We are delighted to announce that our popular members-only site, The Lab at Formula Botanica, has gained accreditation from the CPD Certification Service UK.
This means that if you are a member of the Lab at Formula Botanica, you now receive externally accredited, continuing professional development (CPD) certification when you successfully complete the Lab’s monthly training modules. These “Mini Labs” cover up-to-the-minute topics in the world of advanced natural cosmetic formulation.
Formula Botanica is recognised as the leading online teaching institution for organic formulation and indie beauty entrepreneurship. This latest achievement is testament to our ability to shape the professional training of natural, organic cosmetic formulators.
The cosmetics industry typically sees CPD delivered informally and does not have a history of providing structured tools to formulators to ensure their knowledge and skills are kept up to date. With Lab membership going beyond our Formula Botanica student community to include anyone with an interest in formulation, we are helping fill this glaring gap in the market.
Commenting on the Lab’s new CPD accreditation, Formula Botanica CEO Lorraine Dallmeier said: “We’ve seen thousands of formulators go through our award-winning online courses and invest significant time into learning how to create botanical formulations. We want to support the formulation community by offering them a platform that keeps their education up to date. I am so proud of the accreditation we’ve now achieved for the Lab through CPD UK.”
With a finger on the pulse of the natural beauty sector, The Lab provides value to natural cosmetic formulators through its unique combination of professional training, the latest cosmetic science research, ingredient, formulation and equipment libraries, and live masterclasses with external experts who provide insights into the trends and topics shaping the industry.
Leading industry figures who have delivered expert training to the Lab include Thomas Kerfoot of O&3; Colleen Quinn of LabAroma and LabCannamist; and Nina Kocevar Glavac of the CosmEthically ACTIVE journal and certification.
Once enrolled in the Lab, members gain access to its entire library of content, which, to date, numbers some 32 Mini Labs as well as 64 in-depth ingredient profiles detailing chemical constituents, cosmetic action and available scientific research. With its constantly updated online libraries, the Lab’s resources rival those of published cosmetic textbooks, which need expensive, time-consuming reprints to remain current.
As a member, you use your personalised online dashboard to plan your own learning path, monitor your progress through the CPD modules and assessments, and download CPD-accredited badges and certificates to share on your personal and professional media and platforms.
“Through our collaboration with CPD UK, the content within the Lab is externally accredited on an ongoing basis. This gives our community peace of mind knowing that all the content meets the CPD requirements and is key to helping them on their journey to becoming better formulators,” said Formula Botanica Education and Lab Manager Ana Green.
The Lab has also proved to be the ideal platform for us to launch capsule, breakthrough training courses. Early in 2022, the Lab hosted Formula Botanica’s first makeup formulation courses, covering botanical lipsticks and plant-based blushers. These pioneering short courses covered the complexities and science of plant pigments and the practical formulation skills required to create botanical colour cosmetics.
Our CPD membership site has gone from strength to strength since we launched it just over two years ago. Originally, we created The Lab as CPD for Formula Botanica students, but the membership model has proved so successful and in demand that we opened it up to non-students too. The Lab is now a significant part of Formula Botanica, complementing our portfolio of diploma and certificate courses in organic cosmetic formulation and beauty entrepreneurship.
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Liz is Formula Botanica’s Content Coordinator and joined our team in August 2020. Liz worked as a professional blogger, journalist and site developer for many years and was also part of the Formula Botanica student community. Read more about the Formula Botanica Team.