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Photo of Laura smiling at the camera. She has a white headband in her hair, and is wearing a light pink sleeveless top and a gold necklace.

Cosmetic Chemist and Alumna Laura Lam-Phaure Returns to Campus To Teach

Cosmetic chemist and FIDM Grad Laura Lam-Phaure starts this quarter as an instructor, teaching a course entitled Sustainability in The Beauty Industry, a topic she’s focused on throughout her career. “I have been in research and development in the beauty industry for 4 years and incorporate sustainability in my work every day by choosing to select materials and ingredients that have some sort of positive impact on the environment. Even if it is a small impact it is still worth it.”

Ms. Lam-Phaure grew up in Houston, Texas and earned an A.A. in Beauty Industry Merchandising and Marketing (now Beauty Marketing and Product Development) from FIDM before completing a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design from The University of Toledo. She’s worked steadily in the beauty industry since her 2019 graduation and is currently the R & D Director at Product Society LLC, a brand development and manufacturing partner. She’s also a regular columnist for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, a periodical centered on research and development in the cosmetics and personal care industries. We checked in with her to learn more about her new course. 

Welcome back to FIDM! Please tell us about the class you’ll be teaching, Sustainability In The Beauty Industry. What will the course cover? This course will educate students on sustainability as it relates to environmental, social, and economic systems within the beauty industry.

What do you intend for students to take away from the course? The ability to identify and analyze sustainability in the beauty industry and determine if the initiatives taken have a positive effect on the planet or if they are greenwashing. 

Why is sustainability in the beauty industry so important? Sustainability in the beauty industry is vital because the planet as a whole is being depleted of its resources one product at a time and if this industry wants to economically continue to thrive it will be vital for brands to begin to adopt sustainability measures. 

Why did you choose FIDM for your education? FIDM offered a unique education that gets you set up for the beauty industry, an industry I have been passionate about since I was a preteen. 

How did FIDM help prepare you for your career? FIDM not only helped me get my foot in the door of the industry but also made me feel confident when I got there. I had no general reservations about my capabilities when entering the workforce.


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