The Green Chemist Blog

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

January 14, 2015

Natural and organic cosmetic standards: are the Germans raising the bar?

Who knows how many natural and organic cosmetic standards are out there, they look all the same at first sight. Consumers tend to trust a green logo that says organic or natural even though there can be significantly different criteria behind the green cosmetic standards,…
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November 20, 2014

What is natural in the twenty first century?

What is natural in the twenty first century? To me this is the key question the cosmetic industry faces today. "Natural" is very much a magic word for the general public, a green label that inspires trust and safety. However technology has evolved dramatically, affecting…
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August 26, 2014

Formulating vegan cosmetics

Am I mistaken or vegan cosmetics are becoming as popular as organic? when I go to green trade shows I see exhibitors promoting the vegan concept growing like mushrooms. In fact there is an increase in demand in vegan cosmetics. As a cosmetic formulator I wonder…
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August 12, 2014

How much does a beauty business cost to set up?

This is probably the most common question I get much does a beauty business cost? It is also a sign of how many people are thinking about developing their own beauty business. In fact DIY beauty products workshops are very trendy at the moment.…
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July 22, 2014

Natural cosmetics packaging solutions

Developing a natural or organic cosmetic formulation is not just about delivering a pure cosmetic. It is also a green statement. The packaging with which you deliver your green statement is already half of the message, so if you have a completely natural beauty product or an organic one…
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July 10, 2014

Cosmetic market trends

Many people within the cosmetic industry asks the question "what is next?" or "what is trendy?" Let's have a look at a cosmetic market trends in relation to a few beauty products Face moisturisers In the UK this is a classic skin care item many women can…
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July 3, 2014

Cosmetic product development

Cosmetic product development is a real maze, plenty of directions to take, every decision you take at the beginning has a domino effect on final results including costs. That is why before you enter the maze of cosmetics development you need to spend some time to…
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June 5, 2014

Sustainable palm oil, growing green trend

The RSPO (roundtable on sustainable palm oil) is meeting in London to discuss the labelling and traceability of sustainable palm oil, a growing green trend. The RSPO is an organization with a mission to produce the so much needed palm oil reducing the high environmental costs associated with its conventional production.…
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May 21, 2014

Paraben free cosmetic formulations

The paraben free claim has become a green claim growing in popularity over the years. Consumers associate paraben free cosmetics with natural and organic cosmetics, therefore there is an increasing demand on cosmetic formulators to develop paraben free cosmetic formulations. Parabens have been the most common…
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May 15, 2014

Affordable Natural Skincare: dream or reality?

I was reading an interesting article about the efficacy of cheap natural cosmetics. I have to say I have come across several examples lately so I decided it is time to write about affordable natural skincare. As a natural and organic cosmetic formulator i'm really surprised…
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