Accreditations and Memberships

Here at the School of Natural Skincare, we are committed to providing the highest quality educational resources as demonstrated through our professional memberships and accreditations.

We are also totally passionate about using business as a force for good and expressing and supporting the values we hold dear through our work. Supporting and being supported by the natural world are central to why we do what we do and we are therefore very proud to assist organisations and charities that share our values.


Accreditations and Memberships

Our courses are accredited by the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service

The CPD Certification Service is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors. They are a globally recognized institution and accredit courses by prestigious organisations including the University of Westminster and the London School of Economics – and ours, too!

The CPD Certification Service assesses each course individually, evaluating the quality of training materials and learning activities against the highest standards. We are delighted to have passed the formal and impartial CPD accreditation process carried out by the team of experienced assessors at the CPD Certification Service.

The courses that currently carry the accreditation are the Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation, the Diploma in Natural Haircare Formulation, the Diploma in Formulating with Natural Surfactants, the Advanced Certificate in High-Performance Serum Formulation and the Certificate in Making Natural Skincare Products

We are an accredited Ethical Company

We have achieved Ethical Accreditation with the Ethical Company Organisation who set the benchmark for corporate social responsibility. The Ethical Award and Ethical Company logos are a guarantee of a company’s good ethical standards across a wide range of ethical criteria, including the environment, animal welfare and human rights.

We are featured in the Ethical Company Good Shopping Guide.

Read about How we achieved our Ethical Accreditation.

Accreditations and Memberships


We were a finalist for The CPD Awards 2023 – CPD Online Course of The Year!

The CPD Awards is an annual celebration of high-quality CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hosted by The CPD Register.

With twelve award categories specifically designed to recognise all forms of Continuing Professional Development, we are absolutely delighted to be recognised for excellence in the provision of online courses!

In selecting finalists, judges looked for providers using a variety of engaging and interactive teaching techniques to allow students to develop their professional skills and knowledge on a digital platform.

Accreditations and Memberships
Accreditations and Memberships

We won Organic Skincare School of The Year (UK) 2023 

We were delighted to receive the 2023 International Elite 100 global award for Organic Skincare School of The Year – UK.

International Elite nominees are shortlisted via a process of in-house scrutiny and assessment, which utilizes a variety of methods to identify those firms and individuals demonstrating outstanding achievements. These methods include reviewing specific market research, client nominations, referrals, press coverage and industry awards.

We won Best Online Organic Skincare Formulations School and Online Natural Skincare Formulations School of the Year!

We are absolutely thrilled to have received four awards in the Lux Life Health, Beauty and Wellness Awards: Best Online Natural Skincare School 2024, Natural Skincare School of the Year 2022, Online Natural Skincare Formulations School of the Year 2021, and Best Online Organic Skincare Formulations School 2020!

The merit-led process to establish winners’ spanned over three months each year as the Lux Life research team carefully gathered and analyzed customer testimonials, product ranges, treatments and formulations to establish School of Natural Skincare as one of the very best that the $4.2 trillion Health, Beauty & Wellness industry has to offer.

Accreditations and Memberships
Accreditations and Memberships

We won Health & Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards!

In October 2019 we were awarded Health & Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year at the regional final of the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards!

This was awarded to Gail and Gareth Després, founders and Directors of the School of Natural Skincare, in recognition of  being “entrepreneurs who make a real difference when it comes to bettering our health, beauty and wellbeing.”

The Health & Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year Award seeks out those not only attaining excellence in their field, but also those who put an emphasis on creating better lifestyles.

We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award!

It was a great way to kick off our 10 year birthday celebrations which commenced in January 2020 – marking 10 years since Gail and Gareth founded the School!


Our founder and director is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists

Gail, the School of Natural Skincare’s founder and co-director, is an Associate Member of the prestigious Society of Cosmetic Scientists and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists. The Society of Cosmetic Scientists promotes education, research and collaboration to advance the science of cosmetics.

Accreditations and Memberships
Accreditations and Memberships
Accreditations and Memberships

We are a member of the European Association for Distance Learning 

The EADL promotes quality and professional and ethical standards in distance learning. Membership is granted to organizations that meet the EADL Quality Standards and comply with its Code of Conduct. EADL membership is regarded as a seal of quality.

We are a Fairtrade Workplace of World Changers

We have made a commitment to buying and using fairtrade products in our workplace, and supporting the Fairtrade Foundation. By supporting Fairtrade we support the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.

Accreditations and Memberships
Accreditations and Memberships

We are a member of the Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers

The Guild has two very specific aims:

  1. To raise awareness of the legislative standards that are in place that apply to craft soap and toiletry products – specifically EU Regulation 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation).
  2. To register as members of the Guild crafters who work in compliance with this legislation and who hold relevant public liability insurance.
Accreditations and Memberships

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