My dream job: A Scientific Advisor at L’Oreal on how she achieved her career goal

By Sally Learmouth on February 2nd, 2024

International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) is the United Nations’ initiative to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Sally Learmouth chatted to Pauline Hui, Scientific Advisor at L’Oreal, about her dream job.

What does your job involve – is there a typical day?

I provide scientific support for multiple brands, enabling them to make the most compelling product claims in line with regulations and ensuring that the product does what it says on the pack, online and even TV adverts.

What ignited your passion for science, and did you love it from an early age?

I was always into hair and make-up when I was at school but I was also interested in science. I studied Beauty Therapy Sciences in college and then moved onto a Cosmetic Science degree at London College of Fashion – University of the Arts London. At the age of 16, my ambition was to work for L’Oréal in a science role.

Did you know what was available to you when you were younger or did it take a bit of searching to find your niche?

I didn’t really know as there wasn’t much available to me at school and I was brought up in a small town in Wales. I knew I wanted to learn about the science of cosmetics but I just came across the university course by chance as I was considering pharmaceutical sciences or chemistry to try to get as close to the cosmetics industry as I could.

Do you think girls at school today have enough information about opportunities for them in STEM subjects?

It could definitely be improved and encouraged, especially to girls. It’s definitely empowering to see other women in science.

How can they find out more?

Open days at universities are a great way to see what courses are out there. But also check out company websites as they often do internships that would give you great experience.

What’s your proudest moment?

My proudest moment was when I formulated my first lipstick for No7 at my first job at Boots. Seeing my product on the shelf was an incredible feeling.

What advice would you give to girls thinking about a career in science?

If you have a passion for it then what’s stopping you? I always strived to work in the cosmetics industry and I wanted to find a career in science. I ended up linking it together and found my perfect job. My 16 year-old self would be so proud of my achievements to get to where I am today.

Sally Learmouth

Sally is the founder of Gloss Communications which specialises in lifestyle public relations, from traditional PR across print, online and television, through to influencers and social media management, events and copywriting. Since 2005, Gloss has created hugely successful PR campaigns. Having created successful campaigns for Jack Howard, Luke Benson, Jamie Stevens, Errol Douglas, Karine Jackson, Cally Borg, Tina Hollis, Christopher Appleton, O&M, Nine Yards, Authentic Beauty Concept, Trevor Sorbie and more.

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