9. Green Formulations and Ingredients

  1. Amarjit Sahota
  1. Judi Beerling

Published Online: 6 DEC 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118676516.ch9

Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up

Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up

How to Cite

Beerling, J. (2013) Green Formulations and Ingredients, in Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up (ed A. Sahota), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118676516.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 DEC 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119945543

Online ISBN: 9781118676516



  • green formulations;
  • green ingredients;
  • market products;
  • synthetic cosmetic ingredients;
  • synthetic ingredients


This chapter highlights the synthetic ingredients generally felt to be undesirable in a natural or organic product. It also covers how truly natural some current products are versus what their marketing claims would lead consumers to believe. First, the chapter provides some generally accepted definitions of synthetic, natural, naturally derived, nature identical and organic. High consumer demand for natural and organic cosmetics is leading to a large number of cosmetic products making ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ claims. The chapter explains how true these claims are and also how consumers know which products are really natural cosmetics and how accurate are many of the organic marketing claims made today. The chapter discusses the green replacements for synthetic cosmetic ingredients. Virtually all areas of the cosmetic industry recognise the need to reduce reliance on petro-chemicals, as well as the need to meet the demands of the growing band of ‘green’ consumers.