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Experiment like a kid but learn useful stuff! Chemistry of Cosmetics & Chocolate

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Dear Science Field Trips Meetup Member, 


Chemistry for Adults programs are not the typical talk with Q&A.  These involve hands-on, do-it-yourself, see-what-happens-for-the-fun-of-it experiments.  Typically, only kids are allowed to play science like this, but not with ISC.  We allow you to cheat off your neighbor, likely another cool, science-curious person like you.  Plus, you can order a drink at the bar if your experiment doesn't go as you wish!   


Bring a date.  Tell your friends.  You'll be glad you did! 


Chemistry of Cosmetics (any product you put your skin)   

personal care products


This is NOT just for women who wear make-up.  "Cosmetics" means all personal care products.  It's for anyone who ever put something on their body or hair to make themselves look better or smell better.  That definitely means ALL of us.   


This unique workshop will be led Perry Romanowski, cosmetic chemist and author of Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? and Dr. Shelby Hatch, chemistry faculty at Northwestern University.  



Come learn how a little knowledge of chemistry can, in fact, make you richer (avoid overpriced products) and better looking (avoid rashes).  You'll get the inside chemical scoop on the lotions, potions and products that clutter our bathrooms.  You'll get to test some things out yourself too!  

  •  Are natural or organic products better for my skin? 
  •  Are more expensive products worth the price? 
  • There are thousands of shampoo choices - what works best?
  • Is wearing makeup bad for me?  
  • And the eternal mystery Einstein couldn't answer... Can I get hooked on lip balm? 

Register now -- No science prerequisites are necessary but you must be 21 or older.  Perry's book will be available for purchase.  He'll sign your copy. 


Wednesday, September 14,  2011  Lip Balm Book

6:30 - 8:30pm  

O'Callaghan's Pub, 3rd floor   

29 W. Hubbard St. (at Dearborn), Chicago  

$15 Register here  

Chemistry of Chocolate with Blommer Chocolate Company  



Back by popular demand! ISC brings you a another edition of this awesome workshop led by Dr. Shelby Hatch, chemistry faculty at Northwestern University, with the Melissa Tisoncik, R&D Specialist at Blommer Chocolate Company.  Whether it's a daily necessity, an indulgence, or your drug of choice, chocolate is a marvel.  You love it.  But to fully appreciate it you should understand its amazing chemical properties.  Here is your chance to learn more about your beloved sweet treat.

  • How is chocolate actually made?
  • What's the real distinction between dark and milk chocolate?
  • What's up with white chocolate?
  • Why does it sometimes turn a grayish color?
  • What's the role of emulsifiers and incompatible fats?
  • What are the findings of all those health studies done on chocolate? 

Register now -- No science prerequisites necessary but you must be 21 or older.  For only $15 you will develop a blissfully heightened appreciation for chocolate, the nectar of the gods.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

6:30 - 8:30pm  

O'Callaghan's Pub, 3rd floor 

29 W. Hubbard St., Chicago  

$15 Register here  


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