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Debra A.

Travis
Lake Peekskill, New York 10537
H914.488.5862 C914.703.2676 www.linkedin.com/in/debratravis debra24travis24@gmail.com
Expert in cosmetic and home care applications: formulation and validation techniques for color/personal care
cosmetic products including skin/body, hair, lip and eye products. Stability testing, new product development
and marketing, incorporation of newly forecasted color trends into cosmetics formulations for marketing and
sales presentations to current and potential clients. Experienced in generating brochures and technical data
sheets for use at trade shows and distributor training.
Cosmetic/Home Care Formulations
Technical Support
Marketing Support/Technical Data Sheets/Brochure Development
Sales/Marketing Personnel Training
Validation Techniques Development
Trade Show Participation

Sales Kit Design


Color Cosmetics Trend Forecasting
Scale-up Support/Stability Testing
Marketing Research
Competitor Product Evaluations
Global Regulatory Compliance

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

R&D Chemist (Consultant) - Home and Personal Care


USNONWOVENS CORP

July 2014-Sept 2014


Brentwood, NY

Formulating Personal and Home Care applications for wipes addressing marketing/sales and
new product development. Testing personal care applications for skin, baby, adult wipes. Anti- acne/ OTC
applications. Home Care: Testing for wood floor, kitchen surfaces, and dishwashing detergents.
DAT CONSULTING

(Nov 2012-present)

Consulted with various cosmetic/contract manufacturers/suppliers for the following: formulations, trends,
stability, new products, Reach, and new ingredients for all applications in the cosmetic industry.
TECHNOLOGIST Marketing Personal & Home Care
MOMENTIVE PERFORMANCE MATERIALS

(2010 2012)
Tarrytown, NY

Provided support to Sales/Marketing/Distributors for various trade shows and projects through
preparation of prototypes/formulations and various promotional marketing materials.
Attended Packaging Trade Shows: HBA to obtain sample components for testing protocols in new
Applications.
Interacted with vendors to obtain dimensions, pricing, minimum quantities, availability, and ingredient
specifications for all applications in color cosmetics, personal care, and home care.
Provided this information to Sales & Marketing for sales/promotional kits which were provided to
cosmetic customers, distributors, and trade shows.
Followed up with stability testing protocols for all various applications before releasing formulations .
Designed sales kits for new product launches and customer presentations
Developed formulations and preparation procedures including publishing SOPs for the use of
Momentives novel silicone product line into personal care, skin care, hair care, color cosmetics and home
care applications including: w/s emulsions, w/o emulsions, o/w emulsions, pressed powders, anhydrous
stick formulations, hydroalcoholic solutions, aqueous gels, surfactant based gels, sunscreens,
AD/Deodorants, and OTC products.
Studied effects of silicone additives into hair care applications: hair tensile strength, thermal protection,
combing force, hair damage repair, gloss evaluation, and color retention.

Debra Ann Travis


debra24travis24@gmail.com

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Evaluated raw materials and finished formulas using Anton-Paar rheometer, Physica MCR301, Gonio
spectrophotometer, Colorite X-Rite and, Brookfield viscometer.
Created validation protocols and performed validation testing on all in house generated products by
conducting sensory performance panel evaluations.
Provided technical support and claims development assistance for several multi-national
personal/homecare customers through application formulation and finished product testing.
Performed various testing protocols for surfactant classification to meet European criteria by using the
following equipment: Thermoscan Refractive Index, Turbscan, Kruss-Tensiometer, Critcal Micelle
concentration, and Zetasizer (particle size) and, spread test analysis.
Developed and evaluated silicone antifoam emulsions for various home care customers.
Coordinated raw material and final formulation sampling program for key global accounts, trade
shows and distributors.
Developed a technical service database for tracking of marketing support projects/customer sampling.
Submitted various samples for product safety testing including heavy metals, 1,4 dioxane, and e/o analysis

APPLICATION CHEMIST Marketing Home & Personal Care (Decorative)


BASF CORPORATION(CIBA SPECIALTY CHEMICALS)

( 2007- 2009)
Tarrytown, NY

Participated in customer visits and product presentations in support of sales representatives


Interacted with vendors to obtain dimensions, pricing, minimum quantities, availability,
and ingredient specifications for all applications in color cosmetics/personal care, and home care.
Provided this information to Sales & Marketing for sales/promotional kits which were provided to
cosmetic customers, distributors, and trade shows.
Followed up with stability testing protocols for all various applications before releasing
formulations to market.
Designed sales kits for new product launches and customer presentations
Assisted in launching new line of pigment products. Formulated and prepared nail enamels,
foundations, pressed powders, lipsticks, lip gloss, mascaras, liquid eye shadows, and gels.
Evaluated new pigments and polymers by sampling for competitive benchmarking.
Created global prototype applications for color cosmetics, skin care and, hair care.
Supported customer driven projects for various cosmetic companies.
Assisted in scale up of novel formulations.
Trained sales force, regional technical service, distributors and new employees in cosmetic
formulations.
Developed strong partnerships with various raw material suppliers to keep up with latest trends
and cutting edge technology in the personal care market.
Co-managed technical service database for cosmetic applications by providing global support
through sales and marketing.
Performed color matching and drawdowns in order to assist internal and external customers.
Designed sales kits, technical posters, and proposed packaging materials for trend presentations
and trade shows.
Responsible for introduction of novel cosmetic ingredients, equipment and processes into various
applications.
COSMETIC CHEMIST Marketing EFFECT MATERIALS GROUP
BASF CORPORATION (ENGELHARD CORPORATION)

( 1996- 2007)
Ossining, NY

Participated in client presentations of Trend Marketing Forecast for color cosmetics.


Provided this information to Sales & Marketing for sales/promotional kits which were provided to
cosmetic customers, distributors, and trade shows.

Debra Ann Travis


debra24travis24@gmail.com

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Utilized effect materials to enhance the aesthetic appeal and performance of personal care products for the
cosmetic industry
Developed new formulations for personal care/ trend forecasting and participated in customer
presentations.
Fulfilled technical requests for internal/external customer support through color matching.
Contributed to launch of various product lines from the manufacturing plant for the cosmetic
industry resulting in increased market sales of $2MM.
Performed validation and developed stability testing protocols for new and experimental products
(aqueous, anhydrous, solvent and keltrol base systems).
Prepared formulations in-vitro . in-vivo SPF testing and performed validation testing on BASF products.
SENIOR LABORATORY TECNOLOGIST ADDITIVES / POLYMER DIVISIONS
CIBA SPECIALTY CHEMICALS

(1986-1995)
Ardsley,NY

Tested various additives in the plastic industry through application testing: extrusion, blow molding, gloss,
L*a*bValues (delta E), southern and western exposure testing, melt flow, instron- tensile testing for plastic
applications.
Performed many testing protocols: injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, and
Achieved/maintained ISO 9001 Certification for laboratory equipment procedures.
Supplied technical service data for the basic polymers center for customer applications. Assisted in
the quality process documentation and training.
Performed epoxy, resin and polyester synthesis for powder coating industry.
Used various equipment FTIR glass transition, differential scanning colorimetry, Henschel
mixer, dart drop testing.
Supported various trade shows within the powder coating industry.
COMPUTER SKILLS
MS Office ( Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) Microsoft Outlook/SAP -7 Concur MS Project Manager Lotus Notes,
Chem Draw 8.1 MS Access
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SOCIETY OF COSMETIC CHEMISTS
Formulating for the Natural Market Decorative Cosmetics Emulsion Technology Introduction to Cosmetic
Formulations
AFFILIATIONS
SOCIETY OF COSMETIC CHEMISTS (SCC)
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (ACS)
NYOVER 40 FEMALE WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM
PROFESSIONAL WOMAN OF WESTECHESTER/PUTNAM

1996 present
1986-1995
2012-present
2012-present

EDUCATION & TRAINING


B.S. Chemistry Pace University, Pleasantville, NY
A.A.S. Chemical technology, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY