Lotions & Potions Series

demystifying cosmetic chemistry
for natural & herbal skincare in 4 courses

COURSE 1 - FORMULA BUILDING BLOCKS
ENROLLMENT OPENS AUGUST 1st 2022

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What is Natural Cosmetic Chemistry?

Cosmetic chemistry is the science of combining chemical ingredients to make cosmetic products. 

Natural implies that cosmetic formulator does not use synthetically derived chemical ingredients when creating their products. Instead, scientists design the formula using naturally occurring ingredients processed to various degrees. 


What is Formulation?

Formulation is a method of invention, it is both science and artistry as you create something out of nothing, using set parameters known to create desired results.  You can plug your desired ingredients, scents, and herbal extracts into data sheets of your own design; you will have the freedom to produce anything you can dream up, in your desired batch size, time and time again.

COURSE 1
FORMULA BUILDING BLOCKS


Enrollment opens August 1st | Course launches October 3rd

 

What are surfactants? 

Surfactants are a group of chemicals that have many different functions. Most of the time when we think of surfactants we think of the foaming ingredients in our cleansers. However, surfactants can also be emulsifiers which keep the water and oil together in our creams and lotions. Let’s learn what makes them different from each other and how to choose the best ones for your formula!

What are thickeners? 

Thickeners can be broken up into two different categories, gelling agents and fatty alcohols/waxes. Both of these types of thickeners can provide body to a formula but would be used in totally different ways. During this class, we will learn about both types and how to use them.

What are sensory agents? 

Sensory agents are what give your product a nice skin feel. In conventional products, companies use silicones to help provide a nice feel. Many people are stepping away from those ingredients but are still looking for that feel. In this course, we’ll discuss alternatives to silicones, how to use certain ingredients to make your oil feel less oily, and the difference between emollients, humectants, and occlusives.

What are preservatives?

There has been a huge shift in how we use preservatives. We want to use safe ingredients but we still need to have safe products. Having a safe product includes having an effective preservative system. We’ll learn all about how preservatives work and how to choose the right system for your product.

Putting it all together 

In the final section of this course, we will be making a gel cleanser and a lotion together! We will be using what we learned about formula building blocks to make simple products that you can customize to be your own. You will have the option to purchase an ingredient package containing what you will need to make these products with us!

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Your Instructor

This introductory cosmetic chemistry course will be taught by a new member of the Herb Nerd team, Jess Heilman. She has been a formulation scientist for 8 years and specializes in natural and organic products. Her interest in skin care began with an internship in college working in an R&D facility for topical cosmetic and over the counter (OTC) products. The science behind skin care products and the complexity of the skin intrigued her so much that she made it her career. Jess has worked in-house for contract manufacturers and small brands. This provided her with the skill set to create a wide range of products and have a deep understanding of manufacturing. After a lot of consideration, she decided that she wanted to work for herself. She now is a formulation and manufacturing consultant with her own company, Pure Chemistry Consulting, and has formulated her own sustainable green beauty brand, Viriskin.

4 WEEKS OF CONTENT 

FOUR 90 MINUTE LEARNING MODULES

FOLLOW-ALONG VIDEOS

OPTIONAL SUPPLY KIT

LIFETIME ACCESS TO COURSE + COMMUNITY FORUM  

MARK YOU CALENDAR: Enrollment opens August 1st

 

 


Course Syllabus
SECTION 1 | SURFACTANTS
  • In depth ingredients: glucosides, betaine, fatty alcohols

  • What is a surfactant and how do they work?
  • Cleansing surfactants
  • Solubilizing surfactants
  • Emulsifying surfactants 

In depth ingredients: glucosides, betaine, fatty alcohols


 
SECTION 2 | GELLING AGENTS + THICKENERS
  • Gelling agents vs. thickeners. What are they and how do they work?
  • Product stabilization
  • Cold process vs. hot process
  • Choosing the right one

In depth ingredients: Xanthan Gum and other polysaccharides, Hyaluronic Acid, beeswax and vegan alternatives, fatty acids and alcohols


 
SECTION 3 | SENSORY AGENTS
  • Emollients, humectants, and occlusives
  • Adding slip to a product
  • Creating a luxurious skin feel
  • Using adsorbents to reduce oiliness 

In depth ingredients: Squalene, glycerin, petrolatum replacement, silica 


 
SECTION 4 | PRESERVATIVES
  • Bacteria, yeast, and molds
  • Preserving water based formulas
  • Formulating to prevent microbial growth
  • Preventing rancidity in oil based formulas
  • Preservative efficacy testing

In depth ingredients: Geogard ECT, Leucidal Liquid, Microslides test kit


 
SECTION 5 | FORMULATION
  • How to put together a cleanser formula
  • How to put together an emulsion formula
  • Let’s make them in the lab!

In this section, we will utilize the ingredient box to put together formulas based on what we’ve learned!

Enrollment Opens August 1st 2022!

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FORMULA BUILDING BLOCKS

$249

ONE-TIME PAYMENT

  • Lifetime access to this course
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FORMULA BUILDING BLOCKS

$124.50

TWO MONTHLY PAYMENTS

  • Lifetime access to this course
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FORMULA BUILDING BLOCKS + Supply Box

ONE-TIME PAYMENT

Shipping included. Only available within the continental USA.

  • lifetime access to this course
  • all of the ingredients you'll need to make a successful batch of both a GEL & MOISTURIZER
COMING SOON

FORMULA BUILDING BLOCKS + Supply Box

TWO MONTHLY PAYMENTS

Shipping included. Only available within the continental USA.

  • lifetime access to this course
  • all of the ingredients you'll need to make a successful batch of both a GEL & MOISTURIZER
COMING SOON