Young Black Chemists in the Beauty Industry

Friday, April 25, 2014

AfroDeity and Cosmetic Chemistry
Photos by Patent Purple Life (can you spot me)

Last year I had the privilege of taking part in the Cosmetic Chemistry Connections campaign to try and get more young black women studying chemistry at university. Cosmetic Chemistry Connections is an initiative created by Madeka Panchoo, Managing Director of 33 Boroughs Consultancy Ltd, and with the help of Generating Genius. The programme hopes to encourage girls aged 16+ from black and ethnic minorities to pursue a career in chemistry. Supported by L’Oreal, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Yves Rocher, these girls will be taking a step in the right direction making their mark within the beauty industry.
AfroDeity and Cosmetic Chemistry

So many amazing people were involved: Natalie Clue of Beauty Pulse London and Misha Terret a Cosmetic Chemist who both did great talks through the day, Guest judges Antonia Burrell, Connie Jackson and Foluke Akinlose and my fellow volunteers Segun from Lotions Potions & Me and Jo from Patent Purple Life who was the photographer of the day!

The girls got a lot from this and this was an amazing day for me as well. I spent my whole life studying chemistry culminating in 8 years as a Drug Surveillance scientist. Women in science is something I feel very strongly about and getting young black women interested in chemistry is something I can definitely get behind.

So on Wednesday I was super excited to meet Yolanda, author of Pink and Leopard Prints at the Curly Hair Magazine Photoshoot (blog post soon). This beautiful natural hair blogger is also studying for her MSc in Cosmetic Chemistry.
It is always lovely to meet ambitious young people like Yolanda who studying chemistry or mathematics, subjects I feel so passionate about.

AfroDeity with Pink and Leopard Print at Curl Hair Mag Photoshoot
Left: Leilu - AfroDeity and Right Yolanda - Pink and Leopard Prints

Yolanda's blog is a mixture of her natural hair journey, beautiful shots of her outfits as well as a peek into the world of a cosmetic chemistry student 

You can find her blog Pink and Leopard Prints here

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity 
Leilu



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