Special Issue "Green Cosmetic Ingredients"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 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
E-Mail: carlavilla@unige.it
Phone: 0039 010 353 8355
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


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Cosmetics is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


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

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Cosmetics 2014, 1(3), 159-170; doi:10.3390/cosmetics1030159
Received: 19 April 2014; in revised form: 17 June 2014 / Accepted: 7 July 2014 / Published: 14 July 2014
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