About Us

Future Cosmetics CC is a focused, boutique dermatological clinical research organisation for the cosmetic industry. The company was established in March 2001 by Heibrie le Roux, the founder and current Managing Member. Future Cosmetics was formally registered on 10 August 2001 as a closed corporation in its current format. Heibrie is approaching 30 years of experience in the Cosmetic Industry, having worked for various cosmetics manufacturing companies before she founded Future Cosmetics. The scope of our services includes cosmetic safety testing, sun protection factor (SPF) testing, in vitro UVA testing as well as product efficacy testing and validation.

Future Cosmetics vision is to be the leading cosmetics dermatological clinical research organisation in Africa. Future Cosmetics accomplish this by delivering continuous, personalised service to our South African and international customer base. We utilise world-renowned, well-published and accepted instrumental systems and equipment to ensure innovative efficacy and claim substantiation testing for cosmetics and related products. We focus on quick turnaround times to ensure that customers can meet their commitments and all our clinical testing is performed in line with international standards.

 Further, Future Cosmetics, has an excellent understanding of product formulations as well as cosmetic raw materials, which play a vital role in the outcome of cosmetic clinical studies. Future Cosmetics offers consulting services during the initial stages of the product development life cycle and are resourced to guide customers through the selection of raw materials process. This ultimately assist with the correct raw materials selection in support of their final claims, thus taking our customers on their journey from concept to final product. Our volunteer data base and study panellists are diverse in nature and thereby ensure appropriate volunteer selection across the range of Fitzpatrick skin types I to VI.

VISION

To be the leading cosmetics dermatological clinical research organisation in Africa.

MISSION

To be the leading cosmetics dermatological clinical research organisation in Africa by:

  • Setting industry benchmarks in our planning and digitised workflow systems
  • Delivering continuous, personalised customer service through automated work processes
  • Utilising technological advanced instrumental system to ensure innovative efficacy and claim substantiation testing
  • Meeting our social entrepreneurship and upliftment commitments through appropriate volunteer selection
  • Living our values and conducting our business to the highest ethical standards

VALUES

Integrity – Our words and actions are our ethical bond

Righteousness – Following the laws of our Christian religion

Sensitivity – Compassion for our business, our volunteers and our communities

Transparency – Being open and honest during our internal and external interactions

Trust – Always behaving in a manner to cultivate confidence, faith and hope

Executive Biography: Managing Member – Heibrie le Roux

Heibrie le Roux obtained a three year National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry in 1990 and well as a Higher Diploma in Business Studies in 1995 from the Tshwane University of Technology. She also obtained a Diploma in Cosmetic Science in 1996.

She joined the Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC) in 1987 for her scolarship as well as in service training. She primarily worked in the organic, analytical and radioactive chemistry departments and performed key health and in-process analytical chemistry analyses.

She joined the South African Police Service (SAPS) Forensic Science Laboratory in March 1993, where she worked as a Forensic Analyst. She has experience in analytical chemistry of various illicit drug compounds like cocaine, amphetamine, methaqualone, tetrahydrocannabinol, some illicit medicines and well as toxicological analysis. She was primarily responsible for establishing the analysis methods for cocaine and attended numerous illicit cocaine drug scene investigations as the cocaine drug expert. She was honoured for her expert witness testimony in the South African courts during 1995 with an award for exemplary testimony.

During 1995 she joined Avroy Shlain Cosmetics, as a Research and Development Chemist. She was mainly responsible for the development of skin care, body care as well as colour cosmetics. In 1998 she was appointed as the Technical Manager for Charisma Cosmetics, with overall responsibility for Research and Developement as well quality control.

Charisma Cosmetics was aquired by Chet Industries in 1999 and Heibrie continued with her responsibilities until she left Chet Industries to establish Future Cosmetics CC in March 2001.

Executive Biography: Operations Executive – Josua le Roux

Josua le Roux obtained a BSc degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 1991 as well as an MBA degree from the University of Pretoria in 2003. He joined Ross Latex in May 1992, being employed as a Quality Control Chemist in their surgical glove production facility. Since that time Quality Assurance and control has been very close to his heart

He joined the South African Police Service (SAPS) Forensic Science Laboratory in May 1993, where he worked for just over four years as a Forensic Analyst, attaining the rank of Captain. He has experience in analytical chemistry of various illicit drug compounds like cocaine, amphetamine, methaqualone, tetrahydrocannabinol, and some illicit medicines. He was primarily responsible for establishing the analysis methods for designer drugs, notable amphetamine and its derivatives. He also completed various illicit drug manufacturing site investigations as well as expert testimony in the South African courts.

In November 1997, he joined Air Products South Africa as a Sales Engineer in the Specialty Gas portfolio of the business and after a year, he was promoted to Area Sales Manager in the Witbank, Mpumalanga region. In 2001 he was promoted to the position of Specialty Gas Production Manager and joined the company’s management team.

During 2004 he was appointed as the Specialty Gas Business Manager and took full country wide commercial responsibility for this business portfolio. In January 2005, he was appointed as General Manager – Packaged Gases, with full commercial and strategic responsibility for this business unit and subsequently joined the company’s Executive Committee. He lead the rapid year on year growth of this business unit September 2010, when it had achieved sales revenue of R450 mil per annum. He was appointed as the General Manager – Central Services in October 2010, where he was responsible for Corporate Marketing, Management Information Systems (MIS) and Merchant Engineering. From June 2014 he has taken on the added commercial responsibility for the Chemicals business. He lead the commercial and operational turnaround as well as improvement in profitability of the Chemicals business until it was disposed of by Air Products South Africa in 2017. He lead it into a R70 mil business with healthy profit margins and vastly improved operational performance upon its disposal.

He joined Future Cosmetics as the Operations Executive in June 2019. He is responsible for the general management, Quality Assurance as well as customer liaison and continuous improvement.

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