Who we are

Dr Barbara Olioso is a scientist – she is a Doctor in Chemistry from the University of Venice and went on to further post graduate training and research in both cosmetic and food science. She matches scientific rigour with a long standing fascination for traditions of herbalist and uses of natural chemicals. After many years working as a cosmetic formulator in the beauty industry, she decided to develop her own brand of purely natural skincare, made without compromise– that blended the art of working with naturals with rigour of a scientist. The brand, Forest Secrets, was launched in 2007. Barbara has 14 years experience in developing natural and organic cosmetics. She is also an experienced education, teaching, running workshops on how to develop natural and organic cosmetics, and one to one mentoring – helping clients and students through her unusual skill set; combining cosmetic science, chemistry, research and experience with natural botanicals, to strategy, project management, marketing and general good business sense.

Barbara believes in using natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. However she makes her clients aware of the costs and limitations of some cosmetic applications with naturals and organics. When 100% natural is not feasible or possible, she promotes the use of sustainable cosmetic ingredients that are biodegradable and environmentally benign – if not completely natural – in order to achieve a better performance, for example with hair-care.

Dr Barbara Olioso green chemist

The Green Chemist Guidelines:

A green cosmetic formulation

  • HAS TO PERFORM

  • HAS TO BE LEGAL

  • HAS TO BE SUSTAINABLE FOR YOU, YOUR MARKET & THE ENVIRONMENT

  • NO GREENWASH

    There are no surprises at the end of the project, we avoid PEGs, silicones and other synthetic petrochemicals in disguise that you would not be aware of.

  • PARTNERS WITH YOU

    We help you fine tune your vision and support you through the decision making progress.  Barbara readily shares her long term experience in the cosmetic sector as a brand owner as well as a chemist and cosmetic formulator, offering value as well as expertise to her clients.

Barbara is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry MRSC and the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. She is also on Google Plus

(Organatural is now renamed The Green Chemist Consultancy.)