The Green Chemist Blog

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

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

COMING SOON! The Handbook for Cosmetic Preservation

I'm very excited to announce that my new book, the 'Handbook for Cosmetic Preservation' will be available for purchase very soon! It's been a year in the writing and aims to dispel the myths around this complex subject whilst providing some step-by-step methodologies you can…
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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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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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