Special Issue "Green Cosmetic Ingredients"


A special issue of Cosmetics (ISSN 2079-9284).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carla Villa
Professor of Cosmetic Chemistry, DIFAR - Department of Pharmacy, Section of Drug and Cosmetic Chemistry, Viale Benedetto XV, 3, 16132 Genova, Italy
Website: http://www.farmacia.unige.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=345:villa-carla&Itemid=80
Phone: 00390103538355
Interests: green cosmetic chemistry, microwave extractions, cosmetic ingredients, ecofriendly synthesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, “Green Cosmetic Ingredients,” deals with all aspects of "greeness" in cosmetics, from natural sources to ecofriendly chemical processes. This broad range of topics recognizes that green does not necessarily mean natural.

To "think green" in a cosmetic context, we have to replace the presently unspecific demand for "natural" by a systematic approach to analyze, quantify, and then minimize the environmental/resource-depleting impact of each ingredient. Ingredients are not "greener", "safer", or "more efficacious" simply because they come from some plant. However, ingredients are "green" when all details of sourcing, manufacturing, disposal (including information concerning energy and water use, as well as eco- and human toxicity) are taken into account. This is true even if "chemical steps" are involved. Synthetics can be green as long as they have been produced following Green Chemistry principles.

In addition to papers that focus directly on the synthesis, extraction, and preparation of cosmetic ingredients, studies dealing with the fundamental aspects of their safety (such as in vitro assays) will also be considered.

Prof. Dr. Carla Villa
Guest Editor


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  • Green cosmetic chemistry
  • ecosustainable cosmetics
  • green formulations
  • ecofriendly procedures
  • solvent-free synthesis
  • mild conditions
  • bioactive compounds
  • botanical extracts

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p. 82-92
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Cosmetics 2015, 2(2), 82-92; doi:10.3390/cosmetics2020082
Received: 13 February 2015 / Revised: 25 March 2015 / Accepted: 10 April 2015 / Published: 16 April 2015
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p. 35-47
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Cosmetics 2015, 2(1), 35-47; doi:10.3390/cosmetics2010035
Received: 31 December 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2015 / Published: 18 March 2015
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Cosmetics 2015, 2(1), 1-10; doi:10.3390/cosmetics2010001
Received: 11 November 2014 / Accepted: 17 December 2014 / Published: 23 December 2014
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Cosmetics 2014, 1(3), 159-170; doi:10.3390/cosmetics1030159
Received: 19 April 2014 / Revised: 17 June 2014 / Accepted: 7 July 2014 / Published: 14 July 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Food industry by-products as potential sources of new cosmetic active ingredients
Author: Fabio Apone
Abstract: All the industries, involved in agriculture and food processing, produce many types of disposable by-products that are not re-utilized, although rich in valuable compounds. Their characterization and valorization could not only convert them into valuable heath-care products with application in diverse biotechnological fields, such as pharmaceutical, nutraceutical or cosmetic, but also would significantly reduce the waste environmental impact and treatment costs to get rid of them.
In the present review we focus on the current use of agro-industrial waste and by-products of plant origin as sources of active ingredients for Cosmetics. Food by-products are usually un-expensive and bio-sustainable, and certainly represent a valid alternative to the regular plant derived extracts, commonly adopted in cosmetic formulations. Moreover, if the waste products come from organic farming, they constitute an even more valuable source of safe cosmetic extracts, since they lack of any residual chemical or pesticide.

Last update: 27 February 2015

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