A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation Book Bonuses
A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation Book Bonuses

A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation:

The definitive beginners’ guide to the essential terminology, theories and ingredient types needed to formulate professional cosmetic products

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About A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation

Tired of reading confusing, contradictory or incorrect information when researching how to make your own natural skincare and haircare products?

Want to move beyond making DIY beauty recipes and instead understand how cosmetics are formulated and the underpinning theories and science behind them?

Ready to become more professional and confident in your approach to creating your own cosmetics, for yourself or to start your own natural beauty brand?

If so, you need the A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation!

This invaluable reference guide sets the record straight, and provides you with explanations of the essential terminology, theories and ingredient types required to create natural, safe and stable cosmetic formulations.

Gail Francombe, Founding Director of the School of Natural Skincare International, dispels common myths and answers the most frequently asked formulating questions in this must-have reference book.

Praise for A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation and School of Natural Skincare

A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation is a ‘must-have’ for any formulator. Gail and Tina have done a wonderful job of combining a dictionary of cosmetic formulating terminology with actual explanations, examples and charts that will be helpful for anyone, especially beginners, learning how to formulate like a professional. This book explains absolutely everything that a formulator needs to know, and discusses the key principles that the School of Natural Skincare teaches in their classes. It can be read (probably more than once!) when it first arrives, and then kept close to your fingertips, possibly in your home or lab, as you continue to formulate. I wish I had been given a book like this when I was just starting out!

Well done! I highly recommend it to anyone.”

Kirsten Thomas, President Ayr Skin Care

The Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation beats two years of Googling, hands down!”

Ify Ada-Emeka Okafor Aniedobe, Nigeria

What I have found most useful is learning the science behind cosmetic formulas so I can tweak them or use alternate ingredients. A lot of recipes I found online were not safe to use so I needed to know how I could adjust them to make them safe. The School of Natural Skincare has made it so easy for me to do my own formulas. If you told me two years ago that I would have my own brand today, I wouldn’t have believed you. Just go and do it… there is nothing else like it.

Muzon Ashgar, Saudi Arabia, MZN Bodycare

What you’ll learn in the A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation


What is pH and when do I need to measure it?


How does an emulsifier work and what natural ones are available?


What type of water should I use in my products?


What extracts can I use?


What natural preservatives are there and when do I need to use them?


How do I write a professional formula?


What are surfactants and what is their role in a formula?


What does natural and organic mean, and what recognized standards and certifications are available to me as a cosmetic formulator?

You’ll learn about:

Getting started: The equipment you’ll need, finding reliable suppliers, and classification of ingredients.

Formula and product types: Anhydrous, aqueous, emulsion, balm, body butter, cleanser, conditioner, cream, deodorant, lotion, moisturizer, serum, shampoo, soap, sunscreen, syndet, toner.

Ingredient types: Active ingredients, AHAs, antioxidants, BHAs, broad-spectrum preservatives, butters, carrier oils, carotenoids, chelating agents, classification of ingredients, cosmeceuticals, emollients, emulsifiers, essential oils, esters, exfoliating particles, extracts, fragrance, gums, humectants, hydrophilic, hydrophobic/lipophilic, hydrosols, lipids, occlusives, pH adjusters, phytosterols, silicones, solubilizers, stabilizer, surfactants, thickeners, vitamins, water, wax.

Skin and hair physiology/biology: Carotenoids, ceramides, hair, keratin/keratinocytes, NMF, skin, skin barrier, stratum corneum, transepidermal water loss.

Science/chemistry: Charge, compatibility, emulsification, fatty acids, fatty alcohols, hair, homogenization, hydrophilic, hydrophilic lipophilic balance (HLB), hydrophobic/lipophilic, lipid, micelles, microbes, pH, phototoxicity, polar/non-polar, skin, solubility, surfactants, triglycerides, viscosity.

Extending shelf life: Antioxidants, alcohol, broad-spectrum preservatives, chelating agents, GMP, microbes, packaging, sanitizing, shelf-life.

Formulating: Active matter, benchmark, evaluation, formula, function, functional ingredients, grams, INCI, methodical, product development brief, q.s, sensorial properties, sensory product evaluation, stability, target customer/target market, testing, toxic/toxicity, trade name, usage rates, viscosity, w/w%.

Manufacturing: Calibration, equipment, GMP, grams, homogenize, method, phases, pH meter/pH strips, sanitize, scaling up, volume, water bath, weighing.

Starting a brand: Capsule range, certifications, regulations, target customer/target market, trends, unique selling point/proposition (USP), values, you.

Values/standards/certifications: Certifications, COSMOS, Ecocert, natural, organic, vegan, zero-waste.

Selling products/legalities: Allergens, batch file, batch number, CAS number, CoA (Certificate of Analysis), cosmetic, CPSR, drugs, GMP, IFRA, IFRA conformity certificate, labels, microbiological testing, MSDS, Product Information File (PIF), regulations, shelf life, stability testing.

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A global supplier list

Example product formulas


A customizable product development brief


A five-day formulation mini-course

PLUS other helpful resources!

A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation Book Bonuses

About Gail and the School of Natural Skincare

Gail Francombe is the founding Director of the School of Natural Skincare International (established 2010). She is a member of the Society for Cosmetic Scientists and has been formulating cosmetics since 2009.

The School of Natural Skincare trains thousands of people each year who want to create beautiful, effective and safe natural and organic products, for themselves or to start a business. The School’s tutors include professional Cosmetic Scientists, Cosmetic Formulators, an Aromatherapist, Safety Assessor and Beauty Business Expert.

In association with the School’s team of experts, Gail has created a wide-ranging portfolio of accredited, multimedia online courses in making natural cosmetics and formulating natural skincare and haircare products.

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