Birnur Aral is a scientist with MEng and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. She has held various responsibilities in industries ranging from instrumentation, to personal care, to fragrance, and most recently media. She has published scientific articles in the area of rheological behavior of highly concentrated suspensions and holds several patents in the personal wash area.
In her most recent position as Health, Beauty, and Environmental Sciences Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute, Birnur and her team of scientists evaluate products designed to meet health and beauty needs of consumers. Their product tests and investigations have ranged from self-tanning lotions to eye makeup removers, from facial moisturizers with SPF to efficacy of water purifiers in taking out emerging contaminants, and more. Launched in 2010, her group’s testing is behind the success of Good Housekeeping Magazine’s yearly Beauty Awards. She has contributed to the brand’s 2013 book “7 Years Younger”, comprising a 7-week beauty, nutrition, and fitness plan to looking and feeling younger.
She is currently a part-time student in the Sustainability Management Program at Columbia University and hopes to make a difference in channeling consumer and industry behavior towards becoming more sustainable. This year, Birnur was a key organizer of Good Housekeeping’s 1st Green Summit, Raising the Green Bar: Your Roadmap to Sustainability & Success. You can follow Birnur as @beautyscience on Instagram and @BAbeautyscience on Twitter.