Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation

Our Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation teaches you everything you need to know to start your own 100% natural and organic skincare business, or how to add your all-natural skincare range to your salon or spa.

This course has been followed by 1500+ people all over the world and has launched many careers and businesses in the organic skincare sector. Our foundation Diploma is our most popular course and is suitable for anyone who is completely new to skincare formulating.

Next Enrolment in Summer Term: June 19-28 2017.

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Become an Innovator, not a Recipe Follower

We teach you the formula to creating any organic skincare product from scratch, which will set you apart from other skincare formulators who just follow recipes. Instead you will be taught to confidently create your own unique designs that reflect your vision and contain your favourite ingredients.

Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation
Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation

Create Beautiful Facial, Body and Spa Skincare

Learn how to formulate luxury natural skincare products that contain the finest botanical cold-pressed oils, rich exotic organic butters, subtly fragrant flower waters, sun-dried clays, all-natural waxes, and the most exquisite essential oils. Create aroma-therapeutic blends with essential oils, flower, seed and plant extracts.

Study the Science of Natural Skincare

Become fluent in the language of skincare science. Learn all about the anatomy and physiology of the skin. Research the complexities of cosmetic toxicology and learn how to research your ingredients. Understand how to turn your skincare business into a success and make your skincare range compliant with the law.

Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation

This course is for you if:

  • You want to start your own organic or natural skincare brand anywhere in the world
  • You have been making DIY skincare and you’ve received great feedback from friends and family, so now you want to turn your hobby into a professional business
  • You want to learn how to formulate professional quality organic skincare
  • You want to make sure that your business complies with the law

“My experience with this diploma has been great! I truly do not believe how helpful everyone is and how understandable information is served. I loved it. I found it interesting, well-written and easy to understand without an overwhelming amount of scientific jargon.”

– Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation Graduate, UK

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45+ Videos

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Fun Online Games

Play games to help you learn how to reinforce the learning outcomes for your course

50+ Study Books

Download your beautifully designed course notes to refer back to and keep forever

Tutor Support

Speak directly to a tutor in our private “Ask the Tutor” forum for students

Sequential Learning

Unlock new modules as you work through the course sequentially to enforce learning points.

Graded Coursework

Receive expert graded feedback to help you make your formulations safe, stable and sellable

Course Syllabus

This is an online natural skincare course which will help you learn how to formulate 100% natural and organic skincare, understand the skin and set up a natural skincare business. Our foundation Diploma consists of 8 main modules, which are all accessed through our professional eLearning platform.

Module 1 – Skin Science

When starting out making natural skincare products it is important to have a good knowledge about the skin itself and what it needs to remain healthy.

In this first module, you will learn about the structure and physiology of the skin. We’ll cover cosmetic toxicology, which will teach you how to understand a skincare ingredient’s technical data and we will learn about holistic skin health, focusing on the enemies of the skin.

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DOSF1001 – Skin Science

  • Study the anatomy of the skin with our video lectures
  • Learn how to identify the three main layers of the skin
  • Use fun games and interactive worksheets to memorise the skin’s anatomy and physiology
  • Course bonus: High resolution Skin Poster to annotate
  • Course bonus: Cosmetic Science Glossary
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DOSF1002 – Holistic Skin Care

  • Research the 9 main enemies of the skin and understand what role organic skincare plays in holistic skin health
  • Study the two most important holistic formulation principles
  • Understand how to care for the skin from a holistic perspective
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DOSF1003 – Cosmetic Toxicology

  • Learn how to research cosmetic ingredients
  • Debunk the 9 worst myths in the natural skincare world
  • Learn how to read and understand a cosmetic ingredient’s data specification sheet
  • Course bonus: Bundle of data specifications for 30 different natural and synthetic ingredients

Module 2 – Formulation Skills

It would be impossible to be able to create unique formulations for natural skincare if you hadn’t first studied the different ingredients. You are learning how to become a formulator so you will need to get to know your ingredients very well in order to start creating with them.

In this module we get you started with your very first organic cosmetic formulations. You’ll learn how to choose the right ingredients, how to layer a formulation and how to calculate the percentages in your formulations.

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DOSF2001 – Getting Started

  • Introduction to organic cosmetic ingredients
  • Learn how to research ingredients like a formulator
  • The 4 most important points every formulator should know
  • Download your Ingredients & Equipment Directory to get started
  • Course bonus: Carrier Oils Handbook profiling 30 oils together with a helpful oil penetration chart
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DOSF2002 – Formulation Design

  • Understand how a formulation is created and structured
  • Learn how to formulate a product from scratch without following a recipe
  • Study how to record your formulations in weight and percentages
  • The 5 critical steps to using essential oils safely
  • Learn how to implement Good Manufacturing Practice and safely preserve your product
  • Course bonus: Essential Oils Dermal Limits Guide
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DOSF2003 – Formulation Skills

  • Put your theory into practice and formulate your first products!
  • Formulate from scratch without using a recipe
  • Follow our expert video tuition to learn how to create your first formulations
  • Learn how to create a warm-blended cream, a cold-blended cream and an oil blend by following our video demonstrations

Module 3 – Facial Product Formulation

Now that you’ve mastered basic formulation skills, it’s time to start formulating your first organic facial skincare products.

In this module we cover toners, gels, cleansers and moisturisers and introduce you to a wide range of cosmetic formulation techniques – making tonics, gels, bi-phase products, foaming products, creams, balms and oils. You will learn how to use more complex ingredients such as oil-in-water emulsifiers, natural solubilisers and green surfactants.

You will practice making 12 different products for an organic facial skincare range, following our expert video tuition and downloadable study books.

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DOSF3001 – Facial Toners

  • Learn how to formulate organic facial toners, ranging from simple to complex blends
  • Formulate organic toners
  • Formulate organic toners using a natural solubiliser
  • Formulate organic facial gels
  • Follow our expert video tuition to learn from our sample formulations
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DOSF3002 – Facial Cleansers

  • Learn how to formulate organic facial cleansers, appropriate for a range of different skin types
  • Formulate organic cream cleansers
  • Formulate organic bi-phase cleansers
  • Formulate organic gel cleansers
  • Formulate organic foaming cleansers
  • Follow our expert video tuition to learn from our sample formulations
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DOSF3003 – Facial Moisturisers

  • Learn how to formulate organic facial moisturisers, creating all sorts of different natural skincare products
  • Formulate organic cream blends
  • Formulate organic facial oils
  • Formulate organic facial balms
  • Formulate organic lip balms
  • Formulate organic facial emulsions
  • Follow our expert video tuition to learn from our sample formulations

“Training with Formula Botanica has helped me broaden my skills, knowledge and expertise in this area and provided the solid foundation I needed to be able to create professional products and start my own skincare business.”

– Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation Graduate, Australia

Module 4 – Body Product Formulation

In this next module of our natural skincare course you spend your time perfecting the skills you mastered in Module 3.

You have already learned oil-in-water emulsification, now you’ll add water-in-oil emulsification to your line-up of formulating skills. You’ll experiment further with green surfactants and create a small range of 8 different natural bodycare products following our expert video tuition and downloadable study books.

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DOSF4001 – Body Cleansers

  • Learn how to formulate organic body cleansers, focusing on green surfactants
  • Formulate organic body cream cleansers
  • Formulate organic body gel cleansers
  • Follow our expert video tuition to learn from our sample formulations
DOSF4002 - Natural Skincare Course

DOSF4002 – Body Moisturisers

  • Learn how to formulate organic body moisturisers, creating all sorts of different natural skincare products
  • Formulate organic body butters
  • Formulate organic body oils
  • Formulate organic body lotions
  • Formulate organic body balm or lotion bars
  • Formulate organic hand and foot creams
  • Formulate organic oil-free body spray
  • Follow our expert video tuition to learn from our sample formulations

Module 5 – Spa Product Formulation

You can now confidently create and formulate your own facial and body skincare products. You have already created a small range of organic and natural skincare products for the face and body.

In this next module you will learn how to formulate spa products, such as scrubs and spa treatments. We will cover a further 5 spa formulations which you can add to your professional skincare range.

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DOSF5001 – Spa Cleansers

  • Learn how to formulate organic spa cleansers, which help exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells
  • Formulate organic facial polishes
  • Formulate organic body scrubs
  • Follow our expert video tuition to learn from our sample formulations
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DOSF5002 – Spa Treatments

  • Learn how to formulate organic spa treatments, which your customer can use to pamper themselves at home
  • Formulate organic facial masques
  • Formulate organic body masques
  • Formulate organic massage oils
  • Follow our expert video tuition to learn from our sample formulations

Module 6 – Aroma-Cosmetology

You now know how to work with cosmetic ingredients and how to confidently formulate your own organic skincare products. In this next module, you will learn how to blend aromaceutical compounds to add to your products.

Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds extracted via distillation or expression from certain medicinal or fragrant plants. They have been used throughout history for their aromatic and therapeutic properties.

In this module we will examine the 30 best known (and a few rarer) skincare essential oils, learn about their science and explore how to best blend them together for their aromaceutical properties.

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DOSF6001 – Blending Oils

  • Study the 30 main skincare essential oils and their properties
  • Learn the basics of perfumery blending and fragrance notes
  • Understand the 6 rules of blending essential oils
  • Learn how to layer your fragrances
  • Course bonus: ‘Mixology’ Chart to learn the 9 fragrance families, fragrance notes for your skincare oils and fragrance family blending recommendations
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DOSF6002 – Essential Oil Safety

  • Study how to store your essential oils safely
  • Study how to handle your essential oils safely
  • Learn how to use your essential oils safely
  • Research the dermal limits of skincare essential oils in detail so that you make sure your products are safe for your customer

Module 7 – Beauty Business Skills

It’s no good making the best natural skincare in the world if no one knows who you are, where you are or how to buy from you.  In this lesson you will learn how to brand your product, find your target audience and then how to promote your skincare brand to them.

We run you through the importance of branding and marketing and provide you with lots of material to get you started, regardless of whether you intend to sell your products online or offline. Examine some of the loveliest natural brands on the market and learn from their brands.

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DOSF7001 – Branding

  • Study the 5 main components of every brand
  • Learn how to create a brand for your skincare range – including a brand name, strapline and Unique Selling Point
  • Study the physical brand associations you must create
  • Case studies: examine successful natural beauty brands
  • Course bonus: Branding Worksheet to help create your own brand
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DOSF7002 – Marketing

  • Learn what marketing is and how you should use it
  • Understand the 5 biggest beauty business marketing mistakes
  • Study Formula Botanica’s own online marketing formula
  • Learn how to determine who your target customer is
  • Study how to run a focus group for your products
  • Course bonus: Product Testing Questionnaire template
  • Course bonus: Advertising 101 Fact Sheet
  • Course bonus: Website Design Fact Sheet
  • Course bonus: Press Release Fact Sheet
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DOSF7003 – Organic Certification

  • Familiarise yourself with the 5 main organic certification schemes
  • Learn about the global organic beauty market
  • Study the challenges in purchasing organic ingredients
  • Choose the best certification scheme for your business

Module 8 – Global Cosmetic Compliance

It doesn’t matter how small your business is, you still must comply with the law. In this Module we will introduce you to the cosmetic regulations in 48 countries. We encourage you to comply with the strictest regulations in the world – those in the EU – but we also cover the requirements in the USA, Canada, ASEAN countries, Australia, New Zealand, and others.

You will learn how to correctly label, manufacture and sell your products so that they comply with the law. We break down global cosmetic regulations for you in 8 easy steps. It may sound daunting, but if you cover the legislation bit by bit, then your artisan cosmetics business can become compliant.

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DOSF8001 – Labelling + Claims

  • Learn how to correct label your skincare product step by step
  • Set up a batch recording system for your lab
  • Calculate allergens for your cosmetic label declarations
  • Learn which claims you can and cannot make around the world
  • Study the different labelling requirements around the world (Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and more)
  • Work through our handy checklist to ensure your labels are compliant
  • Play ‘Name that Claim’
  • Course bonus: Cosmetic Allergen Declaration Calculator
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DOSF8002 – Global Compliance

  • Study the difference between cosmetic regulations in 48 countries
  • Learn how to implement Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • Find out if you can manufacture cosmetics at home in your country
  • Learn the different tests you’ll need to undertake to sell your cosmetics
  • Create your own Product Information File with our 11-step checklist
  • Research which type of business insurance you’ll need
  • Course bonus: Product Information File template

“I throughly enjoyed every part of making the products. I enjoyed studying and learning so much which I never knew – the science behind skincare was a very good lesson and the tutor support tips advice for launching my business were just so detailed and understood easily. From name branding to packaging everything was a new experience for me and I enjoyed it throughout.”

– Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation Graduate, UK

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More Bonuses

When you study with Formula Botanica, you become part of a close-knit international community of students and graduates all around the world. We support you all throughout your studies and beyond, and we give you access to our expert botanical skincare science and business files while you are enrolled on your courses.

Bonus 1 – Network with your Peers

Once you enrol with us, you are welcomed into our international student community groups which contain many hundreds of our students and graduates from all over the world. Everyone knows each other and many of our students meet up in their respective countries to share information and formulate together.

In our groups you will receive expert tutor support and peer support. Ask questions, share photos, troubleshoot formulations. Celebrate your victories and get encouragement when you need it. You are never alone.

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Bonus 2 – Access our Student Library

When you become a student with Formula Botanica, you also gain exclusive access to our Online Student Library for the duration of your course. Access our:

  • Preferred supplier guide which contains hundreds of global companies
  • Extensive ingredients directory with listings of over 100 natural ingredients
  • Formulation percentage-to-weight calculator
  • Collection of many hours of expert webinars
  • Scientific research collection
  • Recommended reading list
  • Wiki-style Cosmetic Science Glossary

Bonus 3 – Post-Graduate Business Promotion Package

The support doesn’t finish when you graduate. We want to keep in touch with you once you’ve finished your course and support your career in organic skincare. We offer lots of free promotion for our graduates because we want to help give your business the support it needs when you launch it.

Be featured widely on our website, on social media and on our mailing list. Formula Botanica has reaches hundreds of thousands of followers and subscribers all around the world so this will help you create a splash when you launch.

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Bonus 4 – Earn Formula Botanica Open Badges

Formula Botanica issues Open Badges to students who pass their courses successfully. These badges can be used on your resume, social media pages and LinkedIn profile to demonstrate that you are a skilled organic cosmetic formulator. We have also hidden a few surprise badges in the course materials for students who pass certain Modules with a distinction grade!

Enrol for our foundation Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation today to become a proficient natural formulator, making beautiful 100% natural and organic facial, body and spa skincare products.

Prerequisites

None. This natural skincare course is suitable for complete beginners.

Online Classroom

Peer support & tutor support via a private Facebook group.

Start Date

Term Times. Self-paced training where you have up to 2 years to complete your course.

Accreditation

Formula Botanica is accredited by the Open & Distance Learning Quality Council.

Assessment

Projects, activities and reflexive learning. Each module ends with a short test.

Expert Support

Our Tutor Team has an educational background in cosmetic chemistry, biology, education and business management. Let us support you.

Enrol today to start the organic skincare business of your dreams

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