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Switching to Natural Preservatives Alternatives to Meet Green Cosmetics Labels (EWG, COSMOS, Clean Beauty…)

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Oct 26, 2021

Green claims, made on the labels of cosmetics and personal care products, are making customers increasingly aware of the ingredients to avoid. A preservative can no longer be treated as an afterthought.

To meet green formulation challenges, cosmetic formulators must rethink their entire formulation and embrace a new approach to product development.

Dr. Barbara Olioso (Doctor of chemistry with 20+ years of experience in the development of skin and hair care products) will present an up-to-date overview of

  1. Existing natural preservatives, their pros & cons
  2. The best approach to making the switch (how to select, run tests related to stability & performance, manage budget…)
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Barbara Olioso Presented By:
Barbara Olioso
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

The cosmetics industry is amid a rapid shift towards sustainability & hence in turn towards the use of green materials. Several preservatives have recently come under scrutiny, with regulatory bans and restrictions as well as consumer, NGO, and retailer pressure to eradicate their use.

Businesses are taking notes on it & major companies are coming clean with their preservatives use. This directs formulators to identify new, safe & effective preservatives that matches up to the green label. Additionally, paraben alternatives like phenoxyethanol, MI/MIT… have failed to address the safety concerns of your cosmetic consumers. It’s time to rethink the strategy for regaining your consumers' trust by accelerating your switch to green alternatives process.

Don’t know where to start from? Join this course and get expert tips to make the switch.

Here are few of the key questions that you will get answers to +
  • How to switch from classic preservation techniques to green preservation?
  • What to look for when selecting a preservative?
  • Why drop-in replacements for questionable preservatives seldom work?
  • What is alternative preservation?
  • How can the process of developing a green product be simplified?
  • How to transition existing formulations to meet specific green criteria?
  • What are the different types of natural preservatives?
  • How multifunctional ingredients can help avoid use of preservative?
  • Which multifunctional ingredients can provide anti-acne, antioxidant, skin-conditioning, antifungal, moisturizing, emollient, and humectant properties?
  • What is hurdle technology and how can it be used to make a product less prone to microbial spoilage?
  • What is the EWG score of an ingredient and how can it be used?
  • Which natural preservatives are suitable for emulsions, surfactants, water-based products, deodorants, and toothpaste?
  • What parameters affect preservative efficacy?
  • Which preservatives are approved by organic standards, such as COSMOS and Natrue?
  • How can I comply with the requirements of a desired organic certification?

In addition, the following real-world examples are included:
  • A look at some products, currently on the market, formulated with multifunctional ingredients, their ingredients list, and key claims
  • Case study of a body lotion
  • Interactive Q&A session to discuss formulation issues
Plus, get a participation certificate, to document your upgraded skills, from the most trusted online technology platform!
Green Alternatives to Cosmetics Preservation

Who should view this course?

Cosmetic formulators of established brands, under pressure to replace synthetic preservatives under review, with greener alternatives

Indie beauty brand owners looking to capitalize on consumer demand and take the lead against established brands

Formulators from personal care startups in the process of developing their green product range

Marketers who wish to learn about current trends in the market and the future of green cosmetics

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Course Outline

  1. Guidelines to EU Reg. 655/2013

  2. Green Preservation: Moving into a new mindset 
    • a. Why go for an alternative preservative system?
      b. Ideal preservative profile
      c. Simplifying the process of developing a green product

  3. Natural "Shades": Different degrees of natural preservatives
    • a. Overview
      b. Hurdle technology
      c. Multifuctionals
      d. Preservatives in Organic Cosmetics

  4. Natural preservatives by Application and Budget

  5. Parameters affecting preservative efficacy

  6. Case studies

  7. 30 mins Q&A- Interact live/ ask questions directly from the expert !

Bonus with this course: Claim your exclusive 10% discount on this very practical handbook for cosmetics preservation by Dr. Barbara Olioso, when you register for the course.

Green Cosmetics Preservation Handbook

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Members Reviews

VERY GOOD ! I am in the process of changing preservatives and this course was very timely.

Elizabeth S. , from Active Skin Care Products

EXCELLENT ! It's relevant information as our company is also looking into this type of information.


EXCELLENT ! Saw many good alternatives to traditional preservatives.

Shawn D. , from Shantel

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