Foundation Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation

Content

8 Modules of Learning. 

4K & HD video content, and downloadable course materials. 

Prerequsites

None. This course is suitable for beginners.

Community

Access to the Purodem Academy student groups via the Purodem mobile app.

Completion Time

After enrolment, you'll have 2 years to complete your course. 

Our foundation natural skincare course, teaching you how to become an organic skincare formulator

Do you want to learn how to create natural, effective skincare products? If so, then this is the natural skincare training course for you. Enrol on our Foundation Diploma in Natural Cosmetic Skincare Formulation and you will learn how to formulate and make clean, natural and organic skincare for yourself, your beauty therapy / salon clients, or to start your very own skincare brand.

In this course you will learn the fundamental skills needed to formulate organic skincare products from scratch. You’ll learn how to create cream emulsions, anhydrous formulations, gels, and liquid surfactant wash products. Understand the concept of pH balance and skin acidity levels that can affect your formulations, about which ingredients are best suited to different skin types giving you the confidence and skills to create and produce your own organic skincare products for specific skin requirements. 

Learn about the therapeutic values of your ingredients including butters, waxes, hydrolats, clays, botanical extracts essential oils, and flower waters, and how you can use these gifts from nature by harnessing their natural properties in your own natural skincare formulations. Discover the common pitfalls in natural skincare formulation, including product stability and safety-critical ingredients such as preservatives, and your legal responsibilities as a skincare formulator – especially important if you are starting your own skincare business!

Next Course Start Date is: 1st November 2021

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*Please note that places on our courses are limited to enable us to allocate resources to our students. We reserve the right to close the enrolment early to ensure we can offer the best possible service to those who have already enrolled for the upcoming term. 

build your own brand of natural skincare products

Throughout the course, our students are creating a range of natural skincare; products formulated by themselves, applying the knowledge and skills learnt from the lessons of the course. Our lessons show example recipes, explanation & demonstrating of formulation skills and the practical aspects of producing natural and organic skincare products.

Students are required to create their own products to include in their range, for submission in the final assessments. Formulating and producing real-world examples of products and cosmetics that are used for specific skincare requirements, helps reinforce the knowledge learnt on the course. It also allows students to be creative, whilst working within safe and responsible parameters.

Product range building is a key element of the Purodem courses. At the beginning it is integrated throughout the modules of the Foundation Diploma, and this concept continues into the Advanced Diploma skincare courses, where we look in more depth and specific skincare needs, product types, and taking your product ranges to market. We think that this approach provides our students with a purpose to develop their portfolio of skills and knowledge, with each lesson unlocking a new level of understanding and inspiration for the practice of making clean, natural skincare.

Who Is this natural skincare Course for?

Suitable for beginners, this online course is suitable for all those passionate about making natural skincare products, and want to learn how to formulate using organic ingredients to create skin care products for either personal use, or commercial use for those wanting to launch a beauty brand and start their own skincare business. 

This course is ideally suited for those who have limited, or no previous experience making natural skincare products, and have not learned about cosmetic regulations and best manufacturing practices.

It is also the ideal place to start if you have previously attended a day course with another provider, but are wishing to refresh, and/or extend your knowledge before starting a new career launching your own brand of natural skincare products. 

course Information

an overview of our foundation skincare course

  • 8 comprehensive modules, delivered by our expert tutors via our own easy-to-use online distance learning platform, enabling you to study your Foundation Diploma in Natural Skincare course from anywhere in the world. 
  • 4K & HD videos tutorials, downloadable course materials and resources. via our online classroom and learning platform. 
  • Tutor Support – Regular face-to-face sessions with your tutor via Zoom for ongoing tutor support as you progress through your online course.
  • Access to the Purodem Academy students area, where you’ll find your courses, student groups and discussion forums with the Purodem community. Join other cosmetic formulators in the discussion forums as our community grows. 
  • Exclusive access to our iPhone, iPad, & Android apps to study on the go, and to access to your student community enhancing your learning experience. 
  • As part of the Foundation Diploma course you will have the opportunity to take part in live practical CPD courses, workshops and seminars via live-stream on our Purodem Academy members platform, and also at our UK based venue pending Covid-19 travel restrictions.
  • Internal assessments and assignments to be completed as part of your course in your learner unit summary at the completion of each module to help consolidate learning. 
  • Final exam and assessment of portfolio upon completion of your course content. 
  • On successful completion of your course you will receive your certificate enabling you to obtain the necessary insurance required in order to start your own skincare business or beauty brand. 
  • This natural skincare course is delivered via distance learning. Self-study at your own pace, in your own time.
  • 2 Year completion deadline.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

This natural skincare course is suitable for beginners, and for those who have some experience in skincare formulation and are wanting to further their knowledge.

As part of our learning environment we have incorporated student groups, and knowledge forums inside the members area of the Purodem Academy platform, accessible via of our website, and mobile app. We operate our courses via term times to allow new students to meet online via the social groups created for each of our courses creating a community feel, and encourage peer-to-peer learning.

Please check on the page above for the next available term dates. 

The cost of the course is £595 GBP.

Please note that places on our courses are limited to enable us to allocate resources to our students. We reserve the right to close the enrolment early to ensure we can offer the best possible service to those who have already enrolled for the upcoming term. 

8 Modules of learning

introduction Module

Welcome to your course

To begin your Foundation Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation course you’ll find a warm welcome to Purodem, gaining full access to our online learning membership platform, and a tour around our easy-to-use website showing you how to access your course, including your downloadable course material,  and student area. You will also be introduced to your tutor whom you will be able to speak with to find out any further information you need before starting your course. 

Here you will also find the outlined learning objectives for your course, with access to your progress chart, along with the preliminary orientation FAQs located in your Learning Portfolio, for ease of reference as you travel through the modules within the course.

In this section you will also complete your Personal Development Profile (P.D.P.) Part of this is an initial personal statement where you will outline some of your personal course objectives, and what you would like to achieve from this course. At the end of each module you’ll complete a Reflective Learning Journal detailing your course progress, with a Final Personal Statement upon completion of the course. 

Both of the sections of your Personal Development Profile will be included as part of your final assessment module.

Module 1

Good Manufacturing Practice & Initial Setup

Before starting to make natural skincare products for yourself, you first need to learn about your workspace and surroundings, in order to provide a good working foundation for making natural skincare products correctly.

Topics include: 

  • What is G.M.P (Good Manufacturing Practice), how does it affect you as an organic skincare formulator, and the benefits to following best-working practice. 
  • How to set up and manage your workspace correctly for efficient production of natural skincare.
  • How to overcome potential problems when using shared areas.
  • Learn about the equipment that you’ll need to produce organic skincare, and the correct storage and handling procedures required for efficient skincare production. 
  • Understand the importance of record keeping, your responsibilities as a natural skincare formulator, and how these can be advantageous to you as a skilled & confident natural skincare formulator.
  • Learn about a working formulation diary, and how we as natural skincare formulators use them. 
  • How to create a Product Information File.
  • The creation of a G.M.P. Statement for inclusion in your portfolio. 
  • End of module assessment. 

Module 2

Skin Science & key Ingredients

Learn about the anatomy & physiology of the skin, and the benefits to using gorgeous natural ingredients to make natural & organic skincare products.

Topics include:

  • The anatomy & physiology of the skin. 
  • The history of skincare, right through the ages from ancient times to modern day.
  • Learn what constitutes a natural ingredient.
  • Learn about the benefits of using natural ingredients to create handmade organic skincare products. 
  • Learn about synthetic ingredients, and discover what harmful chemicals are commonly used in the skincare industry.
  • Learn the Truths vs Myths – Natural cosmetic ingredients or Synthetic?
  • Introduction to carrier oils, fats & waters used in natural skincare formulation.
  • Learn about emulsifiers and gums used in organic skincare.
  • Understand the use of preservatives when making natural skincare products.
  • Learning understand the difference between formulations and recipes, and how to read and adapt them.

Module 3

Properties of Essential Oils

Learning and understanding how to safely formulate using plant-based essential oils for your natural skincare products.

Topics include:

  • Learn about the 15 most popular essential oils commonly used in natural skin care, and how they are produced.
  • Discover the different categories of essential oils used in natural skincare including citrus oils, floral oils, and herbs & spices.
  • What are the benefits to the skin for using essential oils in natural skincare?
  • Learn how to calculate and blend essential oils for your natural skincare formulations.
  • The importance of using essential oils safely, including essential oils to avoid, and safe blending ratio’s.
  • Learn about carrier oils and their uses in organic skincare.
  • Creating individual aroma blends for your own natural products. 

Module 4

Range Building & Regulatory Compliance

Understanding and learning the core elements of a skincare brand. Learn about product range building, and your legal responsibilities including cosmetic legal compliance, labelling & packaging, which is especially important for skincare formulators who want to launch a successful skincare business selling their own products .

Topics include:

  • Identifying who it is that you are creating natural skincare products for. 
  • Deciding on your product range, & the importance of design when choosing packaging / containers. 
  • What are the labelling regulations and standards, and how to adhere to them. 
  • Staying ethical when making claims: The things you can – and can’t say.
  • How to get your products certified.
  • Learn about toxicology testing for natural skincare.
  • What is stability testing, and what methods can you apply.
  • How to obtain insurance to enable you to sell your products legally. 
  • Regulatory compliance when selling commercial products.
  • Identifying the regulations regarding the sale of natural skincare in your specific area.  

Module 5

cosmetic cream emulsions

Learning and understanding how to formulate & make cosmetic cream emulsions of varying weights, for various skincare applications, and specific to individual skin type.

Theory & practical lessons lessons:

  • An introduction to emulsion skincare products, and formulations.
  • The basic principal of making a cosmetic emulsion. 
  • The versatility of cosmetic emulsions. 
  • Why we use emulsions in skincare ranges, and how they work.
  • Theoretical breakdown of various types of creams and lotions.
  • Learn how to create a simple cream emulsion formulation, and discover the used methods to transform this simple product into a variety of other products to include in your natural skincare range. 
  • Practical lessons & discovery sessions of how to make various types of creams and lotions, suitable for a variety of different skin types and applications.
  • Design, formulate, and produce, a cosmetic cream emulsion of your choice, to be included as part of your natural skincare range. (To be submitted and assessed as part of your portfolio.)

Module 6

gel-based products

Learning and understanding how to formulate & make gel skincare preparations for various skincare applications.

Theory & practical lessons lessons:

  • An introduction to gel skincare products and formulations.
  • The basic principal of making a gel-based product. 
  • The versatility of gel-based products. 
  • Examples of gel-based products and why do we use them in skincare.
  • Theoretical breakdown of various types of gel products.
  • Learn how to create a simple gel formulation.
  • Practical lessons & discovery sessions of how to make various types of gel products, suitable for a variety of different skin types and applications.
  • Design, formulate, and produce, a gel-based product of your choice, to be included as part of your natural skincare range. (To be submitted and assessed as part of your portfolio.)

Module 7

anhydrous products

Learning and understanding how to formulate & make anhydrous products, body butters and balms, for various skincare applications, and specific to individual skin type.

Theory & practical lessons lessons:

  • An introduction to anhydrous products, and formulations.
  • The basic principal of making an anhydrous product. 
  • The versatility of anhydrous products, and the different types of cosmetic products that are included. 
  • Why we use anhydrous products in skincare ranges.
  • Theoretical breakdown of various types of butters and balms.
  • What are the benefits of anhydrous formulations in natural skin care.
  • Learn how to create a simple anhydrous liquid oil formulation.
  • Theoretical breakdown of various types of balms.
  • Practical lessons & discovery sessions of how to make various types of body butters and balms, suitable for a variety of different skin types and applications.
  • Design, formulate, and produce, an anhydrous skincare product of your choice, to be included as part of your natural skincare range. (To be submitted and assessed as part of your portfolio.

Module 8

surfactant formulations

Learning and understanding how to formulate & make cosmetic surfactant formulations, for various skincare applications, and specific to individual skin type.

Theory & practical lessons lessons:

  • An introduction to surfactant products, and formulations.
  • The basic principal of making surfactant products. 
  • The versatility of surfactant products, and the different types of cosmetic products that are included. 
  • Why we use surfactant products in skincare ranges.
  • Theoretical breakdown of various types of surfactant products.
  • Learn how to create a simple liquid soap formulation.
  • Theoretical breakdown of various types of balms.
  • Practical lessons & discovery sessions of how to make various types of surfactant products, suitable for a variety of different skin types and applications.
  • Design, formulate, and produce, a surfactant skincare product of your choice, to be included as part of your natural skincare range. (To be submitted and assessed as part of your portfolio.)
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! This course is particularly suited to beginners who have not made skincare products before. It is also an ideal place to start for those looking to refresh and consolidate their previous knowledge relating to skincare formulation.

By enrolling on our Foundation Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation you will learn the necessary skills to become a natural skincare specialist able to make your own organic skincare products for yourself, your family, and your therapy clients.

You don’t need a licence to sell skin care products, however, you do need to make sure you comply with your legal responsibilities if you are selling skincare to others. On this Foundation Diploma course you will learn about legal and regulatory compliance related to the sale of your own range of skincare. 

On enrolment you will be given a list of products and raw materials needed for you to complete the course. We will recommend high quality ingredients from our dedicated supplier who ship worldwide. 

You may also wish to purchase some locally-sourced ingredients for your own formulations which we actively encourage throughout the course.

We run our courses via set term times during the year in order for our students to study at the same time, which also enables students to engage with each other, their tutors, and mentors via the student groups & discussion forum’s section of the website and mobile app.

You will be able to access your course in the next available term advertised on the relevant course page.

You can purchase the course anytime via the website ready for the next upcoming term. Places on our courses are limited to enable us to allocate tutors to our students. We reserve the right to close the enrolment early to ensure we can offer the best possible service to those who are already booked onto the course.

Unfortunately we don’t offer a payment plan for our Foundation Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation. 

Pricing

The cost of the Foundation Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation is: £595

Once accepted onto the course, you can reserve your place with a deposit of: £295. The balance of £300 will be requested upon commencement of your course.

Unfortunately, we don’t offer a payment plan for this course. 

join our next enrolment to begin your natural skincare formulation JOURNEY

To submit an application to enrol on the Foundation Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation please fill out all fields in the form below:

I attended a 4-day course with Purodem in January 2020, to learn how to make skincare products for my beauty salon and facial therapy clients. Using the skills Deana showed and explained to me I have since put together a small range of cleansers & moisturiser creams that I now use in my facial treatments. This has saved me money by being able to cut back on buying from suppliers, and still offering a great service to my clients. They all love that I can now tailor make creams for their individual needs.
Rachel W
Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK.