In our courses, students learn how to formulate, and not to follow recipes. For this reason, we do not supply ingredients lists in our courses, apart from our foundation course, the Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation. At Formula Botanica, students can choose what ingredients they would like to work with and can create their own formulations according to their preferences. However, we do understand that buying ingredients is a financial commitment and that sometimes, a prospective student needs to prepare for the costs of the ingredients, therefore, we are providing a Starter Shopping List as a suggestion, so you can have an idea of the kind of materials needed and that you can look around to see where they are available and how much they cost.
For supplier recommendations, we provide a Supplier Guide as part of our courses.
BUTTERS: Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Mango butter.
OILS: Olive oil, Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, Jojoba oil, Almond oil.
HYDROSOLS: Rose hydrosol, Chamomile hydrosol, Orange blossom hydrosol,
EXFOLIANTS: Ground apricot, Brown sugar - (Rapadura sugar)
EMULSIFIERS: Lecithin - liquid, Olivem1000
PRESERVATIVES: Preservative ECO* or Geogard ECT* or PlantaservM*
SURFACTANTS: Coco-glucoside (surfactant) Yucca extract (optional)
ESSENTIAL OILS: Lavender essential oil, Sweet orange essential oil, Frankincense essential oil, Roman Chamomile essential oil
HERBS: Dried lavender, Dried calendula
GUMS: Xanthan gum
CLAYS: White clay, Rhassoul clay
SOLUBILIZER: Symbiosolv XC
ANTIOXIDANT: Vitamin E
DESINFECTANTS: 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or Vodka
pH MODIFIERS: Citric acid and Bicarbonate of soda