Formulate Effective Facial Oils and Oil Serums with Carrier Oils & Lipid Plant Oils

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Starting July 6th!

The course is twelve lessons that we will study over four weeks together. After that, you get permanent access to the course so you can continue your studies at your own pace.

Concise lessons & hands on formulating

I designed this course to give you all the tools you need in a condensed period of time so that you can get started formulating right away. 

100% Carrier Oil and Lipid Plant Oil Focused

We will be working exclusively with carrier oils and lipid plant oils to develop a range of facial oils. The lessons are structured so that you can get started with oils you have on hand and add additional ones to your collection as you are inspired by specific oils. 

I designed this course to give you all the tools you need in a condensed period of time so that you can get started formulating right away!

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 158 different carrier oils and butters in my workshop.  

But you don’t need to stock 158 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. 

Learn how to formulate facial oils for: 

  • 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

Here's what's inside the course

This concise course will give you everything you need to start formulating facial oils and oil serums in just four weeks. 


Week 1

Lesson 1 is an introduction to the use of oils on the skin and the value they provide the care of the skin.

Lesson 2 is all about the skin; its structure and functions that the skin performs and how it relates to the health of the skin.

Lesson 3 is a review of the oil’s fatty acid structure that makes up most of the volume along with the much smaller portion the unsaponifiable fractions.


Week 2

Lesson 4 we look at Singles, oils that can be used on their own as facial oils; oils that I consider so balanced that they can perform a lot of what the skin needs on their own. 

Lesson 5 shifts to oils that make good base oils that other more potent, or costly, or highly colored oils, can be added to to make effective formulations.

Lesson 6 having covered the base oils this lesson is a focus on specialty oils; color, valuable fatty acids, oil qualities, etc. different aspects that make up the many oils available.


Week 3

Lesson 7 is the specialty oils part two; taming inflammation, hyperpigmentation, aging, blemishes applying the unsaponifiable fractions to the different needs of the skin.

Lesson 8 I present a variety of hypothetical combinations of oils to treat the skin conditions already discussed.

Lesson 9 this lesson presents the oils covered in the previous lessons that are used for specific conditions by their fatty acid pie chart and specific properties.

Week 4


Week 4

Lesson 10, all oils so far have been unsaturated liquid oils covered, so in this lesson is the introduction of a few butters, saturated oils that serve a purpose in the care of the skin.

Lesson 11 leads the student through the process of combining oils together to make three different formulas, the method, and why the oils were chosen.

Lesson 12 uses the butters in lesson 10 to help the student that wants to make solid facial oils or serums, also including lipid extracts and fragrant waxes for impact and variety of the type of formulas possible.

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! 

4 Bonus Booklets Included with the Course!

Students get exclusive access to four bonus booklets on unsaponifiables in carrier oils and other lipid plant oils. These four guides are designed to become a constant part of your formulating process, a handy reference guide and a way to quickly identify oils by key benefits for specific skin conditions. 

Bonus:  Guide to Carotenoids in Plant Oils

Carotenoids are potent plant compounds found in many plant oils. This reference includes a list of plant oils that you can reach for to add this important antioxidant to your facial oil formulations. 

Bonus:  Guide to Vitamin E in Plant Oils

Plant oils high in vitamin E are important for skin health and for helping extend the shelf life of your oil based formulations. And, vitamin E shows up in two versions, tocopherols and tocotrienols. This e-book includes an extended list of oils that contain one or both forms of vitamin E. 

Bonus:  Guide to Squalene in Plant Oils

As we age, the skin produces less squalene so a facial oil formula that contains natural plant-based squalene is beneficial for all skin to support and nourish. This bonus booklet includes a guide to squalene in plant oils and a list of oils that contain this important plant compounds. 

Bonus:  Guide to Phytosterols in Plant Oils

Phytosterols are plant compounds found in many lipid oils that have many skin benefiting properties. Most significantly, phytosterols play a roll in calming inflammation. This booklet gives you a reference guide for formulating with oils containing phytosterols. 

I took the Facial oil course with Susan Parker last year when it launched as I was in the process of developing a product for my aromatherapy line. I  already read her book "Power of the seed" and referenced it regularly for my work. 

Even though I had a good grasp of lipid oils and their many benefits, I can honestly say Susan's course has taken that knowledge to another level. She manages to condense a lot of information in a simple and easy to follow format that gives you enough knowledge to work with and yet leaves you wanting to research more. A perfect combination of keypoints and visuals that make the information easy to digest and remember for later.

I would highly recommend Susan's course for anyone interested in more in depth knowledge about lipid oils in general and facial formulation in particular.

Yasmine ElGhamrawy

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Permanent Access

You get ongoing access to the course materials once all payments are made in full. This includes future updates to the Facial Oil Formulations course. 

Self-Paced Study

The course is set up so that you can study at your own pace. Once you enroll you will get access to three lessons per week over the next four weeks for a total of 12 in-depth lessons. Once the final lessons open up you have ongoing access to the course. 

Live Calls

We will have two live calls for this round of the course. The calls are recorded so even if you cannot join us live you can email your questions and catch the replay. And, you will get an alumni invitation to the live calls for future rounds of the Facial Oil Formulation course. 

Certificate of Completion

Once you complete all the modules you can request a certificate of completion. 

We're susan & Olivia 

Mother-daughter team here to share the wonderful, and rather vast world of the lipid oils with you. 

Susan, researcher and author of Power of the Seed, is your teacher and guide in your studies and Olivia runs tech and supports students with all the details!

With warmth, 

Susan & Olivia