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Laura Marshall Award for Innovation

Unfortunately there will be no Laura Marshall Award for Innovation this year as so few people have been able to spend time in the lab. We look forward to running it again in 2022.


picture of 2019 Laura Marshall Award winners Safic AlcanCongratulations to Safic Alcan on winning the Laura Marshall Award for innovation for the second year running. The company’s Let’s Face It exfoliating and cleansing pad is reusable, plastic-free, long-lasting and sulphate-free and was exactly the kind of concept that resonated with award voters (SCS Formulate visitors). President Mary Lord presented the award during the SCS Annual Dinner on 12 November, the first evening of SCS Formulate.

The product, which is based on potato starch and seaweed technology, was the brainchild of Safic Alcan’s Julienne Lim (Marketing Manager), Amy Walsh (R&D Manager) and Manny Tailor (R&D Chemist) who took the concept of sustainability, naturality and biodegradability along with the challenge of solids. “We were quite surprised to win as we felt there were some other great entries this year,” said the winning team, who fought off stiff competition from Ashland, Aston, Chemlink, Lehvoss and Surfachem. 

picture of 2019 Laura Marshall Award winning productStructure Solanace (modified potato starch from Nouryon) and Safic Care TCK 2 (Chrondus crispus rheology modifier from Safic Alcan) were the key ingredients, with coconut and rice scrubs (from Greenphyt). A body pad was originally considered and the concept could certainly be applied to this with different sized exfoliants. 

"The product created a lot of attention and buzz, which is great as we really wanted to focus on sustainability; it's a main driver for our company as a whole," said Lim. "We ran out of 250 samples by 1pm on the first day of Formulate," added Tailor. "If we'd had 1000 samples we could have run out. We have a lot to send out! One company wants to sell the product as a base while others are also wanting to use it."

Safic Alcan is delighted to be the first company to win the award two years running. “It validates all the hard work we've put in and also says a lot about the company, showing that we want to be a big player in the UK,” said the team, which promises it will be going for a Laura Marshall Award hat-trick next year!

This was the SCS Laura Marshall Memorial Award's fifth. We are delighted that it consistently produces outstanding creations from our Formulate exhibitors. Congratulations to our other 2019 finalists, thank you to everyone who entered and thank you to everyone who voted.



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