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In green cosmetics development since 1999

A multi qualified green chemist with a passion for naturals

Dr Barbara Olioso is a green chemist – she is a Doctor in Chemistry from the University of Venice, Italy based in the UK. After her chemistry degree she went on to further post graduate training and research in both cosmetic and food science (MSc in Food Science & Technology and Diploma in Cosmetic Science). She matches scientific rigour with a real passion for modern green chemistry ingredients as well as traditional botanicals to deliver green cosmetics that work. She is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

Barbara has been shortlisted in Who is Who in Natural beauty in 2020

and a long term experience

Barbara has 20 years experience as a cosmetic formulator and chemist developing natural and organic cosmetics and bespoke plant extracts. She worked on the first organic Eau De Toilette back in 2005 at Primavera Aromatherapy (now owned by Espa International), developing International premium spa products and other green beauty products including professional haircare (Windle London). She is also experienced in cosmetic science education and  workshops  on how to develop natural and organic cosmetics.

Brands she worked for are Espa International and Windle London professional haircare, plus many more…

A science writer, trainer and educator

The Green Chemist writes for industry magazines (GCI, SPC, Teknoscienze, Personal Care Magazine..)  and gives talks on cosmetics green certifications and sustainability. She is the moderator at the sustainability corner at In Cosmetics Global, a fantastic space for innovation, inspiration and conversation about sustainability in cosmetics. She has also been teaching online on green preservation since 2010 on the Specialchem platform.

She regularly contributes to articles on Which magazine which magazine

She is based in Somerset, UK and travels around the world for International events and clients.

How she can help

Start ups and indie beauty brands are very passionate and creative but quite often are not familiar with the development process. Barbara helps  them understanding how the cosmetic industry works and developing their beauty idea into a more realistic plan. She also develops cosmetic formulations for selective clients.

Sustainability is beautiful yet complex to the point of going into paralysis analysis. With her qualitative approach Barbara helps beauty brands to take the most relevant path related to ingredients selection,  eco design and more

Formulating according to green beauty standards (Cosmos, Natrue, USDA..) is challenging, especially if you are used to developing conventional cosmetics. Dr Barbara shares her passionate expertise in bespoke workshops, face to face or online

Dr. Barbara Olioso, MRSC

Managing Director, The Green Chemist Consultancy

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Barbara is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry MRSC and  the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists