Plashet School. A fantastic, inspirational day was had by all! Thank you DDD.




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