Formula Botanica review
In this post, I decided to share my experience studying with Formula Botanica and how it helped me launch a successful beauty brand with a lot of great feedback. Creating beauty products that truly work is my passion. Formula Botanica provided me with the solid training needed to create gorgeous skincare products that people love.
I started a few years ago as a self-taught formulator. I eventually upgraded from self-taught skincare formulator to professional skincare formulator by intensive study with Formula Botanica. My initial goal was to create formulas that work, that I could sell and that were safe for my customers. Initially I fell in love with their free tutorials (which I found quickly became addictive), and before you know it, I was enrolled in their complete International Organic Skincare Entrepreneur Program where I enjoyed fun and challenging courses and gained priceless knowledge about the industry.
The Formula Botanica program helped me immensely, giving me the confidence to:
- learn the process of developing cosmetics
- be aware of safety guidelines
- experiment with hundreds of ingredients to develop my formulations
- understand how to use natural preservatives (when needed) and conduct stability testing
The program is very well structured, relevant to the whole industry and developed to a standard that I haven’t found anywhere else.
The highlights of my experience with Formula Botanica include:
The quality of training
Courses are well-structured ranging from a base course (for those who have no background in skincare formulation, I recommend that you first enroll in the Diploma course) to advanced formulation courses that allow you to create hot skincare that stands out. The Diploma course was well worth it, and all of the hours and effort you put in will pay off. At the end of the training you will have:
- Learned the process of creating a cosmetic (understand raw materials and their properties, how to formulate facial/body skincare products and follow good manufacturing practice)
- Learned the new areas of formulation
- Formulated professional grade cosmetics
- Envisioned your formulations on store shelves
- Learned cosmetic preservation, testing and how to comply with legal requirements and laws
Great support by the staff and students to elevate your formulations
The course is extremely well-organized and help is always available from experienced industry professionals if needed. Not only do they have great tutors, but you get free tutorials and lessons before enrolling which are easily accessed (and as I noted above, highly addictive! Consider yourself warned lol!). And a tonne of resources are available such as supplier information, research information and more to make your job easier. I always appreciated the amazing feedback, formulation challenges and assignments given to the students on a regular basis.
Continuing education and post-graduate support
Formula Botanica provides amazing support for graduates! Lorraine, the program Director, and Formula Botanica are truly committed to helping their graduates share their creations with the world. Check out a few blog posts they have written about my fellow graduates that create fantastic cosmetics, including: Wild Beauty Apothecary, Bybi and most recently Flower And Spice by the lovely Karmen Novak.
In November 2016, I had the huge pleasure of attending Formula Botanica’s annual conference in London. It was amazing to meet my fellow passionate formulators and entrepreneurs in person. And I was incredibly excited to receive my apron (so Beautiful!)
Thank you so much for your commitment and professionalism Formula Botanica! You gave me the tools to become a knowledgeable formulator.