Learning to Formulate Green Cosmetics - Options and Choices

I'm guessing I am not alone in barely remembering any of my teachers from school days past.

Except, there was this one...

He was only at our school for a semester before moving on. He taught Egyptian history (of all things).

I wasn't a fan of history as a teenager, but this fellow was so passionate about the subject, he literally 'infected' the whole class with his enthusiasm. Everyone looked forward to his lessons. We were 100% engaged, enthusiastic, and hung on every word as if he was some kind of rock star.

A history teacher.

I think of this fellow every time people ask me about mentoring them.


Apart from being flattered so many have shown an interest, I am humbled by the trust you display by even asking.

Some want to learn to formulate 'green', some are interested in my take on marketing and branding, and some are looking for 'an overall guide' to help advance their product development.

If there were more hours in the day and I could duplicate myself a few times, I would be inclined to say yes to everyone, but even a compulsive formulator such as myself has to manage energy levels.

Because so many of you have asked me about mentoring / how to move forward / how to learn more, I'm going to give you my recommended sources for these things today.

Some of these are with other people/organizations/colleagues, but I would not be mentioning them if I didn't think they were the cats pajamas (hint: that's a really good thing).

Shall we get started?

LisaLise Learning Options

Books - an Inspirational Kickstart

My own e-books are intended as inspirational kickstarting-guides for self education with hands-on, tried and tested formulas to get you started on solid ground.

I hope you are able to find something inspirational among them (and if not, I'm forever working on new publications as I keep getting requests and if you want first peek at any given time, do feel free to sign up for my newsletter).

For an overview of my available e-books, please visit this page.

One on One

If you are interested in my input on anything cosmetics-related, it is possible to book consultations with me 'as needed'.

Some use this as a kind of 'mentor-to-go' feature and it is the preferred option for some of the folks I do regular consultations with.

I offer half hour and full hour consultations which are conducted via online video hookup and they are all 100% confidential.

Some of my clients like to 'save up questions' so they can cover a series of queries (say that fast 3 times, then continue reading) in a single consultation.

Courses on Natural Cosmetic Formulation

Learn How to Create Your Own Natural Cosmetics with LisaLise at Tisserand Institute

Being able to study in the comfort of your home anywhere on the planet and at your own pace makes enrolling in an online school a bit of a no-brainer, but it can take a bit of research to find a course or program that suits your specific needs.

If you're interested in learning formulation skills from me, I teach tutorials and courses at Tisserand Institute.

Single Lesson Tutorials: 24/7 access – No Enrollment Required 

The Fresh Lavender Hand Bar is a single tutorial where you learn to make a beautiful solid lotion bar with a bespoke essential oil blend by Robert Tisserand. No enrollment required and it's a great way to 'get your feet wet' and get a feel for how the courses at Tisserand Institute work. Click here to check it out

Essential Calculation is a really helpful tutorial for those who want to get a handle on converting drops (think essential oils) to percentage and weight. If you use essential oils in your products, Hana Tisserand does a great job of helping you get comfortable with numbers in this tutorial. 

Courses: Enrollment Opens Regularly

Essential Formulation is an 8 week certificate course that equips you with the skills to formulate everything from serums, balms, butters, and bath products to aqueous sprays. 

Emulsion Essentials takes you through the process of natural, hand-stirred lotions and creams. 

Aromatic Formulation is a certificate program that encompasses both of the above and spans a full 12 weeks. 

Courses are open for enrollment regularly, so do sign up for my newsletter or the newsletter at Tisserand Institute to stay updated on enrollment times.

I hope to see you in the coming season!

Learn About Herbs and Plants: Sign up for a Course

If you are excited about going roots and want to learn how to recognize plants, forage, process and use them for everything from food to skincare, Medical Herbalist Vivienne Campbell at the Herbal Hub is a top notch teacher.

Her Learn With the Seasons Courses are educational, inspirational, and fun!

Tip: sign up for Vivienne's newsletter – it's free and every one is chock full of fabulous information. I save every single one.

Learn about Lipids: Sign up for a Course / Book

Susan M Parker is the leading authority on understanding and working with fixed / carrier / fatty oils and her book The Power of the Seed is an absolute must-have.

Susan also offers an online course, Lipids Decoded that is open a few times a year. Her Facebook group (mentioned below is also worth a visit)

Tip: get a free online mini course from Susan right here.

Learn About Essential Oils: Sign up for a Course / Book

Robert Tisserand - the guru of essential oils - has spent his life studying and researching essential oils.

His iconic book: Essential Oil Safety is a comprehensive and indispensable resource and quite simply a must-have if you want to work with essential oils.

There is also an online learning option. Visit the Tisserand Institute to study the ins and outs of essential oils online.

Learn How to Start a Skincare Business: Enroll in a School

There are numerous schools to choose from when it comes to starting a 'green' skincare business, but there is one online school that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

For professionalism, support and great community spirit, Formula Botanica is at the top of the class.

Free Stuff For Self Education

There are numerous freebie possibilities in the form of blogs and online journals written by professionals willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

Blogs and Online Journals

On a blog, you do have to do your own digging for information, but there is quality information to be had from these sources – all written by knowledgable and talented colleagues:

Forums and Groups

Many professional formulators are also participants, hosts, moderators, and/or administrators of online forums and groups.

Join a forum where you can exchange information and learn from (and with) others.

I would like to emphasize the exchange information part.

Even if you are a newbie - there is no reason to be shy or embarrassed. Everyone has something to offer! Be a good participant - be ready to contribute and bring a positive, friendly attitude.

Here are some helpful online forums (each require membership)

None of the links in this post are affiliate links.



Unknown said…
That was really helpful!Thank you so much for all the knowledge that you share!
LisaLise said…
Konstantina - You are most welcome! :)