MEET THE SKINTEREST TEAM
SAUL PYLE (he/him)
founder and technical director
Saul has spent over two decades working alongside Australia’s most respected manufacturers and developers of cosmetics, skin care, hair care, personal care and sunscreen.
In 2017 Saul saw the need for an independent, private, full featured, research and development laboratory and skinterest was born.
Qualifications and memberships: BSc(Chem), MRACI CChem, PGDipSafetyScience, DipCosmeticChemistry
Member Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC)
Area of expertise: Sunscreen, formulation and development, stability testing
Publications: Bray, K 2019, ‘Dangers of DIY sunscreen’, choice.com.au, Enrich Dermatology, ‘The danger of homemade sunscreens’, Enrich Clinic
Pyle, S, Lynn, D & Ross, D 2013, ‘In-vitro study into SPF & UVA-PF using different applicators’, International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists, volume 16, no.4
Career highlight: Having our clients win the hearts of consumers and succeed in Australia and overseas with products that I helped create
Favourite food: Japanese
MATT MILLER (he/him)
senior development chemist
Matt has over 20 years’ experience in new product development and formulation of innovative cosmetic, therapeutic and beauty products.
His expertise across the personal care and therapeutic industries saw him presented ‘Innovative Product of the Year’ awards in 2014, 2017 and 2018 for his formulations.
Qualifications and memberships: BSc(Hons), BSc(AnaChem), AssocDipAppSc(Man), DipPersonalCareScience, Member Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC)
Area of expertise: Innovation, therapeutic and health
Publications: Miller, M 1998 ‘Phytoremediation- The Removal of Heavy Metals from Soils using Rice Husks’, Chemisphere
Miller, M 1996 ‘Determination of Lead in Ceiling Dust’
Career highlight: Seeing brands that I have helped develop on the shelves of pharmacies and supermarkets
Favourite food: Korean fried chicken
PENELOPE KOURKOUMELIS (she/her)
Penny joined the skinterest team in early 2021 with over a decade of experience working with both cosmetics manufacturers and consumer brands.
Prior to coming on board Penny was the product development chemist for Nutrimetics Australia, across their skincare, colour and body care ranges.
Qualifications and memberships: BBiot(Sc), DipCosmeticScience, Member Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC)
Area of expertise: Colour cosmetics, natural skincare
Career highlight: Using my skills to communicate with cross-functional teams, assisting to understand new ingredient trends and collaborate to develop exciting and innovative products
Favourite food: Eastern Mediterranean
BETHANY YEE (she/her)
research and development analyst
Bethany is the newest member of the skinterest team, joining in 2023 following completion of her Honors at the University of NSW.
Bethany is passionate about helping others and using science to create real-world benefits that contribute to society.
Qualifications and memberships: BSc(Hons), BSc(Chem), Member Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC), International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
Area of expertise: Nanolipids
Career highlight: Running the Kookaburra and Quokka Neutron Scattering Beams at the Lucas Heights ANSTO Facilities on gel samples
Favourite food: Cookies
GEORGIA SOUTH (she/her)
marketing and client care
Georgia has spent her 20 year career in a variety of marketing, marketing operations and business development and support roles in the property and hospitality industry.
In 2021 she decided to follow her true passion for skincare and cosmetics and left her corporate real estate job to join the skinterest team.
Qualifications and memberships: BBus(Marketing), DipBus, DipCosmeticBrandMgmt (due for completion in 2024), Associate Member Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC)
Area of expertise: Marketing operations
Career highlight: Connecting skinterest with some of Australia’s most exciting brands to help them solve product challenges.
Favourite food: Chocolate
WANT TO BE PART OF THE SKINTEREST TEAM?
join award-winning cosmetic chemists
The skinterest laboratory is a boutique space, opposite waterfront parklands in Sydney’s inner west, just minutes from popular bus routes and with staff parking available.
The highly professional and enthusiastic team conduct product development and physical testing in the fast-past, spacious, and well-equipped laboratory.
Ever expanding, the skinterest team is always open to receiving resumes which are filed for future team availabilities or newly created roles.
bring your whole self to work
Skinterest clients are diverse and so are we. Skinterest is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate. All qualified applicants will always receive consideration.
NEED SOMETHING SPECIFIC?
Skinterest works with a range of industry specialists and holds a dossier of preferred suppliers available to meet your needs on the slim chance that the skinterest team are not be able to assist. Please reach out to discuss your requirements.
3/505 Balmain Road
Lilyfield NSW 2040