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Forensic Analysis of Cosmetics 

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This webinar will provide a peek behind the curtain of cosmetics, specifically those applied to the face, and explore what makes these products work. The presenter will include an overview of ingredients commonly found in cosmetics, including typical usage levels and their purpose in these products. Some of the ingredients will be familiar to trace chemists as they are also used in more traditional forms of trace evidence, such as paint. 

The webinar will discuss various analytical approaches to the analysis of cosmetic products and their individual components, which should also be familiar to trace chemists. 

Detailed Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will learn the composition of cosmetics, specifically those applied to the face.
  2. Attendees will gain an awareness of the specific materials or combination of materials that can determine whether a questioned material is a cosmetic.
  3. Attendees will understand the limitations of comparing questioned source cosmetic materials with known sources.

Jeremy Morris | Forensic Scientist Supervisor, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory

Date Created: January 19, 2022