Mix creativity and scientific skills with the SCS’ Scrub up on Science competition

Have your students ever considered the science that gives a bath bomb its fizz, or makes the thick lather in their bubble bath?

The Society of Cosmetic Scientists has launched the Scrub up on Science 2018/19 Competition to  challenge students aged 11-16 to create their own bath bomb or bubble bath product. They’ll need to use curriculum-linked Chemistry knowledge to come up with and test hypotheses and develop their product. Your school can also apply for free surfactant to help your students create their bath bomb or bubble bath.

The finalists will be invited to recreate their product for our judges at London Zoo and the winning team will be crowned Young Cosmetic Scientists of the Year.

Who can enter the competition?

This year the Scrub up on Science competition is open to everyone between the ages of 11 – 18 years old.

So will your children be interested? Or do you have a niece/ nephew, or a grandchild that you think will be interested? Let them know.

Deadline for entries is 18 April 2021.

The Scrub up on Science Tutorial videos

Take a look at the exciting new tutorial videos which show you how to create your own bath bomb, lip balm and body scrub.

Creating a bath bomb

Creating a Body Scrub

Creating a Lip Balm

Want to support the competition?

Want to support the Scrub up on Science competition and nurture future talent entering our industry? There are opportunities for companies to support this great initiative and bring cosmetic science to the forefront of secondary school education.

The Society of Cosmetic Scientists is actively seeking sponsorship partners from academia, contract manufacturers, cosmetic brands and manufacturers, retailers, ingredient suppliers, retailers and associations, to contribute to the continuing success of the Scrub Up On Science (SUOS) project, which it has created in collaboration with leading scientists and secondary school teachers.
SUOS is a free curriculum-linked secondary school resource and annual competition for ages 11-16, which helps teachers show how cosmetic science brings chemistry, biology and physics to life and inspires young students to enjoy and pursue science. SUOS Finals Day was launched in 2015 at the Science Museum and has successfully grown since then taking place in Birmingham in 2016, Leicester in 2017, Manchester in 2018 and London in 2019.
Your sponsorship will provide a positive exposure to students and will help the Society in its main aim, which is to promote education, research and collaboration to advance the science of cosmetics. Sponsorship will help pupils recognise the support which the sponsor company/institution is providing.

Information on the sponsorship opportunities can be found here.