About Us

Naturally inquisitive, we created a safe plant-based coating to protect against odors!

SWIFF was born out of a need and a desire!

After moving to Tokyo during the pandemic to research antimicrobial coatings, our founder Dr. Richardson noticed his clothes smelled after his daily commute. With prompting from his wife (our other founder, Susanna Chan Richardson), they took their research out of the lab and began creating a safe and sustainable spray for clothes that stops odors at their source. Trialing formulations on their own clothes, they quickly found the ideal ingredients that were safe, sustainable, and importantly, highly effective in neutralizing odor-causers. They designed a new type of bottle to allow SWIFF to be applied at home and started testing it with friends and family around the world. Read more on our blog here.



I have a passion for cutting-edge research. Fortunate to have lived in 7 different countries spanning 4 continents, I've seen different approaches to life and science! From hot humid Florida nights, to scorching days in Australia, I've sweated and smelled my fair share. I have allergies to chemicals present in deodorants and colognes, so I needed a way to safely stay fresh in harsh environments. I also wanted to help create a world with fewer chemicals for my son to grow up in. With help from my incredible wife, I dedicated years to researching the technology behind SWIFF, so that we could live our lives with peace of mind, and now you can, too.

According to a recent Stanford study, I'm in the top 1% of scientists alive(1) and one of the most productive scientists in the world under the age of 35. I've published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and you can see a comprehensive list of my publications here.

1)  PLoS Biology 18.10 (2020): e3000918.

Feel free to contact me directly at JJ@SwiffSpray.com



I have a passion for healthy living, travelling the world, and creating beautiful things (my son included). I've experienced different cultures and ways of life that have taught me that sometimes simplicity is the most elegant solution. Watching my husband discover things in the lab, inspired me to transform those innovations into real-world products that solve real-world issues.

I was born and raised in Australia, studied a BA and MA at Monash University, and have lived in numerous countries with my husband and beautiful son. I have also worked for non-profits and started up different ventures where I could apply my creativity and vision to help others.

Feel free to contact me directly at Susanna@SwiffSpray.com