Diploma in Natural and Organic Skincare Formulation
Design your own range of unique natural or organic skincare products
Online course. Study from anywhere in the world!
Online course. Study from anywhere in the world!
“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
“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 flavors. 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, moncosmetics.com
“I was hooked and spent hours reading and watching the videos. I loved it all!”
Sharon Sinclair, Blackpool, UK
“Since taking the Diploma I understand more about finding my market in order to sell and more about the legal implications of selling cosmetics. I understand better how the skin works, the properties and benefits of a lot more ingredients and I can now make a wider selection of products.
“I love the accessibility and the fact I could fit it into my time schedule. I enjoyed it all!”
Sally Rose, Bristol, UK
Meg Baille, Auckland New Zealand
Soultime Skincare, soultimeskincare.co.nz
Enrollment deadline 17th March. Limited to 100 students. (Over half the places have been taken already).
We accept all major debit and credit cards and Paypal.
Please note: when you purchase the course you gain access to the classroom instantly and therefore no refunds are available. By joining the course you accept our payment terms found here
“I can make informed decisions regarding ingredient selection and define my product. I now understand percentages and weight conversions too, so I am confident I am formulating properly.
“I have learned new vocabulary and I can now make hydrous products as well as anhydrous products.
“I really enjoyed the course and appreciated the availability and support of Gail and Gareth. The Diploma was perfect for me!”
Lindri Henegar Riveras, Seattle, USA, www.gallipotskincare.com
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 40+ countries so you’ll be joining a thriving community of global students when you join!
How much is the course in my currency?
Our enrollment fees are listed in US$. These will be converted into your local currency by your bank or by Paypal when you enroll. You can check the exchange rates prior to purchase by using xe.com or another currency conversion website.
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 a list of recommended suppliers 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?
We recommend putting aside 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 to.
How long will I have access to the course?
You will have access to the online classroom for 3 years. 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 complete the course as quickly or slowly as you wish. For the March 2017 intake the Modules will be released one at a time, to help you build your skills and knowledge and not feel overwhelmed. Each week at least one new Module will be available and we’ll send you an email to let you know that new material is waiting for you.
I don’t have any experience, is the course still suitable for me?
Yes you can certainly take the Diploma class as a beginner. In fact it will ensure that you learn the correct way to design and create products right from the start so it is a great way to begin your journey with making products!
What’s the difference between the Beautiful Bodycare and Facial Skincare courses and the Diploma?
The key difference is that the Beautiful Bodycare and Facial Skincare courses teach you how to make products using lovely natural ingredients following our recipes and the Diploma course teaches you how to design your own recipes and unique products.
The Beautiful Bodycare and Facial Skincare courses are almost like an introduction, ie here’s what you can do with natural ingredients and here’s how. We provide 120+ recipes for you to follow.
The Diploma takes it *much* further. It teaches you how to get from a blank sheet of paper or an idea to a product and to create your own unique line of natural and/or organic skincare products.
It is is designed specifically for those of you who wish to design a range of professional products using your own recipes plus gain a solid foundation in the business skills you need – creating a brand, meeting the needs of your ideal customers, the legalities of selling and more.
You’ll learn about a much wider range of ingredients and in greater detail: more carrier oils, butters, waxes and essential oils and an introduction to cosmeceuticals and active botanicals (high-performance skincare ingredients). Instead of following our recipes/formulations, you’ll discover the art of creating your own professional formulations designed to suit your skin type or that of your customers.
The end result is a range of beautiful, unique high-performance products designed specifically for your customers or yourself.
What help is available if I need it?
The course is primarily designed as a self-study course. It takes a very thorough step-by-step approach and each module builds on the next. Therefore as you progress through the course you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to become an expert formulator.
When you sign up to the course you also get to join our private online student community (hosted via Facebook) to meet and discuss with other students, who have lots of knowledge, expertise and ideas to share. If you do have questions as you work through the course you can also ask our Cosmetic Scientist. Details of how to do this are provided in the online classroom.
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 your assignments including formulation worksheets for a number of products 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 Certificate.
Are there any assignments?
Yes, if you’d like to receive a Certificate on completion of the course then there are 8 assignments to complete. These are very straightforward to complete once you have studied the materials.
“I have greatly enjoyed and appreciated the content of the Diploma course. It has helped me delve into making more challenging products, such as creams, lotions and cleansers and has also allowed me to improve my already-established recipes… to refine and perfect them!
“I have gained confidence and a fundamental platform of knowledge to build and grow my own skincare business. Thank you so much!”
Heather Urquhart, Winnipeg, Canada, www.hunaskin.com