Facial Oil Formulation

Create Custom Facial Oils & Oil Serums

Bring your vision to life 

From single oils to potent oil combinations, formulating facial oils and oil serums is as much science as it is art. And with new and exciting oils becoming increasingly available our pallet of lipids to work with continues to grow.

On last count, I had 148 different carrier oils and butters in my workshop.  

But you don’t need to stock 148 oils!

In this course, you will discover how to find and stock the right oils to bring your vision for a facial oil or oil serum to life. Most importantly you will be able to work with the oils that are available to you! The course includes a range of common and easy to source oils as well as some of the more exotic and rare oils.

Nourish, protect, balance, heal

Singles is a term that I have adapted from the herbal world where single herbs, called simples, are balanced enough to heal and nourish all on their own.

You’ll learn about 'singles', single oils that are so balanced in fatty acids and rich in unsaponifiable fractions that they nourish, protect, balance, and heal all on their own.

From there you will move on to base oils focusing on how to settle on a good base oil for the specific skin condition you are addressing.

There will be some overlap in the base oils and the singles, but not as much as you might think. The singles are more balanced than the base oils.

Make it potent & effective 

Many of the lipid oils we work with are highly nutritious and potent. This often translates into high pigmentation and high cost.

Harnessing the skin-nourishing power of these specialty oils will give your formulas focused action. And this can be done with smaller percentages, without creating a prohibitively expensive end product or making you, or your clients' skin bright orange, or green.

Understanding the unsaponifiable compounds in the oils helps when we want to target a specific skin condition; phytosterols' anti-inflammatory properties, the antioxidant properties of the vitamin E tocopherols, and the vitamin A precursor, carotenes.

As we age, our skin's production of lipids diminishes and supporting the tissues with squalene and the omega 7 palmitoleic acid, helps supplement natural production. Discover the plant oils that share these same compounds that our skin makes  when formulating for the later years.

Facial Oil Formulation is both an application of the fatty acids for skincare and focused application of the unsaponifiable compounds to help maintain the health of the skin at any age.

How many oils is too many?

Is there a limit, or can you keep adding oils to get the maximum benefit from as many lipids as possible? When developing a formulation, you want to use a variety of different oils to get the therapeutic action you are after.  But using too many oils, just makes for a complicated ingredients list and oils that are too diluted to be effective. 

Build your own lipid focused formulations 

Three things this course doesn't cover. 

1. Essential oils - essential oils are a vast subject, well covered already and not a subject I teach. This course focuses completely on lipid oils, and includes base oils, a few plant butters and the specialty oils. You can add essential oils to any of your formulations of course, but I would also encourage you to experiment  with the raw lipids on their own. Lipid oils alone are potent, skin-nourishing compounds that do an awful lot all on their own. 

2. Recipes - I was never that good at following recipes in the kitchen (always messing with something) and so I just don't really think in recipe format. Instead I want to guide you in developing your own formulations. 

3. Some thoughts on the  comedogenic/ non-comedogenic ratings of oils. When it comes to clogged pores and the comedogenic ratings of oils, remember we all have sensitivities and are prone to different reactions to external conditions. The issue is so individual that I do not rate oils for their Comedogenic value.  In my years studying these oils I can find no consistency or pattern. It seems more individual than anything. In this course we will focus on formulating whole, balanced and synergistic facial formulations. 

Here's some of the skin conditions you'll be formulating for inside the course: 

  • Dry damaged skin that needs rebalancing and protection
  • Mature skin formulations focusing on nourishment and collagen support
  • Blemish prone skin in need a facial oil to both calm the overproduction of natural oils and tame inflammation
  • Rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and other specific skin problems
  • Highly reactive skin - sometimes skin gets highly reactive,  often due to sensitization from overactive skincare products and essential oils. There are many lipid oils that can help calm and restore hypersensitive skin; there are a few that I find particularly effective that I'll share with you

Is this course for you?  

You are looking for a personal skincare solution

Cost is only one element of taking your skincare formulation into your own hands. When you discover what lipid oils and fatty acids your skin responds to, you can formulate pure, simple and effective skincare with just a few ingredients. 

You are building formulations for clients & customers

Custom formulation is something I love to do! Though I don't include it in my work anymore, I used to offer it as part of my skincare line. Clients & customers loved the special formulations I would come up with, and they will love what you come up with for them too! 

You are creating formulations for a skincare line

Facial oils and oil serums are becoming an essential part of a skincare line. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to build a range of  facial oil formulations for different skin types and skin problems. 

You are completely and totally obsessed with these oils 

Coffee seed oil! Arctic cranberry seed oil! Hibiscus seed oil! Kiwi seed oil! I can't get enough (see 148 oils in my workshop) and I am looking forward to sharing my formulation process with you! 

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