Advanced Certificate in Natural High Performance Serum Formulation
Create your own unique range of high performance, natural and organic eye, lip and facial serums
A fully online training programme. Study from anywhere in the world!
Learn the secrets to creating cutting-edge natural and organic serums that deliver visible results
Boost your brand and sales with a range of luxurious and high-end eye, lip and facial serums
Develop your skills to create a range of luxurious, cutting-edge oil-based, gel-based and emulsion-based serums just like those sold by the high-end brands (and even better!)
Use different high-performance and anti-aging ingredients derived from plants and cosmeceuticals. Expertly apply them to your serum formulations
Create specialist targeted serums for the face, eyes and lips that deliver visible results
Discover new and cutting-edge ingredients:
New and sophisticated plant oils and botanical extracts
Blueberry, watermelon, marula, prickly pear, guava, perilla, acai, cranberry seed oil, and more!
Cosmeceuticals and vitamins
Such as hyaluronic acid, Vitamin A (retinol), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), water- and oil-soluble Vitamin C, Vitamin E, co enzyme Q-10 (ubiquinone), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
AHAs and BHAs
Lactic acid, glycolic acid, malic acid, salicylic acid and sodium lactate
Advanced aesthetic ingredients
Improve the look, feel and stability of your products with natural emulsifiers based on olive and sugar chemistry, organically approved preservatives, gums, thickeners and stabilizers
The theory, practice, art and science of natural skincare in a multi-media online course!
Module 1: Introduction to Formulating Facial, Lip and Eye Serums
Delve into the different types of serum we’ll be creating on this course, their purpose, ingredients and characteristics.
Discover what makes a serum high-performance, and the key differences between eye, lip and facial serums.
Evaluate the pros and cons of oil-based, gel-based and emulsion-based serums. Understand how to decide which best suits the product you are creating and which will best deliver the benefits you desire.
Module 2: Ingredients
In this module, you’ll learn about a range of high-performance plant derived ingredients that you’ll use to create your serums. Included are:
New and sophisticated plant oils and botanical extracts such as blueberry, watermelon, marula, prickly pear, guava, perilla, acai, cranberry seed oil, and more!
Cosmeceuticals and vitamins such as hyaluronic acid, Vitamin A (retinol), Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), water and oil-soluble Vitamin C, Vitamin E, co enzyme Q-10 (ubiquinone), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).
AHAs and BHAs: lactic acid, glycolic acid, malic acid, salicylic acid and sodium lactate.
Advanced aesthetic ingredients: improve the look, feel and stability of your products with natural emulsifiers based on olive and sugar chemistry, organically approved preservatives, gums, thickeners and stabilizers.
Module 3: Formulating Innovative Anhydrous Serums
We’ve covered simple anhydrous (oil-based) serums in our other courses. This module takes your knowledge of anhydrous serums to a whole new level!
Discover innovative ingredients derived from sugar and sunflowers that will transform the texture and feel of your anhydrous serums to create plumping lip serums and silky, smooth, non-greasy facial and eye serums.
Use a wide range of premium ingredients to design serums tailored to your customers that deliver targeted benefits and visible results. Your customers will LOVE your new creations and be queuing up for more!
By the end of this module, you’ll be able to create serums such as:
- Co- q10 Serum
- Multivitamin Serum
- Beautifying Concentrate
- Fortifying Concentrate
- Nourishing Lip Serum
Module 4: Formulating Gel-Based Serums
Gel-based serums create light textured, easily absorbed products perfect for eye and facial use.
- When gel-based serums are the best choice.
- How different gums and thickeners create different gel textures and skin feels.
- Which ingredients can be included in your gel-based formulations.
By the end of this module, you’ll be able to create a range of firming and hydrating gel-based serums such as:
- Hydrating Serum
- Firming Under Eye Serum
- Treatment serums for problem skin
- Hyaluronic Acid Age Defy Serum
Module 5: Formulating Emulsion-Based Serums
Emulsions create light lotion-type serums which can include a wide range of water and oil-soluble ingredients.
Create professional emulsion-based serums that reduce the signs of aging, hydrate, plump, firm and assist with skin renewal and resurfacing.
By the end of this module, you’ll be able to create a range of emulsion-based serums such as:
- AHA Smoothing Serum
- Resurfacing Serum
- Rejuvenating Serum
- Vitamins C and E Antioxidant Serum
- Anti-Aging Serum
Bonus #1: Formulation Skills 101
If you’re new to formulating our Formulation Skills 101 Bonus will bring you up to speed so that you are ready to dive into our Advanced Certificate in Natural, High Performance Serum Formulation and get the most out of it.
Bonus #2: Global Supplier List
Wondering where to buy your ingredients? Our comprehensive global supplier list includes suppliers of ingredients, packaging and labels all around the world so you’ll know exactly where to go.
Ready to create your own Natural High Performance Face, Lip and Eye Serums?
Don’t just take our word for it,
see what our students are saying
“I can now formulate my products properly and deliberately and have launched my brand”
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 learnt 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
Lindri Henegar Riveras, USA
“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, Canada
“I now have the confidence and the knowledge to formulate my own organic range”
I was hooked and spent hours reading and watching the videos. I loved it all!
Sharon Sinclair, UK
This training is packed full of:
Five in-depth modules featuring video classes, workbooks and worksheets
Private online student forum: get support from and mastermind with tutors, students and graduates
End of course assignments and certificate
Study from anywhere in the world in your own time in our online classroom
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 program 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 30 countries so you’ll be joining a thriving community of global students when you join!
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 program 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 two to three 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 if you prefer.
How long will I have access to the course?
You will have access to the online classroom for one year 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 complete the course as quickly or slowly as you wish.
I don’t have any experience; is the course still suitable for me?
Yes you can certainly take the 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 help is available if I need it?
The program 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 mastermind (hosted via Facebook) to get help from us and the other students, who have lots of knowledge, expertise and ideas to share. If you do have questions as you work through the course, the mastermind group is the place to ask them. You can remain a member of the group after you have finished the course to continue masterminding with other students although tutor support after this time is not guaranteed.
I’m not on Facebook, how can I access support?
Our group discussion forum is hosted on Facebook so you may like to consider setting up an account purely to access this and then you can delete it when you have completed the course. Alternatively we can provide some support via email; however please note that extensive one-to-one email support is not included in the course fee, but could be purchased at an additional cost if needed.
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, and so the Certificate in Natural High-Performance Serum Formulation 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 an in-depth training program that teaches you the skills and knowledge you need to design, formulate and create your own professional serum 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 four 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 four assignments to complete. These are very straightforward to complete once you have studied the materials.