Diploma in the Development of Organic Phyto-Skincare Cosmetics

This course is designed for those who are truly serious about developing their own range of products and prepared to go through with what it involves. You MUST demonstrate a good understanding and command of spoken and written English and have basic numeracy skills (calculating %, understanding the idea of ‘ratio’) and some knowledge of common raw ingredients and some experience of product making (home / hobby use) together with moderate IT literacy would be very useful.

About the course:.....

The cosmetics industry continues to expand globally but the consumers are now taking a more holistic approach to their health and beauty. As a result of the growing public awareness and concern about the possible unwanted side effects of the chemical substances commonly used in cosmetics, the market for natural and especially organic toiletries is now the fastest growing section of the beauty industry. Many of us are hugely concerned about what we put in and on our bodies – and rightly so! We do not want anything harsh or containing infamous parabens, SLS or other toxic but still commonly used chemicals. And we do not want our products to be tested on animals either! What we really want are REAL natural products - simple and pure - for our everyday skin care regime. The good news is there are plenty of wonderful options AND not only they do not have to be expensive but can even be organic!

As a result, many take it a step further and prepare their own home made natural preparations. It may seem easy to make one’s own ‘cream’ but how effective is it going to be? And most importantly could this be sold as a part of a successful new brand of products?

Unfortunately, without appropriate training and in-depth knowledge, the answer is no. So, if you ever dreamed about having your own brand of products ‘out there’, it will require a lot more than some emulsifying wax, sweet almond oil and spring water.

This is what this Diploma Course is all about - it is designed to inspire, empower and equip you with current knowledge and understanding of the field of skincare products, its language, high-performance speciality ingredients, formulation and safety. You will also learn the importance of the responsible sourcing of ingredients – the ever growing issue of sustainability and ecological concerns, which you cannot afford to ignore.

Oh, and yes, rest assured, we will not be teaching you how to use any controversial ingredients, like fragrance oils or parabens! 

During the 10 day course we will be studying the following:

  • Underpinning knowledge:
    Understanding the language of the cosmetic field Types of products and their function – toners, cleansers, etc Types of ingredients and their role in cosmetics – humectants, emulsifiers, etc Commonly used and controversial ingredients in ‘high street’ products The importance of the responsible sourcing of ingredients Sustainability and Ecological issues Antioxidants – the roles and types Preservatives for different types of natural and organic products, what to choose and how to use.

  • Equipment for small scale product making
    Basic equipment - what to choose and why Other equipment. Safety and sterilisation in a nutshell.

  • Study of the cosmetic ingredients (over 100!):
    Water and hydrophilic ingredients; Lipid ingredients - vegetable and macerated oils, butters and waxes; Herbal extracts inc. CO2 extracts, glycerol extracts, others; Vitamins and antioxidants; Exfoliants and abrasives inc. AHAs; Acidity regulators; Thickeners; Emulsifiers; Surfactants; Composition and other characteristics of cosmetic ingredients, their application and use in products, suitability for different phases of formulations, product types and skin types, activity in skin care, etc.

  • Formulation of natural skincare products - Formulation skills – developing your own skincare formulas for the following:
    Lipid based formulations: - Speciality ingredient - Formulation - Serums - Balms & Butters - Other preparations Water based formulations: - Gums and thickening agents - Speciality ingredients - Formulation and preservation - Toners - Various gels and other preparations Emulsions: - The science of emulsification - Emulsifying agents - Formulation and preservation - Creams and lotions - Other preparations Detergent based (foaming) products - Foaming ingredients and speciality ingredients - Formulation and preservation - Bath and shower products - Shampoo - Other foaming products

This training will give you the skills and knowledge to enable you to create a unique brand of phyto-skincare cosmetics, free from synthetic substances and unnecessary fillers they will only contain time tested ingredients with proven efficacy.

A clever and often surprising combination of plant oils and other natural ingredients can not only produce cosmetic effect but also bring forth amazing results and offer natural solutions to some common problems.

There is no formal examination but to complete the course you will be required to successfully complete a number of both theoretical and practical projects and assignments.

to all those attending the Diploma in the
Development of Phyto-skincare Cosmetics

On-line Course - The Study of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin:
- The structure of the skin
- Functions of the skin
- Skin types and skin care regime elements; racial variations
- Ageing process, ageing factors, effects of ageing on skin , prevention
- Skin permeability and absorbency
- Skin sensitivity vs. allergy; cross-sensitisation
- Raw ingredient and product patch testing

On-line Course - Good Manufacturing Procedures for Small Cosmetic Making Companies:
- European Cosmetics Directive and ISO standard 22716 (2007)
- Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) - ISO 22716:2007
- Key elements
- How to ‘do it’ – your Good Manufacturing Practice File
- Personnel
- Premises
- Equipment
- Raw materials and packaging materials
- Production
- Quality control
- Product release

If you would like us to send you the full information pack about this course - please email us on info@mscm.biz.

Course fees include:

In-class tuition
A comprehensive course manual
An MSCM Diploma in the Development of Phyto-Skincare Cosmetics
30 cpd points

Course details


10 days (10am-5pm)

May - Sept 2019 - 10 weekend days (10am-5pm)4 May 19, 5 May 19, 1 Jun 19, 2 Jun 19, 29 Jun 19, 30 Jun 19, 27 Jul 19, 28 Jul 19, 31 Aug 19, 1 Sep 19

Cost: £975.00 (+VAT)

£100.00 (+VAT) deposit, payable on booking.

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If you would like to pay the balance by easy payment plan please enquire when booking.

Please note - all deposits and course fees are non-refundable.
All transfers are at the discretion of the school and would be subject to an administrative charge of £25.00 (+VAT)