Developing Natural Cosmetic Formulations
Instructors: Art Georgalas and Judi Beerling
9 Lessons; Total approx. run time: 10h 13m
What exactly is a natural formulation and how do you choose a genuinely natural or organic product? Two experienced, international educators and hands-on natural formulators, Art Georgalas and Judi Beerling, will answer these questions, tell you about the US and European naturals market and share why you should consider natural ingredients in product development.
This course will afford new and seasoned formulators alike the opportunity to learn all about the raw material palette and practical aspects of constructing natural personal care products for the growing naturals market.
Please note: The Complete Cosmetic Chemist Training Program is closed to new students.
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- Lesson 1: Introduction
What exactly is a natural formulation and how do you choose a genuinely natural or organic product? Art Georgalas and Judy Judi Beerling answer these questions, tell you about the US and European naturals market and share why you should consider natural ingredients in product development. In this lesson, you will also learn which synthetics are prohibited and discuss what makes a formula natural. To conclude, you’ll learn about natural standards from organization such as NaTrue, COSMOS and the USDA and the standards you’ll need to follow (Fair Trade, Eco labels, Biodiversity, etc.).
- Lesson 2: Oils, Fats, Waxes and Butters
In this lesson, you cosmetic scientists will become familiar with lipid/fats & oils terminology—their sources, physical properties and chemical properties. Learn how structure affects chemical and physical properties and how those impact performance and choice in product formulation including ”active“ components. Discover characteristics of individual available natural and naturally derived lipid ingredients, some conventional, some unusual.
- Lesson 3: Natural Surfactants and Emulsifiers
In this lesson, you’ll learn about natural surfactants including which ones are most appropriate for given applications. Emulsifiers discussed include: o/w (saponins), anionic, nonionic and cationic. Also learn the USDA's stance about what constitutes a natural surfactant or emulsifier. This lesson concludes with a discussion of formulation challenges and solutions, and provides a few sample formulations.
- Lesson 4: Preservative Strategies for Natural Products
Discover what preservatives are, why they are so essential to cosmetic products and what makes a preservative ideal. Understand the testing, regulatory and formulation issues involved with preservatives and which preservatives are approved for use in natural formulations. This lesson will go over many possible natural preservatives, including citrus seed extracts, grapefruit seed extracts and Japanese honeysuckle extract.
- Lesson 5: Natural Actives for Skin & Hair Care Products
This lesson begins with a rundown of pharmacologic targets for topical actives/dermatological indications, including skin structures, delivery and penetration. Find out the difference between naturally derived and nature identical synthetics—chirality centers, residual byproducts, etc. Learn about plant actives—purified active ingredients versus standardized extracts. Discover the source, functionality and typical dosages of key skin care actives, including arbutin, azulene, caffeine, isoflavones, phytic acid, resveratrol, vitamins and many more.
- Lesson 6: Formulating with Botanicals & Marine Extracts
There is an estimated 2,500 botanicals used in cosmetics today. In this lesson, course participants will become familiar with commonly used extracts and their botanical families, including the historical background, ethnobotany and medicinal perspectives. Develop strategies for botanical use and product formulation based on marketing and performance/efficacy considerations. Learn the basic structure and function of primary (proteins, lipids and carbohydrates) and secondary (phenols, terpenoids, alkaloids and glucosinolates) plant metabolites.
- Lesson 7: Natural Colors, Pigments and Fragrances
Today’s color cosmetics market is worth $42 billion worldwide Find out what makes a color natural as well as some of the issues that may arise when formulating with natural colors . This lesson will also discuss natural fragrances—the definition, history, toxicology and supply chain issues, including a discussion on the use of essential oils in fragrance.
- Lesson 8: Gums, Gellants, Bulking Agents and Thickeners
Thickeners provide enhancement and product stability in natural cosmetic product development, but serve many other functions as well. This lesson will include information about the basics of rheology, a comparison natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic/modified natural derived materials and a discussion of the performance differences between naturals and synthetics.
- Lesson 9: Natural Formulation Essentials
Whether natural or conventional, formulating cosmetics should follow the same rigorous process. In this lesson, the best strategies for creating natural formulations will be presented. Explore natural cosmetics testing requirements, including stability/package compatibility, microbial challenge testing, safety/toxicology studies and claim substantiation. This lesson and the course concludes with a look into the future of natural cosmetics, including sustainability and packaging.
Included in this Course:
- Self-paced and flexible learning environment
- Convenient online video-based education which can be accessed from anywhere
- Instruction by Art Georgalas and Judi Beerling
- Quizzes within each lesson to ensure comprehension of all subject matter
- Access to additional resources within each lesson
- Certificate of Completion upon successful closure of the course
- Online discussion forum for troubleshooting and peer interaction
- Monthly live chat discussions for Q&A with subject matter experts and your peers
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