Oriflame Cosmetics - Johanna Gillbro

Johanna Gillbro

Name: Johanna Gillbro
Title: Senior Manager Scientific Innovation
Nationality: Swedish

Education: I graduated in 2002 from the University of Uppsala, Sweden where I completed my pharmacy studies. Four years later I obtained my PhD from the Centre of Skin Science in Bradford, UK. My main research interest was pigmentation and oxidative stress in the skin.

How long have you been working at Oriflame?
I joined Oriflame in May 2008.

Where are you located?
I am located at Oriflame’s Skin Research Institute in Stockholm.

What does your title mean?
I am responsible for carrying out early tests in cell cultures or reconstructed skin models that are vital to ensure the performance of the future product, and help with the analysis of the human efficacy tests before the product is launched. This means that I investigate whether the active ingredients chosen by our "new ingredients" experts have a biological effect in the skin, using the latest scientific technology. At the moment we have four projects tackling different areas of the skin and body. This work is crucial to determine product efficacy, and allows us to develop core technologies within skin care. The reults can provide a scientific data of patenting many of our active ingredients.

What does your typical day look like?
 It can include a number of things ranging from a day in the lab doing cellular studies for our current projects or communicating the science behind Oriflame’s skin care products. We are also a small team so we are helping each other out a lot. My job is very diverse and exciting!

What is the best thing about working for Oriflame?
I love the Oriflame spirit, breath of entrepreneurs even if we are a big company. In Oriflame you develop both personally and in your career.

Which is your favorite Oriflame product?
Difficult choice! I love foot rescue mask and cannot stay away from Wonderlash mascara.