Our Story

We’re an indie skincare company with the mission of creating cosmetics that bring together the best of the natural world with the best of scientifically studied ingredients. Our aim is to share skincare that is effective, fun, and positive by nature. We’re not going to scare you with buzz words like “toxin- and chemical-free”. That wouldn’t be in line with our ethics. Instead, we curated a selection of naturally derived ingredients and scientifically proven synthetic actives (like peptides and vitamins) because they are just too good to be given up.

We believe in nature and science. We believe they can coexist in harmony. We believe in community, we believe in hugs, we believe in kindness, we believe in well-formulated products as well as in a personal approach to skin care. These beliefs are the essence of our creations. Others call it skincare – we call it personal skin love.

Hi there!!

I am Annalisa, the founder of Stubborn Cosmetics. I am also the Lead Cosmetic Scientist, the Production Engineer, the Procurement Agent, the Graphic Designer, the Lab Technician, the Operations Manager, the Cleaner, the first Customer and the “We.” I am not the Mother of Dragons. (If you get the reference to Game of Thrones, consider yourself my friend.)

We do not test on animals; my only guinea pigs are my husband and friends, and they’re not that furry! We also produce in very small batches because, hey, I am only one person with many hats!

People always ask me why I chose this name for my company.

Well, let me tell you that I was an engineer working in an electrochemistry lab when I was struck by the passion for skincare. In other words, I had a crazy idea.

I was fascinated by ingredients, their functions, properties, and the science behind them.

Sure, changing careers and becoming a cosmetic formulator hasn’t been easy. Things took turns and swirls, yet I never looked back.

This required a dash of recklessness, a spark of madness, a pinch of perseverance, and a gallon of stubbornness, and that is how Stubborn Cosmetics was born.

That is how the “one woman show” came to be, and I hope you will enjoy it and be my supporting act!


Annalisa Q&A

Born in Sardinia, Italy

Describe yourself in three words:
Stubborn, Spontaneous, Clumsy

What is your philosophy in life?
My way of seeing life, and also what I have to remind myself the most, is to take a step back, change perspective and realize that life is as simple or as complicated as we want to make it.

Favorite music:
I love all kinds of music, especially indie rock.

Favorite memory of your childhood:
I am really fond of the memory of my mom blow-drying my hair and the memory of dancing with my dad by placing my feet on his. Simple yet magical memories.

If your childhood had a scent, what would it be? 
Honey and lemons, the “holy-grail-cure-it-all” Italian remedy for sore throats, colds, and soul aches.

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
Nature, extreme landscapes like deserts, and fun activities like zip-lining.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Maybe invisibility. I am dying to know the secrets behind Area 51. Otherwise, mind control, mmwwhahaha (evil laugh).

What quote resonates with you more than any other? 
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – Winnie The Pooh