The Green Chemist Blog

Green cosmetics stories from a mad scientist or a scientist mad about cosmetics

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Natural beauty tips
April 4, 2020

What does clean beauty mean?

Clean beauty has become such a buzz word today, yet there are many takes on how to go about it and what it is. Here is my view on the story and meaning of clean beauty. How clean beauty started - human evolution and free…
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In the news
March 21, 2020

How I keep safe and sane during the Covid19 storm

This is the time of the virus, a really tiny thing with such a massive impact, on our lives, bodies and state of mind. Starting in China, it spread all over the world, exploding in Italy, my birth country in February this year. Living in…
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Sustainability
November 27, 2019

Forty Shades of Green Cosmetics

Following the famous Irish song, we can close our eyes and picture a vast forest of cosmetic products on the market, a wooded landscape made up of many shades of green. Which one is the greenest? The answer depends on many factors such as the…
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Sustainability
May 15, 2019

Smoothing the path to Organic Beauty

Organic beauty is growing in popularity and gradually becoming more mainstream. However, despite this popularity and consumers’ somewhat romantic vision of ‘organic’, in the cosmetic formulator’s laboratory it is a different story: quite far from romance and closer to a drama, although always enjoyable. After…
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Sustainability
May 15, 2019

Honeysuckle

Cosmetic preservation has become one of the key challenges in the industry today, triggering a great interest for alternative preservation systems that are widely antimicrobial, dermatologically and toxicologically safe and that have ‘consumer friendly’ INCI names, such as botanical names. Very few of these multifunctional…
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Sustainability
May 15, 2019

Ecolabels

Cosmetic ecolabels are super trendy because consumers desire for natural and organic cosmetics is growing. However there are a lot of grey areas in relation to green cosmetics claims and consumers do not have the skills to distinguish what is really natural and what is…
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Sustainability
August 24, 2018

Interview on sustainable beauty, how sustainable is natural?

I really enjoyed this interview with Gemma at Formula Botanica. We chat about natural, nature identical, packaging in cosmetic formulations and beauty products in the age of dilemmas. You can find more about different shades of green in our recent article on green beauty Feel…
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Cosmetic Product Development
February 23, 2018

What is the difference between natural, synthetic, naturally derived in cosmetics?

We trust natural, and we find this word all over, however what was natural 100 years ago is different from what is natural now. 100 years ago our ancestors were doing their washing by hand using animal derived soap. There were very few cars and…
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In the news
February 12, 2018

Organic Healthier?

Recently I read an interesting article published on the British Journal of Nutrition. The article reported that organic produce has lower pesticide and higher antioxidant contents than non organic produce, opening a big debate about the value of organic. Is organic healthier? answering this question is…
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Cosmetic Product Development
February 12, 2018

What you need to know about suncare product development

Sun protection is very popular and in demand these days as women associate UV light with ageing and look for sun protection for their faces all year round. However when it comes to developing a beauty product that has a sun protection factor things get…
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