Diploma in Formulating

with Natural Surfactants

Confidently formulate your own natural foaming face, body and hand washes:

including Body & Face washes, Shower Gel & Shower Mousse, Bubble Bath, Liquid soap, Foaming Facial Cleansers and Exfoliating Products

Do you want to avoid harsh detergents such as SLS and formulate using gentle, natural plant based ingredients instead?

 

 

Would you love to create your own natural foaming products such as face wash, body wash and liquid soaps either for yourself or to sell to customers?

If so then our newest Diploma course is for you!

Let our professional Cosmetic Scientist help you:

Create your own range of natural surfactant based foaming face, body and hand washes including creamy and exfoliating ones

Become a confident formulator, who uses the proper and professional way to formulate with natural, gentle and green surfactants

Make natural, organic, biodegradable, palm free and sulphate free products

Design targeted products that meet the specific needs of yourself or your customers and keep them coming back for more

When you know how to work with natural surfactants you can create

luxurious foaming products that care for the skin rather

than drying it out and irritating it.

You can create your own effective, ethical, and toxic free

products that will be a joy to make and use.

“I feel more confident now working with different kinds of ingredients to create the product I want.”

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this formulation course. It’s so much more than I had expected and exactly what I needed. I have learned so much from it and feel more confident now working with different kinds of ingredients to create the product I want.”

Jean Liao, Toronto, Canada

We’re Gail and Gareth, Directors of the School of Natural Skincare

Our goal is simple: to help you create gorgeous natural and organic products either for yourself or to start a business.

Our mission is simple: to provide empowering, educational and enjoyable training that helps you become confident product formulators and makers.

Our vision is simple: to live in harmony with the natural world and look to nature for the answers to our own radiance, health and happiness

Learn from a professional Cosmetic Scientist

Chandni Patel is our consultant Cosmetic Scientist and she’ll be guiding you through your studies with us. With a BSc in Cosmetic Science from the London College of Fashion plus many years experience working in the cosmetics industry formulating for big brands, she has the enthusiasm, experience and knowledge to ensure you succeed. Chandni has formulated every type of cosmetic, including skincare, haircare and nail varnish, for brands such as The Body Shop, Tisserand, REN: Clean Skincare and many more.

The course offered me everything I needed

“The Diploma has helped me an immense amount by giving me the confidence to make products, be aware of safety guidelines, learn some really interesting information on the benefits of various oils and be experimental with scents and flavours. The products I have formulated have been really well received.

The course offered me everything I needed. I enjoyed the way the information was given, the resources, tutorials and support. It was a great step-by-step course I would do again.”

Dennis Julien, Fribourg, Switzerland

Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation Graduate

The theory, practice, art and science of formulating with surfactants in a multi-media online course!

Module by Module Course Content:

Module 1: The Science of Surfactants

    In this module we’ll lay the foundations for successfully formulating with surfactants by looking at the science of surfactants, including
  • What is a surfactant
  • Structure of surfactants
  • Product types surfactants can be found in
  • The 7 Principle functions of surfactants:
  1. Wetting
  2. Foaming
  3. Dispersion
  4. Emulsification
  5. Detergency
  6. Solubilisation
  7. Viscosity Regulation
  • How surfactants achieve each of those functions

Module 2: Types of Surfactants

In this module you will:

  • Understand the different surfactant classes
  • Gain an insight into the characteristics of each surfactant class, their advantages and disadvantages and which product types they are suitable for
  • Understand where surfactants can be naturally sourced from
  • Learn about 21+ naturally derived/organic surfactants available on the market and their properties

BONUS:  Natural Surfactant Reference Chart: Make selecting your surfactants simple by easily comparing 18 naturally derived/organic surfactants, their properties and benefits.

Module 3: The HLB System

  • Understand what the HLB system is
  • Understand how the HLB system indicates the hydrophilic or lipophilic nature of a surfactant
  • The advantages of using the HLB system
  • Understand what the ‘required’ HLB value is
  • Understand how to calculate the ‘required’ HLB value for formulas

Module 4: Thickeners & Gums and Adjusting pH

In this Module you will:

  • Understand the benefits of using thickeners and gums in your surfactant systems
  • Gain an insight into the different family of thickeners used in cosmetics
  • Gain an overview of natural thickeners and gums and their benefits
  • Gain an understanding of synthetic thickeners
  • Understand salt thickeners and how they affect a surfactant system
  • Learn how to select the right thickener for your product

You will also learn how to adjust the pH of your product. You’ll learn: 

  • How to test and adjust pH of your products
  • How to calculate how much solid NaOH and Citric Acid have been used to adjust the pH in your formula

Module 5: Extracts, Vitamins, Conditioning Agents, Preservatives and Exfoliants

In this Module we’ll delve into the many wonderful ingredients that can be used with your surfactant blends to create some unique and luxurious natural products, including exfoliating face and body washes.

You will learn about:

  • Botanical extracts available on the market and their benefits
  • Using Vitamins in surfactant systems
  • A selection of natural preservatives available
  • Adding conditioning agents to your surfactant systems
  • What the benefits are of using exfoliators, both physical and chemcial (AHAs & BHAs)
  • The different levels of exfoliation and different types of exfoliators available
  • How to select the right exfoliator for your formula

Module 6: Formulating Foaming Body Products

This is where things get really exciting! In this Module you’ll put the knowledge you’ve gained into action and formulate your own unique foaming body and hand products.

Use our step-by-step formulation process to help you choose your primary and secondary surfactants and other natural ingredients to formulate products that meet the needs and desires of your customers (or yourself).

Vary foam density and texture, foam capacity, fragrance, colour, and cleansing capacity to create your perfect product!

  • Formulating Body Washes and Shower Gels
  • Formulating Shower Mousse
  • Formulating Bubble Bath
  • Formulating Liquid Hand Soap
  • Formulating Exfoliating Body Washes

Module 7: Formulating Foaming Facial Products

In this Module you’ll design and create a range of beautiful foaming facial products. You’ll create both face washes and foaming cleansers, which are liquid in the container and become a foam when dispensed into your hand.

Use our step-by-step formulation process to help you choose your primary and secondary surfactants and other natural ingredients to formulate products that meet the needs and desires of your customers (or yourself).

Vary foam density and texture, foam capacity, fragrance, colour, exfoliating and cleansing capacity to create your perfect product!

  • Formulate Facial Washes
  • Formulate Foaming Facial Cleansers
  • Formulate Exfoliating Facial Products

Module 8: Good Manufacturing Practice and Troubleshooting

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is crucial when making your products whether you are making them for yourself or as a business. We’ll provide you with a checklist so you can easily ensure you are meeting the required standards for health, hygiene and best practice.

Our Troubleshooting guide will help you solve common issues that can arise when you are formulating with surfactants.

“The course was simply extraordinary! It was just the right amount of reading/reference materials, videos, and opportunities to practice formulating products”

The last several months have been exceptionally busy and stressful at work. I found myself looking forward to the weekends when I could devote a few hours to study and complete the modules at my local coffee shop or sitting by the lake. You have done a tremendous job putting this course together! It was just the right amount of reading/reference materials, videos, and opportunities to practice formulating products at just the right stage of my learning. The reference guides will be a helpful reference for years to come. Both of your passion for your work and teaching shows through and has been an inspiration for me.

Heather Weinbauer-Literski, Wisconsin, USA

Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation Graduate

Have a question? See our answers to your most FAQs here:

I live in Australia/ USA/ India/ _______(insert country here). Can I still take the course?
Yes! The course is a fully online training programme that consists of online training videos, downloadable workbooks and worksheets and an online student mastermind group. It is designed to be taken from home from anywhere in the world and the products we make meet global quality and safety standards.  We’ll provide information on ingredient suppliers in many different countries and will guide you to the relevant regulations wherever you are based too. We have students in over 25 countries so you’ll be joining a thriving community of global students when you join!

Why do you charge in $US?
We are an international school based in the UK. As we have students all around the world and as $US is the most widely recognised currency we accept enrollments in US$. If you are based in a different part of the world your bank or paypal will convert the payment into your local currency for you. You can also use a webiste such as xe.com to check the exchange rate.

Do you send us any materials or ingredients?
No, you won’t receive anything in the mail from us. The course is a fully online training programme that consists of online training videos, downloadable workbooks and worksheets and an online student mastermind group. We will suggest the materials and ingredients that you may like to purchase and where to buy them from. We have list of recommended based around the world.

Could you give me an idea of the costs for equipment and ingredients I would need to buy to complete the course?
The amount you spend is up to you, you really can spend as little or much as you like. We recommend that you spend time first learning about different ingredients using the workbooks we provide, and creating your formulas (recipes) on paper before rushing out to buy lots of ingredients. This means that you won’t waste money on things you don’t need and you will buy the ingredients best suited to the type of product you want to create. Of course if you want to go ahead and buy lots of different ingredients you can, but it certainly isn’t necessary.

In terms of equipment you will need some good digital scales, a thermometer and a few other things which are mostly basic kitchen or lab equipment that can be picked up inexpensively online. We provide more guidance during the course.

How much time will the course take?
Each Module is different is length. We recommend putting aside on average 2-3 hours for each Module. You can put in more time if you wish to delve in deeper to researching ingredients and creating a wider range of formulations. If you have less time, that is fine also as all the materials are yours to keep to catch up on in your own time. You could even sign up now and study the material in a few weeks or months time if you needed too.

How long will I have access to the course?
You will have access to the online classroom for 3 years from starting the course. Plenty of time to study all the materials and have your product line designed! You can also download many of the materials to save on your own computer and keep for longer than that and if you wish to renew your access for another year this is possible too for a small fee.

Are there set lessons to do on specific days or can you do it in your own time?
The course is a self study, self-paced course so you can study at a time that suits you and compete the course as quickly or slowly as you wish

I don’t have any experience, is the course still suitable for me?
Yes it is possible to take this Diploma class as a beginner. This is a more advanced course than some of our others, so we have highlighted inside the online classroom which are essential modules and which are the optional more advanced modules.

Depending on your ability and desire you may wish to miss out the more complex Modules (you will still be able to formulate your products successfully). If you want learn in more detail then you will want to delve into the more complex Modules too.

What help is available if I need it?
The course has been designed primarily as an independent study programme.

You can work through the materials at a time that suits you, completing the exercises and practicing your formulation skills.

However we understand that its nice to meet others on the course and have someone you can ask a question to if you get stuck. So what support is available?

1) Peer support: Facebook Mastermind
This is a place to meet, support and discuss with others on the course and is primarily a resource for peer support. We have students enrolled from all over the world that you can reach out to in the group.
2) Ask a Cosmetic Chemist
As you are working through the course if you have any questions for our cosmetic scientist you can ask submit a question for them to answer.
3) Technical help
If you need any technical help with accessing the course please email hello@schoolofnaturalskincare.com

Are there any assignments?
Yes, if you’d like to receive a Diploma certificate on completion of the course then there are 3 assignments to complete. These are very straightforward to complete once you have studied the materials. Your assignments will be due 3 months from starting the course.

Is the course certified? Will I get a certificate at the end?
At present there isn’t a global or UK based accreditation body for Natural Skincare Courses therefore the Diploma course is independently certified by us to demonstrate that you have gained the skills and knowledge needed to formulate and make your own professional products that meet global regulatory standards.

It’s our most in depth training that teaches you the skills and knowledge you need to design, formulate and create your own professional product range that meets global standards. Former students have gone on to launch their own product ranges in many countries around the world.

On completion of the course you are required to submit 3 assignments in order for us to assess your understanding. These are very straightforward to complete once you have studied the materials. On successful completion of the assignments we will issue your Diploma Certificate.