Making many toiletry products is based around a few techniques that are used universally in the industry. From learning a few of these it is possible to create a wide range of products. Similar concepts are use to create most cream products, so once the technique is learned a whole range of different types of products can be formulated.
The idea of this course is not to provide a 'ready to go' list of formulas for starting a business but to teach the basic fundamentals of the individual products. This will allow you to go away and formulate a unique range of products using the information learned on the course.
Basic Science of Emulsions
Choosing a preservative
Cream based products (3 different types)
Detergent products (washing)
Carbomer based Skin Gel
Basic product development ideas and testing
Carrier Oil & Essential Oil basics
Whilst we can't discuss every available ingredient on the market the course should give attendees a grounding in how different types of ingredient work. This allows them to apply those skills to their own formulating using different ingredients, for the same or similar purpose.
There is time during the making process dedicated to talking about the use of each individual ingredient in the product and how they can be replaced or the quantity modified. We look at each individual ingredient and detail their origins and uses.
We do not use pre-mixed emulsifiers to formulate products, as we feel this doesn't allow enough freedom to create a unique product. These type of mixed ingredients lead to formulating similar products to other producers. They are often much more expensive that buying individual ingredients and they will lead to a supplier reliance, that is not healthy for business. We will teach you to use each individual ingredient, and to understand what each one is. From that information you can purchase from numerous different suppliers.
The last afternoon of the course is spent with each attendee formulating their own moisture cream with some guidance. This is a great, fun way to end the course and very informative. It allows each person to consider their own aims and work with the ingredients used in the previous products to produce their own.
The course discusses the concepts of natural products, the use of preservatives and the use of essential oils and carrier oils in products. However this is not an aromatherapy course and there is no teaching of the effects/legal uses of essential oils.
You will receive a full set of notes to compliment the course including the formulations for each product made. You also take away everything you make. We do not make products in groups, there is enough equipment for everyone to make their own products and these can be taken away from the course.
Attendees usually end up with around 3kg in total of product to take away.
You will receive a certificate of attendance.
We do not directly teach basic mathematics skills (weighing, percentages etc.) however we have a section on our website dedicated to these skills and would advise if attending a course you read these to give your maths skills a little polish.
We do not cover soap or make-up production on this course, please see the itinerary for products made.
You can download the brochure for our courses, by following this link
Registration Day 1: 9am
Day 1-3: 9:30am - 4:30pm
1 hour for lunch and depending upon the group, we take a couple of 15 minute tea breaks during the day.
Theory – E, S & P
SLS Free Shower Gel/Shampoo
Carrier oil/Essential Oil basics theory
Moisture Cream 2
All courses are held at our factory in Croydon, Wallington or Banstead, you will be sent exact details after booking.
For those travelling from afar, Hotels in Croydon or Sutton are most suitable, though all our locations are easily served by Waddon or Wallington Train Stations.
Our primary objective throughout the day is to ensure you learn as much as possible, whilst enjoying your day in a friendly and informal environment. We do our best to ensure that you have to think about nothing other than enjoying and maximising your day.
We provide Light Refreshments, Snacks, Tea & Coffee throughout the day. In addition a hot lunch is served at lunchtime. We do our best to cater for everyone but if you have very specific needs there is a microwave and hot water available. We cater for vegetarian requirements but cannot guarantee a vegan option.
If you have particular intolerances or allergies, then we do recommend bringing your own food and drink. Food and drink is prepared in an area where it may come in contact with nuts, so please bare this in mind in case of any allergy.
Our courses typically start between 9am and 10am. You can arrive any time after 8am and use our complimentary tea, coffee and breakfast cereals whilst you wait for the course to start.
You will meet your tutor Tom and we always start with introductions, understanding what each of us wants to get out of the course. We always have a wide range of customers from those having some fun, to those with more serious business aims. It makes a good mix and an environment where everyone learns the maximum possible. It is a good time for Tom to understand what you all want out of the course and thus he can take the course the most suitable way for everyone's needs.
We quickly get into the practical work.
You will have a morning break for Tea, Coffee and Snacks and then lunchtime is typically an hour between 12:30 and 13:30.
We normally finish between 4pm and 5pm.
You can view the full ingredients by Clicking Here
Cosmetic Product Making Course The SDS can be downloaded by Clicking Here
Cosmetic Product Making Course The TDS can be downloaded by Clicking Here
Generate the certificate of analysis for your purchased product by entering your Batch Number which can be found on the packaging of your product.
Generate an allergens declaration for your purchase (essential oils only)
I attended the course in November and really enjoyed my time.
Tom and Dan made the course so much fun and so information. I learnt far more than I was ever expecting. I have spent Christmas playing at home with ingredients and are now ready to launch my own products.
The location of the course was lovely and the building a really wonderful space to learn.
Thank you to Dan so much and for a tour around the farm on the Quad bike, it really made my day.
Good luck everyone at Naturallythinking and thank you so much again for a wonderful course