Workshops

Workshops are a fast and easy way to get up to speed on specific cosmetic formulation, regulatory and brand management topics – all ONLINE – accessible ANYTIME! Get up-skilled in cosmetic formulation, regulatory and brand management topics no matter where you are in the world. These workshops are easy to access without assessment requirements and are full of topic specific information to get you formulating cosmetics, setting up your small scale cosmetic manufacture, or building your cosmetic brand… FAST! All workshops will get your skills ready within a couple of days – so get building your cosmetic formulas, manufacture or brand today!

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Can I use a different essential oil?

Essential oils may be natural, but there are some very important claims, formulation, blending and safety issues you need to be aware of. Your essential oil blend should be a balanced blend of 3-5 essential oils, with the right mix of top, middle and base notes – but with so many oils to choose from, how do you know what essential oils pair well, and how much should you use? In this workshop, we talk you through how to make compatible, lasting aromas from 55 different types of essential oils! We’ll talk you through important safety and input information, show you how to select from a variety of essential oils and how to ensure your essential oil blends will smell great, and last well in your formulas, every single time. Make confident essential oil selections for amazing blends. Find out more…

Use a different essential oil

Can I use a different surfactant?

Surfactant chemistry can be tricky, and there are so many different surfactants to choose from! How do you know which work best, which combinations should you choose, and how much should you use? Choosing the right surfactant combination is important for foaming and cleansing performance, as well as being mild and suitable for use. It also depends where the product will be used (hair, face, body or hands) and who is meant to use it (children vs. adults). So how much should you use, and which are the best combinations? This workshop looks at over 30 different surfactants and solubilisers that are readily available and highly effective. It also talks you through the pros and cons, recommended inputs and formulation needs of each. Make confident surfactant selections. Find out more…

Use a different surfactant

Can I use a different oil, butter or wax?

It might surprise you to learn that you can’t just swap out oils, butters and waxes in cosmetic formulas easily… and there is a lot to consider like how the spread or melting point could impact your formula, and if antioxidant is needed! There are also some product forms that are better suited to using certain plant oils, esters, butters or waxes – and some formulas where these materials may not be suited at all! Choosing the right oil, butter, wax or combination of these materials, is important for the product form, skin feel, performance and your company philosophy. It can also impact the viscosity, skin feel and shelf life of the finished product. So, which oils, butters or waxes can you swap out effectively, how much should you use in different product forms, and when are certain oils, butters or waxes not suitable to use? This workshop looks at over 50 different plant oils, esters, triglycerides, butters, waxes, mineral oils and silicones that are readily available; and which formulation types they are best suited to. It also talks you through the pros and cons, recommended inputs and formulation needs of each. Make confident oil, butter and wax selections. Find out more...

 

Add oil to cosmetics

 

Can I use a different gum or polymer?

With so many different gums, polymers and gelling agents – how do you know which work best, and how much should you use? Also just as important, how should you process or mix each type of gum or polymer into your formulation? Choosing the right gum or polymer is important for the product form, stability and your company philosophy. It also impacts the viscosity and skin feel of the finished product. So can you swap out different gelling agents effectively, and how much should you use? This workshop looks at over 15 different gums, polymers and gelling agents that are readily available and highly effective. It also talks you through the pros and cons, recommended inputs and formulation needs of each. Make confident gum, polymer and gelling agent selections. Find out more…

 

Gum or polymer formulation

 

Can I use a different emulsifier?

So many emulsifiers to choose from – how do you know which work best, and how much should you use? Choosing the right emulsifier is important for emulsion stability, and your company philosophy. It also impacts the viscosity and skin feel of the finished product. So how much should you use, and which are the best combinations? This workshop looks at over 20 different emulsifiers that are readily available and highly effective. It also talks you through the pros and cons, recommended inputs and formulation needs of each. Make confident emulsifier selections. Find out more…

 

Choose the right emulsifier

 

Can I use a different preservative?

So many preservatives to choose from – how do you know which work best, and how much should you use? Preservative selection is one of the most controversial selections you can make, and yet an incorrectly preserved product is a Brand’s worst nightmare. This workshop looks at 14 readily available, highly effective preservatives, and talks you through the pros and cons, recommended inputs and formulation needs of each. Make confident preservative selections. Find out more…

 

Use a different preservative

 

How to formulate sanitizers

In light of recent world events, there has become a high demand for sanitizing products and formulas. While there can be some good information on the internet about hygiene and these types of products, there is unfortunately a lot of misinformation too. These workshops provide you with important formulation and regulatory information, so you can formulate sanitizers with confidence and compliant with your region's requirements. Find out more...

 

How to formulate sanitizers

 

How to formulate 'waterless' bars

Do you want to create:

  • shampoo bars
  • conditioner bars
  • body wash bars
  • moisturiser bars
  • face cleansing bars

... then this is the workshop series for you! Find out more...

 

Formulate bar products

 

Learn to formulate cosmetics in a weekend short course...

Our Beginners Cosmetic Science is for you! Approximately 15 hours of cosmetic learning and practical activities, and you’ll create 11 cosmetic products and get fundamental cosmetic science learning. No assessments, just creative cosmetic chemistry fun! Find out more...

 

Learn cosmetics in a weekend

 

Make organic skincare workshops

This introductory organic skincare workshop series will get you making organic skincare fast – from the very first workshop! In this workshop series, you will find out essential elements of organic formulating as well as how essential skin care and cleansing products are put together.

Learn:

  • How to make organic body lotion and organic body butter
  • How to make organic face wash and organic body wash
  • How to adjust organic formulas to make them your own
  • How to put various organic formulas together using the correct methods

Find out more...

 

Make organic skincare

 

How to make makeup

This introductory makeup workshop series will get you making makeup fast – from the very first workshop! In this workshop series, you will find out essential elements of how to formulate makeup products as well as how makeup products are put together.

Learn:

  • How to make mineral foundation powder in 7 different shades
  • How to make eyeshadow powders 
  • How to make bronzing powders
  • How to make lipstick
  • How to put various makeup formulas together using the correct methods

Find out more...

 

How to make makeup

 

Cosmetic manufacturing workshops (small scale - up to 100kg batches)

Are you looking to set up your own small scale cosmetic manufacturing? This workshop series is for you! Get access to 3 lectures with detailed guidance, an equpiment specifications list and facility layout designs to manufacture cosmetic products. Find out more...

 

Small scale cosmetic manufacturing

 

Cosmetic Brand Business workshops

Do you want to create your own cosmetic brand or cosmetic line? Or maybe you have been selling on a small scale at the markets, to family and friends and now want to take the next steps? You may also be trying to take that next step, hitting brick walls and have more questions than answers…?

With loads of Cosmetic Brand specific information, business templates and a FREE e-book, this workshop series will help you build your own cosmetic brand fast. Find out more...

 

Create a cosmetic brand

 

Comply with EU regulations only...

To the uninitiated, the Cosmetic Compliance requirements to get a product into EU may seem unsurmountable and the process impossible, but it is surprisingly simple when you know what cosmetic compliance documents to collect and collate. This series of EU Compliance workshops takes you through ingredient checks and compliance as well as what information is needed on your labels and evidence required to support claims. It also shows you how to compile your Product Information File and prepare a Safety Evaluation. Find out more...

 

Meet cosmetic compliance requirements