Co-Founder and CEO of Tancream, Gillian Robson’s life changed dramatically four years ago when she found a mole on her leg that had changed. Within a few days she was undergoing surgery for skin cancer and has had many more moles removed since.
At this time, Gillian was a busy mum running her own successful beauty business. She was advised to wear high protection sun cream SPF50, 5 star UVA, even in winter. As she liked to have a tan, she used fake tan. Rather than using lots of different products in her morning skin care routine, she searched worldwide for a product that she could use every day that did everything she needed it to do. It soon became apparent that there wasn’t anything available. So she decided to try and develop her own.
Gillian teamed up with Katy Foxcroft, Co-founder and Director of Tancream and together the pair worked hard to find out how such a formulation could be developed. They met Dr Jack Ferguson at a cosmetic industry event and explained what they were trying to do.
“We knew we were onto something when we were offered lunch and not back sitting in our car after 10 minutes!” Katy and Gillian have worked hard to secure a robust supply chain to ensure stability and a clear strategy for future growth. Stocking 3 retail stores within a matter of hours of their first production run is an impressive start.
Dr Jack Ferguson Bsc Phd
Jack is an independent consultant to the cosmetics industry who had worked at senior levels in R&D for international companies (Boots and Oriflame) for over 25 years. He has his own research business, Skinnovation Ltd, which provides bespoke skin and sun care formulation development services to cosmetic and pharmaceutical organisations. He is also a cosmetic consultant to Clearcast, London which approves television advertisements prior to broadcasting and also consults for the Advertising Standards Authority in UK. As a renowned leader in his field he organises international conferences for the Sun Protection and Anti-Ageing Skin Care.
Dr Jack Ferguson, BSC PhD and independent consultant to the cosmetics industry
Jo Warren Bsc Hons
Gillian and Katy then met Jo Warren Bsc, Owner at Suncare Solutions Ltd. She is a creative formulation chemist and an expert in sun care and skin care products with over 35 years experience in cosmetics, spent in large, medium and small companies including Boots and The Body Shop. She has worked with major brands, contract manufacturers and innovative entrepreneurs to create bespoke products for markets worldwide.
Jo Warren, BSC Hons, Skincare formulation specialist
Jack and Jo explained that the reason why combining a fake tan with an SPF50 had not been achieved before, was due to the incompatibility of the pH’s that the active ingredients need to work. Gillian and Katy wanted a cream that would not only do that, but would be easy to apply and feel good when wearing it. Jack and Jo took all of these ideas on board and provided their scientific knowledge and experience. After two years of intensive research, Tancream – a unique product combining a high factor sun cream with self tan – was born.
Gillian Robson, Co Founder of Tancream