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The most comprehensive online course available, taking you through every aspect of creating skincare products – from defining your values and creating your brand, to formulating high-quality, professional skincare products, having them tested and complying with cosmetic regulations.
Everything you need in one course! A complete, all-in-one course that helps you create your brand, formulate your products and take them to market.
Create your own unique, professional standard skincare products – don’t just copy recipes from others.
Select ingredients and design products tailored to the needs of yourself or your ideal customers – this is the key to creating products people love!
Save time and costly mistakes. Learn the skills to formulate like a professional, not an amateur.
It is YOUR responsibility to sell products that are safe. Don’t take any chances. Have peace of mind that you are creating high-quality, safe products.
The School of Natural Skincare International is a multi-award-winning online natural cosmetic formulation school. Our accredited, multimedia online courses cover every aspect of skincare and haircare formulation and are studied from home, wherever our students are in the world, via our online classroom, and with tutor and community support every step of the way.
Founded in 2010 by Directors Gail and Gareth Després, to date the School has trained over 12,000 students in 130 countries to make their own natural and organic skincare and haircare products and launch successful businesses.
The School’s team of expert tutors include cosmetic scientists, cosmetic formulators, aromatherapists, beauty business experts and safety assessors, and all are passionate about helping you create beautiful natural cosmetics and thriving businesses.
The School’s fabulous formulations and fun, creative classes have been featured by the BBC and glossy magazines like Green Parent, Spirit & Destiny, and Country Homes and Interiors Magazine.
Cleansing gels/cleansing melts
Emulsifying cleansing balms
Exfoliating facial polish
Exfoliating body polish
AHA/BHA exfoliating creams, masks and toner
Oil-based facial serums
Dry oil body spritz
Oil-free moisturizing lotion
Hydrating facial gels (water-based)
Body gels (water-based)
Oil-based gels (oleogels)
Anhydrous whipped body butters
Self-emulsifying bath oil
Self-emulsifying shower oil
Have fun, get creative and be proud of your achievements!
|Level||Beginner to intermediate.|
|Duration of access||18 months’ access. This can be extended for a small renewal fee.|
|Prerequisites||None. Internet access and access to a computer or tablet is needed to access the online classroom.|
|Study time required||Approx. 70-150 hours. Most students complete the course within 6-18 months.|
|Certificate||Your certificate is issued on successful completion of the end of course assignments.|
1.1 Your brand values
We help you define your values so you can create a unique brand that stands out from the crowd (and creates a better world at the same time!). What is important to you as a brand creator? Organic, natural, green, vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil-free, clean, ethical?
1.1.1 Spotlight: Vegan skincare
We deep-dive into vegan skincare – what it is and how to formulate natural, vegan skincare products.
1.1.2 Spotlight: Sustainable skincare
We deep-dive into sustainable skincare. Discover the three pillars of sustainability and how to make your brand sustainable.
1.1.3 Spotlight: Waterless skincare
Discover the benefits of waterless skincare and how to formulate waterless products.
1.2 Defining ‘natural’ and ‘organic’
What does natural mean? How do you know if an ingredient is considered natural and permitted in natural cosmetics? What do the terms organic, green and clean mean? We set the record straight so you can choose how to define natural for your brand.
1.2.1 Spotlight: Clean skincare
We deep dive into clean skincare – what it is and why it is appealing to consumers.
1.3 Getting certified
Certification isn’t essential but you may like to explore your options. Learn about the different global standards and options for certification: organic, natural, vegan, fairtrade, cruelty-free and more.
1.4 Creating a strong brand identity
Discover 10 key aspects of a strong brand identity and how to use them to create your own unique and inspiring brand that your ideal customers love! Learn from real examples of trailblazing brands and apply the same principles to your brand identity.
1.4.1 Your product story
A great formula isn’t the only thing a product needs to succeed. We take you step-by-step through the process of creating a captivating product story to showcasing its unique selling proposition (USP) and attracting a loyal following.
1.5 Your skincare line
How many products should you include in your skincare line? It is far less than you might think! What is a ‘star’ or ‘hero product and why do you need one? Start to design your skincare line with confidence.
Follow our step-by-step design process to formulate products and select ingredients to achieve the result you or your customers desire. Learn the steps required to take a product from concept through to a final product that is ready for sale.
2.1 Your ideal customers
Avoid one of the biggest mistakes made by founders by getting to know who you want to sell your products to first and then create something that meets their needs. This is the secret to designing a product customers need, want, love and will buy again and again.
2.2 The six-step ‘must-have’ product design process
Learn how to create skincare to address specific needs and concerns. Our signature six-step ‘must-have’ product design process shows you how to provide the skincare solutions you (or your customers) need and want!
2.3 Product concept to final formula
We start by exploring the seven key aspects to a great performing formula. Then we take you step-by-step through the process of creating a product concept and turning it into reality. Discover our 12-step process to perfecting your formula.
BONUS: Formulate a Facial Oil Challenge
Start your formulating journey by following our six-part formulation challenge!
Develop a product concept using a product development brief and a benchmark, write a formula in the correct manner, evaluate your product’s sensory characteristics and submit your product for the appropriate lab tests.
3.1 Cosmetics: definitions, categories and regulations
Before you start to formulate skincare products you will need to ensure your products fit the definition of a cosmetic rather than a drug (the line is easy to cross!).
3.2 Types of cosmetic formula
Learn the three main types of cosmetic formula that we’ll cover in this course and the facts about each. You will never be confused about whether you need a preservative again!
3.3 What is a formula?
Discover how to write a professional formula and the essential information to include. We take you through this, step-by-step, so even if you are completely new you’ll feel confident writing formulas rather than recipes and understand why it is so important.
3.3.1 Percentages in more detail
In this lesson we take a closer look at percentages. This is an optional lesson for students who are unfamiliar with percentages or who would like to understand more about them. You will learn what a percentage is and how to convert a percentage into a fraction or decimal.
3.3.2 Turning a recipe into a formula
We show you how to convert recipes into a professional and standardized formula.
3.4 Using a product development brief
A product development brief is a secret weapon to designing skincare products that have your desired characteristics and that work! We provide a useful template and describe how to use it to achieve your skincare goals.
3.5 Using a benchmark
Discover how to use a product on the market to create similar characteristics in your own product. Learn what “reverse formulating” is and how to decipher a product label or ingredient list to create your own similar product.
3.6 Sensory product evaluation
Evaluate the sensorial properties of your products and make any necessary adjustments to perfect your formula. Our product evaluation template makes this easy!
3.7 Cosmetic product testing
Ensuring your products are safe protects both you and your customers. It is also a legal requirement in many countries. Learn about various types of testing, including preservative efficacy testing (PET) also known as microbiological or challenge testing, stability and compatibility testing, Cosmetic Product Safety Reports (CPSRs) and more. Plus discover some ways you can ‘pre-test’ your products at home for microbiological and stability issues.
Apply knowledge of how the skin functions, the physiological changes that occur as the skin ages, common characteristics of different skin types, tones and concerns to formulate products suited for oily, sensitive, dry, combination and aging skin and to address concerns such as hyperpigmentation.
4.1 The function and structure of the skin
Learn the seven main functions of the skin, then we take you layer-by-layer through the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layer learning about the main responsibilities of each. We explore the epidermis in detail, following the production of skin cells from creation to shedding away.
4.2 Skin barrier
A disrupted skin barrier can cause dry patches and flakiness, plus the skin can feel sensitive or inflamed. Discover the significance of the skin barrier and how to keep it in optimum condition.
4.3 Moisturizing the skin: water, humectants, emollients and occlusives
Learn how to effectively moisturize the skin, and the benefits and limitations of anhydrous products and emulsions.
4.4 The acid mantle
An important role of the acid mantle is to maintain the skin’s pH balance, which helps maintain skin suppleness, smoothness and strength. Discover factors affecting the acid mantle pH, possible characteristics of disrupted acid mantle pH and how to protect and restore the acid mantle.
4.5 Skin aging
Understand in detail how the skin ages, the physiological changes, visible signs of skin aging and how skincare products can improve the appearance of aging skin.
4.6 Formulating for different skin types and concerns
We take a close look at different skin types (including mature, oily/acne prone, dry, sensitive and normal), the characteristics of these skin types and which ingredients are beneficial. We provide you with a guide for each skin type, which will be invaluable when you start formulating!
We also explore the role of cosmetics and drugs in the treatment of skin conditions including acne, eczema/dermatitis, hyperpigmentation, psoriasis and rosacea.
4.7 Formulating for the eye contour and lips
We share the factors to consider when formulating for the eye contour, how the skin on our lips is different to the skin on our face and what lips need to stay in optimum condition.
4.8 A skincare routine
A skincare routine doesn’t need to be complicated but it is the key to radiant skin! Follow our simple facial and body care routines and learn about occasional skincare treatments.
Select ingredients and cosmetic raw materials appropriate for your formula with confidence by applying your knowledge of the functions, properties and benefits of a wide range of ingredients. This module is a vast library of reliable and accurate information you will refer to again and again!
5.1 Classification of ingredients/raw materials
Ingredients fall into different categories and it is important to understand which category they belong to so you can formulate with them effectively.
5.2 Compatibility of ingredients/raw materials
How do you know which ingredients are compatible with one another? Discover six properties of ingredients that affect their compatibility.
5.3 Ingredients and functions: an overview
This lesson will provide an overview of the ingredients covered in this module and indicates within which lesson you can find further information.
5.4 Researching ingredients/raw materials
With so much unreliable or incorrect information online and in books, how do you know where to find accurate and reliable information about ingredients? We share our top recommendations with you.
Lipids are a key ingredient in natural skincare products; they soften the skin, help the skin retain its moisture and support the skin’s barrier function. Discover the functions and benefits of lipids, how they are extracted and processed, and about comedogenicity.
5.5.1 Composition of lipids
Discover the chemistry of lipids, and take a deep-dive into fatty acids, unsaponifiables and vitamins.
5.5.2 Carrier oils
Carrier oils offer different benefits to the skin and contribute different properties and qualities to your skincare products depending on their composition. Discover 35 carrier oils in detail.
Esters are a special kind of emollient with a light, silky skin feel that are an ideal replacement to silicones. Discover natural ester options to use in your formulations.
Butters are rich and creamy and a delightful addition to cosmetics! Learn about a range of butters, including some exotic options.
Waxes play a number of important roles in cosmetics. Discover both vegan and non-vegan options including a detailed comparison guide.
5.5.6 How to select lipids for your formulations
With so many lipids to choose from, how do you select which to use? We share nine key factors to consider.
5.5.7 Getting to know your lipids
Lipids need to be experienced first-hand to be understood properly. Our useful worksheet will take you through the process of getting to know your lipids.
Humectants are ingredients that attract water from the atmosphere to the skin and bind it there. Humectants work with emollients and occlusives to keep skin moisture at optimal levels. Discover seven natural humectants and how to use them.
5.7 Clays, powders, salt and exfoliants
A variety of dry raw materials are useful in cosmetics and they have a number of different functions such as absorbing oil, exfoliating, and adding color and visual appeal.
5.8 Active ingredients
Active ingredients are high-performance ingredients that offer a special benefit to the skin.
Antioxidants have two main functions: to extend the shelf-life of cosmetics and to provide benefits to the skin. Learn about a variety of natural antioxidants.
Learn about three vitamins that are a very beneficial addition to skincare products: Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Pro-vitamin B5 (Panthenol) and Vitamin E. Discover their benefits and how to successfully incorporate them into your formulations.
5.8.3 Botanical extracts
Botanical extracts are a vast category of ingredient! Learn about all the different ways they can be extracted and the types of formula you can use them in. Then we look at 21 botanical extracts in detail.
5.9 Essential oils, hydrosols and fragrances
Learn about fragrancing cosmetic products and key considerations when using essential oils, such as how they work, how much to use, how to use them safely and phototoxicity.
5.9.1 Essential oil quick reference chart
A handy reference chart to use when formulating.
5.9.2 Essential oil profiles
Essential oils have many benefits for the skin such as being antiseptic, astringent or anti-inflammatory and also provide a wonderful fragrance to cosmetics. We provide 24 detailed essential oil profiles.
5.9.3 Getting to know your essential oils
We share our well-loved method for really getting to know your essential oils.
5.9.4 How to choose and blend essential oils
Use our helpful tips to create synergistic essential oil blends.
5.9.5 International Fragrance Association (IFRA) guidelines and calculating allergen levels
A step-by-step guide to calculating essential oil allergen levels and when to include allergens on your label.
5.10 Functional ingredients
Functional ingredients make a product work. They have a specific function or deliver a certain benefit.
5.10.1 Natural emulsifiers for creams and lotions
Emulsifiers are a key functional ingredient in cosmetics. Learn about what emulsifiers are, how they work and why they are used in cosmetics. Discover 13 natural emulsifiers for making creams and lotions, including palm oil-free emulsifiers.
5.10.2 Emulsifiers for self-emulsifying oils and oleogels
Create innovative oil-to-milk and gel-to-milk cleansers, scrubs and bath and shower oils with special self-emulsifying emulsifiers. Discover exciting new ingredients and how to use them.
Discover a variety of natural oil and water phase thickeners for viscosity modification. Create gels, thicken formulas and improve emulsion stability.
Solubilizers are required to add oil soluble ingredients such as essential oils into a water-based product, like facial toner, body spritzer or gel. Learn about several natural solubilizer options.
5.10.5 pH adjusters
Testing and adjusting the pH of cosmetics is a crucial step! Discover how to choose an appropriate pH adjustment solution.
5.11 Natural colorants
We explore a variety of ways of coloring your skincare products from using mineral pigments and micas to using the natural color present in a variety of oils and extracts.
5.12 Organizing and storing materials in your lab
Crucial to good manufacturing practice is organizing and storing raw materials properly. Use our useful incoming ingredient (raw material) log to help you.
5.13 Substituting ingredients
If you cannot find a certain ingredient what do you do? We give you a six-step process to finding suitable substitutes.
5.14 Supplier list: cosmetic ingredients and equipment
A list of hundreds of cosmetic ingredient suppliers from all around the world! Plus a shortlist of our favorite in each region.
Set up a home lab with the appropriate equipment, adhere to good manufacturing practice, carry out key production process techniques and make different sized batches.
6.1 Equipment for your home lab
Learn about the equipment you need to set up your own small-scale lab at home, with plenty of recommendations for items such as weighing scales and immersion blenders.
6.2 Professional lab equipment
Learn about five pieces of professional laboratory equipment that are useful for home formulators who are serious about formulating or who manufacture products for sale. We compare magnetic stirrers, overhead stirrers and homogenizers so you understand the difference and which, in our opinion, are worth investing in (and which are not).
6.3 Scaling up and manufacturing equipment
Discover the equipment used in professional manufacturing settings and about the scaling-up process: how to take a product you have formulated at home into a manufacturing setting.
6.4 Good manufacturing practice
GMP is essential for producing high-quality products and is a fundamental requirement if you sell your products. Our handy checklist, calibration records and manufacturing log will ensure that you have easy-to-follow guidelines and records in place.
6.5 Lab techniques and skills
Develop the key skills you need for making your products: weighing, heating, calibrating, sanitizing, mixing, homogenizing, filling and calibrating.
6.6 Testing pH
We get many questions on this topic so we have provided a thorough and detailed lesson, including video demonstrations, that explain what pH is, why and when to measure pH, how to measure pH and how to work with and look after a pH meter.
6.7 Adjusting pH
Learn step-by-step how to create pH adjustment solutions, how to adjust pH, calculating the amount of solid/pure pH adjuster used and rewriting your formula to include the pH adjuster.
6.8 Calculating batch sizes
Students often come to us really confused about formulation math! We help you to become confident working in percentages and calculating weight-based measurements for different batch sizes. We even provide a handy batch calculator to make it really easy!
6.9 Cosmetic packaging
Learn about the purpose of cosmetic packaging, packaging types, materials and closures, how to clean and sanitize packaging, plus the nine factors to consider when choosing packaging.
Cosmetic preservative is such an important topic that we have dedicated a whole module to it. Put into place strategies to extend the shelf-life of your products and preserve your products effectively to ensure they stay in optimum condition.
7.1 Introduction to microbiology
Microbes can cause product degradation and harm consumers. Educate yourself about the microbes that affect cosmetics, the conditions under which they grow and how they enter cosmetic products, so you can protect your products, your customers and yourself.
7.2 Strategies for prolonging shelf-life
We explain how shelf-life is determined and give you eight strategies for extending the shelf-life of your cosmetics (using preservatives is only one) so you can ensure the highest quality and longest shelf-life of your products.
7.3 Natural preservatives
We have hand picked our favorite nine COSMOS-approved broad-spectrum preservative blends that are reliable and easy to use. Discover the factors that impact the effectiveness of your preservative, both how to optimize the effectiveness of a preservative and problem ingredients that should be avoided.
7.3.1 Preservative ingredients
If you are interested in understanding more about the components of the different preservative blends that we cover in lesson 7.3, this lesson is for you!
7.4 Creating a preservative system
A broad-spectrum preservative blend is not always enough to provide adequate protection or to withstand challenge/preservative efficacy testing. Learn our system for combining preservatives and chelators to create a robust broad-spectrum preservative system.
Formulate and make a range of anhydrous oils, oil-based serums and self-emulsifying oils for the face, bath and body.
8.1 Introduction to formulating oils, oil-based serums and self-emulsifying oils
Learn the fundamentals of these product types including their similarities and differences, suitable ingredients, how to choose oils, product shelf-life and how to evaluate your formula.
8.2 Formulating body and massage oils
Learn to formulate dry oil body spritzes, body oils and massage oils for soft, supple skin. Discover what they are, how they are different from each other, ingredients to use and how to formulate them. Follow our formulation guides and templates to formulate your own!
Five example formulas are provided, including Moringa Dry Oil Body Spritz and Coconut and Lime Body Oil.
8.3 Formulating facial oils and serums
Facial oils and oil-based serums can deliver a range of benefits including regenerating, nourishing, balancing, calming, soothing and antioxidant. Learn how to choose oils for different skin types and purposes and which botanical extracts, vitamins and antioxidants to use. Follow our formulation guides and templates to formulate your own!
Four example formulas are provided, including Soothing Facial Serum for Sensitive Skin and Antioxidant Facial Serum with Coenzyme Q10.
8.4 Formulating bath and shower oils
New generation bath and shower oils use self-emulsifying emulsifiers to create oil-to-milk products that are applied as an oil and magically turn to milk when they come into contact with water! We explain which emulsifiers are suited to this purpose (including some brand new to the market) and how to formulate your own, step-by-step.
Three example formulas are provided, including Lime and Sweet Orange Shower Oil and Lavender and Bergamot Bath Oil.
8.5 Formulating cleansing oils, oil-to-milk cleansers and cleansing gels
Cleansing oils are hugely popular as they effectively cleanse the skin and leave it soft and nourished! In this lesson you will learn to formulate a traditional cleansing oil, cutting edge oil-to-milk cleansing oils and cleansing gels using a range of innovative emulsifiers. Use our helpful formulation guides and templates to formulate your own!
Seven example formulas are provided including Grapefruit Cleansing Oil, Pomegranate Cleansing Gel and Frankincense Cleansing Melt.
8.6 Troubleshooting oils, oil-based serums and self-emulsifying oils
A helpful troubleshooting guide is provided to help you avoid running into difficulties and to fix any issues that may arise when formulating and manufacturing these product types.
Formulate and make a range of gorgeous anhydrous, preservative-free balms and butters, including whipped body butters, lip balms, facial and body balms and salves, oleogels and cleansing balms.
9.1 Introduction to formulating anhydrous butters and balms
Learn the fundamentals of these product types including their similarities and differences, suitable ingredients, how to choose oils, butters and waxes, product shelf-life and how to evaluate your formula.
9.2 Formulating whipped body butters
Whip exotic butters into beautifully moisturizing body butters (no preservatives required!).
Follow our formulation guides and templates to formulate your own!
Four example formulas are provided, including Whipped Body Butter with Babassu Oil and Illipe Butter and Sweet Orange and Kokum Whipped Body Butter.
9.3 Formulating balms and salves
From simple salves to protective lip balms, multi-purpose beauty balms to emulsifying cleansing balms and oleogels (oil-based gels); this lesson is full of inspiration and guidance for taking balm-style formulations to the next level!
Nine example formulas are provided, including Vegan Calendula Salve, Wild Rose Beauty Balm, Illipe and Murumuru Lip Balm, Sweet Almond Moisturising Gel-balm and Coconut, Illipe and Green Tea Cleansing Balm.
9.4 Troubleshooting balms and butters
How do you make less oily feeling butters? How do you increase their melting point? How do you stop them going grainy? We cover all this and more in our troubleshooting guide.
Formulate and make a range of indulgent soaks, scrubs and polishes just like you would find in a high-end spa!
10.1 Formulating spa-style soaks
Learn to formulate a range of soaks including bath soaks, and hand and foot soaks, for soothing, relaxing, invigorating or reviving the mind, body and senses! Follow our formulation guides and templates to formulate your own.
Three example formulas are provided, including Relaxing Rose and Milk Bath Soak and Invigorating Peppermint Foot Soak.
10.2 Formulating exfoliating scrubs and polishes
Formulate professional quality facial and body polishes with emulsifiers that rinse off easily from the skin. We also teach you how to formulate a lip scrub for beautiful soft lips!
Five example formulas are provided, including Peach and Poppy Seed Body Scrub, Vanilla and Shea Sugar Scrub and Softening Lip Scrub.
10.3 Troubleshooting soaks, scrubs and polishes
Feel confident to troubleshoot any issues that may arise with our troubleshooting guide.
Formulate and make a range of refreshing toners, spritzers and mists using delicate hydrosols and botanicals. Create hydrating gels for the face and body with powerful humectants.
11.1 Introduction to formulating toners, spritzers, mists and gels
Learn the fundamentals of formulating these types of aqueous products, including suitable ingredients.
11.1.1 Three natural solubilizers: Experiment and report
This in-depth report will show you how to work with various natural solubilizers (and which are most effective).
11.2 Formulating toners, spritzers and mists
Explore water soluble extracts, vitamins and humectants for supercharging your toners, spritzers and mists, plus how to use natural solubilizers to incorporate essential oils.
Follow our formulation guides and templates to formulate your own.
Four example formulas are provided, including Juniper Berry and Lemon Toner, Green Tea Toner for Oily Skin and Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Toner.
11.3 Formulating gels
Discover different natural thickeners for creating gels and how to make gels with a range of functions including hydrating, soothing and helping with hyperpigmentation.
Four example formulas are provided, including Licorice and Niacinamide Gel for hyperpigmentation and Oil-free Moisturizing Gel.
11.4 Troubleshooting toners, spritzers, mists and gels
Feel confident to troubleshoot any issues that may arise with our troubleshooting guide.
Comprehend the science of emulsification, describe the structure of an emulsion formula and apply your understanding of emulsification to successfully create emulsions and solve stability issues.
12.1 What is an emulsion?
Creams and lotions are examples of emulsions and in this lesson you will learn what an emulsion is, the two main phases of an emulsion, simple emulsion types (O/W and W/O), different uses of cosmetic emulsions and the three types of emulsification needed to form a successful emulsion.
12.2 The science of emulsification
In this more advanced lesson we take a closer look at the science of emulsification, what an emulsifier is and how they work.
12.3 How to make an emulsion: phases and stages in emulsion manufacture
In this lesson you learn the three phases of an emulsion and how these are written in your formula, the three stages of making an emulsion (heating, mixing and cooling) and three factors in the manufacturing process that can affect your emulsion characteristics.
12.3.1 Variations in emulsion manufacturing method
There are some possible variations in the manufacturing process which we explore in this lesson
12.4 How to choose your emulsifier
This lesson will help you choose which emulsifier to use. Discover key questions to ask when choosing your emulsifier and use our emulsifier checklist to help you create stable emulsions.
12.5 Rheology, viscosity modification and emulsion stability
Learn how to modify the rheology and viscosity of your creams and lotions using different categories of rheology modifiers and how this contributes to emulsion stability.
12.6 Solving emulsion instability
It can be very frustrating when lotions separate and you don’t know what you did wrong and how to fix it! This lesson will ensure that you know the steps you can take to solve any stability issues you encounter. You’ll learn the four causes of emulsion instability (creaming, sedimentation, flocculation, coalescence) and how to solve them.
Formulate and make a wide range of creams and lotions for the face and body, from lighter body milks and lotions to richer creams and body butters.
13.1 Introduction to formulating creams and lotions
As creams are emulsions containing both an oil phase and water phase there are lots of amazing ingredients that can be used in them! Learn the basics of cream and lotion formulation including which ingredients to include in which phase. We break down a formula into all its components and discuss the function of each main ingredient so you will feel confident putting your own formulation together.
13.2 Formulating creams and lotions for the face and body
Learn to formulate a wide range of beautiful body care products from light sprayable body milks, to softening lotions and rich, thick body butters. Follow our formulation guides and templates to formulate your own!
Three example formulas are provided including Summer Sweet Sprayable Body Milk, Rose and Macadamia Body Lotion and Coconut and Shea Body Butter.
Then create beautiful facial moisturizers for all skin types, from light oil-free lotions to nourishing creams, with a range of rejuvenating and regenerating ingredients. Delve into high-performance ingredients and active botanicals to create products that are both natural and powerful! Learn about these product types including night creams, day creams and eye creams. Discover what they are, the differences, typical ingredients and how to formulate them for different skin types. Watch a video demonstration so you know how to make your own, step-by-step.
Six example formulas are provided including Frankincense Face Cream for Mature Skin with Coenzyme Q10, Facial Lotion with Licorice and Niacinamide and Eye Cream with Caffeine and Ceramide Complex.
13.3 Formulating cleansing and exfoliating lotions
Cleansing lotions are a gentle and effective way to cleanse the skin. Learn about the typical ingredients used in cleansing lotions and how to formulate them. Formulation templates and guidelines are provided.
We include two formulations for a Soothing Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin and Olive Facial Exfoliating Lotion.
13.4 Troubleshooting creams and lotions
Feel confident to troubleshoot any issues that may arise with our troubleshooting guide.
Comply with cosmetic, labeling and claims regulations.
14.1 Introduction to selling your products legally
This lesson we cover seven important steps to take before you sell your products.
14.2 Creating a Product Information File (PIF)
A product information file is a very important document that contains all the essential information about a product formula. In many countries it is a requirement to create one for each product you sell. Our PIF template will make it easier for you to keep the necessary records.
14.3 Cosmetic regulations
If you wish to sell your products it is essential that you comply with the relevant cosmetic regulations. In this lesson we provide lots of helpful information so you will know the regulations to comply with and what you need to do. We include the regulations in the USA, Canada, EU, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India.
14.4 Cosmetic claims
Understand what you can and cannot say about your cosmetics and how to substantiate any claims you make. This helps you stay compliant with the regulations when labeling and marketing your products.
With every enrollment you will also receive 3 bonuses!
AHAs and BHAs are a must-have in your skincare routine. In our detailed guide you’ll learn:
You’ll receive formulation examples for a Cherry Radiance Mask, Superfruit Toner for Blemished Skin, Peppermint Foot Cream and Regenerating Night Cream.
We recently published the definitive beginners’ guide to the essential terminology, theories and ingredient types needed to formulate professional cosmetic products. This book:
Discover a selection of natural surfactants that are used to create foaming products. In this class you’ll learn to formulate two popular types of surfactant-based products: face washes and body washes. This bonus includes:
The demand for vegan cosmetics is huge! Globally, there has been a 175% increase in vegan cosmetics launches over the past five years. Our guide will explain:
It also includes ready-to-use formulas for a range of vegan skincare products including lip balm, lip stick, face mask and bath soak.
There is enormous demand for CBD cosmetics and the CBD beauty market is predicted to be worth US$959 million by 2024. In this must-read guide you’ll learn:
Plus you’ll receive a variety of example formulations including Soothing Facial Oil, CBD Blemish Cream and Hemp Relief Lotion.
Discover a range of exotic Amazonian oils and butters to enhance your skincare products that:
Plus you’ll receive three extra formulations for Murumuru Peppermint Lip Balm, Buriti Rose Body Butter and Passion Fruit Orange Body Oil.
The Bath Treats eKit is a complete guide to making your own beautiful bath products!
The course starts on 26th October 2020 and each week you’ll receive access to a new part of the course. The final Module will be released on 8th February 2021.
Immediately after enrolling you can enjoy:
The enrollment fee is rising to US $997 so save $300 when you enroll by 10th November 2020.
Guide to Formulating Vegan Cosmetics
Guide to Formulating with Hemp and CBD
Formulating Advanced Natural Deodorants
Men’s facial hair products
Children’s haircare products
Formulating party-ready hair products – naturally!
The full details of the program can be found here.
Yes! The Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation is accredited by the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service. You can read more about our accreditations here: https://www.schoolofnaturalskincare.com/accreditations-and-memberships/
Yes! The course is a fully online training program hosted inside an easy to use online classroom. It is designed to be taken from home from anywhere in the world. 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 cosmetic regulations in many countries around the world, too. We have students in over 130 countries so you’ll be joining a thriving community of global students!
We are an international school with students worldwide. US dollars are the most widely recognized and accepted currency. You can check the exchange rate for your local currency using exchange rate sites such as xe.com. Either your bank or PayPal will exchange the enrollment fee into your local currency when you join.
At the end of the course there are several assignments for you to complete and submit to us to be marked. On successful completion, your end-of-course completion certificate will be issued and you will be the proud holder of our Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation!
You have access to the course within the online classroom for 18 months, so plenty of time to study. You can download much of the course material to keep for longer than that, plus you have the option to renew your access for a small fee.
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. The lessons are available for you at any time.
Please note: for the release of the Third Edition of the Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation the first Module is being released on 26th October 2020 and each week you’ll receive access to a new part of the course. The final Module will be released on 8th February 2021. The release schedule is available in the last FAQ.
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 formulating skincare products!
It’s important to us that you feel supported during your studies with us and several avenues of assistance are available to you.
Our customer service team is on hand if you require help with technical or administrative matters.
To provide you with the best support, we have experienced formulation tutors available within our student support group (hosted as a private Facebook group) to answer your questions. To ensure we answer your questions efficiently and effectively we invite questions from students on specific days of the week in allocated Tutor Q&A posts.
The Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation has its own private support group (hosted on Facebook) where you can meet and spend time with your student peers. We have students and graduates in the group from all over the world! You can ask questions, discuss formulations and feel part of a community as you progress through your studies.
At the end of your course you will submit assignments to us that will be marked by one of our professional formulators. You will receive helpful feedback on your assignments, including any corrections that need to be made, so you can feel confident in the quality of your formulations.
If you already have a beauty brand or you establish a new brand after your studies, we can help you by promoting your brand to our vast, international audience! You’ll be invited to take part in an interview and have a feature written about you and your brand which we will share with hundreds of thousands of our followers, by email and across social media. This is the perfect opportunity to start marketing your business and gain your own following.
It typically takes students 70-150 hours to complete the Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation. The amount of time it will take you will depend on how much practical formulating you choose to do, so you may wish to spend more or less time than this. Most students complete the course within six to 12 months. As it is a self-paced course, you can complete it at a speed that suits your schedule.
A variety of formats are used including comprehensive and beautifully designed course textbooks (provided as PDFs), workbooks and worksheets, video lessons, video demonstrations, quizzes and activities.
To get started you can use some basic kitchen equipment that you use solely for the purpose of cosmetic making. Here is a list of the equipment that you should consider using:
We have a blog article and video that you may find useful on the equipment you need to get started:
We go into much more detail about the equipment you need in the Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation.
If you want a more professional lab setup you can purchase professional pieces of equipment which we can advise you about when you join the course. This is not necessary, however, as in many cases kitchen equipment is more than adequate.
As part of the course you receive a comprehensive global supplier list featuring hundreds of cosmetic suppliers, many of which deliver internationally.
We also have a smaller supplier list on our website you might want to look at in the meantime:
The majority of ingredients used are available in most countries around the world. In some cases, if you wish to use specialist ingredients (such as emulsifiers and preservatives) you may need to order from overseas suppliers.
The Certificate in Making Natural Skincare Products is a short beginners course that teaches you how to make products using lovely natural ingredients following our recipes. The Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation teaches you how to formulate or design your own unique products, and make them to a professional standard. The course contents are greater and more in depth and take your skills and knowledge to a more advanced level.
If your goal is to formulate products from scratch, understand in more detail the science of cosmetic formulation, use more advanced ingredients and/or sell your products, then we recommend the Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation.
Both courses can be taken as a beginner, so which one is right for you is more about where you want to end up than where you are starting from.
We have written an article that helps explain this further: Choosing between our skincare Certificate or Diploma – which course is right for you? https://www.schoolofnaturalskincare.com/difference-between-certificate-and-diploma/
The course curriculum is vast! To enable you to gain the most from it we are releasing new content from the course each week. On average you’ll receive one new module from the Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation (Third Edition) each week starting on 26th October 2020.
Here is the module release schedule:
Welcome – 6th October 2020
Getting support – 6th October 2020
Useful resources – 6th October 2020
Module 1: Your Values, Brand and Creating Unique Products – 26th October 2020
Module 2: Skincare Product Design Process – 2nd November 2020
Module 3: Creating Professional Cosmetic Formulations – 9th November 2020
Module 4: Skin Anatomy and Physiology: Formulating for Different Skin Types- 16th November 2020
Module 5: Cosmetic Ingredients and Raw Materials (Part 1) – 23rd November 2020
Module 5: Cosmetic Ingredients and Raw Materials (Part 2) – 30th November 2020
Module 6: Lab skills, Equipment and Packaging – 7th December 2020
Module 7: Preserving Skincare Products Naturally – 14th December 2020
Module 8: Formulating Oils, Oil-based Serums and Self-emulsifying Oils- 28th December 2020
Module 9: Formulating Butters and Balms- 4th January 2021
Module 10: Formulating Spa-style Soaks, Scrubs and Polishes- 11th January 2021
Module 11: Formulating Toners, Spritzers, Mists and Gels- 18th January 2021
Module 12: The Science of Emulsification – 25th January 2021
Module 13: Formulating Creams and Lotions – 1st February 2021
Module 14: Cosmetic Regulations and Business Essentials – 8th February 2021
Formulating with AHAs and BHAs – Early 2021
A-Z of Natural Cosmetic Formulation (digital copy)- 6th October 2020
Formulating Face and Body Washes with Natural Surfactants – Early 2021
The course bonuses will appear as separate classes on your course dashboard.