The Green Chemist Blog

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

natural preservatives
May 25, 2021

Cosmetic preservation with green chemistry, why and how

A few days ago I was pleased to give a talk on cosmetic preservation using green chemistry to NOHBA, the Natural and Organic Health Alliance in the US. NOHBA is an organization committed to educate about natural and organic beauty to create a more sustainable…
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Sustainability
May 2, 2021

New Ways with Solid Bars

Solid cosmetics, mostly in the form of bars, are not only on the rise in hair care. What are the advantages and where are possible pitfalls in development? Dr Barbara Olioso gives an insight into the background. Download and read the full article here. To…
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Sustainability
February 10, 2021

Sustainability at the time of COVID 19

The pandemic is affecting sustainability in cosmetics in a variety of ways, in different parts of the world, including disruption to the supply chains. Despite the disruption there are growing sustainability related trends in finished products and initiatives by retailers to help conscious consumers navigating…
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In the news
January 20, 2021

The Green Chemist’s Handbook for Cosmetic Preservation is here

I'm very excited to announce that my new book, the 'Handbook for Cosmetic Preservation' is finally available. It is the result of over 20 years experience in the beauty industry working on alternative preservative systems for cosmetics. The handbook's aim is to help people in…
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Sustainability
August 7, 2020

Understanding Natural Ingredients and Mildness

Nature is full of wonders, yet only a small fraction of its plants are suitable for human consumption. In a society living far from nature, there is a real longing for naturals, often with the accompanying romantic idea that everything natural is safe, and even…
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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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