Certificate in Cosmetic Stability Testing

  • Suitable for: Formulators with experience
  • Pre-requisites: Checklist

  • Time: 20 study hours

  • Course Modules: 4

  • Coursework: Self-study + tutor graded

  • Duration: One year deadline

  • Cost: £210 (British Pounds)
  • Next enrolment period: 21-28 Jan 2020

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COURSE INFORMATION

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Our Certificate in Cosmetic Stability Testing will teach you how to design appropriate stability tests for your cosmetics range. In this online course, you’ll learn how to choose the right stability testing for your cosmetics and make sure that your products are remain safe and stable for their shelf life.

This course is suitable for people with existing cosmetic brands or students with formulation experience. This Certificate will teach you how to make your cosmetics range safe, stable and sellable.

Learn how to perform Cosmetic Stability Tests

Learn the difference between physical, chemical, mechanical, microbiological and functional stability tests. You don’t need to equip your lab with expensive testing kit in order to undertake a sensible stability test. Discover which tests you can easily and inexpensively perform in your artisan cosmetics lab in order to ensure that your products are stable and sellable.

Accurately Predict your Cosmetic Shelf Life

Do you know how long your cosmetic product will last? Many artisan formulators have an approximate idea, but few can state with confidence what the shelf life of their products will be. Take the guesswork out of your calculations by actually understanding how to design a stability study and predict an accurate shelf life for your products.

Learn the 20 different stability tests every formulator should know

We cover 20 different cosmetic stability tests that you can either undertake yourself, or outsource to a specialist lab. We’ll show you which tests you need for different formulations and we’ll teach you to undertake most of them yourself.

Create a regular cosmetic stability testing schedule

When you formulate cosmetic products, you need to implement a testing schedule to regularly check the stability of your products. Whether you create your products fresh to order, or create batches in advance, learn how to prepare a regular testing schedule to ensure that you know what to look for in changes in your products. Cover all the environmental factors that could cause changes and choose the best tests to monitor these changes.

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This course is for you if:

You are worried that your formulations might not be stable for their shelf life

You want to embed stability testing into the heart of your business

You’re not sure how to design a stability testing schedule for your artisan lab

You want to sell your formulations to the public with a clear conscience

You want to feel confident that your cosmetic formulation will be stable

You want to enrol with an accredited and gold award-winning education provider

“I have just completed my Stability Certificate at Formula Botanica. And I just have to say: Yet again you did Formula Botanica! Stability testing can at time feel overwhelming and difficult, but you have made it less difficult and at least manageable for this artisan formulator. You have helped me understand things I didn’t even now I needed to know.”

– Carola, Sweden

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Study Books

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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.

Course assessments

Test what you learned to help you make your formulations safe, stable and sellable
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COURSE SYLLABUS

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Module 1 – Why test for stability?

Many artisan cosmetic formulators don’t regularly test the stability of their products. You’ll learn why stability testing is critical to the success of your business, we’ll look at the damage that could potentially be done to your reputation if you sold unstable products and we’ll review the legal requirements for stability.

Certificate in Cosmetic Stability Testing

CCST Module 1

  • Learn what it means to have a stable cosmetic product – avoid the nightmare of precipitated pigments, suspended particles, separated emulsions in 2 or 3 phases, discolouration or changed viscosity.
  • Change your business ethos by embedding stability into the core of everything you do – we’ll teach you how.
  • When is cosmetic stability testing a legal requirement? We’ll run you through the scenarios you must consider to keep your products safe and legal.
  • Run through the 9 main reasons that you need to test for cosmetic stability in your products.

Module 2 – Setting up your Lab

Mainstream cosmetics laboratories contain tens of thousands of dollars worth of testing equipment. As an artisan formulator, you need to rely on simpler equipment which is still effective. Run through the main requirements for your artisan cosmetics lab, so that you can still run a comprehensive regular testing schedule.

Certificate in Cosmetic Stability Testing

CCST Module 2

  • Make sure you have the 12 most important pieces of (affordable) equipment for your artisan cosmetics lab. We’ll teach you what they are, how they work and how to use them.
  • Learn how to set up your testing lab on an artisan budget.
  • Understand how to set up your artisan cosmetics lab so that you are ready to undertake your stability testing schedule for your own products.
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Mini Lesson – Your Lab Notebook

  • Learn how to set up the most important piece of equipment in your testing lab: your notebook
  • Understand how to set up your notebook
  • Study which parameters you must record in your notebook
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Mini Lesson – Measuring pH

  • Understand what pH is, why you should measure it and which tools you can use.
  • Learn how to use a pH meter – how to create solutions, how to calibrate your pH meter, how to store it.
  • Study the 4 important points you must consider when using a pH meter.
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Mini Lesson – Your Lab Scales

  • Research the 4 points you must consider when shopping for the right scales for your artisan lab
  • Understand what defines good quality scales for your testing lab

Module 3 – Choosing the Right Stability Test

Depending on the product you’re formulating, as well as its ingredients, packaging and overall efficacy, you will need to determine which stability test is most suitable. We’ll run through the huge variety of tests available to you and help you learn how to conduct them confidently and properly.

Certificate in Cosmetic Stability Testing

CCST Module 3

  • Learn the 20 different types of stability test available to you as an artisan cosmetics formulator. Learn why, when and how to undertake them, as well as understanding when you can perform these tests yourself or when you need to outsource them.
  • Receive sample testing schedules, which you can modify for your own products and your own stability testing regime.
  • Understand which tests are mandatory and which are good practice.
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Visual Stability Testing

  • Learn the 5 characteristics of visual stability testing and how to conduct visual stability tests.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of visual stability tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for visual stability tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for visual stability tests
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Olfactory Stability Testing

  • Learn how to conduct olfactory stability tests.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of olfactory stability tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for olfactory stability tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for olfactory stability tests
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pH Testing

  • Learn the where, what, how and when of conducting pH tests.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of pH tests.
  • Bonus: Sample stability testing schedule for pH tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for pH tests
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Foam Stability Testing

  • Learn the 5 characteristics of foam stability testing and how to conduct foam stability tests.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of foam stability tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for foam stability tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for foam stability tests
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Packaging Integrity Testing

  • Learn how to conduct packaging integrity testing.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of packaging integrity tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for packaging integrity tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for packaging integrity tests
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TVC & Challenge Testing

  • Learn the different between Total Viable Count (TVC) and challenge tests – which you must outsource to an external lab.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of TVC and challenge tests.
  • Bonus: Sample stability testing schedule for external TVC and challenge tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for TVC and challenge tests
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Viscosity Testing

  • Learn how to conduct viscosity challenge tests in your artisan lab (with a fun experiment!).
  • Understand how to interpret the results of viscosity tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for viscosity tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for viscosity tests
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Centrifuge Testing

  • Learn how to conduct centrifuge testing.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of centrifuge tests.
  • Bonus: Record sheets for centrifuge tests
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Container Content Testing

  • Learn how to conduct container content testing.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of container content tests.
  • Bonus: Sample stability testing schedule for container content tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for container content tests
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Net Content Testing

  • Learn how to conduct net content tests in your artisan lab.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of net content tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for net content tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for net content tests
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Sensory Testing

  • Learn how to conduct sensory / skin feel testing.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of sensory / skin feel tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for sensory / skin feel tests.
  • Bonus: Record sheets for sensory / skin feel tests
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Functionality / Assay Testing

  • Learn the different between functionality and assay tests – which you must outsource to an external lab.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of functionality / assay tests.
  • Bonus: Sample stability testing schedule for external functionality and assay tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for functionality and assay tests
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Freeze / Thaw Testing

  • Learn how to conduct freeze / thaw tests in your artisan lab.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of freeze / thaw tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for freeze / thaw tests
  • Bonus: Record sheets for freeze / thaw tests
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Photostability Testing

  • Learn how to conduct photostability testing.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of photostability tests.
  • Bonus: Sample testing schedule for photostability tests.
  • Bonus: Sample photostability test report.
  • Bonus: Record sheets for centrifuge tests

Module 4 – Determining Shelf Life

The two most important objectives of running stability tests are (1) ensuring that the product is stable and (2) determining the shelf life of your product. In this module we will show you how to use your stability test results to set a sensible shelf life for your product and ensure that it remains stable for this duration.

Certificate in Cosmetic Stability Testing

CCST Module 4

  • Learn how to intrapolate the results of your stability tests and measurements in order to calculate your product’s shelf life.
  • Understand how to plan your batch sizes and packaging, as well as how to label your products correctly to display their shelf life.
  • Study the differences in global temperatures and relative humidity and how this affects your products and their stability.

“I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who is formulating their own skin care products. The course not only explains the importance and necessity of stability testing, it also shows you how to perform inexpensive stability testing in your own lab allowing you to perfect your products before you send them to a professional lab for final testing (which will save you a lot of $$$).”

– Patty Palumbo, USA

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COURSE 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 – Become Part of the Loveliest Formulation Community on the Internet

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 Student Resources 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

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Bonus 3 – Ongoing Support After Graduation

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 or as you grow it.

You remain a member of our Online Classroom for life, because we want to keep in touch and support you and your beauty brand. We reach over 1,000,000 people per month through our digital networks and will help you get your brand in front of the world.

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Bonus 4 – Earn Formula Botanica Bonus Badges

Formula Botanica issues special Moodle Badges to students who pass their courses successfully (Moodle is the name of our award-winning and accredited eLearning Platform). These badges can be used on your resume, social media pages and LinkedIn profile to demonstrate that you are a skilled organic formulator. We have also hidden a few surprise badges in the course materials for students who pass certain Modules with a distinction grade!

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Enrol for our Certificate in Cosmetic Stability Testing to learn one of the most important formulation skills – ensuring your products stay safe, stable and sellable.

Prerequisites

Suitable for students with formulation experience, ideally graduates of our foundation Diploma.

Online Classroom

Peer support & tutor support via a private Facebook group.

Start Date

Term times. Self-paced training where you have up to 12 months to complete your course.

Accreditation

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

Assessment

Projects, activities and reflexive learning. The main 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.

ENROLMENT

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Formula Botanica operates a term time system, so we can get all of our students started at the same time and run online study groups.

Term times run in the following months:

  • Winter Term: January
  • Summer Term: July

Enrolment for all of our courses will be open during this period. If you want to be the first to hear when we open enrolment, make sure you pre-register for this course.

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