Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation (3rd Edition)

Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation (3rd Edition)

taught by School of Natural Skincare International

Course description

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Course Curriculum

The Third Edition (2020)
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Module 5: Cosmetic Ingredients and Raw Materials
Welcome to Module 5
Module resources and layout
Learning outcomes of Module 5
Download: Module 5 workbook
5.1 Classification of ingredients/raw materials
5.2 Compatibility of ingredients/raw materials
5.3 Ingredients and functions: an overview
5.4 Researching ingredients/raw materials
Activity: Download an MSDS and CoA
5.4.1 Choosing a raw material supplier
5.5 Lipids
5.5.1 Composition of lipids
5.5.2 Carrier oils
Activity: Choosing carrier oils for yourself
5.5.3 Esters
5.5.4 Butters
5.5.5 Waxes (plus testing five natural waxes: experiment and report)
5.5.6 How to select lipids for your formulations
5.5.7 Getting to know your lipids
Download: Getting to know your lipids worksheet
Activity: Getting to know your lipids
5.6 Humectants
5.7 Clays, Powders, Salt and Exfoliants
5.8 Active ingredients
5.8.1 Antioxidants
5.8.3 Botanical Extracts
5.8.2 Vitamins
5.9 Essential Oils, hydrosols and fragrances
5.9.1 Essential Oils: Quick reference chart
5.9.2 Essential oil profiles
5.9.3 Getting to know your essential oils
Download: Getting to know your essential oils worksheet
Activity: Getting to know your essential oils
5.9.4 How to choose and blend essential oils
Download: Choosing and blending essential oils worksheets
5.9.5 International Fragrance (IFRA) guidelines and calculating allergen levels
Download: IFRA standards
Download: Example IFRA conformity certificate and Allergen declaration
5.10 Functional Ingredients
5.10.1 Natural emulsifiers for creams and lotions
5.10.2 Emulsifiers for self-emulsifying oils and oleogels
5.10.3 Thickeners
5.10.4 Solubilizers
5.10.5 pH Adjusters
5.11 Natural colorants
5.12 Organizing and storing materials In your lab
Download: Incoming ingredient (raw material) log
Activity: Start keeping an Incoming ingredient (raw material) log
5.13 Substituting ingredients
5.14 Supplier list
Download: Module 5 textbook
Module 5 quiz
Checking in
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Module 8: Formulating Oils, Oil-Based Serums and Self-Emulsifying Oils
Welcome to Module 8
Module resources and layout
Learning outcomes of Module 8
Download: Module 8 workbook
8.1 Introduction to formulating oils, oil-based serums and self-emulsifying oils
8.2 Formulating body and massage oils
Download: Product development brief - Body and massage oils
8.2.1 Formulation example: Moringa Dry Oil Body Spritz
8.2.2 Formulation example: Wild Rose and Geranium Dry Oil Body Spritz
8.2.3 Formulation example: Coconut and Lime Body Oil
8.2.4 Formulation example: Soothing and Relaxing Massage and Bath Oil
8.2.5 Formulation example: Balancing and Uplifting Massage and Bath Oil
Activity: Formulate a body or massage oil
8.3 Formulating facial oils and serums
Download: Product development brief - Facial oils and oil-based serums
8.3.1 Formulation example: Facial Oil for Dry Skin
8.3.2 Formulation example: Facial Oil for Oily Skin
8.3.3 Formulation example: Soothing Facial Serum For Sensitive Skin
8.3.4 Formulation example: Antioxidant Facial Serum with Coenzyme Q10
Activity: Formulate a facial oil or oil-based serum
8.4 Formulating bath and shower oils
Download: Product development brief - Bath and shower oils
8.4.1 Formulation example: Lime and Sweet Orange Shower Oil with Polyglyceryl-3 Palmitate
8.4.2 Formulation example: Lavender and Bergamot Bath Oil with Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate
8.4.3 Formulation example: Sweet Orange Shower and Bath Oil with Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate
Activity: Formulate a bath or shower oil
8.5 Formulating cleansing oils, oil-to-milk cleansers and cleansing gels
Download: Product development brief - Cleansing oils, oil-to-milk cleansers and cleansing gels
8.5.1 Formulation example: Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin
8.5.2 Formulation example: Grapefruit Cleansing Oil with Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate
Demonstration: Grapefruit Cleansing Oil with Polyglycerol-4 Oleate
8.5.3 Formulation example: Pomegranate Cleansing Gel with Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate
8.5.4 Formulation example: Geranium Cleansing Gel with Sucrose Stearate
8.5.5 Formulation example: Fragrance-free Cleansing Gel with Sucragel AP V2
Demonstration: Fragrance-free cleansing gel with Sucragel AP V2
8.5.6 Reverse formulation example: Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense Cleansing Melt
8.5.7 Formulation example: Ylang Ylang and Sweet Almond Cleansing Balm with Sapogel Q
Activity: Formulate a cleansing oil, oil-to-milk cleansers or cleansing gel
8.6 Troubleshooting oils, oil-based serums and self-emulsifying oils
Download: Module 8 textbook
Module 8 quiz
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Module 9: Formulating Butters and Balms
Welcome to Module 9
Module resources and layout
Learning outcomes of Module 9
Download: Module 9 workbook
9.1 Introduction to formulating anhydrous butters and balms
Activity: Getting to know your butters
9.2 Formulating anhydrous body butters
Download: Product development brief - Anhydrous body butters
9.2.1 Formulation example: Ylang Ylang and Frankincense Bedtime Body Butter
9.2.2 Formulation example: Whipped Shea Body Butter with Babassu Oil and Illipe Butter
9.2.3 Formulation example: Sweet Orange and Kokum Whipped Body Butter
9.2.4 Formulation example: Mango and Coconut Whipped Body Butter
Activity: Formulate an anhydrous body butter
9.3 Formulating balms and salves
Download: Product development brief - Balms and salves
Activity: Complete a benchmark analysis for a balm
9.3.1 Experiment and report: Do anhydrous cleansing balms need preservatives?
9.3.2 Formulation examples: Simple Lip Balm (Four Variations)
9.3.3 Formulation example: Vegan Calendula Salve
9.3.4 Formulation example: Moisturizing Sea Buckthorn Balm
9.3.5 Formulation example: Wild Rose Beauty Balm
9.3.6 Formulation example: Illipe and Murumuru Lip Balm
Demonstration: Illipe and Murumuru Lip Balm
9.3.7 Formulation example: Ultra Protective Lip Balm with Lanolin
9.3.8 Formulation example: Lavender and Sweet Orange Massage Gel with Dermofeel Viscolid
9.3.9 Formulation example: Sweet Almond Moisturising Gel-Balm with Sapogel Q
Demonstration: 9.3.9 Sweet Almond Moisturizing Gel-balm with Sapogel Q
9.3.10 Formulation example: Frankincense Cleansing Balm
9.3.11 Formulation example: Mango and Murumuru Cleansing Butter
9.3.12 Formulation example: Coconut, Illipe and Green Tea Cleansing Balm with Durosoft PG4-O
9.3.13 Formulation example: Chamomile Cleansing Balm with Dermofeel PP
Activity: Formulate a leave-on or rinse-off balm
9.4 Troubleshooting butters and balms
Download: Module 9 textbook
Module 9 quiz
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Module 10: Formulating Spa-Style Soaks, Scrubs and Polishes
Welcome to Module 10
Module resources and layout
Learning outcomes of Module 10
Download: Module 10 workbook
10.1 Formulating spa-style soaks
Download: Product development brief - Spa-style soaks
10.1.1 Formulation example: Relaxing Rose and Milk Bath Soak
10.1.2 Formulation example: Invigorating Peppermint Foot Soak
10.1.3 Formulation example: Sea Salt and Goat’s Milk Bath Soak
10.1.4 Formulation example: Coconut Milk Bath Soak
Demonstration: Coconut milk bath soak
Activity: Formulate a bath, foot or hand soak
10.2 Formulating exfoliating scrubs and polishes
Download: Product development brief - Scrubs and polishes
Activity: Getting to know exfoliants
10.2.1 Experiment and report: Testing preservatives in an anhydrous Sucragel-based body scrub
10.2.2 Formulation example: Grapefruit and Geranium Body Scrub
10.2.3 Formulation example: Mango, Coconut and Sugar Lip Scrub
10.2.4 Formulation example: Grapefruit, Orange and Calendula Facial Scrub with Sucrose Stearate
Demonstration: Grapefruit, Orange and Calendula Facial Scrub with Sucrose Stearate
10.2.5 Formulation example: Peach and Poppy Seed Body Scrub with Sucrose Stearate
10.2.6 Formulation Example: Lemongrass and Bamboo Facial Scrub with Sucragel CF
Demonstration: Lemongrass and Bamboo Facial Scrub with Sucragel CF
10.2.7 Formulation example: Vanilla and Shea Sugar Scrub with Sucragel AOF Bio
10.2.8 Formulation example: Lemon and Orange Lip Scrub with Sapogel Q
10.2.9 Formulation example: Murumuru Sugar Scrub with Dermofeel PP
Activity: Formulate a body or facial scrub
Activity: Complete a sensory product evaluation for your body or facial scrub
10.3 Troubleshooting spa-style soaks, scrubs and polishes
10.3.1 Troubleshooting example: Lemongrass and Bamboo Facial Scrub with Sucragel CF
10.3.2 Troubleshooting example: Lemon and Sugar Lip Scrub with Sapogel Q
Download: Module 10 textbook
Module 10 quiz
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Module 11: Formulating Toners, Spritzers, Mists and Gels
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Module 13: Formulating Creams and Lotions
Welcome to Module 13
Module resources and layout
Learning outcomes of Module 13
Download: Module 13 workbook
13.1 Introduction to formulating creams and lotions
Demonstration: Simple emulsion
13.1.1 Experiment and report: Testing four natural emulsifiers
Activity: Experiment with emulsifiers
13.2 Formulating creams and lotions for the face and body
Download: Product development brief - Creams and lotions
13.2.1 Formulating for different skin types: Lavender Facial Lotion for Normal/Oily/Dry Skin
Demonstration: Lavender Facial Lotion for Normal Skin
13.2.2 Formulation example: Oil-free Moisturizer
Demonstration: Oil-free Moisturizer
13.2.3 Formulation example: Facial Lotion with Licorice and Niacinamide for Hyperpigmentation
13.2.4 Formulation example: Geranium and Macadamia Body Lotion
Demonstration: Geranium and Macadamia Body Lotion
13.2.5 Formulation example: Coconut and Shea Body Butter
13.2.6 Formulation example: Frankincense Face Cream for Mature Skin with Coenzyme Q10
13.2.7 Formulation example: Floral Moisturizing Lotion
13.2.8 Formulation example: Sweet Summer Body Milk
13.2.9 Formulation example: Eye Cream with Caffeine and Ceramide Complex
Activity: Formulate a cream or lotion
Activity: Complete a sensory product evaluation for your cream or lotion
13.3 Formulating cleansing and exfoliating lotions
13.3.1 Formulation example: Soothing Cleansing Lotion
13.3.2 Formulation example: Olive Exfoliating Lotion
Activity: Formulate an exfoliating lotion
13.4 Troubleshooting creams and lotions
13.5 Laboratory test reports: Creams and lotions
Download: Module 13 textbook
Module 13 quiz
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