The Lipid Formulators

Membership Program & Database

I love the membership; it's like my personal oil encyclopedia! 

~ Naudia Lorraine


Working with botanical oils just got easier...

You're just a few clicks away from essential data, tools and resources for formulating and working with the botanical lipid oils and plant butters. 

Monthly Q&A Calls

Bring your questions about lipid and botanical oils, carriers, plant butters and formulating to our monthly Q&A calls hosted by Susan M Parker

The Recipe Vault

In the Lab you have access to Susan's experiments (with notes) finished formulas and recipe ideas to test out. 

The Research Center

Research specific fatty acids, look up unsaponifiables, or flip through the detailed oil monographs to get ideas for new projects.

Information you can trust

Susan M Parker has been working with, researching, writing and teaching the lipid botanical oils for over two decades. The Lipid Formulators Membership Program gives you access to lessons, new research, formulating ideas, accurate sourcing for controversial topics (PUFA's, MUFA's & seed oils come to mind) and essential resources for your formulating practice. 

Whether you are at the beginning stages of creating formulations, or you are running your own skincare business, the Lipid Formulators Membership connects you to the resources you need to stay ahead of this exciting and rapidly growing area of skincare. 

  • Guide your clients and customers in finding the best oil combinations for their facial oils and oil serums 
  • Develop custom skincare products using the richness and diversity of natural plant oils and butters
  • Create facial oils and oil serums for your own skincare routine
  • Turn your infused oils into herbal salves, body oils and healing balms 
  • Build authority with well researched and accurate blog posts and articles on carrier oils and other lipid compounds
  • Write compelling product descriptions highlighting the active compounds in oils and butters
  • Get accurate data including INCI names, botanical family, and fatty acid profile for writing product labels and descriptions
  • Discover new oils and butters to work with so that your skincare products stand out and deliver exceptional results

the Lab & recipe vault

Jump into the action with recipes and formulas, lessons and mini trainings on formulating techniques and ideas for your next project. Inside you'll find lessons on making balms, salves, melts, facial oils and more.

Monthly Q&A Calls 

Get new lessons and live trainings each month on specific oils, formulating techniques, vitamins and antioxidants in botanical oils, and more! Plus there is always time for Q&A on the calls for all your lipid and formulating projects.

Oils  &  Butters Database

Search over 170 botanical lipid oils and butters by dominant fatty acid, INCI, SAP value (for all you soap makers out there) Iodine Value, common name or botanical family.

Community & Forum

The forum gives you access to Susan and a community of fellow formulators to get your questions answered, share ideas and get feedback on your projects

 Research center

Monographs, skin and oil research, ceramides, anti-oxidants, rare fatty acids and more.  This growing library of Susan's ongoing research keeps you current with new oils, accurate information and emerging research on lipid oils. 

Interviews with Experts!

Susan sits down with experts from oil producers, importers and formulators to get their unique angle on skincare and oils. Learn about new oils on the market, formulating and skincare, sustainability and more. 




$47 billed monthly

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The Lipid Oils Database

Search 170 + Oils In seconds!

The Botanical Lipid Oils Database is your go-to resource for quick searchable reference on over 170 different oils. Look up oils by dominant fatty acid, INCI, common name, botanical family, SAP value, Iodine value. 

170 +  Fatty Acid Profiles & Pie Charts

Compare pie charts to get a visual of the fatty acids in your oils, or compare the fully fatty acid profile of the oils in your formula. 

Searchable Database of Carrier Oils

Search by dominant fatty, rare fatty acid, common or botanical name to find the perfect oils for your next project. 

SAP & Iodine Values

Whether you are making soap or formulating a facial oil, the database gives you access to data for over 148 oils including dominant fatty acid, Sap value and iodine value. 

The Botanical Oils Database

In the  Database is your resource for essential data on over 170 carrier oils, botanical lipid oils and plant butters. 

And it's searchable by dominant fatty acid, INCI, botanical family, iodine value, SAP value (for the soap makers among us) more.

Use the database when developing a new formula, writing up a blog post, looking up INCI for your product labels or getting the correct SAP value for your next soap project. 

I love the membership; it's like my personal oil encyclopedia! 

~ Naudia Lorraine


Why should I join the Lipid Formulators membership?

If you work with lipid compounds at all, oils, butters, waxes, lecithin, etc. this is the place to find detailed information about the subject. I mean how many people can remember the fatty acid profile of ten different oils much less over 100? 

Who is the Lipid Formulators membership designed for?

It is designed to serve any one who works with the oily, buttery lipid raw materials for formulating and skincare whether for personal use or for clients and customers. 

What if I want to cancel? 

You can cancel any time right inside your membership portal on the monthly plan. For annual members, you have 2 weeks (14 days) to try out the membership and request a refund if you find it is not right for you. 

Can I pay for the year? I don’t want to have little amounts taken out each month?

YES! You can sign up with the annual plan and you'll get 2 months free. When you sign up for annual, you have 14 days to make sure its a good fit for you and request a refund if not. 

Aren’t all carriers oils more or less the same?

The short answer is no. The longer answer is why we have an extensive membership site dedicated to these raw materials :-) but seriously, carrier oils and other lipids all bring unique qualities in the balance of fatty acids and plant compounds (the healing fraction) of oils. 

Is all of the content available or do I have to be a member for a certain length of time to see the content?

You get access to everything inside the Lipid Formulators membership including lessons, recipes, the database, oil monographs and call recordings for as long as you continue your membership. 

What if I am new to carrier oils, will I be able to understand so much information?

Yes! You can get started with simple recipes and get to know the oils in the monographs section and build on your knowledge from there. 

What if I am experienced using many carrier oils and have been for a number of years?

I have been working with these oils for 30 plus years, and I still need to reference specific information on one oil or another. That’s why I wrote the book Power of the Seed and developed the Lipid Database. 

What if my new favorite oil is not listed?

Let me know and I will probably be adding it soon. I have a passion for the oils, and wonderment at all the new ones becoming available.

What if I join and don’t end up using it enough?

That you’ll have to decide for yourself but by making the Lipid Database a home screen icon on my iPhone and iPad I find I use it regularly when formulating a new product or writing an article or blog post.  Information at your fingertips.

Quick note: You can cancel at any time but you will lose any grandfathered in monthly rate if you decide to rejoin at a later date. 

Why is there so much emphasis on pie charts?

Pie charts are a quick look at an oil to get a visual idea of its make up without looking at the percentage of the different fatty acids. I do my pie chats using the same colors for the fatty acids in a consistent way so that you can line up several pie charts and compare oil’s composition easily.

Why are fatty acids so important?

They are what make up the oils 95 to 99%. And there are many many fatty acids but they fall in to several main groups which when you have experienced them will help you choose among the oils.

So what is the non-fatty acid part of the oils if they aren’t 100% fatty acids?

That small but important part is called the healing fraction (unsaponifiable) that is where we find the vitamins, plant sterols, carotenoids, squalene, and more in the oils.

We're susan & Olivia 

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

Whether you are looking for a recipe to recreate a formula template to adapt, or you need to look up a new oil you want to work with, we are here to guide you in your work and research. 

With warmth, 

Susan & Olivia